Category Archives: Professional

Cult of Hockey game grades: Maroon and rowdy Oilers pancake LA Kings

Pat Maroon

On Thursday night, it was Dought getting rammed, as big Patrick Maroon — as fitting a symbol of the new and brawny Oilers as anyone — hammered him a few times with good hits.

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Paul Stastny savors Winter Classic in St. Louis

Paul Stastny

As St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny made his way into Busch Stadium, through the St. Louis Cardinals clubhouse, out through the dugout and onto the baseball field where he saw a brand-new ice sheet, it hit him.

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Pucks in Depth: Matthew Tkachuk Making an Impact … Minnesota Wild Overachieving

Matthew Tkachuk

While each of the three has been fantastic, they aren’t the only freshmen making positive impacts on their teams.

One of the guys flying under the radar as a result of The Big Three, among others, is Matthew Tkachuk.

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AHL Weekly Roundup: John Ramage, Craig Cunningham, Milwaukee Admirals

John Ramage

The AHL announced the CCM/AHL Player of the Week on Monday. This week’s honored player is the Cleveland Monsters’ (CBJ) d-man John Ramage. Ramage has seven assists and nine points in 23 games this season and has been a standout for the Monsters this week.

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Stastny, Allen both ready for Philadelphia

Paul Stastny

After four days off for the holidays, the Blues were back together at the IceZone Tuesday, and the news was good on the injury front.

Every player was accounted for, including center Paul Stastny, who missed Thursday’s game in Tampa Bay, and goalie Jake Allen, who left late in the 5-2 loss to the Lightning.

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Eminian: Rivermen in gear with goaltender Tyler Parks

Tyler Parks

Tyler Parks started the season with Evansville, where he went 0-4 and struggled. But the Rivermen jumped at the chance to get him when he was released, and he has shined with fourth-place Peoria. On Monday he was called up to the ECHL by Missouri.

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What Ben Bishop Injury Really Means for Lightning

Ben Bishop

The newest name added to the injury report is goaltender Ben Bishop who will be out 3-4 weeks due to a lower-body injury. Of course, this weakens the Bolts depth and talent at the goalie position. However, Bishop’s injury means so much more than just that.

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Ben Kuzma: Tkachuk’s rapid rise rekindles Canucks draft debate

Matthew Tkachuk

“I had a meeting with them (Canucks) at the (draft) combine and it never seemed like they were that interested,” said the 19-year-old Tkachuk. “I knew once (Pierre-Luc) Dubois went third, that I was going to Calgary. I’m happy and grateful to be drafted by Calgary.

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Blues place Paul Stastny on injured reserve

Paul Stastny

It’s unclear how much time Stastny will miss. He has seven goals and 17 points in 34 games this season, including an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. He took a couple of shifts in the third period against Dallas before sitting out the rest of the game.

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Walleye goalie Heeter called up to AHL

Cal Heeter

Walleye goalie Cal Heeter has been called up to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.

Heeter won his first eight games in a Walleye uniform and did not lose a start until Dec. 10 against Alaska. This is the second time Heeter has been promoted to Grand Rapids.

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