Oh, that (in)famous Detroit Red Wings defense. In what was a disastrous year for the Red Wings, their team defense certainly accounted for most of the blame. With no true, top-pairing blueliners on the roster—but plenty of past-their-prime veterans—Detroit’s defense was a sore spot for the struggling franchise. Part of Detroit’s conundrum can be traced
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I knew I shouldn’t have bet against Carter Hart, but three out of four ain’t bad. That brings me up to 10-for-12 through two rounds of my WHL playoff predictions, also getting the number of games right for five of those series. Yes, I’m on a bit of a roll this year. Our @LarryFisher_KDC has
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Down 2-0 in their first-round series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Washington Capitals are going back to Braden Holtby in net for Game 3 on Tuesday night. Philipp Grubauer started the first two games. He was the first Capitals goaltender other than Holtby to start a postseason series since 2011. “Our decision starting Gruby
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The one consistent throughout the Tampa Bay Lightning’s history is their affinity for having star forwards on their roster. Over the course of 25 years, the franchise built themselves around the philosophy of score first and score often, sometimes at the expense of the other positions on the ice. Even when the team was going through
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The Buffalo Sabres may have missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year, but their American Hockey League farm team, the Rochester Americans, ended their three-year playoff drought. It’s a silver lining for the organization in an otherwise disappointing season. Baby steps. The Amerks first-round, best-of-five series starts Friday, April 20, against their I-90 rival,
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The body’s not even cold yet, but that hasn’t stopped idle speculation from heating up as to just what went wrong with the 2017-18 Montreal Canadiens. More specifically, speculation as to who were the main culprits. The People vs. Pacioretty and Price Whereas some interpreted general manager Marc Bergevin’s post-mortem press-conference comments as an attempt
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The Columbus Blue Jackets are full of wonderful stories these days. Everywhere you look up and down their lineup, players at different points in their career are making a major impact. Collectively, they have jumped on the Washington Capitals by winning two straight from them at Capital One Arena. Game 3 and the momentum all
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The Boston Bruins are two games into their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs and so far, the main storyline is the production from the B’s top line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, and David Pastrnak, who have accumulated a total of 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) and helped guide the
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What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings. Jacob Messing, Griffin Schroeder, and Tony Wolak are the muckers who make up THW’s forechecking unit and sound off
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The Toronto Maple Leafs have given up 12 goals in the first two games of their best-of-seven series with the Boston Bruins, and very quickly it’s turning into a potential four-game sweep of the blue and white. While the Leafs were able to get three behind Tuukka Rask in Game 2 on Saturday, the Leafs
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Apr 13, 2018 Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba — In late March, when Patrik Laine limped off the ice against the Los Angeles Kings after blocking a shot, the status of the Winnipeg Jets winger’s left leg quickly became a minor international incident. In Laine’s native Finland, newspapers published dueling doctors’ prognoses. Fans tweeted at the
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The Calgary Flames didn’t make the playoffs following a disappointing 2017-18 regular season. Much of the time teams have hefty to-do lists in the off-seasons following a playoff miss, and the Flames are no exception. A contract extension for Matthew Tkachuk tops the Calgary Flames’ summer to-do list. (Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports) However, don’t expect
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During the Carolina Hurricanes end of season media availability with the players last week, I had the opportunity to address the team’s two-headed captaincy directly with the two players who comprise it, Jordan Staal and Justin Faulk. Both said they were fine with it, but one admitted it was a little weird. With the future of
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The Anaheim Ducks finished the regular season with five consecutive victories and a 26-10-5 home record. Things were looking up for them as they got to open the postseason at home against the San Jose Sharks. Those positive feelings quickly disappeared. The Sharks dominated the Ducks en route to a convincing 3-0 victory in Game
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