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during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on September 29, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

The NHL at the Quarter Mark: Central Division

The 20 game mark in the NHL season is usually a time when the strengths and weaknesses of a club have been fully exposed, giving not only team executives but also fans time to ruminate on where their franchise needs to improve.

The LWOS hockey department has done the same, taking a division-by-division snapshot of where each team is at at the quarter pole, and where they are heading as a result.

Next up is the Central Division covered by Cristiano Simonetta and Charlie Clarke.


NHL All-Star Game to be Given a Makeover

The National Hockey League announced on Wednesday that the 2016 NHL All Star game will be getting a makeover.
The new format will divide the 2016 Honda NHL All Star Game into three 20 minute 3-on-3 games with the all-stars being comprised from players representing the four divisions.

during the 2015 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Nationwide Arena on January 25, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio.

3-on-3 All-Star Game Latest Evidence NHL is Open to Change

They call it the good old hockey game, but it sure seems to have a fresh feel around it lately. Sports can often be caught in the “more of the same” mentality, a disease that has befallen the beloved NFL, now referred to tongue-and-cheek as the “No Fun League.” The same can’t be said about the NHL, not only because…

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MUST SEE: Doughty, Carter Combine to Beat Preds

The NHL’s 3-on-3 overtime has already in this young season produced some incredibly exciting plays, but last night’s sequence on the Los Angeles Kings game-winning goal against the Nashville Predators might be the best yet. MUST SEE: Doughty, Carter Combine to Beat Preds The play starts with a 3-on-1 crossing the Kings blueline with Drew Doughty the only player back…

NEWARK, NJ - OCTOBER 13: Mattias Ekholm #14 of the Nashville Predators skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 13, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Predators Sign Mattias Ekholm to Six-Year Extension

The Nashville predators have locked up another key piece on the blueline, signing Mattias Ekholm to a six year extension.


TSP: 2015 NHL Organizational Prospect Rankings Part 2

Welcome to the 2015 edition of Top Shelf Prospects.  As the summer progresses, I will be featuring each NHL team’s top prospects, following the order of the first round of the 2015 NHL draft (as if there were no traded draft picks) —you can find all the articles here. Because we already published an extensive NHL Draft preview, I will not be reviewing the…

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Derek Roy Signs a PTO with the Washington Capitals

Forward Derek Roy is in Washington Capitals camp on a PTO. Former Oilers forward Derek Roy joined the Washington Capitals on a PTO http://t.co/rY22LkZhg1 pic.twitter.com/qDmEy3VFmY — Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 14, 2015 Roy could be insurance if Caps star centre Nicklas Backstrom isn’t ready to go for a little bit, due to his off-season surgery. Roy, 32, has spent 11 seasons…

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