1. NHL Stars Failing to Meet Expectations in 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Nothing in the Stanley Cup playoffs ever goes as expected. Just a week into their 2013 edition, the defending NHL champions are tied in a series with a team they swept last year...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 3,959 reads 16 comments

  2. NHL Playoffs 2013: The 5 Most Underappreciated Stars in the Postseason

    In the playoffs, a dynamic under-the-radar leader can often prove an even more dangerous weapon than the flashiest big-name superstar. Just look at Bryce Salvador and Braden Holtby in 2012...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 276 reads 20 comments

  3. NHL Offseason: One Player Each Non-Playoff Team Should Pursue This Summer

    For the 14 NHL teams who won't be playing any towel-waving, hard-hitting playoff hockey games this spring, the lockout-shortened 2013 season proved more of a revealing examination than a utopian success story...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 3,505 reads 29 comments

  4. 2013 NHL Season: 4 Lessons the Carolina Hurricanes Must Learn to Improve in 2014

    Another season's gone by in Raleigh. Another spring's gone by without playoff hockey. Another summer's scripted for redundant quotes about being better next year...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about almost 2 years ago 1,723 reads 3 comments

  5. 5 NHL Players Who Must Step Up to Get Their Teams into the Stanley Cup Playoffs

    The final stretch race of the 2013 regular season is on. Two intense playoff races in both conferences will conclude this weekend, as 26 teams play Saturday before Ottawa and Boston close out the season Sunday evening...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,194 reads 11 comments

  6. Carolina Hurricanes: Evaluating Each Forward Line Entering the Offseason

    When the Carolina Hurricanes added Jordan Staal and Alexander Semin to the fold last summer, they expected to put forth one of the league's best offenses in the 2013 season...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,432 reads 3 comments

  7. NHL Playoff Bubble: 4 Weekend Games with Huge Playoff Implications

    The race for the 2013 NHL playoffs has reached a point of ultimate uncertainty. Entering Friday evening, both conferences are stuck with a logjam on the bubble and a virtual tie for the eighth and final playoff spot...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 4,773 reads 9 comments

  8. Carolina Hurricanes' Terrible Luck Playing Major Role in Ongoing Collapse

    The Carolina Hurricanes, overwhelmingly overridden with terrible goaltending, out-of-position players and an endless swath of injuries, have tried seemingly every available excuse to explain their ongoing 1-13-1 collapse...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,436 reads 12 comments

  9. Carolina Hurricanes: A Graphic Analysis of Jamie McBain's Defensive Mistakes

    No one player has received more blame for the Carolina Hurricanes ' ongoing collapse than inexperienced, overmatched defenseman Jamie McBain ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 3,623 reads 10 comments

  10. NHL Reportedly Planning 2014 Kings-Ducks Outdoor Game at Dodger Stadium

    It's a beautiful, sunny, 60-degree day in Southern California. Some 16 million residents of the Los Angeles area see a magnificent January day and feel so glad they're not living in a city like Detroit...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 7,496 reads 54 comments

  11. Carolina Hurricanes' Inactive Trade Deadline Reveals Uncertainty About Future

    Are the Carolina Hurricanes still prepared for a promising future, or is their on-paper talent just masking the many flaws hidden within the roster? Even Jim Rutherford isn't sure...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,122 reads 3 comments

  12. NHL Trade Deadline 2013: Marian Gaborik Reportedly Traded to Blue Jackets

    In one of the most shocking NHL trades of the past decade, the New York Rangers have reportedly traded star winger Marian Gaborik to the Columbus Blue Jackets...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,996 reads 0 comments

  13. NHL Trade Deadline 2013: Who Won Every Wednesday Trade Prior to Deadline?

    Wednesday was the day, the final opportunity for 30 NHL general managers to change the fate of their respective teams. As became evident just moments after the 3 PM trade deadline, many of them didn't hesitate at the chance...

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  14. NHL Trade Rumors: Latest Reports on Yandle, Regehr, Nielsen and Clowe

    With the countdown to the 2013 NHL trade deadline approaching the 48-hour milestone, 30 general managers sit in leather armchairs, cell phones in hand and tablets in laps, waiting for the levees to break on a much-anticipated flurry of activity...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 7,648 reads 2 comments

  15. NHL Trade Deadline Primer: Should the Carolina Hurricanes Be Buyers or Sellers?

    As the 2013 trade deadline steadily approaches, the NHL 's most enigmatic franchise has a decision to make...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,429 reads 1 comments

  16. Kirk Muller Must Take More Responsibility for Carolina Hurricanes' Slump

    As the Carolina Hurricanes blew a third-period lead in Toronto Thursday en route to their seventh consecutive loss, head coach Kirk Muller looked on sternly from behind a bench of 15 confidence-shaken players...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,122 reads 3 comments

  17. NHL Trade Deadline: 8 Huge Contracts That Will Be in Play

    One could identify an NHL general manager from many traits. But frugal and cautious are certainly not among them. Indeed, the upcoming 2013 trade deadline will unquestionably result in plenty of risky trades around the league...

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  18. Alexander Semin Reportedly Signs 5-Year Extension with Carolina Hurricanes

    The Carolina Hurricanes took another step toward securing their franchise's future on Monday afternoon...

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  19. Carolina Hurricanes' 4-Step Plan to Revitalize 2013 Season

    Almost two weeks ago, the Carolina Hurricanes , coming off a 4-0 thrashing of the Washington Capitals , seemed poised and prepared for a high postseason seed and deep playoff run...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,513 reads 3 comments

  20. NHL Trade Speculation: 10 Most Likely Players to Move and Where They'll Land

    Think the lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season is already hectic enough? In two weeks, think again. With the trade deadline—Wednesday, Apr...

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  21. Tuomo Ruutu to Return Soon: How His Presence Will Help Carolina Hurricanes

    When Tuomo Ruutu 's hip surgery was announced on Jan. 5, the physical NHL forward was expected to remain in recovery until early May ...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,193 reads 6 comments

  22. Carolina Hurricanes: Mid-Season Grades for Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal

    The Carolina Hurricanes sent tsunamis through the NHL universe with the additions of Alexander Semin and Jordan Staal last summer...

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  23. 8 NHL Players You Have to Follow on Twitter

    Athletes from all sports and leagues are slowly joining the ranks of social media and giving fans an entirely new perspective on their daily lives. The NHL has quickly become one of the most Twitter-active sports...

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  24. Chicago Blackhawks' Point Streak Ends: What Loss Means for Rest of NHL

    Twenty-four times it was attempted to no avail. Twenty-four times did the Chicago Blackhawks begin a brand new hockey game and skate away 60 minutes later with at least a point...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 5,730 reads 27 comments

  25. Carolina Hurricanes: Breaking Down Their Playoff Chances in 2013

    Despite an onslaught of injuries, a turbulent goaltending unit and two dreadful special teams units, the Carolina Hurricanes ' first 22 games of the 2013 season couldn't have gone much better...

    Mark Jones Written by Mark Jones about 2 years ago 1,194 reads 2 comments