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Mid-Day Mocha: NHL Must-Reads for December 22

Monday through Friday we are going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

The goal will be to sort through dozens of posts to find the good stuff so you don’t have to. If you are looking for something fresh, unique or interesting, odds are good that you’ll find something here. If you like what these people do then give them a follow on Facebook or Twitter, and share the content that you love!

Hockey fans make up one of the best communities around, and in a lot of ways, we’re all in it together.

Without further delay… your top NHL posts for December 22, 2015.


The Detroit Red Wings have been dominating in the faceoff circle over their last few contests. Seems like a good time for Henrik Zetterberg to talk with Ansar Khan of MLive.com about how cheaters typically prosper when it comes to draws.

Everyone wants to get in on the Steven Stamkos trade speculation, but this is an interesting line of thinking from “GeoFitz4” at RawCharge.com. About why the St. Louis Blues could be a good trading partner should it come to that.

The Philadelphia Flyers are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games, and Matt Brauckmann believes that the improvement has everything to do with strong team play. His latest for TheHockeyWriters.com.

Joe McDonald takes a look at who’s hot and who’s not from around the NHL for ESPN.

Wondering why the Boston Bruins have been playing so much better as of late? They apparently simplified their game and “dumbed it down.” So there’s that. From Barbara Matson at The Boston Globe.

The Flyers and Bruins aren’t the only teams that are closing out 2015 flying high. Milan Lucic believes that the team’s last contest against the San Jose Sharks helped them turn a real corner, reports Jon Rosen at LAKingsInsider.com.

We’re starting to get an idea about who could be players when the NHL trade deadline approaches. Keep an eye on the Minnesota Wild. From Mike Halford at Pro Hockey Talk.

Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated with an excellent column on Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov. An in-depth look at how he has evolved both on and off the ice since arriving in the NHL.

Things got a little out of hand in this SPHL game between the Columbus Cottonmouoths and the Peoria Rivermen. From Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy.

Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin have both been good players for a few years now, but how did they evolve into high-end superstars? Adrian Dater breaks it down for Bleacher Report.

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