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Toronto Maple Leafs Faltering, Jake Gardiner Shining in Advanced Stats

The Toronto Maple Leafs have face-planted to start the 2014-15 season d espite an offseason of hope. With seven points in their first eight games, the Leafs sit 14th overall in the Eastern Conference, just ahead of the perennially bottom-feeding/rebuilding...Show More Summary

Dave Lozo's Bag Skate: NHL Gets It Right with Moving Tributes After Shootings

NHL gets it right with shooting tributes The NHL does a lot of things that make you question whether it's an international professional sports league or a fantasy football league run by a guy who does things to benefit his friends. Whether...Show More Summary

Struggling NHL Shooters Who Will Break Out of Their Slumps Soon

A year ago, Claude Giroux had a wretched start to the season, going goalless in his first 15 games. The lack of production was baffling; Giroux is a career 11.8 percent shooter and he'd put 31 shots on net, so at his career average rate he should already have scored four times. In Game 16, he scored his first of the year against the Edmonton Oilers. Show More Summary

Ranking the Top Early Candidates for the 2014-15 Vezina Trophy

It's never too early to talk trophies. Goaltenders have been a big storyline early in this NHL season, and the Vezina Trophy can only be claimed by one of them. Who will it be? There are a lot of games to be played and months to pass...Show More Summary

Physical New York Rangers Winger Chris Kreider Must Play Smarter Going Forward

A wise man related to Peter Parker once said, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and that is something that New York Rangers power forward Chris Kreider needs to come to grips with. The 6'3", 226-pound power forward has a...Show More Summary

NHL Power Rankings: B/R Experts' Week 3 Poll

Welcome to the third week of NHL power rankings. Thanks for stopping by. You will likely notice a lot volatility this week, with several top-10 squads of a week ago being jettisoned into the also-ran section of the rankings and some big moves in the opposite direction. Show More Summary

Has Johnny Boychuk Been Reborn as an Offensive D-Man with New York Islanders?

In an NHL career primarily spent with the Boston Bruins that spanned more than 300 games, Johnny Boychuk had all of one power-play goal. Then he got traded to the New York Islanders and scored twice on the man advantage in just three...Show More Summary

Minnesota Wild vs. New York Rangers Live Blog: Instant Reaction and Analysis

Momentum, thy name is Kuemper. Minnesota’s second-year netminder, Darcy Kuemper, is 4-1 this season with a league-leading 0.81 goals-against average. According to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune, Kuemper will draw another start in net Monday against the New York Rangers. Kuemper (.966 save percentage) has looked good, but so have the Rangers. Show More Summary

Bruins Players Dress Up as "Frozen" Characters for Halloween Hospital Visit

The Boston Bruins aren't afraid to look a little silly if it means bringing a smile to a child's face. The Bruins recently made their annual Halloween trip to Boston Children’s Hospital. In the spirit of the holiday, the players dressed...Show More Summary

How the First Attempt to Bring Cheerleaders to Russian Hockey Badly Backfired

On June 29, 1993, the Pittsburgh Penguins did something that no NHL team had ever done: They took out an ownership stake in a major Russian hockey team, buying part of CSKA Moscow, better known to this side of the Atlantic as Central Red Army. The fall of communism in Eastern Europe changed the world, and those changes also reverberated in hockey. Show More Summary

The Biggest Takeaways from Week 3 of the 2014-15 NHL Season

As the NHL winds toward the conclusion of the first month of its schedule, the biggest overriding theme might be that we'll have to be patient to see how this season plays out. When the league's last-place Edmonton Oilers can beat the...Show More Summary

The 10 NHL Teams with the Most Trade Bait in the 2014-15 Season

Every NHL team possesses players who could become trade bait to address roster weaknesses. Some carry more depth as bargaining chips than others. Several of these clubs are aspiring playoff contenders. Some are rebuilding teams, while...Show More Summary

What the Boston Bruins' Defensive Pairings Will Look Like Without Zdeno Chara

For a multitude of reasons, the Boston Bruins’ defensive outlook will not match that of Saturday’s contest for the duration of Zdeno Chara’s protracted absence. Not every matchup will bring the same apparent facility as Saturday’s 4-1 victory in Toronto (official NHL.com play-by-play transcript here). Show More Summary

League-Worst Goaltending Key Culprit for Carolina Hurricanes' Disastrous October

Entering the 2014-15 season, Anton Khudobin and Cam Ward were expected to vie competitively for the Carolina Hurricanes' No. 1 goaltender job until one proved superior over the other. So far, the pair of netminders have put forth a mere...Show More Summary

Anze Kopitar Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Upper Body and Return

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar left Sunday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury. Elliott Teaford of the Los Angeles News Group reported on Kopitar's ailment: The Associated Press’ Joe Resnick offered...Show More Summary

Ottawa Senators: How Much Is Marc Methot Worth to the Sens?

The Ottawa Senators have had a strong start to the season, winning four of their first five games. Despite that, their possession stats have been awful. The Sens have fallen to 28th in the NHL in Corsi For (CF) percentage, down from finishing in eighth spot in CF percentage last season. Show More Summary

NHL: 'Incidental' Goaltender Contact Needs to Have Video Review Possibibility

Goaltender interference has been a hot topic in the NHL ever since Ryan Miller was run over by Jordin Tootoo in 2011. Speaking of goalie interference, the NHL got rid of the "Brett Hull rule," but a new menace has formed in the NHL over...Show More Summary

New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello Failing to Meet Expectations Set Last Season

The New York Rangers fell to 4-4-0 on the season after a Saturday night loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Hockey Night in Canada, and it was another goal-less game by Mats Zuccarello. The Rangers have received some unexpected early scoring...Show More Summary

NHL Fans in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto Sing 'O Canada' in Unison

It's been a tough week for Canada after the recent shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, so the NHL made sure to honor the victims on Saturday. NHL fans in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa sang the Canadian national anthem, "O Canada" in unison to pay tribute to those affected by the recent tragedy. [ YouTube ] Read more NHL news on BleacherReport.com

The Biggest Reason for Optimism for Every NHL Team in 2014-15

The start of every NHL season brings an air of optimism for each team and its fans. For Stanley Cup contenders, there's the prospect of achieving their championship goals. Playoff hopefuls raise their expectations of taking the next step toward Cup contention. Show More Summary

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