The Hockey PDOcast

Blue Wire

A hockey podcast hosted by Dimitri Filipovic that has been regressing to the mean since 2015.

All Episodes

Ryan Lambert joins the show to help answer your mailbag questions. Topics include: The Mount Rushmore of Bad GMs in the Cap Era What we were most wrong about in the preseason If the Ducks start changes their trade deadline plans More likely: 50 Ovechkin Goals vs. 150 McDavid Points Whether the Islanders can turn their season around The most chaotic potential PDO benders Which teams are due for some regression Goalies to keep in mind for the future If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 24

47 min 23 sec

Satiar Shah joins the show to discuss Vancouver's horrible start to the season, who's really to blame for it, and what the Canucks organization will do next to try and fix it. Topics include: How surprising these early results are Why the organization pivoted this offseason The team's decision to make all-in moves Bloated expectations heading into the year The media's role in influencing those expectations The 8 years of the Benning regime How much ownership's meddling complicates things Whether the coaching really is to blame Why their playing style doesn't match their personnel Elias Pettersson's struggles over the last year and a half What happens next in Vancouver If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 19

1 hr 2 min

Pete Blackburn joins the show to help construct this year's version of the annual Watchability Rankings. We discuss what makes a team watchable, and what we prioritize when tuning into a game, before ranking all 32 teams in the league from top to bottom based on that criteria. Topics include: Whether the Coyotes are so bad that they're good Why you need to give the Blues a second chance What makes the Ducks this year's 'Midnight Rider' Fear of missing out on Connor McDavid's latest highlight Enjoying Alex Ovechkin chasing history Teams we struggled to rank because of injuries The novelty of the Kraken vs. their actual performance Young teams we want to get in on early Established teams we know what we're getting from If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 19

1 hr 23 min

Jesse Granger joins the show to discuss Vegas trading for Jack Eichel, their aggressive team building strategy, how they're going to make all of the pieces fit when they get healthy, and how they're trying to survive in the meantime. Topics include: Why Vegas decided to trade for Eichel Why they were in a unique position to do so Trading draft picks for proven talent The pros and cons of their team building strategy How to optimally use him when he returns Idea of paying premium for centers Making all of the money fit under the cap Struggles to stay afloat with current personnel The context of Alex Pietrangelo's stats so far Balancing the short term vs. the long term If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 10

56 min 39 sec

Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss initial reactions to the Jack Eichel trade, the return the Sabres were able to get for him, and what the Golden Knights will actually be getting from him whenever he's ready to play again. Topics include: Complicating factors that affected the market Which teams were actually in on him The leaked Flames offer Krebs as the crown jewel of the package Tuch's future and realistic upside Where Vegas' first round pick could land this year Eichel's statistical profile the past few seasons What the Golden Knights need him to be If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 4

31 min 49 sec

I start the show talking about Kyle Beach's bravery in coming forward, the cowardice within the Chicago Blackhawks organization that allowed this to happen to him, and the way everything has been handled. Then Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss teams that have either overperfomed or underperfomed so far based on our preseason expectations, and whether we need to change our projections for them moving forward. 0:00 - CW: Kyle Beach, Chicago Blackhawks, and the NHL 8:50 - The Avalanche 18:00 - The Leafs 31:00 - The Kraken 38:00 - The Lightning 46:00 - The Flames 51:00 - The Blues 55:00 - Mailbag Questions If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 29

1 hr 8 min

Chris Johnston and Emily Kaplan join the show to discuss teams that have our attention, things we're watching moving forward, and what people around the league are talking about. Topics include: How the Penguins keep winning without key players The Panthers building something special The likelihood of Vegas making another big move The Jack Eichel trade market Chicago's horrendous start and who's to blame The upcoming free agent class If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 25

1 hr

Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to help preview the upcoming NHL season. We discuss team projections, league trends, player props, and our favourite bets. Topics include: What to make of last year's data The difficulties of projecting a new team like the Kraken Stickiness of metrics from one year to the next Teams that made big changes over the offseason The realistic ceiling for McDavid's point total Our favourite bets for team over/unders Interesting player props and awards futures If you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out if they haven't yet. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 12

57 min 22 sec

Cam Robinson and Chris Meaney join the show to help you prepare for your fantasy drafts by discussing players to target, breakout candidates, and situations to watch closely to start the season. Topics include: Stacking Florida Panthers skaters Sam Bennett's remarkable end to last season Sam Reinhart's upside playing next to Barkov Jack Hughes' breakout, and why points are coming Which Devils skaters will be able to benefit from it Jakob Chychrun trying to follow up on last year Joel Eriksson Ek playing with Kirill Kaprizov Jordan Kyrou's talent and usage Take advantage of the unknown in Seattle Underrated goalies that are in good situations Top six wing battles to be determined f you haven't done so yet, please take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. Smash that 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a little note about why you recommend people check the PDOcast out if they haven't yet. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Oct 10

1 hr 14 min

Arpon Basu and Andrew Berkshire join the show to help unpack everything you need to know about Jesperi Kotkaniemi's offer sheet. We discuss what he's shown so far in his career, what he needs to do to be worth the money he's now being paid, Carolina's motives for going after him the way they did, and the big decisions ahead for the Canadiens. If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out greatly. If you're feeling extra generous though, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Sep 3

1 hr 8 min

Ryan Lambert and Jack Fraser join the show to discuss the start of free agency, the biggest themes from day one, and the way teams have been throwing around money. Topics include: The going rate for big defensemen right now The gap between how teams are valuing certain players Trying to figure out what Seattle's plan is at the moment The way they decided to ultimately spend their cap space The opportunities they've missed out on so far Edmonton's busy day The risk vs. reward of Zach Hyman's contract The opportunity cost of how the Oilers built their blueline The Lightning gaming the system expertly Brayden Point's new extension If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 28

1 hr 7 min

Alison Lukan joins the show to discuss the Seth Jones trade and extension, his declining numbers in recent years, and all of the assets the Blue Jackets got in return for him. Topics include: Gap between Seth Jones' reputation and results What's been causing his dip in performance Issues with judging players based on raw ice time How bad things got in Columbus last season Premium Chicago paid in both trade and extension Upside of Adam Boqvist and Jake Bean on blueline Blue Jackets swinging for fences with draft picks Trying to rebrand and rebuild Marc-Andre Fleury's trade to Chicago What Vegas does with their newfound cap space If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 28

54 min 25 sec

Kevin Woodley joins the show to discuss the goalies that should be available this offseason, and the teams they'd fit best on moving forward. Topics include: Carolina's decision to move on from Nedeljkovic What the Hurricanes do in net next Why John Gibson is better than his recent numbers The effect playing on a bad team has on goalies How good Darcy Kuemper really is Matching goalie playing style to team playing style Jonathan Bernier's environment past two seasons Which of the two goalies Vegas will pick Route Seattle took with their goalie choices How much Freddy Andersen has left in the tank The second tier of free agent goalies If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Submit your Blue Wire Hustle application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 27

1 hr 6 min

Charlie O'Connor joins the show to discuss Philadelphia's busy offseason, their pursuit of improving defensively, and the seemingly polar opposite evaluations they've made in acquiring Ryan Ellis and Rasmus Ristolainen. Topics include: The Flyers goal suppression issues last year How much of that was on defense vs. goaltending The relatively small acquisition cost for Ryan Ellis The stunning price they paid for Rasmus Ristolainen What they saw in him, and what they can get out of him The way the league views and values Ristolainen The horrible underlying numbers throughout his career Why the eye test shouldn't inspire any confidence Having tools vs. being able to use them effectively Environment, role, and results If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 24

43 min 31 sec

Harman Dayal joins the show to discuss the mega trade between the Canucks and Coyotes that involved Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Conor Garland, draft picks, and cap dumps. Topics include: The offensive value Garland provides OEL's decline and what's caused it Whether he can bounce back in new environment Short term gain of being better next season Long term pain of taking on added financial risk Kicking can down road rather than waiting a year Trying to make playoffs vs. win Stanley Cup Arizona fulling tearing it down and purchasing draft picks If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 23

48 min 20 sec

Ryan Lambert and Jack Fraser join the show to discuss what Seattle chose to do at the expansion draft, how the Kraken will look in Year 1, what their next steps are, and specific picks that we found notable for either good or bad reasons. Topics include: The value of financial flexibility moving forward How they can spend the cap space they now have Forgoing bigger names with bigger price tags The strong defensive players they targeted The risk and reward of their goalie choices Picks we liked Picks we didn't like Why there weren't more side deals along the way How good their projection should be for Year 1 The ideal ways for them to improve moving forward If you're looking to pivot to preparing for the upcoming entry draft and need to jam in as much in-depth analysis as possible in a short period of time, the Elite Prospects Draft Guide is just the thing for you. It includes detailed scouting reports, projections, and breakdowns of every prospect that you need to know about. You can use the promo code DRAFTGUIDE, which gets your three free months on an annual subscription when you sign up. With it, you'll not only get the guide, but you'll get access to all of the great written content available at Elite Prospects Rinkside, which includes the musings of yours truly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 22

1 hr 11 min

Cam Robinson and Chris Peters join the show to help preview the upcoming entry draft. Topics include: Mock draft of the top 15 picks What we think should happen vs. what we think will happen Realistic player comparisons for the top prospects Favourite talents that should be available later Risky picks that teams should stay away from The challenges of evaluating players this year Scouting using video versus in-person viewings What people mean when they say this class is weak What we're looking for when watching game tape How what we prioritize has evolved over time If you're looking for even more in-depth analysis of this year's draft class in preparation for it, the Elite Prospects Draft Guide is just the thing for you. It includes detailed scouting reports, projections, and breakdowns of every prospect that you need to know about. You can use the promo code DRAFTGUIDE, which gets your three free months on an annual subscription when you sign up. With it, you'll not only get the guide, but you'll get access to all of the great written content available at Elite Prospects Rinkside, which includes the musings of yours truly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 15

1 hr 43 min

Thomas Drance joins the show to discuss the Minnesota Wild buying out the rest of Ryan Suter and Zach Parise's contracts. Topics include: Why they chose to do it now The pros and cons of buying out the contracts The one year of financial flexibility they created Why the Wild find themselves at a crossroads this offseason Kirill Kaprizov's next contract The future dead cap charges that are coming Are they more or less likely to go after Eichel now? Going for it and worrying after vs. planning ahead The looming concerns about the recapture penalty Making trades ahead of the expansion draft Teams trying to learn from mistakes they made last time What Suter and Parise have left in the tank Potential landing spots for them this offseason If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 14

37 min 51 sec

Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss the Duncan Keith trade. Topics include: What kind of player he is at this point of his career How much of the defensive issues were on him vs. the team Can the Oilers can get better numbers out of him in different role Historical comparisons for this type of move Impact usage has on performance The fit for him given his present day skills Questioning why they paid the price they did, when they did The market for him and who had the leverage The risk and opportunity cost Edmonton is taking on How they could've used their cap space differently Making the most of an important offseason If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jul 13

40 min 34 sec

Mike Johnson joins the show to help preview the upcoming Stanley Cup Final, and discuss how the Lightning and Canadiens match up against each other. Topics include: Carey Price vs. Andrei Vasilevskiy Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov vs. Montreal's defense How Canadiens shut down Golden Knights forwards Phillip Danault's work in the matchup game The battle for premium real estate that we'll see Lightning power play vs. Canadiens penalty kill All of the different types of games Tampa Bay can play Montreal's opportunistic rush attack and quick breakouts Why Cole Caufield has been so effective If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 27

51 min 24 sec

Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss where things went wrong for Jack Eichel and the Sabres, the most interesting landing spots for him, and what kind of trade return Buffalo should be looking for. Topics include: Jack Eichel's 6 years in Buffalo How the Sabres failed to build around him properly Why the two parties reached a point of no return Exactly what kind of player is the team trading for him getting The next steps for the Sabres moving forward Organizational baggage when it comes to rebuilding.. again The type of assets they should be targeting Getting quality over quantity in trade packages Making the most of this year's draft, especially at the top The most interesting landing spots for Eichel If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 23

1 hr 4 min

Jesse Granger joins the show to discuss how the Golden Knights came back from down two games to beat the Avalanche, how Mark Stone was able to slow Nathan MacKinnon down, and all of the stuff that has and hasn't worked for them this postseason. Topics include: Why this felt like such a big upset The adjustments Vegas made after Game 1 What player usage tells us about how coaches really feel The Mark Stone vs. Nathan MacKinnon head to head What Stone does to make him so effective The way their defensemen flip the puck out of the zone Putting pressure on the other team with puck pursuit Alex Pietrangelo's impact when it mattered most Playoff officiating and coaches working the refs Rink bias for recording shots, chances, and other stats Things to watch in the next round vs. Montreal If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 12

55 min 16 sec

Andrew Berkshire joins the show to discuss how the Canadiens beat the Jets, how the Lightning beat the Hurricanes, and round two of the NHL postseason. Topics include: Enjoying the playoffs vs. trying to learn from them Individual talent vs. team structure when it comes to defending How Montreal dominated Winnipeg at 5-on-5 Paul Maurice talking about analytics Lineup balance and depth in this year's heavy schedule Cole Caufield's early playmaking before the goals have come Trying to match up against Colorado or Vegas Tampa Bay's strategy vs. Carolina How their power play keeps scoring all of the goals Victor Hedman's movement How they exploited the cap to their advantage Big offseason decisions for the Hurricanes How they can take the next step as contenders If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jun 11

55 min 38 sec

Jack Fraser joins the show to discuss what we learned in the opening round of the postseason, and help preview the upcoming second round matchups. Topics include: Lightning vs. Hurricanes How Kucherov and Hedman looked at 5-on-5 Tampa Bay's power play vs. Carolina's penalty kill Nedeljkovic trying to keep up with Vasilevskiy  Golden Knights vs. Avalanche Vegas turning expected goals into actual goals Whether Colorado can keep up their shot shares Mark Stone vs. Nathan MacKinnon Islanders vs. Bruins Boston's top-six Islanders counter attack and forecheck If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 29

47 min 43 sec

Jack Han joins the show to discuss the Colorado Avalanche, why they've been steamrolling teams so far this season, and what we can learn from their success. Why we're interested in learning from the Avalanche Adjustments they've made to their playing style Having good players, and getting the most out of them Their improved defensive metrics this season The interplay between defense and offense Aggressively defending the blueline, forcing dump-ins The 'neutral zone regroup' Snowball effect of shifts and concept of momentum Role coach plays on highly talented teams Creating environment that young players can step into Their team-building approach Respond to playoff disappointment and getting lucky If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 29

43 min 28 sec

Mike Johnson joins the show to preview the opening round matchups in the North Division. The topics include: Learning from the season series between the Oilers and Jets What the Jets should do to try to slow down Connor McDavid Pros and cons of trying to line match in a playoff series Playing McDavid and Draisaitl together vs. splitting them up Nikolaj Ehlers' importance to the Jets The struggles on the power play for the Leafs Leafs defense vs. Canadiens offense (and vice versa) Why Brendan Gallagher is the engine for Montreal's offense Different forward combinations for the Leafs based on game state If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 16

53 min 1 sec

Ryan Lambert joins the show to help kick off our playoff previews by deep diving the round one matchups in the East and Central divisions. The topics include: Carolina's nearly flawless statistical resume What the Predators need to do to make a series of it The Hurricanes forecheck vs. Predators skilled defensemen The impact of seeing fans at the rink for a playoff game again Why Lightning vs. Panthers is the most exciting round 1 matchup What to expect from Kucherov, Stamkos, and TB's returning players Concerns about Victor Hedman since his injury How the Panthers use defensemen to dominate in transition What Florida will do in net with their goalie options What to make of Boston's numbers considering the teams they've played Taylor Hall's impact on the Bruins 2nd line and 5-on-5 play The Capitals power play vs. the Bruins penalty kill Why the Capitals are more dangerous than shot rates suggest How much to buy into the Islanders limping into the playoffs Barry Trotz's ability to plan for an opponent in a series setting Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock vs. Crosby's line Pittsburgh's secondary scoring and manufacturing offense What the Penguins need to do to avoid a repeat of 2019 If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 14

1 hr 1 min

Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to discuss how we're filling out our awards ballots for the 2020-2021 NHL regular season. The topics include: The last finalist in the Calder voting Kirill Kaprizov vs. Jason Robertson Andrei Vasilevskiy fading down the stretch Juuse Saros' herculean effort getting Nashville in What defense looks like as part of a two-way effort Sasha Barkov's monster season Why Jaccob Slavin has to (finally) win the Lady Byng  Separating coaches from their team's PDO All of the strong candidates in the Norris discussion Cale Makar's impact when he's played Charlie McAvoy's 5-on-5 performance Victor Hedman's ability vs. stats this season The historical context of Connor McDavid's numbers If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

May 13

1 hr 5 min

Sean Shapiro joins the show to help deep dive the ups and downs this season for the Dallas Stars, the excitement behind Jason Robertson's special rookie year, and the future of NHL broadcasts in the States. Topics include: The battle between Dallas and Nashville for 4th in Central Underlying numbers vs. results for the Stars 1-goal games, and waiting for regression in short season Impact of COVID on player performance this season Contextualizing Anton Khudobin's struggles Roope Hintz's production despite uncertain status Unlocking combination of Hintz and Robertson Details in Robertson's game that have made him successful Jason Robertson vs. Kirill Kaprizov for the Calder Not taking John Klingberg's contributions for granted Miro Heiskanen's next contract NHL's new TV partners in the U.S. The financial impact the deals will have How the league can better sell the product If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 29

1 hr 12 min

Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss the moves we saw made at the NHL trade deadline, the behind the scenes of how they came together, and why teams made the decisions that they ultimately did. Topics include: What the market was actually like for Taylor Hall How much the Bruins improved at the deadline Steve Yzerman accumulating assets How Mantha-for-Vrana came together The Leafs motivation for going after Foligno  Why the Oilers and Jets were relatively quiet Huge decisions ahead for the Blue Jackets Colorado's patient team building approach Teams using LTIR to their advantage Teams that will be active this offseason If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 22

1 hr 3 min

Rob Pizzola joins the show to discuss what we can learn from this weird season, how external factors like schedule and officiating can impact team performance, and the NHL's foray into the sports betting world. Topics include: Learning from this weird season What we can glean from matchup data  Gap in talent between top teams and the rest Quantifying the effect of fatigue on teams Transparency and accountability for officiating Pros and cons of NHL embracing gambling Broadcasts trying to talk about betting props Difference between starters and backup goalies How quickly the lines adjust to new information Teams that are under and overvalued by market Stanley Cup contender odds If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 14

1 hr 18 min

Thomas Drance and Ryan Lambert join the show to help get ready for the upcoming deadline by pitching trades we'd like to see. Topics include: Obstacles standing in the way of meaningful trades this deadline The small list of teams that are true buyers vs. the many sellers The impact players realistically available Trades we'd really like to see Ridiculous three-team trades that'll never happen but are fun The best landing spots for Taylor Hall The Islanders trading for Palmieri (which happened!) Stories about Lou Lamoriello and Mike Hoffman Fixing the Bruins secondary scoring issues The Jets improving their defense Creative ways for the Golden Knights to add firepower Colorado's need for a better backup goalie Aggressive  bigger picture moves the Oilers can make Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Apr 8

1 hr 17 min

Dom Luszczyszyn joins the show to discuss six big questions we have for the remainder of the season. The topics include: Does anyone have a higher ceiling than the Avalanche? Are the Islanders the team you're most confident in from the East? Can the Panthers or Hurricanes challenge the Lightning? Team(s) we've been most surprised by / wrong about Team(s) we're most disappointed in / had higher hopes for Team(s) to keep an eye on in the second half If you haven't yet, please go take a minute to leave a rating and review for the show. If you're busy and don't feel like writing anything, it's all good. Just hit the 5-star button. Each one counts, and helps us out. If you're feeling extra generous, you can also leave a note about why you recommend people check the show out. Thanks for the help! If you're a fan of the content you hear on the show and would like more written content, you can get two free months off on your annual subscription for Elite Prospects Rinkside by using the promo code 'ILOVEEP'. That'll get you access to articles written by myself and many guests that have appeared on the show, including Cam Robinson, Rachel Doerrie, and Ryan Lambert. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 24

1 hr 5 min

Jack Han joins the show to discuss adjustments the Leafs are trying to make this season to finally get over the hump, getting the most out of your players with your team's tactics,  how to use video and analytics together to paint a more complete picture, and a variety of other topics. Other things we talk about in this episode include: Changes Leafs have been trying to implement Neutral zone schemes to get in control of the game Pace, defending leads, tightening screws when needed Actively seeking out higher quality shot attempts Coaches making things easy on their players Tampa Bay's creativity in the offensive zone What makes the Islanders so effective Darryl Sutter's instant impact on the Flames How dump and chase can be effective in 2021 Why forechecking can be so difficult, yet so simple Importance of pre-scouting opponents this season A team's in-house metrics vs. public ones Jets defensive numbers, how much is avoidable How to get the most out of video and analytics If you'd like to get a copy of Jack's new book about the history of hockey and how tactics from the past inform today's game, you can do so here. If you'd like to sign up for Elite Prospects Rinkside and get access to all of the premium articles, you can get two free months off your annual subscription with the promo code 'ILOVEEP'.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 17

1 hr 2 min

Emily Kaplan and Chris Johnston join the show to help fill out midseason awards ballots. We discuss what we're looking for when making our choices in each category, the best candidates at this point, and storylines to watch for in the second half. Topics include: The Calder Trophy The Norris Trophy The Selke Trophy The Vezina Trophy The Jack Adams The Hart Trophy The best comeback performance The most underrated player The best offseason acquisition The player that's most proven they're legit this season ESPN's deal with the NHL CJ's new and improved Twitter strategy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Mar 11

1 hr 14 min

Chad DeDominicis joins the show to discuss the Buffalo Sabres, the cursed start to the season, and what to make of their strange underlying numbers. Topics include: All of the bad luck they've suffered through Their historically bad 5v5 offense How shooting % fluctuations can mess with you Do they have the right system for their personnel? Pros and cons of low event hockey Is Ralph Krueger best suited to be a coach? Victor Olofsson at 5v5 vs. on the power play The mystifying way they've used Jeff Skinner Skinner's value, trying to make it worth  Ways to improve the team this season Keeping Jack Eichel happy Eichel's shooting this year Taylor Hall's future If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Feb 25

1 hr 5 min

Jesse Marshall joins the show to help deep dive the Pittsburgh Penguins and their eventful start to the season. Topics include: Surviving a bumpy first month Why they're fortunate to be where they are Making sense of a strange underlying shot profile The funk Evgeni Malkin has been in What's wrong with him, and how they can fix him Mixing and matching in the top 6 Bryan Rust proving he's totally legit Jim Rutherford's unplanned exit Importance of coach and front office being on same page Managing multiple timelines as organization Putting players in position to succeed based on their skills  Getting back to 5-on-5 dominance If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Feb 23

1 hr 4 min

Harman Dayal and Satiar Shah join the show to discuss where things have went wrong for the Vancouver Canucks this season, how to divvy up the blame for it, and what they need to do to fix it moving forward. Topics include: The bad optics of their offseason Deeper rooted issues dating back years Paying for past mistakes Intentionally rebuilding vs. being bad by accident Having plan and executing it properly GM vs. Owner vs. Coach Front office power struggles Ownership meddling in moves Making big changes now vs. offseason Losing the room Goaltending vs. defensive issues Hughes and Pettersson's struggles this year The impact on their next contracts Trying to salvage the rest of the season Big decisions coming up Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Feb 11

1 hr 24 min

Alison Lukan and Murat Ates join the show to discuss the blockbuster trade between the Blue Jackets and Jets, how Pierre-Luc Dubois and Patrik Laine will fit with their new teams, and how they can get the most out of them moving forward. Topics include: The timeline leading up to the trade What the market was actually like for Dubois Why Jarmo Kekalainen made the move Why the Jets were the perfect trade partner How much of PLD's rep as a player is deserved How his passing is a great fit next to Jets shooters Whether he'll be able to improve their team defense Where things went wrong for Laine in Winnipeg What's to blame for the dip in his shooting % How CBJ can get his shot back to where it was Whether CBJ's system can cover for his limitations How they can get the most out of his tools Winners and losers of the trade The next contract for both Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 27

57 min 16 sec

Arpon Basu joins the show to help discuss the strong start to the season for the Montreal Canadiens, how their playing style and depth has helped them take advantage of a wide open North Division, and what we can learn from their early results. Topics include: Their hot start offensively How much stock to put into early season data The competition in the North Division How they're taking advantage of opportunities How they're creating those opportunities Balancing offense vs. defense, risk vs. reward Nick Suzuki's impressive start  How and why he played them out of PLD talks The team's forward depth The future of the center position Phillip Danault's value and next contract Protecting investment in Price Future questions they'll need to answer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 26

1 hr 13 min

Michael Russo joins the show to help deep dive Kirill Kaprizov's immediate impact, why the wait appears to have been worth it, and how he's helping the Minnesota Wild change the public perception of their franchise. Topics include: Why Kirill Kaprizov has captured everyone's attention Why the Wild desperately needed a talent like him What he does well, why he can succeed in the NHL What we can learn from his first couple games Wild trying to change public perception of them Goals for this season and questions to answer Kevin Fiala following up on his breakout Future contracts for Kaprizov and Fiala Lineup construction and team building theory Playing styles and helping stars shine Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 20

58 min 44 sec

Dom Luszczyszyn and Rob Pizzola join the show to discuss what we can learn from this unique season, the complicating factors to consider when picking winners, and some of the best bets on the board. Topics include: Weird results in shortened seasons The importance of home ice advantage and travel Balancing human element and statistical modeling Range of outcomes in 1st half vs. 2nd half Matchup trends and opponent familiarity Whether defensive teams will have early advantage Betting on bad teams Best bets and team point totals Player props and individual awards If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 12

1 hr 13 min

Andrew Berkshire joins the show to discuss potential breakout candidates for the coming season. Topics include: What we're looking for when identifying potential breakouts Jack Hughes coming back stronger for Year 2 Andrew Mangiapane in Calgary's Top 6 Nick Suzuki building off bubble performance Matt Grzelcyk taking advantage of opportunity Brady Tkachuk's underlying dominance Rasmus Dahlin reminding everyone how good he is Andrew's pick out of left field Kirill Kaprizov's KHL resume Juuse Saros' time is finally here Young defensemen finally being unleashed If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 12

1 hr 9 min

Jeff Marek joins the show for this year's version of what's become an annual preseason tradition for the show - the Watchability Rankings. We discuss what we're looking forward to watching, and rank all 31 teams based on the entertainment value we think they'll provide in the 2021 season. Topics include: How we put together our lists and tiered teams What we find entertaining and worth watching The bad rebuilding teams already looking to the future The good defensive teams that aren't especially exciting The teams that have a lot of brand new faces The teams we're particularly high or low on The usual suspects in the East The explosive Canadian Division If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Jan 4

1 hr 36 min

Hailey Salvian joins the show to deep dive the Ottawa Senators rebuild. We discuss the issues that have plagued them in the past, what they've been up to this offseason, and the questions that need to be answered before they really turn things around. Topics include: The fanbase's Melnyk Fatigue Whether they made the most of their offseason The financial motives for their moves Creating environment to help young players transition Brady Tkachuk's next contract The pursuit of a number 1 center Patiently seeing rebuild all the way through How expensive being a contender can be The recent trades they've made If you're interested in the Blue Wire Hustle program discussed at the top of the show, you can submit your application here: http://bwhustle.com/join Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2020

1 hr 10 min

Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss the players, teams, and stories we're most interested in heading into the 2021 season. The topics include: Did Vegas get better after all of their moves? Colorado's new status as favourites Nathan MacKinnon's evolution in the bubble Connor McDavid with a chip on his shoulder The final chapters of Alex Ovechkin's story The unique nature of the Canadian Division Tampa Bay without Kucherov or cap crunch Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2020

1 hr 4 min

Cam Robinson joins the show to help rewatch the Gold Medal Game from the 2011 World Juniors. We discuss Canada's epic collapse, Russia's thrilling comeback, everything that played into it, and what we've learned from it ten years later. Topics include: The legacy of this game What aged the best What aged the worst The TSN turning point The biggest heat check performance The questions that still remain unanswered The pros and cons of the broadcast Who won the game Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

Corey Masisak joins the show to deep dive the New Jersey Devils rebuild. We discuss where things went wrong last season, the questions that need to be answered, and how they can fix things moving forward. Topics include: Where things went wrong in 2019 for the Devils Why winning the offseason didn't translate into actual wins How invested the organization is in analytics The pros and cons of Lindy Ruff as a coach How legit Mackenzie Blackwood's second half tear was What Jack Hughes will look like in Year 2 Who stays and who goes in years to come Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2020

1 hr 27 min

Sheng Peng joins the show to discuss why the San Jose Sharks suddenly find themselves in uncharted waters, what caused their nightmarish 2019-20 season and where the issues started, plus how they can ultimately get things back on track to prevent this from becoming the new normal for the organization. Topics include: 2:00 The price of being good for a long time 12:00 Death by 1000 cuts in summer of 2019 20:00 How they can fix things heading into next season 26:00 Separating goalie performance from defensive system 41:00 Running the offense through Brent Burns 46:00 Erik Karlsson's impact and availability 52:30 Marc-Edouard Vlasic's recent decline 1:03:00 The franchise's agenda moving forward Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Dec 2020

1 hr 17 min

Darryl Belfry joins the show to discuss his experiences working with the best players in the NHL, how stars use the offseason to work on their game and acquire new skills, and all of the different things that go into skills training at the highest level. Topics include: 2:00 Process of adding tools during the offseason 8:00 Crosby's endless pursuit of getting better 14:00 How MacKinnon fixed his shooting % 22:00 Different components that go into shooting the puck 32:00 Incorporating skills training into game situations 42:00 Performance indicators that'll translate to next level 53:00 Playing fast vs. skating fast, and the perception of speed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Nov 2020

1 hr 8 min