Watch Matt Niskanen throw the biggest hit of the season

Jared Clinton
(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen isn’t exactly known as a big hitter, but on Wednesday night, he lined up Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton and delivered a hit so big one could have sworn it was a young Scott Stevens lowering the boom.

The hit comes out of nowhere, too. One second Niskanen is pinned against the boards by Wayne Simmonds, the next he’s destroying Laughton as the rookie center cuts into the middle of the ice. Read more

Are there still potential landing spots for Martin Brodeur?

Martin Brodeur

After goaltender Martin Brodeur registered his 125th shutout, there was thought it may be the last of his career. With the return of Brian Elliott to the Blues lineup and the play of Jake Allen, there seemed there was no more room for him in St. Louis.

It still seems that way, really, but with an injury to Jimmy Howard and the current state of the goaltending for the Minnesota Wild, are there still options for the 42-year-old in the NHL? Read more

Watch Capitals coach Barry Trotz take a stick to the face

Adam Proteau
Barry Trotz (Getty Images)

Barry Trotz has had a longer shelf life than most NHL coaches, and in the 15-year veteran’s first season as Capitals coach, he looks ready to settle in for another extended run. That is, if he can avoid errant sticks and pucks coming at him from the playing surface. Thursday night in Philadelphia, Trotz wasn’t so lucky.

The former Predators bench boss was cut by the stick of Caps winger Marcus Johansson in the fist period after he’d been checked over the boards by Flyers defenseman Luke Schenn: Read more

Not mad, just disappointed: 10 players we expected more from this season

Alex Semin

There are two sides to the surprise coin. On one side, you have the players who outperform even your wildest expectations. This season, they’ve taken the form of Colin Wilson, Mathieu Perreault, and several others. On the other, you have players who haven’t come close to expectations.

At the midpoint of the 2014-15 season, there are more than a few candidates for disappointing player of the campaign, but only one can take the cake. While fans of every team have the players they wish they would get more from, the following 10 are the ones that are playing well below the expectations this season. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Flyers futility could force Hextall’s hand

Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers

As the Philadelphia Flyers approach the mid-season point of their schedule they find themselves in danger of falling completely out of playoff contention. Heading into the Jan. 8 match-up with the Washington Capitals, the Flyers were nine points out of the final wild-card berth in the Eastern Conference.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi reports Flyers GM Ron Hextall isn’t ready yet to overhaul his roster. If the club continues on its current downward spiral, however, Carchidi believes it’s only a matter of time before Hextall makes some changes. Read more

Return of Duclair and Draisaitl shakes up the Memorial Cup race

Quebec's Anthony Duclair  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

You can debate whether or not the Edmonton Oilers were right to hold rookie center Leon Draisaitl out of the world juniors, where he would have been far and away Germany’s best player. And you can debate whether or not he should have been kept up by the Oilers as long as he was before they sent him back to junior in the Western League. But the trade that sent his rights (and consequently, him) to Kelowna from Prince Albert is huge in the WHL’s arms race. Just as big as the New York Rangers sending Anthony Duclair back to the Quebec Remparts.

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Varlamov’s 54 saves one of the 10 best goalie performances this season

Semyon Varlamov

The way Semyon Varlamov played on Tuesday night, you’d have to think the puck looked like a beach ball to the Colorado Avalanche netminder.

With 54 saves in a shutout victory over the Chicago Blackhawks, Varlamov not only posted one of the best performances of this season, he posted one of the best in Avalanche history. He became only the fourth Avs goalie to ever make 50 stops in a game, and one of only four netminders with 54-plus saves in a shutout victory since 1995.

The incredible feat of puck stopping isn’t enough to take top spot on this list of the 10 greatest mid-season goaltending performances, however. That spot goes to a very special game that a certain San Jose Sharks netminder will never forget. Read more

Flyers kid who despised Crosby jersey gets special surprise from Flyers captain Giroux

Jared Clinton
Kohlsen Fisher got a special surprise from Claude Giroux and the Philadelphia Flyers. (via YouTube/Dean Fisher)

You may recall around the holidays a video that surfaced of a young Philadelphia fan opening up a “surprise” from his family members. The diehard Flyers supporter opened up a Sidney Crosby jersey, and immediately exclaimed, “Ew!” before backing away from the jersey like it was toxic.

If you haven’t seen it, you should check it out to prepare yourself for this.

Well, it appears the Flyers and captain Claude Giroux took notice of young Kohlsen Fisher’s support of his favourite team. Dean Fisher, who published the first video of Kohlsen’s reaction to the Crosby jersey, posted another one today, this time of the Philadelphia fan’s reaction to a different kind of surprise. Read more