CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 08:  Cam Talbot #33 of the Edmonton Oilers follows the action against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on November 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Oilers 4-2.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Another year, another struggling Oilers squad

The Edmonton Oilers entered the season on a positive note. They lucked out and won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes, gutted management by bringing in Todd McLellan and Peter Chiarelli, and addressed the gaping needs in goal and on the blue line by bringing in players like Cam Talbot and Andrej Sekera. Analytically, they’ve showed better results than last […]

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 25:  Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks is called for roughing as he scrums with Boyd Gordon #15 of the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 25, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Ryan Getzlaf blames poor play on small crowd in Arizona

The Anaheim Ducks looked pretty flat against the Arizona Coyotes and Ryan Getzlaf had an odd excuse as to why his team was slow out of the gate. Apparently the small crowd in Arizona (11,578 people) led to a sluggish visiting Ducks squad.


What we’re thankful for in the NHL

Thanksgiving is here in the United States and it’s time for everyone to stop and reflect on what they’re thankful for in their lives. The PDL team, including our resident Canadian which is a requirement for any hockey blog, got together and compiled a list of items we’re thankful for in the NHL. Liam I’m […]

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 5:  Sidney Crosby #87 and Mario Lemieux #66 of the Pittsburgh Penguins are seen in their NHL game against the New Jersey Devils on October 5, 2005 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Are Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux growing apart?

Interesting stuff from former player Matthew Barnaby on Sirius XM radio on the relationship between Sidney Crosby and Mario Lemieux, and how it may be deteriorating: “But the more and more I looked into it, the more I found out, people with the same sentiments that there’s a big falling out between Mario and […]


Report: Blue Jackets listening to offers for Ryan Johansen

The Columbus Blue Jackets have endured a tough season, sputtering to an 8-14 record. With the disappointment, the team may be ready to shop one of its top players, as new reports suggest that Ryan Johansen is “softly in play” per’s Darren Dreger. “That doesn’t mean that Jarmo Kekalainen, the general manager of the Blue […]

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 14:  PA Parenteau #15 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates a goal against the Vancouver Canucks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on November 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Leafs defeated the Canucks 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Report: Maple Leafs are no longer the NHL’s most valuable franchise

The Toronto Maple Leafs have had their fair share of issues on the ice. Those issues are reportedly starting to be seen off the ice as Forbes has released their financial evaluation of all 30 NHL teams and the Maple Leafs have fallen from the top spot. The accuracy of this report is highly questionable, […]

SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 11:  Goalkeeper James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs looks on after giving up a goal to Tommy Wingles #57 of the San Jose Sharks (not pictured) during the second period at SAP Center on March 11, 2014 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Which goalies are pulling ahead for the Vezina Trophy?

You can almost never get NHL award predictions right during the preseason, so it is always smart to check in during the season and see just how dumb your predictions turned out to be. As always, you will have a couple of surprises but you will also have the normal stalwarts performing ahead of the pack. Which […]


The 5 best hockey fights from Week 7

Fighting has been down around the NHL, but that idea went out the window on November 21st. A total of eight fights took place on Saturday night, resembling the days of old instead of the modern NHL in which fighting is becoming a rare event. On that note, here are the top-5 fights from Week 7. […]

COLUMBUS, OH - JANUARY 24:  A general view of the NHL logo prior to the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Skills Competition at the Nationwide Arena on January 24, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Report: Cocaine testing coming to the NHL by end of season

It has been reported by TVA Sports reporter Renaud Lavoie that the league “should” include testing for cocaine by the end of this season. Lavoie broke the news on Twitter today but as of right now nothing has been finalized. The next couple of tweets come courtesy of Lavoie. The news really shouldn’t come as […]

GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 25:  Ian White #18 of the Detroit Red Wings skates with the puck during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on March 25, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 3-2.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Former NHL defenseman Ian White arrrested, faces multiple weapons charges

When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman mocked the NFL and said back in October 2014, “Our players know what’s right and wrong,” he couldn’t have been more wrong. Another week has passed and another NHL player (albeit a retired skater) has been charged with a crime. Former defenseman Ian White, 31, was arrested late last week and charged with multiple weapons […]

MANCHESTER - FEBRUARY 14:  A closeup shot of the hockey puck used between the Planet USA All Stars and the Canadian All Stars during the Dodge AHL All Star Classic on February 14, 2005 at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

AHL revamps their All-Star Game format, is it better than the NHL’s?

When talking about an exhibition game, you need to take any and all seriousness out of the tone you may be carrying. The All-Star Game is something that isn’t really for adults but rather more for the kids who aspire to grow up and become an NHL player. So, when the AHL announced the new […]

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 30: Jonathan Bernier #45 of the Toronto Maple Leafs tends net against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2015 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Maple Leafs 3-1.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Hockey Tweets of the Week – Week 7

Welcome to Puck Drunk Love’s hockey tweets of the week, where we gather up all of the best tweets from the past week from players, writers, fans, and anybody else who loves hockey. Regrettably, the week started with the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris. Players tweeted their heartbreak: Antoine Roussel of the Stars and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare are […]

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 10:  Scott Gomez #93 of the St. Louis Blues takes the puck in the third period against the New Jersey Devils on November 10, 2015 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The St. Louis Blues defeated the New Jersey Devils 2-0.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The resurrection of Scott Gomez

The Players Tribune is slowly but surely becoming a one stop shop for athletes telling stories they wouldn’t ordinarily tell to anyone else. They themselves have editorial control and can put out whatever they are comfortable sharing. Scott Gomez, now of the St. Louis Blues, wrote an article this past March that put many of […]

Eastern Conference Atlantic Division Going Streaking Heading Into Holiday Weekend

It usually takes something a little unusual to catch your eye when scouring over the standings to a league. One thing that easily standings out when looking at the current standings is that the top five teams in the Eastern Conference Atlantic division are all on winning streaks. The Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Detroit Red […]