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How Boston Bruins Defenseman Dougie Hamilton Can Make 2014-15 a Career Year

In a way, third-year Boston Bruins blueliner Dougie Hamilton has yet to play a complete NHL season. A lockout delayed and shortened his rookie campaign, and he missed 18 of 82 regular-season contests in 2013-14. Although, what he has done over 125 total appearances, particularly the last 12 playoff outings, emits no shortage of promise. Show More Summary

Boston Bruins Winger Brad Marchand Must Act Like a Veteran in 2014-15

Multiple milestones await Brad Marchand this fall. He enters his fifth full season with the Boston Bruins eight goals and six assists away from breaking 100 in his career total under each heading. Naturally, that would entail reaching 200 regular-season points in his NHL career. Show More Summary

Will the Chicago Blackhawks Come Through as Stanley Cup Favorites in 2014-15?

Heavy is the head that wears the crown. The Los Angeles Kings have to look out, because everyone in the NHL is going to be gunning for them this year. No team may have the Kings more in their sights than the Chicago Blackhawks. While...Show More Summary

The Whale Tale of Chicago Blackhawks Coaches Joel Quenneville and Kevin Dineen

Joel Quenneville is one of the most accomplished coaches in the history of the NHL. He has directed the Chicago Blackhawks to two Stanley Cup triumphs and ranks third on the all-time regular-season victory list (706) among head coaches,...Show More Summary

Will Jakub Voracek Ascend to Stardom with Philadelphia Flyers in 2014-15?

Jakub Voracek is a supremely talented winger and legitimate first-line player who has put up solid numbers in the past while showing good chemistry with center Claude Giroux. But those things, independent of each other, are not quite enough. Show More Summary

Hockey Player Busts Out 360 and Evades 4 Defenders to Score

Vincent Praplan of the Kloten Flyers in the Champions Hockey League has already put his name in for the goal of the year. During the game between the Flyers and HV71, Praplan used a smooth 360 to juke a defender, then split two more with a nice cutback before beating the goaltender with a backhand shot. Now that is impressive. [YouTube] Read more NHL news on

Why Patric Hornqvist Will Be a Top-20 Goal Scorer in 2014-15

Patric Hornqvist scored 22 goals for the Nashville Predators last season, good for 73rd in the NHL and placing him in the company of players like Brent Burns, Alexander Semin and Matt Read. It's a classic case of "one of these things...Show More Summary

Will Corey Crawford Improve Under New Goaltending Coach Jimmy Waite?

The Chicago Blackhawks did not exactly keep the move a secret, but when they hired Jimmy Waite in early July to serve as their goalie coach, it wasn't front-page news. That's because the Blackhawks were just days away from inking superstars...Show More Summary

What Will Shayne Gostisbehere's Role Be with Philadelphia Flyers in 2014-15?

Shayne Gostisbehere is the Philadelphia Flyers' most NHL-ready prospect right now after winning the NCAA Championship with Union College a few months ago. He was named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player and signed an entry-level...Show More Summary

Why Loui Eriksson Will Be the Boston Bruins' Biggest X-Factor in 2014-15

Right wing Loui Eriksson no longer has Jarome Iginla to distract the Boston Bruins fanbase from his struggles. Rather, he is in a position to replace Iginla, now with the Colorado Avalanche, on Boston’s depth chart. Granted, that position may fall unto him by default with Boston’s modicum of quality and quantity on the right side. Show More Summary

Will Teuvo Teravainen Make the Chicago Blackhawks Roster in 2014-15?

There's little question that Teuvo Teravainen is very important to the Chicago Blackhawks' future. The team made Teravainen its No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft, and the Finnish native's dazzling skill level has been eye-catching at every level he has played. But talent alone won't allow him to jump to the NHL and stay for a full season. Show More Summary

Predicting Tampa Bay Lightning's Most Improved Players for 2014-15 Season

Excitement surrounds the Tampa Bay Lightning, as a solid group of young players looks to improve following the team's brief playoff appearance last year. The list of young Bolts who could take the next step in their development includes...Show More Summary

Is 2014-15 A Make-or-Break Season for Pittsburgh Penguins' Marc-Andre Fleury?

Wondering about Marc-Andre Fleury 's future in Pittsburgh has become something of a summer ritual for fans of the Penguins. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, Fleury has received a tremendous amount of flack for his postseason play—whether...Show More Summary

Will Patrick Kane Break the 30-Goal Mark in the 2014-15 NHL Season?

Patrick Kane's career path just took a turn from the stellar to the sublime. Along with running mate Jonathan Toews, the 25-year-old Chicago Blackhawks superstar signed an eight-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that will keep him in Chicago through the 2022-23 season and pay him $10.5 million per year, beginning with the 2015-16 season. Show More Summary

Realistic Expectations for Corey Crawford in Chicago Blackhawks' 2014-15 Season

Corey Crawford has a Stanley Cup to his credit, and if it were not for one bad bounce in this year's playoffs, he might very well have two on his resume. When the Blackhawks saw the Los Angeles Kings eliminate the New York Rangers in five games in the Stanley Cup Final, it had to hurt Joel Quenneville and Co. Show More Summary

Will Chicago Blackhawks Have to Get Rid of Veterans to Stay Under Salary Cap?

The issue is one that has been nagging at the Chicago Blackhawks since early in the 2013-14 season. Despite a boatload of talented players and one of the most gifted rosters in the league, the Blackhawks had a problem. They had one of the top No. Show More Summary

Does Dougie Hamilton Represent a Turnaround Among Bruins 1st-Round Draft Picks?

This Tuesday will mark three full years since defenseman Dougie Hamilton became a member of the Boston Bruins organization. The ninth overall draft choice from 2011 has spent roughly half of those three years in the NHL. Inevitable growing...Show More Summary

2014 NHL Draft: Why the Buffalo Sabres Should Select Sam Reinhart

Despite finishing dead last in the 2013-14 NHL season, the Buffalo Sabres will pick second in the 2014 NHL Draft. Many might groan at the injustices of the lottery system, but Sabres general manager Tim Murray will get his man anyways. Florida...Show More Summary

Why the Los Angeles Kings Must Keep Mike Richards

There are no two ways about it: Mike Richards struggled in the back half of the 2013-14 regular season, only managing 14 points in the last 50 games of the campaign. A longtime top-six pivot, he was iced as a fourth-line center for much of the Los Angeles Kings’ recent Stanley Cup run. Show More Summary

Woman in High Heels Faceplants on Ice After LA Kings Win Stanley Cup

Update: June 14, 2014 at 3:07 p.m PT The woman who fell let the world know she is OK! Per NBC LA's Instagram account: Not to worry, @NBCLA viewers! Kings fan Hannah Hunsinger who fell on the Staples Center ice during our 11 p.m. newscast is happy and smiling with NBC4 photographer Alex Vasquez. Show More Summary

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