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Trending Topics: Is there any way to fix the Oilers?
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Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli’s has his team in an untenable position. There was a question in the mailbag yesterday that asked how you can fix the Oilers without the use of a time machine to prevent Peter Chiarelli from making a series of inadvisable trades. Chiarelli may or may not be long for the […]

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Trending Topics: What does 'losing the room' look like?
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Chicago won against an underwhelming Rangers team on Wednesday night. In doing so it perhaps staved off some of the concern that has been lingering around the team for the past week and, indeed, most of the season. When teams people think were going to be elite — and one struggles to understand why anyone […]

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Trending Topics: Columbus facing tough questions with depth, power play
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The Blue Jackets need to right the ship soon, but injuries and an ineffective power play is making their prognosis grim. This is something I touched on briefly in the Countdown this week, but it’s hard not to wonder what the immediate future holds for the Columbus Blue Jackets. The reason Columbus could potentially be […]

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Trending Topics: Buffalo sees the only path forward
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The Buffalo Sabres appear prepared to tear it down all over again. Earlier this week, it was reported that if you were an NHL team that wanted a guy currently playing for the Buffalo Sabres, you were more than welcome to kick the tires on anyone who didn’t recently sign an eight-year deal worth $80 […]

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Trending Topics: Making sense of the Pacific
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There’s no way Vegas and Vancouver can keep this up, right? Well, I don’t think anyone had the Red Wings and Bruins third and fourth in the Atlantic, but the surprising collapse of Montreal opened a lot of doors. Vegas is first in the division.

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Trending Topics: Figuring out the Penguins' up-and-down season
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Being a quarter of the way through the season and “only” being on pace for 94 or 95 points, and having solid if unspectacular underlying numbers is something most teams would love to shoot for, but this is the Mike Sullivan Penguins.

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Trending Topics: The devils in the details of New Jersey's hot start
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The New Jerseys Devils are off to an incredible start – but what’s driving their success? In what was supposed to be another rebuilding year, it seems that, instead, the New Jersey Devils are positioning themselves for a lot of success.

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Trending Topics: Don't freak out, but Buffalo's off to a horrible start
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Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) reacts after giving up a goal to the New York Islanders during the second period of a hockey game, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, in New York. Last season, when everything else seemed like it was going sideways, the Sabres could at least console themselves with the results they got […]

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Trending Topics: Why Jaromir Jagr shakes up the Pacific
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Jaromir Jagr puts on a jersey as he is introduced as the newest member of the Calgary Flames. How many different wingers are Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron going to cycle through? This has not been the case for the Calgary Flames’ two best forwards in recent years.

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Sharks ready for one last Cup chance (Trending Topics)
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The long-term outlook for the San Jose Sharks is not great. Almost everyone on the team who makes any sort of meaningful impact is out of their prime already. Thornton, at 38, is on a one-year deal and probably pretty close to reaching the end of the road on a guaranteed first-ballot Hall-of-Fame career.

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LA Kings have no good answers (Trending Topics)
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What happens to the Los Angeles Kings this season should absolutely dictate what they do going forward. A few of these guys have had not-great seasons judging by their own lofty standards, and when you pair that with injuries and the aging process, plus a paucity of meaningful contributions from guys deeper down the lineup, […]

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Trending Topics: Dale Tallon seeks to undo progress Panthers made without him
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Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon has made some questionable decisions this offseason. Dale Tallon was back in charge of all personnel decisions after a year of being, ahem, promoted, and all the smart, younger hockey guys who worked to improve a team with a decent framework were out. The way the Florida Panthers have been […]

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