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LB: Playin’ Euchre By A Cracklin’ Fire, The 19’s Minds Have Turned To Applesauce

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

H2H is over.  The 19’s minds are hangover-riddled and have turned to applesauce.  Meanwhile, at The Emperor’s house, 19 have gathered for some euchre by the grill.

It is no exaggeration to say that Herm2Hockeytown was the greatest thing to happen on the internet since Al Gore invented it and laid the pipes and tubes to make it work.

Herm is on his way home.  I’ve just arrived to my home and many more of the 19 will be checking in to A2Y shortly to give their accounts of what was an absolutely epic night.  Legendary night, in fact.

While known for their juvenile deliciousness, the 19 in person are pure class.  19 imaginary friends gathered and took over Joe Louis Arena.  And one Brazilian bitch will never forget it.

Tonight, life rolls on.  The Wings are facing Bubba in the heart of cousin-lovin’ country, Nashville.

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Coyotes Are In The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes are in the NHL playoffs for the first time in eight years. Their spot was clinched when the Calgary Flames lost to the Boston Bruins, 5-0, today.

The berth in the playoffs is a red-letter day for a franchise that was thrown into a turmoil due to bankruptcy, a drawn-out court scenario that could have sent them to Canada and the stepping down of coach Wayne Gretzky.


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Marc Savard Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Boston Bruins center Marc Savard said he is still experiencing lingering effects of the concussion he suffered on March 7 when he was hit in the head by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke.

“I’m just trying to feel normal again and I don’t feel that way right now,” Savard told a press conference prior to the Bruins’ game with the Calgary Flames Saturday afternoon. “I’m getting outside, getting some fresh air, but I’m not where I need to be.

“I miss playing hockey. I miss my buddies. Hopefully. I’m back soon.”


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More On Subjective Stats

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A few days ago I wrote about subjective stats where a scorer makes a decision about whether or not an event occurred (when there often isn’t a clear definition of the event) or a scorer makes a decision about who is responsible for a goal.  The problem with these statistics is they are filtered through the subjective bias of the scorer.  It is hard to determine any meaningful conclusions from these statistics because the systematic bias of the scoring is often the signal and there is no underlying effect in the actual hockey.  I was prompted to write this because of Dave Staples +/- system where he scores pluses and minuses to who he thinks were responsible for the goal as opposed to all players on the ice in the NHL’s +/-.  I am arguing that the systematic bias this system imposes makes it a poor way to learn about hockey.

There is an example of an even simpler subjective stat that is very hard to interpret because of systematic scorer bias.  The NHL scores hits in its games.  In principle it should be simple for a scorer to determine if a hit occurred, but behind the net hockey shows that this isn’t so.

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Take That Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

After the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a game that saw its share of altercations and trash talking, Oilers coach Pat Quinn addressed the media and talked about the need for players to be tough.

Said the Old Time Coach: “You got to go get those things. Some small guys will do it, some guys won’t. On the other side, there’s chickenshit, there’s chicken big guys, too, you know. They got four or five guys on their team (the Ducks) that probably got some yellow and brain stains in their drawers tonight when they thought it was going to get a little tough.”


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Two Early Games As Twenty Four Teams Play Today

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We haven’t had a 40- or 50-goal scorer, and it’s made a big difference.  We thought we had two on the roster, maybe three, with (Andy) McDonald, (Paul) Kariya and (Brad) Boyes. But it hasn’t been the kind of year that we thought it would be.”

-St. Louis Blues Owner Dave Checketts.  More on the Blues from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Capitals Prepared For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from b.orr4 of Japers’ Rink,

What I’ve done with the chart below is compare the Caps roster from Game 7 against Pittsburgh last season to the guys who played in the last game against Pittsburgh this season. ( I took the liberty of inserting Scott Walker in place of Laing). I’ve listed their ages and the number of playoff games they had been in before last year’s playoffs and the number they have going into this year’s playoffs. What struck me immediately is just how much more experienced this current team is vs. last year’s. Aside from the average age increasing by almost a year, last year’s team only had seven players 30 or over. This year’s squad has nine. More importantly, last season there were only eight players with double digit playoff games under their belt. This year, there are 17.


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Flyers GM Doing A Great Job

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

An underachieving season has not put Paul Holmgren’s job in jeopardy.

Holmgren will remain the Flyers’ general manager even if they continue to stumble and do not make the playoffs, Peter Luukko said yesterday.

Luukko is president of Comcast-Spectacor, the Flyers’ parent company.

“He is safe,” Luukko said. “Paul’s doing a great job.”


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The Predators Just May Finish Higher Than The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

Finishing the season ahead of the Red Wings in the standings would be a significant milestone for the Predators….

The Red Wings have totaled more than 100 points in nine of the past 10 seasons. They’ve won two Stanley Cups and reached three Stanley Cup finals during the Predators’ lifetime.

So despite being ahead in the standings, the Predators are not saying they have finally surpassed the Red Wings. They know Detroit was decimated with injuries this season for long stretches — a group including forward Tomas Holmstrom (broken foot) and defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee), who are back playing again.

“We can look at it as an achievement as to where we stand, but I don’t think this year is indicative of the true Red Wings,” Predators goaltender Dan Ellis said. “It’s almost like a milestone with an asterisk. They weren’t healthy all year. And it’s not like they were missing muckers. They missed their best players for a large portion of the year.”


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