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January 27 2017 05:00AM
Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the 'Shanaplan in Toronto, don't buy Ken Holland's hope in Detroit, a closer look at the Jets GM, the Flames need a shakeup, Oilers have to do better against the best teams, the Battle of Alberta sweep, killing the shootout, Henrik Sedin, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
January 26 2017 02:00PM
The Calgary Flames haven't played amazingly well as of late and their game results reflect that. They have allowed the first goal in nine consecutive games. That in itself shouldn't be a back-breaker - our pal Garrett Hohl did an analysis of scoring first and conditional probability over at Hockey Graphs to illustrate that - but the Flames for some reason have crumpled when they get down one or (especially) two goals this season.
We dug into the numbers to check out just how challenged the Flames are at coming back from behind.
January 26 2017 11:00AM
The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article.
In today's NHLNotebook, we look at whether or not Cam Talbot is making a case to be in the Vezina trophy conversation, Matt Duchene being open to a trade, and Bryan Bickell looking to make his NHL return.
January 26 2017 10:53AM
Photo Credit: Raj Mehta/USA TODAY SPORTS
The Toronto Maple Leafs generate an outsized portion of the NHL's revenues. The Leafs' impact on revenue is so great, in 2012 the former head of English television for CBC said that the most recent Hockey Night in Canada contract would not be profitable for the public broadcaster if the Leafs did not make the playoffs. Because of the Toronto's financial muscle, they've typically been near the top of the NHL in spending on salaries. And if you look at a salary cap web site, you'll see that the team is currently within about $1M of the salary cap ceiling this season.
But that number is misleading. While the Leafs are indeed paying out quite a bit of money for salaries, a significant portion of that money is going to players who are not currently playing for the team. In fact, it's pretty unusual just how the team's salary cap situation is structured once you look into the details.
January 26 2017 07:00AM
With the second half of the NHL season well underway it's time to start preparing yourself for another round of trash talking, rivalry chirping, and, of course, a little bit of fantasy hockey. As per Nation Network tradition, I am here to tell you about a brand new NationDraft for the second half of the regular season.