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Yzerman and Cooper creating the “Lightning way” in Tampa Bay

Quietly head coach Jon Cooper has turned the Tampa Bay Lightning into one of the best defensive teams in the National Hockey League. Remember the old saying the best offense is a good defense, well not in Tampa Bay. For the Lightning the best defense is a good offense and they have been excelling at this style of play through the first 20 games of the NHL season. There has been a...
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Toronto Maple Leafs: Are they really bad or just really mediocre?

To say that the 2014-15 season has provided something of a mixed bag for the Toronto Maple Leafs would be an incredibly heinous understatement. Their losses have led to an induction of mass panic throughout the hockey world, while their wins would appear to serve no other purpose than to instill some sort of flawed belief within the fanbase about a potential playoff run of some...
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NHL Analytics Power Rankings: 11/24

What goes into this ranking? Shot attempts for percentage, offensive/defensive zone starts, goals for percentage and puck luck are the elements of this analytic power ranking. Last week’s NHL Analytics Power Rankings on Puck Drunk Love can be found here. Keep in mind that based on the 2013-14 NHL season, 13 out of 16 playoff teams ranked in the top 16 of these same analytics power...
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Video: The Simpsons referenced the history of the Colorado Avalanche

The Simpsons briefly referenced the history of the Colorado Avalanche in their episode on Sunday night. It is a terrifying tale, isn’t it? Credit to Ryan Boulding for the clip: A video posted by Ryan Boulding (@rboulding) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:52am PST
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Video: Mike Smith falls down behind the net, Ducks score

The Arizona Coyotes have stumbled out of the gate in 2014-15. As the team struggles to crawl out of the basement in the Pacific, Mike Smith perfectly summed up the club’s performance this year with a stumble of his own. Smith ventures behind the net, falls down and the Ducks capitalize.
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Hockey Fights of the Week

Our last installment of Hockey Fights of the Week was arguably the best of the 2014-15 season. How did the league’s warriors follow up on that outstanding collection of fights? There were fewer fights around the league, but the ones we did see were gems.  5. Dale Weise (MON) vs Gregory Campbell (BOS) – Nov. 22nd This fight could have been ranked considerably higher due...
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Report: Edmonton Oilers open to trading David Perron

The Edmonton Oilers are once again in the basement of the NHL. With just over 20 games complete on the Edmonton schedule, it’s already clear that the team is not a contender and will once be open to trading their assets. Usually you won’t see any major deals until the league draws closer to its trade deadline in March, but reports suggest Edmonton may be willing to part with...
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AHL game sets new record for largest U.S. crowd at an indoor hockey game

The Syracuse Crunch and Utica Comets are in the record books after playing in front of the largest indoor crowd in U.S. professional hockey history. The AHL Frozen Dome Classic hosted by the Crunch drew a crowd of 30,715, breaking the mark set by the Tampa Bay Lightning of 28,138 back in 1996 when they played at Tropicana Field. The huge crowd is also the second-largest in AHL history...
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GIF: Andrew Ference scores on his own net

The Edmonton Oilers and Andrew Ference had a Saturday night they’re going to want to forget. Though the league has been focused on Toronto and the issues there, the Oilers have once again proved they can’t compete on a nightly basis in the NHL. It looks like another embarrassing year. The team’s troubles may be best summed up by this Ference blunder. As Ference tried to clear...
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Devils should give Cory Schneider a break

For all 20 games this season for the Devils, Cory Schneider has been in net.  Devils Head Coach Peter DeBoer has opted not to give his franchise goalie a rest.  Why?  The main reason may be DeBoer feels he has the best chance to win with Schneider in net.  Since the Devils missed making the playoffs last year by 5 points, DeBoer doesn’t want a game in October or November being...
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The dry scrape has officially been scrapped

You may recall that the NHL was toying around with the idea of ditching the dry scrape between the third period and overtime. The belief has been that the dry scrape takes too long and fans have grown impatient over a delay which results in a negligible benefit. The league has had some time to discuss the dry scrape and the verdict is in – the scrape has been scrapped beginning...
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GIF: Sergei Bobrovsky is beaten from center ice

Sergei Bobrovsky is going to want this one back. Dennis Seidenberg started his slapper from the red line and released his shot while he was still in the neutral zone. The puck stayed along the ice and managed to slip past Bobrovsky.
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GIF: Kyle Okposo makes Marc-Andre Fleury look silly in the shootout

The New York Islanders secured a big victory on the road in Pittsburgh thanks to an awesome shootout goal from Kyle Okposo. Dekes on dekes. Okposo sends Marc-Andre Fleury the wrong way and slides the puck past the flailing goaltender. (H/T Reddit Hockey)
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Dollars and sense: The Jason Spezza contract extension

Formerly with the Ottawa Senators and now a fixture for the Dallas Stars, Jason Spezza is now taking a four year extension to the bank. The contract extension will see Spezza have a $7.5 million salary cap hit until the age of 35. Did the Dallas Stars overpay for his services, or is the money good value? Over his 12 year NHL career spent mostly with the Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza...
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Report: Daniel Alfredsson won’t play this season

The Daniel Alfredsson comeback may be over before it ever really started. A report from TSN states that word is leaking out that Alfredsson will not be able to play this year. The report states that while the Detroit Red Wings haven’t officially heard about Alfredsson’s status or decision, they have heard that his comeback attempt is over. Via TSN: Sources tell The Dreger Report...
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CSN displayed a weird stat after Daniel Briere scored a goal

This is an odd one. After Daniel Briere scored to make it a 1-1 game against the Washington Capitals, the CSN broadcast displayed an interesting graphic. Usually these tend to mention how many goals the player has scored so far that season or something along those lines. Instead, CSN chose to display when Briere last scored four goals in a game. Spoiler alert: He hasn’t scored...
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With new coach, Nashville Predators are preying on the NHL

Much praise has been heaped on Barry Trotz for the coaching job he did during his 15 seasons in Nashville. He was the first coach the franchise had ever known and they became known for playing a dull shut down style. Never having elite scoring talent the Predators under Barry Trotz effectively won close games and amassed 557 wins over 1196 games. However with the change to Peter...
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Video: Vladimir Tarasenko scored another nifty goal

Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t weave through a sea of defensemen or stop time while faking a goaltender out of his pads, but he did score another nifty goal. Here Tarasenko swats the puck out of the air and past Carey Price for his 11th of the year.
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Video: It takes the Oilers 20 seconds to realize they’re missing a player

The Edmonton Oilers are a fascinating bunch. Aside from all of the struggles and disappointing results, it seems like bizarre situations and general oddities seem to follow the Oilers around from arena to arena. In their game against the Vancouver Canucks, the Oilers elected to play a man down for approximately 20 seconds. Despite being contained within their own zone, no one on...
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Slava Voynov charged with a felony in domestic abuse case

Slava Voynov has been charged with a felony in the domestic abuse case which led to his indefinite suspension from the NHL back in October. According to ESPN, the exact charge is one felony count of corporal injury to spouse with a great bodily injury. Voynov will be arraigned on December 1st. Here’s what we know about the situation from the district attorney’s office, as seen...
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The NHL Sad Fan Index – Volume 2

In a recent study offered by The Hockey News, they broke down team fanbases. [ THN ] In their “study” they named the Toronto Maple Leafs the number one fan base. It turns out they are also the saddest. If you missed our first installment of the NHL’s Saddest Fans, here’s what you missed. Now, on to this week’s group of sad sacks. Best Twitter search Search term: Why...
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Video: Bob McKenzie mocks Mike Milbury’s time as a GM

Mike Milbury was a horrible GM for the New York Islanders. Every hockey fan knows this, but few have ever had the opportunity to say it to his face. Bob McKenzie saw an opportunity and went for it.
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Phil Kessel says “classless” fan tossed jersey on the ice

Tossing your jersey on the ice is the current popular way of showing your displeasure in the NHL. Jersey tossing incidents have been seen in games involving the Edmonton Oilers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, but it’s the latter which is the talking point today. One Maple Leafs fan tossed their jersey on the ice during a 9-2 beating by the Nashville Predators. As you might imagine...
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A proposal to fix the World Cup of Hockey’s 7th and 8th team problem

International hockey has long had a bit of a problem when it comes to staging international tournaments: at any given time, there have only been at best, seven great hockey playing nations that could reasonably contend for a medal. Slovakia and the Czech Republic’s dropping off the world map in recent years in terms of developing players, paired with Switzerland’s rise in world...
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Video: Jimmy Fallon on the Pros & Cons of a Vegas expansion team

Jimmy Fallon discussed the pros and cons of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas. The segment wasn’t great, but we did get a good laugh at Fallon trying to pronounce Semyon Varlamov and Alexei Ponikarovsky.
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