Nathan MacKinnon making Avalanche contenders, Oilers scratch their heads

By now you’ve seen the highlights. The startling burst of acceleration, the mesmerizing stickhandling, the other- worldly vision. Seven points. Six assists. Two games. Nathan MacKinnon has taken the Stanley Cup Playoffs by storm. The 18-year old rookie has catapulted the Colorado Avalanche, the lovable worst-to-first story in the Western Conference, to an early 2-0 […]

Claude Giroux and the case for the Hart Trophy runners-up

Yesterday afternoon, a question was posed to the Puck Drunk Love staff. With all the drooling and stroking of Patrice Bergeron’s chances at the Hart Trophy sauntering south from New England over the last few weeks, why isn’t there a similar push for Claude Giroux rising from the streets of Philadelphia? Let’s get one thing straight here: […]

The man who kept the Islanders in New York has had enough.

Charles Wang looking to sell Islanders, fans curiously rejoice

Islanders fans have been through a lot in recent years. Bad personnel decision after bad personnel decision has mired the franchise in mediocrity for decades. Any time the team showed a glimmer of hope, it has been swiftly followed by disaster. One step forward, two steps back. Rinse, repeat. This has not been unique to […]

Can the Devils make a late run at the playoffs? Don’t put all the nails in that coffin just yet.

Faceoff with Steve and Mike: Toronto in trouble, are Devils poised for last-ditch playoff push?

Welcome back for a long overdue installment of Faceoff with Steve and Mike, where two of your favorite Puck Drunk Love scribes debate the goings-on in the hockey world. We’ve passed the final quarterpole and are now firmly in the throes of a playoff race. In the first year of the NHL’s newly-realigned landscape, there […]

Team USA Sled Hockey wins second straight gold, hearts of thousands

For the better part of February, hockey fans across America were glued to their televisions as NHL players came together in pursuit of a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In many respects, they were lauded as heroes. None more than T.J. Oshie after his memorable shootout performance in Team USA's preliminary […]

Yzerman, Lightning in unique position after St. Louis trade

Predictably, Steve Yzerman was not happy in the aftermath of yesterday's trade with the New York Rangers. After all, he was painted in a corner by his 38-year old star winger with little wiggle room to negotiate a deal that would make his team better with the playoffs approaching. But there's one thing the trade […]

Devils to trade old player often confused as best goaltender of all-time

Bernie Parent. Terry Sawchuk. Patrick Roy. Glenn Hall. Ken Dryden. Jacques Plante. Dominik Hasek. Martin Brodeur. You could make a case that any of those goaltenders were the best to ever lace up their skates at the NHL level. Well, all but one. As you well know by now, Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will get […]

Pouting Martin St. Louis requests trade to Rangers

  There are plenty of reasons to suggest moving on from the professional team you've played over 90 percent of your career for may be for the best. Stuff happens. Relationships fall apart all the time.   But feeling like the victim of an impartial decision-maker you thought you had a close relationship with is […]

2014 Winter Olympics: Is Russia ripe for a quarterfinal upset?

In a word, yes. The host nation, which went over 95 minutes of game time without scoring a single goal against Slovakia and Norway, could be in serious trouble when they take on Finland in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. Aside from Pavel Datsyuk's masterful two-goal performance against the Americans, most of the big names on […]

2014 Winter Olympics: Making Sense of the Qualification Round

With the preliminary round over, it's time to start looking ahead to Tuesday's "Qualification Playoff round" in which we'll see the first four of the 12 teams competing sent home. As we've done all tournament long, the Puck Drunk Love staff will attempt to make sense of it all, in advance of the final game of the […]

2014 Winter Olympics: What part of Siberia did Putin banish Alexander Radulov to?

In the aftermath of the United States' dramatic 3-2 shootout victory over the host nation, Russian head coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov was very critical of star winger Alexander Radulov's performance. Kevin Allen of USA Today got some of his thoughts on Radulov taking two critical penalties that led to both US goals: "Yes, he needs to be scratched among other […]

2014 Winter Olympics: Puck Drunk Love’s Official Staff Predictions

We are just minutes away from puck drop in Sochi on the men's hockey tournament we've all waited four years for. The writers at Puck Drunk Love will be bringing you updates and analysis of all the action throughout the tournament. With that said, we wanted to give you our official predictions, if for no other reason […]