by Sam McCaig - December 20, 2008 11:53 PM UTC
Guess who's leading the trick parade? Can Chicago with the Cup? And just how should fans feel about Sundin?
Here are three questions to ponder in between all the egg nog and sugar plums: Who has the most hat tricks this season? (Hint: He plays for the Philadelphia Flyers – and it's not 24-goal man Jeff Carter.
by Sam McCaig - December 13, 2008 9:47 AM UTC
The Devils, Sharks and Canucks all lost their starting goalies with each suffering a different degree of hardship in his absence.
You can come up with a pretty convincing argument that says Roberto Luongo, Martin Brodeur and Evgeni Nabokov have been the best three goaltenders in the NHL for the past several seasons.
by Sam McCaig - December 6, 2008 11:07 AM UTC
A pair of vets, Claude Lemieux and Chris Chelios, are playing in the American League, a circuit normally reserved for the youngsters.
The American Hockey League, a development league? Not this weekend. Not with Chris Chelios, who turns 47 in January, playing a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids and 43-year-old Claude Lemieux trying to resurrect his career in Worcester.
by Sam McCaig - November 29, 2008 3:08 PM UTC
While most fans seem to like the one-on-one game-finisher, the shootout remains a skill-competition and is no way to decide a team game.
A couple of days ago, a fellow THN editor asked me if I was still “down on the shootout.” I promptly replied, “Yes.” However, back when the tie-breaking format was introduced in 2005, I probably would’ve yelled, “Hell, yes!” and immediately launched into a double-decibel rant about the NHL selling out the game and the shootout’s complete lack of credibility.
by Sam McCaig - November 23, 2008 3:42 PM UTC
It was all things Clark inside Toronto's Air Canada Centre when the Maple Leafs honored No. 17 for his time with the blue and white.
With the Air Canada Centre packed with 19,474 Maple Leafs fans sporting 'staches and clutching the bobblehead of their favorite marauding, goal-scoring Bud, the scene was set for Wendel Clark's banner raising in Toronto on Saturday night.
by Sam McCaig - November 15, 2008 10:22 AM UTC
New Jersey with a poor penalty kill? Simon Gagne leading in shorthanded production? We crunch the numbers.
The San Jose Sharks are 10-0-1 at home, with the only blemish a 4-3 overtime loss to Nashville on Remembrance Day. The Detroit Red Wings, meanwhile, are 8-1-1 on the road, for the best away-from-home record in the league.
by Sam McCaig - November 2, 2008 9:19 AM UTC
The numbers don't lie, and the stats from the first month of the NHL season contain plenty of oddities.
Every time there's an election in the U.S., the possibility of an "October surprise" arises. It's the idea that a big, late-breaking story will sway people to vote in droves for a particular candidate.
by Sam McCaig - October 26, 2008 1:57 PM UTC
Having all 30 teams in action for the first time since Day 1 of the post-lockout era led to some interesting facts.
Feast or famine, NHL style. That would be 15 games on Saturday – with all 30 teams in action for just the second time in league history – followed by a Sunday bereft of hockey.
by Sam McCaig - October 19, 2008 10:08 AM UTC
Martin Biron wishes it was last year's playoffs, Marty Turco wishes it was the pre-season and Martin Brodeur inches towards immortality.
Remember Martin Biron's coming-out party in the playoffs last spring? The Flyers goaltender made his long overdue NHL post-season debut and led Philadelphia past Washington and Montreal in the first two playoff rounds before falling to Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference final.
by Sam McCaig - October 11, 2008 4:15 PM UTC
Did somebody say Vancouver would have trouble scoring?... goals galore... and Dougie's coaching debut.
Maybe the question should've been, who's not going to score for the Canucks this season. Vancouver skated into the 2008-09 campaign as the team that couldn't generate any offense.
by Sam McCaig - October 5, 2008 10:23 AM UTC
Comebacks and career revivals are a part of every season, so here are a few players who are most likely to step it up this season.
Ice time and opportunity, as well as health and happiness, are significant factors in a player's productivity. For the eight players below, the stars haven't been aligned the past few seasons and their dwindling output has reflected that fact.
by Sam McCaig - September 28, 2008 10:27 AM UTC
There isn't much glory in scoring points in the pre-season, but it at least allows some minor-leaguers to get noticed.
Pre-season stats are a big lie, of course, full of false promise for bubble players before the reality of the regular season sets in. Sure, talented Buffalo center Derek Roy led the league in pretend points last September and, certainly, the NHL's name players are well-represented in the exhibition scoring race.