10:36 AM EDT, Thu October 18, 2018
31 mins ago

Max Domi’s Fresh Start

After struggling in the desert with the Arizona Coyotes, Max Domi was brought to Montreal as the singular return in the Alex Galchenyuk trade. It was a trade that saw two very talented forwards in need of a change. However, Domi was coming into a tougher situation in Montreal. The team was coming off one […] The post Max Domi’s Fresh Start appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
46 mins ago

Flyers’ Elliott Being Tested Early & Often

“With great power comes great responsibility,” a quote made famous by a Spider-Man comic can be used for many circumstances, one of those is being an NHL starting goalie. As a team’s no. 1 goaltender, a select few carry a huge weight on their shoulders. Expectations are that they stop whatever shots may come their […] The post Flyers’ Elliott Being Tested Early & Often appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
1 hour ago

Lightning’s Penalty Kill Is ‘Killing It’

What may have been lost in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s eight goal shellacking of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 13 was the dominance of the teams often maligned penalty kill. The unit went five for five on the night, keeping Columbus off the scoreboard at the most vital of times. This continued into their […] The post Lightning’s Penalty Kill Is ‘Killing It’ appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
1 hour ago

Devils’ Hall & Hischier Due for Offensive Explosion

The New Jersey Devils have gotten off to a hot start, winning their first four contests of the season, marking their best start in 23 years. They have 17 goals in four games and have been getting scoring from all four of their lines. While they’ve shown offensive depth, their two leading scorers from 2017-18 — […] The post Devils’ Hall & Hischier Due for Offensive Explosion appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
1 hour ago

Rangers’ Kevin Hayes: Long-Term or Stopgap Solution

In terms of dollars and cents, the 2018-19 season is going to be big for New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes. His final statistical numbers will help to determine if he’s a long-term or stopgap solution for the franchise’s rebuilding effort moving forward. It’s one of the most intriguing questions in sports today: When do […] The post Rangers’ Kevin Hayes: Long-Term or Stopgap Solution appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
2 hours ago

Sabres Sign Pekar the Pest

While homeowners wince at the idea of pests in their house, the Buffalo Sabres have gladly welcomed one to their organization, inking forward Matej Pekar to a three-year, entry-level contract. Pekar, a native of Turnov, Czech Republic, was chosen in the fourth round (94th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. The 6-foot, 173 pound […] The post Sabres Sign Pekar the Pest appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
2 hours ago

Gord Downie, Hockey, and the Tragically Hip

Gord Downie, the powerful, enigmatic and wonderfully quirky Canadian singer-songwriter passed away in late 2017. It wasn’t a surprise to anyone. He chose to make his brain cancer diagnosis public in May 2016. That summer, he underwent an emotional and exhausting tour with his band The Tragically Hip. The finale in Kingston, Ontario was described by the New […] The post Gord Downie, Hockey, and the Tragically Hip appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
17 hours ago

NHL News & Notes: Tkachuk, Injury Updates & More

In today’s News & Notes, The Senators injury list is growing, there are a few updates on the NHL injury front and the NHL waiver wire includes one claim and a few new names. Related: NHL News & Notes: Svechnikov, Oshie & Wilson & More Brady Tkachuk Out With Torn Ligament The Senators will be […] The post NHL News & Notes: Tkachuk, Injury Updates & More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
23 hours ago

NHL Rumors: Doughty, Nylander, Penguins, Senators, More

In today’s rumor rundown, there are rumors William Nylander and the Maple Leafs are meeting in Switzerland today while Matt Duchene and the Senators have already met. Drew Doughty talked about using Toronto as a negotiation tool and the Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with what they have in spite of the bad news that fell […] The post NHL Rumors: Doughty, Nylander, Penguins, Senators, More appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
23 hours ago

Ducks Defense Causing Offense to Struggle

To start the 2018-19 NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks have accumulated nine points in six games. It’s their best start since the 2014-15 season and they lead the Pacific Division. One major problem persists, though — the Ducks are winning games in an unsustainable way. They’re the league’s worst team in Corsi-for percentage — although the number […] The post Ducks Defense Causing Offense to Struggle appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
23 hours ago

Eriksson Can’t Be a Passenger for Canucks

While many might have expected Bo Horvat and Brock Boeser to lead the Vancouver Canucks offensively, that hasn’t been the case early in the season. Instead, 19-year-old wunderkind Elias Pettersson has taken the offensive reins for the Canucks. Before he was diagnosed with a concussion, Pettersson ripped off five goals and eight points in his […] The post Eriksson Can’t Be a Passenger for Canucks appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Oct 17, 2018

Toews Resurgence & Jokiharju’s Debut: Five Blackhawks Takeaways

The Chicago Blackhawks have made history as the first team NHL team to start a season with the first five games going to overtime. This has resulted in a promising starting record of 3-0-2. Although five games don’t sound like much, a strong start was necessary for the Hawks to get back into playoff contention. […] The post Toews Resurgence & Jokiharju’s Debut: Five Blackhawks Takeaways appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Oct 17, 2018

Byfuglien Injury Exposes Jets’ Defensive Depth

The Winnipeg Jets’ defense looks both mobile and intimidating when Dustin Byfuglien is in the lineup. Recently, the Jets have learned how their blue line looks without him, and it’s not a pretty picture. No defense should live and die by a single player, especially one who arguably isn’t part of their top pairing. Yet […] The post Byfuglien Injury Exposes Jets’ Defensive Depth appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Oct 17, 2018

Ducks’ Silfverberg on the Rebound

While John Gibson has been the unquestioned hero for the Anaheim Ducks through their first six games—helping them to a 4-1-1 record despite the club’s injuries and troubling underlying play—there have been some other positive player storylines as well. We’ve seen Max Comtois’s first two NHL goals, including one 49 seconds into his debut. There’s […] The post Ducks’ Silfverberg on the Rebound appeared first on The Hockey Writers.
Oct 17, 2018

Maple Leafs’ Kapanen Reaching Potential

The Toronto Maple Leafs have been one of the most talked-about teams in the NHL with their electric start to the season, which has been sparked by stars like Auston Matthews, Morgan Reilly, John Tavares and Mitch Marner. With all of that talent, it can be easy to overlook the supporting cast, but Kasperi Kapanen […] The post Maple Leafs’ Kapanen Reaching Potential appeared first on The Hockey Writers.