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Name: The Hockey Writers
Description: 30 writers on the Game of hockey
URL: http://thehockeywriters.com
RSS Feeds: Hockey - http://feeds2.feedburner.com/thehockeywriters.com
Related Team(s): General
Related Sports(s): Hockey
Date Added: 2009-04-25 08:25:22
  
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Montoya Injury Forces Habs to Play Price

There are definitely worse things in the world than having your No.1 goalie healthy and ready to play as the regular season winds down, with playoff positioning on the line. Namely having your No. 1 goalie healthy and ready to play under those sam...


Miller Earns Canucks Masterton Nod

The Vancouver Canucks have announced that the team’s nominee for this year’s Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is goaltender Ryan Miller. The annual award, which has a nominee from each team, recognizes the player that best exemplifies the quali...


Top 5 Drought Era Blackhawks

It is no secret that the Chicago Blackhawks are one of the most successful teams in the NHL right now. With their recent success, it can be hard to believe that it wasn’t always this way. Prior to their 2010 Stanley Cup win, the Hawks expe...


Ovechkin Hits Another Milestone

This season has already been a big one for the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin. Back in January, he recorded his 1,000th career point. Recently, he became the third player in league history to record 30 or more goals in his first 12 seaso...


How Can Murray Improve Sabres’ Defense?

With two weeks left in the 2016-17 campaign, it will be another season in which the Buffalo Sabres will be hitting the golf links in mid-April.  A season that began with heightened expectations came crashing down on the ankle of Jack Eichel. The...


Sharks Have A Problem

In the less than classic movie Disclosure (or Michael Crichton’s even less classic book version), a line runs through the story about a corrupt business: “Solve the problem.” There are numerous problems in the operation and the drama surrou...


Sabres Honor Gionta in His 1,000th Game

Brian Gionta played his 1,000th NHL game Monday night against the Florida Panthers. The 38-year old has enjoyed a successful and long career playing with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and now his hometown team Buffalo Sabres. Gionta is...


Preview: Senators Visit the Flyers

On Tuesday night the playoff-bound Ottawa Senators will pack their bags and skate into the City of Brotherly Love to take on the statistically-still-alive Philadelphia Flyers. Whereas the Senators are hopeful to catch the Atlantic Division-leading...


Scheduling and Experience Will Guide Lightning to Playoffs

It wasn’t a strong start for the Tampa Bay Lightning Monday night at Amalie Arena. Down 4-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks by the middle of the second period, it looked as if the Lightning would lose ground in the wild card race and prove they d...


Oilers Fans Rejoice

In our day to day existence, eleven years is a long time to go without something. In the world of sports, such a timeframe can feel like an eternity…just ask any fan of the Edmonton Oilers. As memorable as watching their team’s run to the 2006...


Colin White Agrees to Senators’ Terms

Colin White finally agreed to sign an amateur tryout contract with the Ottawa Senators. After the elimination of his college team in Boston, White was looking to turn professional. In hopes of joining the Senators, his side wanted to sign an entry...


Max Jones on Spitfires’ Shenanigans: “We Don’t Care…”

On Sunday afternoon, the London Knights and Windsor Spitfires met for the second game in what has turned out to be a heated Western Conference rivalry series. Both teams have come out hard throwing around their bodies and getting into the tough ar...


5 Highlights From 50 Years of Flyers–Penguins Hockey

After 50 years, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins have developed one of the greatest rivalries in sports. They’ve played each other 281 times in the regular season. The Flyers have won 153 of those matchups, the Penguins 98, an...


Facing Off: Oilers Roundtable Talking Playoffs, Yes Playoffs

Facing Off is a weekly column debating five of hockey’s hottest topics each and every Monday. From current events like trades and hat tricks to bigger-picture stuff like scandals and expansion — you name it, we’re debating it. Albeit, not ...


Oilers Playoff Potential: Anaheim Ducks

In part two of our series on potential first-round matchups, we take a look at the Anaheim Ducks. Would the Edmonton Oilers benefit from playing the Ducks in the first round? Are they an ideal opponent on paper or should Edmonton hope to draw anot...


The George McPhee Connection

George McPhee is the inaugural general manager for the Vegas Golden Knights. McPhee was hired last July by owner Bill Foley. Prior to joining the Golden Knights, McPhee played in the NHL for six seasons with the New York Rangers and New Jersey Dev...


Mike Babcock: The Jack Adams Award Favorite?

The Jack Adams Award is a prestigious trophy granted on an annual basis which recognizes the National Hockey League head coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team’s success. In the past, historic greats such as Jacques Demers, ...


Penguins Limp Towards Playoffs

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It’s Not Time to Sit or Trade Rask

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Maple Leafs Injury Update: Andersen Day-To-Day

Many teams in the NHL are entirely dependent on their goaltending. They live and die by their goalie, so to speak. A team could lose any one of its star players, but the worst thing that could happen would be to lose its starting goalie to injury....


The Grind Line: Red Wings’ Updated Expansion Strategy

The 2016-17 season is coming to a merciful end for the Detroit Red Wings and their fan base. With the team missing the playoffs for the first time in 25 seasons, Ken Holland was active during the trade deadline, moving several pending unrestricted...


3 Things from the NCAA West Regional Championship

This past weekend, the University of Minnesota-Duluth won the NCAA West Regional Championship beating Boston University 3-2 in overtime. All three regional games went to overtime, that’s the first time that’s happened since the NCAA we...


Penguins’ Conflicting Goals for Stretch Run

The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their 11th straight playoff berth last Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres. By the end of the season, unless Detroit pulls off some sort of miracle, it will become the longest current playoff streak in the league. B...


Jeremiah Addison: Signed, Scored and Suspended

Spirits were high for Windsor Spitfires’ forward Jeremiah Addison when the Ontario Hockey League playoffs started. The 20-year-old signed his first entry-level contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday ahead of Game 1 against the London Kni...


Rangers’ Skjei Enjoying Stellar Rookie Season

Coming into this season, the biggest questions for the New York Rangers resided on their blue line. Would the group be consistent enough to help the club seriously contend? Would Dan Girardi and/or Marc Staal bounce back from underwhelming perform...


Q & A with Canes’ Noah Hanifin

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Methot Injury an Opportunity for Claesson

There were few positives about Marc Methot’s gruesome injury against the Pittsburgh Penguins. It left him without a fingertip – and, on a related note, left many fans running for the toilet. It put the Ottawa Senators down a top-pairing defenc...


Frozen Four Heading to Chicago

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Valuable Time for the Kings’ Youth

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Robin Lehner Taking Charge

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Flames Monday Musings: Chaos in the Pacific

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Granlund Goes From Afterthought to Catalyst

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The Gang’s All Back; Now What for the Rangers?

Dan Girardi returned to the lineup after a 12-game absence on Saturday. One night later, Henrik Lundqvist (eight games) and Kevin Klein (14 games) also were back in the lineup. For the first time in a long time, the New York Rangers are complete. ...


Playoff Drought Continues for Taylor Hall

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Whispers of Goalie Controversy Reappearing for Penguins

It seems we can’t escape the term controversy this season when it comes to the Pittsburgh Penguins and their goaltender situation. The team is blessed with two talented netminders in 22-year old Matt Murray and veteran Marc-Andre Fleury — ...


One-on-One: Shattenkirk Talks Capitals, Orpik & Playoffs

It hasn’t even been a month since Kevin Shattenkirk joined the Washington Capitals, but upon first glance, it doesn’t seem that way. In fact, the 28-year-old blueliner didn’t take long to adjust to his new team at all. At Friday&...


Oilers Have Plenty of Playoff Experience

The countdown has started and on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings, the Edmonton Oilers could clinch their first playoff berth in 11 years. It’s a milestone that ends years of ineptitude and failure in Northern Alberta. With the Oilers p...


The Nuck Stops Here: Boeser, Power Play & Expansion

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Flames Proving They Are Contenders

Last week, the Calgary Flames battled through a tough three-game road trip, an untimely suspension and a key injury to prove they won’t be playoff pushovers. It started when recently promoted top-line winger Micheal Ferland had to go into q...


Monday Morning Howl: Keller Signs, Coyotes Struggle on Road

After playing six of seven games from Feb. 5 through Feb. 18 at home, the Arizona Coyotes hit the road last week and kicked off a five-game road trip on Monday in Nashville against P.K. Subban and the Predators. Despite a late power play goal from...


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Can Crosby Hit the 50-Goal Mark?

Sidney Crosby sits on top of the league right now with 42 goals. In his decade playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, he has only managed to hit the 50-goal mark one time. The first and only time in his career he has scored 50 goals was, like this ...


Coyotes Look For Keller to Develop

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Crosby Didn’t Spear Anybody

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Hard to Feel Sympathy for Jarnkrok

In case you missed it last night, Micheal Haley of the San Jose Sharks punched Nashville Predators centre Calle Jarnkrok, an apparently unwilling combatant, in a scrum. The melee began following Jarnkrok’s illegal hit on Haley along the boards a...


Will Jackets’ Power Play Woes Hamper Playoff Run?

For roughly half the season, the Columbus Blue Jackets held the top power play in the league. Things have changed. Up until January, they used the man advantage to take control of games and win some tight contests. Now, the power play has lost its...


Sergei Bobrovsky’s Compelling Case for the Hart Trophy

Sergei Bobrovsky is up to his old tricks again. The Columbus Blue Jackets and their fans couldn’t be any happier about it. Bobrovsky earned his seventh shutout of the season Saturday after he blanked the Philadelphia Flyers 1-0 at Nationwide...


Perry & Ducks on Pacific Title — No Thanks

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Flyers Suffer a Brutal Tale of Two Seasons

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Penguins in Need of Playoff Phil

We all know the story by now, as it’s been written time-and-time again. The talented, yet enigmatic Phil Kessel — once deemed the cornerstone of Toronto’s franchise before being cast away — needed a new home. He needed a place in w...


Knights’ Lack of Discipline Proving Costly

There were shades of their 2009 playoff run when the London Knights opened their defence of the OHL’s J. Ross Robertson Cup heading into overtime against the Windsor Spitfires. The Knights led the game one two separate occasions, but seemed to ...


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