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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.

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.

A closer look at the record-setting performance by the OIlers goalie on Wednesday shows shots that, while far too numerous in quantity, were largely lacking in quality.

Brandon Bollig, Marcus Kruger and Ben Smith form the shutdown line for the defending Stanley Cup champions while contributing on the scoreboard as well.

Despite goal support, Martin Brodeur may be costing the Devils a playoff spot.

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