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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Leafs Postgame: Torts Law

Jeff Veillette
February 15 2017 10:22PM

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I really liked John Tortorella's choice to wear a sweater with his suit today. Made him look friendly. Like a professor trying to teach his students, rather than a screaming, yelling coach. It was a good look. A real good look.

A better look than the Toronto Maple Leafs brought for most of the night, by the way. They lost 5-2 in this one. That's not a very good look.

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Marlies run of form halted by loss to Comets

Jeff Veillette
February 15 2017 09:51PM

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Photo Credit: Christian Bonin/TSGPhoto.com

Just because a hockey team is on a roll, doesn't mean they aren't susceptible to a bit of a blow every so often. Tonight, the Marlies received just that, falling victim to their first three-goal loss in two months to the Utica Comets, who are still clinging onto life on the North Division ladder.

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LFR10 - Game 55 - Oh My Josh - NYI 1, Tor 7

Steve Dangle
February 15 2017 12:19PM

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Is this the Leafs' line in the sand?

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LGD: From Love to Lumbus

Jeff Veillette
February 15 2017 12:02PM

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Photo Credit: John E. Sokolowski/USA TODAY SPORTS

Last night was a lot of fun, but now the Leafs have to jump right onto the ice once again. Tonight, they'll take on the Columbus Blue Jackets, who aren't as invincible as they were a month ago, and are also an opponent that aren't super familiar to this group; just four Leafs were in the lineup for the last matchup between these two teams, less than a year ago. Here's what's about to go down.

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