Taking penalties is not a sign of toughness or gritty play. Penalties are bad. So let's take a look at which players are helping and hurting their teams the most this season when it comes to penalties.
The Thursday-night schedule is stacked with great season-opening games. From the Avalanche and Wild resuming their Central Division rivalry to the season debuts of new coaches Barry Trotz and Mike Johnston in separate games, it should be a great night.
For the last five-plus weeks, Eye on Hockey has gone team-by-team to evaluate each team's core players. To wrap up our offseason series, here's a look at the very best core groups in the league, plus notes on a few others.