Like most of us, Bruce Boudreau, the coach for Minnesota Wild, was in complete awe when he witnessed Tampa Bay Lightning. A squad that already managed to clinch a playoff spot while they continue to threaten the record in the NHL for most points scored by a team during a regular season of 82 games. They currently boast with 108 points in only 69 games.

Tampa Bay Lightning is undoubtedly a juggernaut with most online sports betting sites. Setting their odds at 5-2 to win the Stanley Cup this year, while other teams only received odds of 9-1. Most agree that their quest for the Stanley Cup is an inevitability. This shows you how dominant that indeed is at the moment.

On occasion, however, the supernatural Tampa Bay Lightning team can look mortal. Minnesota Wild managed to shut them out with a glorious 3-0 victory. It is becoming the second team this year to win against Tampa Bay Lightning. With that in mind, let’s take a look at how the Tampa Bay Lightning squad can be destroyed going forward.

Offence Gets Quieter the Deeper a Series Goes

Jon Cooper acknowledged earlier this season that one of his goals is to get his team to win championships with a better defence. He wants his team to win matches 1-2, instead of 5-4. Perhaps he is just a realist, cause Tampa Bay is not a 5-4 team. In both postseason appearances, Tampa Bay has managed to roll through the first two rounds. However, in both years they managed to fall in the conference finals. Therefore, once the postseason is on the line, Tampa Bay struggles to deliver their best.

Slow Down The Pace

We witnessed how the Capitals produced a master class on how to slow down a game when they played against the Golden Knights, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Penguins en route to the Stanley Cup. They stopped some of the quickest attacks in the league by grinding down the game to a complete halt within the neutral zone thanks to their vaunted 1-1-3 trap. If this can be achieved against Tampa Bay, they might be stopped in their tracks to score as much as they are doing now.

Limit Power Plays

Tampa Bay Lightning has the most incredible power play conversion rate in more than three decades. Regardless of how their opponents attempt to stop them, they will eventually find a perfect path to score. All their opponents can do is find a way to make it difficult for them. This can be achieved by limiting their opportunities and space, but its easier said than done. Tampa Bay’s top scorers are so frightening with the puck that they force their defenders into compromised positions, limiting them to pick between conceding a goal or a penalty. The power play from Tampa Bay Lightning is such a problem that the only solution for defending it is not to provide the opportunity for it in the first place.

Kieran Hanrahan wore a New York Islanders jersey to a home game where the New York Islanders were playing. It still gave him the impression that he was sitting in enemy territory.

“I was quite concerned coming in,” Kieran Hanrahan stated as he stood in the Nassau Coliseum concourse.

Homecoming for John Tavares

This is because Kieran Hanrahan was probably the only Islanders fan in the crowd who had the guts to wear a jersey with John Tavares written on the back. Any defacement or desecration to the game on Thursday night, which was Tavares’s first match on Long Island as a Toronto Maple Leafs member. There was no overwriting on the nameplate with creative editings, such as traitor, which thousands of hostile fans of the New York Islanders have done that evening. Kieran Hanrahan was wearing the number 91 jersey with the C on it as captain with absolute pride.

“We are mostly here to support him. There’s no doubt that he is a die-hard fan. Kieran Hanrahan stated as he motioned to his son who was also wearing a Tavares jersey during the game.

Tavares decided to leave the Islanders last summer to join the Maple Leafs, a native from Ontario who was heading back home on a 7-year contract. “It was difficult to watch him go,” Kieran Hanrahan stated. “However, my sons participate in travel hockey. Therefore, I believe if my son were from Long Island, he would want to play for the New York Islanders and that’s something that you cannot argue with.”

Well, that’s up for debate as most fans of the Islanders savaged Tavares during, before, and after the match. The fans who managed to take it personally when John Tavares confessed his dedicated to the New York Islanders and his desire to re-sign with the team. Only to change his mind for an opportunity to play with his childhood dream team, felt the indignity when he dismissed the franchise the first time around.

Bitter Long Islands Fans

Before the start of the match, the parking lot was filled with fans that managed to express their displeasure with John Tavares. The nameplates on jerseys were made up of electrical tape that showcased “Judas” and “Liar”. There was also towels and signs that called him a traitor along with rubber snakes as a symbol of his recent treachery. Even the Tavares jersey was laid out on the road for people to drive over it with their cars. If someone missed it with their vehicle, fans would ask them to stop to have another go. There were also fans that burned their Tavares jerseys into ash.

Inside the Coliseum, John Tavares was taunted more than any other player in the history of the NFL. This all started long before the warm-up took place where fans were yelling “we don’t need you, Tavares”. Fans are not happy with Tavares at the moment, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to stop anytime soon either.

Matt Duchene truly appreciated the fact that he had an extremely short walk when he joined his brand-new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Matt Duchene’s First Match for the Blue Jackets

Sergei Bobrovsky managed to make a total of 22 saves, and Matt Duchene’s initial match with the Blue Jackets was an incredible 3-0 victory against Ottawa Senators, who was his former team.

Matt Duchene, who was transferred by the Ottawa Senators to the Columbus Blue Jackets hours before the start of the match, was held pointless. Oliver Bjorkstrand, Cam Atkinson, and Josh Anderson managed to score for the Blue Jackets, allowing them to move into third position within the Metropolitan Division.

“I truly enjoyed myself in the rink,” Duchene stated. “It was somewhat of a brilliant way to conclude my time with the Ottawa Senators, and I felt far more comfortable as I was in the building instead of playing somewhere else.”

“It was an extremely important match for us as a team and Craig Anderson played incredibly well who they kept in for a very long time.”

Matt Duchene managed to receive an ovation from fans in the crowd when he was initially introduced in the Blue Jackets starting line-up. Duchene was then booed once he touched the puck in the second shift of the match, and was applauded once a short tribute video was broadcasted in the arena.

Duchene stated that he was extremely happy to form part of a team that has a realistic shot at reaching the playoffs as opposed to being part of a team that need to rebuild the franchise.

“This is exactly what I’ve been looking for and it gets me up in the morning,” Duchene stated. “I’ve been quite fortunate to be part of a wide variety of great international teams and winning some incredible tournaments. However, I’ve never been given the opportunity to participate in the playoffs on a consistent basis.”

Ottawa Senators vs Blue Jackets

Craig Anderson managed to make a total of 37 saves while playing for the Ottawa Senators, who were defeated for three consecutive games in the league.

The Ottawa Senators have gone over 125 minutes since their last goal. They managed to lose against Chicago 8-7 earlier in the week, which was the last match where they had Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Mark Stone in their line-up. These there players managed to score 77 goals for Ottawa out of the 186 goals that were scored in the season. Stone and Dzingel were once again scratched on Friday.

Guy Boucher, the Ottawa Senators coach, completely understands the challenges that are facing the team.

“This just proves how difficult it is to produce within the league. Your elite players produce which allows other players to produce as well. If you remove the elite players, the remaining players need to step up and take charge.” Boucher stated.

“These guys eventually transform into elite players, but at the moment it’s quite difficult.”

The Boston Bruins and Charlie McAvoy made one last push during the third period, and it worked beautifully. McAvoy managed to score with only 1:13 remaining on the clock, and the Boston Bruins defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-2 this weekend for their 5th successive win.

McAvoy managed to score a goal from a backhand after Iafallo tied the match for Los Angeles Kings 15:37 during the third period. An insurance goal was added by Patrice Bergeron at 19:23.

“You need to win in loads of different ways if you wish to become a great hockey club. It’s for this reason that tonight, it wasn’t that we were far behind, but it certainly looked like the match was getting away from us. Thankfully, a quick turn of events managed to assist us to win the game at the end,” Bruce Cassidy stated in a recent interview, who is the head coach for the Boston Bruins.

Boston Bruins’ NHL Season

The Boston Bruins managed to improve their record to 7-0-3 in the last ten matches. Jake DeBrusk managed to score for the third successive match, Brad Marchand scored his 23rd goal for the season, and Tuukka Rask managed to make 23 saves.

Ilya Kovalchuk produced a power-play goal for the Los Angeles Kings, who have now lost a total of 4 consecutive games. Jack Campbell managed to make a total of 20 saves. Campbell was a surprise starter in the game with Jonathan Quick who is currently out due to illness.

The Los Angeles Kings seemed like they had the momentum in the game. This came following Rask’s save on a goal shot by Paul LaDue that ended up behind the goalie for his twelve goal of the NHL season. Brad Merchand was sent to the box due to a hooking penalty on Jeff Carter. However, it did little to help as the Boston Bruins didn’t allow a single shot during power play by the Los Angeles Kings.

“I am extremely proud of how we played during the third period,” stated Rask, who managed to win his fifth consecutive start. “Although they managed to tie the match with only a few minutes left, we received a penalty and did a fantastic job when it came to the penalty kill. This essentially shows everyone in the league how resilient we can be.”

Los Angeles Kings Get Frustrated

Anze Kopitar, the captain for the Los Angeles Kings, shattered his hockey stick on his own crossbar following the goal by McAvoy, which he later attributed to frustration and anger over his team’s inability to control the game and for his team not leading the game when they had a man advantage.

“With only four minutes left in the match, and having power play in a game that is tied, we needed to find a way to score,” stated Kopitar. “We never even got into the zone which is quite embarrassing.” The Kings are in desperate need of a win after losing against the Bruins. Let’s see what they can produce in the next matchup.

From Verzina Trophy winners to Stanley Cup champions to all-stars, there are loads of incredible goaltenders in the National Hockey League. It’s for this very reason that we decided to showcase the best goaltenders that the league has to offer in 2019. Let’s take a look at who made our list.

Columbus Blue Jackets – Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky managed to win 37 matches in the previous season with a goal-against average of 2.42, five shutouts, and a save percentage of .921. This was after his Verzina Trophy season during the 2016/17 season when he had a goal-against average of 2.06, seven shutouts, and a save percentage of .931. He also managed to finish third for the prestigious Hart Trophy that season as NHL MVP.

Washington Capitals – Braden Holtby

Holtby experienced the worst season of his 8-season career in the NHL with a save percentage of .907 and a goal-against average of 2.99. However, he managed to assist the Capitals in winning the Stanley Cup for the very first time in league history where he had a goals-against average of 2.16. He also earned two shutouts and a save percentage of .922 during the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Andrei Vasilevskiy

During the first season where he was the number 1 goalie for Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy managed to finish tied for the lead in the NHL in terms of wins and shutouts. He had a goal-against average of 2.62 along with a save percentage of .920, and that allowed him to finish third in terms of voting when it came to the Verzina Trophy.

Winnipeg Jets – Connor Hellebuyck

The runner-up for the Verzina Trophy in the previous season. Connor Hellebuyck managed to go 44-11-9 to set an NHL single-season record for wins as an American-born goaltender. He ranked within the top 10 goalies in the NHL to make a minimum of 20 starts with a goal-against average of 2.63, six shutouts, and a save percentage of .924.

Los Angeles Kings – Jonathan Quick

Quick managed to accumulate a total of 33 wins in the previous season, making it the 6th time he managed to win that many in the last 8 NHL seasons. In the previous five seasons, he had a goal-against average worse than 2.26, and his save percentage hasn’t been worse than .915. During the 2015/16 season, he managed to lead the league in starts and finished third in voting for the Verzina Trophy which is the 3rd time in 5 seasons he has managed to land in the top 5.

Vegas Golden Knights – Marc-Andre Fleury

Fleury had a goal-against average of 2.24 and was 29-13-4 which allowed him to tie second among goalies in the NHL along with a save percentage of .927 and four shutouts in the previous season with the Vegas Golden Knights. Fleury was selected by Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft of 2017 from the Pittsburgh Penguins and assisted the Golden Knights to reach the final of the Stanley Cup.

The ability to go to the net with superior skating skills, make jaw-dropping passes, and score sensational goals are all trademarks of a top NHL wing. It’s for this very reason that we decided to compile a list of the best wings in the NHL right now.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Nikita Kucherov

Kucherov has managed to increase his total points every season since he accumulated 18 as a rookie in the NHL during the 2013/14 season. His career-high of 100 points in the previous season has ranked him 3rd in the NHL League. He also managed to set career highs in the NHL when it comes to power-play points and shots on goal. The right wing was tied for an eleventh place in the league with a total of 7 match-winning goals and scored a minimum of 30 goals in each of the last three seasons.

Washington Capitals – Alex Ovechkin

The captain for the Capitals led the league with 49 goals in the previous season which was one shy of accumulating 50 for the 8th time in his career for the NHL. The 32-year-old also led the NHL in terms of shots on goal for the 12th time. He has a total of 300 goals spread across 12 full seasons in the NHL. In the previous season, he boasted with 17 power-play goals which are the fifth successive season he managed to score that many. During the playoffs last season, he managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy with 27 points.

New Jersey Devils – Taylor Hall

Hall was the first player for the New Jersey Devils to claim the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP following career highs in nearly every statistical category, such as shooting percentage, power-play points, rating, points, assists, and goals. The left wing managed to score seven match-winning goals which included 3 in overtime to assist New Jersey in qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since the 2011/12 season. Hall boasted with 38 points in a personal 26-match point streak stretching from 2 January to 6 March.

Chicago Blackhawks – Patrick Kane

Kane was leading the Blackhawks in terms of scoring for three consecutive seasons with a total of 76 points in 82 matches. The right wing managed to score a minimum of 21 goals in each of his 11 seasons in the NHL and boasts with 828 points. As a 3-time Stanley Cup champion, Patrick Kane has managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy during the 2012/13 season and hasn’t missed a single game in the last three seasons.

Boston Bruins – Brad Marchand

Marchand has managed to accumulate 85 points in each of the last two seasons which included a career high in the NHL of 51 assists in the previous season and managed to score a minimum of 34 goals in each of the last three. The left wing accumulated 23 power-play points along with seven match-winning goals in the previous season. This is the 6th time he has managed to be plus-20 in the league.

Whether it’s scoring during a power play, setting up an important goal, or breaking up a huge play, some defensemen have the ability to do it all. Therefore, we decided to select the best defensemen in the NHL at the moment and give you some insight into why these players are so sought-after in the National Hockey League.

Tampa Bay Lightning – Victor Hedman

Hedman managed to win last season’s Norris Trophy. It was the first time Hedman was voted as the best defenseman in the league. He scored a total of 17 goals, and his 63 points allowed him to rank fifth overall. Hedman’s plus-32 rating was a career high for him in the NHL. He averaged ice time of 25.51 and had a staggering 216 shots on goal.

Los Angeles Kings – Drew Doughty

Doughty managed to lead the NHL in terms of total time spent on the ice for the second consecutive season. He managed to accumulate double-digit goals for three consecutive seasons, and his 60 points was a career high in the NHL. His ended with a plus-23 rating and played every single match for the fourth consecutive season. During the 2015/16 season, Doughty claimed the Norris Trophy and has been a finalist three times in the last four seasons.

Ottawa Senators – Erik Karlsson

Karlsson put up fantastic offensive numbers in the previous season despite the fact that the Senators managed to finish with the second-worst NHL record and were ranked 25th in terms of scoring with 219 goals. He managed to accumulate 53 assists, which is the fourth time in five seasons and finished the season with 62 points in only 71 matches. He averaged 26.44 on the ice and is a two-time Norris Trophy winner in 2014/15 and 2011/12. He also managed to block a total of 120 shots in the last season.

San Jose Sharks – Brent Burns

After a slow offensive start, Burns managed to make a comeback and finished with a total of 67 points, placing him second behind Hedman. His power-play points of 27 allowed him to rank fourth among defensemen in the NHL, and his shots of 332 on target placed him third in the league. Burns managed to win the Norris Trophy during the 2016/17 season when he was leading the NHL with 76 points and 29 goals. He also hasn’t missed a single game for four consecutive seasons. Burns boasts with at least 60 points in each of the last four seasons, and during the 2016/17 season, he was voted for the First All-Star Team in the NHL.

Nashville Predators – P.K Subban

The second season for Subban in Nashville was one of the best he experienced in his career where he was voted for the Second All-Star Team in the NHL. His career high was sixteen goals and managed to accumulate 43 assists with 59 points. He has scored a minimum of ten goals in five of the last six seasons and raked in 50 points in four of the past five.

Setting up team members, leading rushes on the ice, and winning vital face-offs are trademarks of a world-class center. Therefore, we decided to list the top centres within the NHL for 2019 might be worth investigating to help those who enjoy placing real money sports wagers.

Edmonton Oilers – Connor McDavid

For the second consecutive season, McDavid has managed to top the list when it comes to best centres. He led scoring within the NHL for the past two seasons and won the Art Ross Trophy with a total of 108 points during the 2017/18 season and 100 points during the 2016/17 season. The consecutive receiver of the Ted Lindsay Award managed to get three hat-tricks in the previous season. Although he missed 37 matches during the 2015/16 season due to an injury, he still ranks third in the last three seasons in terms of points.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Sidney Crosby

Crosby managed to accumulate 89 points in 82 matches last season where he finished third in power-play points. During the 2016/17 season, Crosby accumulated a total of 44 goals and was tied for second against Kane. He also helped the Penguins claim their second consecutive Stanley Cup and managed to win the Conn Smythe Trophy during the playoffs for the Stanley Cup.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Evgeni Malkin

During the 2017/18 season, Malkin managed to rake in 98 points which placed him fourth within the NHL and was the most points he scored since the 2011/12 season. Malkin had a total of 14 power-play goals and 7 game-winners which included a 5-game goal streak from 25 Jan to 6 Feb. He also enjoyed a total of 26 multipoint matches which included 12 where he accumulated at least 3 points. In addition, he scored at least 33 goals within 6 of the last 12 seasons in the NHL.

Toronto Maple Leafs – Auston Matthews

Injuries didn’t manage to stop Matthews from an incredible NHL season record during the 2017/18 season. He improved on his Calder Trophy season with a total of 63 points in only 62 matches. He further impressed with 13 power-play goals and achieved 5 game-winning goals for his team who managed to set records for points and wins. He finished his season with a 10 game streak in points.

Colorado Avalanche – Nathan MacKinnon

Mackinnon managed to take his game to brand-new height last season, scoring 97 points with 58 assists and 39 goals, smashing his previous best of 63 points with 39 assists and 24 goals. His game-winning goals, which is a total of 12, tied him for 12th position with 32 power-play points. Last season, he was the runner-up for the Hart Trophy as MVP. From 24 Feb to 22 March he had a 14-match point streak with 14 assists and 13 goals, as well as a 9 point streak from 29 Dec to 20 Jan.

Los Angeles Kings – Anze Kopitar

Kopitar managed to increase his total points by 40 from the 2016/17 season where he scored 52. He managed to score 27 power-play points and boasted with 6 game-winning goals.

“All players in hockey are bilingual. They understand English and profanity.”


This is a quote that came directly from Gordie Howe.


Since then, the beautiful game of hockey transformed in nearly every possible way. Hockey players from overseas are essentially bilingual or trilingual. However, on the ice, a player’s native tongue is instantly replaced by slang, a completely different language on its own.


Of course, slang is used to exclude outsiders from listening in by using phrases and words only those on the inside can understand. This means you landed on this page for a reason.


Perhaps you want to be on the inside and understand more of what announcers and ice hockey players are saying during a match. Perhaps you want to find out what your kids are blathering to their friends about as a parent, or maybe you want to understand what your team is actually saying as a new member from overseas.


Regardless of the reason, we got you covered thanks to our comprehensive guide on the most common terminology and slang used in hockey.


Hockey Slang in Alphabetical Order


Apple – An Assist


Bar Down – When the hockey puck hits the bottom part of the crossbar and goes in the net


Barn – Arena Rink


Barnburner – High scoring match


Bender – A player who skates badly with his ankles bent in


Beauty – Beautiful play


Biscuit – Puck


Bottle rocket – A goal breaking the water bottle of the goalie


Breakaway – Player has an open skating lane to the goalie without anyone in front of them


Bucket – Helmet


Celly – Celebration after scoring a goal


Cheese – Top shelf of the goal net


Cherry Picker – Player standing behind the defence of the opposing team hoping for a breakaway


Chiclets – A player’s teeth


Clapper – Slapshot


Coast to Coast – A player taking the puck from one side of the ice rink to the other end


Dangle – Deke


Duster – Player collecting dust while on the bench as they don’t play much


Face Wash – Shoving your glove in the face of an opponent


Fishbowl – Full face shield


Flamingo – Player lifting his legs to avoid a shot being blocked


Flow – Player with long hair


Gino – Goal


Goon – Player that only fights to keep other players safe


Gordie Howe Hat-trick – A goal, an assist, and a fight in a single match


Hoser – Loser


Junction – Goal corner where the crossbar meets the post


Light the lamp – To score a goal


Lumber – A player’s hockey stick


Mitts – A player’s hockey gloves


Pigeon – Someone that cannot score on their own


Plug – Useless player


Pond – Outdoor Rink during winter


Silky – Smooth occurrence by the player


Stripes – Referee


Snipe – A perfect shot


Stoned – Great save by goalie


Suicide pass – Player receiving a pass that places him in immediate danger of getting a hard hit


Seater – Jersey


Tape to Tape – Perfect pass to the blade of a teammate


Turtle – Player covers himself completely to avoid a fight


Wheel – A player’s strong skating techniques


Wraparound – A player taking the puck around the back of the opposing net an attempts to score


High-sticking is one of the most literal penalties when it comes to ice hockey. Roughing can be considered several things. The interference definition can be nebulous. However, high-sticking is essentially self-explanatory where a player’s stick hits an opponent due to the fact that the stick was too high. It’s really self-explanatory, unless you are a Spanish-speaking ice hockey announcer where there isn’t a verbatim for the term “high-sticking”.

Spanish Ice Hockey Announcers

“It would suck to say high-sticking literally. It sounds awful,” stated Francisco X. Rivera, who translates Los Angeles Kings matches in Spanish. Rivera, who is one of three Spanish broadcasters within the NHL, utilizes the term “baston” which means “cane”. Hector Lozano also uses the term, who translates Chicago Blackhawks matches in Spanish. “When it comes to high-sticking, we usually say ‘baston alto’ which roughly translates to “high cane”, Lozano stated. “It’s just something about the sport where there’s no translation for quite a few terms. So you essentially need to work with whatever you have. We also have tons of terminology that is broadcasted in English as oppose to Spanish. Icing is extremely difficult. However, offsides is quite easy as we simply say ‘fuera de juego.’”

What is even more difficult for Spanish translators is when there’s a scrum for the puck between numerous players in the corner. “I was unable to determine how I would say the puck is in the middle of several skates while players were trying to obtain it. So I simply said that they were chopping tomatoes, cilantro, or onions just to give fans a reference as to what it actually looked like when they attempted to obtain the puck in a corner,” Jesus Lopez stated who translates Vegas Golden Knights matches.

English-speaking fans of hockey take this for granted when they listen to a game. Even a fundamental concept in a match like a body check doesn’t seem to have a literal Spanish term.
“When one player smashes another player into a wall, I would yell, “Someone received a ham sandwich! Checking is something that I struggle to translate,” Rivera stated. “Therefore, I utilize ‘get close to someone,’ which is used to describe a girlfriend or boyfriend. Why not make it more entertaining? Respecting both the players on the ice as well as the people who are new to the sport is something that hasn’t been done in a sport before,” Lopez stated.

Sports essentially paints a picture of what is occurring during the match, from the action to the atmosphere. Spanish translators cater to a wide variety of listeners who don’t have a clue of what that painting should actually look like. Therefore, they utilize a smaller palette when compared to their French- and English-speaking counterparts. It can still be considered art. Spanish translators in the NHL are not changing the language of ice hockey, but are actually broadening the appeal of the game to an underserved market.