2014 - 2015 TEAM PREVIEW: CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Nation World HQ
September 09 2014 09:58AM

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From a distance it looks like the Chicago Blackhawks had a quiet offseason, but they might have made the two biggest signings this summer, inking both Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to eight year contracts. Those deals will not kick-in until next season, but will keep two of the NHL’s top players in Chicago through the 2022-23 season.

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West preview... Can the Jets surpass 84 points?

Jason Gregor
September 08 2014 01:17PM

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Our western conference preview continues with a focus on the Winnipeg Jets. This is the Jets' fourth season in Winnipeg after relocating from Atlanta, and they've missed the playoffs all three seasons. They finished with 84 points in 2012 and 2014, and 51 during the shortened 2013 season.

They missed the playoffs by eight points in 2012 and four points in 2013 while skating in the eastern conference. They moved to the west last year and ended up in 11th spot, seven points out of the playoffs.

They Jets don't need a massive improvement to make the postseason, but there is one glaring reason why they will could struggle to make the playoffs; Goaltending.

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
September 05 2014 08:05AM



Sean Monahan a cautionary tale for Leon Draisaitl, advanced stats for dummies, player profiles, prospect depth charts and more in this week's Roundup

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West preview...Smashville

Jason Gregor
September 04 2014 05:36PM

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With every passing day we are getting closer to training camp, and as more players arrive in town I will write about them, but I'd also like to look at the rest of the Western conference. We know what changes the Oilers made, and most agree the team has improved, but have they improved enough to compete for a playoff spot?

Let's look at the rest of the west and see.

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2014 - 2015 TEAM PREVIEW: CAROLINA HURRICANES

Nation World HQ
September 04 2014 12:12PM

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For the second straight season the Carolina Hurricanes finished in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and it was the fifth consecutive year they failed to qualify for the playoffs.

The Hurricanes did not make any waves in the free agent market and come into the 2014-15 season with nearly the same team that they had last year. They battled a multitude of injuries to key players, but no more than other teams across the NHL, so the question becomes “are they good enough to compete for the playoffs?”

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