Andersen, Grubauer & Rinne Stepping up in Playoffs

DENVER — This classifies as fun for Frederik Andersen: Protecting a late lead in the third period by leaping out of his net to stop a shot with the handle of his stick. Sticky situation handled. “Doing whatever it takes to save it,” the Toronto goaltender explained after the 3-2 win Monday over Boston. “Fun […]

Predators Quarter-Season Check-Up

American Thanksgiving, celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, is traditionally the first point in the season when we look at the standings and begin to take them seriously. Since the 2005-06 season, 77.3 percent of teams in a playoff spot at American Thanksgiving went on to play postseason hockey, so playing strong hockey to […]

NHL Rumors: Duchene, Point, Rinne, More

In today’s rumor rundown, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Brayden Point are going to hold off chatting contracts for a while, Matt Duchene and the Ottawa Senators are doing the opposite and the Nashville Predators are exploring different ideas with goaltender Pekka Rinne. There’s one team we know isn’t interested in William Nylander and another […]

Ranking the NHL’s 31 Starting Goalies

Guarding the net in the NHL may be one of the toughest jobs in professional sports. It’s a lonely world in the crease, and when the team falters, the goaltender is often the first to receive blame. That’s why finding a quality goalie is so critical for long-term success. In this article, we’ll take a […]

Burning Questions for the Central Division

Do you have questions about your favourite team after the puck dropped for the preseason? For teams that are already playoff-bound, the preseason doesn’t really answer questions. If you’re cheering for a bottom-feeder, the preseason suddenly becomes must-watch hockey as you try to figure out who’s making the team. Related: Burning Questions for the Atlantic […]

Fisher Reveals Votes for NHL’s Major Awards

For the first time in history — or at least in a long time — members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association will be revealing their votes for the NHL’s annual awards this season. I don’t get a vote there (yet) but, here at The Hockey Writers, Ryan Pike compiles our ballots for his spin […]

Predators Dominate Despite Mixed Analytics

Game 82 of the season has come and gone and the Nashville Predators are the best team in the NHL. The Presidents’ Trophy is coming to Tennesee and it was a wild ride. There were ups and downs, blockbuster trades, and incredible goaltending. While things weren’t always peachy, there was always a sense that everything […]