The Nation Notebook: Sharks falling, Oilers can clinch, and Tavares' future

Christian Pagnani
March 27 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. 

San Jose loses their stranglehold on the Pacific division lead. Michael Haley gets a hearing for his punch on Nashville’s Calle Jarnkrok. The Edmonton Oilers can clinch a playoff spot for the first time since 2005-06. John Tavares might find a new home come June.

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Saturday Seven: Crosby's Cleaver

Curtis LeBlanc
March 25 2017 09:00AM

The NHL playoff race continued to be full of piping hot drama this week as players continued to put their bodies on the line to better their teams' playoff positions—none more so than Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators.

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Watch the Game Episode 31: Rebuilding the Red Wings with Prashanth Iyer

Watch The Game Podcast
March 22 2017 10:42AM

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Sam has Prashanth Iyer of Winging It In Motown on to discuss the Red Wings season thus far. They talk about the coaching, the GM, the play on the defensive end and most importantly, how to rebuild this team.

Get into it!

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The New York Rangers And Their Consistently Weirdly Amazing Backup Goalies

Pat Keogh
March 22 2017 07:00AM

Over the past decade, the New York Rangers have become known or their goaltending. Stolen games, highlight reel saves, and a generally elevated PDO figures have become the hallmarks of the team’s backend. I’m referring, of course, to their exceptional backup goalies.

While Henrik Lundqvist has generally held down the fort as more or less the best goalie of the past ten years, the Rangers have quietly developed some solid backups. Goalie coach Benoit Allaire is to thank for this, masterfully turning diamonds in the rough into, well, diamonds. Although Martin Biron tapered off towards the end of his Rangers career, he was generally solid. Cam Talbot had that wonderful stretch of games while Lundqvist was out with a throat injury, and these past two seasons, Antti Raanta has stepped up to the plate in a major way for the team. 

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NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 21, 2017

Scott Maxwell
March 21 2017 05:03PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. 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 (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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