The Vegas Golden Knights came into their inaugural season with absolutely no expectations. Seemingly everyone, including myself, thought they would have no business being close to the playoff picture. This was because they were supposed to have a weak forward core and be a complete wasteland up the middle en route to a lottery pick. But now, two months into the season they are an above 50% shot share team with an estimated 59% chance of making the playoffs. If this was going to be possible coming into the year I would have guessed it would be on the back of great goaltending and James Neal. WhileRead More →

With a quarter of the NHL’s 2017/18 season already under its belt, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on how the teams are performing at this early stage. Given that less is more, especially in today’s TL:DR society, I wanted to mix things up a little. Instead of the usual review format, we’ll be looking at each team using the form of the Haiku poem. Last time we looked at the teams in the Eastern Conference, today it’s the turn of the west! Anaheim Ducks Embed from Getty Images Getzlaf and Kesler Both injured, Ducks make odd trades Must do better nowRead More →

The Vancouver Canucks are a team that many (including myself) expected to be a lottery team. Not only this year, but in future years as well. As of the time of writing this they are in the 2nd wild card spot with 26 points in 24 games played. Now, their advanced stats suggest they may still partially be playing over their head. However, give them credit because they are playing much better than most expected. Embed from Getty Images There are a few reasons for this. New coach Travis Green seems to have implemented a solid system that is working. They also had a veryRead More →

After Connor McDavid and Edmonton Oilers were eliminated in game 7 of the second round last year it only seemed reasonable that the young team would take another step forward this year. This lead to very high expectations coming into this 17-18 NHL season with previews suggesting they may have Stanley Cup aspirations. This has obviously not been the case thus far as they have struggled early and currently sit second last in the conference, back in that all too familiar draft lottery territory. This is a nightmare start for the Oilers, but signs suggest that if they keep playing the way they are, not onlyRead More →

We’ve already looked at three NHL teams who are exceeding expectations, now let’s look at some who aren’t. We’re about a month into the season now, and there are teams who frankly, we had higher hopes for. Teams who’ve made the right moves but are falling short in the standings. Washington Capitals The Metropolitan division has long provided some of the stronger teams in the NHL; and Carl’s fomer bandwagon team, the Washington Capitals have dominated the division in the last two seasons. Well known for imploding during Cup runs, the three-time Presidents’ Trophy winner seem to have started their collapse early this season. Embed from GettyRead More →