Sometimes you win, usually you lose, and there's never much control

Jeff Veillette
May 11 2016 11:46AM

We all keep telling ourselves that the year that breaks the trend is upon us, but once again, the Washington Capitals have taken an early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. This means that, once again, 30-year-old Alex Ovechkin will have to wait at least another year before getting a significant shot at the Stanley Cup.

He'll surely get skewered in the media. The narratives have already started once again; especially now that he's keeping his skates on for a few more weeks to represent Russia at the World Championships. Honestly, it's not fair to him.

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Dallas and Nashville Both Force Game Seven, Gudbranson Re-Signs with Florida

Scott Maxwell
May 10 2016 07:33AM

What was that? You ordered a couple of game sevens for your pleasure? Well, whether you did or not, that's exactly what you're going to get. Dallas got off to an early lead, and then forgot how to play hockey for 40 minutes when St. Louis almost came back. Meanwhile, we had OT in Nashville yet again, but this time not as long, as the Preds beat the Sharks in overtime to force game 7. Also, Erik Gudbranson re-signed with the Florida Panthers to a one year, $3.5 million contract, so we'll see how smart of a deal that was.

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Is Dylan Larkin going to be the Red Wings' next franchise player?

Adam Laskaris
May 09 2016 01:00PM

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be looking over some tough questions for the Wings this offseason, one per day. Today, we ask the question:  

Is Dylan Larkin going to be the Red Wings' next franchise player? (And if not, who is?)

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NHLN Playoff Notebook: Lightning advance, Sharks and Blues are on the brink

Cam Lewis
May 09 2016 12:01PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning advance to the Conference Final for the second year in a row, even though the real Eastern Conference Final is technically being played right now between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. On the other side, the St. Louis Blues have a chance to advance to the Western Conference Final for the first time since 2001, which gives a nice reminder of some goaltending issues they've dealt with in the past, and how that's showing up right here for the Dallas Stars. And the Nashville Predators return home tonight for Game 6 with the San Jose Sharks, which means an automatic win, right? Since they're at home?

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2016 NHL Entry Draft Consensus Rankings - May 9, 2016

Shawn Reis
May 09 2016 11:02AM

Jon Steitzer may be moving on from the Nations Network, but his consolidated draft rankings were such a useful little tool for looking at where exactly all of the top prospects stand in the eyes of the scouts that I knew I had to keep the tradition going.  So I made my own.

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