Desire, personality, talent, charisma, passion, skill, and a burning will to win. These are just some of the adjectives used to describe Hall-of-Fame goaltender, Patrick Roy. If one was to make a “Mount Rushmore of NHL goaltenders”, Patrick Roy would be forever enshrined in history. Continue reading →
The Montreal Canadiens remain one of the most famous and recognizable franchises in the National Hockey League. We’ve all heard the names who have donned the white, red, and blue “Tricolore” of Montreal and marveled at icons such as Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau, Patrick Roy, Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur, and Yvan Cournoyer. Fast forward a generation (or two), to the current crop of players on the “Habs” with the likes of Max Domi, Carey Price, Tomas Tatar, and Shea Weber. Although these are all pretty good pieces, they’re a far cry from the “good old days” that so many Canadiens from across Canada and the United States were accustomed to during the 1970s.
Every once in a while, the hockey world is blessed with a player who possesses an incredible skill set, flare for the dramatic, and sheer, raw talent. That player, and the focus of this article, is none other than the native from Tver, Russia, Ilya Kovalchuk. Continue reading →
Welcome to the NHL Roundup week 11, the first of the new year! I hope everyone had a great New Year and enjoyed this year’s Winter Classic between the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators. The Dallas Stars won this year’s classic in what was the second-largest attended in the history of the Winter Classic. Let’s see what happened elsewhere around the league this past week. Continue reading →
Happy New Year to all! With the new year and new decade here and the season just about halfway over, let’s take a look at what each team is wishing for in the new year as the second half of the season commences. Continue reading →
Week six of the NHL Weekly Roundup is here! Touching on last week’s headlines, the Pittsburgh Penguins are fighting through injuries and keeping up the pace going 2-1 on the week where most of the issues are actually coming from their goalie play. The Edmonton Oilers top two stars are keeping up their pace as discussed last week, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl put up three and four points respectively this past week.
“The little engine that could”, “David vs. Goliath”, “You’re too small to play this game”. Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has probably heard all of those catchphrases over the course of his minor and professional career as a hockey player. Standing at a whopping 5’9 (and that’s being generous), “Gally” is certainly not one of the biggest players on the ice by any means. His game is certainly not flashy or pretty to watch, but man oh man, can this guy play the sport of hockey. Continue reading →
Welcome into another edition of Ice Picks. Tonight we have nine games on the evening docket. Plenty of games with an implied total of 6.5 will be where we focus our attention on. Be sure to monitor the following matchups: Los Angeles at Montreal, Carolina at Ottawa, Philadelphia at Toronto, Vegas at Washington and Chicago at Pittsburgh. Let’s jump right to it and make some ice picks! Continue reading →
Oh, Montreal; a franchise rich in success and history. After missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year since the turn of the century, you have seen your fair share of ups and downs. But, in spite of a rather unfortunate showing in the 2017 season, you showed your true colors as you did not go quietly into the night last season. 96 points is a very good showing for a failure to make the post-season. Today, we will take a look at the Montreal Canadiens, their off-season moves, and their predictions for the next season. Continue reading →
Thomas Harley has seen solid growth over the last couple of seasons, as he continues to take on a bigger role and more minutes the production has indeed followed. With the Mississauga Steelheads this past season, he finished eighth among OHL defensemen with 11 goals and 58 points leading all OHL draft-eligible defenders. He also added four assists as the Steelheads were swept in the first round of the OHL playoffs by the Sudbury Wolves. Continue reading →
In this edition of Ice Picks, we will target favorites who have a distinct edge over their counterparts. The Toronto Maple Leafs host the slumping New York Rangers, Vegas will look to continue their dominance in a home matchup to the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal, winners of their last two, are home to the struggling Buffalo Sabres, and the Flames look to continue their strong play of late in Vancouver. Let’s break it down! Continue reading →
Carey Price notched his 315th win in a 3-1 victory against the Detroit Red Wings, making him the winningest goaltender in Canadiens franchise history, he collected 20 saves in the contest, which included a very nice pad save on Michael Rasmussen to keep it scoreless in the second period, as well as robbing Todd Bertuzzi on a crucial breakaway with twelve minutes remaining in the third, which kept them in the game. A native of Anahim Lake British Columbia, he was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NHL draft and has since become a true face of the franchise. Continue reading →
We have a decent size offering of games to choose from tonight. A couple obvious high profile games lead the way. Pittsburgh is home to the red-hot Washington Capitals, winners of seven straight. The struggling Winnipeg Jets(4-5 in there last nine) host the smooth sailing San Jose Sharks(6-2-1 in there last nine). Our other set of games appears to be more one-sided, but still valuable in terms of fantasy point production. Montreal hosts Detroit and New Jersey visits Calgary. Time to break it down! Continue reading →
A monumental feat was accomplished Tuesday night when Carey Price tied legendary Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jacques Plante for most career wins in a Canadiens sweater, and Price may get the opportunity to pass him as soon as tonight if Price starts for the Canadiens in their game against the San Jose Sharks.
The month of February has passed and there are less than 20 games left to be played for each team in the NHL. In the Atlantic Division, once again, we have the three strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. Where do all the teams in the Atlantic Division stand following the NHL Trade Deadline? Continue reading →
Tomas Tatar is experiencing a rejuvenation season with the Montreal Canadiens to say at least. Tatar was traded last summer from the Vegas Golden Knights in a deal, which included former Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty going to Las Vegas. Tatar was struggling a lot last year. Started the season with the Detroit Red Wings, which picked him as the 60th overall player from the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Minnesota Wild begin the eight-game Thursday slate at an odd 2 p.m. eastern time with all other games beginning at the more normal 7 p.m. time slot. We will focus our attention on the evening match-ups. Tampa Bay, Washington, and the Vancouver/Montreal game are all good spots to build your roster. (Update, Leafs/Wild game not on DraftKings for today’s games).
I always find small slates like Friday’s (three-game) much tougher than big slates because there is less room for error and if you don’t hit the nail on the head and other people do, you might lose everything.
In my opinion, the Eastern Conference is the more exciting conference of the two in the National Hockey League. I am going to be highlighting a player or an exciting line from each team to watch out for as you get your fill of hockey this year.
The Atlantic Division has been nothing short of insanity in the first 28 games of the 2018-19 season. Each team is hovering around .500 in the standings and the storylines are laid out for an explosive finish. Can Buffalo shock the world and take the Atlantic title? Will Boston creep up towards the end? Will it be a race to the finish for Toronto and Tampa Bay for not only the Atlantic title but the Presidents’ Trophy? There isn’t another division in the National Hockey League that has as much potential for a storied season as the Atlantic.