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2016 NHL Draft Lottery Odds: Which Team Has Best Chance At Auston Matthews?

The fate of one team will dramatically change Saturday night when the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery takes place in Toronto. The prize of this year’s draft class is American-born center Auston Matthews, an ultra-talented center who grew up in Arizona and excelled against men in the Swiss League during the 2015-16 campaign. The team with the best chance to win the No. 1 pick is the Toronto...
Via NESN.com
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings: Petition already started to change the name of the Little Caesars Arena

Photo via FOX 2 Detroit It didn’t take long for someone to start a petition to change the name of the Red Wings‘ new home, the Little Caesars Arena. Red Wings fan Julien Nadeau started the petition to get the name of Little Caesars Arena which was announced by the team this past week changed to ‘Caesars Colosseum’. Nadeau believes the proposed change has a better ring to...
Via The Majors Detroit
6 hours ago

New York Islanders Three Keys to Victory in Round 2, Game 2

The New York Islanders went into Tampa Bay with momentum on their side. The Isles upped their streak to three consecutive playoff wins in a 5-3 victory over the Lightning. With a 1-0 series lead heading into Game 2, the Islanders still have plenty of work left to do. First Key: Continue Getting to Ben Bishop The Islanders had outstanding numbers against Lightning goaltender Ben...
Via Islanders Insight
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Taylor Chorney may replace Dmitry Orlov on blue line in Game 2

Karl Alzner missed morning skate, but he's expected to play.
Via Capitals Insider
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Rumor Roundup: What off-season changes are in store for Blackhawks and Ducks?

With the second round of the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs underway, the remaining casualties from the opening round are taking stock. For the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, considered by some to be Cup contenders, their early exit raises questions about off-season changes. A lack of skilled defensive depth proved the Blackhawks’ undoing against the St. Louis Blues. Chicago...
Via The Hockey News
7 hours ago

Capitals tell Taylor Chorney to prepare as if playing in Game 2

Caps defenseman Taylor Chorney said he’s been told to prepare as if he’s playing in tonight’s Game  2 against the Penguins (7 p.m. pregame, CSN). 
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

An Oilers Fan Guide to the Draft Lottery

The day is finally here. For each team whose season ended in the dumps, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and his name is Auston Matthews. The American center is big, and skilled, skates well, distributes the puck well and finishes well. He’s the exact type of player every team would love on their roster. He isn’t as gifted as Connor McDavid but he’s got a lot of upside...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

3 Stars of the Night: April 29

It’s the most, wonderful time, of the yearrrrrrrr! Who doesn’t love playoff hockey right? This is what we wait all season for, this is why most of us became fans of the game, as the postseason captivates us year after year after year. My personal favorite part is the dying minutes of a one-goal game when everything is a scramble, bodies are diving everywhere, pucks are zipping...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

Does Mike Brown Deserve A Contract With the Canadiens?

When the Montreal Canadiens claimed Mike Brown off waivers at the 2016 trade deadline, many Habs fans were rightfully confused. The winger was playing with the San Jose Sharks, but was waived prior to their end of season run. Brown made his presence felt with the Canadiens right away. He brought experience, tenacity and a motor that never seemed to stop to a depleted Canadiens team...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

Meet the 2016 Tampa Bay Lightning Black Aces

Over the recent history of the NHL, most if not all of the playoff teams bring up a group of AHL players in their system to be the “Black Aces” for the franchise. This practice has been in vogue for some time and it gives these young players an opportunity to experience the playoff atmosphere of the parent team. It also provides the chance to work out in the event of an injury...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

The NHL Draft Lottery Is Not About the Edmonton Oilers

It is that time of year again. While it may be little later than normal, today is the day we find out who will have the honour of making the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Much to the chagrin of the other 29 clubs across the league and their collective fan bases, watching the Edmonton Oilers continued good fortune at the annual event hasn’t sat well with the...
Via The Hockey Writers
7 hours ago

The Montreal Canadiens Are Scary Without Carey

At the Montreal Canadiens’ end of season press conference featuring owner Geoff Molson, General Manager Marc Bergevin and Head Coach Michel Therrien, Bergevin told the media and fans that all the questions asking them what went wrong during the season wouldn’t even be a discussion if goaltender Carey Price was healthy. It was an honest statement but a troubling one at the same...
Via The Hockey Writers
8 hours ago

Blues and Capitals will play a preseason game in Kansas City

Preseason NHL hockey is coming to Kansas City prior to the 2016-17 season. The St. Louis Blues and the Washington Capitals will skate in an exhibition on October 5th at the Sprint Center. The matchup will feature two of the top teams in hockey and will give hockey fans in Kansas City an opportunity to catch some live action prior to the start of the 2016-17 season. The NHL has routinely...
Via Frozen Notes
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Least Valuable Goalies: Forgettable Performances in the First Round

The first round has ended. Two series went the distance and three only lasted five games. In almost every series, the better goaltending won the day. The only cases were when the first choice netminder was replaced halfway through. Let’s take a look at the three worst goalies from the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Goalies Lagging Behind Not every game will be...
Via The Hockey Writers
8 hours ago

It’s Olli a Maatta of Common Sense

Granted, Olli Maatta has been through a lot: multiple shoulder surgeries, a procedure to remove cancerous tissue from his thyroid gland, the mumps and a back-ailment after being unkindly pushed into the board-door by Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter, you name it. All of it within the last two years. All of it before turning 22 years old. Maatta’s Natural Talents Invisible It’s...
Via The Hockey Writers
8 hours ago

What Martin Frk’s Strong Season Means for the Detroit Red Wings

In his third season with the Detroit Red Wings’ AHL affiliate the Grand Rapids Griffins, Martin Frk evolved from a former second-round pick to a legitimate scoring winger. Originally drafted 49th overall back in 2012, the 22 year-old Frk has taken the long road to show NHL potential. Frk finished his third professional season with 27 goals and 44 points, putting him fifth on the...
Via The Hockey Writers
9 hours ago

Detroit’s Joakim Andersson Heading to Sweden

Detroit Red Wings center and pending unrestricted free agent Joakim Andersson is leaving the NHL. The 27-year-old center has signed a contract with Örebro in his native Sweden, the team has announced. After getting consist time in the NHL over the last two seasons, with no time spent in the American League, Andersson played just 29 games this season, scoring one goal and three...
Via The Hockey Writers
9 hours ago

The Blues are playing a dangerous game in front of Brian Elliott

Brian Elliott needs help. The Blues dropped Game 1 to the Dallas Stars and the message again was clear – Elliott needs help in front of his crease and the Blues aren’t providing it. Elliott has been the lone constant for the Blues during the playoffs. While the majority of the roster has gone through its ups and downs, Elliott has been a rock. He stood tall against the Chicago...
Via Frozen Notes
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Does it make sense to trade Rick Nash?

This offseason is a critical one for Jeff Gorton and the New York Rangers. A team with significant holes and cap problems, the Rangers will need to get creative and possibly break a few fan’s hearts in order to get back to respectability and a true chance at the Stanley Cup. Because one thing is […] The post Does it make sense to trade Rick Nash? appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Halak or no Halak, Islanders must stick with Greiss

Isn’t it amazing how quickly fan sentiment can change in the NHL playoffs? Isn’t it fascinating how drastically one’s reputation can rise or fall? Just two weeks ago, Islanders’ fans were holding their breath at the thought of Thomas Greiss starting in goal for the team’s first-round series against the Panthers. And now they’re all singing his praises at once. Through...
Via The Hockey Writers
9 hours ago

Game 2 Eastern Conference Semi’s : Lightning vs. Islanders – Full Preview And Game Notes

Here are your game notes for today’s battle with the Islanders. Just click the link! Game-notes-April-30-New-York-Islanders-at-Tampa-Bay-Lightning-Game-2 Follow me on Twitter @LightningShout and please “like” LightningShout on Facebook. You can email us at lightningshout@aol.com.
Via Lightning Shout
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Steven Stamkos Should Come To Toronto

Last year, I wrote about how Mike Babcock should join the Toronto Maple Leafs even though the future of the team didn’t look that great. In numerous comments, I was told that it would never happen. Why would one of the best coaches around today want to come to a team that was starting a rebuild? Well, Babcock proved me right by surprising nearly everyone by signing an eight-year...
Via The Hockey Writers
11 hours ago

Paul LaDue Signs With the Kings

The Los Angeles Kings have signed University of North Dakota defenseman Paul LaDue to a one-year, entry-level contract worth $925,000, the team announced Friday. The Kings drafted LaDue in the 6th round (191st overall) of the 2012 draft. The Kings pushed hard to get LaDue on contract last summer, but he chose to return for another year at North Dakota saying, “Either side, I don’t...
Via The Hockey Writers
11 hours ago

Chicago Inks Luke Johnson to ELC

Luke Johnson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, the team announced Friday. Johnson was a 5th round draft pick (134th overall) for Chicago back in 2013. He becomes the fourth underclassmen to exit the University of North Dakota following their national championship victory this season, their first since 2000. He joins Paul LaDue, Troy Stecher...
Via The Hockey Writers
11 hours ago

Canucks Sign Goaltender Michael Garteig

The Vancouver Canucks have signed free agent goaltender Michael Garteig out of Quinnipiac to a one-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Friday. Garteig lead all NCAA goaltenders in wins last season with 38, helping Quinnipiac enter the NCAA tournament as the nation’s No. 1 ranked team. There, he helped them push their way to their second appearance in the national championship...
Via The Hockey Writers
11 hours ago
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