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The Hottest and Coldest NHL Teams Right Now

January 14th, 2017
In the National Hockey League this season, streaks have made some of the biggest headlines. The Columbus Blue Jackets flirted with history when they won 16 straight games, but since the Washington Capitals broke the spell January 5, John Tortorella's team has been a rather pedestrian 2-3-0.  At the other end of ...

New Rivalries Getting Better in the 2016-17 NHL Season

January 7th, 2017
When it comes to rivalries in the National Hockey League, it's all pretty clear, right? The Pittsburgh Penguins vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. The Boston Bruins vs. the Montreal Canadiens. The Chicago Blackhawks vs. the St. Louis Blues. Emotions have been running high between those teams for decades. All that long-simmering hate ...

Winter Classic 2017: Live Score, Updates, Analysis for Blackhawks vs. Blues

January 2nd, 2017
The St. Louis Blues delighted their sellout crowd of 46,556 at Busch Stadium with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in Monday's 2017 NHL Winter Classic. Weather concerns for the outdoor game, the first-ever in St. Louis, proved to be overblown. Fog and light rain hampered the early proceedings, but ...

NHL Centennial Classic: Live Score and Updates for Maple Leafs vs. Red Wings

January 1st, 2017
Auston Matthews was the overtime hero as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 in front of over 40,000 fans at Toronto's BMO Field in the 2017 Centennial Classic. The outdoor game, a celebration of the NHL's 100th anniversary, started slowly, with just one goal through the first ...

Burning Questions for the NHL in 2017

December 27th, 2016
After a three-day holiday break, the National Hockey League returns to action on December 27. The new year's just around the corner, and there's plenty to look forward to. The celebration of the league's 100th anniversary will kick off with the Centennial Classic on January 1 in Toronto, followed by the ...

Ranking the NHL’s 10 Best Penalty-Killers in the 2016-17 Season

December 10th, 2016
As the National Hockey League rolls wraps up its second month of play for the 2016-17 season, Hockey Reference reports that scoring is down just a tick from last year—from 2.71 goals per team per game to 2.70. The stats show that power-play opportunities have increased slightly, but penalty killing has ...

The Biggest Overachievers in the 2016-17 NHL Season so Far

December 3rd, 2016
The science of scouting and player assessment still leaves plenty of room for surprises to emerge every season in the NHL. These days, many of the league's overachievers are newcomers who are making big impacts much sooner than expected. There's also a great mix of journeymen who are proving they have ...

Ranking the Best Power Forwards in the NHL in 2016-17

November 26th, 2016
Simply put, a power forward is a big guy who puts up points and likes to throw his weight around. One iconic archetype is Cam Neely, now the president of the Boston Bruins. In his peak on-ice years, the late 80s and early 90s, Neely regularly scored at least 30 ...

Way-Too-Early Ranking of the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Hart Trophy

November 19th, 2016
We're not even 20 games into the 2016-17 NHL campaign, but it's never too early to think about who might be named the league's most valuable player at the end of the regular season. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association rank their top five candidates each year, then the three ...

Way-Too-Early Ranking of the Top Candidates for the 2016-17 Calder Trophy

November 12th, 2016
The National Hockey League is shifting towards a playing style where speed and skill are rewarded. That favors young players. They may not yet have all of the tools to play a physical game, but they have developed under today's intense minor-hockey programs, where they've developed the tools they need to ...