NHL Teams Most in Need of Rebuilds

Posted 01/14/2017 - 15:05 by HockeyPolls

Approaching the midpoint of the 2016-17 NHL season, several struggling clubs face the need to rebuild their rosters. Some are near the bottom of the league standings. Others are struggling to remain in playoff contention. 

These teams have various roster weaknesses that are hampering their respective performances this season. Some lack scoring, some need defensive depth and some need help throughout their rosters. 

The Hottest and Coldest NHL Teams Right Now

Posted 01/14/2017 - 02:26 by HockeyPolls

In the National Hockey League this season, streaks have made some of the biggest headlines.

The Columbus Blue Jackets flirted with history when they won 16 straight games, but since the Washington Capitals broke the spell January 5, John Tortorella's team has been a rather pedestrian 2-3-0. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the Vancouver Canucks racked up nine straight losses earlier this season, but a six-game post-Christmas winning streak has pulled them back into the thick of the playoff race.

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.

Patrik Laine Injury: Updates on Jets Forward's Concussion and Return

Posted 01/13/2017 - 13:28 by HockeyPolls

The Winnipeg Jets placed rookie sensation Patrik Laine on injured reserve Friday as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered against the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 7. 

Continue for updates.

Alex Ovechkin Tops 1,000 Career Points with 2 Goals Wednesday

Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin tallied two goals in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins, becoming the 84th player in NHL history to reach the 1,000-point mark, per ESPN Stats & Info.

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. 

Alexander Ovechkin Scores 1,000th NHL Point: Highlights, Comments and Reaction

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin tallied his 1,000th career NHL point Wednesday night with a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

As seen in this video, courtesy of the NHL, Ovi needed just 35 seconds to light the lamp and join the exclusive club:

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.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals Betting Odds, Analysis, NHL Preview

Posted 01/11/2017 - 09:44 by HockeyPolls

Two of the NHL Eastern Conference’s best teams over the previous few seasons will be in the spotlight Wednesday night as the Pittsburgh Penguins (26-8-5) and Washington Capitals (26-9-5) meet at the Verizon Center.

Washington is listed as a small home favorite at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark to try to extend its winning streak to seven and end Pittsburgh’s at five.

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