The importance of a hot start to an NHL season, rejecting the notion of the Predators trading Shea Weber, analysis of the Oilers season so far, Tyler Bozak’s performance as a top-six center, Kimmo Timonen’s decline and much more.

GRANTLAND: Sean McIndoe examines the importance of an NHL team having a strong start to the season.

BACKHAND SHELF: Justin Bourne on the player perspective regarding the value of “zone entries” as a hockey stat.

PUCK DADDY: Ryan Lambert’s kinda-sorta NHL power rankings.

THE HOCKEY WRITERS: Will Eldridge punches holes in the reasoning behind those calls for the Predators to trade Shea Weber, while Michael Gwizdala tours the “haunted house of hockey”.

THE COPPER & BLUE: Derek Zona with a template for the remainder of the Edmonton Oilers season.

Is Tyler Bozak a lousy top-six center?

Is Tyler Bozak a lousy top-six center?

MC79HOCKEY: Tyler Dellow looks at previous bad runs by some NHL teams since 2005-06 and how they still made the playoffs.

PENSION PLAN PUPPETS: Steve Burtch explains why Tyler Bozak is an awful top-six center.

THE CHECKING LINE: Alicia Sprenkle on the decline of Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen.

SILVER SEVEN SENS: Analysis of Chris Neil’s slow start.

DOBBER HOCKEY: Eric Daoust lists the most productive salary cap bargain players.

THE PEERLESS PROGNOSTICATOR: Finally, those fancy hockey stats are explained!