THW Podcast – Ep. 19 – NHL Playoffs: Leafs & Lightning Down in Four

On this edition of the Hockey Writers Podcast, we’re bringing Euegene Helfrick to talk the shocking Tampa Bay Lightning loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets in four games and Conner McTague to talk the Penguins getting swept by the New York Islanders.  How did two teams manage to perform so badly, especially the Lightning who […]

Penguins Survive Rocky Path to the NHL Playoffs

PITTSBURGH — Erik Gudbranson didn’t want to be “that guy,” the one who whooped it up after the Pittsburgh Penguins locked down a playoff spot for the 13th straight year with a win over the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday night. The veteran defenceman knows seasons in Pittsburgh are judged solely on whether they end […]

Penguins 1st-Round Matchups – How Do They Stack Up?

With just eight games left in the regular season, the Pittsburgh Penguins are still looking to clinch a postseason berth for the 13th consecutive season. The team is in third place in the Metropolitan Division behind the Washington Capitals and New York Islanders. However, the Carolina Hurricanes sit just two points behind Pittsburgh with two […]

Penguins Pulpit: Malkin, Kessel & Gudbranson

The Pittsburgh Penguins inched closer to a playoff berth by earning five of eight possible points this week, but things could’ve, and should’ve, gone better than they did. However, with the Montreal Canadiens fading from contention, the Penguins still exited the week seven points clear in a playoff spot. Sidney Crosby led the Penguins’ comeback […]

Evgeni Malkin: The Superstar That No One Notices

PITTSBURGH — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby’s stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni Malkin goes about his business quietly as part of his game-day routine, consulting […]

NHL Notebook: Kekalainen Hopeful, Rutherford Stressed and the Jerks

BOCA RATON, Fla. — Jarmo Kekalainen received more than a few thumbs up from fellow general managers after his bold moves ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Time will tell if the gambles pay off. The GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets took some huge risks in a dizzying four-day stretch prior to Feb. 25, dealing for centre Matt Duchene and winger Ryan […]