NHLN Notebook: Predators finding themselves, Wild expansion issues, and a Shootout controversy

Christian Pagnani
January 23 2017 12:50PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

The Nashville Predators are finally getting things figured out after a forgettable start, and are looking like the team that was projected by many to be a Stanley Cup Contender. The Leafs lost to the Sens in a shootout, causing Leafs Twitter to question the validity of a skills competition deciding games. And finally, the Minnesota Wild have a wealth of solid blue liners on their roster, but with expansion looming, they're at risk of losing some of them for nothing. 

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NHLN Notebook: Patrick Maroon, Nolan Patrick, and Mascots Fighting

Christian Pagnani
January 16 2017 02:00PM

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Patrick Maroon is a 5-on-5 beast, the NHL isn't happy about mascots fighting, Nolan Patrick returns from injury, and Maroon's son gets denied by Laurent Brossoit.

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Is Jonathan Toews falling off a cliff?

Christian Pagnani
January 14 2017 12:00PM

Jonathan Toews is currently on pace for 42 points, which would be his lowest total in any season (he had 48 points in 47 games in the lockout-shortened season). The centre who is always lauded for his two-way play and ability to win just about any hockey championship ever is in the second year of a massive eight-year contract that carries a the highest annual average value in the league at 10.5 million

Toews shares this honour with Patrick Kane, but Kane just recently won the Art Ross last season. Toews is still capable of facing opponent's top lines day in and day out, it's just he was also scoring around 70 points while doing it before. The Chicago Blackhawks would obviously like to get a little more from their top centre at the price they're paying him, but should they be worried about their investment.

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NHLN Notebook: Backup goalie woes, Justin Schultz hype 2.0, and the death of alternate jerseys

Christian Pagnani
January 09 2017 03:11PM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Jonas Gustavsson gets fired into outer space, Justin Schultz's stock is at an all-time high, Tampa Bay is in trouble, Adidas is getting rid of third jerseys, and Colton Sissons makes history.

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Comparing Jesse Puljujarvi and Tyler Seguin's rookie years

Christian Pagnani
January 05 2017 07:47AM

The Edmonton Oilers fourth overall pick in 2016 has had a stagnant rookie season. Jesse Puljujarvi has dressed for 27 of Edmonton's 39 games, often playing under 10 minutes a game. Puljujarvi has only eight points during this time, which raises the question whether the winger belongs in the NHL. The Oilers' handling of Puljujarvi's rookie season mirrors one of a similar high Peter Chiarelli-draft pick, Tyler Seguin.

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