NHL Second Round Playoff Preview: Edmonton Oilers vs. Anaheim Ducks

Curtis LeBlanc
April 25 2017 11:33AM


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The Anaheim Ducks steamrolled the Calgary Flames in Round One with a clean 4-0 sweep that included a high-flying 5-4 comeback OT win after being down 4-1 in Game 3.

The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, took down the San Jose Sharks, who were Stanley Cup Finalists just one year ago. They did it in slightly less spectacular fashion, taking six games to sink the Sharks, but for a team that hardly anyone had making the playoffs—never mind winning a series—the Oilers have already exceeded expectations.

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The Pavel Datsyuk contract dump trade was actually a big mistake for the Red Wings

Adam Laskaris
April 24 2017 05:00PM


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Arguably the biggest trade the Detroit Red Wings have made over the past few seasons came about 10 months ago, which is funny because nobody involved with the trade has played a game for the franchise since. 

With a quick hush coming over the Buffalo arena that finds a way to change its name just about every six months, Gary Bettman announced that the 16th overall selection and the cap hit associated with Pavel Datsyuk's contract would be moved from Detroit to the Arizona Coyotes for the 20th and 53rd overall selections. With those picks, the Arizona Coyotes selected Jakob Chychrun, while the Red Wings were able to land Dennis Cholowski and Filip Hronek with their spots in the draft.

The move was mostly praised at the time for being a moment of genius for Ken Holland. It's far from the worst deal he's ever pulled off, but here's 5 reasons why the trade shouldn't be viewed as a positive move for Detroit:

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The Nation Notebook: Edmonton advances, Hawks swept, and Ilya Kovalchuk

Christian Pagnani
April 24 2017 07:00AM


The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don’t quite deserve their own article. 

The first round of the playoffs are over. The Edmonton Oilers advance to the second round for the first time since 2006. The Blackhawks get swept by the Nashville Predators. The Leafs lose to the Capitals, but their future is bright. Ilya Kovalchuk is looking to return to the NHL.

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Looking back on our preseason standings predictions

Shawn Reis
April 19 2017 10:14AM

Everyone loves to make predictions, but people never seem to like looking back on them. Probably because some of their predictions end up being way off base. Which is why today I'm going to take a look back at our staff's consensus power rankings that we made last October. As you might expect, we got a lot right, but were also seriously wrong.

30. Vancouver Canucks

Heading into the season the Canucks were seen as a team low on both front-end talent and depth. Couple that with an organization that appears to think they're playoff-calibre and you have a recipe for disaster. The Canucks ended up coming 29th in the league so this one was pretty spot on. Good job team!

29. Toronto Maple Leafs

Oops. This one looks hilariously bad, with the Leafs up 2-1 in a series against the odds-on Stanley Cup favorite Washington Capitals. It also highlights just how unprecedented the Leafs' rookie production was this year.

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Future Free Agents: Ryan Miller

Cam Lewis
April 19 2017 07:00AM


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When the Vancouver Canucks signed Ryan Miller back in July 2014, it was surely a move that was expected to make the club competitive. But things didn't work out that way. Miller was solid for the Canucks, save for an injury-riddled 2014-15 season, but the team only made one playoff appearance during his three years in Vancouver. Now Miller is soon to turn 37 years old and is running out of opportunities to win the first Stanley Cup championship of his career. 

Is he still good enough to take a team to that level? Or is Miller going to have to switch gears and take on more of a depth, mentorship role with a contending team? 

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