1. NHL Franchises That Have Recovered from Crippling Attendance Issues

    By now even the most casual hockey fans have seen the pictures of a porous BB&T Center taken when the Florida Panthers took on the Ottawa Senators...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 18,229 reads 47 comments

  2. Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins Still Searching for Stanley Cup Formula

    For the last five seasons, the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins have been in the same boat as 27 other teams in the NHL ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 3,337 reads 7 comments

  3. New York Rangers Starting to Settle in After Rough Start to Season

    After the way in which the New York Rangers started the 2013-14 season, it is safe to say the Blueshirts ' 1-3-0 start through their first four games this season raised very few eyebrows before the team got off to its current winning streak...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,560 reads 1 comments

  4. Showdown with Canadiens Will Be Measuring Stick for Detroit Red Wings' Depth

    The Detroit Red Wings are set to take on the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night at the historic Bell Centre in Montreal, and the Original Six matchup pits two teams heading in completely different directions...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 2,427 reads 8 comments

  5. Highly Touted NHL Prospects Whose Stock Will Soar in 2014-15

    The 2015 NHL draft is going to feature highly touted prospects such as Connor McDavid , Jack Eichel and Noah Hanifin , but there are already some equally interesting prospects who have been drafted that fans should know about...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 11,682 reads 14 comments

  6. Detroit Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist Continues to Lead the Way Offensively

    The Detroit Red Wings made the playoffs last year primarily because Gustav Nyquist had an amazing performance down the stretch. He scored 28 goals in 57 games last season, and he has four goals in four games this season...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 3 months ago 4,245 reads 6 comments

  7. New York Rangers' Current Roster and Lineup Strategy Is Shortsighted at Best

    The New York Rangers earned their second victory of the season with a win against the Carolina Hurricanes , but it took a shootout...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 6,233 reads 17 comments

  8. Jimmy Howard's Strong Start Promising for Detroit Red Wings Early in 2014-15

    The Detroit Red Wings dropped Wednesday's game vs. the Boston Bruins 3-2 in a shootout, but the scoreline doesn't adequately describe what was an amazing contest between two rivals...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 1,202 reads 6 comments

  9. New York Rangers' Need for Defensive Help Exposed vs. Islanders and Maple Leafs

    Who thought the New York Rangers and their fans would be missing Anton Stralman this much into the season? I would venture to say that number is less than 40 percent, but after ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,852 reads 19 comments

  10. Backup NHL Goaltenders Most Likely to Become Starters in 2014-15

    In the NHL there is one player who is usually under constant scrutiny: the goaltender. NHL teams have a starter and a backup, and the dynamic between the two netminders is interesting to say the least...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 16,214 reads 23 comments

  11. Babcock, Holland Power Struggle an Unwanted Distraction for Red Wings' Season

    Mike Babcock is in the final year of his contract, and he's done a great job as the man in charge behind the bench of the Detroit Red Wings ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 4,566 reads 33 comments

  12. Detroit Red Wings Need to Move Forward Without Daniel Alfredsson

    The Detroit Red Wings opened up the season with a gutsy 2-1 win against the Boston Bruins , and they did it without their leading scorer. That player is Daniel Alfredsson ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,475 reads 22 comments

  13. Rangers' Rick Nash Makes Statement with Performance in Season Opener vs. Blues

    After another frustrating playoff performance, it went without saying that all eyes would be on Rick Nash of the New York Rangers ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 4,756 reads 13 comments

  14. Canadiens Forwards Start Erasing Memory of Poor 2014 ECF in Win vs. Maple Leafs

    The Montreal Canadiens showed they had the makings of being an elite team in the Eastern Conference last season...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 819 reads 12 comments

  15. New York Rangers Make Right Choice Naming Ryan McDonagh Captain

    One of the worst-kept secrets is finally official, as Ryan McDonagh has been named the 27th captain in New York Rangers history. The news broke and was announced by the Rangers' official Twitter account...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,914 reads 15 comments

  16. Ryan Johansen's Deal with Blue Jackets Comes with Pros, Cons for Both Sides

    Ryan Johansen wanted a raise, and the Columbus Blue Jackets want to keep control of their potential franchise player at a reasonable rate...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,806 reads 2 comments

  17. Predicting New York Rangers' Opening-Night Lineup

    The New York Rangers open up the 2014-15 NHL season against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday, October 9. The Broadway Blueshirts will be without their No...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,416 reads 22 comments

  18. NHL Players Facing Drastically Raised Expectations in 2014-15

    At the start of each new NHL season, superstars such as Sidney Crosby , Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Anze Kopitar and assorted others face big expectations...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,978 reads 7 comments

  19. Who Is Going to Be the Detroit Red Wings' Backup Goaltender in 2014-15?

    The Detroit Red Wings have a skilled starting goaltender in Jimmy Howard and a good backup in Jonas Gustavsson , but they also have a talented youngster who plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the team's AHL affiliate...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 4,210 reads 18 comments

  20. What Kind of 2014-15 Season Will Henrik Zetterberg Have for the Red Wings?

    The captain is back and is healthy, so there is a reason to cheer in Detroit for the start of the 2014-15 season. The injury bug bit Henrik Zetterberg hard last season, and the skilled forward was limited to only 45 games...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 3,132 reads 6 comments

  21. Complete Preview for the Winnipeg Jets' 2014-15 Season

    The upcoming season will be the Winnipeg Jets ' fourth season in Manitoba, and once again, the team will begin a campaign in which making the playoffs is the ultimate goal...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 1,058 reads 8 comments

  22. New York Rangers Have Tough Decision to Make with Anthony Duclair

    The New York Rangers are smitten with Anthony Duclair , but distance ultimately makes the heart grow fonder...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,379 reads 24 comments

  23. Complete Preview for the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2014-15 Season

    The Columbus Blue Jackets were one of the hockey community's favorite teams to watch last season, and it seemed like everyone was on the #Lumbus bandwagon...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 1,572 reads 3 comments

  24. Complete Preview for the Nashville Predators' 2014-15 Season

    For the first time since the franchise entered the NHL way back in 1998-99, Barry Trotz will not be behind the bench of the Nashville Predators ...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 662 reads 1 comments

  25. 2014-15 NHL Predictions: Preview and Picks for Pacific Division

    The NHL Pacific is one of the NHL's better divisions, and there are a number of teams that will vie for the top spot...

    Tom Urtz Jr. Written by Tom Urtz Jr. about 4 months ago 7,660 reads 33 comments