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Examining the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Second-Half Schedule

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk) Although the official halfway point of the NHL’s regular season generally passes by in early January, the All-Star break is often seen as the mid-season turn. It’s a time when each and every team recharges in order to make a strong second-half surge, whether it be towards the post-season or the […]

Claude Giroux and Evgeni Malkin – A Study of MVP Candidate Contrasts

By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie) Evgeni Malkin and Claude Giroux. One-two in the scoring race; one-two in the race for the Hart Trophy at the all-star break. With all due respect to other worthy candidates such as Pavel Datsyuk, Jonathan Toews and Henrik Lundqvist, Malkin and Giroux remain a cut above their competition. The two Atlantic […]

Chad Brownlee, Living The Dream; His Dream

By Bill Kellett “Shut your eyes when the book is closed, and the pages will be written. How do you want your story told, after the long road is driven?” When asked to describe a verse that best describes him, Chad Brownlee offered up the above, from his song “Another Page is Written” and to […]

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Jonas Hiller Leading The Ducks’ Charge Towards Redemption

By Steve Palumbo (@StevePalumboNHL)   Now that the NHL All-Star break has come and gone, the Anaheim Ducks and Jonas Hiller will try to resume their improbable, if not impossible run towards a Stanley Cup Playoff birth. The Ducks find themselves buried deep in the depths of the Western Conference basement; they trail the eighth […]

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Maple Leafs’ Playoff Chances are Greater Than Some May Think

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk) The 2011-2012 NHL schedule has finally reached the All-Star break, with festivities continuing in Ottawa all the way through Sunday night. It’s a time for players to enjoy themselves and for teams to recharge, while those who were lucky enough to attend the All-Star weekend may have received a little confidence […]

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Will Pavel Datsyuk Dangle His Way Into the Hall of Fame?

  By Rhys Richards (@RREsq) On Thursday night, Detroit superstar Pavel Datsyuk accomplished another in a long list of feats, awards and accolades; Zdeno Chara surprised several commentators when he chose Datsyuk first overall in the 2012 NHL Fantasy Draft. Daniel Alfredsson quickly confirmed what the majority of NHL players already knew: Datsyuk is one […]

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The Return of John-Michael Liles: Who Takes the Fall?

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk) It’s said that the Toronto Maple Leafs will welcome defenceman John-Michael Liles back to their lineup following this week’s NHL All-Star break, which means the Leafs will have an extra defenceman on their roster who won’t be seeing nearly as much time as they did during Liles’ absence. This has raised […]

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Why Jeff Carter Isn’t the Right Guy for the Maple Leafs

By Lukas Hardonk (@LukasHardonk) It’s that time of year in the National Hockey League again. The trade deadline is about one month away, meaning just about every general manager in the league is working the phones and trade rumours are not only beginning to pick up, but they are also beginning to gain some traction. […]

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Underrated Nation: Uwe Krupp

We at The Hockey Guys are pleased to bring back a very successful weekly series feature called Underrated Nation. Writer, fan and NHL history aficionado Bill Kellett will focus on a different NHL’er every week in our Underrated Nation segment’s, seen only on The Hockey Guys. By Bill Kellett Germany is not known as a […]

Hartnell’s Career Year Continues With Monster Weekend

By Charlie O’Connor (@THG_Charlie) On October 20th against the Washington Capitals, Scott Hartnell was held scoreless for the fourth time in the first six games of the 2011-12 season, finishing the game with only 12:41 minutes of ice time and a -3 plus/minus rating. On January 22nd against the Boston Bruins, Hartnell scored a natural […]