NHL Weekly Summary: Week 15

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NHL Summary Week 15 2016-17

Monday January 16th 2017 – Sunday January 22nd 2017

Here is this week’s top NHL news. This post is just meant to be a convenient way for some people out there who are busy during the week and need a nice condensed list of what has happened in the NHL each week. All headlines are linked to articles with further detail. Please let me know if there are any errors/anything that you think I should add to this list and I will fix it/deem if it is worthy.

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Exciting Storylines for the 2015-16 NHL Season

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114 days later, here we are at the start of the 2015-16 NHL season. Feels good, doesn’t it? With many fans getting revved up and excited to watch their teams either dominate the regular season or make an unexpected run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs, there are also many other fans looking for a distraction from their team’s predicted abysmal season. For the later mentioned fans, as well as anyone else interested, I have constructed this list of exciting storylines to watch this season:

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A Closer Look At: Coaching

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Since this years playoffs have begun, the teams that have found themselves on the outside looking in suddenly find themselves with a host of questions that need answering.  Invariably, the question that usually gets asked first is, “Do we continue with the current head coach?”  Now I’m sure we all are used to the usual media tropes surrounding coaches.  Such nuggets like; “He has lost the room.”  “He wasn’t a players coach.” Etc.  Further to that, you ultimately cannot replace an entire team (yes I know another cliche), especially in a salary cap league like the NHL.  The thing I’m wondering is, how can a coach be so valuable and expendable at the exact same time?

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NHL Playoffs 2015: Teams that Deserve Your Love, South of the Border

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Perhaps I failed to convince you to support one of the 5 Canadian teams in this years’ Stanley Cup race. In which case, there are a few good stories floating around some of the American teams, hoping to keep the Cup south of the border, where it has been for the past 22 years! A fact in itself that may skew you in the opposite direction simply to even the playing field a little bit.

There are plenty of reasons given by some of these teams that make it more appealing to cheer for them, even if you can’t stand the team in general. Let us being with a dark-horse team, whom I think has the potential to surprise everyone, even more than they did by easily qualifying for the postseason.

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Are the Washington Capitals This Decades Red Wings?

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I was recently watching the Washington Capitals, and the experience was considerably different than it has been the last couple of years.  While the Capitals are a similar team in the sense of personnel, they have clearly experienced a shift in organizational philosophy.  They are a team that has become much more defensively responsible.  I’m sure this has a lot to do with the additions of Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen, as well as the coaching of Barry Trotz.  Nonetheless, I thought I would look a little deeper into Washington’s recent performance, in comparison to seasons’ past.

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