OTTAWA, ON - FEBRUARY 14: Jeff Petry #2 of the Edmonton Oilers prepares for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on February 14, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Four of the best possible NHL trade deadline pickups

A couple of weeks back I wrote an article about some players to avoid on deadline day. This time around I am here to write about some players that can provide some help for fringe and not so fringe teams. Contracts filled with value are the name of the game and these players have demonstrated […]

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 27:  Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at Bridgestone Arena on December 27, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Best and worst from the NHL: Week 22

Another week has passed in the NHL and the world kept turning. Trades have been made, extensions have been signed and fans have aired their grievances. All is right and I am here to show you some of the best of the week that was. Have any tips? Feel free to email me at: […]

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 21: Daniel Winnik #26 of the Toronto Maple Leafs prepares for a faceoff against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 21, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Leafs show how to game the market by trading value players

By and large, NHL general managers seem to undervalue third and fourth liners in July. So many good ones go unsigned well into free agency. To wit, Daniel Winnik, whom both numbers people and non-numbers people agree is a good player, wasn’t signed until July 28th. And he just fetched second and fourth round draft […]


Which player has driven the most Scoring Chances since 2007-08?

As people who follow the game of hockey, we all have personal bias’ as to who are the best offensive players in the National Hockey League. The same names always seem to come up: Ovechkin, Kane, Crosby, Perry and the list goes on. What happens when we take our personal bias out of the equation […]

the San Jose Sharks the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center on December 22, 2014 in Anaheim, California.   (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

These 5 teams need to make trades before the deadline

It is that time of year again where everyone is an armchair GM and believes they know best for each team. It is a fun exercise in practice and luckily as I have no relation to an NHL front office, I can take a look at a few teams and peg them as teams in […]

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Dwight King #74, Jonathan Quick #32 and Robyn Regehr #44 of the Los Angeles Kings celebrate their victory over the San Jose Sharks during the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series game at Levi's Stadium on February 21, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. The Kings defeated the Sharks 2-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 2/24

What goes into this ranking? Shot attempts for percentage, offensive/defensive zone starts, goals for percentage, scoring chances for percentage and puck luck are the elements of this analytic power ranking. Last week’s NHL Analytics Power Rankings can be found here. Keep in mind that based on the 2013-14 NHL season, 13 out of 16 playoff teams ranked […]

WINNIPEG, MB - FEBRUARY 16: Anthony Peluso #14 of the Winnipeg Jets and Luke Gazdic #20 of the Edmonton Oilers fight in first period action in an NHL game at the MTS Centre on February 16, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Hockey Fights of the Week: 2/16 – 2/22

This was an exciting week of hockey fights around the NHL. We had a ton of solid fights to choose from for this week’s list and it was tricky picking just five. Your opinion may vary, but we think this was one of the best group of fights we’ve seen all season long. 5. Michael […]

Canadian battle highlights most expensive game remaining in February

With less than 25 games left on the regular season schedule, NHL teams are figuring out their plan of attack for playoff positioning or their 2015 NHL Draft status. All of the division leaders are within reach of being caught by teams behind them, with the largest division lead being held by the Anaheim Ducks, […]

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 14:  A Quebec Nordiques fan shows his support for their return to the NHL at a game between the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place on January 14, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada.  (Photo by Phillip MacCallum/Getty Images)

Ron MacLean predicts Quebec City will have an NHL team within 3 years

All of the talk about expansion in the NHL has centered around the city of Las Vegas. As the league continues to monitor and survey interest in Vegas, other future expansion sites have faded out of the headlines. Vegas is the hot topic, but it’s clear the NHL will need to add a total of […]

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 15: President and General Manager and former CEO of the New Jersey Devils Lou Lamoriello addresses the media during the press conference announcing the new ownership of the New Jersey Devils on August 15, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)

The New Jersey Devils say they aren’t in a rebuilding phase

The New Jersey Devils are pretty far removed from a playoff spot and are stumbling along in the Metropolitan Division. The Devils are the oldest team in the NHL with an average age over 30 (almost two years older than the second-oldest team, the St. Louis Blues) and appear to be a candidate for a total […]


NHL rolls out advanced stats page to mixed reactions

The advanced stats trend achieved a milestone today: public acceptance of the movement by the NHL. It’s been a long, arduous struggle for the advanced stats community that dates back to the 2004-2005 NHL Lockout. As the Marek vs. Wyshysnki podcast has noted often, the Internet kept hockey alive during those difficult hockey-less days. The […]

NEWARK, NJ - JANUARY 31:  Aaron Ekblad #5 of the Florida Panthers in action against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on January 31, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Panthers 3-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Florida Panthers aren’t planning to trade away their young talent

The Florida Panthers are on the fringe of the playoff picture and they have their young talent to thank for the fact they’re in a position to compete for a postseason berth. That young talent has caught the eye of teams around the NHL and these clubs are hoping that they may be able pry […]

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 13: Ben Bishop #30 of the Tampa Bay Lightning tends net during the game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on January 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeat the Lightning 4-3.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Is bigger really better for NHL goaltenders?

My Dad used to wonder: “Why don’t teams just get a sumo wrestler to play goal? He’d clog up the whole net!” As an impressionable young hockey fan, I enthusiastically jumped aboard the bandwagon and clamored for my favorite team to do it. I must’ve missed the hint of sarcasm in his voice. I also hadn’t […]

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 16: Pittsburgh Penguins stars Evgeni Malkin #71 and Sidney Crosby #87 pause prior to their game against against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 16, 2015 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Penguins want to add another goal scorer

The Pittsburgh Penguins realize they may have a problem offensively. Specifically, the Penguins are aware that they’re lacking scoring depth behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. While that’s a problem most teams would be happy to have, the Penguins have seen what happens when the opposition shuts down both stars and it’s not pretty. The […]