Matt Wagner

NHL Contributor

Frequently accused of being a stealth Canadian, Matt is, in fact, a Ohio boy who got into hockey a short time before his home town was given an NHL team. Working in IT by day and obsessive compulsively following all forms of puck by night, he’s become a fan of the Blue Jackets, Maple Leafs, and a good old fashioned goalie fight. As for the accent? He watched a lot of PBS growing up. Go figure.


Panthers Vs. Devils, Game 2: Disciplined Play Brings The Rats Out In South Florida

After a horrific re-introduction to playoff hockey, the Florida Panthers looked like a completely different club in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series.

Canucks Vs. Kings Game 2: Dean Lombardi's Vision Taking Shape

Dean Lombardi has been looking to put his team over the top for several years, but now his moves finally seem to be paying off.

Devils Vs. Panthers, Game 1: Learning Curve, Not Goaltending, Florida's Biggest Hurdle

Despite the controversy over choosing Jose Theodore over Scott Clemmensen in net, the real problem for the Panthers in their 3-2 Game 1 loss was an inexperienced defensive corps receiving a crash course in playoff hockey.

Kings Vs. Canucks, Game 1: Did Vancouver Make The Right Call To Go Physical?

The Vancouver Canucks were criticized a year ago for not playing physical enough. They've added toughness this year as a result, but did the plan to beef up backfire on them in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Kings?

Stanley Cup Playoffs, Panthers Vs. Devils Preview: Can Florida Beat Former Coach Peter DeBoer?

With the Florida Panthers finally back in the Stanley Cup playoffs, we break down their series against former head coach Peter DeBoer and the New Jersey Devils.

Stanley Cup Playoffs 2012, Canucks Vs. Kings Preview: Can Jon Quick, L.A. Defense Stop Vancouver Attack?

Can the iron-clad defense of the Kings hold off one of the most powerful offenses in the NHL? It all may come down to who gets healthy first, and whose secondary players step up.

Rangers Vs. Penguins: Pittsburgh Clinches Home Ice With Decisive Victory

As the Penguins hosted the Rangers, the club threw everything they could into seizing home ice advantage for the first round season against the Flyers - but they may want to be careful what they wish for after the fallout from their 5-2 victory.

Jets Vs. Panthers: Shocking Second-Period Collapse Dashes Florida's Hope To Clinch At Home

The storybook season for the Panthers was on the verge of a perfect ending for their second-to-last regular season home game, but Andrew Ladd and the Winnipeg Jets had other ideas.

Panthers Vs. Red Wings: Jiri Hudler's Shootout Goal Lifts Detroit Back Into 4th Place

In a pivotal game for both the Florida Panthers and Detroit Red Wings as they sought to nail down their playoff positions, the return of Jimmy Howard would prove the difference in a 2-1 shootout victory.

Penguins Vs. Islanders: Josh Bailey Nets Five Points In Romp Over Penguins

Josh Bailey unleashed a two-goal, three-assist barrage against Marc-Andre Fleury and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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