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Only One Stat Really Matters

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

This movement began in the 1990s, when the NHL determined it might be able to move up in American sports coverage by providing more fodder for analysis. The league developed a game sheet that has, by last count, 22 separate mathematical measures for each player on the ice.

Some of the figures are valid – ice time, for example. Others are hogwash.

Not all faceoffs are won or lost. Anyone who has played centre knows that once in a while, you will tip off your linemates that you intend to go forward rather than backward, a play that will then count against you on today’s scoresheet. Perhaps half of faceoffs are neither won nor lost, though no calculation factors this in.

Giveaways and takeaways tend far more to be the result of a teammate’s effort or lack of effort than the player given credit for it. And as for hits, the count differs from rink to rink.

Perhaps the least helpful statistic, however, is shots, as they can vary as much as those coming from an AK-47 to a BB gun.


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In Buffalo, “C” Is For Cursed

How fitting that as we approach Halloween another soul is in the process of becoming an eternal resident of the Sabres haunted house of contentiously departed captains.

The Sabres blew an early 2-0 lead and lost 4-3 in overtime to the Atlanta Thrashers last night, but the big story in Buffalo is that Craig Rivet, who has worn the “C” since being elected by his teammates upon his arrival in 2008, was a healthy scratch for this game. 

Granted, it won’t be as big an item on the hockey airwaves as an Ilya Kovalchuk benching.  But in Buffalo, treatment of captains is kind of a sore subject.  Just ask the man who made the decision, coach Lindy Ruff, who as a player in 1989 was benched and in turn relinquished his captaincy, effectively ending his time as a player in Buffalo.

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Get Ready For 14 Games In 6 Hours Tonight

Are the remote batteries fresh?

With 28 teams in action tonight, the odds are good you will be clicking channels, using the dvr and in some cases, have tv’s side by side.

Enjoy whatever game(s) you will be watching tonight.

Full schedule is below…

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Raising #27 To The Rafters In New Jersey

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

The New Jersey Devils will reportedly raise former defenseman Scott Niedermayer’s No. 27 to the rafters of Prudential Center at some point this season.

Niedermayer, who won three Stanley Cups with the franchise and one more with the Anaheim Ducks before retiring this past offseason, was at the Honda Center on Friday night to watch the game between his two former teams. The Devils haven’t confirmed the news reported originally by the Newark Star-Ledger—it was a surprise to Niedermayer when he heard it—but some of his former Devils teammates were excited to hear it.


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Video- Dustin Byfuglien Goes Coast To Coast For The OT Winner

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Sutter Not Mentioning Individuals

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

The day after ripping into his “top players” — and assuming that everyone was drawing a straight line from that rant to captain Jarome Iginla — Sutter was in defuse mode after practice.

“I never mentioned anybody individually,” said Sutter. “We have a lot of top players. I want all of our players to have success.”

And: “I’m not singling out individuals. I’m not going to do that. It’s about being a good team.”

And: “When you bring up names, there’s no truth or merit to that whatsoever. It’s about an overall group. I do not have one thing negative (to say) about anybody in that dressing room. It’s not about certain individuals. It’s about all of us as a group.”

And: “You guys, there’s nothing to read into.”


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Maybe They Will Play Some Hockey Tonight

First four minutes of the Flyers/Penguins game tonight.

00:06 Philadelphia Mike Richards: 5 minutes, fighting
00:06 Pittsburgh Matt Cooke: 5 minutes, fighting
00:23 Pittsburgh Deryk Engelland: 5 minutes, fighting
00:23 Philadelphia Jody Shelley: 5 minutes, fighting
01:29 Philadelphia Scott Hartnell: 2 minutes, roughing
01:29 Philadelphia Danny Briere: 2 minutes, tripping
01:49 Pittsburgh Mike Comrie: 2 minutes, interference
02:15 Pittsburgh Chris Kunitz: 2 minutes, slashing
02:35 Philadelphia Braydon Coburn: 2 minutes, tripping
03:59 Pittsburgh Paul Martin: 2 minutes, hooking

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Evening Line

“It’s all about the will and the want, and if you want to do, it you do it. And if you don’t, you become a spoiled little player. You decide where it goes….Winning, winning properly is [about] creating good habits. You can only be successful as those good habits are continuous. Anybody can win on talent on one night in awhile, but it’s good habits that will make you win continually.”

-Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals head coach.  Visit Capitals Insider for more from Boudreau.

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Flames Extend Giordano

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that defenseman Mark Giordano has been signed to a contract extension through the 2015-16 season.

Giordano, a native of Toronto, Ontario, is in his fourth season with the Calgary Flames who originally signed him as a free agent on July 6, 2004. In 205 career games, Giordano has 20 goals and 48 assists for 68 points and 193 penalty minutes. Mark hit career highs last season in games played (82), goals (11), assists (19) and points (30). In 10 games this season he has three assists and is third in the NHL in blocked shots with 26.

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Versteeg’s Back Issues Flare Up

from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Sidelined in Boston on Thursday, Kris Versteeg visited a doctor Friday for a back problem that’s troubled him the last few days. Following a light practice Friday afternoon, Ron Wilson indicated the possibility of an MRI for the 24-year-old Versteeg.

“He’s had issues with his back,” said Wilson. “It gets sore every once in a while and he needs to rest it.”

“He’s gone to see the doctor, maybe along the way get an MRI, I’m not really sure.”

Versteeg was a late scratch for the Leafs 2-0 loss in Boston Thursday night, after missing practice a day earlier with stiffness in his back. In his last two seasons with Chicago, Versteeg was the picture of health, missing just six games due to injury.

“You always are concerned,” said Wilson, “but I’m not gonna speculate [on the severity] right now. I have no idea.”


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