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.”

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


Joel Quenneville was fired by the Chicago Blackhawks on November 2018 and have managed to go 3-11-2 once Jeremy Colliton took over. While the blistering cold of the winter starts setting in, let’s take a look at a few reasons to stay positive going forward if you consider yourself a Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Reasons To Stay Positive

The best hope that Blackhawk fans can look forward to is in the coaches, both past and present. Jeremy Colliton, the current bench boss, is considered a thankless situation. The team is currently getting roasted when it comes to 5-on-5, with a percentage for goals at 43.85, while suffering with the worst power play of 11.6% along with a 74.4% penalty kill which is the fourth-worst in the league. This is essentially a problem with construction as oppose to coaching and one can only hope that Stan Bowman, the general manager of the team, gives Colliton a greater tool chest to reconstruct the squad.

As for the past coach, the hope is that Joel Quenneville is hired sooner rather than later. Once that occurs, it should assist the true problem that is plaguing the franchise at the moment, the no-movement clauses. What they actually need is the exact same thing Dale Tallon provided when Brian Campbell settled to waive the no-trade clause.

It already seems like a lost season for Chicago. Blackhawks fans should consider this feasible plan: a playoff run against the Bears as a winter distraction, then a rival for Chicago next October. Chicago is currently stuck in neutral as they are currently constructed. Stan Bowman can make a few immediate changes, such as the Dylan Strome and Brandan Perlini swap over Nick Schmaltz. However, a complete overhaul is quite impossible when you consider 6 out of the 7 players that have the highest annual salaries have a no-trade clause. Therefore, the current season will only have a few small tweaks which means the changes that take place next year will be far more significant.

With the projected cap to be around $83 million during the 2019/20 season, it leaves the Blackhawks with around $20 million which they can spend. The Blackhawks had money to spend during the summer last time, but unfortunately, the market was quite limited. This time, there’s a possibility that Jacob Trouba, Mark Stone, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner, Wayne Simmonds, Joe Pavelski, Artemi Panarin, Anders Lee, Erik Karlsson, Kevin Hayes, Jake Gardiner, Jordan Eberle, and Matt Duchene will be available this time around. The best way forward is to utilize one of these players and complement the blue line with an immediate flush prospect tool.

There are still several signs of development when it comes to the Blackhawks. Chicago gave 1,395 minutes to its rookies which is the fourth highest in the league and it seems like each of the rookies that have been given a chance is providing the goods. Perhaps this is something they will need to continue going forward?


Any hockey player will tell you that your stick is one of the most important aspects when it comes to your equipment. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be extremely difficult to find the right hockey stick that is best suited for your style of play. Whether you consider yourself a playmaker, a sniper, or merely want to impress other players, using the best will definitely make a difference. Let’s take a look at the best hockey sticks for 2019.

Warrior Covert QRL

• Durable and lightweight
• Fantastic for puck-handlers
• Comes with several blade face options
• Excellent stick for skill players and scorers

This magnificent stick tops our list due to its durability and versatility. With 6 blade patterns, this stick is ideal for almost any play style. Defencemen will fall in love with the mid-heel curve, while forwards will feel more comfortable thanks to its Covert QRL design appealing to shooters and danglers alike. The low-kick point makes this stick the best for saucer passes and wrist shots as well.

Bauer Nexus 1N

• One-piece construction
• 8 blade face options
• Phenomenal durability

Bauer has been making hockey equipment for almost 50 years and the Nexus 1N is their top-rated hockey stick. The Nexus 1N’s mid-kick point boasts as the best stick when it comes to slap shots, while still being light enough to perform a quick wrist shot. With a total of 8 blade faces, the stick can be used for just about any play style as well.

CCM RibCor Trigger2 PMT Grip

• Single piece construction along with Sigmatex carbon fibre
• Optimized low kick point
• Brand-new Ascent Blade construction

The CCM RibCor was considered the best stick when it made its debut in 2016 and their latest release is even better than the original. Nothing can compare to the Trigger2 PMT Grip at the moment. The stick provides an enhanced flex zone and is perfectly optimized with a low kick, allowing skaters to easily store energy in the lower and upper areas of the shaft.

Bauer Vapor 1X Lite Griptac

• Extremely lightweight
• 8 blade face options
• 1 piece construction with Monocomp technology

Any product in the Vapor line from Bauer is considered as the best on the market, regardless of the year, it was constructed. The Vapor 1X from 2015 was considered the best on the market during that year as well. Staying true to its reputation, the Vapor 1X Lite is ranked as one of the best hockey sticks of 2019 improving heavily on the QRT technology, while introducing enhanced blade technology.

CCM Super Tacks 2.0

• Diverse stick for any skilled player
• Construction is lightweight
• Fantastic entry level stick

The original CCM Tacks was considered the best stick in 2014 and their latest addition is making waves in the hockey industry thanks to its lightweight structure and durability. It also comes with a reinforced shaft and offers a mid-kick point with a total of two loading zones appealing to those who enjoy slap shots and wrist shots.

In the previous NHL season, we managed to survive an entire year without a coach getting fired which was pretty fantastic, to say the least. However, a quarter of a way through the current season and we already looking at four coaches that managed to get fired.

The Los Angeles Knights fired John Stevens to start things off earlier this month along with the departure of Joel Quenneville which was quite surprising, to be honest. The Oilers’ Todd McLellan and the Blues’ Mike Yeo also opted in to make a few coaching changes, and when looking at the league now, there seems to be a couple more changes in the pipeline.

Obviously, this is never a great topic to discuss, but its certainly worth mentioning as struggling teams attempt to switch things up in hopes of reaching success before it’s too late. Let’s take a look at a handful of seats that might receive new coaches during the 2018/19 NHL season.

Anaheim Ducks – Randy Carlyle

It’s difficult to get a decent read on the Anaheim Ducks during the first quarter due to early injuries. Corey Perry is on reserve for the last two months due to a knee injury, Cam Fowler will miss a great deal of action after a facial fracture, and defenseman Hampus Lindholm will be absent from the game for a while due to a lower-body ailment.

Randy Carlyle joined a team that managed to finish at the top of the division for four consecutive years, looking promising to contend for the world-renowned Cup. The team did manage to come close during the 2016/17 NHL season, but they are currently heading in the wrong direction. A change in leadership could instantly change that for such a talented team.

Pittsburgh Penguins – Mike Sullivan

It’s been nearly three years since Jim Rutherford, the general manager of the Penguins, decided to replace Mike Johnson with the current Mike Sullivan, sparking a phenomenal sprint during the 2015/16 NHL playoffs. Mike Sullivan managed to guide to squad from 9th in the Eastern Conference to the Stanley Cup, leading the champions to a second consecutive title the next year. However, the penguins are currently 14th in the Eastern Conference, leaving Mike Sullivan on the hot seat, especially after he decided to trade Carl Hagelin for Tanner Pearson.

Philadelphia Flyers – Dave Hakstol

Dave Hakstol is currently enjoying his fourth season with the Flyers, making him one of the longest standing coaches in the National Hockey League. However, apart from 2 first-round playoffs, the squad hasn’t been phenomenal while under Hakstol’s guidance. Even in the 2018/19 NHL season, the Flyers are considered one of the most frustrating squads in the league with incredible talent that are unable to reach their full potential. Philadelphia is currently suffering from a 4-match losing streak, lacking both accountability and consistency. This might cause Dave Hakstol to lose his seat as head coach for the team, leaving an opening for a new coach to revive the Flyers before its too late.

We’re only halfway through November and still have a long road ahead of us before hardware will be handed out to NHL players. However, everyone appreciates positive reinforcements and handing out a couple of stick taps is never too early. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the possible MVP’s as the 2018/19 NHL season reaches the first-quarter mark.

John Gibson – Anaheim Ducks

At first glance, it’s no surprise that you would focus on the fact that he only managed to win 6 times in 17 decisions, or the fact that his 2.55 goal average is barely on the top 20 of the league’s goalies. However, with a .928 save percentage and facing the second highest shots in the NFL, you quickly realise that the Anaheim Ducks could be a lot worse if it weren’t for Gibson.

Michael Grabner – Arizona Coyotes

Grabner is recognised for his part in the Coyotes extremely deadly penalty-killing unit. The Coyotes are currently ranked first overall when it comes to PK efficiency where they managed to score a total of 10 astonishing shorthanded goals. What makes Grabner so impressive is that he is currently leading the way with four shorties and managed to assist with a handful of others.

David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins

One cannot argue if you much rather prefer Patrice Bergeron. However, David’s almost goal-a-game pace is certainly a marvellous thing.

Jeff Skinner – Buffalo Sabres

Skinner is already boasting with 14 goals, placing him directly behind Pastrnak when it comes to goal scoring records in the NHL.

David Rittich – Calgary Flames

There’s no denying that Mark Smith is underperforming more than any other goalie in the NGL league which makes the breakout performance by backup Rittich that much more important

Sebastian Aho – Carolina Hurricanes

This sensational centre, who is only 21 years of age, kicked off the season with a remarkable 12-match point streak and he doesn’t seem like he is slowing down at all. He is certainly a star in the making.

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks

Alex DeBrincat (9), Jonathan Toews (9), and Kane (12) have a combined score of 30 from the 53 goals by Chicago. Imagine where the offense of the Blackhawks will be without the incredible Kane?

Mikko Rantanen – Colorado Avalanche

Although MacKinnon is returning from a Hart Trophy nomination, its Rantanen that is currently leading the entire NHL league in both points and assists.

Artemi Panarin – Columbus Blue Jackets

He continues to rack in points for Columbus. However, how long will this continue as a pending UFA who recently indicated that he is not really interested in signing up with the team again?

Morgan Rielly – Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews was first, but then he got injured. Linemates Mitch Marner and John Tavares took over while Frederik Andersen continues to provide sensational netminding. However, its difficult to overlook the contributions by Rielly as he is currently leading all blueliners in the NHL in both points and goals.