Author: Patrick Hoffman

Patrick covers the NHL for Inside The Rink. He has previously covered the league for The Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave, WTP Sports,, Kukla’s Korner, Spector’s Hockey, NHL Network Radio blog,, The Fourth Period, Stan Fischler’s “The Fischler Report”, as well as a slew of others.

As Zibanejad Goes So, Do the Rangers

The New York Rangers head into the season with a lot of skilled players. We are talking about players like Artemi Panarin, Chris Kreider, Adam Fox, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, K’Andre Miller, and so on and so forth. Heck, even guys like Vincent Trocheck and Blake Wheeler play with their own blend of […]

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Filip Chytil celebrating a goal

Opinion: Chytil Is Going to Have a Big Year for the Blueshirts

Going into this season for the New York Rangers, a lot of attention is being put on both Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko. Since being drafted at #1 overall in 2020 and #2 overall in 2019, respectively, both the franchise and their fans have been waiting for them to bust out and play to their […]

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The Proof Will Have to Be in the Pudding for the Blueshirts

The Metropolitan Division is going to be one to be reckoned with this upcoming season. The Carolina Hurricanes, last year’s division winners, are always a great team, even though they have struggled in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They are strong at all three positions and have one of the best coaches in the league in […]

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Events That Changed Hockey

It is well known that in all walks of life, things change and evolve. It is safe to say that our favorite sport, hockey, has evolved in many ways. With that in mind, here are 10 events, in no particular order, that I think changed how our game was played: Goaltenders Playing the Puck Could […]

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Another Big Season on Tap for Predators’ Saros

A lot has changed when it comes to the Nashville Predators since last season ended. The team has a “new” general manager, Barry Trotz. Trotz was the team’s first head coach in franchise history and is looking to turn the Predators back into Cup contenders. The club also has a new coach as they hired […]

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Opinion: Time To See More of Canadiens’ Montembeault in Goal This Upcoming Season

With the Montreal Canadiens being in the Atlantic Division, there is no doubt that this year could end up being a long season for them. We know teams like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, and Boston Bruins should all make the Stanley Cup playoffs. The much-improved Ottawa Senators, the Buffalo Sabres, […]

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It’s Bobrovsky’s Net to Lose in Florida

After going to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time in franchise history last season and finishing first in the league the year before, there are a lot of expectations for the Florida Panthers heading into this upcoming season. The Panthers have a great offense led by Matthew Tkachuk, a solid defensive corps led […]

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Opinion: Colleen Howe Deserves to Be in the Hockey Hall of Fame

When it comes to our sport, everyone knows who Mr. Hockey is. The name Gordie Howe is synonymous with hockey as he dedicated his entire life to it, set many scoring records, and played the game right way. He was also perhaps the game’s greatest ambassador. What many people do not know is that his […]

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Opinion: Scotty Bowman is a Hockey Genius

I have read a lot of great hockey books in my time, but the one that tops it all is a book that I was lucky enough to re-read over the holiday weekend. The book is Penguin Random House’s Scotty: A Hockey Life No Other by the great Ken Dryden. If you are a hockey fan, then […]

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Why Canadiens’ Caufield Is Going to Have a Big Season

The Canadiens may be improving here and there, but this a team that will more than likely once again miss making the Stanley Cup Playoffs this upcoming season. The Canadiens are still very young, do not have a very good defensive corps, and their offense is still trying to grow together. When you put it […]

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