Cale Makar Quickly Establishing Elite Defenceman Reputation

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People say defencemen take longer to develop. They say even if they break into the league early, they won’t hit their stride until their mid 20’s. The NHL remains the biggest and toughest stage, where boys must become men to stick around. Forwards have the luxury of less (quote-unquote) “defensive responsibility”, so wingers and even […] READ MORE




Lady Byng Predictions 2022

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Welcome to Last Word on Hockey’s 2022 award predictions series. As the regular season wraps up and the playoffs begin, we’ll be taking a look at potential nominees and winners for the major NHL awards. The 2022 NHL Awards will be a one-hour show between Games 3 and 4 of the 2022 Stanley Cup Final, […] READ MORE




Colorado Avalanche Depth Stepping Up Down the Stretch

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The NHL regular season continues winding down, as the playoff race heats up. Compared to most seasons, though, the races look a bit different. For example, the Eastern Conference playoff picture hasn’t changed in months. As many predicted, the top eight from mid-season maintained their prominence and continued separating from the rest of the Conference. […] READ MORE


Casey Cizikas to Have Hearing for Boarding Brendan Smith

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The NHL Department of Player Safety announced a hearing today for Casey Cizikas. The New York Islanders forward received a two-minute minor penalty for boarding Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Brendan Smith last night. Despite only receiving the minor penalty in the win, the league will re-visit the incident via hearing today. Update: Cizikas has been suspended […] READ MORE



The Florida Panthers Greatest Era is Right Now

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In the early 1990’s, the NHL made efforts to expand the league into southern North America. From that expansion the Florida Panthers were born. Unfortunately, for almost the entirety of the franchise’s history, the Panthers served as the NHL’s punching bag. Over 28 seasons, the club experienced far more low’s than high’s. Albeit, some of […] READ MORE