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NY Rangers projected lineup: K'Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba forming lockdown pair

NEW YORK - While Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox makes one dazzling play after another, the Rangers' second-defensive pair is focused on a simpler task. "The biggest thing is keeping the pucks out of our net and limiting the other team's chances when we're on the ice," second-year defenseman K'Andre Miller said Sunday at the MSG Training Center.
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Game 5 — A Look at the Player Who Wouldn’t Sign in Calgary

The Flames face off against the 4-1-1 New York Rangers today at 5pm. This will be a first look at this team playing under Gerard Gallant’s system. Players on the Flames would be doing themselves a favour by not expecting the loose play that the Rangers have brought in the last few seasons. Let’s take a look at the lineup.

Mitch Marner is still elite, even if it doesn’t look that way

There has been a swell of vitriol growing around Mitchell Marner. Who could blame anyone for being frustrated that the team’s supposed best player is not living up to the expectations?. Especially when he basically set those expectations for himself with the very public contract negotiation where he was clearly...
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Hockey Analytics: Defensive Metrics

Defense is not a four-letter word, but when it’s bad, it extracts a select few. During the off season, fresh off a calamitous first round exit after being up 3-1 in the opening round against the eventual Finalist, Montreal Canadiens, the Toronto Maple Leafs signed two players that should have a distinct defensive impact.

How can the Jets turn it around?

This hasn’t been quite the start any of us Jets fans thought we were going to get. Most were optimistic with an offensive team now transitioning to a system that will allow them to generate more offence. The transition has been sloppy, but the Jets still have talent. That talent...

Season Preview 2021-2022

We’re in the middle of the start of the 2021-22 season. After a short summer, the Jets have made significant upgrades on defence, and there’s an air of optimism around the team coming into this season. In just two days, the Jets defence went from a near certain position of...

Game 1 Usage: What can we learn from the coach’s decisions?

Usage is a tricky subject in hockey. For many years, maybe forever, the way a coach uses a player has been taken as proof of who the player is, how they played, why they scored or didn’t score — the whole narrative stew of a goal-based view of a game. We’ve invented words like “sheltered” because playing good offensive hockey and having the most value scoring goals is suspect. We’ve decided the trick of dancing backwards in skates that is defensive zone play is really done by slamming into someone at high speed, and that a defensive zone breakout is the hardest thing anyone has ever done in the history of sport, so only the toughest of players can start a shift in the defensive zone.

2021 FlamesNation Pacific Preview: Los Angeles Kings

The Calgary Flames are back in the Pacific Division this season. To get everyone reacquainted with the new divisional foes, we’re previewing every team. After being swept by the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in round one of the 2018 playoffs the once-mighty Kings fully embraced the rebuild path. Over the last three years, Rob Blake’s Kings have built one of the deepest and dynamic prospect pools league-wide. With some veteran additions this offseason and stalwart stars of old still hanging around, it appears as though the Kings may be lurching towards a step forwards in the standings.

NHL season megapreview: Power rankings, X factors, bold predictions and more

The 2021-22 NHL season is being called a return to normalcy. Last season was an unprecedented one for the NHL due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Four geographically realigned divisions, including one solely comprising Canadian teams; teams playing only opponents within those divisions; and a new playoff format that eschewed wild-card teams.

Red Wings: Could Pius Suter be one of Yzerman’s Best Pickups?

One of the more heralded moves in Detroit Red Wings’ GM Steve Yzerman’s tenure was the signing of Pius Suter this offseason. Discarded shockingly by the Chicago Blackhawks, Yzerman wasted no time and scooped up the Swiss center. Now it will be interesting to see just what the guy can...

Ranking the NHL's goalie tandems from 1 to 32: Why the Islanders reign supreme

Ranking the NHL's goaltending tandems used to be a predictable process: Pencil in the Boston Bruins, Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars and whoever the Tampa Bay Lightning have playing with Andrei Vasilevskiy at the top, and then figure out the rest. Unfortunately for us, and fortunately for the rest of...

Islanders, Rangers rank among NHL’s best goaltending tandems

On Tuesday morning, Greg Wyshynski at ESPN published an interesting ranking of the NHL’s goaltending tandems as we get ready for the 2021-22 season. After a volatile offseason that saw significant movement at the position — including the reigning Vezina Trophy winner being traded for literally nothing — the changes in this year’s rankings are dramatic.