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  • Patrick Marleau, Jake Allen and slew-footing (Puck Daddy Countdown)

    NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
    NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 08: Jake Allen #34 of the St. Louis Blues skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on December 8, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Blues 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)

    8 – Jake Allen

    Look, one of the teams really being sunk by bad goaltending is of course the St. Louis Blues, because neither Jake Allen nor Carter Hutton are performing very well.

    The good news is the team is good enough to keep going along in a playoff spot regardless, despite the fact that those two goalies and Pheonix Copley (unfortunately, that first name is spelled correctly) have probably cost the team about 22 goals. That’s more than seven — SEVEN! — points in the standings, mathematically speaking.

    Now, the Blues left Allen home for a road trip because he’s been struggling so badly (.897), which I don’t

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  • NCAA Hockey 101: Is Harvard starting to slide?

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    It seems like every year, Harvard becomes an en-vogue team for a few weeks in December and January.

    And it’s tough to say why that is. Obviously a lot of that has to do with the fact that they tend to win a lot of games in those months for one reason or another — first theory is the bottom of the ECAC is very bad — and that they play a shorter schedule which allows any winning streak against those lower-level ECAC teams to look better by comparison.

    But then, usually around now, the Crimson seem to drop off a little bit. This year is no different. They spent the tail end of the holiday break as the No. 4 team in the country by the reckoning of the poll voters, and in their first games back won against a solid Quinnipiac team (No. 15 at the time) and a dreadful Princeton, both at home. That bumped them up to No. 2. Then they got swept by RPI and Union in a weekend trip to New York’s capital district, lost a Tuesday game at Dartmouth (another not-good team), and this past weekend finally

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  • What We Learned: The case against Paul Maurice

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    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)

    People say the Winnipeg Jets are having a disastrous season, and it’s easy to see why.

    While their offense is actually better than you might expect (it was eighth in the league in total goals after Saturday’s win over St. Louis) but their defense has been horrific. They’ve allowed the second-most goals in the League — 151 in just 49 games — and their goalies seemingly can’t make a stop.

    Things got so bad for Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson that the team had to recall Ondrej Pavelec, the NHL’s worst starting goaltender in recent memory, which must have broken at least one of the seven seals.

    Obviously recalling Pavelec, an organizational embarrassment, was a move of last resort, but the team felt it was out of options that weren’t firing

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  • Boston Bruins and their Claude Julien problem (Trending Topics)

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    It feels like the Boston Bruins have been firing Claude Julien forever.

    And the thing is, at this point, it’s really a case of either [poop] or get off the pot, because this is getting ridiculous.

    You want to read the “It would be a mistake to fire Claude Julien” takes, you can do it anywhere. Here’s one from Pete Blackburn. Here’s another from Travis Yost. And if Fluto Shinzawa is saying it, you know it’s the right take to have.

    The reasons why you don’t fire Claude Julien are self-evident: The Bruins are the best possession team in the league. The Bruins have one of the lowest team shooting percentages in the league. Some of the team’s best players are having not-great seasons. The Bruins have serious roster problems that get worse the deeper down the lineup you get. The Bruins haven’t drafted particularly well in recent years.

    This doesn’t need re-explaining.

    And yet everyone is just kinda sitting around saying, “It’s gonna happen soon.”

    [Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey contest

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  • Huge if True: Will Chicago go shopping? Can they?

    DENVER, CO - JANUARY 17: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center on January 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-4. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
    DENVER, CO – JANUARY 17: Matt Duchene #9 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center on January 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 6-4. (Photo by Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

    [Breaking down the plausibility of the week’s biggest rumor.]

    With NHL Trade Season now finally upon us — less than six weeks to the deadline, gang! — and more than half the season gone, we’re starting to get a good idea of what teams will be looking to buy or sell. And more to the point, we’re getting an idea of what teams need.

    A team with a very clear need right now is Chicago.

    Their lead in the Central has all but evaporated after another incredible start. They opened the year 22-8-4 but have since gone a more pedestrian 6-6-1, though that includes a four-game winning streak. Moreover, the degradation of the team’s depth has been a lot more noticeable this year, with a rough season from Jonathan Toews and some of the team’s

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  • NHL trades, Boston Bruins and cartoon violence (Puck Daddy Countdown)

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    (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)

    10 – Trade Season

    Well it’s that time of year again: Rumor Town USA (or Canada depending upon your own personal address, I guess) and you know it’s that time of year because an NHL.com writer retweeted a fake Bob McKenzie account on Monday night. And for real, you can tell it’s Trade Season because even Yung Intelligence was briefly duped into thinking the Penguins would be trading Marc-Andre Fleury and Olli Maatta in a package deal for unspecified return.

    Gotta work off that rust, folks. The fakes are coming for your timeline.

    Speaking of trades, though…

    9 – The Red Wings’ trade prospects

    Being that it’s Trade Season one of the things we’re going to start to see a lot of is, “Is this [not-good old veteran] on the trade block?”

    Another we’re going to see is, “What are the Red Wings gonna do?”

    Because like we all know for sure there’s no way this weak-ass Wings team are gonna

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  • NCAA Hockey 101: Duluth's slide tightens NCHC

    Minnesota-Duluth photo from school Twitter account.
    Minnesota-Duluth photo from school Twitter account.

    It’s getting tougher to say who, exactly, is the best team in the NCHC.

    Over the past few weeks there have been some, shall we say, troubling results for the nation’s second-best conference, with very good teams suffering very bad losses and allowing the door to open up a little bit for other teams to get into the conversation.

    It wasn’t so long ago that Minnesota-Duluth looked like it was going to run a box-to-wire campaign at or near the top of the conference, but two weeks ago it only got a single point (as far as the Pairwise is concerned) in a home series against Colorado College, and then only split with St. Cloud this past weekend thanks to an overtime win. This is classic “giving points away” for a team that is, frankly, a lot better than this. The Bulldogs are only 3-3-2 since the start of December after opening the year 10-2-3.

    The good news for them, if you want to put it that way, is that the competition at the top of the

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  • What We Learned: Braden Holtby, Carey Price not getting the attention

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    (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)

    Filling out a mid-season awards ballot the other day took a little bit of research, and when I got to the Vezina category it was a slam dunk.

    Devan Dubnyk, man. Still far and away the best goalie in the league at .940, which is amazing. He would have to eat it big-time in the second half to not be in the final three at the end of the season. With that having been said, we’ve seen Dubnyk eat it big-time before, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility, especially considering that no one gets this kind of workload and stays that high in save percentage.

    People are obviously also talking about Sergei Bobrovsky, and for good reason. One of the biggest workhorses in the league, huge reason Columbus is winning, and so on. Seems that being healthy is really

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  • How Alex Ovechkin got to 1,000 points (Trending Topics)

    WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 11: Washington's Alex Ovechkin scores his 1000th career goal in the early first period as the Washington Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center in Washington DC, January 7, 2016. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images)
    WASHINGTON DC, JANUARY 11: Washington’s Alex Ovechkin scores his 1000th career goal in the early first period as the Washington Capitals play the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Verizon Center in Washington DC, January 7, 2016. (Photo by John McDonnell / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

    The thing that’s really mind-blowing about Alex Ovechkin clearing 1,000 points for his incredible Hall of Fame career is that he did it in 880 games.

    In this era, that’s incredible. Not just because he did it playing in what has been the most difficult era for scoring in league history, and not just because he’s one of very few guys to break 1,000 by scoring more goals than assists. But because only 23 guys out of the 84 to likewise hit quadruple digits did so more quickly.

    So among the highest-scoring players in the history of the National Hockey League, very few did it as much “by themselves” as Ovechkin (insofar as he is the one physically putting the puck in the net for the majority of his points)

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  • Puck Lists: 30 NHL players with very 'Star Wars' names

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    PUCK LISTS are lists of hockey things. They run every Thursday on Puck Daddy.

    Over the weekend, a number of college hockey games were played at Fenway Park, including one between Boston University and UMass.

    A guy on the latter team who scored the first goal for the Minutemen was named Griff Jeszka, which is the most Star Wars-sounding name I have ever heard in real life.

    In general, Star Wars names sound really cool, so that’s not a knock on him. Lando Calrissian. Han Solo. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin. Boba Fett. These are good names.

    (Okay, Shmi Skywalker not so much.)

    There’s something about Star Wars universe names that stand out. They tend to run short of syllables (most names are only ever one or two), favor weird uses of Y in place of other vowels (Jyn Erso), spell more common names a little strangely (Saw Gerrera), use diminutives (Luke Skywalker), and sometimes use nouns in place of actual names (Wedge Antilles). These are general conventions, at least in the movies. In the

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