Thanks to the NHL’s hard work, Vegas expansion should be as boring as humanly possible

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2017 02:00PM

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There’s an old line about every challenge being an opportunity in disguise, but the NHL operates under the reverse of that principle. For the league, opportunities are not openings to be exploited but rather problems in disguise.

So it should come as no shock that with an upcoming expansion draft, the league is once again doing its best to dampen down enthusiasm and sideline what should be a marquee event.

Let’s start with what an amazing opportunity this is, and the correct way to handle it.

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The Edmonton Oilers must fix their penalty kill before the postseason

Jonathan Willis
March 09 2017 11:20AM

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We got our first look at Todd McLellan’s revised penalty kill against the New York Islanders on Tuesday, as the Oilers took their first penalty in the month of March.

The good news is that it’s always a bad idea to draw firm conclusions from a sample of one. The bad news is that the Islanders scored, continuing an awful shorthanded run for Edmonton that stretches back to the start of 2017.

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Watch the Game Episode 29: Union Blue Radio Crossover with Matt Souva

Watch The Game Podcast
March 08 2017 09:00AM

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It's a crossover episode. It was bound to happen. 

Matt Souva, co-host, producer and writer for Union Blue Radio and Buckeye State Hockey came on to discuss the Blue Jackets, Penguins, Stars and college hockey. They also try to figure out what the heck is going on in regard to the Calder Trophy race.

Make sure to check out Union Blue Radio over at Buckeye State Hockey.

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NHLN Power Rankings: Mar. 7, 2017

Scott Maxwell
March 07 2017 03:34PM

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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Watch the Game Episode 28: Postponed Panthers Talk with Jameson Olive

Sam Blazer
March 06 2017 11:13AM

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It has been a couple of long weeks since we talked last. Sam had a conversation with Jameson Olive of the Florida Panthers about the team. This was before Thomas Vanek was added and was during their little win streak. While the talk may be a bit dated, the content is not as they try to take a deep dive into certain players on the team, including Derek McKenzie, Aleksander Barkov, Jaromir Jagr and so much more.

Get into it!

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