September 09 2014 01:10PM
Our western conference preview stops in Calgary to look at the rebuilding Flames. They lost their leading goal scorer, Mike Cammalleri to New Jersey, and once again the biggest concern will be goal scoring.
The Flames played the most 5x5 minutes of any team in the NHL last year, but they only scored 136 goals and gave up 172. The only teams who were outscored at 5x5, but made the playoffs, were Philadelphia (144-150) and Montreal (130-135).
The Flames have to improve 5x5 if they have any hopes of making the postseason.
September 09 2014 12:17PM
When you strip away the excitement that fans are getting closer to having some actual on-ice action to talk about, the 2014 edition of the Edmonton Oilers rookie camp in Penticton is about Leon Draisaitl and Darnell Nurse. Everything and everyone else is a sidebar.
September 09 2014 10:32AM
Training camp is nearing rapidly, which makes this an exciting time of the year for teams, signed players and fans. It’s more bittersweet for the unsigned NHL’ers out there; resolution is coming one way or the other but it very well might take the form of a tryout deal.
Are there any players out there who the Oilers should be interested in taking a look at?
September 08 2014 03:15PM
When I was a kid, I used to hang out in the back yard, at my parents' place, and rip tennis balls at the fence. I would be out there for hours, convinced that I was going to end up in the NHL. Obviously that didn't happen. I ended up blogging about the game I was so sure I was going to play for a living. Luckily, a lot of us are still able to play hockey for the love of the game, and we think you should be rewarded for your dedication.
September 08 2014 01:17PM
Our western conference preview continues with a focus on the Winnipeg Jets. This is the Jets' fourth season in Winnipeg after relocating from Atlanta, and they've missed the playoffs all three seasons. They finished with 84 points in 2012 and 2014, and 51 during the shortened 2013 season.
They missed the playoffs by eight points in 2012 and four points in 2013 while skating in the eastern conference. They moved to the west last year and ended up in 11th spot, seven points out of the playoffs.
They Jets don't need a massive improvement to make the postseason, but there is one glaring reason why they will could struggle to make the playoffs; Goaltending.