Odd Man Rush – An Authentic Look at the Pursuit of Hockey Dreams
Based on Bill Keenan’s best-selling memoir of the same name, Odd Man Rush presents a humorous, self-deprecating look at the realities of playing minor professional hockey in Europe in pursuit of reaching the NHL. The film centers on Bobby Sanders, inspired by Keenan, as he chases his NHL dream through the German and Swedish leagues. […]
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NHL Elite: Consistent Point-Per-Game Players
Russian superstars Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin joined a rare group of players who have averaged a point-per-game played (P/GP) or better for at least 10 seasons. They join Sidney Crosby as the only active players to do so – Crosby has 13. I chose 40 games played as the minimum to qualify because it […]
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Gretzky vs Lemieux: Head-to-Head
Similar to other sports leagues, the NHL has been lucky to have some of its greatest players and biggest names play in the same era. The 1950s had Gordie Howe and Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. Bobby Hull, Frank Mahovlich, and Stan Mikita headlined the 1960s while Guy Lafleur and Phil Esposito dominated the 1970s. Even in […]
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Seven Things About Mikael Granlund
The Nashville Predators acquired Finnish forward Mikael Granlund at the 2019 Trade Deadline. Much is known about his on-ice abilities: he’s a great playmaker who can make defensemen look silly and rarely takes penalties. What many don’t know about him is that he’s an interesting person, and his story should be known by hockey fans […]
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Broad Street Bullies: More Than Goons, Fists & Enforcers
During the 1970s, only the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins had more victories than the Philadelphia Flyers’ 424. During that decade, the Flyers won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, went to two more Finals, and missed the playoffs once. Furthermore, they registered 100 or more points in five consecutive seasons between 1974 and […]
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Seven Things About P.K. Subban
Pernell-Karl Subban, known to most as P.K., is one of the most dynamic defensemen in recent memory. His electrifying play on the ice combines with his equally-charismatic personality off-ice into a person who is both beloved and criticized, often at the same time. But regardless of how you view him, he is one of the […]
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Revisiting David Poile’s Drafts – 1998
The Nashville Predators have been an NHL franchise since the 1998-99 season after the city was granted an expansion team in June 1997. In their 21 seasons of existence, there has been one constant: general manager David Poile, who’s served that role since the franchise’s inception. He’s been the architect behind every season, from the […]
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Seven Things About Roberto Luongo
Roberto Luongo is one of the most accomplished goaltenders in league history and ranks among the best at the position in numerous categories. But not only has he been an elite netminder throughout his career, he has also been one of the league’s most interesting players throughout his career. Here are seven things that make […]
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History of the Houston Aeros
The Houston Aeros were a member of the now-defunct World Hockey Association (WHA) from 1972-78. They were highly successful, making the playoffs each of their six seasons and won two league championships in three final appearances. The Aeros were the first major professional hockey team in Texas and became one of the state’s most successful […]
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NHL TV Blackouts & Why They Happen?
Picture a scenario. Your local NHL team is playing a nationally-televised game. It’s on NBCSN, which you access through an app because you don’t have cable or satellite. You’re excited to watch it, but when you turn it on, you’re denied because of a tv blackout based on your location. Another scenario. You live in […]
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NHL Hat Tricks History & Fun Facts
A hat trick is one of the NHL’s rarest achievements with only 97 during the 2018-19 season, or roughly one in 7.6 percent of games. That’s more rare than a shutout, with 154 in 2018-19, or one in 12.1 percent of games, or a shorthanded goal, of which there were 233 last season, or one […]
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Best & Worst Trades in Panthers History
In the 25 years since the Florida Panthers became a franchise, their 10 general managers have made a lot of trades. As an expansion team for the 1993-94 season, they made 16 trades in their first year alone. Some of these early trades made an impact as the team finished one point outside the playoffs […]
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Golden Knights Clinch, so What’s Next?
On Mar. 26, the Vegas Golden Knights punched their ticket to the playoffs in their inaugural season by defeating the Colorado Avalanche 4-1. With the victory, Vegas became the sixth expansion team in NHL history to qualify for the playoffs in its inaugural season. But, the Golden Knights accomplishing the feat was much more difficult […]
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Golden Knights: Falling Back to Earth Next Season?
Every hockey fan is aware of how successful the Vegas Golden Knights are in their inaugural season, outperforming expectations by a wide margin. Although projected to be a .500 team at best, they are in first place in the Pacific Division and on the cusp of clinching a playoff spot. Most expected them to be […]
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Finns Flash in Today’s NHL
As hockey has grown as a global sport, an increase in non-North American players in the NHL has occurred simultaneously. Although the best and largest number of players still come from North America, other nations have had an increase in representation in the NHL in recent seasons. It is one thing for a country to […]
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Path to 1,320 Wins for Predators’ Poile
On March 1, the Nashville Predators defeated the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 4-2. It was the Predators sixth win in a row and extended their lead in the Central Division to six points. The victory was much more than just one game in an 82-game season for the Predators. The win marked the […]
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The Best NHL Contracts On All 31 Teams
With a hard salary cap, NHL front offices must ensure that they are being smart with the contracts they hand out. One bad contract can wreck a team’s ability to be competitive for several seasons. Conversely, one bargain contract can free up enough cap space to build a talented roster. Of those bargain contracts, which […]
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The Worst NHL Contracts On All 31 Teams
In a salary cap league, every dollar matters. Teams must be able to get as much value out of their players as possible which means making smart financial decisions as one bad contract can affect a team’s future. Even with that in mind, front offices continue to give out bad contracts and they become handcuffed […]
Predators Top 4 Prospects 2018
The Nashville Predators have been one of the best teams in recent seasons. They have advanced further in the playoffs each of the past three years, culminating with a loss in last year’s Stanley Cup Final. Currently, they are first in the Central Division and Western Conference and have already surpassed their win total from […]
Golden Knights & Lightning Are Getting Their Money’s Worth
To win in the salary cap era, a team needs top-to-bottom production. First line forwards need to perform like elite scorers while third pairing defensemen need to provide steady minutes. This year’s trade deadline reflected this, as contenders parted with valuable assets to add depth players. To consistently win and compete for the Stanley Cup, […]
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