November 29 2016 03:54PM
The Oilers rely a lot on Connor McDavid. That much isn't a secret. McDavid leads the team in ice-time and is fifth in the entire NHL for forwards, along with having a 12-point lead on the next highest scorer on his team.
It’s safe to say McDavid is a massively important part of Edmonton’s team. But do they rely on him too much? Is there an actual good NHL team on the ice when he isn't? How do they compare to other top teams in the league in terms of reliance on their top centre?
November 29 2016 01:30PM
Suffice it to say, the Jets struggled thus far this season in many areas. The normally average-to-strong shot metrics is a new one for the Jets.
To determine why, we compare how each of the Jets performed relative to their historic norm.
In this article, we investigate the Jets' blue-liners.
November 29 2016 10:00AM
The Calgary Flames just completed their longest road trip of the season, playing six games in nine nights in the Eastern Conference. With a record of 3-2-1, the Flames earned seven of a possible 12 points and return home one game closer to the .500 mark than when they left.
Three things jumped out at me during Calgary's excursion, two negative and one positive.
November 28 2016 05:25PM
A few weeks ago when Frederik Andersen was really struggling I wrote an article looking at whether his struggles were out of the norm relative to the rest of his career and found that they weren't. Andersen's first five games with the Leafs did not have good results, but it was just the kind of rough patch that goalies will have from time-to-time, and I said that he'd likely bounce back. In the 11 games that Andersen's played since then his SV% is .931. As has been typical of his career, after a period with bad results, Andersen followed up by playing very well.
The other Leafs goalie, Jhonas Enroth, has undergone a similar struggle. He's made five appearances this season, posting a SV% of just .886. Should we expect him to bounce back too, or should we be worried that he's hit a new career low?
November 28 2016 03:51PM
The Florida Panthers caused some drama Sunday night by firing head coach and “good hockey man” Gerard Gallant following a 3-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. The fallout gave us a pretty long list of things to talk about. I'll try to break all of it down.