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The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 2 — On the Wideman suspension, and what’s gone wrong in Montreal

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Dennis Wideman (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Welcome to Episode 2 of The Hockey News Podcast.

This week, THN writers Ken Campbell, Ryan Kennedy, and Matt Larkin discuss the Dennis Wideman suspension, what’s gone wrong with the Montreal Canadiens, and the return of Connor McDavid.

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[Music: Metz – Headache; Quicksand – Omission] Roundtable: Which NHLer’s story would top a John Scott movie?

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Jordin Tootoo (Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

By now every hockey fan, and many non-hockey fans, know who John Scott is. The journeyman NHL enforcer with five career goals was voted by fans to captain the Pacific division squad at the All-Star Game.

It was a joke that turned into a controversy for the NHL that turned into a heartwarming story when his teammates embraced him and he was named MVP of the game. It was indeed like something out of a movie.

So it was no surprise when news came that Scott had been approached about turning his story into a movie.

But Scott’s story is far from the only one in the hockey world worth telling. Here are four other players whose ups and downs are worthy of the Hollywood movie treatment.

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Turns out, all Henrik Zetterberg needed for a turnaround was a little Love

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Henrik Zetterberg. (Graig Abel/NHLI  via Getty Images)

By Bob Duff

After Henrik Zetterberg scored just two goals over the final 29 games of the 2014-15 season, the murmurs began.

When Zetterberg went through an entire Stanley Cup playoff series without scoring for the first time since he entered the NHL in 2002, the whispers grew stronger. Had Zetterberg’s odometer reached the point where it was time to trade him in for a newer model?

Nope. He just needed more fuel in the tank.

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The Hockey News Podcast: Episode 1 — All about the All-Star Game

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Welcome to the first ever edition of The Hockey News Podcast.

In our debut episode Associate Senior Writer Ryan Kennedy, Associate Editor Matt Larkin, and Web Editor Ian Denomme discuss all things All-Star Game. What should we expect from John Scott? Does the All-Star Game still matter? We have the answers.

We also answer some of your questions about the fast-approaching NHL trade deadline.

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[Music: Metz — Headache; Brass Bonzanza] Roundtable: How would you improve the All-Star Game?

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2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

On Sunday, the NHL will descend on Nashville for the 61st All-Star Game. Depending on who you ask the game is either an institution, a showcase for the league’s best players, or a waste of time that resembles nothing like real hockey.

Over the past 10 years, especially, the game has lost some luster. It has been skipped five times due to either Olympic conflicts or lockouts, and has undergone several format changes.

There’s no denying the All-Star Game is at least a little broken. So how do we fix it? Here’s how:

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Hockey’s future about to get a lot sharper with introduction 4K broadcasts

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New Crowdsource Bus

By Jacob Cohen and Matthew Stamper

If you’ve always wanted to watch NHL games in such great detail that you can count every hair in Brent Burns’ beard, then Rogers’ latest innovation will have you bubbling with excitement. Saturday’s contest between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre will be broadcast in 4K, the first hockey game ever to do so.

Canada’s leading national sports broadcasters are taking steps to let fans watching at home see every detail of the game. The Raptors’ win over the Celtics Wednesday night on TSN was the first-ever live 4K broadcast in North America. Saturday’s Original Six matchup on Sportsnet will be the first of eight NHL games to be broadcast in 4K.

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Matt Duchene and Shea Weber. (Getty Images)

The NHL standings are very close. The league has rarely seen the kind of parity being displayed so far this season. More than halfway through the season you can count on one hand the number of teams that are already out of playoff contention.

While teams like the Capitals and Kings start to run away with their divisions, there are a number of teams stuck right in the middle, right on the crowded playoff bubble.

As the all-star break approaches, here are our picks for playoff bubble teams that will be in or out of the playoffs come April.

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This Week in The Hockey News magazine: Febuary 15, 2016

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Cover_400x546It’s THN’s annual Rookie Issue, with features on the best freshmen from around the NHL. This year, meet Dylan Larkin, the next Jonathan Toews. Also profiled: Connor McDavid, Artemi Panarin, Jack Eichel, Robby Fabbri, Jared McCann and many more.

In addition:

We talk to several rookies, past and present, to see how adjusting to live in the NHL as a teen has changed over the years.

The Coyotes young pups are leading an expedited rebuild – but will it be enough to keep them in Arizona?

The impact of the NHL’s new rule changes – is 3-on-3 OT and the coach’s challenge living up to the hype?

We preview the NHL All-Star game, with an eye on fan “favourite,” John Scott.

Catching up with ex-NHL enforcer Cam Janssen as he laps up European history, a few pints and all the love thrown his way in the United Kingdom.

How Shane Doan remains a finely tuned machine despite having many miles on the odometer.

We pay homage to  the late Dickie Moore, one of hockey’s most underrated stars.

A wrap of the World Junior Championship in Finland – did the home country’s victory shake up the draft rankings?

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