The 2020-21 Florida Panthers Finally Have an Identity

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Very few professional sports teams own a history less spectacular than the Florida Panthers. The organization spent decades in perpetual rebuild mode, highlighted by a lowly-six postseason appearances to their name. That number includes last year’s expanded post-season, which gave 24 of the league’s 31 franchises a playoff berth due to COVID-19. Prior to this […] READ MORE


NHL Predictions for January 30th – Late Games

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Welcome back to NHL Predictions, January 30th edition! Each day, the Last Word on Hockey team will break down every game and give our NHL predictions for each game. This is the late game slate of NHL Predictions for January 30th. Be sure and check out the early games too. NHL Predictions – January 30th Nashville […] READ MORE


Questioning the Florida Panthers Hot Start

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It’s late January, and the Florida Panthers look good. Their record sits above most teams in the league. And if the playoffs started today, they’d be playoff bound. A hot start propelled the Florida Panthers to where they’re at now. Unfortunately for them, the season started only a few weeks ago due to COVID-19. In […] READ MORE


NHL Predictions for January 22nd – Late Games

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Welcome back to NHL Predictions, January 22nd edition! Each day, the Last Word on Hockey team will break down every game and give our NHL predictions for each game. This is the late game slate of NHL Predictions for January 22nd. Be sure and check out the early games too. NHL Predictions Colorado Avalanche vs. […] READ MORE


2020-21 Florida Panthers Schedule Preview and Season Predictions

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We’re heading into another one-off unique NHL scenario, much like the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Everything changed with regards to the league’s divisions, schedules, playoff qualification rules, and so on. And the year after this, things (sigh…knock on wood) go back to normal. But for now, the 2020-21 Florida Panthers represent one-eighth of the Central […] READ MORE


Former Colorado Avalanche General Manager Pierre Lacroix Deserves a Banner at Ball Arena

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With heavy hearts, the Colorado Avalanche organization announced on Sunday, December 13th that former General Manager Pierre Lacroix passed away. Lacroix, 72, died tragically due to COVID-19 complications. When fans reminisce over hockey history in Denver, they think of Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg, Patrick Roy, Milan Hejduk and the likes. Often forgotten, unfortunately, is the […] READ MORE


Florida Panthers Need a Sergei Bobrovsky Bounce-Back Season

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It feels like it’s been forever since the Florida Panthers signed former Columbus Blue Jackets Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a 7-year deal averaging $10 million per season. At the time, fans rejoiced and asserted that Dale Tallon had finally addressed a nagging issue for the team. Between oft-injured Roberto Luongo in his twilight years […] READ MORE


Pittsburgh Penguins Trade Phil Kessel to Arizona Coyotes

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have dealt star forward Phil Kessel and defensive prospect Dane Birksto the Arizona Coyotes for Alex Galchenyuk and prospect Pierre-Oliver Joseph. Kessel, 31, carries an $6.8 million cap hit through the 2021-22 season. Toronto has the remaining $1.2 million cap hit retained from when Kessel was traded to Pittsburgh. PO Joseph and Galchenyuk to […] READ MORE


Ottawa Senators Trade Forward Matt Duchene to Columbus Blue Jackets

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The Ottawa Senators have dealt premiere forward Matt Duchene to the Columbus Blue Jackets, as well as Julius Bergman, who is returning to the SHL next season. In return, Ottawa received Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson a first rounder, and a conditional first rounder. The condition is if Duchene re-signs Ottawa gets another first. However, no contract talks have begun. Duchene, 27, carries a $6.0 million cap hit […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Scoring Depth an Issue Entering New Year

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If your team was lucky enough to dress Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog, you’d never expect to have trouble scoring. Rantanen and MacKinnon sit second and third, respectively, in scoring league-wide. Landeskog has 44 points himself too, good for 16th in the NHL. However, that represents the vast majority of the teams’ total production. And with […] READ MORE