1. Dark-Horse Candidates for NHL Awards in 2014-15

    As the NHL season approaches the New Year, it's a good time to examine the dark-horse candidates for this season's major NHL awards...

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  2. Every NHL Team's Biggest Need Ahead of the Christmas Trade Freeze

    The NHL 's Christmas trade freeze goes into effect from midnight on Dec. 19 to midnight on Dec. 27. That leaves limited time for general managers shopping around for deals to address their roster issues...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 8 days ago 19,518 reads 77 comments

  3. Ranking the 10 Biggest Draft Busts in the NHL Since 2000

    While many stars have emerged from the NHL draft, a number of promising players have fallen short of expectations...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 11 days ago 35,805 reads 51 comments

  4. The Top 10 Rising Stars to Watch in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    Every NHL season brings a new crop of players who blossom into stars. This season is no different, as several players are carving out their place among the league's top stars. Many of them have become scoring leaders on their respective teams...

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  5. NHL Players Most Likely to Break the 80-Point Mark in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    Of last season's NHL scoring leaders, only seven reached or exceeded the 80-point plateau. That was the fewest to do so since 2003-04 . This puts more focus upon those with the best shot of reaching that mark this season...

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  6. The Biggest Trade Rumor for Every NHL Team in the 2014-15 Season

    The approach of NHL 's holiday trade freeze period (Dec. 19 through Dec. 27) has sparked an increase in trade rumors. Several trades since mid-November have also fueled the speculation...

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  7. Ranking the Top 10 Candidates for the Hockey Hall of Fame's Class of 2015

    With the recent induction of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014 , attention now shifts toward the candidates for induction in 2015...

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  8. NHL Teams Most Likely to Improve in the 2014-15 Season

    Several of last spring's NHL playoff teams are off to unexpected slow starts this season. Some entered 2014-15 as potential Stanley Cup contenders; others were considered postseason candidates...

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  9. The 10 NHL Teams Most Likely to Decline in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    Several NHL clubs currently perched among the playoff contenders could decline over the course of this season. For many on this list, their strengths have compensated for glaring weaknesses elsewhere in their lineup...

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  10. How a Stagnant Salary Cap Would Affect All 30 NHL Teams

    The New York Post 's Larry Brooks reports there's concern among NHL officials that next season's salary cap might not increase by very much, if at all. The Ottawa Sun 's Bruce Garrioch reports there's speculation the cap might reach $70...

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  11. Stock Watch for the Top Sophomores in the NHL in 2014-15

    NHL sophomore players entered this season hoping to build upon their rookie performances. Though it's early in the schedule, they are going through varying degrees of adjustment...

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  12. The 10 Most Intriguing Trade Rumors in the NHL

    In recent weeks there's been some intriguing NHL trade rumors making the rounds. That's likely because Thanksgiving is only two weeks away...

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  13. NHL Stars Off to Surprisingly Poor Starts in the 2014-15 Season

    A month into this NHL season, several stars are off to surprisingly slow starts. Poor early performances by depth players can be overlooked, but it's a different story when stars fail to play up to expectations...

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  14. The Most Impressive Player for Each NHL Team 1 Month into the 2014-15 Season

    Though the NHL season is nearly a month old, a number of players have garnered attention for their impressive early performances. Each NHL club has one player who's stood out among their teammates...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 1 month ago 59,006 reads 28 comments

  15. 10 NHL Teams That Should Already Be Looking to Make Changes in 2014-15

    While it's early in this NHL season, several clubs should consider making some changes to their respective rosters. As the schedule moves toward its second month, some teams have glaring roster weaknesses that must be addressed...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 1 month ago 24,476 reads 39 comments

  16. Ranking the 10 Most Impressive Rookies so Far in the 2014-15 NHL Season

    Barely a month into the NHL 's 2014-15 season, several rookies have impressed with their performances thus far...

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  17. The 10 NHL Teams with the Most Trade Bait in the 2014-15 Season

    Every NHL team possesses players who could become trade bait to address roster weaknesses. Some carry more depth as bargaining chips than others. Several of these clubs are aspiring playoff contenders...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 1 month ago 44,601 reads 64 comments

  18. The Biggest Reason for Optimism for Every NHL Team in 2014-15

    The start of every NHL season brings an air of optimism for each team and its fans. For Stanley Cup contenders, there's the prospect of achieving their championship goals...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 2 months ago 12,472 reads 13 comments

  19. Breaking Down the Biggest Trade Rumors in the NHL in Early 2014-15

    The 2014-15 NHL season isn't even a month old, but trade rumors are already flying around. Unsurprisingly, most involve teams struggling early in the campaign. Three Canadian NHL teams and a 2014 Stanley Cup finalist are a part of these rumors...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 2 months ago 67,715 reads 108 comments

  20. Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Rivalries in the 2014-15 Season 

    Nothing is more exciting for NHL fans than a game or playoff series between two evenly matched rivals. Whether it's a matchup between longstanding adversaries or one with a recent ...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 2 months ago 18,061 reads 129 comments

  21. NHL Coaches Most Likely to Be Fired During the 2014-15 Season

    It's said that an NHL coach is hired to be fired. While that assessment seems harsh, the coach is often the fall guy if a team fails to play up to expectations...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 2 months ago 26,453 reads 60 comments

  22. NHL Teams Most Likely to End Lengthy Title Droughts in 2014-15

    Several teams enter this season with hopes of ending their lengthy Stanley Cup droughts. For the clubs on this list, it's been over a decade since they last hoisted hockey's holy grail...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 3 months ago 15,444 reads 71 comments

  23. 10 Biggest Takeaways from the 2014 NHL Preseason

    Though NHL preseason action doesn't affect regular-season standings, there are some key takeaways that could have an impact upon team and player performance when the puck drops for the regular season October 8 ...

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  24. Ranking the 100 Toughest Players in NHL History

    Iconic tough-guy moments—the battles between Tie Domi and Bob Probert (pictured above), Scott Stevens' open-ice hit on Eric Lindros in the 2000 Eastern Conference Final and Bob ...

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  25. NHL Teams Most Likely to Regress in the 2014-15 Season

    Every NHL club enters training camp expecting improvement, but several could see their performances regress this season. For the teams on this list, a variety of factors could derail their expectations...

    Lyle Richardson Written by Lyle Richardson about 3 months ago 58,989 reads 93 comments