The New Jersey Devils were among the biggest surprises in the NHL in 2017-18. They won 44 games and clinched a playoff berth for the first time since their 2011-12 Stanley Cup Final run. They haven’t made any significant additions to this point in the offseason and are unlikely to do so barring a trade.
The New Jersey Devils have made it clear that the plan is to improve their roster from within the organization for 2018-19. Even though that’s the case, there are a couple of needs they could address through a professional tryout (PTO). They’ve gotten productivity from them in the past, with Lee Stempniak being one example
Every year, there’s always a surprise free agent or two that catches one’s attention. Anthony Duclair happens to be one of them this offseason. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent tomorrow after the Chicago Blackhawks didn’t tender him a qualifying offer. The 22-year-old finished 2017-18 with 23 points in 56 games between the
The recent Stanley Cup Final featured a goalie matchup between Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Vegas Golden Knights. And while many statistics were used to favor one goalie or the other, a surprising statistic favored both. It turns out, Stanley Cup winning goalies aren’t the regular season’s ironman goalies.
Contracts are weird, eh? League-dominating guys like David Pastrnak sign team-friendly deals while some guys get vastly overpaid for no reason. I think you’d be hardpressed to find someone who says that Evander Kane is being underpaid, as most people agree he’s either paid correctly or, in fact, overpaid. $7 million per year for seven
The Nashville Predators were the cream of the NHL’s crop during the regular season but ultimately fell short during the playoffs. That doesn’t diminish their regular-season prowess, where many players stepped up. Some Predators deserve to be recognized for their career years, and while they may not win any NHL awards, we should take a
The Nashville Predators’ season fell short by a few rounds as the Winnipeg Jets vanquished them in seven games. There were many reasons why the chips fell as they did, but I wanted to highlight a few of them. A lot of these reasons were present through the season but were covered by the immaculate
Late last week, I took a look at Nico Hischier’s rookie season and the impact he had on the New Jersey Devils. It’s probably safe to assume that they wouldn’t have made the playoffs without him. Today, I’ll be reviewing Miles Wood’s season. He may not have had the same influence as Hischier, but his
Game 4 at the SAP Center was nerve-racking for fans. The series was at 2-1 in favor of the Vegas Golden Knights going into the game and the San Jose Sharks hadn’t dominated for an extended stretch of any game. The prospect of dropping both games at home was a scary one, and the idea of
The Nashville Predators had their hands full with the Colorado Avalanche in round one of the playoffs. What should’ve been an easy win turned into six games of a heated future rivalry. It all ended in Game 6, where the Predators finally flexed their muscles and put the Avalanche away without a shadow of a doubt.
The better team won on Thursday night. It took the Nashville Predators two periods to get started but once they did, it wasn’t even close. The Colorado Avalanche won the high danger and scoring chance battle but the Predators controlled possession for much of the game. Star players had a huge impact on both sides,
Game 82 of the season has come and gone and the Nashville Predators are the best team in the NHL. The Presidents’ Trophy is coming to Tennesee and it was a wild ride. There were ups and downs, blockbuster trades, and incredible goaltending. While things weren’t always peachy, there was always a sense that everything
I’m not going to sugar coat it, the Buffalo Sabres are a dumpster fire. They’re currently wasting Jack Eichel’s early years and are doing no service to young guns like Rasmus Ristolainen and Sam Reinhart. Quite frankly, I’m not even sure Rasmus Dahlin could turn this franchise around, although I do like new general manager
Friday night featured a potential first-round matchup between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche. As it sits on Saturday afternoon, the Avalanche will narrowly miss the best in the West and the Predators will likely take on the Dallas Stars. Although the Stars and Avalanche are tied in points, the Avalanche have a game
No one wants to see a 10 game win streak come to an end, but what goes up must come down. Down things came as the Nashville Predators fell 3-2 to the Devils. Although they lost, it was one of the better losses all season. The Predators battled back late and pushed the game to
The Nashville Predators’ roster is a bit of a unicorn in the NHL. No, it’s not perfect. However, whatever weaknesses exist in the nightly lineup are only so in relation to the rest of the team. The majority of Nashville’s “bottom” forwards would comfortably slot into a middle-six or, in some cases, a top-six role.
The Nashville Predators, unquestionably, field the most talented collection of defensemen in today’s NHL. Other teams may boast a bigger star or one electric pairing but no one offers the depth of that in Music City. More than any of its forward lines, Nashville’s defense demonstrates the impressive abilities of general manager David Poile. Even
I was using the site Natural Stat Trick for a recent article and saw that there is a way to look at metrics against individual teams. That led to me pondering which teams were the easiest or hardest to play against, not using records but by looking at the metrics – Corsi For and Goals
Last season, the Predators combination of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen and Viktor Arvidsson helped bring national attention to Nashville. Certainly, the team’s defensive personnel is among the best in the league. However, before the acquisition and subsequent emergence of a true number-one center, the team remained predictably one-dimensional in its forward lines. This line of
The Dallas Stars coasted into their bye week Saturday afternoon, cruising past the hapless Edmonton Oilers, 5-1. As the players, coaches and staff scatter to the four winds for a few days, Stars fans can bask in the warm afterglow of a 4-1-0 homestand and ponder one existential question: Is this a playoff team? While
For years, Alex Edler has been a polarizing figure in the Vancouver sports market. With injuries and age accumulating, we’ve likely passed the days of prime Edler. That doesn’t mean, though, that the debate on the now 31-year-old Swede has ended. In fact, if anything, the division has only increased. Critics of Edler say that
Sidney Crosby put together one of the best seasons of his career last year by leading the league in goals with 44, his highest since the 2009-10 season, and posted his highest point-per-game mark (1.19) since the 2013-14 season. Of his 44 goals, 26 of them occurred in 5-on-5 situations, his most since the 2009-10
The sports world is careening towards hockey season, with only a few weeks separating us from the beginning of training camp. Despite that very exciting news, Jaromir Jagr remains unsigned, which is very unexciting news. There are a plethora of teams that Jagr can help including one of his (many) former teams, the New York
It is not a secret that the Rangers have an issue on the blue line. After defensive breakdown after defensive breakdown in their six-game loss to the Ottawa Senators in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it is time for a change. The time might be nigh to move on from Dan Girardi