What do the Vegas Golden Knights need to do to convince you they are a legit playoff threat? Greg Wyshynski: I’ll be a zealous believer if the Knights still have James Neal, David Perron and a significant portion of their current defense corps come the trade deadline of Feb. 26, 2018. The Blackhawks have a
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Colorado Avalanche forward Gabriel Landeskog was suspended four games Monday for cross-checking the Calgary Flames‘ Matthew Tkachuk, the NHL’s department of player safety announced. Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog suspended four games for cross-checking Calgary’s Matthew Tkachuk. https://t.co/krr34oXIiy — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 27, 2017 Landeskog cross-checked Tkachuk in the head during the first period of
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Take a moment and think about the great captains in NHL history. Players like Steve Yzerman, Mark Messier, and Joe Sakic probably come to mind, but what made them great leaders? Perhaps it was their skill level, or maybe they were just natural motivators. Very few men have had the chance to share a locker
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With the Islanders looking less and less like a Cup contender as the 2015-16 season winds to a close, a familiar feeling has crept up within the team’s fanbase. The organization may be wasting the prime of John Tavares’ career. Since drafting the wunderkind in 2009, the Islanders have made the playoffs two times in six
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As an up and coming player in Russia, Nikita Kucherov was given the nickname – The Russian Rifle. One of my colleagues, Christopher Ralph, summarized the potential Kucherov possessed five years ago prior to the 2011 NHL draft when the Tampa Bay Lightning drafted him in the second round. Even then as a skinny 18
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‘Ducks Drill Down’ is a regular, ~weekly column that recaps the latest goings-on with the Anaheim Ducks. Forgive the Anaheim Ducks if they are feeling less thankful than some other NHL teams following the Thanksgiving holiday. Yes, they should be thankful to be hovering around .500 considering the comical number of injuries they’ve suffered this
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Greg Wyshynski: For better or worse, I had the Blackhawks as a playoff team in the Western Conference. In October, it was worse. In November, it’s been better, as the Blackhawks (11-8-3, 25 points) are on a 4-1-1 run against decent teams and looking a lot better. The Capitals are their usual soap opera, but
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While most of us enjoyed an extra day off and a Thanksgiving feast this past week, the Chicago Blackhawks were taking care of some business down in sunny Florida. The Hawks went head-to-head with one of the best teams in the league in the Tampa Bay Lightning last Wednesday night. They ended up dropping a
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The Los Angeles Kings have placed forward Brooks Laich on unconditional waivers with the intent of mutually terminating his contract. General manager Rob Blake confirmed the move Sunday. The Kings had assigned Laich to the American Hockey League’s Ontario Reign on Saturday after the 34-year-old cleared regular waivers. Laich’s future is uncertain. Agent Roland Thompson
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New in the 2017-18 season, we will have an OHL column called the Sunday Seven. Once a week or thereabouts, we will go around the league and highlight seven stories of note and share analysis. This week, we begin with a major trade that took place Saturday. Hamilton Went All-In News of a potential blockbuster
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While Victor Mete has been a revelation for the Montreal Canadiens, all his continued presence serves to prove is the team’s organizational ineptitude. Mete a Healthy Scratch Victor Mete – (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) You would have to believe the only reason the 19-year-old Mete is still with the Canadiens is
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Not much was expected from the Vancouver Canucks this season. That’s what happens when you have two consecutive campaigns of finishing second to last in the Western Conference, with the third-fewest points in the NHL. Last season was particularly dire for the Canucks, as they managed just 69 points. This represented their lowest total in an
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Despite winning back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships, the Pittsburgh Penguins are being anything but complacent. Currently occupying the first wildcard spot in the Eastern Conference (and one game out of the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division), the Penguins know that they’ll need to play their best hockey all season if they plan on turning
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