Ken Campbell discusses the news and events around the NHL and world of hockey
by Ken Campbell - May 17, 2013 2:35 PM EDT
The Kings are known for their physical brand of hockey, but they play with a champion-style discipline.
Here’s an interesting query for you to digest as you begin to tuck into the meat of the second round of the playoffs: Take a wild guess how many roughing penalties the Los Angeles Kings have in this year’s post-season.
by Ken Campbell - May 14, 2013 12:55 AM EDT
Down 4-1 in the third, Boston got serious to mount the comeback. For Toronto, the crushing loss should accelerate their build.
BOSTON – If you’re looking for a turning point in the wildest game of this year’s playoffs, you might be surprised to learn that it came seven minutes into the third period with the Boston Bruins down 4-2 and Milan Lucic headed to the penalty box.
by Ken Campbell - May 13, 2013 9:38 AM EDT
Though he's just 22 and has only a handful of NHL games under his belt, 'Silver Stick' Gardiner has been golden against the Bruins.
As the Toronto Maple Leafs go into their first Game 7 experience in nine years Monday night, they do so with the comfort that one of their top defenseman is a seasoned NHL veteran and been through this kind of thing many times before.
by Ken Campbell - May 10, 2013 2:40 PM EDT
Don't blame injuries on the Habs loss; should there be transparency in award voting?; and bodychecking in minor hockey.
Random thoughts on a rainy Friday: THOSE HURTIN’ HABS Anyone who uses injuries as an excuse for the Montreal Canadiens poor performance during the playoffs was looking at that series through red, white and blue colored glasses.
by Ken Campbell - May 9, 2013 1:47 AM EDT
Boston's underrated skater was the top scorer the year they won the Cup and is burying the Leafs this year.
For years, a lot of people in the hockey establishment who should have known better would peddle complete nonsense when it came to European players in the playoffs.
by Ken Campbell - May 7, 2013 12:09 AM EDT
A few years ago, the Leafs had to choose between two prospect goaltenders, which resulted in trading Tuukka Rask to Boston.
Two years ago, Tuukka Rask watched Tim Thomas go out and win a Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins. And if Thomas hadn’t taken this season off to focus on “family, friends and faith,” and who knows what else, Rask would probably be at the end of the Bruins bench again this spring.
by Ken Campbell - May 6, 2013 9:44 AM EDT
When the NHL allows The Code to overrule its rulebook, Sunday night's brawl is exactly the type of thing that happens.
Here we are at Day 7 of the playoffs and the dominant topic of conversation today will be Game 3 Sunday night between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.
by Ken Campbell - May 3, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
Eric Gryba's hit on Lars Eller resulted in a terrible injury, but it didn't appear as premeditated and vicious as Dustin Brown missing Jaden Schwartz.
As expected, the hockey world reacted with passion and volume on both sides of the issue when Eric Gryba of the Ottawa Senators drilled Lars Eller of the Montreal Canadiens with a blow to the head that had devastating results.
by Ken Campbell - April 30, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly talked to THN.com about the Coyotes future, which is uncertain to say the least.
Almost four years after enduring a long and expensive court battle to keep the Phoenix Coyotes out of the clutches of Jim Balisille and after years of insisting the team remain in Arizona, the NHL is showing definitive signs of wavering in its support for a team in the desert.
by Ken Campbell - April 30, 2013 12:06 PM EDT
After winning the draft lottery Monday night, the Colorado Avalanche will pick first overall on June 30, where they're expected to pick Seth Jones.
Seth Jones took his first tentative steps as a minor hockey player in Denver and, thanks to some luck in the NHL draft lottery, will have an opportunity to start his pro career there as well.
by Ken Campbell - April 29, 2013 3:25 PM EDT
The Dallas Stars replaced NHL Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk with long-time Wings assistant Jim Nill - and odds are it'll be an upgrade.
When Joe Nieuwendyk was hired as GM of the Dallas Stars four years ago, he was heralded as one of the game’s bright young minds, despite the fact the only managerial experience he had were short junior portfolios with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canada’s World Championship team.
by Ken Campbell - April 26, 2013 2:03 PM EDT
Erik Karlsson's return form injury a few months early was an amazing achievement, but these things are becoming less and less of a surprise.
At the morning skate before Erik Karlsson’s first game back after missing two months, Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean was asked what he expected that night from his Norris Trophy-winning defenseman.
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