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Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli Brings Pressure Upon Himself with Boychuk Trade

Give Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli credit for at least one aspect of trading defenseman Johnny Boychuk on Saturday. In his subsequent press conference, his remarks conveyed an understanding of the risks that come with...Show More Summary

Bold Predictions for the 2014-15 NHL Season

Predictions are easy. Bold predictions are a little tougher. As the NHL is set to drop the puck on its 2014-15 season, we take a glimpse into the future, forecasting a couple of awards, the standings, trade bait, the world of fantasy and, yes, the Stanley Cup champion. How many of these will actually play out? It's possible all of them will. Show More Summary

NHL Predictions 2014: Preview and Picks for the Atlantic Division

After the NHL realigned its divisions to start the 2013-14 season, the group of eight teams in the Atlantic Division stood out as being tangibly superior to its Eastern Conference brothers in the Metropolitan Division. Though the Metropolitan's...Show More Summary

Boston Bruins' Highly Suspect Johnny Boychuk Trade May Prove Costly

The narrative that goes with the Boston Bruins’ trading Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders is that the team simply had no choice; there were cap issues, and as a result the player’s out. It’s a narrative that’s been repeated in...Show More Summary

NHL Predictions 2014-15: Preview and Picks for the Central Division

The NHL's powerhouse teams reside in the Western Conference, and three of its best are in the Central Division. A fourth team—the Dallas Stars—will be looking to crash the party in 2014-15. The Colorado Avalanche won the division a year ago but will be challenged this season by the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Show More Summary

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. The absence of a key player sidelined by a preseason injury will certainly affect a club's regular-season roster. Show More Summary

The Top Storylines for the 2014-15 NHL Season

With the 2014-15 season upon us, it's time to take a look at some of the themes to follow this year. From new rules to some new faces in different places, there is plenty to watch for once the puck drops. Some big names are injured;Show More Summary

NHL Players Facing Drastically Raised Expectations in 2014-15

At the start of each new NHL season, superstars such as Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Alex Ovechkin, Anze Kopitar and assorted others face big expectations. Heightened expectations come with the territory of being a superstar, but heading...Show More Summary

Predicting Every Team's Points Total for the 2014-15 Season

During the 2013-14 season, the 30 NHL teams amassed 2,767 points. Boring fact: Because of the NHL's love of three-point games, the maximum number of points that can be earned over a season is 3,690. Assuming no games reach overtime,Show More Summary

Will Patric Hornqvist Be a Consistent Goal Scorer Alongside Evgeni Malkin?

After acquiring Patrick Hornqvist in a draft-day trade last June, the Pittsburgh Penguins are hoping that the winger will provide some greasy offense for the second line alongside his projected center, Evgeni Malkin. When it comes to scoring, Hornqvist is all about going to the net, using his tenacity to make up for a shortage of top-end skill. Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the New Jersey Devils' 2014-15 Season

For the first time since 1990, the New Jersey Devils will open training camp without Martin Brodeur. That is a really, really long time ago. The highest-grossing film that year was Home Alone, a comedy about two men who invade a home...Show More Summary

Who Is Going to Be the Detroit Red Wings' Backup Goaltender in 2014-15?

The Detroit Red Wings have a skilled starting goaltender in Jimmy Howard and a good backup in Jonas Gustavsson, but they also have a talented youngster who plays for the Grand Rapids Griffins, the team's AHL affiliate. Petr Mrazek is...Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the St. Louis Blues' 2014-15 Season

The St. Louis Blues are one of two Western Conference teams to have reached 100 points (prorated for 2013) the past three seasons. In the NHL's superior conference, only the Chicago Blackhawks have matched that level of play since 2011-12. Hmmm. Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Philadelphia Flyers' 2014-15 Season

The Philadelphia Flyers returned to the postseason after a one-year hiatus, but that didn ’t prevent change at the top of the organization. General manager Paul Holmgren was pushed upstairs in favour of Ron Hextall, an executive whoShow More Summary

B/R Experts' Predictions for the 2014-15 NHL Awards

Here are the predictions of the Bleacher Report hockey-writing staff for the six major award winners for the 2014-15 season. Despite all of our best efforts on the panel, the bosses insisted we use our actual names. So here are the predictions of Dave Lozo, Jonathan Willis, Carol Schram, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson and John Doe. Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Pittsburgh Penguins' 2014-15 Season

Stop me if you've heard this one. The Pittsburgh Penguins were among the best teams in the regular season, rolling over the competition on their way to a 100-point season. But when the playoffs began, the Penguins fell woefully short...Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Washington Capitals' 2014-15 Season

For the first time in seven years, the Washington Capitals missed the playoffs in 2013-14. The result was sweeping change in the front office, behind the bench and on the ice. Gone are general manager George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates. Show More Summary

Complete Preview for the Montreal Canadiens' 2014-15 Season

It's probably easy for the Montreal Canadiens and their fans to still wonder about what might have been last year, even with the new season less than a week away. After their first 100-point season since 2007-08, the Canadiens upset the Boston Bruins in Round 2. Show More Summary

Ranking the Top 50 Centers for the 2014-15 NHL Season

Oh, so I get the easy assignment. In a league full of excellent men in the middle, I've got to be the one to parse them apart, to number them one over—or behind, if you prefer—the other. Is this why I get the big bucks? Oh, OK then. Look, we all know Sidney Crosby is going to be No. Show More Summary

Top 5 Storylines Emerging During the Los Angeles Kings 2014-15 Preseason

The Los Angeles Kings have had a solid preseason. Although that means very little in the big picture as they try to defend the Stanley Cup, there are a number of takeaways from training camp and the preseason. The Kings lost their first preseason game 5-4 in a shootout but proceeded to win their next two contests 4-3 in shootouts. Show More Summary

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