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The Odds Of Making The Playoffs

from On Frozen Pond,

Got an email today from Karen Baird at the University of Alberta—home of the Zips. Anyway, they have a business professor there named Armann Ingolfsson who teaches management science through simulating NHL hockey games. That’s my kind of science!

Anyway, by playing out the rest of the season using current winning percentages, they’ve figured out which teams are in the playoffs—and which teams ain’t.

read on for the chart…

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Selanne- Very Good Chance I’m Going To Come Back

from the LA Times,

Teemu Selanne gave the strongest indication yet that he may come out of semi-retirement when he said Friday there’s a “very good chance” he’ll return to play for the Ducks.

Selanne insisted he would not make a final decision until he talks with General Manager Brian Burke next week, but the 10-time All-Star forward admitted he is leaning in a certain direction.

“It could happen. I’m leaning one way. I’m not going to say which way,” Selanne said. “Right now, I feel there’s a very good chance I’m going to come back. When? That’s the question. When I feel ready. Every week, I’ve been feeling better and better and better.

continued (reg. req.)

With the Hockey News report from yesterday and now this, well, it appears Teemu will soon be back.

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Again, Don’t Believe It

from the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Stars Blog,

Just got off the phone with Les Jackson to ask him about the Marty Turco for Martin St. Louis trade that hockeybuzz is touting, and he said his policy going forward is going to be to not comment on trades, because it just seems like a waste of time to him.

But he said he has not had talks with trading Marty Turco to anyone for anything.

“I am not interested in trading Marty Turco. That’s just the way I feel,’’ he said

continued

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Young Caps In The Hunt

from the AP via Yahoo,

“The playoff race is now on,” declared Washington Capitals owner and nonstop blogger Ted Leonsis in the 10:03 a.m. Friday entry of his Ted’s Take blog.

Wait a minute. Playoff race? Capitals?

Well, take a long, hard look at those standings as the NHL heads into the All-Star break. Washington (23-22-5) is one point behind first-place Carolina in the Southeast Division. Granted, it’s a weak division, but even this is more than anyone could have expected considering where the Capitals were two months ago.

continued

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It Used To Be Hockey

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

But the evolution of the all-star game — from a legitimate competition to the sort of shinny extravaganza it is today — happened in a short period of time and the changes were book-ended by Mike Keenan’s three appearances as the Eastern (or Wales) Conference coach.

Keenan coached in back-to-back games — 1986 in Hartford and 1988 in St. Louis (the 1987 game was replaced by Rendez-Vous, a two-game exhibition between the NHL and Soviets in Quebec City).

This week, Keenan recalled: “The first time I coached, it was a real hockey game. That was when Mike Ramsey caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down and the only way you caught Wayne Gretzky with his head down was because he didn’t expect anybody to hit him. But he flattened him and after that, there was a real edge….”

read on plus some Wings/Ducks game talk…

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At The Mid-Season

Off-ice disaster award

If they make a movie of the Nashville Predators’ story, they could call it “Titanic.” With the plucky team gamely staying in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference despite former owner Craig Leipold’s mandated offseason fire sale of talent, fans have responded by staying away in greater numbers than ever before. The Preds’ average paid attendance at the All-Star break would leave them out of the revenue-sharing pie at the end of the season, which will mean new ownership will have to dig deeper, sooner, if they’re going to fulfill their promise to re-ink top restricted free agents Martin Erat, Jordin Tootoo, Shea Weber and Ryan Suter.

more awards from Scott Burnside of ESPN…

added 12:17pm, Another surprise from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

The 2007-08 edition of the Habs are one of the best surprises of the season. Their 60 points, second only to the mighty Ottawa Senators (66), in the Eastern Conference at the break. Because the Sens are in Montreal’s division, however, and because I don’t see Ottawa falling off, the best the Canadiens can do is hope for fourth in the conference because of the divisional seeds. Home ice at the Bell Centre in the first round? Bring the ear plugs.

more on the Canadiens…

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Morning Line

from the CP via TSN,

“I’m flattered by all this,” he said of conjecture he might want to move back to Canada and join the Leafs. “It’s a great job.

“If you’re Catholic, this is the Vatican.”

Toronto is the epicentre, along with Montreal, of the hockey universe, Burke said.

“I’m flattered by all the attention and that someone would think I’m the right guy for this, but I have a job that I love and I work for special people in the Samuelis. I’m not going anywhere.”

more from Brian Burke…

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Rutherford Points To Canes Defensive Problems

from WRAL,

“Our goaltending is fine, especially with Cam. He’s going to have a great career,” Rutherford said. “He’s still developing that mental toughness.

“Our goalies are left alone a lot, probably more than any team in the league, where the whole system breaks down.”

Other teams, he said, get too many free shots at the Canes’ goal.

“Our goalies have kind of been hung out to dry,” Rutherford said. “They need more help from the team.”

Rutherford said Carolina needs more quickness and speed on defense.
“Our team is still missing what we’ve talked about for quite some time,” he said. “On our defense, we’ve got to be more mobile.”

more

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Trade Primer

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

3. General managers are not on the phone every day trying to swing trades, ok? I keep hearing that nonsense and it’s simply not true. If it was, they’d have no time to devote to other aspects of running a team, like scouting, managing payroll, and player development. Yes, they have assistants but GMs must stay involved in day-to-day activities….

6. Correctly predicting one rumored trade doesn’t make you a genius prognosticator if you’re wrong most of the time. One rumor out of one hundred coming true is nothing to crow about. If you were a weather forecaster with that kind of prediction rate you’d be unemployed in no time!...

read on

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Canes Scouting Liles

from the Denver Post,

The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.

Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.

more on the Avs…

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