by Ryan Kennedy - February 17, 2010 11:19 AM EST
The Penguins captain has got better each year in the NHL and this year he's become a goal-scorer. But look for Crosby to return to his playmaking roots for Canada.
In its tournament opener against Norway, Canada got the offense it was hoping for, hanging eight goals on a bunch of Vikings and at least one carpenter in a shutout victory.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 15, 2010 11:05 AM EST
The Preds, Caps and Avs are all happy to see an extended mid-season respite as they make that final push down the stretch.
For those who are going to Vancouver, it is the chance to play for country, to claim one of the top prizes in the sport and hang out with fellow elite players.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 10, 2010 11:20 AM EST
Even though Matt Duchene has more points and Tyler Myers is the Calder favorite, Johnny T is the most important player to his franchise.
Based on current projections, your 2010 Calder Trophy winner will be Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers. And rightly so. The lanky wunderkind is logging huge minutes on a good team and is tied for third in rookie scoring with 32 points through 58 games.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 8, 2010 12:20 PM EST
Injuries and old bodies doomed the Hurricanes this year, but a plethora of vets on the way out and prospects in the system will make for a fast turnaround.
Trust this: One of the worst teams in the league right now won’t be that way for long. The Carolina Hurricanes have been euchred by injuries and hampered by the remnants of an old guard about to move on this season, but there’s a slew of reasons to believe this team will be back in the playoffs next season and capable of going a round or two.
by Ryan Kennedy - February 3, 2010 10:20 AM EST
Nevada's adult playground provides so many outlets for fun, but the best of all may be wagering on hockey.
LAS VEGAS – No sports fan can go to Las Vegas without checking out at least one sportsbook and I am no different. It’s a place where you can bet on all sorts of games and most, if not all of the contests, are broadcast for you on huge screens.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 31, 2010 3:30 PM EST
A tailspin forced the Flames to deal an elite defenseman and a top prospect for depth at forward and a versitle blueliner.
For a team in need of change, the Calgary Flames are certainly getting a jolt from GM Darryl Sutter, who traded what used to be a franchise cornerstone in defenseman Dion Phaneuf to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 27, 2010 9:45 AM EST
With so much success at the junior level and nothing to show at the NHL, it's conceivable that Sutter isn't cut out to coach the big boys.
When the Calgary Flames retooled for this season, the addition of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester was no doubt a marquee move, but so was the hiring of Brent Sutter to coach the team.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 20, 2010 11:20 AM EST
Personal vendettas add an extra layer of fun to rivalries. Here are three of the best going in the NHL today.
Sure, it’s a team game, but hockey often comes down to battles; individual matchups and tests of will between two combatants. Recently, I’ve found myself delighting even more in those confrontations and in that spirit, I present to you my three favorite skater battles currently festering in the NHL.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 18, 2010 12:20 PM EST
Despite struggles this season, the future is still bright in Dallas thanks to a pair of top-line wingers under the age of 25.
There may be a lot of upheaval in Dallas right now, thanks to inopportune injuries and a cast of aging veterans who likely won’t be wearing the black and green much longer, but the Stars do have one enviable advantage: they’ve got a top line secured for the next half decade.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 13, 2010 10:30 AM EST
The end of the season is a long way off, but injuries, inconsistency and a tough schedule won't make a post-season berth easy to accomplish.
True, it was one game in a long season, but when was the last time the Detroit Red Wings got waxed 6-0 by the New York Islanders? I’d wager Denis Potvin was involved, let’s put it that way.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 11, 2010 1:35 PM EST
What's the point of a two minute penalty with less than 30 seconds to go? The punishment should fit the time.
So I’m watching the end of the Columbus-Calgary tilt Friday night and with the Blue Jackets up by a goal and time dwindling to its last seconds, the Flames are threatening in deep.
by Ryan Kennedy - January 6, 2010 12:16 AM EST
A disciplined group of American youngsters upsets Team Canada for their second WJC gold... and Sweden spanks the Swiss for bronze.
SASKATOON – It had to go to overtime. And fittingly, the winner came on a rush, U.S. defenseman John Carlson ending the gold medal game at 4:21 of the extra frame with a wrist shot to the blocker side of Canadian goaltender Martin Jones for a 6-5 American win.