They say defense wins championships, and in hockey, that starts with the netminder.
It's time to recognize a few players whose contributions -- or deficiencies -- might have gone overlooked.
Under Adam Oates, Washington has not won a regulation or overtime game in which it has scored two or fewer goals.
The Leafs don't seem willing to admit it, but their flaws are coming back to haunt them in their playoff-endangering losing streak.
The Blues are contending for the Presidents Cup, unlike the Carlina Hurricanes, who have little to show for their player investments under the salary cap.
Colorado has enjoyed a rapid turnaround under Patrick Roy, but there are reasons to doubt its chances for postseason success.
The Kings' dominating puck possession makes them the team to beat.
Deal gives Washington a big-bodied skater capable of playing top-six minutes.
It remains unclear when the Capitals first-round pick of the 2010 draft will arrive in the NHL, but young Russian exports have historically had mixed results in their rookie seasons.
SRS determines which teams have a rocky road to the playoffs, and which have smooth sailing