Why the Stanley Cup is one team's to lose

Shawn Reis
April 12 2017 10:01AM

Several teams check off some of the boxes of a true Cup contender. But usually, the winner of the Cup checks off all of them. It's why so many people had Pittsburgh winning the Cup last year, and Chicago before that, and Los Angeles before that, and so on. This year there's only one team that checks off all of those boxes, and it's the Washington Capitals.

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5 non-playoff teams with contending potential

Shawn Reis
April 05 2017 09:07AM

Starting next week it's going to be playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. But it's not next week yet, so let's talk about the teams that won't be there while we still reasonably can. Here are five teams that are going to be forgotten for the next couple of months, that could be making major post-season noise in future years:

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3 rebuilds going awry

Shawn Reis
March 29 2017 08:52AM

Teams like Edmonton and Toronto are all the rage these days, with both franchises on the cusp of ending 82-game season playoff droughts that are over a decade long. Finally, these once dysfunctional franchises are finding their way through rebuilds done right.

But not every team is so lucky (or apt). Yes, in this very league, at this very moment, there are teams across North America failing to find their stride. Let's take a look at three teams trying to be good and young, that are actually just young and ugly.

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5 dream first round matchups

Shawn Reis
March 15 2017 09:50AM

The playoffs are just one month away. Time to start getting our hopes up.

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Neutral Zone Playing Styles: What Does Chemistry Look Like?

Shawn Reis
September 02 2016 10:59AM

Alex Novet did some really fantastic work on neutral zone playing styles recently, taking Corey Sznajder's incredible work on zone entries and turning it into something that can help define player roles.

For this article I'll be drawing on Novet's work once again in attempt to better define player chemistry.

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