There might actually be something to this numbers-defying Florida Panthers team

Cam Lewis
January 11 2016 07:30AM

The Florida Panthers’ 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers last night extended the team’s winning streak to 12 games, the longest of the sort in franchise history, and has catapulted the team into a comfortable lead at the top of the Atlantic Division standings. Last night’s game had everything you would expect from the classic Oilers and Panthers rivalry, featuring a questionable open ice hit on Taylor Hall that was followed up by another questionable hit on Aaron Ekblad, all of which was eventually tied up by multiple fights and a very anticlimactic finish bogged down by a well executed trap. 

Lost beneath all that action was the fact the Panthers were absolutely eaten alive, as the Oilers posted a 65.7 corsi for percentage in all situations and also outshot Florida 24 to 14 overall. Anti-analytics people must be doing cartwheels. This has been a common theme for the Panthers who, while winning games at an elite pace, are in the basement of the league in possession numbers. When looking at Florida’s underlying stats, and watching them get hemmed down by the Oilers of all teams, it’s hard to imagine that this story is much more than a mirage like the ones we’ve seen so many times in the past. But digging down even further, there might actually be something there. 

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Vancouver Canucks Acquire Emerson Etem

J.D. Burke
January 08 2016 03:11PM

The Vancouver Canucks have taken their first dip into the trade market, acquiring Emerson Etem from the New York Rangers in exchange for Nicklas Jensen and a sixth round pick in 2017. Elliote Friedman was the first to break the news, although, speculation on this deal began earlier in the day when Bob McKenzie indicated that the Canucks could be in the hunt for the young winger.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 08 2016 06:00AM

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Jonathan Drouin and Kerby Rychel trade demands, Canucks too proud to tank, Jake Virtanen a Canadian villain, Jarome Iginla hits 600, Zack Kassian speaks, Winnipeg working on outdoor game, it's good Seth Jones is not an Oiler, Kings take on Lecavalier for some reason, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. 

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Jones and Johansen swap opens NHL blockbuster season

Jeff Veillette
January 06 2016 07:24PM

So, about that false flag deal from earlier...

The Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets completed the "big deal" that had been rumoured at the start of the day. Big might even be an understatement, as 23-year-old centre Ryan Johansen and 21-year-old defenceman Seth Jones change cities, despite neither being far removed from being considered franchise cornerstones.

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Making sense of the Kings/Flyers Trade

Jeff Veillette
January 06 2016 04:29PM

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We've been double crossed! While the hockey world fixated their eyes on Columbus and Nashville, hoping to see the league's first big trade of the season, the Los Angeles Kings and Philadelphia Flyers hit us for a left hook, making a three-player trade full of technicalities and confusion.

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