Seated second seed of the Eastern Conference with a record-breaking regular season in the books, the Chicago Steel are gearing up to face their first offseason opponent this weekend on home ice. The team set multiple team and individual records throughout the 62-game regular season stretch, including a franchise record for successive postseason appearances, clinching … Continue reading Chicago Steel to Begin Their 2019 Clark Cup Quest
For the past 12 years, the New York Rangers have qualified for the playoffs almost every year. Out of all of the seasons between 2005-2006 and 2016-2017, they only missed out once, in 2009-2010. Between number-one defenseman Ryan McDonagh, all-star goaltender and franchise star Henrik Lundqvist, and memorable, talented forwards like Derick Brassard and Carl … Continue reading The Art of the Rebuild: What to Expect for Fans of the New York Rangers
Top Shelf Pours is back, back, back again and this time it’s Detroit vs. the world. The Detroit Redwings ended up in 27th place this season with 73 points. While it might not be their best season, the silver lining is that they weren't in last place. Red Wings fans, check it out! One beer: … Continue reading Top Shelf Pours for the Detroit Red Wings
Nail Yakupov has signed a two-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, a KHL (Russian league) team. He was drafted first overall in the 2012 draft by the Edmonton Oilers and, following a four-year stint with the team, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues, after which he signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche. … Continue reading From First Overall to the KHL
This year's NHL free agent class is filled with talent. Among the bigger names are John Tavares, James van Riemsdyk, James Neal, Rick Nash, and Joe Thornton. However, there's more to the group besides the talent on the surface. Players like Ilya Kovalchuk, Mike Green, Patrick Maroon, Michael Grabner, and Thomas Vanek are also up … Continue reading What Does a Salary Cap Increase Mean for the NHL?
The 2018 NHL Entry Draft starts on Friday night with the first round and resumes on Saturday with rounds two through six. To give you a look into the past, we've complied a list of players who are considered "steals" in the modern era. Anaheim Ducks: Josh Manson (Defenseman) Manson was drafted in the sixth round, nineth … Continue reading Biggest Steals in Past Drafts by Each NHL Team
The Arizona Coyotes acquired forward Alex Galchenyuk from the Montreal Canadiens Friday afternoon in exchange for Max Domi. With trade rumours swirling for the past few seasons, it appeared it was only a matter of time before the Canadiens moved Galchenyuk. A change of scenery is likely to benefit both players involved. Galchenyuk, the 2012 third … Continue reading Trade Impact: Coyotes Acquire Galchenyuk
Another week, another Top Shelf Pours here at Puck It Up! This week is featuring the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens ended this season in 28th place with a total of 71 points (which broke my heart a bit because I know a handful of Habs fans and I love Max Pacioretty). Without further ado, this … Continue reading Top Shelf Pours for the Montreal Canadiens
Over the past few days, the women's hockey world has been filled with news. A new team has been added to the NWHL, and the league's free agency period opened up on June 1st. So far, the Buffalo Beauts have brought back Hayley Scamurra, Maddie Elia, Lisa Chesson, and Corinne Buie. In the realm of … Continue reading Metropolitan Riveters News Round-Up
It's safe to say not many people predicted the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights to be in the Stanley Cup Final, but here we are. Four games in and the Capitals lead the series 3-1. Vegas won the first game at home and then dropped three straight games. The Capitals have been playing … Continue reading The Stanley Cup is the Capitals’ to Lose
On January 14th, 2018, a generally unexpected notification was sent to the phones of hockey fans everywhere. Jack Johnson had requested a trade. For many of those fans, this news was met with immediate confusion. Who exactly is Jack Johnson? What teams would want him? Would he actually get dealt somewhere? Let’s take a look … Continue reading The Jack Johnson Situation: Background Summary and Analysis
When you're a professional athlete, being criticized by the media unfortunately comes with the job. Recently, hockey media in a few cities have taken their role to another level and many fans question if it's warranted. In Canada particularly, sports media can be a bit overwhelming for athletes. Edmonton, Toronto, and Montreal cover hockey like … Continue reading Canadian Hockey Media is Like No Other
The voting for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game has begun! For the third consecutive year, fans will have the opportunity to name one captain for each division of the league; Metropolitan and Atlantic, making up the Eastern Conference, and the Western Conference being made up of Pacific and Central. They can do this by visiting … Continue reading Hey Now, You’re An All Star! 2018 All-star Game Nominations Announced
New Jersey Devils have traded forwards Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi and a 2018 third-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick. The conditions of the pick are if Henrique re-signs before the 2019 NHL Draft, Devils get Ducks' 2019 third round pick, if he re-signs after the draft, Devils … Continue reading Trade Robbery? Or Addressing Issues?
In the first installment of Statistics for Rookies we covered the ever-confusing Corsi number. This week we get to tackle Fenwick. The Fenwick is easier to understand if you have a basic understanding of Corsi, so I recommending reading up on the Corsi number first. The formula to calculate Fenwick is basically the same as … Continue reading Statistics for Rookies: Fenwick
For years the New Jersey Devils were known to be "the team with the old guys". But as standings changed over time and the draft lottery worked its magic, the team got younger and younger as the years passed.Since the 2012-2013 season to the 2014-2015 seasons, the Devils have had the oldest average age in … Continue reading The Average Age of the Devils has Dropped Steeply
In almost every trade in sports, a “winner” and “loser” is declared a little while after the news has broken. The NHL is especially notorious for this, specifically when it comes to “1-for-1” trades (a trade where one player is traded for one player evenly with no cash, prospects, picks, or other players involved). This … Continue reading Winner Takes All? : A Deeper Look Into Trades
Hillsborough County commissioners met Thursday morning to discuss moving a confederate statue that's located outside of the Hillsborough County Courthouse which is walking distance from the Tampa Bay Lightning arena.The statue has been controversial for a while and after changing their minds on the issue three times in the past few months, the commissioners have … Continue reading Tampa Bay Lightning Donate to Help Move Confederate Statue
Few rules have caused as much stress to NHL players and fans alike as Goaltender Interference (GTI). Ask any NHL fan and they will bitterly relive a bad GTI call on or against their team. The rule is written so vaguely in the NHL Rule Book that even refs can’t seem to come to a … Continue reading Can You Define Goaltender Interference? Neither Can the NHL
This past weekend in America was so crazy that even the Detroit Red Wings got involved. Among the Confederate and Nazi flags, was a symbol that looked exactly like the team's logo. https://twitter.com/CNN/status/897075269806288897/photo/1 A group known as "The Detroit Right Wings" used the logo and put their own twist on it by incorporating the Nazi … Continue reading The Red Wings Are Forced To Get Political
It's mid-August and Jaromir Jagr is still a free agent. He's recently said a few NHL teams have contacted him, but nothing serious or concrete has emerged. "The most serious negotiations I have are with Kladno. Because Kladno has a smart owner who knows what he wants," joked Jagr, who owns the team in the … Continue reading End of Jagr’s NHL Career?
Rookies are one of the most cherished parts of any sport, especially hockey. The unique thing about hockey is that many first-year players are as young as 18 or 19, as opposed to baseball, for example, with the MLB’s rookies’ average age being 24 ½. So, who will step up to the NHL this year? … Continue reading Who Will This Year’s “New Kids” Be?: Rookie Predictions
Islander fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for John Tavares. Tavares was eligible to extend his contract on July 1st, but nothing has happened yet. This has definitely caused some fans to worry and they have every right. It’s not entirely impossible for Tavares to stay with the Islanders. In an … Continue reading Will Tavares Stay?
The Vancouver Canucks are proud supporters of the You Can Play Project. This weekend, a few players attended the 39th Annual Vancouver Pride Parade, where the team had its own float and marched along with those celebrating and supporting the LGBQT+ community. Erik Gudbranson, Troy Stecher, and Jake Virtanen were in attendance at the Pride Parade along with … Continue reading Vancouver Canucks Erik Gudbranson, Troy Stecher, Jake Virtanen attend Pride
Local hockey stars came together yesterday to play in the first ever Chicago Hockey Charity Classic. Big names such as Patrick Kane, Kendall Coyne, and Vinnie Hinostroza headlined the event where all proceeds went to the Special Olympics - Chicago chapter. The game was Team Hinostroza vs. Team Kane and consisted of two 25 minute … Continue reading Catching Up at The Chicago Hockey Charity Classic
Smiles all around this Saturday at Special Olympics Chicago's Chicago Hockey Charity Classic game. Players from every league - young and old - came together this weekend to play for an amazing cause, and here are our photos from the event! (Photos by Alyssa O'Brenski, Puck It Up) Don't forget to read all about how … Continue reading PHOTOS: Chicago Hockey Charity Classic
No one cares how long you’ve been a fan of your favorite team unless you haven’t been a fan for very long.As a sports fan—specifically a female, Chicago sports fan—I’m well acquainted with the term “bandwagon fan” being aimed at me like it’s a curse word.I’ve had to learn, that some things in life are … Continue reading Bandwagon Fans Welcome
NBC Sports released the schedule for the 2017-2018 season of NHL on NBC. Here are a few games that should be watched league-wide: Tue., Oct. 10 Arizona Vegas NBCSN 10 p.m. EST This will be Vegas' first home game. Everyone should tune in, not only to see what the expansion team will look like on … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars for These Games on NBCSN
The time has come for the Dallas Stars to host the 2018 NHL Draft. In a press release on Saturday, July 29th, it was officially announced that the city of Dallas (along with the Dallas Stars) will be holding the 2018 Draft at American Airlines Center. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the following about hosting … Continue reading It’s Time For Dallas
On June 23, the Arizona Coyotes were busy. Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick were traded to the New York Rangers in a deal that brought Derek Stepan and a new starting goalie, Antti Raanta, to the valley. Earlier in the offseason, Arizona dealt long-time starter Mike Smith to the Calgary Flames, opening up … Continue reading The New Goalie In Net For The Coyotes
Photo Source: Michael Hetzel Many more ladies are going to be able to play professionally thanks to the National Women’s Hockey League new guidelines. On Tuesday, July 18th, the NWHL announced that the decision to increase the roster size was a unanimous agreement by all members of the front office. The new guidelines are as … Continue reading The NWHL Adds Room to Team Rosters
The tenth annual Blackhawks Convention took place this past weekend at Hilton Chicago. Many players, past and present, were on various panels where they shared their thoughts on hockey and each other. There seemed to be a theme throughout the day: their love for Chicago and the Blackhawks. Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad were on … Continue reading Sharp, Saad, Wingels’ Love for the Chicago Blackhawks
For one night in the summer, alumni of both Boston College and Boston University come together and play for a cause. The two rivals put their hate for one another aside to help support and raise money for both Compassionate Care ALS and the Travis Roy Foundation in the Comm Ave Charity Classic game in … Continue reading Comm Ave Charity Classic Was Another Success
Arizona Coyotes winger Max Domi has launched a campaign on GoFundMe in support of type 1 diabetes research. Domi dubbed the campaign "#FundRazor" and shaved his beard on an Instagram livestream this past Wednesday, asking fans to donate to the cause. A recap of the livestream can be found on maxdomi.com. Domi, who was diagnosed … Continue reading Max Domi Shaves Beard For Diabetes Research
Blackhawks prospect camp has 45 players ready to show everyone how they have grown and what they can bring to the team in the future. The team has many new draft picks and invitees that are ready to show what they can do. Some may try and make the roster and others will try … Continue reading Top 5 Blackhawks Prospects to Watch
Photo via USA Today - Eric Bolte Alex Galchenyuk signed a three-year contract at $4.9 million AAV with the Montreal Canadiens after filing for salary arbitration. This might have come as a surprise for some, as there were a few rumors that Montreal was looking to trade him. The term of the contract is a … Continue reading ICYMI: Alex Galchenyuk Avoids Arbitration, Signs with Montreal
Derek Stepan, who was acquired at the NHL Draft along with goaltender Antti Raanta, will be called upon to play a big role in the Coyotes future. Having already been deemed Arizona's first-line center, Stepan will be expected to create plays offensively, be solid defensively, and improve special teams. The veteran is a proven leader and … Continue reading What Derek Stepan Brings To The Coyotes
Free agency in the NHL began on Saturday, July 1st and did not disappoint the fans. The Kings signed Cammalleri, Hanzal signed with the Stars, and Murphy ended up signing with the Wild. But, perhaps one of the biggest trades included Kevin Shattenkirk and the New York Rangers. Shattenkirk moved around a bit since first … Continue reading Shattenkirk Is Back In New York
Any hockey fan will tell you: ice hockey is Canada’s sport. It’s North America’s past time, with the official contemporary development of the game dated in Montreal in the late 19th century. 2017 is the National Hockey League’s 100th year, with multiple events spanning the 2016 - 2017 season leading up to the anniversary in … Continue reading What You Need to Know About Ice Hockey In Australia
The ESPN Body Issue is where athletes from around the world and in various different sports bare all. They pose in semi-nude photos and are interviewed about what they like and dislike about their bodies and how their bodies are molded by their sport. This year's digital issue was released this past week and after … Continue reading ESPN “Body Issues” Have Featured More Hockey Players Than You Think
The Calgary Flames had a busy Thursday, acquiring goaltender Eddie Lack, defensive prospect Ryan Murphy, and a seventh-round-pick in 2019 from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Keegan Kanzig and a 2019 sixth- rounder. With the acquisition of Scott Darling by Carolina, Lack was left as the outsider in net. His role in Calgary will … Continue reading Flames Acquire Lack, Extend Versteeg
As a feminist and a hockey fan nothing should peak my interest like the National Women’s Hockey League. I was excited upon its inception in 2015 but never became the diehard fan I told myself I was going to be. I followed this past season closer than the first. My brother gifted me a Janine … Continue reading Why it’s Finally Time to Care About the NWHL
Photo Via @mpissottphotography The NHL offseason this year was bound to be hectic. As soon as the Stanley Cup was handed out, teams scrambled to make deals before the trade freeze and expansion draft. After the Vegas Golden Knights chose their team, made up of at least one player from each of the already existing … Continue reading In Defense of Jesper Fast: An Unsung Hero in Hockey
Marian Hossa Marian Hossa announced Wednesday morning that he won't be returning to the NHL for the 2017-2018 season due to a progressive skin condition that prevents him for playing. Many are quick to point out how "convenient" this seems to be for the Blackhawks and for Hossa. The Blackhawks are in cap hell; they … Continue reading Chicago Blackhawks: What do the Recent Changes Mean?
The official list for which players will be either protected or unprotected has been released and everyone is on the edges of their seats. Some of the unprotected players left a bad taste in some people's mouths, thinking that certain players should have been protected over others. Only one unprotected player from each team will … Continue reading Which New York Ranger Will Go?
Sunday morning, 30 NHL teams submitted a list of players that they will protect from the expansion draft that will take place Wednesday, June 21. Most of the lists were predictable and as expected, but here a few that seemed the most puzzling: Arizona Coyotes Arizona's decision to expose Radim Vrbata is baffling. Vrbata led the team … Continue reading The Most Surprising Players Exposed to the Expansion Draft
The Arizona Coyotes have their first pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft at 7. Arizona found themselves in the same position last season when they drafted Clayton Keller. Keller only played three games with Arizona this season, tallying two assists, but looked as though he will be fun to watch in the coming years. … Continue reading Who Should The Coyotes Draft 7th Overall?
As the 2016-2017 NHL season comes to a close, here's a list of defining moments (in no particular order): Connor McDavid Connor McDavid won the Art Ross with 100 points in 82 games. This made him the third-youngest player to win the trophy after Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky. His exceptional season also garnered him a … Continue reading Top 10 Moments of the 2016-2017 Regular Season
On Tuesday, Arizona Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith submitted a list of eight teams he doesn't want to be traded to. Smith, 35, has two years remaining on his contract at $5.6 million. The list submitted consists of teams Smith is against being traded to in agreement with his modified no-trade clause. This doesn't mean that … Continue reading Is Mike Smith On The Move?
The Las Vegas Golden Knights have officially been named as the first new team for the NHL’s expansion. Choosing Las Vegas has been a subject that a lot in the hockey community have questioned. The city isn’t known for sports, but this could be a way of expanding the sport to the southwest that actually … Continue reading Is Las Vegas The Right Choice?
The Chicago Steel sealed their fate with an overtime goal last Saturday night, defeating the Muskegon Lumberjacks in four games to claim the Eastern Conference Championship title and secure a spot in the Clark Cup Final. Tomorrow night they will take on the Sioux Falls Stampede, who earned their Western Conference Championship title with a … Continue reading Three Wins From the Clark Cup: Chicago Steel Advance to Finals
Going into this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are many elements to the different teams that fans look forward to watching unfold on the ice. And now, with a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in game one, the Columbus Blue Jackets are coming into the playoffs with the entire hockey world on notice. The … Continue reading Will the Blue Jackets Keep Their Cannon Firing?
The Hart gets awarded to the player "judged to be the most valuable to his team" and is voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. Last year, writers almost unilaterally ruled out the notion that a player can win this award even if his team is not in the playoffs. From what I've heard … Continue reading Kucherov Will Win the Hart, But Should He?
The NHL trade deadline looms near and it's always fun to see what the return for certain players ends up being at this time of the season. It's even more fun to see which teams are desperate enough to risk it all. We went back to the start of the 2013-2014 season (when the divisions … Continue reading Trade Patterns of Every NHL Team
Every year in the NHL, there are some sleeper teams that end up being a pleasant surprise for spectators and some teams with high expectations that fall just short of the hype. The Edmonton Oilers are a team that have been caught in the middle of those classifications. Before they were able to draft the … Continue reading Oil Spills Push Edmonton to the Brink
On January 25th, 2019, the Colorado Avalanche realized that they would need a replacement for Nathan MacKinnon in the NHL All-Star Skills Competition since he was forced to pull out due to injury. MacKinnon was slated to participate in the "fastest skater" segment against the likes of Jack Eichel and Mat Barzal. Using a tweet, … Continue reading The NHL Skills Competition, #PayDecker, and More: The Divide Between Men’s and Women’s Hockey