Search for your favorite player or team

© The Hockey News. All rights reserved. Any and all material on this website cannot be used, reproduced, or distributed without prior written permission from Roustan Media Ltd. For more information, please see our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


May 20, 2013

May 20, 2013

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

DEPARTMENTS

Separated AT BIRTH

MIKE RIBEIRO French-Canadian center is perpetually on the trading block, often criticized for acting MARC ANTHONY Puerto-Rican American singer married Jenny From The Block, also dabbles in acting Submitted by: Dusten Asmussen Email your suggestions to sab@thehockeynews.com WHO AM I: JOHAN HEDBERG…

DEPARTMENTS

TALES OF A JOURNEYMAN

Life in the NHL isn’t all charter flights, gourmet meals and monster paychecks. Sure, that fits for a select few superstars, but not for Sean Pronger and hundreds of his third and fourth-line colleagues. In Journeyman: The Many Triumphs (And Even More Numerous Defeats) Of A Guy Who’s Seen Just About Everything In The Game Of Hockey, Pronger tears back the curtain to reveal the lives of players on the bubble – most of it focused on the never-ending dread they feel about getting sent back to the minors. In training camp, while the first-liners are finding their legs, going out to dinner and playing golf, the journeyman simply prays he’ll find a jersey hanging in his dressing room stall every day. Even if you make the big squad, Pronger said there are plenty…

DEPARTMENTS

MONTREAL CANADIENS 18-1

HOW THEY WIN The Canadiens aren’t big, but they’re fast and dangerous. And when they use that speed to get to pucks first and win possession battles, they force their opponents to chase them. A renewed commitment to team defense has Montreal allowing among the fewest shots in the league. HOW THEY LOSE Much of the Canadiens’ success has come from paying attention to details and playing a disciplined system that suffocates their opponents. When they stray from it even a little and lag in their work ethic, the way they did immediately after they secured a playoff spot, they fall apart. And when things blow up for this team, they blow up real good. QUESTION MARK Which Carey Price will show up: the steady, unflappable and technically perfect goalie who has…

DEPARTMENTS

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS 6-1

HOW THEY WIN Few teams come close to Pittsburgh’s firepower and depth. And GM Ray Shero fixed the main problem: a lack of physicality. The Penguins prided themselves on team toughness, but needed to reassess after they were manhandled last year by Philadelphia. Brenden Morrow and Jarome Iginla have beefed up the flanks and Douglas Murray has added meat on the back end. Now no one will push the Pens around. HOW THEY LOSE If Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin is injured or Fleury has another post-season flameout. There’s no Jordan Staal to fill in for one of the team’s star centers and Tomas Vokoun has lost the only two playoff rounds of his career. QUESTION MARK Despite his team’s 26 goals in last year’s lone series against the Flyers, Fleury let…