It may hinge on an improbable Leafs playoff push that seems destined to go down to the wire, but this could be the year that Mike Babcock wins a long-overdue Jack Adams Award.
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Thursday night's game against his old team would be a great time for Brian Boyle to start displaying some of the veteran savvy (and perhaps even a little offence) the Maple Leafs were hoping for when they acquired him from Tampa Bay at the trade deadline.
Forget "wait 'til next year." Youngsters Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly want to accelerate their team's rebuilding plan by pushing Toronto into the playoffs right now.
Jacob Trouba hopes a strong finish to the season can put a happy face on what has been an otherwise up-and-down campaign for himself and the Winnipeg Jets.
It's been a trying season for Johnny Gaudreau, but the Flames' most dynamic player feels the best is yet to come for himself and his team.
Seth Jones believes he learned plenty from hanging around his dad and other NBA stars in his youth, and the young defenceman is now enjoying a career year in Columbus.
A year ago, Shayne Gostisbehere was sitting on top of the world. Now he regularly sits in the press box, a healthy scratch for the Philadelphia Flyers in their past three games.
Averaging 16:09 ice time per game, New York Rangers centre Miller has proven himself to be adept in key situations. Three of his goals have come with the Rangers playing shorthanded and five of his goals are game winners.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray was tasked with taking over for a concussed Marc-Andre Fleury during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs and he took the chance to prove he's more than capable.
To say the Tampa Bay Lightning's plan for Jonathan Drouin has not gone according to script is an understatement. In fact, there are many who are shocked the 21-year-old left winger is still a member of Lightning, given his tumultuous relationship with management.