Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Atlantic Division

Cam Lewis
February 21 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The Atlantic Division is complete wide open. Every day, depending on who happens to have a game, the standings shuffle up and down, as only a whopping twelve points separates first from last in the division. The Canadiens have a closing window that their general manager will surely try to capitalize on, while the Red Wings, Sabres, and Lightning, have had disappointing seasons and could sell. In the middle are the Senators, who nobody expected to be playing so well, the Leafs who still have their eyes on the future, the Panthers who are finally playing at a high level, and the Bruins who, uh, who knows! 

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Evgeny Malkin won't have disciplinary hearing for questionable hit on Blake Wheeler

Cam Lewis
February 17 2017 02:00PM

In the third period of yesterday's game between the Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins, Evgeny Malkin crushed Blake Wheeler with a questionable hit. As you can see in the slowed down video above, Malkin clearly left his feet, targeted the head of Wheeler, and, most obviously, hit the Jets captain when he didn't have the puck. 

Wheeler went to the quiet room for concussion protocol, but did return to the ice to finish the game. He isn't expected to miss any time with an injury from the hit. 

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Enstrom has successful surgery, Copp won't join team on road trip

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 11:07AM

Some injury news on the Winnipeg Jets front, as Tobias Enstrom had successful surgery for a "lower body injury" and will be able to return to action in two-to-three weeks. 

Also, Andrew Copp, who was banged up in Tuesday's game against the Dallas Stars, will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh today. He likely won't be available until the end of February. 

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Central Division

Cam Lewis
February 16 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche. 

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Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Pacific Division

Cam Lewis
February 14 2017 07:00AM

This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner. 

The Pacific Division is completely wide open. Though San Jose appears to still be the cream of the crop, the Oilers have showed flashes of brilliance, and the Ducks and Kings have a track record of previous success. The Canucks and Flames are in a difficult situation determining whether to buy or sell, while the Coyotes have known for months that their season is over. 

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