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NHL Players Who Have Improved Their Hall of Fame Credentials in 2016-17

January 19th, 2017
For many of the active NHL players who've put up the kind of numbers needed for entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame, this year has been a bit of a downer.  Veteran snipers are showing their age on the cusp of retirement, and while their career accomplishments cannot be erased, ...

The Most Surprising Success Stories of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

January 12th, 2017
With half of the NHL season in the books, there is enough evidence to make a few declarations with some certainty.  For example, raise your hand if you thought both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would be in playoff positions at this point or if you put money on Columbus ...

10 Things NHL Fans Have to Look Forward to in 2017

January 5th, 2017
An NHL head coach recently told reporters in Calgary that he believes the months of January through March are the crux of any schedule. Things are getting tough.  And that means fans are in for a treat.  With the 2017 calendar now on your desktop, things are going to get interesting in ...

Bold Predictions for the NHL in 2017

December 30th, 2016
It's easy to get caught up in awards when writing a prediction piece with a little more than half an NHL season to play. Picking Sidney Crosby or Connor McDavid as the Art Ross Trophy winner, Carey Price or Devan Dubnyk as the Vezina winner or someone like Sergei Bobrovsky or ...

Dark-Horse Contenders for the 2016-17 Stanley Cup

December 23rd, 2016
The NHL standings as we hit the Christmas break have some familiar names at the top. There are constant contenders when it comes to the Stanley Cup—teams able to perennially put a squad together that fans just know is going to be making a push for a championship.  The Pittsburgh Penguins, ...

NHL Prospects Running out of Time to Prove Themselves

December 15th, 2016
Not every pick in an NHL draft pans out. While some become league superstars, others battle to adjust to the speed at the game's highest level. Many never make it at all, but some plug away in the hockey version of purgatory—bouncing between the minors and the NHL until they become ...

The Biggest Busts of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

December 8th, 2016
Every year, there are big expectations heaped upon certain players. Some signed pricey extensions; others were coveted free agents who cashed in. They don't always live up to those lofty hopes, and there are certainly a few examples of that this season in the NHL.  There are some veterans suddenly in ...

Ranking the Top Young Snipers in the NHL in 2016-17

December 1st, 2016
Hockey is a young man's game these days. Looking at the NHL leaderboard this season will suggest there is a lot of truth to that statement. While the more established faces of the league have a strong presence as expected, with Sidney Crosby leading the way on the goal front and ...

Popular Preseason Predictions Already Looking Foolish in 2016-17

November 24th, 2016
We like to make NHL predictions here at Bleacher Report—whether it's prognosticating the league's award winners, ranking the teams ahead of the season or coming up with some original and bold possibilities. Some seemed like no-brainers—such as the addition of goaltender Brian Elliott giving the Calgary Flames the top-end goaltender they ...

Stock Watch for Goalies Battling for Starting Spots in the 2016-17 Season

November 17th, 2016
Teams with a goaltender who can be considered elite and untouchable are becoming more and more rare in today's NHL. There are only a handful of guys who could fall in that category along with Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price, Braden Holtby and Tuukka Rask, for example.  There are, however, many players ...