1. Who Has the Special Teams Advantage in Each 1st Round NHL Playoff Series?

    How many playoff teams advance every year thanks to a key penalty kill or a timely power-play goal? The advantage a team secures in this game-within-the-game is often the difference-maker in an otherwise evenly-matched series...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 1,986 reads 5 comments

  2. Wild vs. Avalanche: Preview and Prediction for NHL Playoffs 2014 Matchup

    This series is a showdown between the two teams who earned the most points in close games. On the flip side, they are also the two worst possession playoff teams in the Western Conference, the only two such teams to be outshot in the regular season...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 11,868 reads 54 comments

  3. Ranking the 8 Hottest Teams in the NHL Heading into the Playoffs

    Timing is everything, and catching fire right before the playoffs can make the difference between a deep run and an early exit...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 38,809 reads 147 comments

  4. Every NHL Team's Most Significant Injury in 2013-14 Season

    The wrong injury to the wrong player at the wrong time can derail a season. In some cases, it can be fatal to a team's playoff hopes, such as it was in Nashville with Pekka Rinne...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 7,111 reads 55 comments

  5. Ranking the Biggest Playoff Upsets in NHL History

    1982's "Miracle on Manchester" between the Kings and the Oilers was just one of many shocking postseason upsets. In a seven-game series, even a heavy favorite will lose about one time out of every eight...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 13,949 reads 30 comments

  6. Ranking the Top 10 Goaltenders in the 2014 Free-Agent Class

    Several teams are potentially going shopping for a new goaltender this offseason; which ones will be available as free agents July 1? Ryan Miller will be highly sought after, followed by goalies like Jonas Hiller and Jaroslav Halak ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 11,172 reads 28 comments

  7. Teemu Selanne's Incredible NHL Career by the Numbers

    We have all enjoyed Teemu Selanne 's exciting highlight reel goals over the past 21 seasons but what about the underlying numbers? He holds the rookie record for 76 goals in a ...

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  8. Ranking the Top 10 Defensemen in the 2014 NHL Free-Agent Class

    Defensemen are always in high demand during the annual free-agency period, and the fate of certain teams is often based disproportionally on how well they do after July 1...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 10,780 reads 18 comments

  9. Ranking the 10 Unluckiest Teams in the 2013-14 NHL Season

    Luck is a controversial term in hockey, but it does exist. Goalies get hot, shooters get cold, refs miss calls, players get hurt and close games are lost when posts are hit...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 12,788 reads 69 comments

  10. Ranking the Top 10 Wingers in the 2014 NHL Free-Agent Class

    There are a lot of great free-agent wingers that will be available July 1, and pursuing the right ones will be among this summer's most critical choices...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 9,914 reads 36 comments

  11. NHL Teams That Will Be Hit Hardest by Free Agency in 2014 Offseason

    It's exciting to watch for all the new signings that occur every year after the July 1 free-agent deadline, but one team's new arrival is another team's departure...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 39,245 reads 59 comments

  12. Ranking the Top 10 Candidates for the 2013-14 Norris Trophy

    Who will win this year's Norris Trophy? It could wind up being a simple coronation for Chicago's Duncan Keith, but a dozen games could be enough for some of the other leading candidates to catch up...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 11,769 reads 39 comments

  13. 10 NHL Teams That Have Completely Defied Preseason Projections in 2013-14

    Every year there are at least a handful of teams that completely defy pre-season expectations. This year the consensus choices include Colorado, Tampa Bay and Anaheim...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 5,116 reads 13 comments

  14. Every NHL Team's Most Valuable Player in 2013-14

    With one month to go, who are the most valuable players on each NHL team? Some cases are clear cut, like Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh or Alexander Ovechkin in Washington, but in ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 57,249 reads 131 comments

  15. Ranking the Top 10 Candidates for the 2013-14 Hart Trophy

    Entering the final month of the 2013-14 NHL season, who are the Hart Trophy favorites? How significant is Sidney Crosby 's lead, what are the chances of Alexander Ovechkin defending ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 16,123 reads 97 comments

  16. Ranking the Top 10 Centers in the 2014 NHL Free Agent Class

    This year's pool of free-agent centers is deep, but contains only a few select game-changers. In Paul Stastny there is at least one legitimate top two-way center, along with only ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 10,001 reads 22 comments

  17. NHL Teams Most Likely to Heat Up in Final Month of 2013-14 Season

    Hot streaks are hard to predict but they frequently have a huge impact on the final standings. Last year it secured playoff spots for teams like the Islanders, Rangers and Sharks, ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 8,120 reads 33 comments

  18. Which Stanley Cup Contenders Have the Most Playoff Experience?

    There's no substitute for experience. It is one of those intangibles that have historically given teams like New Jersey and Detroit such an edge in the postseason and why teams like ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 7,455 reads 33 comments

  19. Breaking Down Every NHL Team's Playoff Chances Post-Trade Deadline

    Now that the trade deadline dust has had 24 hours to settle, how has the NHL playoff picture changed? Teams like Montreal, Minnesota, Los Angeles and the Rangers have greatly improved ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 49,777 reads 124 comments

  20. Ranking the 10 Best Trade Deadline Deals in NHL History

    Wednesday marks the trading deadline for the 2013-14 season, a day that has changed the destiny for many NHL teams over the years...

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  21. Ranking the Top 10 Goal Scorers Available at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline

    With the NHL trade deadline less than five days away, where should teams be turning to for some help scoring goals? Thomas Vanek of the New York Islanders and Mike Cammalleri ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 6,356 reads 24 comments

  22. 10 Value Players Likely to Be Available at the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline

    A lot of big names will change uniforms over the coming week, but it's often the value players that have the most significant impact down the stretch and into the playoffs...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 15,702 reads 18 comments

  23. Olympic Hockey Injuries That Will Have the Biggest Impact When the NHL Returns

    The Olympics can be a stressful time for NHL front offices as they watch their most valuable athletes compete for national glory, but at the risk of getting injured...

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  24. Breaking Down the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team's Stellar Defense in Sochi

    Canada has allowed just three goals in five games so far. Can we expect a third shutout in the gold-medal game against Sweden? That depends on to what extent its defensive success ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 6,200 reads 8 comments

  25. Ranking the Biggest Mismatches in the 2014 Olympic Hockey Semifinals

    Which tilted matchups are most likely to determine the outcome of the Olympic hockey semi-finals? Each game can be broken down into a series of matchups of different kinds and in different ...

    Rob Vollman Written by Rob Vollman about over 1 year ago 4,871 reads 13 comments