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A Few Words On +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

There has been a series of posts on the blogosphere about the value of the +/- rating stat.  Since I have a longstanding interest in sabermetrics and hockey I thought I would comment on it.  The series of posts begin with David Staples of the Edmonton Journal writing on his Cult of Hockey blog.  He wrote a post called Why Plus/Minus is a Rotten, Useless, Misleading and Irrelevant Stat for NHL Players.  If we go beyond the hyperbole of the title, he makes the point that +/- ratings can be misleading because (like any other statistic) there is a context to the numbers which is not clear from one number alone.

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Avalanche Recall Willsie

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DENVER (November 22, 2008) – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Brian Willsie has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland. He will meet the team in Los Angeles and be available for tonight’s game against the Kings.

This marks Willsie’s first call-up of the season from Lake Erie where he leads the Monsters in goals (8), points (14) and plus/minus rating (+7). After posting goals six consecutive games to start the year, Willsie has recorded five points (2g/3a) in his last four games. Willsie has compiled 104 points (51g/53a) in 334 NHL games, including 15 points (7g/8a) in 69 games with the Avalanche.

In a related move, the Avalanche placed center Ben Guite on injured reserve (ribs) retroactive to November 10

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A Look At 30 Teams At 20 Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

The NHL reaches the quarter pole this weekend, with nearly every team reaching the 20-game mark, our first logical milestone to see how things are developing.

Let’s take a look around the League and see how everyone is shaping up.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

San Jose Sharks—Short, sweet and to the point—the Sharks have been brilliant to this point at 16-3-1 entering the weekend. It’s all good.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

New York Rangers—A strong start has vaulted the Rangers to the top of the Eastern Conference, but the team has lacked crispness of late. Overall, however, an excellent start for a team that is changing its core from Jaromir Jagr and Brendan Shanahan to Chris Drury and Scott Gomez.

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All Todd McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On Friday, SJSHARKS.com sat down with Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan to discuss his thoughts on the team as they hit the 20-game mark of the season.

It was stated in training camp that Joe Thornton was going to have to adjust with the new system and it seems that he has his line rounding into form and that he’s made the adjustment in style.

He’s done everything he’s been asked to do and I feel confident in what he’s doing. He’s backchecking, adjusted on the power play and trying to shoot the puck more. He’s also been a team leader.

Patrick Marleau has reemerged from a tough regular season last year. How proud of Patrick are you for turning it around?

I only know Patty from how I know him now. Stats wise he’s proven he is back. He is a great player and a better person. He’s being rewarded for his play and he’s smiling and enjoying the game.

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Claude Lemieux Ready For The AHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Worcester Telegram,

The Worcester Sharks, currently in Texas for the weekend, will have an old face giving them a new look when they return to New England.

The Sharks are expected to be joined by 43-year-old Claude Lemieux, a Stanley Cup playoff legend who will play for Worcester on an AHL contract…

Lemieux’s first game for Worcester is probably going to be Wednesday night in Portland. His first home game is projected to be Saturday, Nov. 29, versus Bridgeport.

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added 1:44pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the midst of a longer conversation over his team’s excellent performance in the first quarter of the NHL season, (Doug) Wilson confirmed that Lemieux will report to Worcester to play for the team’s AHL affiliate under coach Wayne Thomas. However, Wilson stressed that the Sharks had made no commitment to Lemieux beyond providing him with a place to play, so that he can determine for himself whether a possible comeback attempt was realistic or not.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We did a great job of making their goaltender look good.  We missed, by my count, four wide-open nets. [Drew Stafford] missed a wide-open net, missed two of them. [Jaroslav] Spacek missed a wide-open net. [Jason Pominville], wide-open net. But when you haven’t been going good, you don’t get breaks.”

-Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after losing their 4th game in a row.  More on the game from John Vogl of the Buffalo News.

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Bruins May Be Dealing With Laraque Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins will be in Montreal tonight to face Les Glorieux, and it’s a good bet big Georges Laraque, all 6 feet 3 inches and 253 pounds of him, will fill the role of Maitre’d pugilist at Bell Centre.

“Yes, come right in,” he might say to Messrs. Milan Lucic and Shawn Thornton. “How nice to see you gentlemen from Boston again. Might I find you a . . . seat?”

When Laraque and the Canadiens were in the Hub Nov. 13, he was equally as accommodating and gracious in the minutes after Lucic smacked elite Habs winger Alexei Kovalev with a hit near the Montreal bench that Laraque found, shall we say, objectionable.

Soon thereafter, Laraque asked Lucic to fight. Lucic wasn’t interested.

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Nothing Here, Go There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

As part of the budget crunch, we have cut back on our coverage of the NHL _ with the belief that you would rather us dedicate our space to coverage of the local team.

But in the interest of providing what we don’t, I thought I’d direct you to ESPN.com’s coverage of the NHL at the quarter pole. It’s very comprehensive, and they even have some Stars references.

Anyone else find this kind of strange, not sure if Mike is doing this with tongue-in-cheek.

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Teams Looking At Ottawa For Defensive Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While Murray has been doing a lot of talking, indications are he’s not being offered a whole lot in return for the likes of Christoph Schubert and Antoine Vermette.

Sources say several teams—including Florida, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Los Angeles, Minnesota, St. Louis, Anaheim and Vancouver—are looking for blueliners.

Schubert is an attractive commodity, but teams don’t offer much in return when the other side is losing and looking vulnerable.

If the Senators fail to halt their six-game skid today, the pressure to make changes will intensify with the Senators at the bottom of the Eastern Conference nearing the quarter-pole.

You will notice I avoided the Sundin talk from this story, but you can read more about it if you wish…

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Blues Overcome Late Goal To Win In OT

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeremy Ruthherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just seconds from snapping a three-game winless streak at home, the Blues allowed a disputed power-play goal to Niedermayer. With Blues defenseman Jay McKee in the penalty box for hooking, a flurry in front of goalie Manny Legace, who had Anaheim’s Corey Perry draped over him, ended with the puck bouncing in off Legace.

“Perry, from what the guys were telling me, just lands on my head, pushes on my head,” Legace said. “You’ve got to be able to call that. You’ve got to give the goalie at least a chance to play. It shouldn’t have (gone) to overtime.”

more and watch the game tying goal below…

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