Archive for the ‘NHL’ category

Despite Win, Boston Bruins Goalie Tuukka Rask Still Searching for Vezina Form

October 21st, 2014
Tuukka Rask’s first regulation win since opening night was anything but a smooth 60-minute ride. The Boston Bruins’ 5-3 win over the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday had a convincing conclusion, but not before an iffy first 40 minutes. By repelling all 10 of San Jose’s third-period shots, Rask kept the adversary off ...

Flyers vs. Blackhawks Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis

October 21st, 2014
It's a final from the United Center as the Chicago Blackhawks handled the Philadelphia Flyers, 4-0. Thanks for staying here at the Bleacher Report for live updates and analysis of all the crushing hits, wicked goals and big-time saves. Here's the goal summary from ESPN.com so far: 11:54  1st Brandon Saad (1) Assists: Brad ...

Everything Wrong with the Norris Trophy Embodied in Early Victor Hedman Buzz

October 21st, 2014
The Tampa Bay Lighnting announced on Monday that Victor Hedman is going to miss four to six weeks after requiring surgery for a broken finger. It’s a massive blow to the team, which loses an exceptional defenceman, and it will also severely damage the player’s chances of contending for the Norris ...

Who’s Overachieving, Underperforming for Washington Capitals so Far This Season?

October 21st, 2014
The Washington Capitals are off to an impressive start after Barry Trotz's first five games behind the bench, as the team's managed at least a point during each outing.  And, with eight points thus far, Alex Ovechkin and Company sit tied for the Metropolitan Division lead, so the organization's management and ...

Ranking the Best Markets for an NHL Expansion Franchise

October 21st, 2014
NHL expansion is a topic that just won't go away, and perhaps that shouldn't be surprising. The last wave of expansion in 2000 is almost 15 years in the past, and the league now has long-term television deals in both Canada and the United States and extended labour peace thanks ...

Coach Mike Johnston Is Building the Best Penguins Team of the Sidney Crosby Era

October 21st, 2014
Four games into his career as an NHL head coach, Mike Johnston is breathing new life into the Pittsburgh Penguins. The team is off to a solid 3-1 start while leading the NHL in power-play efficiency and goals per game. It's no easy feat to improve a club that has won back-to-back ...

How Corey Crawford’s Sharp Start Eases the Pressure on the Blackhawks Goalie

October 21st, 2014
The Chicago Blackhawks have been a strong puck-possession team for several seasons. Due to the high skill level of players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Brandon Saad, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook, head coach Joel Quenneville knows his team is going to control the puck and get ...

Corey Crawford Injury: Updates on Blackhawks Star’s Status and Return

October 21st, 2014
Corey Crawford has played quite well to start the season for the Chicago Blackhawks. Unfortunately, he'll be a man on the bench on Tuesday evening as he's currently dealing with an injury. The team's official Twitter account provided the update: Crawford has indeed started rather strongly, with a 3-0-1 record, a 1.66 ...

Dave Lozo’s Bag Skate: Is the NHL Too Lax on Suspensions This Season?

October 21st, 2014
The first puck of 2014-15 was dropped Sept. 21, a preseason game between the Blue Jackets and Hurricanes in Carolina. There have been 181 NHL contests in all played between the exhibition schedule and regular season, and there have been zero suspensions for on-ice infractions handed down by the NHL's ...

NHL Rumors: Latest Trade Buzz Surrounding Brayden Schenn, Chris Stewart and More

October 21st, 2014
Though the 2014-15 NHL season is only two weeks old, the relatively stratified nature of the league means that some teams are already established sellers on the trade market.  The actual trade deadline sits months away, likely demurring any immediate activity, but seeds are already being planted for potential deals. Teams ...