Andrej Sekera, No. 1 Defenceman

Jonathan Willis
January 31 2017 11:15AM

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The Edmonton Oilers have taken a defence-by-committee approach this season. Oscar Klefbom and Kris Russell both play a lot, just under 22 minutes per game. Adam Larsson’s numbers are skewed a little by not taking on any kind of offensive role, but he too is over the 20-minute mark on average.

At the top of the depth chart is Andrej Sekera. The best defenceman to enter unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2015, Sekera has emerged as an all-situations workhorse for the Oilers and their top overall blueliner.

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Are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring?

Ryan Pike
January 31 2017 10:00AM

This season, Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has a common refrain in post-game press conferences. Whether his club wins or loses, Gulutzan frequently notes that the key to winning in the National Hockey League is winning the special teams battle.

It's probably no coincidence then that the Flames began their resurgence (and their climb up the Western Conference standings) when their power play began scoring and their penalty kill became more adept at avoiding goals against. It's nice to see, because the Flames have been one of the least potent offensive clubs in the NHL when playing at even strength.

But are the Flames too reliant on special teams for scoring? And which players aren't pulling their weight offensively?

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Watch The Game Episode 23: Catching up

Watch The Game Podcast
January 31 2017 08:52AM

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We're back after a month hiatus! Sam, Cam, and Adam talked about the NHL's All-Star weekend, how it could be improved, and who it's actually marketed towards. Then they dug into the New York (?) Islanders and their arena fiasco, and where the franchise may end up in the next few years. Also, can the Columbus Blue Jackets outlive Western Civilization as we know it? Listen to find out! 

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Homeward Bound Four: This Time It's The New York Islanders

Pat Keogh
January 31 2017 08:00AM

The New York Islanders may have signed goaltender Thomas Greiss to a three-year, $10 million extension on Monday, but there was another bit of news that evening that perhaps piqued the interest of Isles fans. 

Bloomberg News reported that people familiar with the financials of the Barclays Center organization have let on that a financial projection shared with potential investors indicates that the stadium, currently home to the New York Nets and a lucrative concert venue in its own right, would make more money without the Islanders. According to Bloomberg’s sources, the fact that the Islanders aren’t set to contribute any revenue after the 2018-19 season is a “clear signal that the team won’t play there”.

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Handicapping the Flames' awards chances

Ryan Pike
January 30 2017 02:00PM

The National Hockey League's All-Star Break is upon us and as we wait patiently for meaningful hockey to return, we turn our attention to other things. While we've dug into the numbers on a few other things, today we're going to take a quick look at something where numbers may or may not matter: the races for NHL year-end trophies.

More specifically, the three trophies voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association that Calgary Flames players have shots at winning this season.

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