by John Grigg - December 2, 2009 3:20 PM EST
There's been a lot of nutty things taking place in this NHL season so far. We count down the wackiest facts.
Through two months of the 2009-10 season the NHL hasn’t exactly played out as most expected. Sure, Joe Thornton leads the league in assists and New Jersey is allowing a league-low number of goals against, but Martin Havlat has just two goals and is minus-14, and Anaheim is last in the Pacific Division.
by John Grigg - November 25, 2009 4:00 PM EST
Chris Neil and Zenon Konopka may be tops in the league with 76 PIMs, but our No. 1 puts them to shame in PIMsPM.
We’re hovering around the quarter-mark of the NHL season and Ottawa’s Chris Neil and Tampa’s Zenon Konopka are leading the NHL with 76 penalty minutes.
by John Grigg - November 18, 2009 1:45 PM EST
With a young Blue Jackets prospect making headlines in deciding to return to Russia, we look at the best scorers their top league has to offer.
Despite criticisms of it being propped-up by oligarchs and the Russian government, the Kontinental League is proving to be a viable place for players to earn a living – and in many cases a better living than they can earn anywhere else.
by John Grigg - November 11, 2009 4:25 PM EST
On a day we honor those who fought for their country, THN counts down the best who also played the great game of hockey.
Remembrance Day is a special day. We remember those who gave their lives for others in far-away places. Today’s heroes fight in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq.
by John Grigg - November 4, 2009 3:45 PM EST
The NHL has had more than its fair share of injuries this season, but some have had a greater impact than others.
With Alex Ovechkin’s injury this week, six surefire Russian Olympians are currently on the shelf – Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Andrei Markov, Anton Volchenkov, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin.
by John Grigg - October 28, 2009 3:15 PM EDT
With the 50-year anniversary of the goalie mask upon us, we look back at moments of indelible impact.
Nov. 1 marks the 50th anniversary of Jacques Plante becoming the first goaltender to don a mask upon returning to a game after an injury. Plante didn’t invent the goalie mask, but he certainly improved it and the two have since become synonymous with one another.
by John Grigg - October 21, 2009 3:30 PM EDT
We count down the players who provide their teams with the best bang for the salary cap buck.
With Atlanta’s signing of former waiver-wire castoff and current super-bargain center Rich Peverley to a contract extension Tuesday, we got to debating some of the NHL’s other best bargains.
by John Grigg - October 14, 2009 3:09 PM EDT
Last week was goal-scorers, this week we look at the top helpers of all-time.
With Joe Thornton, Nicklas Backstrom and even Matt Carle on early paces to crack the 100-assist mark for the first time in 21 years (only three players have ever done it), we thought it’d be fun to look back at some of the best seasons by set-up men in NHL history.
by John Grigg - October 7, 2009 4:00 PM EDT
Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 137 goals after three games, which would put him well ahead of the all-time bests.
After Tuesday night’s games, at least one media outlet began running graphics about just what kind of numbers Alex Ovechkin is on pace to put up this year.
by John Grigg - September 30, 2009 12:25 PM EDT
As we prepare for the official first puck drop, we take one last look at the best players from the practice season.
The real deal begins Thursday, but the pre-season has offered some intriguing plot lines – and we’re not talking about NHL teams losing to European club squads.
by John Grigg - September 23, 2009 2:30 PM EDT
They don't get much playing time and they certainly don't get a lot of credit, but let's give some love to the second-stringers.
It’s the most unheralded position in hockey, but also one of the most important. There’s nothing worse for players than when they feel they can’t trust the man guarding the twine during the odd night their No.
by John Grigg - September 16, 2009 3:22 PM EDT
From a wide array to choose from, we countdown the game's best young blueliners.
It’s the hardest position for youngsters to play in the NHL; preternatural skill doesn’t necessarily translate to success. Why? Defensemen must be physically mature, able to fend off behemoths along the boards and in front of the net.
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