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B/R NHL Experts Discuss: Stanley Cup Favorites and Award Winners at Midseason

Posted 01/19/2017 - 20:42 by HockeyPolls

The Stanley Cup playoffs are not that far off. Yeah, the NHL is in something of the dog days of its 82-game season, but spring is starting to feel closer. And that means only one thing: predictions.

NHL Players Who Have Improved Their Hall of Fame Credentials in 2016-17

Posted 01/19/2017 - 14:07 by HockeyPolls

For many of the active NHL players who've put up the kind of numbers needed for entry into the Hockey Hall of Fame, this year has been a bit of a downer. 

Veteran snipers are showing their age on the cusp of retirement, and while their career accomplishments cannot be erased, the lackluster seasons do invoke a certain sadness. 

Is Jonathan Toews' Slump a Long-Term Concern for Chicago Blackhawks?

Posted 01/18/2017 - 21:56 by HockeyPolls

DENVER Jonathan Toews lay contorted in the middle of the Chicago Blackhawks' dressing room Tuesday morning, doing yoga-like stretches to loosen up his lower back. At one point, he employed the use of a pulsating, lower-lumbar roller, using it as a fulcrum to stretch the muscles out even more.

Ranking the Dirtiest Plays of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

Posted 01/18/2017 - 21:12 by HockeyPolls

The 2016-17 NHL season has seen a large reduction in fines and suspensions for players. The 2015-16 saw 65, per Sportsnet, while this season's total fines and suspensions number fewer than 20.

NHL Veterans Having the Best Seasons of Their Careers in 2016-17

Posted 01/13/2017 - 21:19 by HockeyPolls

Every year, the NHL game gets faster and younger, and the league's veterans include fewer and fewer role players. The impact veterans, the ones who make the big cap dollars, have gobbled up much of the overall dollars, and teams have been forced to fill in secondary roles with youngsters and less-proven NHL players.

Meet the NHL's Ironman: Ducks' Andrew Cogliano Is Hockey's Most Durable Player

Posted 01/12/2017 - 20:33 by HockeyPolls

DENVER — Andrew Cogliano had to think hard for a moment when asked the last time he missed a hockey game as a player. 

"It's been so long, it's hard to remember the exact moment. In junior, in the playoffs one year, I think I had a separated shoulder or a high ankle sprain, or something like that," Cogliano said.

The Most Surprising Success Stories of the 2016-17 NHL Season So Far

Posted 01/12/2017 - 17:23 by HockeyPolls

With half of the NHL season in the books, there is enough evidence to make a few declarations with some certainty. 

For example, raise your hand if you thought both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames would be in playoff positions at this point or if you put money on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson being among the top 10 scorers. 

There have been plenty of surprising success stories in the 2016-17 season so far—from teams performing above expectations to players bouncing back or putting up numbers above their career trajectories. 

NHL Teams with Toughest Schedules Heading into All-Star Break

Posted 01/11/2017 - 18:17 by HockeyPolls

The NHL schedule has reached the halfway point for most teams, but the truth is that not all schedules are created equal. Some clubs have ripped through the toughest parts of their seasons, while others have long stretches of danger ahead.

How the Blue Jackets Went from NHL Laughingstock to the Top of the Standings

Posted 01/09/2017 - 15:21 by HockeyPolls

It used to be that any story that started with the line "The Columbus Blue Jackets could win the Stanley Cup this year" was automatically rendered a work of fiction. Not humanly possible. The Blue Jackets were punching bags on the ice and punch lines off.

Ranking the Most Shocking Statistics of the 2016-17 NHL Season

Posted 01/06/2017 - 23:52 by HockeyPolls

Every season, NHL fans are treated to shocking performances.

Some of those performances come from veterans who are enjoying career seasons, while others come from role players who are stepping into ideal situations and making the most of things. There are also those that come from NHL teams that are delivering historic numbers.

This season, only halfway done, has given fans all kinds numbers to discuss. And in some ways, these have changed the balance of the NHL. Will it last?

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