NHL: Thursday Night Hockey
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BY JEFF ANGUS

A busy Thursday night of NHL action sees the puck dropped on 11 games across the league. The Maple Leafs will be getting goaltender James Reimer back from the injured reserve. Pittsburgh remains without star center Evgeni Malkin (concussion), but he is making progress towards a return.

The Detroit Red Wings dropped a 2-1 decision in Los Angeles last night, and they travelled north after the game to San Jose, where they will face the Sharks tonight. And in Big D, Kari Lehtonen returns to the Dallas […]


NHL: Five Teams That Fans Love To Hate
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BY JEFF ANGUS

There are a lot of reasons to dislike an NHL team – it could be because the team is a close rival of your favourite team. It could be that team is a very successful franchise and beats up on your team with consistency. That team’s roster may feature a player or two (or three) that you dislike. Whatever the reason, we all love to hate certain NHL franchises for a number of reasons. Here are five of the most hated teams in hockey (and in a […]


NHL: Over/Under – Five Overperforming Teams
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday, we took a look at five NHL teams underperforming relative to talent/expectations – Washington, Detroit, St. Louis, New York Rangers, and the Stanley Cup champs from Los Angeles.

Today, we will do the same type of analysis, but on five NHL teams that are overperforming relative to talent/expectations.

Anaheim Ducks (9-2-1, 2nd overall in the NHL)
Anaheim Ducks to Win Stanley Cup +1700
Unless a friend or family member of yours plays for the Ducks, I doubt you would have expected them to be […]


NHL: Over/Under – 5 Overperforming Players
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Yesterday I highlighted my list of the five most underperforming players this season, so today here are five NHLers who are unlikely to sustain their strong starts to the 2013 season. None of the five players listed below are overrated or bad hockey players by any stretch of the imagination, but they each have performed above expectation and probably a bit above their respective playing ability, as well.

Thomas Vanek – LW Buffalo Sabres
Montreal Canadians at Buffalo Sabres (-150, 5.5)
With 19 points in […]


NHL: The Good & The Bad So Far For The Canadian Teams
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Although the 2013 NHL season is still in its infancy stage, we are starting to get a better read on players and teams. The Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks have been dominant in the West, while the Eastern Conference juggernauts from New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston are still finding their legs and shaking off some of the lockout rust.

Among the seven Canadian NHL teams, none have really stood out in the early going. Let’s see what the short term future holds for Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, […]


NHL: 10 Questions From Opening Weekend
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BY JEFF ANGUS

NHL hockey is back, and even though the 2013 season is only a few days old, there is no shortage of interesting storylines to (over) analyze. Let’s take a look at 10 questions from around the NHL that need some answers…

10. LUONGO IS STILL A CANUCK…BUT FOR HOW LONG?
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks (-175, 5.5)
The Vancouver Canucks haven’t traded Roberto Luongo yet, but a deal may be close. GM Mike Gillis was quite candid in a recent interview with the Vancouver Sun, […]


NHL: Who Will Be The Division Champions in the Eastern Conference?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

We looked at the Western Conference, now let’s take a look at the favourites – and a sleeper team to watch for – in the three divisions that make up the NHL’s Eastern Conference: the Southeast, the Atlantic, and the Northeast.

SOUTEAST DIVISION
THE FAVOURITE: Carolina Hurricanes (+260 to Win the Southeast Division)
Perhaps no NHL team did more to upgrade its roster since the 2011-12 season concluded than the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina acquired two-way center Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh, reuniting him with older brother […]


NHL: The Roberto Luongo Trade Saga
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BY JEFF ANGUS

I managed to make it through the entire lockout without penning/typing a single Roberto Luongo trade rumour post. But hold your applause, because that changes right now. It looks like the Luongo trade will occur at some point between the ratification of the new CBA and the start of the 2013 season. We have constantly heard how Luongo to Toronto was a “done deal” for much of the lockout, with names like Nazem Kadri, Tyler Bozak, and Cody Franson rumoured to be on their way back to […]