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Leafs prospects Biggs, Sparks make USA’s 24-man roster

The roster for the United States’ national team at the upcoming IIHF U-20 world championships was trimmed to 24 late last night, and to nobody’s surprise, Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospects Tyler Biggs and Garret Sparks both made the cut. The US had some trouble in the pre-tournament games, as did Canada, dropping a 5-1 game…

Best of the Nation: 12.23.12

Lockout talks, an Evander Kane trade, a plan to rebuild the Calgary Flames, World Junior primers and a host of other topics were covered at the Nation Network this weeks – read past the jump to see more.

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Permanent Decertification is Certifiable

The momentum is growing. Every day the calls to decertify or otherwise disband the NHLPA are growing. And I don’t mean from NHL players. No, hockey fans and media alike are now so fed up with what passes for collective bargaining in the NHL that they want to blow up the entire system. We’re not…

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KHL: Malkin’s Gordie Howe Hat-Trick

  Malkin drops the gloves and scores some goals, Ovechkin looking better and better, and if the NHL ever comes back, you better watch out for St. Louis Blues prospect Vladimir Tarasenko. Enjoy!

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A Holiday Message From the Nations

   Well it hasn’t been the merriest of Christmas seasons this year has it? Instead of squeezing present shopping around Hockey Night in Canada or Battles of Alberta, we’ve had to put up with histrionic lawyers at press conferences, game cancellation announcements and endless debates about which side of the labor argument is more reprehensible.

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Toronto Marlies On Ice Goals Performance

Continuing the Toronto Marlies statistical breakdown, this post is devoted to player’s on-ice goals for and goals against totals. Korbinian Holzer entering the game versus Lake Erie had been on the ice for 15 goals against. Of those, 10 were on the power play, and he had not been on the ice for any shorthanded…

WJC Gameday: Canada vs. Finland (Pre-Competition)

The 2013 edition of the IIHF World Junior Championships doesn’t get officially going until Boxing Day, but things kick off on the exhibition calendar this morning as Canada faces Finland. The game airs on TSN beginning at 9:30am ET (6:30am PT), live from Vantaa, Finland. The game is the first chance to evaluate the final…

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The KHL’s Back! And Malkin Nets a Hatty

  The KHL has returned from its December break, and Evgeni Malkin opened things up with a bang! We have five games for you right now, and we’ll be working on more of the games from December 19th tomorrow, as well as the pair from Thursday the 20th. Enjoy!

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Phil Kessel and consistency

There has been some chatter* online about Phil Kessel’s streakiness, because there’s not much to do. *by chatter, I mean SB Nation comment threads, notably this one. Just to sort of get it out of the way, I want to show off that Phil Kessel isn’t a streaky hockey player. He’s a good hockey player…

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Breaking Boxcars: Toronto Marlies Edition

Image via Dave Abel Sometimes it’s a just a trivial item, an interesting tidbit just as a matter of fact. Three of the 2012-13 Toronto Marlies four shorthanded goals against were scored less than five minutes into the 3rd period. One broke a scoreless tie and another was an insurance goal extending the opposition lead…