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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 12): Goalies, Goalies, Goalies

This season has been rough on everybody. But not many have it rougher than Anton Forsberg. Forsberg had started the season off on the right foot, earning a one year, $700K deal from the Edmonton Oilers in October to join their taxi squad behind the established duo of Mike Smith and Mikko Koskinen. But what […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 11): A Division UnMarvelled

When an NHL season is streaking by as quickly as this 2021 campaign has, one might need a little break from sports every now and then. A hockey palate cleanser, if you will. For me, that’s come in the form of the new Marvel television series that’ve been arriving on Disney+; starting with WandaVision, that […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 10): Jets fly to the top as second half begins

As the NHL season rounds the halfway point, the speed at which we’ve gotten here almost feels like a fever dream. Actually, considering why we’re all inside and not watching all these games live, “fever dream” is a pretty apt description. The recent stretch hasn’t been kind to many teams in the North. The Leafs […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 9): Let Chaos Reign

If a time traveler showed up in my office today and told me by the end of this wild 2021 season, every single head coach on a Canadian NHL team would be different than the bench bosses who started the year, I’d believe it. This week perfectly encapsulated what it means to be playing hockey […]

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The CreaseCast

Benning All Along | March 5, 2021

In this episode: Lach and Cody break down the wild Jim Benning press conference Friday morning, the Canucks Thursday night victory over the Maple Leafs, Calgary replacing Geoff Ward with Darryl Sutter and check in on the Utica Comets.

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 8): The Multiverse of Madness

As the NHL calendar flips over the middle frame of the 2021 season, one fact has become more and more clear; the North Division is a mess. A colossal, ridiculous, beautiful mess. When experts and fans were making their playoff predictions back in January, there was always a clear sense that three major divides separated […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 7): Reverse Retro Week!

The North Division may have the most exciting hockey of any in the NHL, but their Reverse Retro jersey collection sure doesn’t match. When you do a regular power rankings list with only seven teams at your disposal, sometimes it can be difficult to find new reasons to bump teams up and down every single […]

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North Division Power Rankings

Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 6): Oilers – finally – crack the top four

Back in the early 2010s, I had a lot of optimism about how the NHL would look by the next decade. The Canucks were going to be fully through a Stanley Cup dynasty, the league was finally going to let the Phoenix Coyotes move to Quebec City, and the Edmonton Oilers were going to be […]

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Lach’s North Division Power Rankings (Week 5): Canucks crash into the basement… again

The Vancouver Canucks are in trouble. In fact, the Canucks are in so much trouble that I tried to make this week’s Power Rankings more fun by using some of the new Reverse Retro logos. Needless to say, it did not work. In four games this week, Vancouver was outscored by Montreal and Toronto 23-9 […]

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The CreaseCast

Hell and Oates | February 5, 2021

In this episode: Lach is on his own tonight to talk about the Canucks embarrassing 7-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, why it’s a microcosm for how management has bungled the construction of the team, Jim Benning’s poor excuse for letting Tyler Toffoli walk in free agency and how COVID is affecting the schedules […]