With no crowd to help lift them, Raptors dig a hole too deep to climb out of
The Raptors deserve credit for finding the energy to come back when all seemed hopeless. Not a lot of teams would have an effort like that in their DNA. They also deserve some blame for not coming to the arena ready to play.
On the Battle of Alberta stage, a beleaguered Koskinen shines for Oilers
Somewhere along the way the bad goalie, the horrible power play and the unproductive superstars wrote different endings to their stories, and the Oilers snapped a seven-game losing streak with a dramatic 5-3 win over the Flames.
Canadiens Takeaways: Primeau maturing, Toffoli boosting trade value
Cayden Primeau made 43 saves in the Montreal Canadiens' narrow loss to the Coloardo Avalanche. He did so just days after being pulled out of the net before the third period of an embarrassing loss to the Arizona Coyotes, and that was a sign of how much he’s matured in his brief time as a professional.
After five long years out of NHL, Canucks' Martin makes storybook return
Journeyman goalie Spencer Martin may not have won the game on Friday, but you won't find the short-handed Vancouver Canucks complaining. Making his first NHL start in five years, Martin deserves plenty of praise for taking the Canucks to a shootout against the high-powered Florida Panthers.
Raptors' Barnes shines in win over Wizards as Nurse sticks with tight rotation
Nick Nurse is simply playing the cards he has been dealt -- giving his best players big minutes to give the Toronto Raptors a chance to win. It worked out on Friday as Scottie Barnes scored a career-high 27 points in a 109-105 victory over the Washington Wizards.
All eyes on Tippett, Koskinen, Holland with reeling Oilers in turmoil
Ahead of a pivotal game against the Flames tonight on Hockey Night in Canada at 8 p.m. MT / 10 p.m. ET, the free-falling Oilers are feeling the heat. Three men in particular are under immense pressure — head coach Dave Tippett, general manager Ken Holland and goalie Mikko Koskinen.