We love stats, and we love hockey. But some hockey stats aren't telling you what you think they're telling you. Here, we take a look at four stats that you should probably stop paying attention to.
This is also kind of related to our column just after the Olympics about Team Canada and how they demonstrated that the best defense in hockey is actually playing offense.
In the end, it's all about puck possession. Scoring goals is the name of the game, and you can't score goals unless you have the puck.
A lot of big names changed teams before the NHL's trade deadline on Wednesday, and the biggest deal of the day saw Martin St. Louis go to the New York Rangers in exchange for Ryan Callahan and a couple of draft picks.
It's a big winner for the Rangers, and we break down all of the reasons why right here.
Also on Wednesday Thomas Vanek joined the Montreal Canadiens, Matt Moulson went to Minnesota, and Jaroslav Halak was dealt to Washington.
Ryan Kesler remains in Vancouver, while the New Jersey Devils did not trade goaltender Martin Brodeur.
A lot of trades will be made before the NHL trade deadline. Some of them will work out, some of them will not.
What's the best way to increase your chances of being on the right side of a deal? Know what to look for and understand the risks that come with every trade, especially rentals.
Sometimes a cold streak can make a sound trade look like a dud. Sometimes the guy that nobody is talking about at the trade deadline can be the best player to pick up. And those draft picks they get exchanged? Sometimes they are nothing more than some magic beans.
We also looked at five players that are likely to be on the move before the NHL trade deadline.
One player that will not be on the move is New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. He signed a six-year, $33 million contract extension with the Rangers on Friday.
The NHL trade deadline is less than a week away and the league's 30 general managers are no doubt burning up the phone lines working on the right deal to put their team over the top.
We already discussed three teams that are in desperate need of an in-season makeover, so let's now take a look at five big-name players that could be on the move. There's a couple of team captains, a franchise goalie, and a former 40-goal scorer on the list.
Why was Canada so dominant at the 2014 Olympics (aside from roster full of All-Stars)? What's the best way to prevent your opponent from scoring in hockey?
Defense, right? Well, sort of.
When it comes to preventing the goals, we sometimes look at the wrong things while the key isn't actually playing defense at all. It's about playing offense. And owning the puck.
If their roster didn't scare you enough when you looked at it on paper, their performance on the ice confirmed it: Canada was the best team at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and it may have been the best Canadian team we've seen in quite some time.
They completed their most recent Gold medal run on Sunday with a 3-0 win over Sweden, wrapping up a perfect 6-0 performance in Sochi that saw them outscore their opponents 17-3 with a dominating puck possession game that never allowed their opponents to touch the puck or get near their net.
Needless to say, there were quite a few players on that team that stood out. You can read about them, as well as the rest of the players in the tournament that shined by clicking right here.
The other big story to come out of the Gold medal game on Sunday was the news that Sweden's top center, Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals, was not allowed to play after failing a drug test. His problem? He took Zyrtec D, an allergy medication that he has apparently taken every day for years.
Final medal standings for 2014
If you missed it the first time around, you can catch up with our Olympic coverage here
Every Olympics Finland's hockey team seems to sneak in under the radar, and every Olympics they end up leaving with a medal.
The 2014 Sochi games were no different as they embarrassed the United States, 5-0, on Saturday to win the Bronze medal for the second straight Olympics, earning a medal for the fifth time in their past six Olympics appearances and the sixth time in their past eight.
After a close first period, Finland scored two goals 11 seconds apart (Teemu Selanne and Jussi Jokinen) in the second period and never looked back. Teemu Selanne scored a pair of goals in the win, while the United States completed a stunning 24-hour stretch that saw them lose two games by a combined score of 6-0. They leave Sochi without a medal after taking Silver in two of the previous three Olympic tournaments (2002 in Salt Lake City and 2010 in Vancouver).
So, what went wrong for team USA, and where did it all start? How about with the selection of the team.
The final matchups are set for the men's Olympic hockey tournament.
After wins on Friday, Canada (1-0 over the United States) will meet Sweden (2-1 winner over Finland) on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. ET for the Gold medal while the United States will meet Finland on Saturday at 10 a.m. ET for Bronze.
The United States picked the wrong time to play its worst game of the tournament, struggling to generate any offense against a dominant Canadian team on Friday. You can read more about it here.
Sunday will be the first team Canada and Sweden have played for the Gold medal since 1994 when Sweden won in a shootout on Peter Forsberg's game-winning goal.
The United States and Canada meet on Friday for a right to play for the Gold Medal, and over their first four games they have put up some impressive numbers.
20: The number of goals the United States has scored through its first four games, most among any team in the Olympics. Only one other team, Finland, has scored more than 15 (Finland has scored 18 in four games).
12: The number of different players to score a goal for the United States in the tournament so far. The list: Cam Fowler, Phil Kessel, John Carlson, Zach Parise, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Kesler, James van Riemsdyk, Dustin Brown, David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Ryan McDonagh, Paul Stastny
5: The number of goals Phil Kessel has scored over the first four games, most among any individual player in the tournament.
29: The number of goals Team USA has outscored its opponents by (44-15) over the past two olympics heading into their game on Friday against Canada.
If you've missed any of our coverage of the 2014 Olympic games, you can check them all out here.
The Olympic hockey tournaments gave us back-to-back USA vs. Canada matchups with the women playing for Gold on Thursday, and the men playing for the right to play for Gold on Friday.
In the first half it was Canada on the winning end, pulling off a stunning comeback to erase a two-goal deficit in the final four minutes to win 3-2 in overtime. Leading 2-1 in the final minute, the United States nearly wrapped up the game when a 160 foot shot hit the goal post after Canada pulled its goalie for the extra attacker. Canada eventually won in overtime after a series of controversial penalties gave them an extended power play.
The men hit the ice on Friday to determine their Gold medal match with Team USA and Canada facing off at 12 p.m ET, while Finland and Sweden meet in the other semifinal game at 7:30 a.m. ET. It's hard to imagine two better matchups as they are rematches of the past three Gold medal games (USA vs. Canada in 2002 and 2010, Sweden vs. Finland in 2006).
You can read more about those games, as well as some surprises and disappointments from the men's tournament by clicking here.