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5 Things the Toronto Maple Leafs Must Improve Upon to Beat Chicago Blackhawks

The Toronto Maple Leafs face a difficult task against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. It's a tough test against Chicago, and it will be the second game in a back-to-back after a game Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blackhawks are one of the premier teams in the NHL. Show More Summary

Pittsburgh Penguins Prove They're Contenders with Win over Stanley Cup Champs

After making big changes during the offseason, the Pittsburgh Penguins are aiming to get back into the Stanley Cup conversation in 2014-15. They took a solid step in that direction on Thursday night with a 3-0 shutout win over the defending...Show More Summary

Ranking the 10 Biggest Surprises in the NHL During October

Consider this delightful photo of Montreal Canadiens fans in Vancouver a tip of the cap to their team's hot start, and it's somewhat surprising nature. At 8-2-1, the Habs are exceeding early-season expectations, but since people at ESPN,...Show More Summary

Power Ranking the Top 10 Players for the Los Angeles Kings so Far in 2014-15

So much for a Stanley Cup hangover for the Los Angeles Kings. Well, at least that's what you would think after taking a glance at the standings. With a 6-1-2 start, the Kings are among the top teams in the NHL. But they haven't done it with a well-rounded team performance we're accustomed to seeing. Show More Summary

Joffrey Lupul Injury: Updates on Maple Leafs Star's Broken Hand and Return

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without veteran winger Joffrey Lupul for the time being due to an injury suffered during a practice session. According to the Maple Leafs' public relations staff on Twitter, Lupul will sit out Friday's...Show More Summary

Philadelphia Flyers Players Get Scared by 'Snake-in-a-Cooler' Prank on Halloween

It's the time of tricks and treats, and when Philadelphia Flyers equipment manager Derek Settlemyre saw a golden opportunity to prank his team's players, he took it. You may be the baddest, toughest, most bearded player in the NHL, but...Show More Summary

5 Stats That Should Make the Montreal Canadiens Worried Moving Forward

The Montreal Canadiens just completed their three-game Western Canada road trip, taking three out of a possible six points to end October. So, as the calendar flips to November, enjoy this: The Montreal Canadiens are first in the entire NHL with 17 points. It has been a great start to the season for the Habs in the win column. Show More Summary

What Winless October Means for the Carolina Hurricanes and the Rest of the NHL

For the first time in franchise history, the Carolina Hurricanes have lost their first eight games in a season. Friday night, they'll finish a travel-heavy October with zero wins and two points in eight contests. To describe all that...Show More Summary

What Detroit Red Wings Must Do to Slow Down Los Angeles Kings' 'That 70s Line'

Through the first couple weeks of the 2014-15 season, the Los Angeles Kings' "That '70s Line" has picked up from where it left off in the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs. The line of Tanner Pearson, Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli has come together...Show More Summary

Power Ranking the Top 10 Players for the Tampa Bay Lightning so Far in 2014-15

As expected, the Tampa Bay Lightning sit near the top of the Eastern Conference standings, and they've continued to climb a variety of power rankings over the last few weeks. The Lightning have put up some standout performances en route...Show More Summary

Goaltending Depth Has Chicago Blackhawks in a Postion to Succeed

Goaltending depth has not always been an advantage that the Chicago Blackhawks could claim. It's become one as the 2014-15 season heads into the second month of the season. Corey Crawford is a strong No. 1 goaltender, and that's not going to change any time soon. Show More Summary

Philadelphia Flyers Are Proving Their Worth in Tough Stretch

The Philadelphia Flyers came out of the gates with a whimper, with losses in five of their first six games. But two of those losses came in a shootout, and there were certainly some silver linings to take away from the rough start. Those...Show More Summary

Jarret Stoll's 3rd-Line Woes Hurting Los Angeles Kings' Scoring Depth

Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson have combined to produce 17 of the Los Angeles Kings’ 23 goals through nine 2014-15 games. Though some of that glaring lack of complementary scoring should be attributed to injuries (Marian...Show More Summary

David Backes Injury: Updates on Blues Star's Concussion and Return

The St. Louis Blues have struggled out of the gate this season, and things won't get any easier with captain David Backes set to miss some time. According to the Blues' official Twitter account, both Backes and fellow forward T.J. Oshie...Show More Summary

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. While this season's rookie crop lacks the star power of 2014 Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon, there are those showing...Show More Summary

Ranking the Top Early Candidates for 2014-15 Jack Adams Award

Though he never touches the puck, an NHL coach might be the single most important ingredient in a team's success or failure. It falls to the coach to organize, teach, motivate and deploy the talent on his roster in order to generate on-ice results. Show More Summary

Who's Overachieving, Underperforming for Philadelphia Flyers so Far This Season

The Philadelphia Flyers are now 4-3-2 after beating the Los Angeles Kings in an overtime victory on Tuesday night and have been solid throughout the last week. But these first nine games must be taken into account as a whole. EnoughShow More Summary

Detroit Red Wings Will Be Dangerous in 2014-15 as Long as Everyone Stays Healthy

They are 11 percent into their 82-game schedule, but there's reason to believe the Detroit Red Wings won't need a mix of prayers, luck and a furious two-month goal-scoring pace from Gustav Nyquist to get into the playoffs like they did...Show More Summary

5 Stats That Should Make the San Jose Sharks Worried Moving Forward

The San Jose Sharks have played 11 games in the 2014-15 NHL season and are off to a solid 6-4-1 start. While there are several positives to point to, here are five statistics from the early part of the season that should make Sharks fans a bit worried moving forward. Keep in mind that some of these issues are fixable. Show More Summary

Detroit Red Wings' Justin Abdelkader Well on His Way to Having Breakout Season

The Detroit Red Wings picked up their fifth win of the season during a 4-2 decision over the Washington Capitals on NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry" game, and a trend continued in the process. During the team's win, Justin Abdelkader...Show More Summary

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