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John Tortorella favorite in Jack Adams race

Coach who has Blue Jackets contending for Presidents' Trophy chosen by NHL.com panel at midseason

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

To mark the midpoint of the 2016-17 season, NHL.com is running its second installment of the Trophy Tracker series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Jack Adams Award.

Less than one year after finishing 27th in the NHL with a 34-40-8 record, the Columbus Blue Jackets are contending for the Presidents' Trophy and on track for their best regular season since entering the League in 2000-01.

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Sidney Crosby favorite in Hart Trophy race

Penguins center chosen for award by NHL.com panel at midseason

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

To mark the midpoint of the 2016-17 season, NHL.com is running its second installment of the Trophy Tracker series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Hart Trophy.

A 56-goal, 97-point pace has enabled Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby to jump out as the frontrunner at the midpoint of the NHL season to win the Hart Trophy for the third time, according to a vote of 12 NHL.com staff members.

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Brent Burns favorite in Norris Trophy race

Sharks defenseman chosen for award by NHL.com panel at midseason

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

To mark the midpoint of the 2016-17 season, NHL.com is running its second installment of the Trophy Tracker series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Norris Trophy.

Brent Burns helped the San Jose Sharks to the Stanley Cup Final last season. He finished with 24 points in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, tied for sixth all-time among defenseman in one postseason.

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Sergei Bobrovsky favorite in Vezina Trophy race

Blue Jackets goalie chosen for award by NHL.com panel at midseason

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

To mark the midpoint of the 2016-17 season, NHL.com is running its second installment of the Trophy Tracker series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Vezina Trophy.

Nobody could have seen the Columbus Blue Jackets' recent 16-game winning streak coming, but it's clear who has been most responsible for their success this season.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been sensational since the regular season began in October. Of the 28 wins for the Blue Jackets this season, Bobrovsky has 26 of them, the most in the NHL. His .931 save percentage is tied for third among goalies who have played at least 15 games. Overall, the Blue Jackets have allowed 89 goals through 40 games.

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Auston Matthews favorite in Calder Trophy race

Maple Leafs center, on tear since 13-game goal drought, chosen by NHL.com panel as top rookie at midseason

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

To mark the midpoint of the 2016-17 season, NHL.com is running its second installment of the Trophy Tracker series this week. Today, we look at the race for the Calder Trophy.

Toronto Maple Leafs rookie center Auston Matthews went 13 straight games without a goal, from Oct. 27-Nov. 22, after scoring six in his first six games in the NHL, including four in his debut.

During that stretch, he had the support of not only his teammates, but Toronto coach Mike Babcock.

"When things don't go right and you experience momentary doubt, you need to just push through it and it's always brighter on the other side," Babcock said in November.

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Carey Price early favorite for Hart Trophy

Goalie has Canadiens in first place at quarter mark, chosen as MVP by NHL.com panel

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

When a player like Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is dominating the way he is dominating, sometimes it takes a fresh perspective from someone who isn't around him all the time to gain a true appreciation for why he's so good.

Enter Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters.

"There's Carey Price, and then the rest of the conversation begins," Peters said. "It's a whole different level."

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Shea Weber of Canadiens early Norris favorite

Defenseman excelling all around for first place Montreal at quarter mark of season

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

There were questions as to how defenseman Shea Weber would fit in with the Montreal Canadiens after they acquired him from the Nashville Predators for defenseman P.K. Subban on June 29. But a quarter of the way through the season, Weber has looked quite good in the Canadiens' red, white and blue.

Weber is tied for second on Montreal in points (18) and third among all defensemen, trailing Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks (21) and Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators (19). Weber also is tops in plus/minus (plus-18), power-play goals (seven) and power-play points (10) and tied for the lead in game-winning goals (three) at the position.

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Carey Price early favorite for Vezina Trophy

Canadiens goalie, dominant throughout first quarter, chosen by NHL.com panel

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

It's no coincidence that when Carey Price sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Nov. 25, 2015, and had to miss the final 59 games of last season, the wheels completely fell off the Montreal Canadiens' push to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Not only did Montreal lose its grip on first place in the Atlantic Division, it finished 13th in the Eastern Conference and missed the playoffs. There was a major shakeup on June 29 when P.K. Subban was traded to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber, but the Canadiens knew that their success in the 2016-17 season would ultimately be determined by the health of their No. 1 goaltender.

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Patrik Laine early favorite in Calder Trophy race

Jets forward who leads rookies in goals, points at quarter mark selected by NHL.com panel

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

Winnipeg Jets rookie right wing Patrik Laine might have been on to something when he made the bold assertion that he should be considered for the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft last June.

In a season when many young and extremely talented rookies are making their mark in the NHL, the 18-year-old Laine could turn out to be the best of the bunch.

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Alain Vigneault of Rangers early Jack Adams favorite

Coach of first-place team in Metropolitan Division cited by NHL.com panel through first quarter

by Jon Lane @JonLaneNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Rangers were in transition during the summer following an early exit from the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. They became younger, faster and deeper, and that has translated into a first-place standing in the Metropolitan Division.

Leading the charge is Alain Vigneault, the favorite among NHL.com's 13-voter panel to win the Jack Adams Award at the first quarter of the 2016-17 season.

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