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Defense Will Derail Leafs Cup Hopes

Sorry, Toronto Maple Leafs fans, but the headline says it all.Following the Leafs 6-2 loss last Monday to the league-leading Tampa Bay Lightning, Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star reported they had a record of 7-14-1 against this season's top-10 defensive clubs.That...

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Draisaitl Contract Critics Gone Silent

Leon Draisaitl's eight-year, $68-million contract with the Edmonton Oilers created a stir when the deal was announced in August 2017. With the Oilers fresh off their first playoff appearance in 11 years, some observers felt $8.5 million per season was too much too...

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Projected 2018-19 NHL Scoring Race (Updated)

Back in October and December, I examined this season's higher rate (3.11) of NHL scoring compared to recent previous seasons. While the rate remained steady during that period, it has since declined slightly to 3.05. That's still the highest it's been since...

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