The Hurricanes are in a pickle ahead of the trade deadline

As the trade deadline approaches, several NHL teams have an important decision to make on whether to buy, sell or stand pat. I say several because for many that decision is easy. Teams like Chicago will surely buy while teams like Toronto and Buffalo will likely sell. But, because of the loser point and general parity, […]

A sleeping giant is awakening in Tampa Bay

The 2015-16 season has not been what Tampa Bay Lightning faithful would’ve hoped for. After advancing all the way to Game Six of the Stanley Cup Final last year, the Lightning were expected to be just as good, if not better this year. That hasn’t remotely been the case. After scoring a league-leading 262 goals […]

Will this be the year the Capitals finally break through in the playoffs?

The Washington Capitals are the best team in the NHL. In a jumbled Eastern Conference, that much is clear. The Caps have scored the second-most goals in the league and allowed the fewest. Their plus-55 goal differential is far and away the best in the league. Alex Ovechkin is still the most dangerous scorer around. […]

Which team could challenge the Capitals in the Eastern Conference?

As we enter the second half of the NHL season, the Eastern Conference has yet to un-bunch itself. At the moment, the third (Detroit) and 13th-place (Philly) teams are just eight points apart. Only Buffalo, Toronto and Columbus seem to have fallen totally out of the playoff picture while only Washington has really separated itself […]

A look back at the star-studded 2013 NHL Draft

The NHL draft tends to be pretty predictable. The vast majority of top picks turn into star players. If you’re picking in the top 10, there’s a good chance you’re getting a solid player at the very least. Picks 11-20 are filled with boom-or-bust type players. You’ll get your Marek Zagrapan types, but you’ll also […]

The Kings are running away with the Pacific

It likely doesn’t come as much a surprise to most hockey fans to see the LA Kings atop the Pacific Division nearly halfway through the season. The two-time champions were generally expected to bounce back after a down 2014-15 season. What might surprise people is that a division title would only be the franchise’s second. […]

What all 30 NHL teams are asking for this Christmas

With Christmas coming up, letters and wish lists are being mailed to the North Pole. While the majority of those come from kids, there’s no reason NHL GM’s shouldn’t also give it a shot. In fact, here’s a few ideas for them. Anaheim: Puck luck. For the love of God, puck luck. Arizona: Sure, the […]

The Dallas Stars are a model for other NHL teams to copy

Through 30 games played, the Dallas Stars have more points than anyone in the NHL. They have an eight-point lead over both Chicago and St. Louis in the crazy good Central Division despite having played one game fewer than both. This doesn’t feel like all that much of a surprise despite the fact that Dallas […]

What’s wrong with the not-so-mighty Ducks?

Going into the season, the Anaheim Ducks were among the favorites to take home the Stanley Cup. They were certainly favored to win the Pacific Division for the fourth season in a row and generally expected to make a deep playoff run. Yet, here we sit nearly one-third of the way through the 2015-16 season, […]