Happy 100th birthday NHL! Exactly one century ago today, the NHL played its first games and will be celebrating the occasion in just a few hours when the Maple Leafs host the Hurricanes at the Air Canada Center. As you get ready for that tilt, and a host of other great matchups tonight, let’s take our daily spin around the hockey world.
Top Hockey News Of The Day – December 19
Today, we’ll look at what we learned from last night’s slate of games, the Leafs celebrating the NHL’s 100th anniversary this afternoon, a look at the greatest years in hockey history and much more.
– An emotional night in New Jersey, a highlight reel ‘revenge’ goal, streaks broken and a playoff rematch from last spring. All of those occurred last night in the NHL. What did we learn from the small but extremely interesting slate of games? Andrew Bottomley of Sportsnet takes a look at exactly there here.
– As mentioned above, the Toronto Maple Leafs will host the Carolina Hurricanes this afternoon (2:00 pm) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NHL’s first game. As we get set to remember the first century of NHL action, Mike Zeisberger takes us down memory lane for NHL.com.
– Sticking on topic with the NHL’s 100th birthday, what are the ten best years in NHL history? It’s a tough question to ask and almost an impossible one to answer. Luckily, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN took the time to devise a list of the ten best years. While most will surely disagree, it is still an interesting read.
– Many, myself included, had the Edmonton Oilers dead in the water after their terrible start to the season. The Oilers are 4-2-0 in their last six, however, and have been playing strong hockey as of late. As the team gets healthy, some believe this group is starting to turn the corner. Tim Campbell of NHL.com is one of those people and explains why here.
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