Oilers Defense Options for the Draft

There are two crucial needs for the Edmonton Oilers this summer. One of them is finding a top-six winger that can score 20-30 goals and potentially play with Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The other need is to find a top-four offensive defenseman. When it comes to finding an immediate solution for the defense, they may need to look for help via free agency or the trade market. Related: Oilers Options…

April 21, 2018
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Can Devils Avoid Elimination?

On the brink of elimination, the New Jersey Devils will have to fight for their playoff lives Saturday afternoon when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning in Tampa. The Devils have shown the ability to overcome adversity throughout the season, but this will be their most difficult challenge yet. Here’s what they’ll need to do to force a Game 6 on Monday night.  Devils’ Power Play Has to Show…

April 21, 2018
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Will Kadri Be Maple Leafs’ Salvation?

  Nazem Kadri is set to return from his three-game suspension Saturday night, Game 5 of his Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Kadri’s return couldn’t be timelier for the Maple Leafs, who are facing elimination after a 3-1 loss Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre. Though Toronto’s play improved during their two games at home, their Game 3 victory was decidedly lucky and, despite outplaying…

April 20, 2018
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Five Players Fighting for a Rangers Future

The changing of the guard at Madison Square Garden will really start to ramp up in June, when the New York Rangers enter an NHL Entry Draft in which they have three first-round picks, two second-rounders (one that could become a future first) and two thirds to work with among 10 total picks. Perhaps they’ll make all of those selections, perhaps some will be packaged in trades for established players,…

April 20, 2018
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Barkov is Selke Bound

April 20, 2018

The Selke Trophy is given to the “forward who demonstrates the most skill in the defensive component of the game,” and while offensive output is not mentioned in the description, it too is a factor. Although left out of this year’s nominees, it is an award the Florida Panthers’ Aleksander Barkov is not only worthy of, but one I expect him to win, if not next season, very soon. What…

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Where Do the Sharks Put Thornton?

April 20, 2018

The San Jose Sharks have the best pure playmaker of his generation sidelined with an injury. Joe Thornton had surgery in late January to repair his right medial collateral ligament and it is unknown when he will return. There were whispers he may come back late in the first round, but his teammates breezed through the first four games. The Ducks put up little fight but the second series isn’t…

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Edmonton Oilers: Misplaced Expectations

With the news the Calgary Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday, many fans in Edmonton are once again asking how Oilers coach Todd McLellan still has a job. After all, the Flames were expected to finish lower in the standings than the Oilers when the season started and after having a better 2017-18 campaign, Calgary removed their bench boss anyway. The answer to how McLellan is still running…

April 20, 2018
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Blue Jackets & Capitals Each at a Crossroads

April 20, 2018

When the Columbus Blue Jackets received an early power play on Thursday night, you could tell their performance on it would dictate how the rest of the night would go. They struggled with their opportunity. Not surprisingly, they struggled with everything after that. A Quick Game 4 Recap Making good on the promise of Alex Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals took care of business in Game 4 in convincing fashion by…

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Sharks Finish off Troubled Ducks

It took until Game 4 of their series against the San Jose Sharks for the Anaheim Ducks to play hockey. And they played a terrific game against the Sharks. Only two problems. First, they weren’t enough better than San Jose to win the game, and second, they’d given themselves zero room for error. Game 4 of the series was the sort of game I expected every game in the series….

April 20, 2018
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Red Wings Draft Lottery Payout: Jackpot or Jack Squat

When it comes to the 2018 NHL Draft, the Detroit Red Wings need to be more prepared than a doomsday bunker-dweller up to their nose in canned goods. After all, this is the most important draft in a generation. The Red Wings will pick four times in the first 36 selections, including a lottery pick where they’ll pick no lower than eighth. That top-eight pick will have a legitimate shot…

April 20, 2018
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