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THN.com Blog: Returns and departures

THN.com Blog: Returns and departures

by Sam McCaig - February 5, 2008 1:37 PM EST

The Ducks get back another high flier... the Oilers lose an all-star... and Ovechkin eyes the scoring prizes.
The rich get richer, the poor get poorer…and the Ducks get duckier. With defenseman Scott Niedermayer back in the fold for nearly two months now, Anaheim is ready to welcome back another superstar to its lineup.


THN.com Blog: Best rookies from around the league

THN.com Blog: Best rookies from around the league

by Sam McCaig - January 29, 2008 2:45 PM EST

We take a team-by-team look at which rookies are impressing us the most as the home stretch begins on the NHL season.
Here's a team-by-team look at NHL rookies who are making some noise this season: ANAHEIM There isn’t a Calder candidate in Anaheim; left winger Drew Miller was leading the Ducks rookies with two goals and five points in 26 NHL games played through Jan.


THN.com Blog: The dreaded Conference final curse

THN.com Blog: The dreaded Conference final curse

by Sam McCaig - January 22, 2008 3:26 AM EST

Blame the Sabres' woes on back-to-back Conference final appearances... Niedermayer a star, but an all-star?... and Evgeni Crosby.
Losing Chris Drury and Daniel Briere to unrestricted free agency last summer was a big blow to the Buffalo Sabres. Duh. We all know that. But perhaps there’s another reason for the team’s fall from the top of the Eastern Conference to down near the bottom.


THN.com Blog: Despite recent struggles, future is bright for Hawks

THN.com Blog: Despite recent struggles, future is bright for Hawks

by Sam McCaig - January 15, 2008 3:23 PM EST

Injuries have done in the Hawks once again, but the team - with a healthy crop of youngsters - is heading in the right direction.
The Chicago Blackhawks must have thought that, finally, this season would be it: The team’s first playoff berth since 2002. A chance at success for the first time since Denis Savard was a player, not a coach.


THN.com Blog: Sun rising in Phoenix earlier than expected

THN.com Blog: Sun rising in Phoenix earlier than expected

by Sam McCaig - January 8, 2008 3:40 PM EST

No one gave the 'Yotes a chance, but they're proving their detractors wrong.
Even if they don’t win another game this year, the Phoenix Coyotes will have exceeded expectations in 2007-08 and laid the groundwork for future success.


THN.com Blog: Goals, goals and more goals

THN.com Blog: Goals, goals and more goals

by Sam McCaig - December 18, 2007 6:59 PM EST

By looking at the numbers you can see who are the biggest (and smallest) threats to put one in the back of the net.
In the end, it all comes down to which team scored the most. Take a quick stroll through the NHL’s red-light district: 5 He’s old, injured and isn’t even mouthing off this year, but Jeremy Roenick still knows how to win: The Sharks center leads all NHLers with five game-winning goals, despite missing six contests with an injured knee (he’s listed as day-to-day).


THN.com Blog: Lights out for Tampa on the road

THN.com Blog: Lights out for Tampa on the road

by Sam McCaig - December 11, 2007 12:27 PM EST

The Lightning are great at home, but their inability to compete on foreign ice could keep them out of the playoffs.
The Tampa Bay Lightning is an NHL-worst 2-11-1 away from home this season (compared to an 11-3-2 mark at home, second only to Detroit’s 13-2-0 record at Joe Louis Arena).


THN.com Blog: Philly is mean to the bone

THN.com Blog: Philly is mean to the bone

by Sam McCaig - December 4, 2007 2:46 PM EST

The Flyers have a long list of suspensions, but they are winning and more toughness is being groomed on the farm.
And then there were five. Philadelphia Flyers who have been suspended this season, that is. Riley Cote is the latest, getting three games for a headshot on Dallas defenseman Matt Niskanen Saturday night.


THN.com Blog: Proposed schedule change OK, but not enough

THN.com Blog: Proposed schedule change OK, but not enough

by Sam McCaig - November 27, 2007 1:42 PM EST

The lack of a home-and-home against every team in the league is an injustice to fans.
The NHL board of governors meeting is later this week and it’s anticipated that changing the league’s schedule will be high on the agenda.


THN.com Blog: Third team's a charm

THN.com Blog: Third team's a charm

by Sam McCaig - November 20, 2007 3:54 PM EST

By the numbers, the New York Islanders are one team to watch, while Ilya Kovalchuk is lifting the Thrashers.
Ottawa, at 16-3-0, is No. 1 in the NHL, while the top team in the West, Detroit, is second overall. But do you have any idea which NHL team ranks third overall, in terms of winning percentage? The New York Islanders.


THN.com Blog: Riveting Rivalries

by Sam McCaig - November 13, 2007 2:59 PM EST

The streaky kids; J.R.'s shark attack; and who said Montreal would miss Souray?
The NHL’s rivalry-rigged schedule is in full effect tonight, with all five games featuring divisional foes. If you detest backchecking, tune into Florida-Atlanta; if you need a comfort game, there’s Detroit-St.


THN.com Blog: Southern comfort

by Sam McCaig - November 6, 2007 1:28 PM EST

Ovie and Kovy go head-to-head... Sundin getting better with age... and tending woes in Pittsburgh and Tampa.
Snipers take aim Two of the NHL’s most electrifying players face off Tuesday when Alex Ovechkin’s Washington Capitals travel to Atlanta to take on Ilya Kovalchuk’s Thrashers.


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