1. Report Card for Marc-Andre Fleury at Quarter Mark of 2013-14 Season

    It isn't an exaggeration to call the 2013-14 season the most important of Marc-Andre Fleury 's career. After he let his team down in a big way during the 2012-13 Stanley Cup playoffs, there was suddenly a question mark hanging over his head...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,518 reads 3 comments

  2. Ranking the 10 Coolest Goalie Masks in the NHL in 2013-14

    Few things symbolize the unique culture of hockey like goalie masks. Even the most casual of casual observers know at least two things about the sport: Players are allowed to fight...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 18,855 reads 23 comments

  3. NHL Teams That Will Improve Drastically After Getting Healthy

    The 2013-14 NHL season has been riddled with injuries to players all over the league. While big guns like Sidney Crosby have managed to avoid the injury bug so far, entire teams have been unraveled by a few unlucky trips to the injured reserve...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 8,620 reads 29 comments

  4. How Stan Bowman Has Mastered the Art of Free Agency and Trades in the NHL

    Stan Bowman has been at the helm of the Chicago Blackhawks since July 14, 2009, and his track record of acquiring the proper pieces to round out Stanley Cup-caliber teams is nearly flawless...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 6,527 reads 46 comments

  5. Chicago Blackhawks' 5 Most Impressive Stats Early in 2013-14

    With a 12-2-4 record, the Chicago Blackhawks have quietly shaken any semblance of a Stanley Cup hangover...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,805 reads 0 comments

  6. How Re-Signing Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Would Affect Chicago Blackhawks

    The end of the 2014-15 season will mark the end of the current contracts belonging to Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews . It only takes a quick glance at the invaluable CapGeek ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 16,524 reads 17 comments

  7. Ranking the 10 Best NHL Seasons by a Player Over 40 Years Old

    The NHL has slowly been becoming a young man's league for quite some time now. It seems like every year we see a few kids leaving their mark on the game, slowly, but surely pushing the old guard out of the way in the process...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 4,648 reads 5 comments

  8. Ranking the 10 Flashiest Players in the NHL in the 2013-14 Season

    The NHL has more duality than just about any other league in the world. Hockey can be brutal and beautiful, often within seconds of the separate occurrences. A big body check in the neutral zone causes a streaking forward to cough up the puck...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 6,875 reads 20 comments

  9. Chicago Blackhawks' Best Options to Replace Struggling Nikolai Khabibulin

    Corey Crawford is on pace to play 74 games this season for the Chicago Blackhawks . That's a truly unsustainable number, and the top concern for the 'Hawks right now should be securing a strong backup to get Crawford some much-needed time off...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 5,862 reads 16 comments

  10. Grading Joel Quenneville's Performance with Chicago Blackhawks in 2013-14

    Joel Quenneville is every bit as important to the success of the Chicago Blackhawks as the play of Jonathan Toews in the neutral zone or Corey Crawford in net. The choices he makes behind the bench influence each shift of every game...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 2,305 reads 2 comments

  11. Breaking Down Chicago Blackhawks' Exceptional Ability to Manage Prospects

    The Chicago Blackhawks haven't randomly or accidentally won two of the last four Stanley Cups. They haven't gone out and bought up all the top free agents, praying to the hockey gods for chemistry and lightning in a bottle...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,800 reads 8 comments

  12. Breaking Down Brent Seabrook's Case to Make Team Canada at 2014 Olympics

    Brent Seabrook was part of the Canadian team that won gold in the 2010 Vancouver Games, and while the roster is likely to see plenty of turnover for the 2014 Winter Games, the Chicago ...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 1,697 reads 3 comments

  13. Solutions to Chicago Blackhawks' Biggest Problems Early in 2013-14

    The Chicago Blackhawks are an outstanding 8-2-3 and are well on their way to defending their Stanley Cup title...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 8 months ago 4,400 reads 3 comments

  14. Are Elements There for Chicago Blackhawks to Go on Another Epic Winning Streak?

    Much to the chagrin of the rest of the NHL , the Chicago Blackhawks are heating up. The way we see things, the pieces are falling into place for this team to go on a tear of rather epic proportions...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,223 reads 1 comments

  15. Why Have Chicago Blackhawks Failed to Protect Leads in 2013-14 Season?

    On the surface, the Chicago Blackhawks appear to be rolling. After dropping their first two contests, they're currently 6-1-2 and in fourth place in the Western Conference...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,172 reads 14 comments

  16. Which 5 Chicago Blackhawks Will Have the Best Plus-Minus Stats in 2013-14?

    Based on the incredibly high expectations that they set for themselves after dominating the entire NHL in 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks are off to a sluggish start...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,137 reads 1 comments

  17. Tracing the Evolution of Chicago Blackhawks Captain Jonathan Toews

    The evolution of Jonathan Toews from smile-less teenager to cold-blooded, two-way No. 1 center has been fascinating to behold both on and off the ice...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 3,035 reads 3 comments

  18. Should Brandon Saad Replace Bryan Bickell on Chicago Blackhawks' Top Line?

    It isn't surprising that Bryan Bickell is struggling while Brandon Saad continues to do what he's always done: Produce, no matter what the situation or line combination...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,665 reads 15 comments

  19. Buying or Selling Chicago Blackhawks Players' Hot Starts in 2013-14

    The Chicago Blackhawks haven't come out of the gates flying to start the 2013-14 NHL season —at least not compared to what they managed to do last year —but this Stanley Cup hangover appears to be a mild one...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 3,195 reads 1 comments

  20. Breaking Down Chicago Blackhawks' Budding Rivalry with St. Louis Blues

    When the NHL announced its realignment plan heading into the 2013-14 NHL season, one of the least popular shifts was taking the Detroit Red Wings out of the Central Division and Western Conference...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 1,819 reads 19 comments

  21. Biggest Takeaways from Chicago Blackhawks' Start to the 2013-14 Season

    Three games don't make up an NHL season, and that's good news for the Chicago Blackhawks . With 79 games to go, the 'Hawks have all the time in the world to focus on what has been ailing them over the first week and a half of the season...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,952 reads 9 comments

  22. Odds for Chicago Blackhawks' 2013-14 MVP

    The Chicago Blackhawks haven't won the Stanley Cup twice in the last four years because of luck. They ice one of the most outstanding teams on a regular basis and the depth that is present throughout the lineup is somewhat staggering...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 859 reads 2 comments

  23. Is Brent Seabrook the Most Underrated Defenseman in the NHL?

    Before there was Corey Crawford, Marian Hossa, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and two Stanley Cup titles in four seasons, there was Brent Seabrook . His first season in the NHL was in 2005, when he debuted along with some kid named Duncan Keith...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 3,396 reads 20 comments

  24. Watch Sidney Crosby Take on Nathan MacKinnon in Shooting Contest

    There must be something in the water in Cole Harbour. It's the H20 that both Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche grew up drinking...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 6,701 reads 6 comments

  25. Ranking the 10 Most Incredible NHL Goals of the Past Decade

    Great goals stick with you. Like an awesome movie, you remember where you were and what you were doing the first time you saw it. That's one thing that all these clips have in common...

    Franklin Steele Written by Franklin Steele about 9 months ago 2,325 reads 8 comments