1. Ranking the Best Rookies in the 2017-18 NHL Season

    The NHL 's rookie class of 2017-18 lacks a true franchise player such as Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, winner of the 2017 Calder Memorial Trophy ...

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  2. NHL Teams Most Likely to Decline This Season

    A third of the way through the 2017-18 NHL schedule, the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders are among the clubs jockeying for playoff berths. However, they are also at risk of declining over the course of the season...

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  3. NHL Teams Most Likely to Make a Deal Before the Holiday Roster Freeze

    The NHL 's annual Christmas holiday roster freeze runs from Dec. 19-27. Struggling clubs, such as the Buffalo Sabres and Edmonton Oilers , could use the days leading up to that period shopping for help via the trade market...

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  4. Stock Watch for Top Players Headed to Free Agency in 2018

    On Oct. 12, we examined what the top NHL players in their contract years have to prove in 2017-18. Two months into the season, it's worth reviewing that list to examine the stock ...

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  5. Ranking the 10 Best Rivalries in the 2017-18 NHL Season

    Team rivalries are a big selling point in sports at every level. In the NHL , competition between longtime rivals, such as the New York Rangers and New York Islanders, garners interest among diehard hockey fans and helps to attract new ones...

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  6. Ranking the Best Sophomores in the 2017-18 NHL Season

    For the top NHL rookies in any season, there is considerable pressure to follow up with strong sophomore campaigns...

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  7. Hypothetical Trades Based on the Latest NHL Speculation

    The three-team trade on Nov. 5 involving centers Matt Duchene and Kyle Turris shook up the NHL trade market...

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  8. NHL Coaches Who Should Be on the Hot Seat

    Approaching the quarter mark of the NHL 's 2017-18 season, the Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild are among several teams struggling near the bottom of the league standings...

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  9. The Biggest Storylines from the Opening Month of the NHL Season

    One month into the 2017-18 NHL season, several intriguing storylines have emerged. From Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price 's surprisingly poor start to the impressive ...

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  10. Ranking the Top Early Candidates for the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy

    The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL player considered the most valuable to his team...

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  11. Offseason Moves Paying Early Dividends in the 2017-18 NHL Season

    During every offseason, NHL teams make changes via draft picks, trades and free agency in the hopes of improving their rosters. This year was no exception...

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  12. Slow-Starting NHL Teams Most Likely to Rebound This Season

    Projected as NHL playoff contenders, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers are among several teams off to slow starts this season. However, both clubs have sufficient time remaining in their schedules to reverse their fortunes...

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  13. What the Top NHL Players in Contract Years Have to Prove in 2017-18

    Every NHL season sees some veteran stars playing in their contract years. In 2017-18, notables such as New York Islanders center John Tavares and Toronto Maple Leafs left wing ...

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  14. Ranking the Top Players at Every Position for the 2017-18 NHL Season

    With the NHL 's 2017-18 season underway, hockey fans will be entertained by the skills of the league's elite players. Two of the very best are the Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid and the Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby ...

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  15. Calling Fact or Fiction on Latest NHL Speculation Early in the 2017-18 Season

    The NHL 's 2017-18 season is underway. It also means the start of early-season trade speculation involving such notable players as Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene . During the offseason, Duchene was a fixture in the NHL trade-rumor mill...

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  16. Predictions for Major NHL Awards in the 2017-18 Season

    Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid received the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL 's most valuable player in 2016-17. The Oilers captain could again be in line to take home that award in 2017-18...

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  17. NHL Coaches on the Hot Seat in 2017-18

    With the start of the NHL 's 2017-18 season on Wednesday, several head coaches face considerable pressure to improve their respective rosters. The Chicago Blackhawks' Joel Quenneville and the Colorado Avalanche's Jared Bednar are among those...

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  18. 10 NHL Players Who Will Have Bounce-Back Performances in 2017-18

    Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene and New York Islanders right wing Jordan Eberle struggled through the NHL 's 2016-17 season. They are among several players who should regain their form in 2017-18...

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  19. NHL Players with the Best Chance to Score 50 Goals in 2017-18

    For NHL scorers, tallying 50 goals in a season is a noteworthy achievement. Last season, however, marked the first time since 2003-04 that no one reached the vaunted milestone in a non-lockout year...

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  20. Top Storylines to Follow During 2017 NHL Training Camps

    NHL training camps open in mid-September. Several storylines, involving stars such as New York Islanders center John Tavares , Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and free-agent ...

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  21. 10 NHL Stars Who Could Decline in 2017-18

    All NHL players reach a point in their careers when their skills begin to deteriorate. For some of the league's stars, such as Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin and New ...

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  22. NHL Teams with the Most Potential Trade Bait in 2017-18

    During the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season, several teams could be active in the trade market. Every club has trade assets but some, such as the New York Islanders , could have more to offer...

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  23. The Biggest Trade Candidates in the 2017-18 NHL Season

    It's quiet in the NHL trade market, but business will pick up over the course of 2017-18. Trade candidates include such notables as Colorado Avalanche forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog ...

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  24. Matching the Top Remaining NHL Free Agents with the Ideal Teams

    Over a month into the 2017 NHL unrestricted free-agent market, the pickings are slim for teams seeking additional roster depth. Most of the best remaining players are aging stars such as forwards Jaromir Jagr , Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan ...

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  25. 10 NHL Players Poised for Breakout Seasons in 2017-18

    Carolina Hurricanes right wing Sebastian Aho and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel enjoyed promising NHL debuts last season. They're among several players potentially on the verge of breakout performances in 2017-18...

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