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  1. New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens could soon be buyers on the ...

    Matthew Coller

    The NHL's four wild card slots remain hotly contested as the second half begins. Matthew Coller identifies the biggest flaw of 10 contenders for those spots, along with a potential fix in each case.

    Story | Conversation | January 27, 2015
  2. Identifying Stanley Cup contenders, pretenders at the midway poin...

    Sam Hitchcock

    Sam Hitchcock dives into the advanced metrics to determine whether certain upstart teams -- like the Islanders and Predators -- are legitimate Stanley Cup contenders or not.

    Story | Conversation | January 13, 2015
  3. Previewing Team USA's World Junior Championship team - NHL

    Corey Pronman

    Corey Pronman serves up his preview of Team USA at the upcoming World Junior Championship, featuring key facts and scouting notes on every player on the roster.

    Story | Conversation | December 23, 2014
  4. Buyer's guide to Coyotes, Sabres, Hurricanes and Oilers - NHL

    Rob Vollman

    As the trade rumor mill ramps up, which players on the teams at the bottom of the standings should be targeted by the contenders? Rob Vollman examines.

    Story | Conversation | December 17, 2014
  5. Where Blues stand against top contenders

    Craig Custance

    With the St. Louis Blues having been knocked out of the playoffs by some of the best teams in hockey the past few springs, the theory went like this: Coach Ken Hitchcock would measure the progress of the Blues during this regular season on how they d...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  6. How Stanley Cup contenders can overcome Achilles heels in 2014-15...

    Sam Hitchcock

    The Blackhawks, Bruins, Kings, Penguins and Ducks all have a significant flaw. Sam Hitchcock of Hockey Prospectus explains how each of them can overcome that Achilles' heel.

    Story | Conversation | September 30, 2014
  7. Four keys to the Wild being contenders

    Craig Custance

    As far as training camp drama goes, the Minnesota Wild are giving the Columbus Blue Jackets a run for their money. It never escalated to Ryan Johansen levels, but Minnesota had its own contract stalemate, with goalie Darcy Kuemper arriving late while...

    Blog | September 22, 2014
  8. The Washington Capitals still are not a serious contender in 2014...

    Matthew Coller

    Hockey Prospectus identifies a player trending up, a player trending down and a key stat for the 2014-15 Washington Capitals.

    Story | Conversation | August 27, 2014
  9. Colorado Avalanche among four teams that could shift their attent...

    Matthew Coller and Sam Hitchcock

    Four teams that spent this offseason like they'd be Stanley Cup contenders may be more focused on the draft lottery in 2015, based on the underlying statistics.

    Story | Conversation | July 29, 2014
  10. Better dynasty contender: Chicago or LA?

    Craig Custance

    It's natural when a team in this era wins its second Stanley Cup in three years that the question immediately becomes about the franchise's place in history. It happened last spring when the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins to become the ...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  11. Looking ahead for Washington Capitals, new GM Brian MacLellan - N...

    Frank Provenzano

    Frank Provenzano takes a look at the Washington Capitals' hire of Brian MacLellan as their new general manager, and offers his thoughts on what the team should do to return to the ranks of top contenders.

    Story | Conversation | June 05, 2014
  12. Links from around the rink: Apr. 6

    Tim Kavanagh

    It's a battle of attrition for some NHL teams as the playoffs near. We know well how banged up some of the top contenders -- including the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins -- have been as of late, but it's a problem for ...

    Blog | April 06, 2014
  13. Are the Leafs a legitimate contender?

    Craig Custance

    Randy Carlyle had to know what he was doing. When you're the coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, you know full well that everything you say will be scrutinized to the extreme. Especially when it's perceived as criticism following a loss. On Tuesday ...

    Blog | March 19, 2014
  14. Flyers emerging as dark-horse contender

    Craig Custance

    There's a belief that the Philadelphia Flyers would be among the last teams the Pittsburgh Penguins want to face in the first round (or any round) of the Eastern Conference playoffs. That theory was bolstered this weekend. The Flyers swept a home-...

    Blog | March 17, 2014
  15. Flyers going after Ryan Kesler?

    Tim Kavanagh

    While they remain in the thick of the Eastern playoff race, the Philadelphia Flyers are clearly a rung below the top contenders in Pittsburgh and Boston. What might change that reality? Acquiring Ryan Kesler. And according to a report Tuesday, th...

    Blog | March 04, 2014
  16. Weekend trade rumors roundup

    Doug Mittler

    The Buffalo Sabres put the NHL trade sweepstakes in high gear Friday night with the blockbuster deal that sent star goaltender Ryan Miller and center Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are a bona fide Stanley Cup contender and are built t...

    Blog | March 03, 2014