Red Wings’ Defense Needs Islanders’ Treatment

There’s not much left in the 2018-19 season for the Detroit Red Wings. But as the organization prepares for the 2019-20 campaign, they could learn a thing or two from the team they just beat: the New York Islanders. After allowing the more goals during the 2017-18 season than any team over the past 10 seasons, new head coach Barry Trotz refined his team’s defensive approach. It’s already paying off – they’ve allowed the fewest goals so far this season. The Red Wings would greatly benefit from t...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Wings, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, New York Islanders, Capitals, Islanders, Lou Lamoriello, Jeff Blashill, Blashill, Red Wings, Athletic

Coyotes Weekly: Still in the Playoff Hunt

With less than three weeks to go, and with the Arizona Coyotes still firmly entrenched in a tight race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, there’s no doubt that, over the next few weeks, every game (and point) matters. There are only nine games remaining, and only 18 more points can be gathered, giving the Coyotes a 96-point maximum for this season. Six wins in those nine games will give Arizona 90 points – would that be enough to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs? Can they ...
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The 50 Goal Season

On Mar. 18, 1945, in the final game of the 1944-45 season, Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard of the Montreal Canadiens becomes the first player in NHL history to score 50 goals in one season. In honor of that NHL record-setting accomplishment (one of many for The Rocket) we have pulled this great piece from the THW Archives. Written by former THW contributor Mike Moore and originally published on Jan. 9, 2011.   The Rocket did it first. I don’t believe in astrology, so pardon me when I borrow the expre...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Chicago, Canada, Rocket, Detroit Red Wings, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Archives, Richard, Hall of Fame, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens

NHL News & Notes: Khovanov, Stars Sign Prospects & More

In today’s News & Notes, the Minnesota Wild have signed Alexander Khovanov to an entry-level contract, the Dallas Stars have signed three prospects to entry-level deals and Luke Philp is closing in on a deal with the Calgary Flames. Related: NHL News & Notes: Pastrnak, Petan & More Wild Sign Khovanov The Wild signed Khovanov, the team’s third-round pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract Tuesday. The 18-year-old scored 25 goals and 74 points in just 64 games wi...
Tags: Column, News, Minnesota, Sport, Ncaa, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Alberta, Calgary, Dallas Stars, University Of Michigan, Luke, Texas Stars, Wildcats, Gardner

Connor, Hellebuyck propel Jets to 3-0 win over Ducks

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — No goalie had played more NHL games this season without a shutout than Connor Hellebuyck, who was beginning to wonder why he couldn’t keep a clean sheet. The Winnipeg netminder finally got it in an important win for the Jets’ playoff chase. Hellebuyck made 29 saves and Kyle Connor had a […]
Tags: News, Sports, Jets, NHL, Ducks, Winnipeg, Connor Hellebuyck, Hellebuyck, Anaheim Calif, Kyle Connor

Hurricanes Outlast Penguins – Mrazek Perfect in Shootout

RALEIGH, N.C. — Dougie Hamilton scored in the shootout, Petr Mrazek stopped Pittsburgh cold and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Penguins 3-2 on Tuesday night. Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in regulation, and Brock McGinn also scored for the Hurricanes. They won their fourth in five games and earned an important two points in the tight Eastern Conference playoff race — and perhaps just as important, prevented the Penguins from picking up a second point. Carolina...
Tags: Sport, Williams, Nashville, Penguins, Hockey, NHL, Hamilton, Pittsburgh, Murray, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay, Crosby, Metropolitan Division, Dougie Hamilton, Pittsburgh Penguins, Carolina

NHL’s furthest south outdoor game will be in Cotton Bowl

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars goalie Ben Bishop tossed a football around at Cotton Bowl Stadium on the first day of spring while teammate John Klingberg played with a soccer ball. That historic football field will be covered by a sheet of ice and converted into a hockey rink for them to play their professional […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Dallas, NHL, Dallas Stars, Ben Bishop, John Klingberg, Cotton Bowl, Cotton Bowl Stadium

AP Source: Cup champion Capitals to visit White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Washington Capitals will go to the White House on Monday to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not announced the decision. The Capitals will continue the NHL’s […]
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Hockey Analytics & Advanced Stats Can Take out the Guesswork

Dylan Strome is tearing it up for the Chicago Blackhawks after putting up paltry numbers the last two seasons for the Arizona Coyotes, the team that drafted him third overall in 2015. Eric Staal experienced a career renaissance with the Minnesota Wild in 2016-17 and 2017-18, and this season to a lesser degree, after many thought his days of stardom were finished with the Carolina Hurricanes. Andrew Ladd and Brent Seabrook have seen their statistics take a large nosedive after receiving large con...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Chicago, Arizona, Hockey, NHL, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Minnesota Wild, Steve Mitchell, Blackhawks, Coyotes, Arizona Coyotes, Carolina, Eric Staal, Brent Seabrook

The All-St. Louis Hockey Team

Though it is not known as a hockey hot bed, the city of St. Louis has produced a number of terrific NHL talents over the years. Never was this more apparent than when five prospects from the city were drafted in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft. Now that those players have arrived in the big league, it’s a good time to consider who might make the All-St. Louis hockey team. It’s almost a complete group of active players with a few creative additions. Let’s take a look at the squad. Forward...
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Where is Brandon Pirri?

Four, three, two, one. Those numbers speak to the career of one, Brandon Pirri, the journeyman winger who is currently a member of the Vegas Golden Knights. His path to the Golden Knights has been an interesting one, to say the least. At just 27 years old, Pirri has already been a part of five different organizations, playing meaningful NHL games for each team. Now with the Golden Knights, Pirri is experiencing an unfortunately familiar fate, stuck as the odd-man out, the dreaded healthy scratch...
Tags: Florida, Usa, Sport, Chicago, AHL, Hockey, NHL, Vegas, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, Blackhawks, Hawks, Anaheim, Andy Marlin

Oilers Season Seat Event Didn’t Help Sway Fans

The Edmonton Oilers held a season ticket seat holder breakfast event on Monday morning. By most of the accounts **, the event was appreciated. It also didn’t sway many from their decision not to renew their season seats for next year. With a number of fans looking at three percent increases on the prices of their seats from last season but the Edmonton Oilers a team that will now have to pretty much run the table in their last ten games to make the postseason, there is a strong appetite not to...
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Karlsson, Panarin and Bobrovsky can close strong and cash in

Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning            [Author: AP]
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Predators Blank Stumbling Maple Leafs – Rinne Gets Shutout

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne shut out Toronto for the second time this season and Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals to give the Nashville Predators a 3-0 win over the slumping Maple Leafs on Tuesday night. Nashville won its third straight and Toronto lost for the fourth time in five games. Rinne made 22 saves and Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 17 stops. Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stops a shot by Toronto Maple Leafs center John Tavares (AP Ph...
Tags: Boston, Toronto, Sport, Nashville, Philadelphia, Defence, Hockey, NHL, Pittsburgh, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg, Brian Boyle, Rinne

NHL News & Notes: Filppula, Girardi & More

In today’s News & Notes, Valtteri Filppula will be out four weeks after suffering an injury against the Boston Bruins, Dan Girardi is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury and the Detroit Red Wings are reportedly closing in on a one-year extension with goaltender Jimmy Howard. Related: NHL News & Notes: Khovanov, Stars Sign Prospects & More Filppula Out 4 Weeks The New York Islanders will be without Filppula for the next four weeks as the veteran center was injured during a 5-0 sh...
Tags: Column, News, Sport, Lightning, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Detroit, Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Howard, Islanders, Bruins, Ottawa Senators

Sabres’ Season Filled With Streaks

The Buffalo Sabres’ 2018-19 season will likely be remembered as a collection of streaks. Some lasting a month, some a few games and some as little as 27 seconds. Unfortunately, most of them should be forgotten. Buffalo Sabres goalie Carter Hutton had eight straight wins in November, but this season he’s also had five streaks of three or more straight losses. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes) They’re presented below in order of longest to shortest. Missing the Playoffs Streak: Eight Seasons The Sa...
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Lightning edge Capitals 5-4 in overtime for 6th straight win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy made a franchise-record 54 saves, Nikita Kucherov scored twice and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning won their sixth consecutive game, beating the Washington Capitals 5-4 in overtime Wednesday night in a potential playoff preview. Victor Hedman scored 3:01 into overtime to keep the Lightning rolling in their first game since […]
Tags: News, Washington, Sports, Ap, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman, Andrei Vasilevskiy

The Grind Line: New Red Wings Free Agent Fire Power

What’s The Grind Line? Apart from the once-famous line of Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby, and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty, The Grind Line is also The Hockey Writers’ weekly column about the Detroit Red Wings. Rachel Anderson and Tony Wolak are the muckers who makeup THW’s forechecking unit and sound off on Red Wings topics. The Detroit Red Wings have been capitalizing on the college hockey season coming to an end. Like other teams, they’ve been shopping college free agents, beginning with Ryan ...
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Athanasiou scores twice, Red Wings top Rangers 3-2

NEW YORK (AP) — Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as the Detroit Red Wings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night. Frans Nielsen also scored and Taro Hirose recorded an assist during his NHL debut for Detroit, which won its second straight but has already been eliminated from playoff contention. Jimmy Howard stopped 41 […]
Tags: New York, News, Sports, Ap, Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Detroit, New York Rangers, Red Wings, Jimmy Howard, Frans Nielsen, Andreas Athanasiou, Athanasiou, Taro Hirose

Bruins Blank Islanders – Rask Earns Shutout

UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Sean Kuraly scored twice and Tuukka Rask earned his 45th career shutout as the Boston Bruins beat the New York Islanders 5-0 on Tuesday night. Noel Acciari, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk also had goals to help the Bruins win their second straight since a three-game skid that followed their 19-game point streak (15-0-4). Boston has won seven consecutive meetings between the teams — eight in a row in New York. Rask had to make only 13 saves for his fourth shutout this s...
Tags: New York, Boston, Sport, Hockey, NHL, New York Islanders, Ottawa, New Jersey Devils, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Adam Pelech, Islanders, Bruins, Jack Capuano, David Pastrnak, Zdeno Chara

Should the Blues Bring Back Bouwmeester?

Several months ago, many St. Louis Blues fans were counting down the days until veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester’s contract came to an end. But as with so much else for the Blues, the blueliner’s campaign has been a tale of two seasons. The turnaround has led to some wondering whether the team ought to offer the former third-overall pick a contract extension. It’s a tricky question with a complicated answer, but it’s worth taking a look. Bouwmeester Recovers From Hip Surgery Early in the sea...
Tags: Sport, Blues, Hockey, NHL, St Louis, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, St Louis Blues, Bouwmeester, Jay Bouwmeester, Carl Gunnarsson, DPS, Armstrong, Seth Jones, Ron Hainsey

Monsanto: Roundup substantial factor in man’s cancer, jury finds in key verdict

Federal jury’s decision in case of man who said he used weedkiller for decades could affect hundreds of other plaintiffsThe decision in Edwin Hardeman’s case comes after a historic verdict last year that said Roundup caused another man’s terminal cancer. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty ImagesA federal jury in San Francisco found Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide was a substantial factor in causing the cancer of a California man, in a landmark verdict that could affect hundreds of other cases.Edwin...
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Canadiens Beat Listless Flyers – Price Stops 32

PHILADELPHIA — Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi scored goals, Carey Price stopped 32 shots and the Montreal Canadiens earned a 3-1 win over the fading Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night. The Canadiens and Flyers are both chasing a wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal entered three points behind Columbus for eighth place in the East and the Flyers were six points out with 78. With less than 10 games left for each team, time has about run out for the Flyers to compl...
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Red Wings sign Howard to 1-year extension

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings have signed goalie Jimmy Howard to a $4 million, one-year contract extension. The deal keeps Howard in the fold for next season. The 34-year-old Howard has played for the Red Wings his whole NHL career. He’s third on the franchise’s career list in wins (240) and fourth in […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Detroit Red Wings, NHL, Detroit, Howard, Red Wings, Jimmy Howard

OHL Playoff Preview: Spitfires vs Knights

The Battle of the 401 is about to see another chapter unfold. The Windsor Spitfires and the London Knights; one of the most storied rivalries in the OHL takes place as a Western Conference first round matchup. The top-seeded Knights beat the Saginaw Spirit on Saturday night to clinch the conference. The Spitfires got a point on Friday night against the Sarnia Sting to clinch the eighth seed. It sets up a playoff battle that has numerous chapters over dozens of seasons. The last time they faced o...
Tags: London, Sport, Dallas, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Windsor, Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators, Columbus Blue Jackets, Terry Wilson, OHL, Saginaw Spirit, Budweiser Gardens, London Knights, Foudy

Lightning Top Coyotes – Clinch Presidents’ Trophy

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored his 36th goal of the season and the Tampa Bay Lightning clinched the Presidents’ Trophy with a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The Lightning, who have 116 points, will have home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs. Stamkos became the franchise leader in goals with his 384th. Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper congratulates center Steven Stamkos after becoming the all-time franchise goal leader. (AP Photo/Jason Behnke...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Arizona, Lightning, Hockey, NHL, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Keller, Steven, Anton Stralman, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay, Arizona Coyotes, Jon Cooper, Steven Stamkos

NHL Rumors: Oilers, Sabres, Rangers, More

In today’s NHL rumor rundown, indications as to the direction of the Edmonton Oilers came out of their season seat breakfast on Monday, there are some updates on the Buffalo Sabres and what they’ll do with a number of their assets this offseason and the New York Rangers might be running into some contract complications with forward Chris Kreider. Oilers Will Not Have a GM Prior to NHL Draft At the Edmonton Oilers season seat breakfast on Monday, CEO and vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainmen...
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Islanders’ Home Grown Talent Leading the Way Defensively

Last season was interesting for the New York Islanders. The offense was clicking, scoring 261 goals, which tied them for sixth in the league with the Nashville Predators. The defense was, in a word, bad. They allowed 293 goals at an average rate of 3.57 per game. That’s the fourth-worst goals against and the sixth-worst per game average since the 2004-05 lockout. This season, with Barry Trotz implementing a more structured defensive system, the Islanders have a league-best 171 goals against with...
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NHL's furthest south outdoor game will be in Cotton Bowl

NHL going south for its next Winter Classic when the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators play in Cotton Bowl Stadium            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, Nashville, NHL, Dallas Stars, Cotton Bowl, Cotton Bowl Stadium

What would NHL stars earn without a salary cap? Not quite Mike Trout money

Mike Trout is set to establish a new professional sports high with a $426.5 million deal. What could NHL stars make without a salary cap?            [Author: USA TODAY]
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