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Flames Cleaning Up Some Bad Habits

The issue of complacency has been on the mind of Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters for a while now. After all, when things are going well, it is easy to want to relax, ease up on the gas pedal and just “enjoy the ride.” Even the best of teams are vulnerable to succumbing to this allure of resting on one’s laurels. Calgary is no exception. As of late, the Flames’ accomplishments have been piling up, with much temptation to simply sit back and enjoy the spoils. At this moment, Calgary le...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Edmonton Oilers, Pacific Division, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay, Peters, Arizona Coyotes


Flames’ Monahan an Understated Star

The Calgary Flames head into the All-Star break in the midst of another stellar run as they continued their winning ways with a 3-2 overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes. A key contributor during this impressive 8-0-1 stretch has been Sean Monahan.  The talented 24-year-old has registered five goals and five assists in the past nine contests and continues to chug along as one of the NHL’s understated superstars. While it’s been Monahan’s dynamic linemate Johnny Gaudreau and captain...
Tags: Usa, Sport, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Carolina Hurricanes, All Star, Sergei Belski, Steven Stamkos, Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm, Johnny Gaudreau


Panthers Hoping for Another Late-Season Surge

The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break — only to miss the playoffs by a single point. This year, they’re heading into the break on a three-game winning streak and playing perhaps their best hockey of the season after spending the first three months of the year sputtering near the bottom of the NHL. So here they go again, trying for another late and improbable playoff push. ...
Tags: Florida, Boston, Sport, Atlantic, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Vegas, Florida Panthers, All Star, Panthers, Roberto Luongo, Luongo, Vincent Trocheck, Trocheck, Bob Boughner


Predators Prowl: Adjustments on the Blue Line

The Predators Prowl is a weekly post on how the Nashville Predators performed the previous week. Generally published on Tuesdays, Predators Prowl isn’t a recap of games, but rather a look at the themes, news and rumors that occurred throughout the week. Let me know in the comments below your thoughts on how the team performed this week, your views on the week’s themes and any other ideas or questions you have about the team. Related: Last Week’s Predators Prowl Since the last Predators Prowl, th...
Tags: Usa, Colorado, Sport, Ap, Nashville, Jets, AHL, Hockey, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, Central Division, Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets, All Star, Phillip Di Giuseppe


Here they go again: Panthers hoping for late-season surge

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers are hoping for deja vu. Sort of. A year ago, the Panthers shook off a disastrous start to the season and caught fire after the All-Star break — only to miss the playoffs by a single point. This year, they’re heading into the break on a three-game winning […]
Tags: News, Sports, Florida Panthers, All Star, Panthers, Fla


Sabres’ 10-Game Win Streak – a Blessing or Curse?

On Nov. 27, as the Buffalo Sabres tallied their 10th straight win, a 3-2 overtime victory over the San Jose Sharks, excitement and euphoria filled KeyBank Center. They seemed as sure of a thing as ever to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2010-11 season. That feels like eons ago.  The Sabres’ 10-Game Winning Streak Looking back, “The Streak” may have been the worst thing to happen to the team at the time. While wins are wins–they all look the same in the standings–the 10-game...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Rochester, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, Atlantic Division, Vancouver Canucks, Jeff Skinner, Timothy T Ludwig


Panthers Pounce on Sharks – Vatrano Tallies 4-Points

SUNRISE, Fla. — Frank Vatrano had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points to lift the Florida Panthers over the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Monday night. Vincent Trocheck, Keith Yandle and Nick Bjugstad each had a power-play goal for the Panthers. Mike Matheson and Aaron Ekblad also scored, Roberto Luongo stopped 27 shots and Aleksander Barkov added three assists. Florida Panthers Henrik Borgstrom, goaltender Roberto Luongo and San Jose Sharks Barclay Goodrow. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Nashville, San Jose, Dell, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Jones, Florida Panthers, Washington Capitals, Brent Burns, Marc Edouard Vlasic, Evander Kane, Panthers


Are the Maple Leafs Simply Not Good Enough?

After John Tavares signed as a Toronto Maple Leaf last summer, the hopes of the fans were buoyant. Certainly, this was to be the season the team would contend for the Stanley Cup after so many seasons of frustration. With the exception of the drama of William Nylander’s extended holdout, everything looked so promising. This team would rock! That hasn’t happened. After a strong start, the Maple Leafs are on a losing skid no one saw coming. In fact, with last night’s 4-2 loss against the sud...
Tags: Florida, Toronto, Sport, Atlantic, Hockey, NHL, Calgary, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Auston Matthews, Washington Capitals, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Coyotes


Vatrano's 4-point game leads Panthers over Sharks 6-2

Frank Vatrano had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points to lift the Florida Panthers over the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Monday night            [Author: AP]
Tags: News, Ap, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Florida Panthers, Panthers, Frank Vatrano


Vatrano’s 4-point game leads Panthers over Sharks 6-2

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Frank Vatrano had a goal and three assists for a career-high four points to lift the Florida Panthers over the San Jose Sharks 6-2 on Monday night. Vincent Trocheck, Keith Yandle and Nick Bjugstad each had a power-play goal for the Panthers. Mike Matheson and Aaron Ekblad also scored, Roberto Luongo […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Florida Panthers, Panthers, Roberto Luongo, Aaron Ekblad, Fla, Vatrano, Frank Vatrano, Nick Bjugstad, Mike Matheson, Vincent Trocheck Keith Yandle


Timeline of Paul Holmgren, Bob Clarke and the Flyers

The pro sports world is inherently exclusive and insular, but there may not be many pro sports franchises out there as insular as the Philadelphia Flyers. The team is now in its 52nd year. The two men who currently hold the reins behind its hockey operations have been part of its history, whether as players, coaches or executives, for all but three of those years. On the team’s front office page, the pair appear as the first two names listed below Comcast Spectacor CEO and Chairman Dave Scott: P...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Gm, Clarke, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Barber, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Boston Bruins, Snider, Scott, Flyers, Craig Berube, Bernie


Coyotes Sink Slumping Maple Leafs – Hinostroza With Winner

TORONTO — Vinnie Hinostroza scored the winner in the third period as the Arizona Coyotes defeated the slumping Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Sunday night. Clayton Keller, Mario Kempe and Lawson Crouse, into an empty net, had the other goals for Arizona (22-22-4). Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots. John Tavares and Travis Dermott replied for Toronto (29-17-2), which got 27 saves from Frederik Andersen. The Leafs have now lost seven of their last 10 overall and sit just 13-11-1 at home — including 1-6-0...
Tags: Washington, Toronto, Sport, Arizona, Hockey, NHL, Babcock, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Keller, Auston Matthews, Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Jakob Chychrun, Ottawa Senators, Coyotes


The 8 Best Defensive Forwards in Hockey History

  To many, high scoring, firewagon hockey carries the highest degree of entertainment. While others, this author included, prefer the bite-your-nails-to-the-knuckle closeness of a hard-fought, tactically masterful, defensive battle. Though many may not realize it while clamoring for larger nets, the elimination of the offside whistle and marbles to replace hockey pucks, the sporting world turns to the tightly-contested Stanley Cup Playoffs for the most rugged marathon of organized on the world s...
Tags: Usa, Toronto, Sport, Canada, Clarke, AHL, Hockey, NHL, North America, Montreal, Seattle, Archives, Hull, Weir, Ottawa, Mvp


The Time for Canadiens to Ride Price Isn’t This Season

It‘s easy to second-guess the Montreal Canadiens whenever head coach Claude Julien plays Antti Niemi over Carey Price, like he did against the Philadelphia Flyers. It shouldn’t be about winning individual games at this point, though. It’s more about the long game. Niemi Loses to Flyers Obviously, considering the theoretical goal for the Canadiens is to compete for a playoff spot, results like their 5-2 loss to the non-playoff-bound Flyers don’t really help. There were a few other factors at pl...
Tags: Usa, Sport, Philadelphia, Hockey, Tampa Bay Lightning, Molson, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Flyers, Claude Julien, Julien, All Star, Habs, Jaroslav Halak, Antti Niemi


Panthers Over Predators – Ekblad & Trocheck With 2 Points

NASHVILLE — Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Jared McCann and Frank Vatrano had the other goals for Florida. After snapping a seven-game losing streak with a home victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night, the Panthers have won consecutive games. Nick Bonino and Austin Watson each scored and had an assist, and Juuse Saros made 26 saves for Nashville, which has lost ...
Tags: Florida, Colorado, Sport, Nashville, Watson, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg, Roman Josi, Panthers, James Reimer, Jared McCann


Lightning Swamp Sharks – Stamkos Scores Twice

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos scored twice and NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov added a pair of assists as the Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the San Jose Sharks 6-3 on Saturday. Victor Hedman had a goal and an assist, and Alex Killorn, Mathieu Joseph and Yanni Gourde also scored for Tampa Bay, which is 6-2 since the Sharks ended the Lightning’s 16-game streak of consecutive games with a point on Jan. 5. Tampa Bay Lightning Yanni Gourde (AP Photo/Jason Behnken) Andrei Vasilevskiy made 36 saves a...
Tags: Sport, San Jose, Hockey, NHL, San Jose Sharks, Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Pittsburgh, Florida Panthers, Kane, Joseph, Tampa Bay, All Star, Steven Stamkos, Marc Edouard Vlasic, Nikita Kucherov


McDavid Milestones to Watch for This Year

Edmonton Oilers phenom Connor McDavid accomplished more in his first four NHL seasons than most players will in a career. With five individual NHL awards and more than 300 career points, he has established himself as the best player in the world. McDavid, who turned 22 on Sunday, is just entering his prime scoring years. He’s on pace for an outstanding 51 goals and 123 points in 81 games in 2018-19. Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid scores on Florida Panthers James Reimer (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jaso...
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Ekblad, Trocheck lead Panthers over Predators 4-2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Aaron Ekblad and Vincent Trocheck each had a goal and an assist to lead the Florida Panthers to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night. Jared McCann and Frank Vatrano had the other goals for Florida. After snapping a seven-game losing streak with a home victory over the […]
Tags: Florida, News, Sports, Nashville, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tenn AP, Panthers, Jared McCann, Aaron Ekblad, Frank Vatrano, Vincent Trocheck, Ekblad Trocheck


Struggles Continue For William Nylander

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, William Nylander may not end up being the trailblazer we once thought he’d be. For it’s hard to imagine any potential Group 2 free agent watching how these last few months have unfolded for the 22-year-old Swede and willingly choosing to skate a mile in his boots. It’s just been hard, plain and simple. First the extended contract standoff with the Toronto Maple Leafs — which, for the sake of clarity, should be viewed just as much a failing of mana...
Tags: Sport, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock, William Nylander, Nylander, Chris Johnston, Willy, Sportsnet William Nylander


Canadiens Beat Blue Jackets – Tatar & Armia With Two

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Tomas Tatar and Joel Armia each scored twice, Carey Price stopped 34 shots and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night. The Canadiens have won four in a row and five of the last six in trying to make a move out of the middle of the Atlantic Division. Joonas Korpisalo had 22 saves for the Blue Jackets, who saw a four-game win streak snapped. Columbus plays the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday before heading into their bye week and the All...
Tags: Minnesota, Sport, Atlantic, Philadelphia, Hockey, NHL, Montreal, Columbus, Florida Panthers, Montreal Canadiens, Canadiens, Weber, Columbus Blue Jackets, All Star, COLUMBUS Ohio, Paul Byron


Panthers Top Maple Leafs – Snap 7-Game Losing Streak

SUNRISE, Fla. — Mike Matheson scored the winning goal to help the Florida Panthers snap a seven-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night. Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 20 saves and Luongo moved within four wins of tying Ed Belfour (484) for third place on the NHL’s all-time wins list. Florida Panthers left wing Mike Hoffman is congratulated after scoring the winning goal. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) Vincent Trocheck, wh...
Tags: Florida, Sport, Nashville, Hockey, NHL, Sparks, Florida Panthers, Leafs, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Hoffman, Panthers, Mike Hoffman, Roberto Luongo, Fla, Luongo


Mike Babcock Post Game, Panthers 3 vs. Leafs 1: “Willy is an honest kid and usually puts in a good effort… He will continue to work at it”

Mike Babcock addressed the media after his team’s 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers, the Leafs’ sixth loss in their last nine games. On the team’s performance in generating just 21 shots on goal: I thought it was a tightly contested game. I thought they were better than us at the start. It took us […] The post Mike Babcock Post Game, Panthers 3 vs. Leafs 1: “Willy is an honest kid and usually puts in a good effort… He will continue to work at it” appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
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Trocheck returns to Panthers after missing nearly 2 months

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Vincent Trocheck returned to the Florida Panthers’ lineup Friday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs after missing nearly two months. The 25-year-old center missed 27 games since breaking his right ankle in a game against the Ottawa Senators on Nov. 19. He practiced with the Panthers for the first time on […]
Tags: News, Sports, Ap, Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Fla, Vincent Trocheck, Trocheck


Matheson, Trocheck lead Panthers to 3-1 win over Maple Leafs

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Mike Matheson scored the winning goal to help the Florida Panthers snap a seven-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday night. Mike Hoffman and Frank Vatrano also scored for Florida. Roberto Luongo made 20 saves and Luongo moved within four wins of tying Ed Belfour (484) […]
Tags: Florida, News, Sports, Ap, Florida Panthers, Maple Leafs, Toronto Maple Leafs, Mike Hoffman, Roberto Luongo, Luongo, Frank Vatrano, Sunrise Fla, Mike Matheson, Ed Belfour, Matheson Trocheck


Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers – Game #47 Preview & Projected Lines

A night after one of their most satisfying victories of the season so far, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in Sunrise to face a rested Panthers team that should be desperate to end a seven-game losing slide (7 p.m, SN Ontario). The Leafs executed and competed very well in Tampa last night, controlling over 51% […] The post Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida Panthers – Game #47 Preview & Projected Lines appeared first on Maple Leafs Hotstove.
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Jets Down Predators – Hellebuyck Makes 37 Saves

NASHVILLE — Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night to stay alone atop the Central Division in a midseason showdown between rivals. The Jets leave Nashville four points ahead of the Predators with two games in hand, with the final two games between the teams this season at Winnipeg in March. The Jets edged Nashville in seven games in the second round of the playoffs last year. Brendan Lemieux had two goals for the Jets, who won the...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Nashville, Jets, Hockey, NHL, Dallas Stars, Florida Panthers, Central Division, Patrik Laine, Nashville Predators, Winnipeg, Alex Ovechkin, Rinne, Winnipeg Jets, Appleton


NHL News & Notes: Niederreiter & Rask Trade, Byron, Alzner & More

In today’s News & Notes, the Minnesota Wild have traded Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes for Victor Rask, Paul Byron has been suspended, the Montreal Canadiens have recalled Karl Alzner, Brandon Dubinsky has returned to practice and Ben Lovejoy will miss Thursday’s game. Related: NHL News & Notes: Kesler, Backes & More Niederreiter Traded for Rask The Hurricanes have traded Rask to the Wild in exchange for Niederreiter. This deal comes as both the Hurricanes and Wild are well withi...
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NHL News & Notes: Byron, Alzner, Dubinsky & More

In today’s News & Notes, Paul Byron has been suspended, the Montreal Canadiens have recalled Karl Alzner, Brandon Dubinsky has returned to practice and Ben Lovejoy will miss Thursday’s game. Related: NHL News & Notes: Kesler, Backes & More Paul Byron Suspended The Canadiens will be without Byron for the next three games as the veteran forward was suspended Wednesday for charging Florida Panthers’ defender MacKenzie Weegar. The hit would injure Weegar and would result in Byron’s first experienc...
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Canucks News: Playoffs, Leighton, Pettersson & Power Rankings

Because there is a small break in the Vancouver Canucks’ schedule, it seems like a good time to visit some of the current news that surrounds the team. Today’s news and notes review the tight playoff race in the West, the signing of all-time AHL shutout leader Michael Leighton to a PTO with the Utica Comets, Elias Pettersson’s expected return date and NBC’s recent power rankings. Item One: A Tight Playoff Race On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Canucks and Edmonton Oilers played in what stacks u...
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Canucks Pettersson Hopeful & “Feeling Good”

Vancouver Canucks fans will have to wait at least another couple of days to see Elias Pettersson back on the ice. The star rookie skated with his teammates ahead of Wednesday’s contest with the Edmonton Oilers, but won’t suit up for the game. It will be the fourth game in a row he’s missed since suffering a knee injury in Montreal on Jan. 3. Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate and was working on his stick-handling and shooting. “Feeling good, feeling good,” he sai...
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