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Does Choking Truly Exist in the NHL?

Sports PhotoAre the Washington Capitals chokers? What about the San Jose Sharks? Or did they wind up losing close series to good teams? SC’s Mike Chen takes a look at what choking truly means in the NHL. Complete Story

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No Clear-Cut Favorite in NHL’s Western Conference

Sports PhotoIn the Eastern Conference, the New York Rangers are the clear favorite. In the Western Conference, things aren’t nearly as cut and dry. SC’s Mike Chen takes a closer look at the fatal flaws of each Western team as we head into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Complete Story

Capitals Primed to Be NHL’s Redemption Tale

Sports PhotoWhen the Washington Capitals burst on to the season, they were all flash, no substance. After going through an identity crisis the last few seasons, the Caps are poised for redemption as they head into the stretch run. What makes this team different? SC’s Mike Chen takes a look. Complete Story

NHL’s Wild West Sees Unpredictable Finish

Sports PhotoThe NHL’s Western Conference has had the stronger group of teams for the past few season. That has created memorable and unpredictable stretch runs, and this year’s version promises to be just as chaotic. Complete Story

Winners and Losers In NHL’s First Half

Sports PhotoWith nearly half of the NHL season over, fans have seen it all: overachievement, underachievement, injury, and illness. But more so than most seasons, the 2014-15 campaign comes with plenty of uncertainty, and things can quickly change. Complete Story

Bad Teams Have Two Months to Shape Up

Sports PhotoIt’s one month into the NHL season and some fan-bases are ready to throw in the towel. But is it too early to give up hope? For floundering teams, there’s still time to turn things around and look to finishing strong, says SC’s Mike Chen. Complete Story

Injuries Make Impacts Before Opening Night

Sports PhotoAs the old saying goes, you can’t win the Stanley Cup in October, but you can certainly lose it. Significant injuries put teams in immediate jeopardy, and difficult starts can often derail a season even before it starts. Here are three situations that will wreak major havoc on their teams. Complete Story

Rough Summer Waters For San Jose Sharks

Sports PhotoThe San Jose Sharks have been a model of consistency for more the past decade. But strife on the roster and in the locker room has made 2014 the roughest — and most intriguing — summer in team history. Are they doomed from the start or is the upcoming season a blessing in disguise? Complete Story

NHL Teams Facing an Identity Crisis

Sports PhotoThree big NHL teams are looking to shake up the culture of their teams this offseason. Will it prove to be a successful paradigm shift or will it become a failed chemistry experiment? SC’s Mike Chen takes a look. Complete Story

NHL’s West Gets Stronger

Sports PhotoWith the dust mostly settled on recent flurry of major trades and signings in the NHL, there’s no clear winner. However, the Western Conference collectively walked away with more weapons, making an already fierce competition even tougher. Complete Story

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