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B/R NHL Experts Discuss: Stanley Cup Favorites and Award Winners at Midseason

January 19th, 2017
The Stanley Cup playoffs are not that far off. Yeah, the NHL is in something of the dog days of its 82-game season, but spring is starting to feel closer. And that means only one thing: predictions. The gist of the following conversation between Bleacher Report hockey writers Adrian Dater and ...

Is Jonathan Toews’ Slump a Long-Term Concern for Chicago Blackhawks?

January 18th, 2017
DENVER — Jonathan Toews lay contorted in the middle of the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room Tuesday morning, doing yoga-like stretches to loosen up his lower back. At one point, he employed the use of a pulsating, lower-lumbar roller, using it as a fulcrum to stretch the muscles out even more. The ...

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Week 15 Poll

January 15th, 2017
It's been a streaky season in the NHL, and the Washington Capitals are the latest team to find themselves in one, all to the good.  We almost saw the Columbus Blue Jackets tie the NHL's all-time win streak of 17 recently, before they were shut out by the Caps in what ...

Meet the NHL’s Ironman: Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano Is Hockey’s Most Durable Player

January 12th, 2017
DENVER — Andrew Cogliano had to think hard for a moment when asked the last time he missed a hockey game as a player.  "It's been so long, it's hard to remember the exact moment. In junior, in the playoffs one year, I think I had a separated shoulder or a ...

Ranking the Biggest Surprises from the 2017 NHL All-Star Game Rosters

January 10th, 2017
The NHL last year finally found an entertaining format for its long-maligned All-Star Game, a three-on-three, round-robin tourney that was both entertaining and somewhat dramatic—and it didn't hurt that the game featured a 6'8" version of "Rudy" in the name of eventual most valuable player John Scott. The league wisely chose ...

How the Blue Jackets Went from NHL Laughingstock to the Top of the Standings

January 9th, 2017
It used to be that any story that started with the line "The Columbus Blue Jackets could win the Stanley Cup this year" was automatically rendered a work of fiction. Not humanly possible. The Blue Jackets were punching bags on the ice and punch lines off. In the team's first 12 ...

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts’ Week 11 Poll

December 19th, 2016
Eleven weeks are in the books, and what a time it's been for fans of the Columbus Blue Jackets. We're nearly at the Christmas holiday, and there's nothing but good cheer for coach John Tortorella and his crew. There's a long way to go still, but it looks like there will ...

Philadelphia Flyers Power Forward Wayne Simmonds Is the NHL’s Biggest Bargain

December 15th, 2016
DENVER—Wayne Simmonds will earn $4.3 million in base salary for the 2016-17 NHL season, which, divided by 82, means he is making $52,439.24 per game with the Philadelphia Flyers. He is definitely a 1-percenter, a man making an enormous amount of money to play a game for a living.  Yet, in ...

Dark-Horse Stanley Cup Contenders in the 2016-17 NHL Season

December 12th, 2016
If the playoffs started today, some of the teams we thought would be contenders for the Stanley Cup—Tampa Bay, Nashville, maybe even the Dallas Stars—would not even be part of the program. It's not even Christmas yet, however, so good thing for them. But it's not too early, not here anyway, ...

Are the Surprising New York Rangers Built to Last?

December 8th, 2016
Are the New York Rangers for real? Or are they as genuine as that Rolex you can buy for $20 on a Times Square street corner?  The answer is: it depends. This much has become evident about the NHL in 2016-17—there are no great teams. The Detroit Red Wings of 1995-96 are ...