Make no mistake: Swedish goaltender Linus Soderstrom earned his keep against Denmark. Even though his squad eventually won easily with a final score of 5-1, the New York Islanders prospect actually faced more shots than his Danish counterpart in the first period – and some of those attempts were dazzling.
It seems like each year there’s yet another goal that seems impossible. This year, there were 10.
From between the legs moves to spinning, no-look goals, there have been more than a few tallies this season that had no business going in. While there was an entire 12 months worth of goals to consider, it wasn’t until December when we found our definite list-topper.
Check out the complete top 10 below: Read more
There’s speculation that the 2014-15 season may be the final year in which the shootout is a big part of regular season NHL contests.
With a push coming for extending overtime in order to eliminate the need for the shootout, it’s going to make the shootout specialist a lot less common and, in turn, could make top 10 lists such as this extinct in the future.
So, while we still can, here are the top 10 shootout goals of 2014: Read more
If P.K. Subban isn’t already one of your favorite players in the league, he may just be after you watch this video.
As part of a special holiday surprise for a select group of kids, Subban disguised himself as an elderly security guard and set up an entire day’s worth of activities for he and the children. From gifts to being able to skate alongside one of their hockey heroes, it’s just the kind of thing you would have expected out of one of the Montreal Canadiens most recognizable faces. Read more
For this year’s top 10 NHL players on Twitter, we’re not limiting the field to the guys who are funniest, and/or who have a minimum of 100,000 followers. If you were an NHLer whose account was different and you used it well – even if you used it sparingly – you were in the mix. Here, in reverse order, are the results:
10. P.K. Subban, Montreal. The charismatic Canadiens star’s Tweets range anywhere from humorous to flirtatious (ask Canadian tennis sensation Eugenie Bouchard) to revealing him as a fan of other sports. If Twitter is there to give the public a window into interesting lives, Subban pulls back his drapes and lets everyone see what motivates, moves and interests him.
— P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) December 3, 2014
9. Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles. The Kings superstar isn’t a frequent Tweeter, but he’s come up with some stand-alone gems, including ones that can’t be reprinted in a family publication. Here’s a tamer Tweet that gives you an indication of Quick’s willingness to speak his mind:
— Jonathan Quick (@JonathanQuick32) October 27, 2014
Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp’s incredible journey to the NHL was capped off yesterday with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Winnipeg Jets, but he isn’t the first player to make their NHL debut after the age of 30.
Goaltender Viktor Fasth is one such player, as he made his debut with the Ducks at 31 and 171 days. Nearly a year later, he’s signed himself a big money deal, been shipped from Anaheim to Edmonton, and has 50 NHL starts under his belt. Though he doesn’t make the top five, he’s part of the new generation of first-year players that could be considered elder statesmen.
Here are the top five players to make their NHL debuts after their 30th birthday: Read more
Year in and year out, one of the most heavily debated awards is the Norris Trophy.
The award given to the NHL’s most outstanding defenseman has, in recent years, had a tendency not to go simply to the best defenseman, but rather the one with the most points. At times, it feels as though the trophy should be split in two, with one award going to the defenseman with the most points and another to the best overall defenseman.
However, in our ranking of the top 10 Norris candidates, we did our best to take into account all facets of defense in hopes it gave us a true picture of the Norris race. By using the standard statistics like points, average ice time and shorthanded time on ice – a key defensive situation – mixed with advanced statistics like Corsi for, quality of competition, and defensive zone starts, the things that can help tell us which players are driving play and not just benefitting from sheltered minutes.
There are a few surprises, but for the most part, it’s the usual suspects. Read more
Zach Fucale’s season just got a little more pressure-packed. The 19-year-old netminder will play a key role in Canada’s quest for world junior gold, but once that has wrapped up, he’ll be joining a new team back in the Quebec League.