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Stempniak's Stability Essential for Canes

Stempniak's Stability Essential for Canes

November 13th, 2017 Lee Stempniak is a key part of the Carolina Hurricanes roster but he has yet to play a game this season. Having sustained a hip injury on October 3, Stempniak was placed on injured reserve at the beginning if the season. He has been missed, and the sooner he can get on the ice with the Hurricanes,...
Blue Jackets 3 Takeaways: Self-Evaluation, Panic & Carolina

Blue Jackets 3 Takeaways: Self-Evaluation, Panic & Carolina

November 11th, 2017 This season, The Hockey Writers will have a recurring “Three Takeaways” feature after every Columbus Blue Jackets matchup, meant to serve as postgame quick hits. 1) Time for Blue Jackets Self-Evaluation The Blue Jackets posted a 0-3-1 record in their last four games -- not an ideal position...

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November 17th, 2017
Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres placed two more defensemen on injured reserve yesterday. Taylor Fedun and Matt Tennyson joined Zach Bogosian and Rasmus Ristolainen, forcing the team to recall Casey Nelson from Rochester. If Nelson dresses when Buffalo squares off with Detroit tonight, he will become the 11th defenseman that has been called into action for the Sabres this season.Yes, you read that correctly. Just 19 games into the season, Buffalo has called upon nearly every one of their starting AHL defensemen to some extent.Everyone except Brendan Guhle. Botterill Won't Rush Guhle Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has been clear on his intentions with Guhle since the beginning of the season. During his time in Pittsburgh, Botterill served in a management group that stressed the importance of player development, and he's brought those policies to Buffalo. As injuries have mounted on the back-end, fans and media personnel have speculated as to whether or not the Sabres will...
November 17th, 2017
Vancouver Canucks

Thursday's 5-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights resulted in the Vancouver Canucks dropping out of a playoff spot. However, on a night where little went right, one of the few highlights was this goal by Brock Boeser:While the goal ultimately meant nothing in terms of the result, it allowed Boeser to maintain his position as the team's leading scorer this season, with 16 points. Further, with the Canucks nearly 25 percent of the way through their schedule, it seems like a good time to assess the 20-year-old's impact.The Canucks' have been better than anticipated up to this point and Boeser is a big part of the reason why. And in truth, we shouldn't really be surprised. Contender for Rookie of the Year Boeser has had little issue transitioning to the NHL game, thanks to excellent puck skills, superior passing and overall offensive talent. He showed glimpses of this last season, when he had five points -- including four goals -- in nine games.This season, Boeser is...
November 17th, 2017
Pittsburgh Penguins

As hockey fans, we are enchanted when players and goaltenders are left flailing and rendered powerless. When Evgeni Malkin floats past defenders and deposits the puck in the back of the net, it is cinematic. When Sidney Crosby bounces off coverage and lays the puck on his teammate’s stick, it is grace epitomized. Phil Kessel’s slackened posture at the faceoff dot and self-assured stride with the puck belie the blistering snap shot he unleashes when he likes his scoring angle. The Penguins are dynamic and their players entertain in various ways.Patric Hornqvist is not a superstar, but he is arguably one of Pittsburgh’s most valuable forwards. On June 17, 2014, the Penguins traded James Neal, one of the NHL’s most gifted goal scorers, for Hornqvist, a player who does not need the puck to be effective and who has been instrumental in the Penguins’ consecutive Cup victories. Related: Penguins Need Another Youth MovementThe Golden Goal In Game 6 of the Cup final, when...
November 17th, 2017
OHL

The Erie Otters have had some near-inexplicable trouble on the road this season. They are 7-3-1-0 at home, yet have only won a single road game this year—their very first game of the season in Peterborough. Losing nine straight away games is generally attributable to more than merely the advantage of home ice. Road Struggles The last time the Otters won a hockey game outside of the Erie Insurance Arena was on Sept. 21 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre. So, what is going so wrong on the road? The typical ambiguous coaching answer to that question goes something along the lines of, “We’re still just trying to find our game on the road.”What exactly does that mean, and more importantly, perhaps, why have they found their game at home so easily but they’re not bringing it with them on the road? It would seem to me that there is an underlying problem plaguing this Otters team that has caused them to lose a whopping 90% of their away games thus far. One possibility is...