On the strength of three strong performances last week, San Jose goaltender Antti Niemi vaults to the No. 1 goalie spot. Meanwhile, Winnipeg forward Andrew Ladd joins the skater rankings at No. 6 and Chicago's Jonathan Toews moves up a spot to No. 2.
On the strength of three consecutive wins, Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky vaults to the No. 1 goaltender spot. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh forward Pascal Dupuis joins the skater rankings and Washington's Alex Ovechkin moves up a spot to No. 5.
Tom Awad of Hockey Prospectus analyzes the NHL's new postseason plan and finds it unfair to teams in the two western conferences, who will have to spend more to compete, face worse odds for playoff spots and lose out on revenue as a result.
Here we go again: the 2010-11 Player Power Rankings, based on Puck Prospectus' GVT metric. For the first edition, two very familiar names are at the top -- Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby. Anyone else counting the days until January 1?
Old hockey cliche: to win the Cup, you need grinders (see Talbot, Maxime from last season). But how true is this statement? Tom Awad of Puck Prospectus crunches ten years of data to make a determination.
You would think playing in the tougher of the two conferences would present more pitfalls for teams trying to win a Cup, but the Chicago Blackhawks are favored to reach the finals, even in the wild West.