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?