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San Jose/Calgary


New Jersey/New York Rangers

added 6:49pm, More on the first round games from the National Post…

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The Jennings Formula

from Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Entering Sunday’s regular-season finale for each team, the Ducks have given up 182 goals, four more than the Detroit Red Wings and one fewer than the San Jose Sharks. The NHL, however, also charges teams with a goal against every time they come out on the losing end of a shootout. The Ducks have dropped seven shootouts, San Jose six and Detroit five. When that math is factored in, the “goals-against” numbers become 183 for Detroit, and 189 each for the Ducks and Sharks….

For all the hype the NHL gives shootouts, and for all the supposed excitement they create, the whole scenario has created nothing but a statistical conundrum that only begins with the difference between a regulation loss and a shootout loss. If nothing else, the NHL needs to rethink its Jennings formula.


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Afternoon Line

from the Boston Globe,

Chiarelli on first-year netminder Carey Price: “We have to get him moving and get the puck high. He’s very big. He’s a pads-down, blocker-down goalie. We have to get pucks high, get him moving, and keep pucks away from him on dump-ins and hard-arounds. He’s going to have pressure. He’s young and it’s his first NHL playoff series. We have to get in his head in a variety of ways.”


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Crosby Sits Today

Emails start flowing in while I am trying to enjoy a nice little cook-out going on at the home-front.

Philly fans stating Crosby doesn’t want to playa against the big bad Flyers, blah, blah, blah!

Smart move in my opinion by the Pens.  Better to have Sid as close to 100% for the first game of the playoffs and he does need rest.

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Savard Hopes To Be Ready For The Playoffs

from the Boston Herald,

Savard said he might have been willing to take pain-killing shots so he could play in last night’s regular-season finale against Buffalo if the B’s had needed a win to make the playoffs. It’s likely he’ll need an injection if he wants to play in Game 1 on Wednesday or Thursday, just 17 or 18 days after the injury.

“Well, it’s just a tough area where I have the injury, it’s kind of dangerous taking a shot,” he said. “But I’ll do whatever it takes to get in the lineup. There’s lungs around there and other things that come into play, but we’ve talked about it. I’m for it if it’s going to help me be better.”

If and when Savard plays in the postseason, it will be a first in his 10-year career. He has played 659 regular-season games but zero in the playoffs.


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How Did The UFA’s Do

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The most under-rated free agent signing was defenseman Roman Hamrlik’s four-year, $5.5 million per season contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Dismissed as a waste of money, Hamrlik brought stability and experience to the Canadiens’ blueline and was a significant reason for their improvement this season.

The worst UFA signing was forward Michal Handzus’ four-year, $16 million contract with the Los Angeles Kings.

Handzus was expected to be a strong two-way forward but in 81 games netted only 21 points and his plus-minus of -19 ranked among the worst in the NHL, not what Kings management had in mind when they signed him.


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Morning Line

from the Press-Enterprise,

“I’m talking to guys who have ice packs and all kinds of things, my old teammates and buddies on other teams, and they’re saying, ‘It’s been a tough time,’ ” Selanne said with a laugh Saturday afternoon. “And I say, ‘Well, I feel great.’ I highly recommend that we play only 25 games before the real season starts and go from there.

“I’ve never felt this good. Obviously, the break was really good for me, mentally and physically, and hopefully I can take advantage of that.”


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50 For Iggy

from the CP via the Calgary Sun,

Jarome Iginla scored his 50th goal of the season Saturday to lead Calgary to a 7-1 victory over the sagging Vancouver Canucks and boost the Flames’ confidence before the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Iginla, who also had two assists for a career high 98-point season, counted at 12:35 of the third period on a give-and-go with Eric Nystrom. He had been seeking the 50th goal for five games.

Watch #50 as called by Jim Hughson of CBC…

Continue Reading »

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Games Lost To Injury

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The problem is that “mangames lost to injury” is democratic, treating the absence of a fourth-line winger the same as the absence of a leading scorer.

As of Friday, in a comparison of figures calculated by teams themselves and compiled by the Avs’ public-relations staff, Colorado ranked seventh in man-games lost, at 322. The six teams with more were Florida (396), New York Islanders (390), Chicago (352), Boston (352), Edmonton (340), and Carolina (333). That made the Avalanche the only team in the top seven in the Western Conference playoff field.

read on

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Habs Have Their First Round Oppponent

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You deal with the cards you’re dealt, and right now the Canadiens have all the right cards in their mitts. They know who they’re playing, and they’re playing well and winning consistently. Everything looks good for the playoffs when it’s considered they’re still winning without Saku Koivu and Mike Komisarek.

Okay, so you don’t have to remind me anything can happen in the playoffs, but somehow, I can’t imagine the Canadiens having too much of a problem with the Bruins. If I had a choice for my first-round opponent, it would be the Ottawa Senators, even though they won five of their eight games against the Canadiens this season.

It’s not only because the Bruins and Flyers made it to the Second Season through the front door and the Senators through the back. It’s because there has to be something terribly wrong with this Ottawa team off the ice as well as they were on it coming out of the starting blocks.


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