NHL: 5 AHL Players To Watch Out For
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The American Hockey League is a fantastic developmental league. It is very rare that a top young prospect will play in the NHL without getting his feet wet professionally in the AHL (notable exceptions include Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos). Most young hockey players spend some time on an AHL team as a right of passage to the NHL.

And with the lockout of 2012, the AHL has been home to some fantastic hockey this season. Jordan Eberle, Justin Schultz, and the rest of the young Oilers […]

NHL: A Look At The Canucks Northwest Division Domination – Part II
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The mood amongst the Canucks fans I chat with regularly seems to be more pessimistic than usual headed into the 2013 season. From the injury status of Ryan Kesler (and now David Booth?), to doubts about the quality of the clubs blue-line to a general sense of impatience regarding a presumably forthcoming Luongo trade: it seems that many folks find themselves doubting that the Canucks are legitimate contenders this season, with many even wondering if Vancouver can emerge as Northwest Division champions this season. Yesterday, in part […]

NHL: A Look At The Canucks Northwest Division Domination – Part I
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Over the past several seasons, the Canucks (-172 to Win the Northwest Division) have grown fat feeding off the ruinous mediocrity in the Northwest Division. Since 2009-10, only two other Northwest Division teams have made the playoffs, and both were in 2009-10 when the Calgary Flames and the Colorado Avalanche snuck into the dance and were unceremonious thumped in their respective first round series’. The last two years, the moribund Northwest has been the Canucks for the taking, and they’ve taken nearly 80% of the available points […]

NHL: The Four Biggest Questions In The Western Conference
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A lot has happened in the Western Conference since we last saw the NHL in action in June of 2012. Detroit legend Nicklas Lidstrom officially announced his retirement from the league. The Minnesota Wild landed the two most sought-after free agents in a July surprise, and the Edmonton Oilers signed blue-chip prospect defenseman Justin Schultz out of the University of Wisconsin.

Let’s take a look at the four biggest stories from the NHL’s Western Conference.

4. Can Detroit replace Nicklas Lidstrom? (Red Wings to Win Stanley Cup +1800)
In […]

NHL: 2012 Year In Review
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2012 was a year of turmoil for the NHL, and in turn the sport of hockey as well. The Los Angeles Kings peaked at the right time, dominating their Western Conference foes from Vancouver, St. Louis, and Phoenix en route to capturing their first Stanley Cup in team history (a six game defeat of the New Jersey Devils). Sidney Crosby made his second triumphant return from a concussion, and his Pittsburgh teammate Evgeni Malkin once again showed why he is arguably the best hockey player on the […]

NHL: Behind The Numbers – Putting It All Together
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This week we’ve looked at two “objective” methods of measuring team performance that are more accurate than using a team’s win/loss record or their goal differential. For teams, controlling possession is key (which we covered in Possession Metrics), as is an understanding the way percentages govern the game (The Percentages) but neither concept should be looked at in a vacuum.

The key here, is to put an understanding of both concepts together, and make the underlying numbers work for you!

Once 25 or so games have been played in any […]

NHL: Minnesota’s Odds To Win Stanley Cup Go Wild
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The Minnesota Wild sent shock waves through the NHL on Wednesday with the the dual signing of free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to mammoth contracts – an impact that will be felt both on and off the ice.

Minnesota’s dual acquisitions have moved its Stanley Cup futures odds to 23-1 on PlayNow Sports. The Wild’s odds are now better than Suter’s old team, Nashville Predators (29-1), and equal to that of Parise’s former team and defending Easter Conference Champions New Jersey Devils (23-1).

The deal gives Minnesota a […]