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NHL podcast: MacKenzie on CHL presidency, hockey culture, and Adam Silver

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, a weekly NHL podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

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Canadian Hockey League president Dan MacKenzie joins this week's show to discuss a variety of junior hockey topics, including:

  • Why MacKenzie left the NBA for the CHL
  • Lessons from David Stern and Adam Silver
  • CHL's role in helping shape hockey culture
  • Player compensation, class-action lawsuits

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Defining Moments of the Decade: What we’ll remember from the 2010s

With the decade drawing to a close, theScore looked back and voted on 100 moments that defined the sports world in the 2010s. Below are moments 100-81, and we're counting down by 20 every Monday in December.

100-81 | 80-61 (Dec. 9) | 60-41 (Dec. 16) | 40-21 (Dec. 23) | 20-1 (Dec. 30)

100. Butt Fumble! πŸ‘πŸˆ

Nov. 12, 2012

This decade treated us to perhaps the greatest blooper in NFL history. On Thanksgiving Day 2012, Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez missed the handoff to his running back, turned to run up field - and ran facemask first into his right guard's rear. The impact forced a fumble, which the Patriots returned for a touchdown. The "butt fumble" was born that night, and Sanchez's career was never the same. - Michael McClymont

99. Iceland stuns England at Euros 😱

June 27, 2016

During its maiden participation in a major tournament, Iceland scored a stoppage-time winner against Austria to secure second place in its group, setting the scene for a dream date with England in the last 16. Not even Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute penalty could dampen Iceland's spirits. Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson spearheaded a remarkably quick turnaround, aided by Joe Hart's gaffe, and Iceland promptly slammed the door shut to become the smallest nation to ever win a knockout stage match at the tournament. - Alex Moretto

98. UConn goes 40-0 πŸ†

April 8, 2014

UConn had four undefeated seasons prior to 2013-14, but its 40-0 campaign that year was perhaps the most significant. The Huskies destroyed a 37-0 Notre Dame squad by 21 points in the national championship to give the school and head coach Geno Auriemma a record ninth Division I crown. UConn's victory also completed a sweep of the men's and women's title games, a decade after the Huskies became the only school to accomplish the feat. - Chicco Nacion

97. Mahomes vs. Mayfield πŸŽ†

Oct. 22, 2016

A scene out of a video game is the only proper way to describe the spectacle in Lubbock when Patrick Mahomes and Texas Tech hosted Oklahoma and Baker Mayfield during the 2016 season. A shootout was expected, but by the time the dust cleared, few could believe the 66-59 tally the scoreboard showed. Mahomes set new FBS records with 819 yards of total offense and 734 yards passing ... and somehow lost the contest! Mayfield was up for the task against his former school, tossing seven touchdowns as the two teams combined for 1,279 passing yards, the most ever in a college football game. - Dane Belbeck

96. MLB's Biogenesis scandal πŸ’‰

2013

Biogenesis proved that despite implementing drug testing, baseball was far from clean. This steroid scandal and investigation involving Miami trainer Anthony Bosch led to 13 players, including superstars Nelson Cruz, Ryan Braun, and Alex Rodriguez, receiving suspensions in the middle of the 2013 season. Most of the bans were for 50 games, but A-Rod - who was at the center of it all - received 211 games and missed all of 2014 after his appeal. Many stars involved had their reputations damaged almost beyond repair - and in a lot of ways, baseball still hasn't recovered. - Simon Sharkey-Gotlieb

95. Linsanity! πŸ’₯

Feb. 2012

The sports world ground to a halt in February 2012 as a relatively unimposing Ivy Leaguer of Taiwanese descent set the NBA on fire. After a groin injury sidelined Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin took center stage for the New York Knicks, averaging 24.6 points, 9.2 assists, and 2.4 steals from Feb. 4-20. Lin's spectacular run included a 38-point deluge against Kobe Bryant's Lakers and a game-winner to sink the Raptors. In its most distilled form, Linsanity lasted all of 10 games, but it served as a crucial reminder that talent and opportunity can trump preconceptions any day. - Andrew Potter

94. England wins insane Cricket World Cup final 😲

July 14, 2019

For a sport often derided as boring, the 2019 Cricket World Cup final served as a powerful rebuttal. With England and New Zealand tied with 241 runs at the end of the match, a Super Over was required. Not everyone at Lord’s in London that day knew exactly what a Super Over entailed, but what it produced was one of the most dramatic moments in sporting history. Ben Stokes will not have to pay for a meal for the rest of his life. - Devang Desai

93. Cavs-Warriors, Game 1, 2018 Finals 😡

May 31, 2018

Though they entered the 2018 NBA Finals as underdogs to the Warriors, the Cavaliers found themselves on the verge of a Game 1 road win thanks to a Herculean effort from LeBron James. The momentum was undone, however, when JR Smith wasted a potential game-winning possession with a career-defining blunder. The Warriors emerged victorious in overtime en route to a four-game sweep, and LeBron left for the Lakers that summer, bringing his second stint in Cleveland to its underwhelming conclusion. - Potter

92. Angels throw no-hitter after Skaggs' death

July 12, 2019

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On a night that saw the entire Angels roster don No. 45 to honor Tyler Skaggs, pitchers Taylor Cole and Felix Pena combined to throw a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. After completing the 11th no-no in franchise history, Angels players removed their No. 45 jerseys, laid them on the mound, and shared a moment of silence for their teammate, who died suddenly two weeks earlier. Skaggs was 27. - Bryan Mcwilliam

91. Klay goes off πŸ”₯πŸ”₯πŸ”₯

Jan. 23, 2015

Nothing could have prepared us for Klay Thompson's historic third-quarter performance on a mid-January night. The sharpshooter converted all 13 of his field-goal attempts, including nine 3-pointers, during the jaw-dropping 12-minute stretch. The moment perfectly encapsulated the dynastic Warriors' ability to string together a ton of points at a moment's notice. - Josh Weinstein

90. GOAT USA basketball squad? πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

August 2012

USA Basketball boasted one of its greatest squads ever for the 2012 Olympic Games, assembling a roster that featured not only a prime LeBron James but also the Thunder's then-dynastic trio of James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant, who were all still in their early 20s. Unsurprisingly, they claimed gold while steamrolling the competition, including a record-breaking 156-73 rout of Nigeria in the opening round. The tournament also marked James' last appearance with Team USA. - Jonathan Soveta

89. Bribery scandal rocks college basketball

Sept. 26, 2017

"The dark underbelly of college basketball" was exposed in September 2017, when numerous Division I coaches at Power 5 conferences and a marketing executive at Adidas were arrested for bribery and other offenses, further bringing to light compensation issues that have dogged the NCAA as its amateurism rules have been challenged. - Navin Vaswani

88. Ruiz stuns Joshua πŸ₯Š

June 2, 2019

Andy Ruiz didn't have a chance. Not against Anthony Joshua, the undefeated world heavyweight champion. But to everyone's surprise, one of the most monumental upsets in boxing history took place at Madison Square Garden in early June. The fight was called in the seventh round after Joshua hit the canvas multiple times, making Ruiz the first Mexican heavyweight world champion. - Vaswani

87. Matthews' dazzling debut πŸ’

Oct. 12, 2016

The first one was off a scramble, nine minutes into his career. Not bad. But following the second one, after Auston Matthews dangled a couple of Senators at the blue line and in the neutral zone, and then abused Erik Karlsson in a way Karlsson simply doesn't get abused, you knew: This kid, from Arizona, was something special. Matthews finished with four goals in his dream NHL and Maple Leafs debut. He's been scoring ever since. - Vaswani

86. Federer wins Down Under 🎾

Jan. 29, 2017

In a career full of historic achievements, this was perhaps the most significant. After an injury layoff led pundits and fans alike to question if he'd ever return to the top of the sport, Roger Federer was not supposed to be in the Australian Open final. He was not supposed to beat Rafael Nadal, his frequent tormentor and greatest rival. Defying the odds, Federer captured his 18th slam, proving once again that class is permanent. - Desai

85. Minneapolis Miracle πŸ™Œ

Jan. 14, 2018

When Saints kicker Wil Lutz connected on a 43-yard field goal to put New Orleans up 24-23 with 25 seconds left in their 2017 NFC divisional-round game, the Vikings and their fans knew they needed a miracle. With 10 seconds remaning, "Buffalo Right, Seven Heaven" was called from the sideline, and Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs. After Saints free safety Marcus Williams missed on his tackle attempt, Diggs broke free to the endzone, and the "Minneapolis Miracle" was born. - Jose Taboada

84. Mr. Triple-Double πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€

April 12, 2017

No one ushered in our infatuation with triple-doubles over the past decade more than Russell Westbrook. The enigmatic floor general became the first player since Oscar Robertson in the 1961-62 campaign to average a triple-double over the course of a full season. - Weinstein

83. Canada-USA Olympic semifinal ⚽

Aug. 6, 2012

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Historic Old Trafford was the stage for one of the greatest women's soccer matches ever played. Canadian legend Christine Sinclair scored three times, giving her side a lead each time. U.S. star Megan Rapinoe, who became a cultural icon at the 2019 World Cup, scored twice. Abby Wambach evened the score at 3-3 on a penalty kick after a series of controversial calls against Canada. After a half hour of extra time, Alex Morgan sealed the win in the third minute of added time to send the U.S. to the final. - Guy Spurrier

82. Fail Mary 🀦

Sept. 24, 2012

Criticism of the replacement officials had been mounting for weeks, but it reached new levels at the end of Monday Night Football in Seattle. When the confused temps erroneously awarded the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown, Roger Goodell knew the referee lockout had to end. Two days later, the commissioner struck a deal with the NFL Referees Association. The regular zebras returned the following Sunday, and fans across the country welcomed them back with raucous ovations. - Alex Chippin

81. Tebow-mania

2011-2012

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The quintessential Schrodinger's quarterback, Tim Tebow appeared either unfit for pro football or the sport's savior depending on when you tuned in during his 2011 run as the Broncos' starter. The famously devout lefty hit historic statistical lows early in games, yet managed to lead Denver to six straight wins - four via late comeback - in a stretch that culminated in Demaryius Thomas's 80-yard overtime touchdown in the playoffs. Were it not for the signing of universally beloved Peyton Manning as his replacement, fans in Denver would still argue over what might have been with Tebow. - David P. Woods

100-81 | 80-61 (Dec. 9) | 60-41 (Dec. 16) | 40-21 (Dec. 23) | 20-1 (Dec. 30)

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NHL podcast: McGillis on hockey culture, the league’s role in guiding change

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, a weekly NHL podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

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Brock McGillis, the first openly gay pro hockey player, joins this week's show to discuss a variety of timely topics, including:

  • Are we witnessing the start of a cultural change in hockey?
  • Hockey workplace vs. real-world workplace
  • When will we see the first openly gay NHLer?
  • What life's been like since coming out in 2016

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NHL Power Rankings: Each team’s MVP at the quarter mark

This is the fifth edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings for 2019-20. Check back for updated rankings every second Monday during the regular season.

In this edition, we identify each team's most valuable player at the quarter mark of the season.

1. New York Islanders (16-3-2)

Previous rank: 4

Thomas Greiss is out to prove that his success in 2018-19 was no fluke. The German netminder has been lights out for the Islanders once again this season, posting a 9-1-0 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage.

2. Washington Capitals (16-4-5)

John Carlson has his eye on the Norris Trophy this season, and it's safe to say he has a pretty good chance thanks to eight goals and 28 assists through 25 games.

Previous rank: 1

3. Boston Bruins (15-3-5)

Previous rank: 3

David Pastrnak's all-world scoring has been mesmerizing, but it's hard to deny Brad Marchand the title of most valuable Bruins player. The veteran forward leads the team in points, even-strength goals, and game-winning goals. He also ranks first among Boston forwards in ice time and is called upon in all situations.

4. Dallas Stars (14-8-2)

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Previous rank: 16

Sophomore blue-liner Miro Heiskanen has been a key piece of the Stars' recent turnaround, and he's only getting better. The 20-year-old ranks second on Dallas with 17 points and logs almost 25 minutes per night.

5. St. Louis Blues (14-5-5)

Previous rank: 2

Several forwards have stepped up in the wake of Vladimir Tarasenko's injury, but Alex Pietrangelo has been the Blues' most important player. The 29-year-old captain is on pace for a career-best 64 points and has logged a team-high 24:04 of ice time per game.

6. Edmonton Oilers (16-7-3)

Previous rank: 6

Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid are the top two scorers in the NHL by a considerable margin, so we have to hand out co-MVP honors to the Oilers' unstoppable duo.

7. Arizona Coyotes (14-8-3)

Previous rank: 18

Darcy Kuemper has emerged as one of the game's best netminders this season following a breakout campaign in 2018-19. The 6-foot-5 puck-stopper boasts a league-best 1.98 goals-against average and his elite play has helped take a young Coyotes squad to the next level.

8. Winnipeg Jets (14-9-1)

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Previous rank: 22

Connor Hellebuyck has managed an incredible turnaround so far this year, giving the Jets a real chance to win every night with a .928 save percentage in 19 starts.

9. Colorado Avalanche (13-8-2)

Previous rank: 5

With points in 19 of 23 contests, including a 13-game streak to start the campaign, Nathan MacKinnon has been the pulse of an Avalanche team that keeps on rolling despite the absences of Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.

10. Carolina Hurricanes (15-8-1)

Previous rank: 20

Dougie Hamilton has been a force for the Hurricanes, leading all NHL defensemen with 10 goals to go with 15 assists in 24 games. The 26-year-old has also paced all Carolina skaters in ice time, and the team has posted a sterling 56.87% expected goals rate with Hamilton on the ice at five-on-five.

11. San Jose Sharks (12-11-1)

Previous rank: 23

Logan Couture has been dynamite in his first season as captain, leading the Sharks back into the playoff picture after a dreadful month of October. The 30-year-old forward has tallied a team-best 24 points, including 14 in November as the Sharks have won eight of 11 contests in the month.

12. Florida Panthers (12-7-5)

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Previous rank: 19

Both Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau have been fantastic for the Panthers this year, but the hulking pivot narrowly gets the nod here. Barkov drives the bus for Florida's dominant top line - he's put up 29 points, logged over 20 minutes per night, and won 54% of his draws.

13. Pittsburgh Penguins (12-7-4)

Previous rank: 9

The Penguins rode Sidney Crosby's point-per-game production to a 10-6-1 record while missing several key pieces. With Crosby out of the lineup, however, Pittsburgh has won just two of six contests and has no victories away from home.

14. Montreal Canadiens (11-7-5)

Previous rank: 8

It's no coincidence that the Canadiens are in contention for a playoff spot with Shea Weber healthy. The veteran rearguard ranks second on the Habs with 18 points and still plays an incredibly sturdy game on the back end at 34 years old.

15. Tampa Bay Lightning (11-7-2)

Previous rank: 13

Thank goodness Nikita Kucherov's recent injury wasn't serious, because the reigning MVP is up to his usual ways, leading the Lightning with 20 points through 19 appearances.

16. Vancouver Canucks (12-8-4)

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Previous rank: 14

Elias Pettersson is playing like a league MVP candidate, so it's a no-brainer that he's been the most valuable Canuck. Last year's Calder Trophy winner sits 11th in NHL scoring with 29 points through 24 games.

17. Philadelphia Flyers (11-7-5)

Previous rank: 11

After being rewarded with a six-year, $33-million contract in September, Travis Konecny has not disappointed. The Ontario native leads the Flyers with 23 points in as many games, and he's kept the club afloat despite slow starts from some of his typically productive teammates.

18. Toronto Maple Leafs (11-10-4)

Previous rank: 12

Auston Matthews was already the Maple Leafs' MVP front-runner before Mike Babcock was fired, but Toronto's superstar looks reinvigorated under his new coach. Matthews has posted three points in two games with Sheldon Keefe at the helm, putting himself on pace for 52 goals and 98 points.

19. Ottawa Senators (11-11-1)

Previous rank: 24

Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been a pleasant story for a Senators team that had low expectations for this season. Pageau has already surpassed his 2018-19 point total by seven in 16 fewer games, and he also leads Ottawa in both goals and points.

20. Vegas Golden Knights (11-10-4)

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Previous rank: 15

Mark Stone leads all Golden Knights forwards in ice time and has paced the club with 10 goals. He's one of the best two-way forwards in hockey, and his first full year in Sin City has been impressive, to say the least.

21. Chicago Blackhawks (9-9-5)

Previous rank: 28

The Blackhawks will remain competitive as long as Patrick Kane is in town. The 2016 Hart Trophy winner is off to another all-world campaign with 30 points in 23 outings. Consistent as always, Kane is riding a 12-game point streak, amassing 21 in that span.

22. Nashville Predators (10-9-3)

Previous rank: 7

Roman Josi has more than proved he's worth the big-ticket extension he signed earlier this season. The Norris Trophy contender leads the Predators with 22 points in 22 games.

23. New York Rangers (10-9-2)

Previous rank: 25

The Rangers paid Artemi Panarin to play like an MVP candidate, and, so far, so good. The Russian marksman has recorded a team-best 12 goals and 27 points through his first 21 contests in the Big Apple.

24. Minnesota Wild (9-11-3)

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Previous rank: 27

The ageless Eric Staal continues to produce at 35 years old. He leads the struggling Wild with 17 points thus far.

25. Columbus Blue Jackets (9-9-4)

Previous rank: 26

Pierre-Luc Dubois has done his best to pick up the slack after the Blue Jackets lost several key offensive pieces to free agency in the offseason. His 10 goals and 17 points are both team highs, as the 21-year-old continues to develop in his third NHL season.

26. Calgary Flames (11-12-3)

Previous rank: 10

Calgary is tumbling down the standings, but Matthew Tkachuk is developing into the team's heart and soul. Tkachuk has struggled to produce during the Flames' offensive drought, but he still leads the club with 20 points.

27. Buffalo Sabres (11-9-3)

Previous rank: 21

Where would Buffalo be without Jack Eichel? The Sabres captain is on pace to shatter career bests in both goals and points, and he's been the club's heartbeat through thick and thin.

28. Los Angeles Kings (9-13-1)

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Previous rank: 30

Anze Kopitar has been the Kings' best player for years, which doesn't appear set to change anytime soon. Los Angeles ranks 28th in goals scored this season, but Kopitar has maintained a point-per-game pace through 23 contests.

29. Anaheim Ducks (10-11-3)

Previous rank: 17

His play has wavered somewhat in recent games, but a locked-in John Gibson gives the Ducks a chance to win every single night against any opponent.

30. New Jersey Devils (8-10-4)

Previous rank: 29

A tumultuous start for the Devils hasn't slowed down leading scorer Taylor Hall, who's up to 20 points in 22 games. Unfortunately, for New Jersey, its MVP will be a free agent in the offseason, and the club isn't doing a great job of convincing him to stick around.

31. Detroit Red Wings (7-16-3)

Previous rank: 31

Anthony Mantha has rediscovered the touch that made him one of the deadliest scorers in the history of junior hockey. The 6-foot-5 forward has potted 12 tallies in 26 games this season, putting him on pace for a career-best 38-goal campaign.

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NHL podcast: Olczyk on defeating cancer, the strangest trade story ever

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, a weekly NHL podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

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Former NHLer and NBC analyst Eddie Olczyk joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • Getting traded in 1990 during his son's birth
  • Being a Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador
  • Connections to Chicago, identifying as a 'Hawk
  • Feeling cathartic, deciding to write a book

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NHL podcast: Chayka on Coyotes’ rise, Tocchet’s touch, leadership tips

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, a weekly NHL podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

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Arizona Coyotes president of hockey operations and general manager John Chayka joins this week's show to discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • Signing an extension with Arizona, sticking to the plan
  • Rick Tocchet's pedigree as an NHL head coach
  • Ivey Sports Leadership Conference details
  • Advice to those with NHL front-office ambitions

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NHL Power Rankings: Each team’s biggest disappointment

This is the fourth edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings for 2019-20. Check back for updated rankings every second Monday during the regular season.

In this edition, we identify each team's biggest disappointment so far this season.

1. Washington Capitals (13-2-3)

Previous rank: 4

It's tough to nitpick the NHL's first-place squad as it rides a six-game winning streak, but Braden Holtby's .898 save percentage through 13 starts for the Capitals certainly isn't ideal.

2. St. Louis Blues (12-3-3)

Previous rank: 12

The reigning champs are on a major heater, winning nine of their last 10. Despite the Blues' record, though, seven regulation wins on the season is a bit concerning.

3. Boston Bruins (11-3-3)

Previous rank: 1

Losing to the lowly Red Wings last week had to be pretty disappointing for the Bruins, who boast two of the NHL's top four scorers, the best power play, and the top goaltending duo.

4. New York Islanders (12-3-1)

Previous rank: 6

The Islanders have fully committed to Barry Trotz's style of play and earned at least a point in 12 consecutive games - including 11 wins - as a result. Things are nearly perfect on the Island at the moment, but 2014 fifth overall pick Michael Dal Colle still hasn't found his NHL groove. Despite a regular dose of minutes, the 23-year-old has mustered just three points in 15 games this season.

5. Colorado Avalanche (10-5-2)

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Previous rank: 2

A recent spell of unfortunate injuries to key players is just about the only disappointing development for the high-flying Avalanche so far in 2019-20. Despite being hit hard by the injury bug, Colorado doesn't seem intent on slowing down.

6. Edmonton Oilers (12-5-2)

Previous rank: 5

After a career-high 22 goals last season, forward Alex Chiasson has registered just a single tally thus far. He's not the most important piece of the Oilers puzzle, but an uptick in production would take a major load off the shoulders of Edmonton's big guns.

7. Nashville Predators (9-5-3)

Previous rank: 8

Kyle Turris appears to be regressing into something of a non-factor for the Predators. The veteran pivot is on pace for only 38 points this year while logging 13:50 per contest - his lowest average ice time since his age-21 season.

8. Montreal Canadiens (9-5-3)

Previous rank: 20

The Canadiens have performed well to this point, but a 29th-ranked penalty kill is a big disappointment for a team that's made significant improvements on the power play this year.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (10-6-1)

Previous rank: 15

Alex Galchenyuk, the main return in the Phil Kessel trade, has yet to record a goal. He's missed time due to injury, to be fair, but the Penguins would warmly welcome an offensive outburst any time now.

10. Calgary Flames (10-7-3)

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Previous rank: 17

This past summer's Alberta netminder swap has not gone as well for Cam Talbot as it has for Mike Smith. The Flames' backup is 1-3-0 with an .899 save percentage in five appearances.

11. Philadelphia Flyers (10-5-2)

Previous rank: 16

Travis Konecny's emergence as a top-line scorer has helped mask sluggish starts from perennial point producers Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek. The veteran forwards have combined for just five even-strength goals through the Flyers' first 17 games.

12. Toronto Maple Leafs (9-6-4)

Previous rank: 14

The Maple Leafs have too much skill to look so perplexed on the power play. Toronto has just five goals in its last 41 opportunities with the man advantage, operating at a subpar 18.2% rate on the season.

13. Tampa Bay Lightning (8-5-2)

Previous rank: 13

After a historic 128-point campaign for the Lightning in 2018-19, Nikita Kucherov hasn't been himself to begin the year. It's still early, but the reigning Hart Trophy winner is on pace for his lowest goal total since his rookie season.

14. Vancouver Canucks (9-6-3)

Previous rank: 10

Offseason signing Micheal Ferland has struggled to find his game with the Canucks. After inking a four-year, $14-million pact with Vancouver in July, Ferland has one goal in 12 contests and ranks second-last on the team in average ice time.

15. Vegas Golden Knights (9-7-3)

Previous rank: 11

For a team that's traditionally benefited from a raucous crowd at T-Mobile Arena, the Golden Knights have been somewhat disappointing on home ice with just three regulation wins in nine contests.

16. Dallas Stars (8-8-2)

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Previous rank: 24

Joe Pavelski is on pace for 14 goals this season, which is not what the Stars paid for when they handed the veteran a three-year, $21-million deal in free agency this summer.

17. Anaheim Ducks (9-8-1)

Previous rank: 18

The Ducks' four power-play goals this season are tied for last in the league - and only one more than they've scored shorthanded.

18. Arizona Coyotes (9-6-2)

Previous rank: 9

Phil Kessel has picked up his play of late, but the Coyotes' prized offseason acquisition still sits seventh on the team with just three goals through 17 games.

19. Florida Panthers (7-4-5)

Previous rank: 19

The Panthers boast one of the league's top offenses - which is very fortunate considering newcomer Sergei Bobrovsky's underwhelming performance in goal. The Russian netminder has started to find his form, but an ugly October has him posting career-worst numbers so far this season.

20. Carolina Hurricanes (9-7-1)

Previous rank: 7

The Hurricanes have the talent to keep up with the league's elite, but inconsistency has been their Achilles' heel. Carolina began the season with five straight wins before losing four of its next five. After rebounding with three consecutive victories, the club currently rides a four-game slide.

21. Buffalo Sabres (9-6-2)

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Previous rank: 3

Nobody expected Jimmy Vesey to set the league ablaze in Buffalo, but the Sabres' newcomer is yet to score a goal this season and has just two assists over 14 games.

22. Winnipeg Jets (10-7-1)

Previous rank: 21

Jets captain Blake Wheeler has mustered only 10 points in 18 games for a 45-point pace over 82 contests. That would represent about half his production from each of the last two seasons after back-to-back 91-point campaigns. Regression might be setting in for the 33-year-old.

23. San Jose Sharks (7-10-1)

Previous rank: 23

Though the Sharks have won three straight games, goaltending has been their biggest concern. Martin Jones played well in Saturday's win, but he's been inconsistent overall, posting an .888 save percentage on the year and allowing four or more goals in seven of his 13 starts this season.

24. Ottawa Senators (6-9-1)

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Previous rank: 30

Expectations were quite low for the rebuilding Senators entering this season, so there haven't been many true disappointments in Ottawa. But Craig Anderson has all but lost the No. 1 goaltending job to Anders Nilsson after authoring a subpar .897 save percentage and only two wins in eight starts.

25. New York Rangers (7-6-2)

Previous rank: 26

The Rangers have allowed the second-most shots on goal per game in the NHL and rank top 10 in most goals allowed per contest. The serviceable play of goalies Henrik Lundqvist and Aleksandar Georgiev has masked the team's defensive woes.

26. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-8-3)

Previous rank: 22

Defense was supposed to be the Blue Jackets' focus this season with Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, and Co. holding down the fort after the offseason exodus of star forwards and a franchise goalie. Yet Columbus is outside the top 10 in shots allowed and ranks bottom 10 in goals against.

27. Minnesota Wild (6-10-1)

Previous rank: 27

Devan Dubnyk was looking to bounce back after posting a .913 save percentage in 2018-19 - a career-worst over a full season. But the Wild's veteran netminder has authored a paltry .887 mark across 11 appearances in 2019-20, and backup Alex Stalock has outperformed him while playing only two fewer games.

28. Chicago Blackhawks (6-7-4)

Previous rank: 28

Veteran defenseman Brent Seabrook has looked a shadow of his former self early this season. He's posted a lone goal and no assists in 15 contests with the Blackhawks, serving as a healthy scratch for only the second and third times in his 15-year career.

29. New Jersey Devils (5-7-4)

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Previous rank: 29

Expectations were high for Nikita Gusev, the 2018-19 KHL MVP whom the Devils landed in a trade with the Golden Knights. The Russian sniper hasn't exactly exploded out of the gate, though, scoring four goals in 13 games with only one marker in his last six contests.

30. Los Angeles Kings (5-11-1)

Previous rank: 25

Even head coach Todd McLellan agrees the Kings' veterans deserve plenty of blame. Jonathan Quick, Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, and Ilya Kovalchuk are among the experienced Los Angeles players who have underachieved to this point.

31. Detroit Red Wings (6-12-1)

Previous rank: 31

Andreas Athanasiou was looking to build on the career-high 30 goals he netted across 76 contests last season. Instead, he's taken a significant step backward in the scoring department, burying only two markers over 17 games with the Red Wings.

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This week, former NHL forward Nail Yakupov joins the show to discuss a wide range of topics including:

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Former NHL defenseman Bryan Berard joins this week's episode to discuss a wide range of topics:

  • Bryan's new book, "Relentless"
  • Growing up with ex-NHLer Brian Boucher
  • Testing positive for steroids and owning it
  • A financial adviser's betrayal

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This week, longtime hockey executive and lawyer Trevor Whiffen joined the show to discuss a wide range of topics:

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  • Brian Burke and the PrimeTime sports conference
  • Don Cherry and the Mississauga IceDogs
  • Hunter brothers and the London Knights

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