Quarterly report: Team-by-team grades
Most teams will hit the quarter mark of the NHL season in the next week. Here's a breakdown of where teams stand as they make the first turn in what has been a wildly exciting and unpredictable (aren't they all?) start to the 2008-09 regular season.
Boston Bruins: A
Go figure. The Bruins continue to play a tough, defensively sound style of hockey that makes them the surprise team to beat in the Eastern Conference at the quarter mark. Tim Thomas continues to ...
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2008-09: NHL QUARTERLY REPORT
• The quotes: The NHL doesn't have a Terrell Owens, but there are times when the words do start flying. Here are some memorable quotes and story lines so far. Damien Cox
• The teams: At the quarter mark, we're taking stock of all 30 clubs. Some earned top grades, while others have some serious work to do before the All-Star break. Scott Burnside
• The awards: Before the season's start, Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin were picked by many to win MVP. Will those picks hold up? Right now, we're not so sure. Awards race
• Malkin's run: After a lowly finish to last season, Evgeni Malkin is proving he has no Cup finals hangover. Scott Burnside checks in with the league's best player so far. Story
• The rookie race: It looks nothing like what the preseason pundits predicted. And for the first time since the lockout, it's a wide-open race without a big-name attraction. LeBrun
• The coaches: What to make of all the coaches so far this season? Terry Frei is back again for his bench-boss rankings, looking at where they stand at the quarter mark. Story
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• Rank 'em: Your MVP picks at the quarter mark