May 14 2013 11:46AM
NHL goaltenders have been improving, year-over-year, in nearly every season since the league started tracking save percentage. In the early 1980’s, an NHL team could expect to score 13 goals for every 100 shots it took; today, they can expect to score on less than nine.
Are bigger nets the answer?
May 13 2013 02:21PM
Does Sam Gagner struggle in games against bigger teams?
May 13 2013 10:35AM
Henrik Zetterberg had no goals through the first give games of the Ducks/Wings series, but with his team down 3-2, Zetterberg showed up when it mattered most and potted 3 goals and 5 points in the final two games as the Wings upset the Ducks.
There is no doubt you need depth to win in the playoffs, but if your star players don't produce, it is unlikely your team will win. The Ducks got great production from depth guys like Emerson Etem, Nick Bonino and Kyle Palmieri (combined for 9 goals and 14 points), but their leading goal scorer in the regular season, Corey Perry, had no goals and only two points.
Zetterberg elevated his game when the Wings needed it, while Perry couldn't deliver for the Ducks. In his previous 43 playoff games Perry had 18 goals and 40 points, and he proved he could produce when it mattered most, but he couldn't this year and it cost the Ducks.
May 12 2013 08:21PM
It seems likely the Edmonton Oilers will add another body to their coaching staff for next season. I find myself wondering if we're jumping to conclusions by assuming it'll be an assistant coach. How about a head coach?
May 12 2013 02:41PM
The graduation of Nail Yakupov, Justin Schultz and Teemu Hartikainen from "prospect" status means the Edmonton Oilers top 20 list undergoes an enormous change heading into the draft. Who's #1?