November 10 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames have special teams troubles. Their power play isn't good. Their penalty kill is also not good. The Flames have allowed 16 goals, more than any National Hockey League team that's not Chicago. In short: the penalty kill is one of the big reasons why the Flames are 5-8-1 through their first 14 games.
Let's dive in to what's going wrong on the penalty kill.
November 10 2016 09:29AM
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. Cam Lewis graciously asked me to come in and do some notebooks with him this year. You will see more content from me here on NHLN, as well as back on OilersNation.
Well, the NHL sure is a fun place right now.
November 10 2016 09:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks have started their 2016-17 season terribly, and critics of this team's architects haven't been shy about voicing their displeasure.
The Canucks 5-3 win against the New York Rangers on Tuesday busted a nine-game losing streak and had the added effect of calming their discontent fans. They're hardly out of the woods yet though.
Perhaps one of the more amazing things about this losing streak is that, before it began, the Canucks were the at the very top of the NHL standings -- 1st overall with a 4-0-0 record. 19 days and nine losses later, they sit 29th, and a loss against the Rangers could have put them in 30th, if not for a series of busted goal droughts.
Though they've managed to avoid 30th in the overall standings, they haven't been so lucky in other areas. Here are five categories in which the Canucks rank dead last.
November 10 2016 08:10AM
Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS
One of the biggest topics of discussion among Leafs fans after the first month of the season is centred around just how good this team is.
There's many out there who remember last year's futility and think this year will be more of the same, especially with that defence. It'll be a while before they compete.
There are others who think this team can be competitive this season but ultimately don't have the talent or depth to make it to the post-season. Maybe next year, but it could be close.
Then there are the optimists that are hell bent on the fact that #TheLeafsAreActuallyGood and the pain is over. Playoffs could come as soon as this season.
How good are they really?
November 10 2016 08:00AM
Special teams were a big focus for the Calgary Flames over the past couple of days of practice, and for good reason. In short? Their special teams haven't been very good this season. Their power play has scored four goals this season in 48 opportunities. For context, six National Hockey League players have scored as many PP goals as the Flames and another, Winnipeg's Patrik Laine, has more.
Let's drill into what the Flames aren't doing with the extra man.