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Chicago: Second City? First Place?

Chicago, in defiance of all the gloomy pre-season predictions which called for the Blackhawks to be the fourth or fifth seed in the Western Conference, is leading the Central Division and is vying with the Mont...
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Rangers Resartus

Whisper it quietly but the New York Rangers are the latest surprise in the Eastern Conference early in this season; roaring out of the blocks like a silver bullet and leading the Metropolitan Division ahead of ...

Edmonton: A Gushing Start

It’s been a long time since the Edmonton Oilers have lived up to their name and struck pay dirt as a franchise. 16 games into the 2016/17 season Edmonton is gushing forth with their best start in 5 years—leadin...
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On the Cusp of Greatness?

In my last column I talked about which NHL coaches had risen or fallen or stagnated on my top 50 charts which are determined by my rating system featured in my book Bench Bosses: the NHL’s coaching elite. There...
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Matt’s Top 50-Who rose? Who Fell? and Who stood still?

2015-2016 Scotty Bowman         +309 Toe Blake                    +195 Dick Irvin                   +189 Joel Quenneville  +128 Glen Sather                +124 Ken Hitchcock      +108 Al ...
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Goodbye, Mr. Hockey

Author’s Interview with Al Arbour January 16, 2008 MHD: “Mr. Arbour, I gotta ask you this question since you saw both men play. Who was better? Gordie or Gretzky?” Arbour: “Gordie!” MHD: “Why?” Arbo...
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Boston Bruin: Toughness in the face of adversity

When the present season started last October I felt that Boston head coach Claude Julien was in a precarious position; his head fitted for the guillotine. The Bruins had failed to reach the playoffs and the new...
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Bruce Boudreau: finally getting his Ducks in a row

Anaheim is vying for first place in the Pacific Division but what’s surprising is the fact that it took so long for the Ducks to do so. When the present season started, Anaheim was the consensus choice to win t...

The KO of Yeo

The firing of Mike Yeo as head coach of the Minnesota Wild last Saturday marked the end of what had been on the surface a promising NHL career. Instead Yeo’s firing revealed deeply concealed flaws that have sur...

The Tampa Bay Lightning: Jump Starting their Hearts

Before the present season started, I predicted that Tampa Bay would dominate not only the Atlantic Division but the Eastern Conference as well; hell, I thought Tampa had a good chance of going all the way to th...