What If the Selke Trophy Were Actually Awarded to Defensive Specialists?

Posted 01/06/2017 - 20:15 by HockeyPolls

The NHL has an award nominally for defensive specialists, the Frank J. Selke Trophy, which supposedly goes to "the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." Yet, no purely defensive forward has won the trophy in recent memory. Instead, it sometimes feels as though it’s awarded annually to the guy we can all agree is a good defensive player and who happens to be having a great offensive season.

Post to Post: Will Artemi Panarin's Extension Kill the Bridge Contract?

Posted 01/06/2017 - 01:55 by HockeyPolls

Any serious NHL fan likely knows all about bridge deals. When a good young player comes off his entry-level contract, his team has a choice: Either sign him immediately to a long-term contract at significant dollars that will take him into unrestricted free agency, or settle for a deal between one and three years at a lesser amount.

World Junior Hockey Championship 2017 Final: USA vs. Canada Score, Reaction

Posted 01/05/2017 - 23:55 by HockeyPolls

Tyler Parsons saved all five shot attempts he faced in the shootout to help the United States bring home the gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship in dramatic fashion Thursday.

The United States overcame two different two-goal deficits to force overtime against Canada in Montreal, which wasn't enough to break the 4-4 tie. In a five-round shootout, Troy Terry scored the only goal, and Parsons took care of the rest in what went down as a 5-4 win for the U.S.

Blue Jackets vs. Capitals: Score, Highlights, Reaction from 2017 Regular Season

Posted 01/05/2017 - 21:56 by HockeyPolls

The Washington Capitals put history on hold Thursday at the Verizon Center. 

Washington ended the Columbus Blue Jackets' 16-game winning streak with a commanding 5-0 victory and prevented the visitors from tying the 1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins' NHL record of 17 consecutive wins. It was also a notable effort for the Capitals because they are chasing the Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division.

10 Things NHL Fans Have to Look Forward to in 2017

Posted 01/05/2017 - 17:33 by HockeyPolls

An NHL head coach recently told reporters in Calgary that he believes the months of January through March are the crux of any schedule. Things are getting tough. 

And that means fans are in for a treat. 

Early Look at the Top 10 Prospects for the 2017 Entry Draft

Posted 01/04/2017 - 20:27 by HockeyPolls

This year's draft crop has not yet established a clear top tier, mostly due to injuries and inconsistent performance. There is no generational talent—no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews—but the top end should provide NHL teams with quality players who can perform important roles for a decade or more.

Panthers' Roberto Luongo Eyeing 5th on All-Time Wins List

Posted 01/04/2017 - 18:29 by HockeyPolls

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo enters Wednesday night's matchup against the Winnipeg Jets with an opportunity to pass Terry Sawchuk for the fifth-most wins in NHL history, per Sportsnet Stats.

World Junior Hockey Championship 2017 Results: Semifinal Scores and Reaction

Posted 01/04/2017 - 18:12 by HockeyPolls

The finals of the 2017 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship from Montreal are set after Wednesday's semifinal action. Things led off with the United States defeating Russia in a thrilling shootout and its reward will be a gold-medal matchup with continental foes Canada after it defeated Sweden.

Here are the updated results from the semifinals:

 

New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia Flyers Betting Odds, Analysis, NHL Preview

Posted 01/04/2017 - 09:20 by HockeyPolls

The Philadelphia Flyers (20-14-5) will attempt to break a four-game losing streak on Wednesday night, when they host the New York Rangers (26-13-1) as small home betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.

Post to Post: Detroit Red Wings' Playoff Streak Will End Without Pavel Datsyuk

Posted 01/03/2017 - 17:29 by HockeyPolls

It isn’t news that the Detroit Red Wings are a struggling hockey club.

The 24th-ranked team in the NHL may be even worse than the standings indicate. Since opening the year 6-2-0, the Red Wings have lost nearly twice as many games as they’ve won, and even that undersells matters.

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