Watch The Game Episode 16: The Burgeoning Blue Jackets with Alison Lukan

Watch The Game Podcast
December 05 2016 03:11PM

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Sam welcomed Alison Lukan of Buckeye State Hockey to the show to talk about the Columbus Blue Jackets, everyone's favorite surprise this season. After that, Cam and Sam discussed how boring (but effective!) the Minnesota Wild are, how Las Vegas can navigate through the upcoming expansion draft, and whether or not analytics takes the fun out of watching hockey. 

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NHLN Power Rankings: Dec. 5, 2016

Scott Maxwell
December 05 2016 02:11PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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The season so far in seven-game segments

Ryan Pike
December 05 2016 02:00PM

Seemingly eons ago, Bob Hartley gained a lot of praise from fans and onlookers for his method of chopping the 82-game National Hockey League season into digestible seven-game chunks. The justification was that it approximated playoff series length, and if a team wins enough seven-game segments they'd be very likely to make the playoffs.

In the interest of taking a different look at the Flames' struggles thus far, we've done the same thing to this season. Hartley may be gone, but his legacy lives on. (But only in this one, specific way. Okay, this and the stretch pass...)

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NHLN Notebook: The Surprising Blue Jackets, Slow Starters, and KHL Free Agents

Christian Pagnani
December 05 2016 01:24PM

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The Blue Jackets might actually be good, because woah, that Zach Werenski guy, while Patrice Bergeron, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Andrew Ladd are off to horrible starts, and the Oilers might have found a good right-handed defenseman (that didn't cost them Taylor Hall). 

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Should Canucks Fans Be Worried About Olli Juolevi?

Jackson McDonald
December 05 2016 01:00PM

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Now that we're over a quarter of the way through the CHL season, we now have a large enough sample size that we can begin to make inferences about how players are performing and how coaches deploy them. We're also far enough into the season that narratives and concerns can start to take form.

With Friday's tilt between the OHL's Owen Sound Attack and London Knights televised on the west coast, many Canucks fans got their first look at Juolevi this season. But to their surprise, Juolevi was skating predominantly on the Knights' second pair, behind 19-year-old Brandon Crawley and Montreal Canadiens 2016 pick Victor Mete.

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