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The Journey to Here: Edmonton Makes the Playoffs

As everyone knows by now, the Edmonton Oilers have made the playoffs for the first time since 2006. The team improved to 42-25-9 thanks to a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. “It’s definitely special, you saw the excitement in the building,” Oilers forward Connor McDavid said. “The fans are excited, we’re […]

Auston Matthews Sets New Mark for Maple Leafs Rookie Scoring

Auston Matthews has once again vaulted into the history books. After scoring his 35th goal of the season a dozen minutes into the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Florida Panthers, the Toronto Maple Leafs centre broke Wendel Clark’s franchise record for rookie scoring. Clark set the mark in 1985-1986 when he put […]

Draisaitl’s Scoring Surge Is a Nice Problem to Have

Edmonton Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl continued his astonishing season with his 27th goal on Saturday night. He vaulted into the top 10 in NHL scoring with a total of 70 points, joining teammate Connor McDavid in the upper echelon of this year’s crop. It goes without saying that the 21-year-old has emerged in his third […]

Senators and Avalanche to Face Off in Sweden

Olympic participation may be up in the air, but the NHL has committed to playing at least two regular season games in Sweden in November of 2017. The league will send the Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators to Stockholm for two games on November 10 and 11. The games are part of the 2017 SAP […]

Toronto’s Polak Suspended Two Games

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Roman Polak has been suspended two games for boarding Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. The suspension was announced Thursday by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The incident took place in the third period of Wednesday’s game between the Blue Jackets and Maple Leafs. Polak was handed a five-minute major […]

Buffalo’s Ristolainen Suspended Three Games

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen has been handed a three-game suspension for his hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel. The suspension was handed down on Thursday by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety. The hit in question took place at 8:46 of the first period as the Sabres faced the Penguins on Tuesday. Ristolainen […]

Bettman on 2018 Olympics: Assume We Are Not Going

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has weighed in on the issue of league participation in the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang and the news isn’t good for those in favour. “There are no negotiations ongoing,” Bettman said at the Sport Business Summit in New York on Tuesday. “We were open to having discussions on a variety of […]

Washington Capitals Clinch Playoff Spot

With a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the Washington Capitals became the first team to clinch a playoff berth this season. The Capitals built their 5-3 victory with a hat trick by T.J. Oshie and improved to a 46-17-8 record. They have a two-point lead on the Columbus Blue Jackets for first […]

The Strange and Fantastic Tale of Peter Budaj

Just a few days ago, we discussed the turnaround of Jake Allen and how his comeback of sorts was fuelling the St. Louis Blues. That conversation led yours truly to the discovery of another comeback, only this one is much more significant and much more incredible. I’m talking about goaltender Peter Budaj. The man with […]

Jake Allen’s Turning Things Around Just in Time

Thanks to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night, the St. Louis Blues are holding on tight to the second wild card spot in the Western Conference. The win put them five points ahead of the Kings and their 36-27-5 record sticks them in fourth place in the Central Division and […]

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