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B/R NHL Experts Discuss: Stanley Cup Favorites and Award Winners at Midseason

The Stanley Cup playoffs are not that far off. Yeah, the NHL is in something of the dog days of its 82-game season, but spring is starting to feel closer. And that means only one thing: predictions. The gist of the following conversation...Show More Summary

Sharks' Joe Thornton Moves to 24th on All-Time Points List

San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton surpassed Johnny Bucyk for 24th on the all-time points list with his two assists in Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings, per Sportsnet Stats. Thornton now possesses 1,370 points over 1,412 career games, per, nearly eclipsing the point-per-game threshold. Show More Summary

NHL Players Who Have Improved Their Hall of Fame Credentials in 2016-17

For many of the active NHL players who've put up the kind of numbers needed for entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame, this year has been a bit of a downer. Veteran snipers are showing their age on the cusp of retirement, and while their...Show More Summary

Is Jonathan Toews' Slump a Long-Term Concern for Chicago Blackhawks?

DENVER — Jonathan Toews lay contorted in the middle of the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room Tuesday morning, doing yoga-like stretches to loosen up his lower back. At one point, he employed the use of a pulsating, lower-lumbar roller,...Show More Summary

Ranking the Dirtiest Plays of the 2016-17 NHL Season so Far

The 2016-17 season has seen a large reduction in fines and suspensions for NHL players. The total from the 2015-16 season, per Sportsnet, was 65—and this season's total fines and suspensions number fewer than 20. The suspensions andShow More Summary

Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings Betting Odds, Analysis, NHL Preview

The Boston Bruins (23-19-5) will be going for their ninth win in 10 meetings against the Detroit Red Wings (19-19-6) on Wednesday as -136 road betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. The Bruins begin a difficult seven-game...Show More Summary

San Jose Sharks vs. Los Angeles Kings Betting Odds, Analysis, NHL Preview

The San Jose Sharks (26-16-2) have dropped consecutive games to the Los Angeles Kings (22-18-4) for the first time since 2015 and will attempt to end that skid on Wednesday as small -114 road underdogs (bet $114 to win $100) at sportsbooks...Show More Summary

Jack Capuano Fired by Islanders: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

The New York Islanders announced they relieved Jack Capuano of his head coaching duties on Tuesday. Assistant general manager Doug Weight will serve as the team's interim head coach. Capuano was the head coach of the Islanders since the 2010-11 season and ranks second on the franchise's all-time wins list with 227. Show More Summary

Injuries Having the Biggest Impact on the 2016-17 NHL Season

Midway through the NHL's 2016-17 season, several notable players have suffered serious injuries. For the Tampa Bay Lightning, losing captain Steven Stamkos to a knee injury is adversely affecting their performance. Considered a Stanley...Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 15 Poll

It's been a streaky season in the NHL, and the Washington Capitals are the latest team to find themselves in one, all to the good. We almost saw the Columbus Blue Jackets tie the NHL's all-time win streak of 17 recently, before they were shut out by the Caps in what would have been their 17th straight victory. Show More Summary

NHL Teams Most in Need of a Rebuild

Approaching the midpoint of this NHL season, several struggling clubs face the need to rebuild their rosters. Some, such as the Colorado Avalanche, are near the bottom of the league standings. Others, such as the Vancouver Canucks, are...Show More Summary

The Hottest and Coldest NHL Teams Right Now

In the National Hockey League this season, streaks have made some of the biggest headlines. The Columbus Blue Jackets flirted with history when they won 16 straight games, but since the Washington Capitals broke the spell January 5,Show More Summary

NHL Veterans Having the Best Seasons of Their Careers in 2016-17

Every year, the NHL game gets faster and younger, and the league's veterans include fewer and fewer role players. The impact veterans, the ones who make the big cap dollars, have gobbled up much of the overall dollars, and teams have...Show More Summary

Patrik Laine Injury: Updates on Jets Forward's Concussion and Return

The Winnipeg Jets placed rookie sensation Patrik Laine on injured reserve Friday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 7. CBC Sports passed along word of the roster move and noted there's no timetable for his return to game action. More to follow. Read more NHL news on

The Most Surprising Success Stories of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

With half of the NHL season in the books, there is enough evidence to make a few declarations with some certainty. For example, raise your hand if you thought both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would be in playoff positionsShow More Summary

NHL Teams with Toughest Schedules Heading into All-Star Break

The NHL schedule has reached the halfway point for most teams, but the truth is that not all schedules are created equal. Some clubs have ripped through the toughest parts of their seasons, while others have long stretches of dangerShow More Summary

How the Blue Jackets Went from NHL Laughingstock to the Top of the Standings

It used to be that any story that started with the line "The Columbus Blue Jackets could win the Stanley Cup this year" was automatically rendered a work of fiction. Not humanly possible. The Blue Jackets were punching bags on the ice...Show More Summary

Alex Ovechkin Tops 1,000 Career Points with 2 Goals Wednesday

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin tallied two goals in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the 84th player in NHL history to reach the mark, per ESPN Stats & Info. According to Sportsnet Stats, Ovechkin...Show More Summary

Meet the NHL's Ironman: Ducks' Andrew Cogliano Is Hockey's Most Durable Player

DENVER — Andrew Cogliano had to think hard for a moment when asked the last time he missed a hockey game as a player. "It's been so long, it's hard to remember the exact moment. In junior, in the playoffs one year, I think I had a separated...Show More Summary

Alexander Ovechkin Scores 1,000th NHL Point: Highlights, Comments and Reaction

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin tallied his 1,000th career NHL point Wednesday night with a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. As seen in this video, courtesy of the NHL, Ovi needed just 35 seconds to light the lamp...Show More Summary

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