Sidney Crosby does that thing only Sidney Crosby can do

Jared Clinton
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There’s a reason why we called Sidney Crosby the greatest player of the past calendar year, and that’s because Crosby can do things that few players in the world can do.

Consider Crosby’s goal on Monday night against the New Jersey Devils is a perfect example of the type of skillset that Crosby possesses. It’s one of those goals that when Crosby retires, whenever that is, you’ll see on highlight reels in his career retrospective. Take a look: Read more

Year in Review: top 10 saves of 2014

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Say what you will about an outstanding goal, but there are few things greater than a how-did-he-do-that save.

In 2014, the NHL spoiled us with some of the most incredible stops we’ve seen to date. All but one of the best saves from the calendar year come from the world’s best league, and rightfully so. Because when you’re facing the best shooters, the saves are made that much tougher.

And while the paddle save is frequent among the top 10 saves of the past year, there are a few glove stops mixed among them that will leave you shaking your head. If you like goal scoring, this may be nightmare fuel. Feast your eyes on the top 10 saves of 2014: Read more

Injury bug bites Penguins again as Hornqvist out for “few weeks”

Jared Clinton
Patric Hornqvist and James Neal

Earlier this season it seemed like the Columbus Blue Jackets couldn’t catch a break when it came to injuries. It looks like they’ve passed the bug to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Pittsburgh announced this morning that Patric Hornqvist, the third highest point-getter on the Penguins with 13 goals and 29 points in 33 games, will be sidelined at least a few weeks with an undisclosed lower body injury that was suffered on Saturday night.

With 11 Penguins already on the injured list, Hornqvist’s injury leaves Pittsburgh even more shorthanded. Read more

Top 10 players of 2014: Game’s brightest shine in Olympic year

Sidney Crosby

Whether the NHL participates in the 2018 Olympics or not, it will forever be hard to top the talent seen in both the 2010 and 2014 games. Not only was the men’s game showcased on one of the brightest stages, the women’s game provided some incredible drama in the medal round.

As such, there is a pair of women on this year’s top 10 players. There are also appearances from a few future stars. One member of this list did outstanding things before becoming a pro, and is already making his mark on the NHL in his rookie season, while others are breaking out or remaining at the top of their games. Read more

Florida’s Aleksander Barkov ends seven-round shootout with nifty move

Bryan Mcwilliam
Pittsburgh Penguins v Florida Panthers

Another day, another seven round shootout in the NHL.

But, seriously, the Florida Panthers took advantage of a short-handed Pittsburgh Penguins team – the mumps struck again sending Steve Downie, Brandon Sutter and Thomas Greiss back to Pittsburgh for testing – for the win on Monday night and it was thanks to some trickery from forward Aleksander Barkov.

Not sure if Marc-Andre Fleury was sleeping on this one, but this was a nifty-looking goal from the 19-year-old Finn, who was taken second overall in 2013.

The Panthers are one of the NHL’s biggest surprises so far this season, as they continue to play well owning a 6-2-2 record in their last ten games.

Does the NHL discipline Willie Mitchell for hitting Kris Letang with a helmet?

Josh Elliott
Florida Panthers Willie Mitchell

Tough NHLers like Willie Mitchell know how to solve their problems with their fists. So why did he grab Kris Letang‘s helmet and start hitting him with it on Saturday?

The incident happened late in the first period of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 3-1 win over Florida.

Mitchell grabbed Letang’s helmet off his head and smacked him with it as referees tried to separate the two in a melee near the Panthers net.
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Top 10 Norris candidates: Letang the leader?

Kris Letang (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NHLI via Getty Images)

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

Top 10 Vezina candidates of 2014-15: Rinne rules

Pekka Rinne (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Goaltending can make or break a team’s season. Just ask the Edmonton Oilers, who for years have looked promising but have been unable to secure a goaltender to give them the big save they need.

You won’t find either Oilers goaltender, Ben Scrivens or Viktor Fasth, on this list of the top 10 Vezina candidates. Nor will you find Michael Hutchinson, who currently leads the league in save percentage and is second in goals-against average. The reason being Hutchinson just hasn’t had the workload, and including his numbers also put goaltenders like Colorado’s Calvin Pickard and injured St. Louis netminder Brian Elliott into the conversation.

Instead, many familiar faces are among the contenders, though not a single one has won the Vezina in their career. Read more