Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Canadian NHL teams to honor soldiers who died in recent attacks

ftw.usatoday.com — It will be an emotional evening for Canadians tonight when the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs coordinate a special tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives this week in acts of terror on Canadian soil. The salute will be televised in the U.S.

Zdeno Chara's loss is a big blow to strained Bruins defense

usatoday.com — Defenseman Zdeno Chara's knee injury is another reminder of how much the Boston Bruins miss Johnny Boychuk. With Chara expected to be gone 4-6 weeks with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the Bruins will face more strain on a defensive unit that hasn't been quite right since Boychuk was dealt to the New York Islanders before the season.

Brock Nelson quietly becoming key forward for Islanders

usatoday.com — When USA Hockey's Jim Johannson watches New York Islanders center Brock Nelson play, it always occurs to him the Minnesota native would have fit perfectly with the 1980 U.S. Olympic team had he been born three decades earlier. "I hate making the 1980 reference, but he reminds of those guys," Johannson said.

Pekka Rinne's return to form central to Predators' winning mindset

usatoday.com — Nashville Predators general manager David Poile hired a new head coach and signed three free agent centers in the offseason and yet those bold moves almost seem of secondary importance to the team's new look in net. "The best offseason acquisition we could make was getting a healthy Pekka Rinne," Poile said.

Slava Voynov’s indefinite suspension will test Kings’ defensive depth

ftw.usatoday.com — The Los Angeles Kings begin to deal with the fallout of defenseman Slava Voynov's indefinite suspension tonight (10:30 p.m. ET) when they play at home against the Buffalo Sabres. It's the Kings' first game since Voynov was arrested just after midnight Monday morning on suspicion of domestic abuse against a woman who has not been identified at her request.

10 Common Blog Writing Mistakes (Infographic)

prdaily.com — Writers often ask me how they can get more people to read their writing. I prefer to tell them what causes people to stop reading what they write. Things like bad sentence structure, comma misuse, spelling and grammar errors, using the wrong word, and poor organization will cause people to click elsewhere.

Buffalo fans get sneak peek at Connor McDavid

democratandchronicle.com — More than 10,000 Buffalo Sabres fans are expected in First Niagara Center arena Wednesday night to see Canadian super prospect Connor McDavid play in what could be a preview of coming attractions. McDavid is considered a franchise prospect, and the rebuilding Sabres are in contention to land the Ontario Hockey League center.

Sabres fans might get peek at future as McDavid visits

usatoday.com — More than 10,000 Buffalo Sabres fans are expected in First Niagara Center arena Wednesday to see Canadian super prospect Connor McDavid play in what could be a preview of coming attractions. McDavid is considered a franchise prospect, and the rebuilding Sabres are in contention to land the Ontario Hockey League center.

Struggling Oilers start make-or-break homestand

ftw.usatoday.com — The Edmonton Oilers start a seven-game home stand tonight, and the team already seems to be in a win-or-else mode. Counting their shootout loss, the Oilers have not given up fewer than five goals in any of their four games, all losses.

Andre Burakovsky provides Capitals rookie impact

usatoday.com — When Barry Trotz was coaching the Nashville Predators, he saw enough of the Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg to appreciate his value as a multidimensional center. Now with the Washington Capitals, Trotz is pleased to discover he has a Swedish rookie with the same mindset. "(Andre) Burakovsky has a very high compete level," Trotz said.
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Oct 25, 2014

Canadian NHL teams to pay tribute to soldiers who died in this week's attacks: usat.ly/1rA5XyW

Oct 24, 2014

Zdeno Chara's loss is a big blow to already-strained Bruins defense: usat.ly/1pIKvav

Oct 23, 2014

Perfect Red Wings PK (19-forr-19) wins the battle against the No. 1-ranked Penguins power play.

Oct 23, 2014

Brock Nelson quietly becoming key forward for Islanders: usat.ly/1tmIbuw

Oct 23, 2014

Pekka Rinne's return to form central to Predators' winning mindset: usat.ly/1pFuK3Y

Oct 23, 2014

Slava Voynov's indefinite suspension will test Kings' defensive depth usat.ly/1D1o726 via @forthewin

Oct 23, 2014

Slava Voynov's indefinite suspension will test Kings' defensive depth: usat.ly/1wfAnxd

Oct 22, 2014

From last night: Kyle Woodlief's first NHL draft preview. usat.ly/1tJOlXN via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @ByMikeBrehm: Touted rookies put on a show in Calgary usat.ly/1x73TSw via @forthewin

Oct 22, 2014

Sabres fans might get peek at future as McDavid visits usat.ly/1tJWAmL via @usatoday

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