The season is not over in the NHL, however, the trade deadline is approaching and teams are preparing for the home stretch. Players that haven't had the greatest season-to-date can still do plenty to improve their year-end totals.
The Montreal Canadiens parted ways with Michel Therrien on Tuesday and hired Claude Julien to replace him (NHL.com/Arpon Basu). The move is a case of history repeating itself: Julien is a former coach in Montreal
The Montreal Canadiens might be in a little more trouble in the Atlantic Division than what a first glance would suggest. Following Thursday's action, where Montreal lost to the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1
In the Pacific Division, a big cushion has developed for the top three teams in comparison to the bottom four. That cushion makes the Edmonton Oilers look strong for the playoffs
Don't look now, but the Vancouver Canucks aren't actually dead in the water when it comes to the Pacific Division standings. Furthermore, the Toronto Maple Leafs have enjoyed some extended success
A thirteen-game winning streak has the Columbus Blue Jackets into top spot in the NHL's Super 16 as of Thursday, December 29th. When looking for things to criticize with Columbus, NHL.com author Dan Rosen
The NHL went into their small Christmas break following Friday night's action. To everyone's surprise the Columbus Blue Jackets are the best team in the league as the teams break. Columbus have 50 points in just 32 games