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Java on Ice: Is Penalty Killing More Important than Power Play Effectiveness?

Java on Ice: Is Penalty Killing More Important than Power Play Effectiveness?
Franklin Steele

| 2.20.15 Edition |

Every day we’re going to do our absolute best to bring you the top NHL reads from around the web.

Sometimes we’ll pull from larger sites like, but for the most part the goal will be to sort through dozens of posts from more mid-range sites so you can see some things that maybe wouldn’t have made it onto your radar normally. If you like what these sites 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 posts for February 20, 2015.

It’s high time that Nicklas Baskstrom received more praise from the NHL at large. He’s in the running for his first ever scoring title, and Rebecca Henschel at thinks Backstrom deserves this share of the spotlight.

From the desk of JenLC: an outstanding look at how penalty killing affects winning for individual teams. Bookmark her site; she always does great work.

Don’t expect Derek Roy to be traded by the trade deadline. The Edmonton Oilers are keen on keeping him around and would like to re-sign the veteran. The latest from Josh Gold-Smith at

An interesting look at how injuries have made the Montreal Canadiens’ the NHL’s youngest team. From Christopher Curtis at The Montreal Gazette.

Would a full season under Todd Nelson have the Edmonton Oilers contending for a playoff spot? That’s the question Marcy Di Michele set out to answer for

How did Arizona State make the jump to Division I? Great stuff from Justin Emerson for Sports Illustrated.

The Pittsburgh Penguins’ power play is struggling. How should they go about fixing that? Matt Gajtka and Michael Pityk debate about that over at

What do the Winnipeg Jets need to do to say out of the penalty box? The answer to that question could be the difference between a playoff spot and just missing; a fact David Minuk addressed at

Now for your moment of Zen…

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Java On Ice
Franklin Steele

Franklin Steele has been watching and playing hockey since the age of six. He’s written for a variety of NHL websites around the web, and now is the director of content and growth for A lot of folks say they are living the dream sarcastically. He is not among them. Feel free to email him or Tweet at him with any questions, comments or concerns.

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