E.J. Hradek dips into his weekly mailbag to answer questions on the New Jersey Devils' playoff chances, the Red Wings' home woes and the underrated abilities of the Stars' Jamie Benn. The good news for Devils' fans: They're not out of it yet.
E.J. Hradek takes to the stat sheet to break down and rank the performances of the NHL's best rookies over the past two months of the season. Standouts include Michael Grabner of the New York Islanders and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks.
E.J. Hradek ranks the top contenders for the Calder trophy, and he once again put the San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture in the top spot. Couture shouldn't get too comfortable, however, as the Carolina Hurricanes' Jeff Skinner is closing the gap.
E.J. Hradek offers 10 thoughts on NHL All-Star weekend, including the draft format (with ways to improve), Raleigh's emergence as a hockey city, Shea Weber and Nicklas Lidstrom's dominance on the ice, and more.
In this week's edition of Five for Friday, E.J. Hradek explains that part of the Capitals' struggles this season can be blamed on the increasing strength of their divisional foes. Also: how the Stars can maintain their surprising start.