Justin Bourne
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Pressing Eastern Conference questions heading into 2022-23 NHL season
Justin Bourne
Getting back into the saddle, Justin Bourne takes a look at the Eastern Conference and ponders some of the most pressing questions for those teams.
What to expect from last season's top half of the Atlantic Division in 2022-23
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How a changed Atlantic Division could pressure the top teams
Justin Bourne
Last season there was a decisive split between the top and bottom teams in the Atlantic. In 2022-23, that gap could narrow, and make things more challenging for the teams at the top.
Two sentences on every noteworthy signing from NHL free agency
Justin Bourne
With most of the heavy lifting done in free agency, Justin Bourne gives his take on the more notable moves.
10 thoughts on the Maple Leafs' acquisition of Matt Murray
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Making sense of frustrating 'play drivers' and Jesse Puljujarvi's value
Justin Bourne
A player like Jesse Puljujarvi is at the fundamental crossroads of the analytics debate, a player with size who is expected to bring more physicality, but who has strong underlying numbers. Justin Bourne explains why, perhaps, he should be part of Edmonton's future.
How Colorado's patience, intangibles challenged a Tampa offence with no answer
Justin Bourne
Tampa Bay went from the high-flying offensive team to one of fundamentals, defensive structure and patience. But it shouldn't be lost that Colorado, for all its offence, shared those same qualities.
How Colorado earned its controversial OT win: the best teams 'get lucky' the most
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How Tampa Bay finally found offence against Colorado by using short support
Justin Bourne
After registering just a single high-danger scoring chance in Game 2, the Lightning created nine in just the first two periods of Game 3. What changed in their offensive approach was that they prioritized "short support."