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September 28, 2015
How much did goal scoring go up in the Conference Final?
Who will sign Thomas Vanek?
The Rangers are back in the Stanley Cup Final
Rene Bourque and playoff hot streaks
Barry Trotz takes over the Capitals
Islanders sign goalie Jaroslav Halak
Some thoughts on leadership, Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby
Keep your star players, even if it's expensive
Unexpected changes in the Penguins front office
When will Rick Nash score again?
Five backup goalies to handcuff in fantasy
Jets' success depends on progress of young players
Goaltending, youth movement among Jets' X-factors
Ryan rebound leading X-factor for Senators
Senators aim to pick up where historic rally left off

September 27, 2015
Edmonton Oilers' Eberle enjoys playing preseason games
Flames' Andersson leaving positive impression
Senators netminder Hammond shines in 2-1 loss to 'Canes
Habs, Pens set to open Quebec City's Videotron Centre
Leafs sign Brad Boyes to a one-year contract
Leafs make more cuts to roster including Marner
Ex-NHL defenseman Woolley cherishing Hockeyville
Blues' Shattenkirk healthy, gaining elite status
Upstart Flames won't fly under radar this season
Goaltending, young core X-factors for Flames
Reloaded Penguins could still be among NHL's elite
Health, young defense among Penguins X-factors
Hockeyville game adds to rich history of Johnstown

September 26, 2015
Bruins' Beleskey not shying away from expectations
Kings to use long offseason as fuel for playoff push
Kings' response to playoff miss among X-factors
Lines, Rask's workload among Bruins' X-factors
Sedins, turning 35, confident they have plenty left
Bruins hoping new faces, system mean playoff return
Johnstown junior players big winners in Hockeyville
Kopitar, Doughty see rested Kings making another run

September 25, 2015
Brian Leetch discusses 1996, 2016 World Cups in Q&A
Costas excited to return to Johnstown 40+ years later
Saad, Kuznetsov lead Jensen's fantasy breakout picks
Panthers' Bjugstad learning how to succeed in NHL
Nichushkin, strong start are X-factors for Stars
Stars hope added Cup experience keys playoff return
Penguins staffers excited for Hockeyville homecoming
Panthers' X-factors include culture change, Crouse
Panthers hoping mix of youth, Jagr leads to playoffs
McInnis scores winner in USA Hockey prospects game

September 24, 2015
Rangers' Zuccarello to play first game since injury
Roenick likes choice of Tortorella as Team USA coach
Leetch praises USA Hockey grassroots programs
Huberdeau, Allen lead Cubeta's fantasy breakout picks
Soderberg, Johnson, Barrie are Avalanche X-factors
Avalanche look to use speed to return to playoffs
Hertl rebound, Torres' health among Sharks' X-factors
Sharks aim to return to playoffs under DeBoer

September 23, 2015
Yogi Berra provided inspiration for Devils title teams
Saad settled with Blue Jackets after blur of summer

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Goal scoring on the rise in playoffs so far
Should the Philadelphia Flyers start Steve Mason in Game 7?
Blue Jackets lose to Penguins, but Ryan Johansen becoming a star
Red Wings eliminated, but brighter days are ahead
Which injuries have hurt playoff teams the most?
Nathan MacKinnon doing what few other 18-year-olds have done
The NHL's lack of repeat champions
The best NHL playoff series to watch
Predators fire Barry Trotz, and the NHL's longest tenured coaches
Playoff myths we need to forget about
Rangers will knock off talented Penguins if a
Subban Buries Shot as Habs Go Up 1-0Sports
Penguins face a steep learning curve
Journal de Montreal picks 11 reasons to dislike Boston, including...
San Jose Sharks Looking at Changes After Historic Collapse
Trevor Linden right to clear the Canucks' decks for new GM
Mayor Walsh and Montreal Mayor Coderre Set Playoffs Wager
Vancouver School Board balances budget by dipping into contingency funds
2014 NHL Playoffs: Canadiens vs. Bruins live stream feed & TV start time
Islanders acquire rights to Slovak goalie Halak
Harper backing Habs in Stanley Cup quest
NHL Playoff Schedule 2014: Start Time and Predictions for Thursday's Action
Colorado Avalanche's Magic Carpet Ride Crashes to Reality
John Devine: Sharks need to make big changes
Five reasons why the Kings advanced
Matt Henderson: The Best UFAs From The 1st Round Losers
Should the San Jose Sharks back up the Zamboni?
Five reasons why the Sharks were eliminated
You Think Bruins Fans are Excited for Game 1?
Rangers have several advantages heading into series with Penguins
Sharp certain goals on way for Blackhakws
Travis Yost: Second Round (Betting) Thoughts
Canucks can John Tortorella after 1 season
X-Factors: Talent of Toffoli, Pearson energizes Kings
Harper always cheers for Habs once Leafs are done
Rick Sadowski: Playoffs a bitter learning experience for Avs
Some of the saddest sports interviews you'll ever see
Capitals deal Jaroslav Halak to Islanders for draft pick
Scoop Cooper: Schedule for the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs
Erik Marsh: WING THINGS: Bruins too much to handle, but plenty to look forward to
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By Hockey5
Published: September 28, 2015
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<p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/4Earolo.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>If you've been watching the NHL's conference finals, especially the Western Conference final, you've probably noticed a bit more goal scoring than you're used to seeing in the playoffs.</p> <p>Well, you're not imagining that.</p> <p>This year's conference finals have been one of the highest scoring in recent history, and goal scoring this entire postseason has gone up from where it was in the regular season.</p> <p>Here, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Stanley-Cup-Playoffs-Goal-scoring-went-up-in-Conference-Finals.htm">we take a look at just how rare that has been in recent years</a> and how much it has increased.</p>How much did goal scoring go up in the Conference Final? originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 14:44:35.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/EqdWy41.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>Thomas Vanek had a pretty disastrous series against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final, and it probably couldn't  have come at a worse time for a player that's about to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.</p> <p>What sort of impact will his performance have on his value in free agency, and what chances does he have to rebound next season with a new team?</p> <p>We <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlfreeagents/fl/NHL-Free-Agency-What-will-Thomas-Vanek-be-worth.htm">examine all of that and more here</a>.</p>Who will sign Thomas Vanek? originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Saturday, May 31st, 2014 at 12:42:40.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p>For the first time in 20 years the New York Rangers are playing in the Stanley Cup Final, so we decided to take a quick look back at their previous trips to the Final, including their 1994 win and a series of appearances in the 1930s that were disrupted by a circus that kept kicking them out of their home arena, Madison Square Garden.</p> <p>The Rangers are in the final for the 10th and looking to win their fifth title.</p> <p>Here,<a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/history/fl/New-York-Rangers-Stanley-Cup-Final-history.htm"> you can take a quick a look back at all of their Stanley Cup Finals appearances</a>.</p>The Rangers are back in the Stanley Cup Final originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 20:13:51.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/NpUXyDe.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>Most NHL players do not consistently score goals over the course of a season. They hit hot streaks and struggle through cold streaks. They score in bunches, then can't find the back of the net for two weeks at a time.</p> <p>In the Eastern Conference playoffs Rene Bourque is currently going through a hot streak and can't stop scoring goals for the Montreal Canadiens, already scoring eight in his first 16 playoffs. He's doing this after he scored just nine goals in 63 regular season games. And that's a pretty rare performance.</p> <p>Here, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Rene-Bourques-playoff-goal-scoring.htm">we take a look at just how rare it is</a> and just how strange his 2013-14 season has been.</p>Rene Bourque and playoff hot streaks originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Thursday, May 29th, 2014 at 15:43:07.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p>The Washington Capitals have their fourth coach in four years, and it's former Nashville Predators boss Barry Trotz.</p> <p>Is he the guy that can get them back to Stanley Cup contender status? And what sort of look will the Capitals have under Trotz's watch? For years Trotz has been known as a defensive coach and he's never had the opportunity to work with players as talented and skilled as Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.</p> <p>Here, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Capitals-hire-Barry-Trotz-Everything-you-need-to-know.htm">we take a look at everything you need to know</a> about Trotz and the Capitals.</p>Barry Trotz takes over the Capitals originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 18:30:23.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/bITZk2e.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>Taking a quick break from the ongoing NHL playoff action, let's take a quick look at an early offseason roster move that could impact next year's playoff races.</p> <p>The New York Islanders signed veteran goalie Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $18 million contract this past week in the hopes that he could solve their ongoing goaltending woes.</p> <p>He isn't one of the top-five goalies in the NHL, but he's certainly good enough to perhaps make a difference for a team that received some of the worst goaltending in the league this past season. How much of a difference could he possibly make? Well, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Can-Jaroslav-Halak-solve-the-Islanders-Goaltending-woes.htm">here we try to crunch some numbers and figure it out</a>.</p>Islanders sign goalie Jaroslav Halak originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 10:13:05.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p>With the Pittsburgh Penguins losing in the playoffs again and the Chicago Blackhawks trying to win their third Stanley Cup in five years, there's been a lot of talk recently about leadership and who the best player in hockey is.</p> <p>There seems to be a perception that Toews, the Chicago Blackhawks captain, has caught up to Crosby and surpassed him as the top player in the league because of his team's success.</p> <p>Well, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Winners-underachievers-and-building-your-Stanley-Cup-legacy.htm">here is why that is wrong</a>.</p>Some thoughts on leadership, Jonathan Toews and Sidney Crosby originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 at 16:31:26.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p><img src="http://i.imgur.com/Wh5xcwf.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" /></p> <p>One of the biggest mistakes we make in evaluating teams in the salary cap era is worrying about teams spending too much money on their core.</p> <p>The teams with the most talent win. The players with the most talent cost a lot of money. Because of that, if you're a contending team you're going to have a significant chunk of your salary cap space going to just a small handful of players. Every team experiences this.</p> <p>This is why the teams that draft the best, develop their own talent the best, and are able to find value in free agency in trades to complement their big-money stars are the teams that win. No team has been better at this over the past few seasons than the Chicago Blackhawks.</p> <p>Here, <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/NHL-Salary-Cap-How-much-should-teams-commit-to-their-star-players.htm">we take a look at how much money teams have spent this season on their five most expensive players (as well as the past six Stanley Cup winners)</a>.</p>Keep your star players, even if it's expensive originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at 13:16:35.Permalink | Comment |

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By Hockey5
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<p>If you were expecting the Penguins to fire coach Dan Bylsma on Friday, it did not happen.</p> <p>It might still happen in the coming weeks and months, but for now the only person that the organization has let go is general manager Ray Shero. <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Why-did-the-Penguins-fire-Ray-Shero.htm">And that might be the right move, as we explain here</a>.</p> <p>The new general manager, whoever it turns out to be, will make the final decision on the coaching staff and the hockey operations department.</p> <p>Shero's eight years in Pittsburgh were mostly successful, but some cracks started to develop in the foundation that the front office had to be accountable for.</p>Unexpected changes in the Penguins front office originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Friday, May 16th, 2014 at 16:25:54.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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By Hockey5
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<p>Every player experiences goal-scoring slumps at some point in their career and there is no way to avoid it. Sometimes, no matter what you do or how well you play the puck is just not going to go in the net for you. When that happens in the playoffs, and you're one of the highest paid players in the league and the most talented player on your team, it's going to get a lot of attention and result in a lot of criticism.</p> <p>So let's say hello to New York Rangers forward Rick Nash who is currently mired in the worst goal-scoring slump of his career and is chasing history for all of the wrong reasons.</p> <p>With 52 shots and zero goals in his first 14 playoff games this postseason, Nash is getting close to setting the all-time mark for most goals in a playoff run without scoring. <a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://proicehockey.about.com/od/nhlnewsscoresstats/fl/Rick-Nash-and-the-NHLs-longest-playoff-goal-droughts.htm">Here, we take a look at the all-time longest playoff goal droughts in NHL history</a>. It's a list that features two current Hall of Famers, one future Hall of Famer, and a couple of 40-goal scorers.</p>When will Rick Nash score again? originally appeared on About.com Hockey on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 at 14:13:02.Permalink | Comment | Email this

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