This week on The Hockey News Podcast:
– The Calgary Flames sit atop the Western Conference standings. The Edmonton Oilers have surged under coach Ken Hitchcock. Can we trust that both teams are for real?
– Some NHL owners are calling for an expanded playoff format. Would it be good for the game?
– Rumors of Auston Matthews offer sheets continue to swirl. Should the Leafs expect it to happen?
– Fantasy pickups of the week: David Krejci, Noah Hanifin, Colin White
– Future Watch: Egor Afanasyev, Ty Smith
– From the Magazine: Matt Larkin on the oral history of the 2004 World Junior Championship
– Hot Take: Why a Patrick-Kane-to-Buffalo trade would work great
– Mailbag: Are the Washington Capitals being overlooked as strong repeat Stanley Cup c0ntenders?