With the world of soccer dealing with the fallout of the Super League, would a similar format work in the NHL? Would a relegation system work in the NHL? We look up and down the standings to see which teams are in surprising locations and how they got there, including: – The Columbus Bluejackets ending John Tortorella’s tour – The Washington Capitals overcoming a subpar Alexander Ovechkin – The Pittsburgh Penguins riding the Sidney Crosby train – The Florida Panthers avoiding the overpaid Sergei Bobrovsky – The Carolina Hurricanes celebrating with Rod the Bod The Chicago Blackhawks enter the Elimination Station. With Kirby Dach returningRead More →

The Vancouver Canucks are back! After a difficult time with COVID, they returned to the ice with a win against the Toronto Maple Leafs. What they can expect the rest of the season? What are some likely outcomes if an outbreak like this happens during the playoffs? With the NHL trade deadline behind us we look at how new players like Anthony Mantha and Taylor Hall are fitting in on their new teams. Patrick Marleau beats Gordie Howe‘s all time games record. Does it really matter? The Philadelphia Flyers and Vancouver Canucks both enter the Elimination Station. With most of the Flyers roster locked inRead More →

It’s NHL trade deadline day! We take a look at the buyers and sellers of trade deadline day. BUYERS Florida Panthers: With Aaron Ekblad out they picked up Brandon Montour and also Sam Bennett. Is Florida the fresh start that Bennett needs? Toronto Maple Leafs: Nick Foligno joins our Nick in Toronto. Is it a match made in heaven? Colorado Avalanche: Carl Soderberg is back. SOUND THE ALARM! SELLERS Columbus Bluejackets: David Savard and Foligno net a first round pick each. Is that the best deal of the deadline? Detroit Red Wings: It’s not. Because the Red Wings got Jakub Vrana and a 1st roundRead More →

The Vancouver Canucks are down and out in COVID protocol. With only 5 weeks left in the season, what are the choices for their schedule moving forward? Are there options for the NHL if they can’t play all of their games? Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon both got fined the maximum amount for poor behaviour on the ice this week. Was the fine warranted or was it superstar treatment that should have been suspended? The Columbus Bluejackets enter the Elimination Station, begging 4 questions: 1) Where does Nick Foligno go? 2) Will Patrik Laine work out there? 3) Does one of their goalies get dealtRead More →

When the Tim Peel news broke, my immediate reaction was one of shock and surprise. Not that game management and make-up calls happen, but that this was somehow a surprise to a lot of people. Game management by officials has been part of the sport for a long, long time and while there’s an argument that it shouldn’t be, there’s a stronger argument that it should. Embed from Getty Images In a sport where every game is televised, officials are more under the microscope than ever before. Slow motion, multi-angle replays allow every call/missed call to be analyzed in minute detail. Often conveniently ignoring theRead More →

Officiating was the topic of the week in the NHL! Tim Peel made official what we all suspected: that referee’s don’t call the games fairly. Did the punishment fit the crime? Can any changes be expected from the league when it comes to calling penalties in the future? Eric Staal was dealt to the Montreal Canadiens. Does this mean that they think they’re a lock for the playoffs? Will Cole Caufield be joining the team? The New York Rangers have entered the Elimination Station. After fully breaking Carter Hart, what is next for them? With a fist full of prospects, do they need to changeRead More →

All it took was 12 loses, but the Buffalo Sabres finally fired Ralph Krueger. Where does Buffalo go from here? With the trade deadline a mere 3 weeks away, we explore some of the possible trade pieces, including Taylor Hall, Mattias Ekholm and the entire Detroit Red Wings. Where could they end up? The Calgary Flames find their way into the Elimination Station. With Darryl Sutter back coaching the team, what direction should the front office take building the roster? And does that direction include Johnny Gaudreau? We look back at the week that was the New York Islanders. What is it about this year’sRead More →