Soothsayer Tyson Nash foresees Justin Hodgman’s first NHL goal

Jared Clinton
Justin Hodgman (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

At 39 years old, Tyson Nash has done a bit of everything. He suited up for nearly 400 games in the NHL, played a handful of contests in Japan, and has made the transition to broadcasting rather successfully, working alongside Matt McConnell to call Arizona Coyotes action for Fox Sports.

On Saturday night, Nash tried his hand at a new talent: fortune-telling. That’s right, the former St. Louis Blues and Coyotes bruiser may have found an eerie new calling.

In the Coyotes matchup on Saturday, a game against the visiting Florida Panthers, Nash said he had a feeling rookie Justin Hodgman would tally his first NHL marker at some point during the third period. Nash didn’t have to wait long for his prediction to come true: Read more

Patrick Kane’s 500th career point involves who else? Jonathan Toews

Adam Proteau
Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

Given how linked-at-the-hip Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have been since arriving in Chicago and helping deliver a pair of Stanley Cup champions to the Blackhawks, it was only fitting Kane reached a personal milestone with the assistance of the Hawks’ captain.

Kane and Toews collaborated on Chicago’s first goal of their game Sunday night against the Senators, with the former starting the rush into Ottawa’s zone before assisting on the latter’s second goal of the season: Read more

Columbus’ Nick Foligno escapes serious injury despite scary collision with linesman

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Nick Foligno (Getty Images)

Nick Foligno is thanking his lucky stars Sunday night. The Blue Jackets right winger escaped serious injury after being taken off the ice on a stretcher due to an unusual collision with linesman Shane Heyer during the third period of Columbus’ game against the L.A. Kings.

Foligno was skating the puck up the ice along the boards and had his head down when he collided at an awkward angle with the lower back area of Heyer, who had jumped up on the boards in an attempt to avoid contact with players. The 26-year-old fell to the ice immediately and laid motionless for several minutes before he was removed from the ice strapped to a spinal board: Read more

From Kenya to U.K. to hockey expert – the (almost) unbelievable rise of Chris Kibui

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CHRIS KIBUI (hockeytutorial.com)

BY MATT CARLSON

Chris Kibui, the passionate content creator of Hockey Tutorial, gets some memorable messages, such as this one via Facebook: “I am LOLing, as a Canadian and 15-year hockey player, I would never guess I would be getting skate tips from a British-sounding black man. Awesome video, 100% detail, thank you for posting it, it was a lot of help…”

Kibui isn’t just British-sounding: Hockey Tutorial is based in Cambridge, England. Kibui usually plays 40 miles up the road in Peterborough, a small city that’s home to one of just 55 indoor rinks in the United Kingdom.

“Me being probably the most minute demographic in hockey – black and English from Kenya – it’s pretty interesting the comments that get left,” Kibui said. “But I do enjoy reading them.”

Hockey Tutorial’s equipment review videos provide top-to-bottom analyses with detail and clarity. And Kibui presents everything in crisp, proper English. Read more

Watch Brian Boyle help push Lightning reporter through tough workout

Jared Clinton
BrianBoyleWorkout

Brian Boyle is, undoubtedly, one of the hardest working big-bodied forwards in the NHL. A defensive monster throughout his career, Boyle eats tough minutes and isn’t afraid to get in front of a booming shot.

Off the ice, however, Boyle works just as hard. To get an idea of how hard he’s pushing himself off the ice, the Tampa Bay Lightning had their reporter Michelle Gingras get into the gym with Boyle to see what exactly the power forward gets up to: Read more

10-year-old sniper notches best hat trick you’ll see all season

Jared Clinton
Humberview Huskies forward Owen Thompson celebrates his second of three bar down goals. (via YouTube)

Slide over, Corey Perry. There’s a new king of the hat trick.

Sure, Perry’s two three-spots already this season are an incredible testament to his supreme skills, but he just didn’t do it with quite the flare 10-year-old Owen Thompson did.

Just last Friday, Thompson, who plays for the Humberview Huskies of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, scored what may be the most incredible trio of goals you’ll see all season: Read more

Canucks’ Zack Kassian saves too many men call by joining the Blues

Jared Clinton
(Photo by Glenn James/NHL)

There’s never been any doubt that hockey players, like all professional athletes, will do anything they can to help their team to victory.

Be it lying down in front of blistering slapshots, taking a monster body check to make a play, or pulling out some teeth to stay on the bench, hockey players want to make a difference for their team. The last thing they want to do is provide the opposition with a costly power play or make a mistake that their teammates have to pay for.

All of these things could help explain why Zack Kassian became a temporary member of the St. Louis Blues bench on Thursday night: Read more

Zdeno Chara’s knee injury puts major strain on Bruins’ already thinned-out defense corps

Adam Proteau
Zdeno Chara (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

(NOTE – This post has been updated twice. See below.)

The Boston Bruins’ blueline took a salary cap-related hit prior to the season with the trading of veteran Johnny Boychuk – and it got another scare with potentially bigger ramifications Thursday when captain Zdeno Chara left the team’s game against the Islanders with an undisclosed injury. His final shift of the game ended with 8:12 remaining in the first period, and Bruins coach Claude Julien offered no update on his condition after Boston’s 3-2 loss to the Isles.

On his last shift Thursday, Chara laid into Isles captain John Tavares with a solid check, but didn’t give any indication he was injured on the play: Read more