by Ryan Dixon - April 5, 2010 11:20 AM EDT
The Caps have one trophy on their mantle, now it's time to chase the more important one as the playoffs are on the horizon.
If past Presidents’ precedent can be believed, there’s about a 30 percent chance the Washington Capitals will win the Stanley Cup.
by Ryan Dixon - March 29, 2010 3:35 PM EDT
The Nashville Predators are looking to win their first playoff series this year, but to win the Cup, they'll have to go through some tough teams.
The Nashville Predators are truly a team in the middle. The Preds presently sit fifth in the Western Conference, behind four playoff teams and ahead of three.
by Ryan Dixon - March 22, 2010 1:40 PM EDT
The surprising Coyotes take over top spot in our team rankings the day after emerging as the Pacific's top dog.
It’s come to this. The Hockey News picked the Phoenix Coyotes to finish 15th in the Western Conference, but we’re certain any excess egg on our face could quickly find a home elsewhere thanks to the Coyotes’ shocking rise to first place in the Pacific Division.
by Ryan Dixon - March 15, 2010 2:45 PM EDT
Washington remains at the top of the hill while Dallas is looking more and more like it'll miss the playoffs for the second straight year.
The Olympic break was really good to one of Brenden Morrow’s teams, but not the other. Morrow left Vancouver with a gold medal, but the good times stopped once the Canadian captain of the Dallas Stars returned to Texas.
by Ryan Dixon - March 8, 2010 2:25 PM EST
With players starting to return from the infirmary, Montreal is looking dangerous and creeping up our post-Olympic top 30.
It has taken a while, but things are finally looking happier in Habland. The Montreal Canadiens have been an inconsistent bunch this season, both in terms of results and who is in the lineup thanks to a fairly significant string of injuries.
by Ryan Dixon - February 15, 2010 2:50 PM EST
The Red Wings should be healthy at the end of the Olympic break and ready to make a push for the playoffs.
The return is underway; now it’s about the results. Barring any unfortunate injuries to their stars competing at the Olympics, the Detroit Red Wings will return from the break in better position to win hockey games than they’ve been in a long time.
by Ryan Dixon - February 8, 2010 2:15 PM EST
Not surprisingly the Caps are No. 1, but certainly surprising is the recent play of fellow Southeasters Tampa Bay.
Steven Stamkos has clearly established himself as a front-line NHL player, but Steve Downie might not be far behind. Downie is never going to have the elite offensive upside Stamkos does, but he’s rapidly becoming a very useful player for Tampa while skating on the top line with Stamkos and Martin St-Louis.
by Ryan Dixon - February 1, 2010 3:25 PM EST
The Caps jump the Sharks for No. 1, but many eyes are on the Coyotes as they look for their first playoff berth since '02.
Shane Doan looks ready to lead the committee. That the Phoenix Coyotes woke up Monday morning as the Western Conference’s fourth seed is surprising enough, but it’s all the more eye-catching when you consider this team hasn’t really had an offensive leader all season.
by Ryan Dixon - January 25, 2010 3:05 PM EST
San Jose's back atop our weekly rundown of all 30 NHL clubs, but what's the deal with the Isles staying in the hunt?
It’s tough to know how optimistic to be about the New York Islanders these days. For the first time in recent memory, they’re battling for a playoff spot and can certainly hold their own with the other underwhelming Eastern teams scrapping it out for seeds five through eight.
by Ryan Dixon - January 18, 2010 2:40 PM EST
The top-end teams are comparable, but the mid-range squads in the two conferences aren't even close.
A disparity in conference competence is nothing new to the NHL, but the East is taking it to the extreme this year. As of Monday morning, the New York Islanders sat tied for the eighth seed with the Montreal Canadiens with 50 points, but had played two less games for a total of 48.
by Ryan Dixon - January 11, 2010 3:00 PM EST
The Blackhawks emerge as No. 1, but the injury-ravaged Bruins continue to slide in the East.
The way things are going in Boston, it’s almost like Patrice Bergeron’s bad luck is contagious. In the eyes of many, the B’s entered this season as a serious Cup contender, based mostly on the fact they finished with more points than anyone in the East last year and returned with virtually the same lineup.
by Ryan Dixon - January 4, 2010 3:55 PM EST
With four straight wins the Flames move up a few spots, but not enough to pass the surging San Jose Sharks.
Thanks to a series of recent playoff disappointments, there will be no cause for celebration in Calgary until the Flames toast at least one or two opponents in the post-season.