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How The Panthers Make The Playoffs

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Rangers have three games left and 89 points; Florida has four games left and 87. Florida has to be one point ahead of New York by the end of next Sunday’s Rangers-Flyers game from the Spectrum.

—IF Florida goes 3-0-1 (94 points), Rangers can only go 2-1-0 (93). New York at 2-0-1 knocks out the Panthers.

—IF Florida goes 3-1-0/2-0-2 (93 points), Rangers can go 1-0-2 (93) and make it. A record of 0-0-3 or 1-2 would not cut it.

—IF Florida goes 2-2-0 (91 points), good luck. Rangers would have to go 0-2-1 (90) for Florida to beat them out.

—How about 1-0-3 Mr. Richards? Well that’s 92 points. Rangers could go 0-0-3 and make it in. And they would still have one more win to win the tiebreaker. So, Florida could still get in the playoffs with one win in these final four, but they would need three overtime losses and New York to go 0-1-2 or worse.

more on the Panthers…

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Rangers Need A Quick Power Play Fix

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

“What Is There To Do? And What Is There To Say?”

It once was a top tune — love-song-type on The Hit Parade — but the words also apply to the dear, fond admirers of the Rangers.

What IS there to do?

The Maven will tell you what, as John Tortorella’s troops await the arrival of the suddenly surging Canadiens on Tuesday night at The Garden. Scoring a goal would be a good start; and then, maybe a couple or even three more.

What IS there to say?

That’s easy; find a quick — make that INSTANT — cure for the Blueshirts power play.

continued

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Playoff Performance Of Biron Will Be Watched

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Goalie Marty Biron says he wants to remain with the Flyers, but his performance down the stretch and in the playoffs probably will determine whether they want him.

A potential unrestricted free agent, Biron is in the final season of a $3.5 million contact. After an inconsistent first half, Biron steadied himself and played solidly before sluggish performances in his last four starts.

Biron, who carried the Flyers into the Eastern Conference finals last year, has a 27-17-5 record, 2.80 goals-against average, and .914 save percentage this season.

continued

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Wait To See How The Signings Work Out

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Toronto GM Brian Burke was pounding his chest after signing college UFAs Tyler Bozak (Denver) and Christian Hanson (Notre Dame). The Leafs might want to keep expectations low. On April 1, 2006, Burke signed Cornell G David McKee for Anaheim and gave him a huge signing bonus. He is currently with the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL.

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Sunday Moring Hockey Thoughts

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Should Darcy Tucker have his contract bought out in Colorado, which is entirely possible, and should he sign elsewhere for next season, also possible, he will become the first player in hockey history to be paid by three teams all at the same time.

• Has there ever been an NHL season with such high quality coaches such as Lindy Ruff, Dave Tippett, Jacques Lemaire, Craig MacTavish and Ron Wilson, all out of the playoffs at the same time?

• Truth in numbers: Four of the top 150 point-getters in the NHL were free agents signed directly out of U.S. college. Their names: Martin St. Louis, Todd White, Dan Boyle and Chris Kunitz. The book on free agents: You have a better chance of signing the next Andy Wozniewski than you have of signing the next Andy McDonald.

more hockey notes mixed in with other sports talk…

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Correlation Between PIMs And Points

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One question I decided to look at is the importance of being a tough team to winning hockey games.  As a marker for toughness we will take the team’s total penalty minutes per game and plot it against their points so far this season.

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The Jacques Martin Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Our good friends from Canada continue to speculate that Jacques Martin is in danger of losing his job as general manager of the Florida Panthers.

Their theory: Owner Alan Cohen is upset that JM the GM didn’t get anything good for Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline. Because of that, if the Panthers don’t make the playoffs, Florida could be looking for a new GM.

Baloney.

continued and the Martin topic was brought up during the Hot Stove segment of HNIC tonight.

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Mikhail Grabovski Hit On Andrei Markov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs hits Andrei Markov of the Canadiens early in the thrid period.. Grabovski received two for boarding and a misconduct.  Markov did not return.

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Wild Attracting ‘Road’ Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

You would not believe the excitement and anticipation going on right now in this city for Sunday’s matinee between the Wild and Detroit Red Wings.

It’s strange, but for some reason, sports fans from North Carolina and Connecticut and East Lansing and, most bizarre, Villanova, Pa., have flocked to Detroit because NHL matchups just don’t get bigger than the Wild and Wings. I mean, who knew there were so many Wild fans in Delaware County?

Planes were full. Hotel rooms are like going for $500 a night. Downtown was just a carnival atmosphere with all sorts of neat outdoor activities. It’s awesome that the Wild’s finally gotten onto the map because of this battle for the postseason.

read on

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Wild Simply Boring

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

This Wild season has been one long snoozefest. My 14th season covering the NHL is about to wrap up and I’ve never been so bored covering a team—and I’m including the lockout year when no games were played, folks.

This season has been blah from the very beginning. I mean, did anything remotely exciting happen?...

The Wild, which truly believes it does it better than everybody else, is a stand-pat organization in every area.

Well, somebody better stand up this offseason and take a hard, honest assessment of things and say, “It’s not good enough.”

If the front office convinces owner Craig Leipold that this was a throw-away season solely because Gaborik was hurt, it’s an injustice to everybody who paid a dime for tickets or merchandise.

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