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2013-14 NHL Awards Predictions: The Jack Adams Award

Daniel Spevak is a writer for The Checking Line - Flyers Edition. This is a part of a multi-part series breaking down the potential finalists for the NHL's annual awards.

The Jack Adams Award is an accolade given to the best coach in the NHL each season.

Between rookie coaches bringing teams back to former levels of success, midseason replacements and established veterans, there’s no shortage of qualified contenders for the award.

Let’s take a look at who should be considered among all 30 NHL coaches this season and see who fits the description of the one who has “contributed the most to his team's success.”

Honorable Mentions

Ken Hit...

Flyers Back In Playoffs With Third Straight Win

The Flyers have the opportunity to head into the Olympic break with a four game winning streak and a spot in the playoffs to lose.

The Flyers won their third straight game on Thursday, beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-1. The rode another stellar performance by Steve Mason, who has allowed three goals in his three starts during the current winning streak.

Mason stopped 38 shots against Colorado to seal the win. His only hiccup came late in the third period when Nathan MacKinnon sneaked a shot between Mason and the left goal post that cut the Flyers lead at the time to 2-1.

(AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)

Weekly Flyers Preview: Feb. 3-9

This week, the Flyers finish up their pre-Olympic schedule with three Western Conference opponents.

It's Still Too Soon To Count Out Poulin

Kevin Poulin has been under the Islanders' microscope for quite some time. The organization has put a lot of faith in him, expecting him to eventually take over the starting position from veteran net-minder Evgeni Nabokov, perhaps as early as next season (Photo credit: 560XLS/Flickr).

Early on, fans were probably starting to lower their expectations for Poulin, only winning one of his first five starts and then dropping six in a row between November 19th and December 7th.

However, a recent surge by the Islanders, which can be very much attributed to the performance of Poulin, may help turn a few heads and increase the confidence of the 23-year old keeper.

Varlamov Out-Duels Mason in Colorado

Steve Mason was every bit as good as he's been so far this season, which earned him first half stud honors.

But Colorado goalie Semyon Varlamov was just a tiny bit better. Varlamov stopped 29 shots, the same as Mason, but allowed only one to get by him in a 2-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday.

A rare lapse in the mind of Sean Couturier, who also received honors in our report card, set up Colorado's first goal.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Dec. 30-Jan. 6

The Flyers continue their Western road trip, after a win against Edmonton Saturday night. This week's games will give the Flyers some tests against Western playoff contenders.

Acquiring Stastny Makes Too Much Sense For Leafs

If Paul Stastny is being shopped at the NHL Entry Draft on Sunday, general manager Dave Nonis must do everything in his power to acquire the 27-year-old.

With breaking news of Vincent Lecavalier being bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning, some wonder if the Leafs should throw all their eggs in that basket. While Lecavalier is productive, notching 81 points in his last 103 games, he’s 33 years old and will likely have upwards of 10 teams interested in his services. Is Nonis prepared to enter a bidding war and potentially give out a long-term contract for an aging player? He has made it clear that his vision for the Leafs is to import young players that can make an impact now b...

Kings roll Avalanche, 4-1

 

After a pre-game tribute to former King, Ian Laperriere and a moment of silence for Los Angeles sports titan, Jerry Buss, the Kings got straight to business.

Dustin Brown opened the scoring 58 seconds into the game. Justin Williams recovered the puck on a scramble at the top of the offensive zone and delivered a pass to Brown waiting in the slot. Brown’s one-timer rocketed past an oscillating Semyon Varlamov.

The slot was open all afternoon and the Kings would capitalize on two goals just like Brown’s. The victory is Los Angeles’ third straight and the team is gaining momentum heading into their long home stretch. With the Kings beginning to form...

Will Kyle Okposo Solve The Islanders Scoring Issues?

Kyle Okposo went into the 2012 season looking to rebound after an injured 2011 year that only saw him play 38 games. In those games, Okposo only posted 20 points, a far cry from the 52 he scored in his sophomore season. (Photo Credit: bridgetds/Flickr)

It was also likely less than what he, his team and fans were hoping to see him contribute after having such a great year in 2010.

Last year started off very similarly to 2011 - as if he was still injured and watching from the press box. He only scored three points in the first 15 games of the year and was eventually a healthy scratch for three straight games.

But Okposo would redeem himself, having heard the message from Coach Capuano loud and clear.

Boyes Will Be Boyes (Replacing PA at a discounted price)

Isles fans have a way of forcing themselves to see the positives in most murky situations. They could hold a polluted, cloudy glass of water to the light and say “...at least its water!” The fan base is thirsty and have been parched for entirely too long. Saving the ‘stranded on an island’ metaphors, most fans that attend and/or watch each Islanders’ campaign needs something to bring them back after being consistently let down. (Photo Credit: Flickr/slidingsideways)

For the older generation of fans, the original cast that were around since the dynasty days, the reasoning is simple. They seemed to have accepted their apparent, under the table deal with the hockey demons as an exchange for those years as hockey’s prestige.

For the fans that weren’t around for those glory days, they hold on to moments or streaks of greatness. They hold the 1992-93 Islanders dear to their heart spending their days cursing Dale Hunter’s existence and asking hypotheticals about Pierre Turgeon’s unforeseen injury. They remember a good 1993-94 team that got dismantled by the Cup bound Rangers in a 4 game sweep but took the loss thinking they’d be right back eventually. How could they not?