by Sam McCaig - March 29, 2009 10:40 AM EDT
The Wings, Ducks and Hurricanes are all getting hot at the right time, while things don't look so bleak in Tampa.
This might be merely a coincidence, but the past three Stanley Cup champions appear to be ramping up their game just in time for the 2009 post-season.
by Sam McCaig - March 21, 2009 10:11 AM EDT
The least of the East's playoff hopefulsâ€¦ Columbus keeps calling Steveâ€¦ and all the other stuff you didn't know about Marty.
Martin Brodeur: The Stuff You Don't Know (And Might Not Need To) With Brodeur passing Patrick Roy for most all-time wins, the NHL has offered up reams of need-to-know information on the Devils goalie, such as: •Brodeur never surrendered a goal, at least in the regular season, to Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman.
by Sam McCaig - March 14, 2009 10:00 AM EDT
The Avs and 'Yotes properly plummet while the Leafs, Isles and Thrashers are seeing W's when they should be finding L's.
It just doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make any sense at all. Teams such as the Thrashers, Islanders and Maple Leafs spend the first three-quarters of the season diligently digging their way to the bottom of the NHL standings – only to foul up their draft-lottery chances by getting hot in the homestretch.
by Sam McCaig - March 7, 2009 9:40 AM EST
The Isles are full of young players and bereft of veteran leadership, so this rebuild truly is from the ground up.
There's inexperience, and then there's the New York Islanders. The franchise that won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s - and has since endured a quarter-century of incompetence - looks more like an American League team than an NHL club these days.
by Sam McCaig - March 1, 2009 10:53 AM EST
What impact will the Schneider, Whitney and Campoli trades have for the teams that made them and others looking to swap?
Typically, the NHL trade deadline is in March; this year is no different, with March 4 the do-or-deal date. But it’s also typical for teams to pull off a few trades in the weeks leading up to the deadline, as clubs try to get ahead before the madness takes over.
by Sam McCaig - February 21, 2009 10:17 AM EST
2008-09 has been a wild ride full of surprises that would have been impossible to predict before the start of the campaign.
The 2008-09 NHL season has been full of surprises. Like, who knew… …that the workmanlike Boston Bruins would have the most wins heading into the homestretch of the regular season? …that the Western Conference would be a wire-to-wire 15-team playoff chase? …that the New Jersey Devils could win so often without Martin Brodeur? …that the Pittsburgh Penguins could lose so often with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin? …that perennial Central Division losers Chicago and Columbus were ready to rise up? …that only three teams in the West would give up fewer goals than the Los Angeles Kings tandem of Jonathan Quick and Erik Ersberg? …that Colorado would fall to the bottom in the West despite a league-best 10-0-1 mark in games that require overtime or a shootout? …that it would get so bad in Ottawa? …that it would get oh-so-bad in Tampa Bay? …that the bottom five teams in the overall NHL standings would all be from the Eastern Conference? …that only two teams in the West – Anaheim and St.
by Sam McCaig - February 15, 2009 10:19 AM EST
The previously untouchable Sharks are on a slide. Well, kind of... and the best from around the NHL.
The San Jose Sharks are picking up points in virtually every game they play. They hold a 20-plus point lead in the Pacific Division. They just beat the Eastern Conference-leading Bruins in Joe Thornton's first full game back in Boston.
by Sam McCaig - February 8, 2009 8:05 PM EST
Manny Legace leaves the Blues behind, Eric Lindros says goodbye to the union, Sean Avery could be back and it all happened in a week.
What a week. Manny and Eric bowed out, while pesky Sean started on the road back. Here's the view from here: Leaving a Legace It was a sad day in St.
by Sam McCaig - January 31, 2009 9:09 AM EST
It's been a while since Florida has enjoyed success, and Columbus never has, but the guard is changing... and the NHL's 40-plus men.
It looks like the 2009 NHL playoffs will feature a few new teams for a change. That’s because four of the five clubs with the longest active playoff droughts are currently holding down a post-season position.
by Sam McCaig - January 18, 2009 10:17 AM EST
There's no doubting Sid The Kid's talent, but the Pens captain's stock will shrink if he can't find a way to stay healthy.
Is he playing today, or not? Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby missed Friday night’s game against Anaheim with a reported left knee injury – officially, of course, it’s a “lower body” boo-boo – but No.
by Sam McCaig - January 11, 2009 9:29 AM EST
Comments on a few of yesterday's headlines, including Shanny to N.J., Sturm surgery, the Peverley pick up and more.
First, a confession. I've been writing a weekly blog for THN.com for more than a year now – and I really have no idea what a blog is.
by Sam McCaig - December 28, 2008 10:25 AM EST
The year 2009 is almost upon us and it's time for NHL clubs to look in the mirror and make promises they can't keep.
Thirty NHL teams, 30 New Year's resolutions that won't be kept – or for the most part, even be suggested. Except here. The Anaheim Ducks resolve to…get rid of every player not named Niedermayer.