Earlier this week after the Winnipeg Jets’ lost 3-1 to the Toronto Maple Leafs, I had mentioned that goalie Connor Hellebuyck wasn’t having his typical Vezina Trophy season. In retrospect, I might have spoken a few days too quickly before I landed on that conclusion. He’s been nothing but stellar in net since that game.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the schedule of games for the 2020-21 regular season, the league’s 85th year of operation. The season begins on Friday, February 5 and concludes on Sunday, May 16. Schedules for teams in the Atlantic, North, Central and Pacific Divisions were released today; schedules for the Canadian
7:00 AM ET The National Hockey League’s 2021 season is just over a week old, and the Dallas Stars are undefeated. In fact, they’ve yet to surrender a single goal to an opponent. Of course, they haven’t scored any goals either. Or won any games, for that matter, because they haven’t actually played any opponents.
The St. Louis Blues have had a roller-coaster start to the season. After splitting a pair of games in Denver against the dangerous Colorado Avalanche, the Blues returned home to take three of a possible four points against the San Jose Sharks. When the offense seems to be clicking on all cylinders in one, it
It was mentioned before the start of the season by Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward that Elias Lindholm would begin the season at center. It wasn’t until a couple of days into training camp that it looked like he would be on a line with Matthew Tkachuk. Then on opening night, Dillon Dube was
WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets have placed forwards Patrik Laine and Nate Thompson on injured reserve. Laine has missed the past three games with an upper-body injury. The second overall pick in the 2016 draft, Laine had two goals and an assist in the Jets’ season-opening game before being sidelined. Thompson suffered a lower-body injury
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be missing two forwards in Friday night’s rematch against the visiting Edmonton Oilers. Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe says star centre Auston Matthews will sit out because of upper-body soreness. Meanwhile, veteran forward Joe Thornton will miss at least four weeks with a rib fracture. Thornton was hurt in Wednesday’s
If you’re a hockey fan you probably remember David Ayres, the emergency backup goalie (EBUG) in Toronto who played a game against the Maple Leafs for the Carolina Hurricanes. Ayres, 43-years-old, was the operator of the ice resurfacer (Zamboni) at Ricoh Coliseum and often suited up for the Leafs and Marlies when they needed a
So in the first few games of the Nashville Predators’ season, the one thing that has usually been their biggest strength has so far been their biggest weakness. I’m talking about their power play. There have been some major issues going on when the Predators get that man advantage, and they haven’t converted, as they
The Arizona Coyotes have named Steve Potvin as the head coach of the Tucson Roadrunners. John Slaney will continue to serve as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners. Former Roadrunners head coach Jay Varady joined the Coyotes coaching staff on January 14, 2021. Potvin had served as an assistant coach for the Roadrunners since 2017.
7:00 AM ET The NHL’s abridged 56-game 2021 season is up and running. But there have been a few COVID-19 related speed bumps along the way, particularly with the Dallas Stars, Carolina Hurricanes and Washington Capitals. Here’s everything you need to know about how the virus is impacting the hockey season, and what comes next.
The 2020-21 NHL season is just over a week old and there have already been moments worth celebrating for the Colorado Avalanche after three games. There was the 8-0 blowout of the St. Louis Blues, newcomers Brandon Saad and Devon Toews scored their first goals in burgundy and blue, and goaltender Philipp Grubauer has already
In 2019-20, the Edmonton Oilers’ power play was firing on all cylinders. Their 29.5% success rate made teams nervous to be a man down, which often resulted in the puck finding the back of their net. In fact, without their fantastic power play last season, the Oilers would likely have finished much lower than in
LOS ANGELES – The first couple weeks of the Los Angeles Kings’ season has been defined by blown leads. On Thursday night, they showed that they are able to come back after falling behind early. Adrian Kempe broke a tie with 3:50 left and Los Angeles Kings overcame a two-goal deficit to beat Colorado Avalanche
Three games into the 2021 NHL regular season, Calgary Flames fans are gleefully relishing the all-Canadian chapter of what they lovingly call the Matthew Tkachuk Friendship Tour. For at age 23, Tkachuk is a throwback to old-school hockey defined by nasty rivalries and real — not manufactured — hatred between combatants. More irritating than a sharp pebble in a
It may be called the National Hockey League, but it sure feels more like it could be an international one. Of course, the now-defunct International Hockey League was in operation for decades, but as a North American farm league for NHL teams. Still, there’s nothing purely North American about the NHL, not any longer anyway,
On Wednesday, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers played their first game of the season against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 22:38 of ice time, McDavid recorded an assist and four shots on goal. His assist came in the third period, setting up Josh Archibald’s empty-netter that sealed the win for the Oilers. McDavid has
The Cleveland Monsters have signed forward Nick Lappin to an American Hockey League contract for the 2020-21 season. Lappin appeared in 42 games for the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage last season, recording five goals and six assists for 11 points. Entering his fifth pro season, Lappin has totaled 72 goals and 62 assists for 134