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A Defenseman No One Talks About: Keith Yandle

A Defenseman No One Talks About: Keith Yandle

Learn more about one of the NHL’s least talked about and some say underrated defenseman: Keith Yandle. Patrick HOFFMan looks into the Florida Panther’s leader with an indepth review! Read now.

Bruins & Lightning Just About Even

Bruins & Lightning Just About Even

The HOFFensive Zone takes aim a comparison between the Tampa Bay Ligntning and the Boston Bruins. Read more about what both teams have accomplished this season and what they need to do to keep it rolling into the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

Pittsburgh Penguins: It's All About Timing

Pittsburgh Penguins: It's All About Timing

Find out why the Pittsburgh Penguins are hitting their stride at the right time. The season is coming to an end and things seem to be going well. Can the Pens keep this going into the playoffs? Find out more in the latest HOFFensive Zone blog.

Is it Safe to Say it's a Disappointing Season for Some Canadian Teams?

Is it Safe to Say it's a Disappointing Season for Some Canadian Teams?

As a Canadian I had high hopes for Canada's NHL's teams this season, however, the only thing they have done so far is struggle. After the likes of the Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, and Edmonton Oilers made the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season, there are several teams that are in danger of missing out this season. Read more about Canada's NHL teams in the latest ediition of the HOFFensive Zone blog.

 

Cut The Crap, Marchand

Cut The Crap, Marchand

After his sixth suspension and LOTS of money forfeited, is it time for Brad Marchand to lose his edge that gets him suspended but also helps him be a key component to the Bruins' success? Read more about Marchand, his suspension and what Patrick Hoffman thinks the future has in store for the Bruins' star. Read more now!

Is Andersen The Leaf's Vehicle to the Stanley Cup?

Is Andersen The Leaf's Vehicle to the Stanley Cup?

They say goaltending is the most important position in hockey, so it must be true that the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to need Freddy Andersen to continue to be stellar for the rest of the season and especially during playoffs. The HOFFensive Zone blog looks at the play of the Leaf's goaltender and what it's going to take to get back to Lord Stanley.

How Do You Describe The Minnesota Wild? Hmm...

How Do You Describe The Minnesota Wild? Hmm...

At The Cave we aren't very sure how to describe the Minnesota Wild, thankfully we have Patrick Hoffman who puts his thoughts on the Wild and their season so far. Read the latest from the HOFFensive Zone blog. Read more!

       The Surprising Colorado Avalanche        

 
   
     
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
      
       
         
            
            
         
       
     
   
       

 The Ultimate Blog RSS        By Patrick Hoffman  I have written about a ton of NHL teams since joining this awesome site.   I love covering the league as a whole because I get to write about every team, a lot of players, statistics, and much, much more. I really am a true fan of the league as a whole.        </iframe>" data-provider-name="YouTube"         One team that I have yet to write about is the Colorado Avalanche. After having an absolutely horrible year last season, they have rebounded nicely and are having a surprisingly respectable season.  As of this writing  (January 9, 2018) , the Avalanche currently hold down the  second wild card spot in the Western Conference  with a 22-16-3 record. The team is also fifth in the ever competitive Central Division, which is not terrible considering how bad they were last season.  One reason why this team is having moderate success thus far is because they were finally able to  trade Matt Duchene . Time and time again last season, it was well known that  Duchene wanted out of Colorado  and when players and the rest of the franchise hears something like that, it is best to move on and only have players that want to be with the club.  Secondly, the franchise has handed over the reigns to 22-year-old Nathan MacKinnon. MacKinnon is having a dominant season so far as he has racked up 52 points on 18 goals and 34 assists.                        His points total is good for first on his team and  second in the league   (As of January 9, 2018) . He plays well at both ends of the ice, has extremely soft hands, and can  certainly dangle .  The club has also gotten good goaltending from both Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier. In 26 games, "Varly" is 13-9-2 with a 2.87 goals against average, a .912 save percentage and 1 shutout.   Bernier, who was named  second star in the league for his play last week , is 9-7-1 with a 2.88 goals against average, a .909 save percentage and 2 shutouts. With Varlamov out of the lineup with a  lower-body injury until after his club's bye week , the team was lucky that  Bernier has played so well .  Goaltending is obviously extremely important in this league and right now, the Avalanche are getting solid goaltending from both of their guys. If they can keep up this steady play, it will certainly help in the team's push to get a playoff spot.                        Lastly, team head coach Jared Bednar has his team committed to playing as consistent as they can. His team works hard at both ends of the ice, consistently puts in good efforts, and is showing their fans that they are not as bad as they were supposed to be this season.  While this team may still miss the playoffs this season, they are at least showing that they are competitive and that they are doing everything they can to stay in the thick of things in a very tough conference.   Previously, Patrick has covered the NHL for   Sportsnet.ca  ,   Kukla’s Korner  , Spector’s Hockey, About.com, NHL Network Radio blog, TheHockeyNews.com, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.    For comments and hip checks, feel free to contact Patrick at    patrickhoffman3530@gmail.com    or on Twitter at   @pathoffman35 .        

The surprising Avalanche are the focus for Patrick Hoffman's latest edition of the HOFFensive Zone. See why the Av's have had successs and whether they can continue with their stellar play long enough to make it into the playoffs. Read now!

Washington Capitals: Hitting Their Stride

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Washington Capitals: Hitting Their Stride

The HOFFensive Zone sets their sights on the stellar play of the Washington Capitals. Will the Capitals do what they've done in the past and produce during the regular season and fizzle out in the playoffs? Or is this the year the Washington Capitals add a happy ending to their playoff story? Patrick Hoffman has that and more! Read now. 

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