February 16 2017 09:00AM
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The Vancouver Canucks play their final game of a six-game road trip tonight against the hometown St. Louis Blues. These two teams haven't seen each other since early October when the Canucks somehow stole the win in OT.
Bo Horvat notched the tying goal late in the 3rd to make it 1-1 and Henrik Sedin barely got a hold of a Chris Tanev directed shot to win it in the extra frame. The Blues beat the Red Wings last night in Detroit so both teams will be a bit road weary.
Vancouver is four points back of a playoff spot so these are a huge two points up for grabs.
February 16 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.
The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche.
February 15 2017 10:46PM
We're a mere two weeks away from the NHL trade deadline. All eyes were on the Vancouver Canucks this time last year, as fans and media alike waited with bated breath to see how the team would handle a pair of veterans on expiring contracts in Radim Vrbata and Dan Hamhuis.
We all know how that turned out: the team was unable to yield any return on either player, which was viewed as a significant loss for an organization that announced their intention to trade both players.
The organization appears to have learned a lesson from last year's debacle, as Trevor Linden and Jim Benning have kept their cards close to the chest this time around. Since their intentions aren't entirely clear, it allows them to take control of the narrative, and keeps hopes of an active deadline realistic.
Next week, we'll take a look at whom the Canucks should look to move, but this week we'll keep things straightforward:
At the deadline, do you buy, sell, or stand pat?
February 15 2017 02:56PM
We're less than a month from the trade deadline, which means our focus is shifting from what teams are doing on the ice to what moves they'll make off it.
The march for the playoffs is in full swing, trade rumours are plentiful, and teams are scouting the upcoming draft class. NCAA and CHL free agents are also at the forefront. Teams are looking for players who've fallen through the cracks for one reason or another.
Over the coming weeks, I will profile a handful of these free agents. Today, we will focus on one particular player because of a report from Elliotte Friedman's '30 thoughts' this week (It was actually 32!). We will focus on #26 today:
The Nation Notebook: Therrien and Julien in a coaching carousel, Chiarelli on the deadline, Vermette's slash and some rumours
February 15 2017 07:00AM
The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.
In a shocking series of events, the Montreal Canadiens fired Michel Therrien yesterday afternoon and replaced him with the Habs archrival Boston Bruins' former head coach in Claude Julien. The same afternoon, Peter Chiarelli said his Oilers weren't going to be in the buyers market and later that night Antoine Vermette took a swing at a referee.