Morning Skate

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World Junior Hockey Championship: Why Do We Care So Much?

The World Junior Hockey Championship is must-see television for diehard hockey fans in North America, but how did that happen? In Canada, the popularity of the WJHC dates back decades. In the...

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Randy Cunneyworth Doesn't Speak French: Is That Really A Problem?

Montreal Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth doesn't speak French. To many, this is a serious problem that strikes at the very identity of the French Canadian people. But on the ice, is it...

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Could John Stevens Lose Interim Tag, Remain Los Angeles Kings Head Coach?

John Stevens is the interim head coach of the Los Angeles Kings in the wake of Terry Murray's firing. What are his chances of keeping the job?

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Pittsburgh Penguins Right To Be Cautious With Sidney Crosby

The Penguins are sitting Sidney Crosby for two games. Are they being too timid with their superstar? No. No they're not.

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How NHL Realignment Impacts All 30 Teams

The NHL's new alignment impacts each team in its own way. We break things down on a team-by-team basis, judging who the winners and losers of the process were in the end.

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NHL Realignment Questions: Power In Pennsylvania, 20 Team Playoffs?

Everybody seems to think that the Detroit Red Wings have the power in NHL realignment talks, but it seems that power might lie elsewhere. Also, could a 20 team playoff system be on the horizon, and...

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How Bruce Boudreau, Anaheim Ducks Head Coach, Can Suddenly Help The Capitals Again

Bruce Boudreau can still help his old team, the Washington Capitals, even though he's now more than 3,000 miles away in Anaheim. Also, the Detroit Red Wings are predictably about to host a Winter...

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Washington Capitals Coaching Change Firmly Shifts Responsibility To Players

Bruce Boudreau is out, Dale Hunter is in, but what happens if the Washington Capitals keep struggling from here on out? It's now clear that the burden has shifted.

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NHL Injuries Don't Need To Be Disclosed, Because We're Going To Find Out Anyway

NHL teams are not required to share much information when it comes to injuries. This would be an issue, except for the fact that we wind up getting all that information anyway.

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Sidney Crosby, Alex Semin, Rally Balloons: Monday Was A Wild Night Of NHL Hockey

Rally balloons in Washington, missing defensemen in Philadelphia, a wild comeback in Florida and a brawl in the stands in Montreal were all overshawdowed by Sidney Crosby on Monday night.

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Sidney Crosby Returns From Injury: Why We Should All Be Thankful Hockey's Best Player Is Back

Sidney Crosby returns to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup on Monday night, and as hockey fans, we should all be extremely thankful for that.

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NHL General Manager Meetings Seemed Like Waste Of Time

The 1-3-1 trap? Goalie protection? These are non-issues that we're glad the NHL general managers decided to spend two days in a room discussing this week.

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NHL All-Star Ballot Shouldn't Even Include Names

Today in the Morning Skate, we look at the outdated system that dictates who makes it on the NHL All-Star Ballot. We also wonder out loud about an Eric Lindros documentary and again, why Scott...

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Flyers Vs. Lightning: Did Philadelphia Break Any Rules While Breaking Tampa's Trap?

Peter Laviolette and the Flyers worked around the rulebook in busting Tampa Bay's 1-3-1 trap on Wednesday night. But did they actually break a rule in doing so?

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Why Your Team Might Not Be That Good, Or, Fun With Shooting Percentage

Shooting percentage numbers can be skewed pretty easily at the start of the season, and when one team is getting extra lucky with their shots, it can bump them all the way to the top of the standings.

A Simple Solution To The NHL's Shootout Problem

Solving the NHL's shootout problem seems pretty simple. Yes, part of the solution involves ties.

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How Does Blue Jackets Coach Scott Arniel Still Have A Job?

Scott Arniel is still the coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday morning. How is that possible?

Why The Penalty Shot Is The Most Exciting Play In Hockey, And Why The Shootout Is Not

The penalty shot is the most exciting play in hockey for a whole host of reasons, but the notion that those reasons carry over to the shootout? Yeah, not true.

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Teemu Selanne Is Still Incredible (And He Does It Wearing A Visor)

Today in the Morning Skate, we take a look at the ageless Teemu Selanne, and how he's basically pacing the Ducks offense all by himself. We also look at new data regarding NHL players and visors.

Red Wings Vs. Wild: Did Mikko Koivu Interfere With Niklas Kronwall Before Winning Goal?

Red Wings fans are up in arms over Mikko Koivu's hit on Niklas Kronwall in the dying seconds of overtime on Tuesday night. Was it interference, or was it just an awesome play?

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NHL Realignment: What Can We Learn From 44 Years Of Seismic League Changes?

In the last 44 years of NHL history, the league has realigned in a significant way five times. Let's look back at that history and see what we can learn as we prepare for another round of change.

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Suddenly, The Ottawa Senators Have A Six-Game Winning Streak

What's going on in Ottawa? The supposed-to-be-horrible Senators have a six-game winning streak and are just a point out of the Northeast lead.

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Peter Chiarelli Calls Routine Press Conference, And All Of Boston Stops In Its Tracks

Peter Chiarelli had nothing to announce on Tuesday night, but that doesn't matter. The City of Boston turned into one giant rumor mill, and there was nothing that could be done to stop it.

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NHL's New European TV Deal Continues To Close Continental Gap

NHL games will be broadcast live in four European countries over the next five years as the gap between European hockey and North American hockey continues to close.

NHL Center Ice Vs. NHL GameCenter Live: Which Service Is Superior?

NHL Center Ice and NHL GameCenter Live provide essentially the same product: NHL hockey for out-of-market fans. In this side-by-side review, we compare the two and figure out which does it better.

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Jamie Benn's Crazy Goal The Result Of Strong Puck Pursuit, Luck, Horrible Defense

Jamie Benn scored on Tuesday what could turn out to be one of the prettiest goals of the year, and while he did it with a lot of luck and help from the Columbus defense, Benn deserves plenty of the...

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