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NHL Mid-Season Report: Central Division

NHL Mid-Season Report: Central Division

by Rory Boylen - January 14, 2011 11:50 AM EST

While the Red Wings are on top again and the young Blues and Blue Jackets are at the bottom, the Hawks and Predators fight for home ice.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS THN pre-season prediction: 4th in West Scoring leaders: Patrick Sharp, 44; Jonathan Toews, 36; Patrick Kane, 34. Key stat: Despite the off-season losses, last year’s No.


THN.com Blog: Can John Tortorella get the most out of Wojtek Wolski?

THN.com Blog: Can John Tortorella get the most out of Wojtek Wolski?

by Rory Boylen - January 11, 2011 12:30 PM EST

The Rangers dealt their most experienced defender for 24-year-old Wolski, who has had a hot-and-cold start to his career.
It wasn’t all that long ago the New York Rangers spent gobs of money to bring in a laundry list of players to try and mish-mash together a Stanley Cup contender.


THN.com Blog: Not all great WJC performances translate to NHL success

THN.com Blog: Not all great WJC performances translate to NHL success

by Rory Boylen - January 4, 2011 2:40 PM EST

While a lot of stars have excelled at the WJC, there are also a lot of promising prospects who performed well at the tournament, but didn't make it in the big leagues.
It’s hard not to get caught up in all the action and excitement when the world’s top hockey prospects compete for gold. Not only are you cheering on your country, you’re witnessing the next generation of NHL stars before they make it.


THN.com Blog: Nothing like hockey on the backyard rink

THN.com Blog: Nothing like hockey on the backyard rink

by Rory Boylen - December 28, 2010 9:30 AM EST

Forget the NHL's Winter Classic, outdoor hockey at its finest is played on homemade rinks with friends and family, creating memories that last a lifetime.
The best part about the holiday season? Playing outdoor hockey on the rink, of course. Ever since I can remember we’ve had a rink at our house.


THN.com Blog: Pavel Datsyuk, the NHL's best Russian

THN.com Blog: Pavel Datsyuk, the NHL's best Russian

by Rory Boylen - December 21, 2010 3:05 PM EST

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin have all the flash, but Pavel Datsyuk's skill set and consistency make him the best from his native land.
Two seasons ago, four of the top six scorers in the NHL were Russian. Last season it was four of the top 19. So far this season, it’s four of the top 29.


THN.com Blog: One-on-one with Islanders GM Garth Snow

THN.com Blog: One-on-one with Islanders GM Garth Snow

by Rory Boylen - December 13, 2010 9:50 AM EST

The Islanders GM talks about firing Scott Gordon as coach, sending Josh Bailey to the American League and much more.
The Hockey News: What was the thought process behind letting Scott Gordon go when you did? Garth Snow: We’re a team that’s rebuilding, we’re a team that has a great nucleus that’s going to help us in the near future – not only with players here, but we have prospects in Bridgeport, prospects in junior and in Europe and college hockey.


THN.com Blog: Minnesota Wild missing Jacques Lemaire

THN.com Blog: Minnesota Wild missing Jacques Lemaire

by Rory Boylen - December 7, 2010 1:30 PM EST

The post-Jacques Lemaire era in Minnesota was supposed to be filled with excitement, but it's been nothing but a downhill ride.
Sometimes you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. When the Minnesota Wild and coach Jacques Lemaire parted ways after the 2008-09 season there was a sense the shutdown and trap style he’s so famous for would go by the wayside.


THN.com Blog: The respectful Sharks-Red Wings rivalry

THN.com Blog: The respectful Sharks-Red Wings rivalry

by Rory Boylen - November 30, 2010 12:35 PM EST

Two of the West's best, Detroit and San Jose have more in common than just their consistent dominance of the conference.
When the Detroit Red Wings and San Jose Sharks faceoff Tuesday night (and again Dec. 6) it’ll be a battle of the behemoths – even if the Sharks haven’t found their groove quite yet.


THN.com Blog: Panthers looking to recapture lost magic

THN.com Blog: Panthers looking to recapture lost magic

by Rory Boylen - November 23, 2010 1:55 PM EST

Early on in its existence, the Florida franchise was filled with promise, but none of it ever came to be and the team is still searching for glory.
Once upon a time the Florida Panthers were a legitimate, stable franchise rooting itself as an overachieving underdog. An expansion team along with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1993-94, Florida employed the legendary Roger Neilson as its first coach, while Craig Ramsay and Lindy Ruff served as his assistants.


THN.com Blog: How Scott Arniel helped get Cory Schneider's career on track

THN.com Blog: How Scott Arniel helped get Cory Schneider's career on track

by Rory Boylen - November 16, 2010 1:30 PM EST

The 26th pick overall in 2004, Cory Schneider's pro career got off to a rocky start, but was quickly reeled in by the current Columbus coach.
The 2004 draft – a.k.a. Alex Ovechkin’s year – was considered to be deep in goaltending talent. Al Montoya, Devan Dubnyk and Marek Schwarz were all highly regarded first-rounders who went before the No.


THN.com Blog: Rangers having draft success in post-lockout NHL

THN.com Blog: Rangers having draft success in post-lockout NHL

by Rory Boylen - November 9, 2010 2:45 PM EST

The New York Rangers have a reputation for throwing around money, but they have been responsible with bringing along prospects recently, too.
The New York Rangers have always been recognized as a team unafraid to toss money around in an attempt to improve the roster. In the pre-salary cap era, New York’s draft record was pretty shoddy: From Jeff Brown and Stefan Cherneski to Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, they struggled to draft successfully in the first round in the late-’90s and early into the 21st century.


THN.com Blog: Blue Jackets have good start despite lack of star power

THN.com Blog: Blue Jackets have good start despite lack of star power

by Rory Boylen - November 2, 2010 2:20 PM EDT

While players like Rick Nash and Steve Mason struggle, the Blue Jackets are still above .500 and have beaten some good teams.
How the heck are the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-4-0? It’s early and the numbers should eventually work themselves out, but the team’s stats simply don’t support a winning record and a top-eight spot in the deeply competitive Western Conference.


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