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NHL Mid-Season Report: Northeast Division

NHL Mid-Season Report: Northeast Division

by Ryan Dixon - January 12, 2011 2:40 PM EST

The Northeast has seen a couple top teams fall off in recent years and if things keep going as they are, only one team may represent the group in the post-season.
BOSTON BRUINS THN pre-season prediction: 3rd in East Scoring leaders: Patrice Bergeron, 32; Milan Lucic, 28; David Krejci, 27. Key stat: Bruins have the best 5-on-5 goals-for/against ratio in the NHL at 1.


THN.com Blog: The two sides of James Wisniewski

THN.com Blog: The two sides of James Wisniewski

by Ryan Dixon - December 30, 2010 8:53 AM EST

The Montreal Canadiens new blueliner appears to fill a void that wasn't empty, but the hope is the former Islander will add additional PP strength to make up for other deficiencies.
The Montreal Canadiens must be hoping James Wisniewski can help with some of their problems, while not worsening other issues.   Acquired from the Islanders for a compensatory second-rounder in 2011 and conditional fifth in 2012, Wisniewski brings a heavy shot and snarly attitude to Montreal.


THN.com Blog: Is there a true franchise goalie in the NHL today?

THN.com Blog: Is there a true franchise goalie in the NHL today?

by Ryan Dixon - December 22, 2010 1:35 PM EST

Gone are the days of 'The Dominator' and the glory years of Martin Brodeur. But are there any franchise goalies who have taken their place?
When you’re sitting around talking hockey with the likes of Georges Laraque, Claude Lemieux and former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button, interesting ideas are bound to come up.


THN.com Blog: Sergei Kostitsyn making noise in Nashville

THN.com Blog: Sergei Kostitsyn making noise in Nashville

by Ryan Dixon - December 15, 2010 11:50 AM EST

A 100-plus point player in junior, Sergei Kostitsyn has the talent, but still needs consistency at the professional level.
When the Canadiens traded Sergei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators last June, the most important player Montreal got back was his brother, Andrei.


THN.com Blog: Milan Lucic brewing something big in Boston

THN.com Blog: Milan Lucic brewing something big in Boston

by Ryan Dixon - December 8, 2010 12:25 PM EST

On pace for a career year, Milan Lucic is coming into his own as a successful power forward for the Boston Bruins.
We’re certainly not breaking any new Bruin ground here to suggest there’s a link between legendary Boston banger Cam Neely and current crasher Milan Lucic.


THN.com Blog: Base Iginla trade thoughts on sense, not sentiment

THN.com Blog: Base Iginla trade thoughts on sense, not sentiment

by Ryan Dixon - December 4, 2010 8:50 AM EST

If the Flames get serious about a rebuild, they can't concern themselves with Jarome's legacy in Calgary; they must do what's best for the club.
The arc of Jarome Iginla’s career represents an absolutely striking symmetry. Iginla is so ingrained as the face of the Flames that it’s almost easy to forget he was drafted by the Dallas Stars, 11th overall in 1995.


THN.com Blog: Thoughts on the NHL season at the one-quarter point

THN.com Blog: Thoughts on the NHL season at the one-quarter point

by Ryan Dixon - November 24, 2010 2:45 PM EST

We're 25 percent into the season, time to take a look back at some of the more surprising trends, from Stamkos to the Flyers and more.
We’re a quarter of the way through the NHL season and 1984 never felt so far away. That was the year the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers finally halted the New York Islanders’ post-season winning ways at 19 consecutive series victories, denying the Isles a fifth straight Cup.


THN.com Blog: How much will Montreal miss Andrei Markov?

THN.com Blog: How much will Montreal miss Andrei Markov?

by Ryan Dixon - November 17, 2010 10:10 AM EST

The lately oft-injured defenseman has left the Canadiens in a tough situation and may not return next season.
The Montreal Canadiens didn’t miss a beat with Andrei Markov out of the lineup early this season, but that fact stands in contrast to how they’ve fared without the star defenseman in the recent past.


THN.com Blog: Ty Conklin stays sharp in St. Louis

THN.com Blog: Ty Conklin stays sharp in St. Louis

by Ryan Dixon - November 10, 2010 1:45 PM EST

The Blues backup has suffered a lot of heartbreak in recent years, but continues to be one of the best support players in the game.
The way things are going in St. Louis, Ty Conklin might get to experience a little more heartache. The Blues are off to a fantastic start, thanks largely to the play of stingy Slovak Jaroslav Halak in goal.


THN.com Blog: Jeff Halpern supplying Canadiens with unexpected scoring pop

THN.com Blog: Jeff Halpern supplying Canadiens with unexpected scoring pop

by Ryan Dixon - November 9, 2010 1:05 PM EST

While the Habs struggle to put goals on the board, checker Jeff Halpern is helping the team where he wasn't expected to.
The Montreal Canadiens likely never envisioned Jeff Halpern would be contributing the way he is this season when they signed him to a modest free agent contract late in the summer.


THN.com Blog: P.K. not the only Subban

THN.com Blog: P.K. not the only Subban

by Ryan Dixon - November 3, 2010 12:35 PM EDT

While P.K. Subban flashes his talent with the Montreal Canadiens, brother Malcolm tends the net in Belleville.
There’s a lot that differentiates Malcolm Subban from his older brother, P.K. True, Malcolm does play for the same Belleville Bulls team P.


THN.com Blog: Speed kills for Toronto's Phil Kessel

THN.com Blog: Speed kills for Toronto's Phil Kessel

by Ryan Dixon - October 27, 2010 12:05 PM EDT

Once compared with Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel may not be on Sid's level anymore, but his speed and shot make him an elite talent.
There’s being fast and then there’s being fast when you’re at the tail end of a shift that had you running around your own zone because your team is completely hemmed in.


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