Not Where We Thought We’d Be
Toronto, ON—Sometimes real life interferes with the best-laid plans. Such is the case with the Los Angeles-Edmonton NHL series being played out this week. Inside Hockey happily reported on the third and fourth games, played in LA, bringing you on-the-spot coverage of the Kings as we have done for fifteen years and two Stanley Cups. I was all primed to do game six, happening a full three days off after the prior game, played Tuesday night in Edmonton.
Is Korpisalo McDavid’s Kryptonite?
Is talking about kryptonite still a thing? If so, here’s a question: Are the LA Kings Connor McDavid’s kryptonite? He had to be wondering it himself in advance of Sunday night’s 6pm contest in LA. Why else would he not have taken over the teams’ first-round series that coming into Sunday night saw the Edmonton team down by a game? They could have used his help.
Quiet Building, Loud Game
The arena in Los Angeles was full Friday night. This is a departure from normal, where a full house includes a lot of ghosts in seats that are sold by license. That is, a good deal of the lower bowl—empty. However it happened, there were very few gaps for empty seat...
Tuning Up or Sliding In?
Tuning up or sliding in—which are the LA Kings doing as the post-season looms? There didn’t seem to be much of a sense of urgency as they wound their way through the last handful of regular-season games. Now, they ready themselves for the same opponent as last year, the Edmonton Oilers. In fact, even in playing the Edmonton team in late March and early April, they didn’t show much in 2-0 and 3-1 late-season losses.
Which team has the best forwards? Best coaching staff? What about the best mascot(s), goal song, postgame trinket and playoff slogan? [...]
Two teams enter, one team leaves with the most glorious trophy in sports. Here's who our experts have winning it all. [...]
We polled a dozen writers, including many who will cover the championship series, to get a sense of which players are leading the way for the Panthers and Golden Knights. [...]
Two teams remain standing in the quest to hoist the sacred chalice. Here are key players for each team -- and those who need to step up. [...]
Panthers forward Matthew Tkachuk said taking out the Golden Knights in the Final would cap "the hardest road to the Stanley Cup in history." [...]
Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Pezzetta signed a two-year, $1.625 million contract extension on Friday that spans through the 2024-25 season. [...]
The Peterborough Petes beat the Kamloops Blazers 5-4 in the Memorial Cup tiebreaker Thursday night to advance to face the Seattle Thunderbirds in the semifinal. [...]
Patrick Kane will be shelved four to six months after undergoing a hip resurfacing procedure, his agent said Thursday. [...]
New Leafs GM Brad Treliving said re-signing Auston Matthews is a top priority, but he's not sure yet about keeping the core four together. [...]
The Penguins have hired former Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas as president overseeing all aspects of the hockey operations department. [...]
Fantasy Defense Rankings: 2022-23
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect fantasy defenseman than Cale Makar, who combines elite skating and playmaking skills to consistently deliver point-per-game (or better) production from the blue line. Perhaps most importantly, he plays for an excellent Avalanche team, ensuring that his plus-minus rating should be a help as well.
Fantasy Goalie Rankings: 2022-23
It will be difficult for Igor Shesterkin to top his terrific Vezina Trophy-winning season, but with a young roster jelling in front of him, their improvements could make his job quite a bit easier. In particular, more goal-scoring support could certainly help improve his regular season won-loss record.
Kane underwent hip resurfacing Thursday, per Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update. [...]
Former UND Hockey Players in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs
Who from Nodak Nation is going to be playing in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs? At first look, it doesn't appear there will be a lot of former UND hockey players playing for Lord Stanley's Cup. More on that later. NoDakSens During the University of North Dakota Hockey...
Drew DeRidder Emerging as UND’s Starting Goalie
The University of North Dakota hockey team has been waiting for a goalie to emerge and take the net. To date, three goalies have started in the net for the Fighting Hawks. Team defense and goaltending have been an area where UND has struggled. Looking at the national...
Mike Harder will be the new head coach at Colgate, sources have told College Hockey News... [...]
Nick Oliver, head coach of the USHL's 2023 regular-season champion Fargo Force, is joining Wisconsin as an assistant coach. He replaces Andy Brandt, who was temporarily held over by new… [...]
Boston University fans may have to wait a little bit longer to get their first look at Macklin Celebrini in a Terriers sweater... [...]
Hobey Baker Award finalist Logan Cooley has decided to return to Minnesota for his sophomore season, the school said today... [...]
Tensions over the transfer portal are unavoidable these days, with good players leaving programs left and right at the drop of a hat... [...]
Michigan State achieved a few things at the end of its first season under new head coach Adam Nightingale. Most notably, playoff success. Even though the Spartans missed the NCAA… [...]
Bentley's Ryan Soderquist, head coach the last 21 seasons at his alma mater, has resigned... [...]
As we approach the annual coaches convention in Naples (and it's more than just coaches — conferences and athletic directors have meetings there too), it's time for the annual chatter… [...]
HOCKEY VIDEO GAMES
NHL 23 Coming on October 14th
EA Sports’ annual hockey video game – NHL 23 – will be released on October 14th, and as always, Inside Hockey will be here to cover it. The cover athletes for NHL 23 are Trevor Zegras (Anaheim Ducks) and Sarah Nurse (Team Canada). Nurse is the first woman to appear on the cover of the EA NHL hockey video game.
Review: NHL 22 Makes Huge Strides
It’s been 30 years since Electronic Arts released the original NHL Hockey for the Sega Genesis, and each year since, an updated version of the game has built upon its predecessor. This year’s game manages to hit on all fronts, offering a huge leap forward with regard to both presentation and gameplay.
Retro Rangers: The Garden’s Cast of Eccentric Characters
Like most NHL teams. the New York Rangers have had their share of eccentric fans. There was Sally Lark, a buxom, platinum blonde, interior decorator from Brooklyn, who was a fixture at the Old Garden during the 1940s and 1950s. Her seat was directly adjacent to the penalty box and she was given the nickname “Sin Bin Sally.”
Leswick Knew How to Launch “The Rocket!”
Tony Leswick was born in March, 1923, in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He was the seventh of nine children born to Jim and Mary Leswick and learned how to play hockey from his three older brothers who had varying degrees of success in the sport. After playing Junior hockey with the Saskatoon Quakers, Tony turned pro at age 19, with the Cleveland Barons in 1942. He served two years in the Royal Canadian Navy and was then selected by the Rangers in June 1945 in the Inter-League Draft.