9:51 PM EDT, Tue March 19, 2019
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Nashville Predators Viktor Arvidsson One of NHL’s Best Kept Secrets

Nashville Predators Viktor Arvidsson One of NHL’s Best Kept Secrets

Despite missing 23 games due to injury, Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson is on pace for a career season. Appearing in only 49 games, he's eclipsed the 30 goal mark. At even-strength, Arvidsson ranks among the league's most prolific scorers. Looking at contracts around the NHL for players producing at similar rates, his $4.25 million AAV is a fraction of the price many of his peers are paid. Taking a deeper look at the numbers and comparable contracts, Viktor Arvidsson appears to be one of the league's more underappreciated players. Predators Viktor Arvidsson Is a Great Deal If...
9 hours ago
Aleksander Barkov Outstanding Season With Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov Outstanding Season With Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers have been a highly inconsistent team this season. But a few bright spots appeared. Last summer, the Panthers promoted their young leader Aleksander Barkov to be the team´s captain. This move has paid dividends for both the club and player. There is a simple reason for this — Barkov is having an outstanding season with Florida and is clearly one of the most underappreciated players in the NHL. Aleksander Barkov is the Right Captain for the Florida Panthers Last season was troubling for the Panthers. After struggling from the beginning of the year, they found their...
12 hours ago
San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski Out with Lower-Body Injury

San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski Out with Lower-Body Injury

The San Jose Sharks have announced that captain Joe Pavelski will be out for an uncertain amount of time as he's dealing with a lower-body injury. Head coach Peter DeBoer announced the news after the Sharks 7-3 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights. Sharks Joe Pavelski Out With Lower-Body Injury #Sharks captain Joe Pavelski will be out of the lineup "a little longer than day to day" with a lower-body injury.https://t.co/BdhFaKlSt6 — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 19, 2019 It's uncertain when Pavelski suffered the injury. However, he was held out of the game against the Golden Knights because of...
12 hours ago
Colton Sissons Finding His Game For Nashville Predators

Colton Sissons Finding His Game For Nashville Predators

Many people think of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson when they think of Nashville Predators forwards. However, Colton Sissons is quietly heating up in Nashville’s quest for a second straight Central Division crown. Colton Sissons has scored in the last two games after the formation of a new line with Craig Smith and Calle Jarnkrok. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native has already topped his career-high in goals with 13. However, the new partnership with Smith and Jarnkrok has given him his first points for the month. Colton Sissons Enjoying New Linemates The...
13 hours ago
The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #223 – The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Pre-Preview

The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #223 – The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Pre-Preview

Last Word on Hockey presents The 4th Line Hockey Podcast #223 - The Double Elimination. Carl and Nick provide their own unique and fun view of hockey. Every week the guys share their thoughts on the news of the week, have a variety of guests from the world of hockey as well as spending some time in segments like The Elimination Station, Joel’s Counselling Couch, The Rant Shack, and The Hot Seat. Stanley Cup Playoffs With the Stanley Cup Playoffs nearing, the guys take a spin around the playoff picture. Are the Flames primed for an upset? Can Columbus go for a deep run? Or will they miss...
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Sidney Crosby: Constant Competitor for Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby: Constant Competitor for Pittsburgh Penguins

It's Sidney Crosby showing he is a constant competitor that keeps his Pittsburgh Penguins in playoff contention. Whether he is being considered for the Hart Trophy as his team’s most valuable player or the Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward, he is enjoying his favourite time of year. When it’s Playoff Time You Know Sidney Crosby Will Shine Crosby is the player you want when the game is on the line, you can count on “Sid the kid” to come through with a play that makes the difference. His uncanny ability to not be knocked off the puck makes him a real challenge for every...
14 hours ago
Florida Panthers Season: Disappointing Yet Again

Florida Panthers Season: Disappointing Yet Again

Somewhat unusually this year, expectations were high for the Florida Panthers season. They had made a smart deadline pickup in Frank Vatrano the year before and looked to supercharge their offence spearheaded by two-way talent Aleksander Barkov and offseason acquisition Mike Hoffman. And it all happened. At the time of publication, Vatrano has 22 goals in 2018-19, Barkov is a 30-goal scorer while retaining his defensive game, and Hoffman has fit right in with 33 goals and has spearheaded the second-best power play in the league (26.8%). So, with these improvements to a team that finished...
20 hours ago
Report: Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Top Prospect Elvis Merzlikins

Report: Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Top Prospect Elvis Merzlikins

The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly close to signing top prospect goaltender Elvis Merzlikins. It's expected that he will sign an entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets. https://twitter.com/Aportzline/status/1107743557916319744 Elvis Merzlikins Expected to Sign With Blue Jackets Merzlikins has also seen time in international play including last year during the World Cup of Hockey. He appeared in six games posting a 1.50 goals-against average and .950 save percentage. Elvis Merzlikins has been named World Championship top 3 player on a team the past three years. Also, during...
22 hours ago
Report: Toronto Maple Leafs to Sign Nic Petan to Two-Year extension

Report: Toronto Maple Leafs to Sign Nic Petan to Two-Year extension

The Toronto Maple Leafs are expected to sign recently acquired Nic Petan to a two-year contract extension. The news was reported by Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar via Twitter. Toronto Maple Leafs to Sign Nic Petan to Two-Year Extension The #Leafs are expected to sign forward Nic Petan to a two-year deal, @sportsnetirf reports.https://t.co/8lbA6mByBT — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 18, 2019 Nic Petan was acquired by the Maple Leafs at this year's trade deadline from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for forward Par Lindholm. In three games with the Maple Leafs this season, Petan has scored one...
Mar 18, 2019
Austin Watson Reinstated to Nashville Predators

Austin Watson Reinstated to Nashville Predators

The National Hockey League has announced that Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been reinstated and entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program. https://twitter.com/FriedgeHNIC/status/1107764642573541378 Waston will continue to be monitored by the league’s program. Austin Watson Reinstated He has been out of the lineup since Jan. 29, when he was placed into stage two of the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program. Watson was suspended for 27 games on Aug. 1 after a domestic assault charge. His sentence was later reduced...
Mar 18, 2019
Toronto Maple Leafs Frederik Gauthier To Miss At Least Two Games

Toronto Maple Leafs Frederik Gauthier To Miss At Least Two Games

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that centermen Frederik Gauthier will be out at least two games with a foot injury. He will miss the team's road trip against the Nashville Predators and Buffalo Sabres. He will then be re-evaluated after that. Leafs forward Frederik Gauthier (foot) will not travel with the team for the next two games in Nashville and Buffalo and will be re-evaluated on Thursday. #LeafsForever — Leafs PR (@LeafsPR) March 18, 2019  Frederik Gauthier Out Frederik Gauthier has been a pleasant surprise for the Leafs this year. He is known for his size and because of...
Mar 18, 2019
James van Riemsdyk Providing Value For Philadelphia Flyers

James van Riemsdyk Providing Value For Philadelphia Flyers

The Philadelphia Flyers made a big splash when they signed James van Riemsdyk in the off-season. The five-year deal came after a career-high 36 goals for van Riemsdyk. It was the first time he hit the 30-goal mark since 2013-14. And with the Flyers in a tough battle for the playoffs, van Riemsdyk has been providing a much-needed scoring touch. He likely won't best his total from last season, but he is proving why the Flyers signed him to the five-year deal. James van Riemsdyk Adding Scoring Touch Van Riemsdyk's second stint with the Flyers didn't start out the way anyone had planned. About...
Mar 18, 2019
Last Word on Habs Pod: Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

Last Word on Habs Pod: Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens. Last Word on Habs Pod: Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks On this week's episode of the pod, Johannes takes us inside his triumphant Hyde Cup performance. The guys thought it important to inject some joy into the show...
Mar 17, 2019
Evgeni Malkin Week-To-Week With Upper Body Injury

Evgeni Malkin Week-To-Week With Upper Body Injury

The Pittsburgh Penguins were dealt another injury blow to their lineup as head coach Mike Sullivan has announced that Evgeni Malkin will be week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Malkin suffered the injury on a crosscheck from Robert Bortuzzo during Saturday afternoon's game against the St. Louis Blues. https://twitter.com/SethRorabaugh/status/1107479624760606720 Malkin ended up finishing the rest of the game but did not appear in Sunday night's 2-1 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Evgeni Malkin Out With Upper Body Injury This injury is obviously a huge blow to the Penguins. They're...
Mar 17, 2019
Boston Bruins Brad Marchand’s Reputation

Boston Bruins Brad Marchand’s Reputation

By now, Brad Marchand’s reputation has made anyone who watches the NHL familiar with his name. Whether that name comes with praise or pure disgust, he has made his presence known. He came into the league during the 2009-10 season where he didn’t do much besides notch a single assist. It was the next season that his career took off. He played in 77 games for the Boston Bruins and recorded 21 goals and 20 assists. That year, he also lifted the Stanley Cup with 11 goals and eight assists in the playoffs. Boston Bruins Brad Marchand's Reputation The Cheap Shots and Odd Moves It is undeniable...