Puck Daddy’s NHL mid-season awards…Do the Canadiens still have a shot at the playoffs?…How the Blackhawks will address Patrick Sharp’s absence…Lessons from an unsuccessful Capitals powerplay…Is the NHL headed for another work stoppage?…The under-rated Sergei Zubov…Looking back at when Mike Milbury traded away J.P. Dumont…Down Goes Brown’s mid-season review.
PUCK DADDY: Greg Wyshynski presents his mid-season nominees for real NHL awards, and those he dreamed up all by himself. It’s funny AND educational!
HABS EYES ON THE PRIZE: Are the playoffs a possibility for the Canadiens? Yes, but they’ll need a much better effort in the second half, and a couple of teams ahead of them will also have to falter. One more lengthy losing skid, and they’re toast.
THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Michael Wagner on how the Chicago Blackhawks will look to within to replace the injured Patrick Sharp, because let’s face it, they won’t find a suitable replacement via trade.
JAPERS’ RINK: Rob Parker provides informative lessons learned from an unsuccessful Capitals power-play.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Jason Brough injects some common sense into the recent nervousness over the PA’s rejection of the new realignment plan becoming the first step toward another work stoppage.
GREATEST HOCKEY LEGENDS: Joe Pelletier examines how former NHL defenseman Sergei Zubov was an under-rated superstar during his NHL career. The NY Rangers and Dallas Stars wouldn’t have won their respective Stanley Cup championships without him.
LIGHTHOUSE HOCKEY: Looking back on one of Mike Milbury’s lesser-known blunders when he was GM of the NY Islanders: trading away J.P. Dumont. Remind me again why CBC and NBC hired him as an NHL analyst?
DOWN GOES BROWN: Winners and losers of the first half of the NHL season.