NHL - Players generating the most value based on their contracts in 2016-17

Enjoying a renaissance in Minnesota, Eric Staal has tied his 2015-16 point total in just 42 games this season. Who are the other players providing the most bang for the buck this season?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Breaking down the madness of that Penguins/Capitals game

Well, that game certainly took a turn.Last night’s showdown between the Penguins and Capitals already felt like a big deal going in. The two teams are very good, and Washington’s nine-game win streak had moved them past Pittsburgh and...

1/18/2017 7:18 AM

For the first time in 11 years, Rangers face a goalie crisis

This is a scenario that for the last 11 years has befallen other teams around the NHL, the ones that couldn’t depend on their goaltender and thus broke down repeatedly in their own end, if not all over the ice, in trying to cope with the uncertainty...

Kings' Anze Kopitar set to return against Sharks after illness

It’s probably a good thing Anze Kopitar didn’t watch the entire telecast of the Kings’ 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay on Monday. It might have made the Slovenian center sicker than he already was. Kopitar was stricken Sunday by what he said was a virus or...

One big question mark

So much is riding on Connor Hellebuyck to be the goalie of now and the future for the Winnipeg Jets. Did the organization overestimate his ability to be that guy? Does the man himself believe he’s got what it takes to be a bona fide NHL starter...

Rakell's goal in OT puts Ducks past Lightning, 2-1

The Ducks finally overcame the man once referred to as Godzilla. It took some big weapons. Specifically, those were Ryan Getzlaf’s first goal at Honda Center this season, followed by a dazzling overtime goal by Rickard Rakell to back up another fine...

Robin Lehner goes berserk after being pulled (video)

Robin Lehner of the Buffalo Sabres is pulled for Anders Nilsson during the second period of play against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre on January 17, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Getty Images) Buffalo Sabres goaltender Robin...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1/17/2017 6:43 AM

Scouting with Scott Bell

Ultimately, NHL scouts must answer one question: Can a player play in the NHL?

Greiss makes 32 saves; Islanders blank Bruins 4-0

Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss definitely wanted to be back in net after a poor game. Playing in Boston again certainly added to his excitement. Greiss stopped 32 shots for his first shutout of the season - and the first by an Islanders' goalie...

Scoggins: Boudreau in tune with Wild players' highs, lows

Boudreau's handling of players has set a tone of accountability woven through the best first half in team history. His deft touch with in-game adjustments and willingness to ride a hot hand demonstrate just how much coaching matters.

Digging a deeper hole in Jetsville

SAN JOSE — They’re trying too hard. They’re too easily distracted. And they miss Patrik Laine. Those were the three leading theories being advanced by the Winnipeg Jets at SAP Centre on Monday following a 5-2 loss to the San Jose...

Jonathan Drouin scoring, maturing for Tampa Bay Lightning

Derek Forbort of the Los Angeles Kings fails to clear the puck as he is checked by Jonathan Drouin #23 of the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images) LOS ANGELES –...

Wild-New Jersey game preview

A battle between the highest-scoring team in the West (Wild scores 3.26 goals per game) and the lowest-scoring team in the East (Devils score 2.18).

Williams calls OT loss a reality check for Caps

The Washington Capitals were feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Monday night's game against their rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not anymore.The Caps blew a 3-0 lead in a crazy game, eventually losing 8-7 in overtime after coming back...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Capitals’ goaltenders continue to play shutout hockey

The Capitals have now had four shutouts in their past six games, a key to their nine-game winning streak. Holtby’s run has rightfully been garnering a lot of attention, but Grubauer has quietly put together an impressive season.

1/16/2017 8:56 AM

Capitals not just winning; they're demolishing the competition

It's the Washington Capitals' turn to ride a magnificent wave in the Metropolitan Division.The Capitals won their ninth consecutive game Sunday afternoon, crushing the Philadelphia Flyers 5-0 to move back into top spot in the Metro.While based on...

1/16/2017 8:53 AM

Ducks drop another game in overtime, 2-1 to the Blues

Sometime down the line these lost points might cost the Ducks. If their overtime record were anywhere near .500, they would be miles ahead of the pack in the Pacific Division. Instead they fell to 1-8 in games that end in overtime this season with a...

Ice Issues In Edmonton

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, When you have the greatest skater in hockey in Connor McDavid, you want to be able to give him the best ice in the National Hockey League upon which to perform. “I’m sure as heck not going to argue...

Jagr lifts Panthers past Blue Jackets, 4-3

The Florida Panthers again got the better of the NHL's best team. Jaromir Jagr scored early in the third period, helping lead the Panthers past the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Saturday night. With the Panthers leading 3-2, Jagr slid in a loose puck...

Laine absence an unfillable hole

SAN JOSE — Blame it on Patrik Laine. Or, more specifically, a lack of Laine the past week as the 18-year-old Winnipeg Jets rookie phenom continues to recover from symptoms of a concussion sustained Jan. 7 in a game in Buffalo against the...

MacKinnon understands why he was benched briefly vs. Preds

Nathan MacKinnon won't elaborate, but says he's learned his lesson.The young Colorado Avalanche center confirmed he was benched by head coach Jared Bednar for several shifts in Saturday's loss to the Nashville Predators, adding that the matter has...

1/16/2017 8:56 AM

Wild coach says Kuemper is 'going to have to get better'

The backup goaltender, who surrendered a 4-0 lead Saturday in Dallas before Jason Zucker's late winning goal bailed him out, has allowed four or more goals five times (55.5 percent of his starts) and three goals two other times.

1/16/2017 8:55 AM

Wild rallies from two-goal deficit to edge Blackhawks

Jason Pominville, who hadn't scored a goal since the last time the Wild lost in regulation on the road, snapped a 19-game goal drought with the third-period winner to help the conference- and division-leading Wild take a two-point lead on Chicago...

Zajac's terrific backcheck creates Hall's OT winner (video)

There's a reason Taylor Hall immediately skated over to Travis Zajac before embracing the rest of his teammates Sunday night.Zajac's impressive backcheck nullified a chance by Vancouver Canucks forward Sven Baertschi, and Zajac then fed Hall,...


ECAC: Dartmouth scores eight times to upset No. 6 Harvard

The Big Green (7-8-3, 4-5-2 ECAC Hockey) won their fifth game at home this season, taking down the Crimson (11-5-1, 7-4-1) in Hanover for the first time since 2013 with an overpowering 8-4 victory.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AHA: Army Blanks AIC; Gahagen Picks up 5th Shutout

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Led by Parker Gahagen's 18 saves, the Army West Point hockey team blanked American International on Tuesday night by a score of 2-0 at the Mass Mutual Center. The game was …

ECAC: Yale's Hitchcock Out With Broken Leg

the Yale Daily News reported. Hitchcock left Saturday's game against St. Lawrence and didn't return. The junior from New York, who came to Yale from the national development program, has just three goals this season, …

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BIG10: Three Things I Think - conference, Jan. 16, 2017

The weekend of Big Ten/non-conference play featured two and a half sweeps. The only half sweep came in non-conference competition as Ohio State defeated and then tied Arizona State. It was not the best game for the Buckeyes, who did lose in the...

1/17/2017 7:13 AM

BIG10: Tommy Novak out for rest of season

The Minnesota sophomore and Nashville Predators draft pick was injured in a collision that occurred in the final minutes of Saturday’s 4-2 win over Michigan.

NCHC: Troy Terry Out Indefinitely with Injury

Denver sophomore forward Troy Terry, Team USA’s shootout hero on the gold medal-winning US World Juniors team, will be out indefinitely for the Pioneers after suffering an upper body injury in last...

ECAC: Bayreuther Out Up to 6 More Weeks

St. Lawrence All-American defender Gavin Bayreuther will be out ... The Saints have gone 2-0-2 in his absense with wins against Canisius and Brown. Bayreuther is one of the top defensemen in the ECAC and is second …

Hockey East: UMass Lowell Adds RMU Transfer Schutz

UMass Lowell hockey coach Norm Bazin has added a transfer from Robert Morris University. 1995-born forward Chris Schutz has joined the River Hawks after not playing in any games during the fall...

Monday, January 16, 2017

Hockey East: Weekend results bring pack closer together

Instead, this weekend was about a league standings that continue to tighten. That’s where we’ll start. 1) The Hockey East accordion begins to tighten Heading into last weekend, a quick look at the standings would say …

1/16/2017 8:44 AM

NCHC: Weekend Rewind

After Friday night, it appeared that we could be headed for a wild weekend in the NCHC. As it turns out, it wasn’t. With three series splits, almost nobody made up ground in the standings. The one exception was Omaha, which looked really bad...

AHA: Three Things - How full is your glass?

Every Atlantic Hockey team came away from this weekend with ... Rochester Institute of Technology/American International and Mercyhurst/Army West Point. Splits have been the rule so far, and sweeps the exception. …

WCHA: Three things - Overtime party!

Three things I noticed during this weekend's slate of WCHA action:1) Michigan Tech got all the Seawolves it could handleMichigan Tech came into the weekend with a perfect opportunity to capitalize on those four games in hand it had on first-place...


USHL: St. Cyr Earns Second Goaltender of the Week Honor

U.S. National Under-18 Team goaltender Dylan St. Cyr (Northville, Mich.) was named the CCM USHL Goaltender of the Week after allowing just …

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017


WHL: Winterhawks wrestle with Iverson injury

There is no timetable for his return, according to coach/VP/GM Mike Johnston. The team left Portland on Sunday morning for games Tuesday and Wednesday at Prince George. Iverson remained in Portland to be further evaluated.

USHL: Phantoms Roll Thunder 4-1

YOUNGSTOWN, OH - Putting up four goals for the first time in almost a month, the Youngstown Phantoms (19-11-3-1, 42 points) used that offensive explos... - USHL Youngstown Phantoms

Monday, January 16, 2017

WHL: An early appearance for new Winterhawks goalie

Mike Johnston, the Hawks' coach/GM/VP, had planned to give Farkas a start this week at Prince George — Portland plays at the Cougars on Tuesday and Wednesday — but called upon him on Saturday when Spokane's first three shots beat Kehler.

USHL: Black Hawks take one from Des Moines, 4-2

WATERLOO -- Less than 24 hours after it didn't have, the Waterloo Black Hawks re-found their form Sunday afternoon as it scored a 4-2 United States Hockey League game over the Des Moines Buccaneers at Young …

USHL: Fighting Saints Crush Black Hawks

DUBUQUE, Iowa - *Kevin Charyszyn started the scoring for the Waterloo Black Hawks, but the Dubuque Fighting Saints had other ideas on home ice. Six un... - USHL Dubuque Fighting Saints


AHL: Tony Caremanesi - Leafs' ECHL all-star playing in top minor league

Is this the new path to the NHL?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

AHL: Comets Power Past IceCaps

St. John's, NL - The Utica Comets defeated the St. John's IceCaps on Tuesday night by a score of 5-2 at the Mile One Centre.The Comets struck firs... - AHL Utica Comets

AHL: Mazanec Earns Shutout in Ads Win

Charlotte, NC--Goalie Marek Mazanec stopped 20 shots to lead the Admirals to a 3-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers Tuesday night at Bojangles\' Colise... - AHL Milwaukee Admirals

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

AHL: Banged-up A-Devils may be getting healthier

TROY — The Albany Devils, after going 2-0-1 last week, had a “skills day” practice Monday at the Knickerbacker Ice Arena as they get ready for a home game Wednesday against North Division-leading Syracuse before heading to St...

AHL: Griffins Topped by IceHogs, 3-1

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Rockford IceHogs goaltender Lars Johansson once again shut the door on a potent Grand Rapids Griffins offense, turning aside 33 shots... - AHL Grand Rapids Griffins

AHL: Gulls Snap Wild's Streak with 3-1 Win

DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa Wild (18-19-2-1, 39 points) were defeated by the San Diego Gulls (17-12-2-1, 37 points) 3-1 in front of 4,248 fans on Monday... - AHL Iowa Wild

AHL: Lars Stars to Ground Griffins, 3-1

Rockford, Ill. - Lars Johansson turned away 31 of 32 shots and Luke Johnson scored the game-winning goal as the Rockford IceHogs (13-20-3-3) rallied i... - AHL Rockford IceHogs

AHL: Stars Outlast Rampage 4-3 in Overtime

iSAN ANTONIO - An overtime goal from Texas' Denis Gurianov lifted the Texas Stars (18-15-1-2) to a 4-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage (16-19-4-0... - AHL San Antonio Rampage

Monday, January 16, 2017

AHL: Moose Snuff out Wolves

WINNIPEG, Man. - Ondrej Pavelec stopped 43 shots as the Manitoba Moose snuffed out the Chicago Wolves 4-1 on Sunday at MTS Centre. The loss was just t... - AHL Chicago Wolves

AHL: Penguins Sign Defenseman Brett Stern to PTO

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins announced today that they have signed defenseman Brett Stern to a professional tryout agreement... - AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

AHL: Sound Tigers 5, Bruins 3

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (January 15, 201 7 ) - Tanner Fritz scored twice and Stephon Williams made 32 saves as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (19-15-1-1), proud... - AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers

ECHL: announces fines

The ECHL on Sunday announced that Norfolk’s Gabriel Verpaelst and Greenville’s Bretton Cam...

ECHL: Grasso Rejoins Mallards

The 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound Smithtown, New York, native- who has spent the bulk of this season with the Southern Professional Hockey League's …


KHL: Shut-out special. January 17, 2017 round-up

Two out of three games on Tuesday ended in shut-outs, and the third was less than 90 seconds away from following suit. The meanest goalies were in Chelyabinsk, where Avtomobilist beat Traktor 1-0 in overtime. Spartak also fired blanks at home, going...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Laine named Finland's player of year

Finland’s 2016 hockey player of the year won’t be rejoining the Winnipeg Jets any time soon. Patrik Laine has missed five games after suffering a concussion in Buffalo in a game against the Sabres Jan. 7 and hasn’t resumed skating...

NLA: SC Bern looking for an import forward for the playoffs

As the Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports, SC Bern's team manager Alex Chatelain is looking for an import forward in the KHL as a reinforcement for the postseason. Additionally, they will acquire the license of another goaltender.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

1/17/2017 6:59 AM

U18 WORLDS: Barnes sets WW18 record

USA captain Cayla Barnes (left) won a record-setting third IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship gold medal, Grace Zumwinkle (right) was one of two players to score a hat trick with Switzerland’s Lisa Ruedi being the other.

KHL: Ak Bars confirms playoff spot. January 16, 2017 round-up

The big game of the day saw Ak Bars get back to winning ways in Moscow, claiming a 2-1 success at Dynamo and securing its place in this year’s playoffs. Elsewhere, there were setbacks for Admiral and Kunlun at the sharp end of the Eastern Conference...

NLA: SC Bern's Martin Plüss will continue to play

Martin Plüss has been very tight-lipped about his future. Both retirement and adding another season seemed to be options for the center. However, as he now tells Blick, he will continue to play.

1/17/2017 6:33 AM

U18: Podium! Russia Takes Bronze at the U18 Women’s Worlds

Another year of the IIHF Under-18 Women’s World Championship is now behind us, and for the third straight tournament it was the United States who claimed gold, this time via a 3-1 victory over Canada in the final in the Czech Republic. As for...

Monday, January 16, 2017

KHL: Titov banned for 2 games

The KHL Disciplinary Committee has investigated the incident from the 43rd minute of Friday’s SKA versus Metallurg Novokuznetsk match in Saint Petersburg, in which visiting defenseman Alexander Titov was given a major plus game misconduct penalty...

1/16/2017 8:30 AM

Barulin, Bolduc banned for 1 game (video)

In the 55th minute of Friday’s match in Chelyabinsk between Traktor and HC Sochi, visiting goaltender Konstantin Barulin earned a misconduct penalty (10 minutes) for unsporting behavior. As this was the player’s third 10-minute penalty of the season,...


MN H.S.: Rain or shine, the puck will drop on Hockey Day in Stillwater

Ask Tony Novalany whether warm weather and rain could ruin Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday in Stillwater, and he has a two-word answer: …

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

MN H.S.: Results from Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ranked teams in action yesterday: Alexandria, Centennial, Delano, East Grand Forks, Grand Rapids, Hill-Murray, Lakeville North, Sartell-St. Stephen, St. Cloud Cathedral, St. Thomas Academy.

MA H.S.: Super Eight rankings (Jan. 17), 2017

Middlesex League Showdown was a success. The results weren’t terribly surprising, with the CC clearly asserting itself as the power league in Massachusetts high school hockey, but a pair of Middlesex clubs proving they …

MN H.S.: Duluth Marshall rolls past LSC rival Duluth Denfeld

Troy Shold paced Duluth Marshall's dominant offensive display Tuesday night at Mars Lakeview Arena, where the Hilltoppers zipped past Duluth Denfeld 8-1 in a Lake Superior Conference boys hockey game. Shold supplemented his hat trick with three more...

MN H.S.: Stillwater prepares for rainy Hockey Day Minnesota

STILLWATER, Minn. — Ask Tony Novalany whether warm weather and rain could ruin Hockey Day Minnesota on Saturday in Stillwater, and he has a two-word answer: "We're playing." Novalany, chair of the organizing committee, said the high school games will...

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

1/16/2017 8:37 AM

MN H.S.: Meme, Myself and I - Bauer Neudecker

Here we go again, it’s time for another unfiltered discussion with one of the top players in the state with Meme, Myself, and I. For the latest installment, Game On! Minnesota's John King sat down with St. Louis Park sniper Bauer Neudecker.

MT H.S.: Bruins knock off Kamloops Lions at Cactus Cup

PHOENIX -- The Missoula Bruins rebounded from their first loss of the season to defeat Kamloops, British Columbia, 3-2 on Sunday in the Midget AA Division of the Cactus Cup hockey tournament. Austin Leadbetter …

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