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The best NHL playoff series to watch

Thursday April 17, 2014

This year's Stanley Cup Playoffs feature a number of great matchups, including an original six meeting with Boston and Detroit, the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets, and Steven Stamkos making an impact for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Those are all great, but here we take a look at the three best series you need to see.

Predators fire Barry Trotz, and the NHL's longest tenured coaches

Monday April 14, 2014

When the 2014-15 season begins in Nashville there will be somebody other than Barry Trotz calling the shots behind the bench for the first time in franchise history.

The team fired Trotz on Monday after a decade-and-a-half with the team, a run that made him the longest tenured coach in the NHL.

Who takes over the top spot with Trotz out in Nashville? We have the list right here.

Playoff myths we need to forget about

Friday April 11, 2014

We already know that winning the Presidents' Trophy isn't a curse, but is Patrick Marleau really a playoff choker? No, he's not.

And Jonathan Toews' playoff performance doesn't really elevate that much over his regular season performance.

Here, we talk about that and more.

Winning the Presidents' Trophy is not a curse

Monday April 7, 2014

No, not every Presidents' Trophy winner goes on to win the Stanley Cup. That does not mean it is a bad thing to win it. Teams that finish the regular season with the best record in the NHL go on to the Stanley Cup Final (and win it) more than just about any other seed in the playoffs.

This seems like a common sense ending, but there are still hockey fans out there that believe winning the Presidents' Trophy is a curse.

Here, we examine the history of every team to win the award and how well they did in the playoffs that year.

Goaltending matters

Tuesday April 1, 2014

A good goalie can lift a bad team to levels it has no business reaching.

A bad goalie will do the exact opposite, and that is a story Winnipeg Jets know all too well. Here, we take a look at the performance of Ondrej Pavelec and how much his performance has cost the team over the past couple of seasons.

Ales Hemsky a steal at the trade deadline for the Ottawa Senators

Monday March 31, 2014

Before the NHL trade deadline we gave you a list of things to watch out for and avoid at the league's annual swap meet.

It's fun to look back a month later and see how teams did. Check it out by clicking right here. The one team that stands out above the rest (and is likely to not get any attention for it): The Ottawa Senators for getting Ales Hemsky, the most productive player since the deadline out of all the players that changed teams, for a couple of draft picks.

Buy low. Buy low. Buy low.

The Detroit Red Wings' next star

Monday March 31, 2014

Every few years the Detroit Red Wings farm system produces another round of stars, and their next one appears to be 24-year-old forward Gustav Nyquist. After scoring another goal on Sunday in a huge 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning he leads the team with 27 goals and is in the top-30 league wide despite playing in just 50 games this season.

Here, we take a look at his season and just how huge it has been for the Red Wings.

Given how many injuries the Red Wings have had this season, which is never a positive development for any playoff team, Nyquist's breakout season has come at just the right time for the team.

The shootout has crushed the Devils this season

Saturday March 29, 2014

Some hockey fans are against the shootout because they hate seeing a game decided by a skills competition. The 2013-14 New Jersey Devils probably hate it because it's played a huge role in sabotaging their season.

The Devils are likely to miss the postseason for a second straight year, and their 0-9 performance in the shootout (highlighted by their shooters scoring on just one of their 28 shots) has been a big reason why.

Since the league introduced the shootout during the 2005-06 season no team has been worse at it in a single season than this year's Devils. Here, we break down the numbers on just how bad the Devils have been this season in the tie-breaking skills competition.

The NHL's new playoff format is confusing

Thursday March 27, 2014

So let's try to explain it.

Here we examine what it is NHL teams will have to do this season to make it through the playoffs and win the Stanley Cup. It's a new format this season with the new divisional alignment, and the NHL made it more complicated than it should be. It's a divisional format that also features wild card teams, and unlike previous years it does not re-seed after each round.

In the end, though, it's still going to come down to the teams that control the puck the best and suffer the fewest injuries.

Want to win the Stanley Cup? Better stay healthy

Tuesday March 25, 2014

If there is one thing that can derail a Stanley Cup contender it's a poorly timed injury or an unpredictable run of bad luck. That's kind of what has happened to the Pittsburgh Penguins this season as they've spent most of the season fighting through injury after injury to their star players.

The latest player to go on the injured list: Center Evgeni Malkin who will be out of the lineup for two-to-three weeks with a foot injury. On most nights the players the Penguins have out of the lineup could probably beat the players they have in the lineup, which could be a problem as the playoffs get close.

Here we take a look at the past four Stanley Cup winners and the fact that they were all incredibly lucky when it came to keeping their top players on the ice.

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