Adrian also gives us his reaction to the NHL All Star weekend in Nashville, and we discuss Dennis Wideman’s 20 game suspension.
Elsewhere, NHL Game Centre becomes NHL.tv and the Rangers lose a key member of their defence.
With the 2016 NHL All Star Game done and dusted, focus switches back to league action tonight with 12 games on the schedule.
While many would consider Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, St. Louis and probably Florida to be ‘safe’, there are post season places still up for grabs with around 30 games left on the regular season calendar.
The impending February 29th trade deadline adds an extra layer of intrigue for a number of clubs, who will need to decide whether they stick or twist, while Auston Matthews’ continued success in Switzerland should be an enticing carrot for those battling at the bottom.
Here One Puck Short looks at five key questions as the regular season heads toward the home straight:
On December 2nd, Colorado were dead last in the Central Division and seven points outside of the playoffs, with only Edmonton and Calgary keeping them from the foot of the Conference.
Today, the Avs are on a four game winning streak and hold the first wild card spot in the West.
From all but out of it to one of the hottest teams in the NHL. Has Patrick Roy’s side ‘figured it out’? Or are we simply seeing some ‘puck luck’ bouncing the Avs way?
A touch of fortune provided Jerome Iginla with his 600th career goal last night, with the puck banking off Los Angeles defenceman Jake Muzzin and in to the net to make the 38-year old the nineteenth player in NHL history to reach the milestone.
It’s hard to begrudge one of the modern games best goal scorers a bit of luck from time to time, having excelled at the games highest level for almost two decades – and then some.
Home of the defending Champions, the Central Division is arguably the toughest in the NHL.
All seven clubs have featured in the post season over the past two years, but all have questions to answer heading in to the new campaign.
On what felt like the busiest July 1st for a number of years, the 2015 ‘free agent frenzy’ began with a flurry of activity; with Phil Kessel’s trade to Pittsburgh the biggest move of the day.
But the talented wingers move to Pennsylvania should not overshadow the savvy signings made by a number of clubs – nor the risks others have taken in the hop of boosting their teams fortunes.
Here are seven of the most intriguing moves made on the opening day of free agency:
Whether you consider it adorable or laughable; news that New Jersey still had designs on a play-off berth spread across social media last week, as the club rebuffed talk of trading veterans like Jaromir Jagr.
At the time the Devils had 25 games still to play, but sat 12 points shy of 8th, and their stance was largely met with derision as a result – especially as they were coming off the back of a 4-game skid.
Despite reversing that trend and picking up four straight victories, the Devils still find themselves trailing Boston by 8 points; and with a deep draft this summer, and trade deadline day looming, at least half-a-dozen clubs currently face the same decision as New Jersey – at what point do you throw in the towel?