5 dream first round matchups

Shawn Reis
March 15 2017 09:50AM

The playoffs are just one month away. Time to start getting our hopes up.

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NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 14, 2017

Scott Maxwell
March 14 2017 03:58PM

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 NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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The Oilers are a better team when Leon Draisaitl is a centre

Christian Pagnani
March 14 2017 01:06PM

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The Edmonton Oilers have stumbled since the All-Star break. They’re 7-9-1 since the break, and this is after enjoying a 7-0-1 run before the break. They’ve won just two games in their last seven, and it might be time for head coach Todd McLellan to play with the lines.

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12 Takeaways From VanHAC 2017

Curtis LeBlanc
March 14 2017 10:00AM

This past Saturday, I descended into the bowels of Rogers Arena through Gate 9, a small entrance below the Georgia Viaduct reserved for staff and security. In the elevator, all of the buttons were embossed with a green and blue killer whale. As I made my way to the fourth floor of the building, to a room aptly named The Sports Bar, I was reminded ad nauseam that #WeAreAllCanucks.

I was at the Vancouver Hockey Analytics Conference and this is what I learned.

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Future Free Agents: T.J. Oshie

Cam Lewis
March 14 2017 08:00AM

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There’s a reason the Washington Capitals went all in at the trade deadline earlier this month. With the acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk, likely this year’s biggest rental prize available, the Caps immediately became Stanley Cup favourites — if they weren't already. 

Why the urgency? This summer, their window to win with the current group they’ve assembled is going to close. They won’t suddenly be a non-contender, or anything, but the Caps have a handful of key players on expiring contracts, and many of them simply aren't going to be able to stick around thanks to the salary cap. 

T.J. Oshie is front and centre in that discussion. On one hand, he’s probably the best winger the Caps have found to play opposite Alexander Ovechkin since the Great Eight entered the league in 2005. On the other, he just turned 30 years old and cap room is tight. 

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