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Ranking the Dirtiest Plays of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

January 18th, 2017
The 2016-17 NHL season has seen a large reduction in fines and suspensions for players. The 2015-16 saw 65, per Sportsnet, while this season's total fines and suspensions number fewer than 20. The suspensions and injuries resulting from illegal contact began in the preseason, but things have been rolling along at ...

NHL Veterans Having the Best Seasons of Their Careers in 2016-17

January 13th, 2017
Every year, the NHL game gets faster and younger, and the league's veterans include fewer and fewer role players. The impact veterans, the ones who make the big cap dollars, have gobbled up much of the overall dollars, and teams have been forced to fill in secondary roles with youngsters ...

NHL Teams with Toughest Schedules Heading into All-Star Break

January 11th, 2017
The NHL schedule has reached the halfway point for most teams, but the truth is that not all schedules are created equal. Some clubs have ripped through the toughest parts of their seasons, while others have long stretches of danger ahead. It is difficult to be exact in terms of identifying ...

Ranking the Most Shocking Statistics of the 2016-17 NHL Season

January 6th, 2017
Every season, NHL fans are treated to shocking performances. Some of those performances come from veterans who are enjoying career seasons, while others come from role players who are stepping into ideal situations and making the most of things. There are also those that come from NHL teams that are delivering historic ...

Early Look at the Top 10 Prospects for the 2017 Entry Draft

January 4th, 2017
This year's draft crop has not yet established a clear top tier, mostly due to injuries and inconsistent performance. There is no generational talent—no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews—but the top end should provide NHL teams with quality players who can perform important roles for a decade or more. The Canadian ...

Ranking the Top 10 NHL Goals of 2016

December 30th, 2016
The best and most spectacular goals of the 2016 calendar year involve parts of two seasons and a brilliant playoff spring. Fans of the game have come to expect the incredible and the outrageous from established impact players like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the ...

The Top NHL Storylines to Follow in 2017

December 28th, 2016
There are so many NHL storylines for 2017 the mind struggles to comprehend them all. Bottom feeder teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets and Edmonton Oilers are finally turning north, while Sidney Crosby has apparently decided this is the year he will fill the net with goals. It is also a ...

10 Things That Every NHL Fan Wants for the Holidays

December 23rd, 2016
NHL fans are getting ready for the Christmas break, meaning it is a time to dream of gifts under the Christmas tree and what might be in the coming year. There are some players like Jaromir Jagr of the Florida Panthers who have universal appeal. As he reaches major milestones or his ...

Maligned NHL Players Proving Fans Wrong in 2016-17

December 21st, 2016
There are several redemption stories across the NHL this season that are attracting a lot of attention. Some impact players who fell off from established levels one year ago are back on track—like Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. Some former lottery picks who had been demoted to being role ...

Dark-Horse Candidates for NHL Awards in 2016-17

December 16th, 2016
The NHL season is about 30 games old, and we are seeing award candidates emerge across the major categories. No one can be surprised that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is posting an amazing resume or even that Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is delivering at a high ...