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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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Despite trending in different directions, Caps and Penguins given same Stanley Cup odds
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Sitting in first place in the Metropolitan Division at the start of the new year, the Capitals saw their Stanley Cup odds improve, but not as much as you may think.After going 10-2-2 in December, the sports betting site Bovada gives Washington 18/1 odds

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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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Senators fans get #MelnykOut trending during NHL 100 Classic
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Fans of the Ottawa Senators were united Saturday. While supporters have often disagreed as to whether the team should play in its current arena in suburban Kanata or in downtown Ottawa, they’re currently on the same page about at least one topic: the future plans of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. Melnyk denied speculation Friday that […]

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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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Blackhawks continue trending in right direction, but can't complete comeback vs. Predators
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For the Blackhawks on Tuesday, it was a mix. Against a red-hot Nashville Predators team and on the second half of a back-to-back, the Blackhawks could take some good out of their 3-2 loss. Considering some of their squandered opportunities earlier this season, the Blackhawks are certainly looking for two points every chance they can […]

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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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Blue Jackets are trending up
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While acknowledging the risk of being the blog that cried wolf on this situation, Monday once again presented evidence that the Blues Jackets might just find their stride. The overall trend is way up, however, as the Blue Jackets are now on a four-game winning streak. Sergei Bobrovsky‘s been brilliant, they haven’t allowed a power-play […]

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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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