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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

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Vanek And Grabner Return To LI, But For How Long?

With Austria's most recent loss to the Slovenians, Thomas Vanek and Michael Grabner will both be returning to Long Island with their Olympic tours coming to an early end (Photo credit: Michael Cummo Photography/Flickr).

Grabner leaves the tournament second in scoring, only behind Team USA's Phil Kessel. Vanek finished with only one assist in the four games played as Team Austria's captain.

Now Vanek will focus on returning to a destination that he will likely only call his home for a short while longer. It was evident that Isles GM Garth Snow was looking to move the star forward before the NHL roster freeze. When NHL games resume, there will be only five days left for Snow to trade Vanek to a contending team looking to bolster their roster before the playoffs.

Flyers Blank Red Wings

Good breaks favor the victors. The Philadelphia Flyers capitalized twice in the second period leading to a 5-0 shutout win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Scott Hartnell added two goals while dealing with a sore foot to lead the way. Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Adam Hall also scored for the Flyers.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

The Flyers continue a brutal stretch of their schedule this week against three Stanley Cup contenders in hopes to break their four game losing streak.

HBO 24/7: Road to the Winter Classic - Episode 1 Review

Saturday night marked the first entry in the popular HBO series "24/7," this year between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings as they gear up for the NHL Winter Classic.

Some look forward to the series more than the game itself as it provides plenty of uncensored behind the scenes footage. Essentially viewers are treated with a barrage of F-bombs and an inside look at the life of the average hockey player.

The first episode, which aired last night at 10 p.m., delivered on the use profanity and a few interesting, if not quirky, characteristics of some players. But let's start with the not-so-good:

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Consistency and Complete Games Non-Existent In Flyers

Last night's 6-3 win in Detroit was an exciting one for the Flyers and their fans as the Flyers came back from being down 3-1 to win.

Unfortunately there is a negative side to this comeback.

It has been a trend for the Flyers to not show up for a full 60 minutes. Of course teams are going to have their off nights and down periods, but the Flyers have been consistently inconsistent both in games and overall.

(Photo: Nicklas Grossmann reacts after the Wild score on Monday. Philadelphia lost, 2-0. Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Weekly Flyers Preview: Dec. 2-8

The Flyers continue their six game road trip this week, which began with a shootout win over Nashville.

They travel to Minnesota tonight without Vincent Lecavalier. They then head to Detroit on Wednesday and Dallas on Saturday.

Isles Look To Fly Above The Red Wings Tonight At The Coliseum

The struggling New York Islanders (7-10-3) look to turn things around tonight with Evgeni Nabokov in goal against the visiting Detroit Red Wings (9-5-6). The Red Wings, now a new Eastern Conference opponent due to the alignment change, are facing the Isles for the first time this season after a 4-3 shootout loss last night to the Washington Capitals.

The Isles, who once sat second in the Metropolitan Division, currently sit in 6th, five points behind the second place Capitals and three points behind the third place Carolina Hurricanes.

An inability to hold gain leads and/or hold them has propelled the Islanders to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings (12th in the East) and has allowed their division rivals to surpass them.

Gameday at Detroit: Battered Flyers Looking for Offense

Scoring is once again a problem for the Flyers, who have managed six goals in the first five games -- they have just one multi-goal game, a 2-1 win against Florida on Tuesday. Riding off of another disappointing 2-1 loss to Phoenix last night, the Flyers will travel to Detroit for the second half of a back-to-back.

Replacing Mark Streit's Offense Will Not Be Easy For The Isles

Mark Streit was a very serviceable captain of this New York Islanders squad for the past two years, but his defensive prowess was fading just like his time spent with the team. His -27 and -14 rating over the past two respective seasons might not be missed on the Isles blue line, but his ability to power play the quarterback has certainly left a void (Photo Credit: Dan4th/Flickr).

Of his 27 points last season, 11 of them were scored with the man advantage. The previous season, Streit scored 47 points as the Isles top defenseman with 23 of them coming on the power play.