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Top prospects for Nashville Predators

Kamenev, Carrier could work way into NHL lineup this season

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the Nashville Predators.

The Nashville Predators have a long history of drafting and developing talented defensemen for the NHL, a trend that appears to be continuing with their current pipeline.

Despite placing a heavier emphasis on drafting forwards since Peter Laviolette was hired as coach May 6, 2014, the Predators have some elite defense prospects to go along with a deep group of forwards.

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Centennial Portraits

Datsyuk, Conacher portraits unveiled

Color paintings of 100 Greatest NHL Players will be revealed on NHL.com every Monday in 2017

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As part of the NHL Centennial Celebration, renowned Canadian artist Tony Harris will paint original portraits of each of the 100 Greatest NHL Players presented by Molson Canadian as chosen by a Blue Ribbon panel. NHL.com will reveal two portraits each Monday in 2017.

This week, the portraits of forwards Pavel Datsyuk and Charlie Conacher are unveiled in the 30th installment. 

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Top Players

Wings on the bubble

Five who fell short of making NHL Network's Top 20 list

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NHL Network knows who the best players are in the League right now. They will reveal their version in a nine-episode summer series, airing weekends. The second episode is Sunday at 7 p.m ET and focuses on the Top 20 wings.

Did your favorite wing make the list? Tune in Sunday to find out and join the conversation with the #NHLTopPlayers hashtag. Here is a preview of the series and a look at five wings on the bubble, who just missed the top 20.

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31 in 31

Three questions facing Columbus Blue Jackets

Bobrovsky rebounding from playoff performance, Werenski avoiding 'sophomore slump' among concerns

by Craig Merz / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The pieces are in place for the Columbus Blue Jackets for another run at the Stanley Cup Playoffs after they won 50 games and finished fourth in the NHL standings with 108 points last season.

However, there are questions because they have never qualified for the postseason in consecutive years.

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31 in 31

Three questions facing Colorado Avalanche

Defense, health of Varlamov among main concerns after last-place finish

by Rick Sadowski / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three questions facing the Colorado Avalanche.

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Top Players

Top 10 NHL Goaltenders

NHL Network reveals best of current crop

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From Stanley Cup champions to Vezina Trophy winners to All-Stars, the NHL has many great goalies. NHL Network experts chose the Top 10 goalies in the League as part of the NHL Top Players series airing every weekend throughout the summer. Did your goalie make the list? Is another goalie too high or too low? Have your say in the comment field below or by using the hashtag #NHLTopPlayers on social media.

Here is the list:

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NHL Centennial

This Week in Centennial History

Hall of Famers Richard, Boivin, Brooks born; Philadelphia becomes 'Flyers'

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As part of the League's Centennial Celebration, NHL.com is taking a look back at memorable events each week.

Here are Centennial highlights for the week of July 30-Aug. 5:

 

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Short Shifts

Vasilevskiy to have color-changing mask again

Quebec-based artists reveal new helmet for Lightning goalie to use this season

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Andrei Vasilevskiy's color-changing mask worked so well, he's going to use a similar one this season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning goalie, who debuted a color-changing mask with Sub-Zero paint last season, will don another in 2017-18, thanks to the mask artist company Sylabrush.

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Behind The Numbers

Assembling best power-play unit in NHL

Ovechkin, Shattenkirk would be included in elite five-man group, statistics show

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

What is the best possible five-man power-play unit that could be assembled from active NHL players? We answered that question, building a unit based on each player's underlying numbers.

All statistics are in 5-on-4 situations only, sourced from HockeyAnalysis.com, and calculated over the past three seasons. Any rankings include only players who have played at least 300 minutes over that span.

Here is our top power-play unit:

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Team Reset

Jets counting on Mason, Kulikov to improve defense

Scoring remains strength for Winnipeg, which allowed fourth-most goals in NHL last season

by Tim Campbell @NHLTim / NHL.com Staff Writer

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Winnipeg Jets:

Having patiently compiled NHL Draft picks and prospects since the franchise's relocation from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season, the Winnipeg Jets turned proactive this offseason, shifting some of their focus to the present. 

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