Cross Checks

Chevy Chase, you've got nothing on the Pittsburgh Penguins
Christmas Vacation has never looked so good.

Player Power Rankings: Kopitar on the rise, Neal taking a dive
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FORWARDSTrending up: Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings -- I mean, how can we overlook his most recent performance? Kopitar put up a whopping five points in the Kings’ 6-4 win over the St.

Rumblings: Can Shane Doan imagine leaving Coyotes?
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Despite the Coyotes struggles this season, Shane Doan doesn't picture himself playing elsewhere, but you never know in this business.

Rumblings: James Neal first singled out by new diving rule
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James Neal is the first player singled out by the league's new rule for diving/embellishment calls designed to punish repeat offenders.

Rumblings: Don't forget Marc Crawford
Marc Crawford's time coaching in the Swiss League could set him up for a positive return to coacing in the NHL.

Watch: Winter Classic rink construction live webcam
Watch all the fun and games as the Winter Classic rink is constructed at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Tracking down where the NHL mumps outbreak started
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The outbreak of the mumps in the NHL is unprecedented in professional sports, but it isn't all that unusual in the everyday world. Here's what we know about the virus, which NHL players have been diagnosed or suspected of being diagnosed with it, and the chain of events surrounding the spread of the virus.

3 stars of the week: Ennis, Suter, Lundqvist
From the NHL's official release:ENNIS, SUTER AND LUNDQVIST NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEKNEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2014) – Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec.

Mumps and Maple Leafs making noise in the Eastern Conference
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Trending up Mumps: Recently, four more players in the Eastern Conference were diagnosed with the disease, as the puzzling outbreak continues to wreak havoc among the hockey community.

Ducks and Sharks streaking, Flames slowing down out West
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Trending up Anaheim Ducks: With a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, the Ducks recorded their seventh straight win to improve to 21-6-5.

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