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Pacific Preview: Vancouver Canucks

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  The Canucks have long avoided a full-on rebuild, but they might be due for a big slip in the standings as the team ventures into life without the Sedins.

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Pacific Preview: San Jose Sharks

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  The San Jose Sharks swung and missed on John Tavares, but they stuck to their guns and hit a home run just weeks before the beginning of the regular season. Adding Erik Karlsson to a blueline that already features Brent Burns and…

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Pacific Preview: Los Angeles Kings

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  The Los Angeles Kings enjoyed a return to the playoffs in 2018 thanks to incredibly strong seasons from Anze Kopitar, Drew Doughty, and Jonathan Quick. They’ve bounced in and out of the playoffs the past few years. Will they suffer another dip…

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Pacific Preview: Edmonton Oilers

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  At this time last year, everyone was planning the Stanley Cup parade in Edmonton. Oh, how things change so quickly. [Well, I would think those of us in the city to the south had a better idea of what to expect. -ed]

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Pacific Preview: Arizona Coyotes

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  The Arizona Coyotes had two different seasons last year. There was the record-setting bad first half, and the surprisingly solid second half. Which team will we see next year? Are they ready to take a step forward?

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Division Preview: Anaheim Ducks

This is one part of a multi-part series profiling the 2018-19 Pacific Division.  The Anaheim Ducks had their five-year Pacific Division Champions streak snapped last season. The Vegas Golden Knights came out of nowhere and stole their crown as the Ducks struggled with a wealth of injuries. Now, with an ageing core, can the Ducks…

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Flames free agent targets: Thomas Vanek

Earlier, Taylor McKee wrote about the Flames’ obvious, glaring need for a scoring right winger. It’s something the team has lacked since Jarome Iginla was dealt away in 2013. The team’s top line duo of Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau has never had a true trigger-man on the right side.

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Around The Pacific: The, uh, Golden Knights are in first now

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division. After a big week, the Vegas Golden Knights have taken control of first place in the Pacific Division. And they’re actually playing well! Elsewhere, the Flames welcomed in a new goalie, a Canucks rookie joined…

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Around The Pacific: The Oilers are sliding into oblivion

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  The pack of the Pacific Division, meaning the six teams in playoff contention, are separated by just six points. I want to consider the Edmonton Oilers one of those teams, but the gap is widening.

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Around The Pacific: San Jose rising

This is a weekly feature in which I’ll look at the performances and narratives of the teams in the Pacific Division.  Things have stayed largely the same in the Pacific Division, with the Kings sitting comfortably at the top, the Coyotes buried deep in the basement, and a jumble in the middle featuring the underachieving Oilers…

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Nation Notebook: The aftermath of the Duchene trade

This a weekly feature that rounds up news, rumours, and interesting things happening around the NHL.  Last weekend, the Colorado Avalanche finally pulled the trigger on a deal involving Matt Duchene. The third overall pick from the 2009 draft has been wanting out of Colorado since last Christmas, and it was expected he would be…