Arriving in Minnesota in 2014-15 most considered Devan Dubnyk a lost cause. His performance in St. Paul now has heads turning. As a result, even his fiercest critics are tipping him for Vezina glory. If any goalie has had to learn the hard way, it is Dubnyk. Earning his stripes has come at a tremendous cost, but he has earned every moment. Right now he is definitely one of the league’s best netminders. His career got off to a bumpy start in Edmonton where a dream became a nightmare. Suffering from poor form, playing for his childhood team became an experience to forget. With Oilers fansRead More →

The 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is here. The 23-11-5 Chicago Blackhawks will take on the 19-13-5 St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium. Puck probably drops at 1pm ET. Both the the Blackhawks and Blues enter the Classic having lost their last games so neither has the momentum and both have a point to prove. Chicago are slight favorites sitting top of the Central Division, eight points clear of third placed St. Louis. The Blues on the other hand, need to take both points to try and avoid dropping into a wildcard place. This is the Blackhawks’ fifth outdoor game and their third Winter Classic.Read More →

Mike Laybourne recently wrote a piece about the struggles of the Colorado Avalanche. The facts of his article are impossible to deny. The Avalanche do currently sit at 5-7-0. Semyon Varlamov does currently have a 0.881 save percentage in 8 starts. Matt Duchene is the only player on the team with more than 3 goals. Andrew Ladd did score. Twice. So, is Mike right? Are the Avs a bust? No. They’re not. And I’ll continue to tell myself that until they’re eliminated from the playoffs in late March. The team is 29th overall in goals for per game and 24th overall in goals against per game.Read More →

By now it’s probably journalistic cliche to say ‘if the season ended today’, but it’s still a fun exercise and I’m not a journalist. Besides, who hasn’t gone on to the Wildcard standings on NHL.com recently and thought ‘What if”? I’m looking at you, Edmonton fans. Of course the season has barely just begun, some teams have only played 11 games, but early season form can still give a good insight into what the rest of the season may bring. For example, it’s not exactly a devastating hot-take to say that the Arizona Coyotes aren’t going to make the playoffs. 82 games is as manyRead More →