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From The Senators Point Of View

from Graeme Nichols of Senators Extra,

Now that the Olympic break is over, the race for a playoff spot is on.

Entering last night’s action, the Senators were one point behind the Red Wings in the Eastern Conference’s wild card standings.

Following Detroit’s 2-1 overtime win in Montreal last night, Ottawa now sits three points back of the second wild card seed. Given the circumstances, an Ottawa loss would move them five points back and be devastating for their playoff chances.

Moreover, with only three more games (including tonight) before the NHL’s trade deadline on March 5, Ottawa’s proximity to a playoff position will inevitably affect Bryan Murray’s deadline philosophy....

In the last two Olympic years, no team has been better after the Olympic break than the Detroit Red Wings. In fact, they were the only team in the NHL to have a point percentage higher than .800 in either season following the break.

  Record Point %
2006 19-3-3 .820
2010 16-3-2 .810

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The 2006 and 2010 data for Detroit’s post-Olympic performances is pointless, if it is used as some kind of argument/implication that Detroit will be difficult to leapfrog. I can’t stand these kind of stats. They represent a team 4 and 8 years ago, respectively, that has little to do with today’s team.

Posted by VitoLambruski on 02/27/14 at 11:26 AM ET

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The 2006 and 2010 data for Detroit’s post-Olympic performances is pointless, if it is used as some kind of argument/implication that Detroit will be difficult to leapfrog. I can’t stand these kind of stats. They represent a team 4 and 8 years ago, respectively, that has little to do with today’s team.
   
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      on 02/27/14 at 10:26 AM ET

I don’t see why it can’t be used as some sort of weak predictor - in both previous Olympics, the Wings had many players who played for their respective countries, similar to this year.  I wouldn’t be surprised if playing in the Olympics was a contributing factor to an individual or team’s performance for the rest of the year.  Whether it is not having the distraction of preparing for upcoming Olympics games or that players have increased confidence from playing a higher level of competition for several weeks, I don’t think you can say that there is no effect.

Is there much in common between the 2006 and 2014 Red Wings besides Kyle Quincey?  No, but many factors surrounding the Olympic break and how players may react to the rest of the season are similar.

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 02/27/14 at 01:41 PM ET

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VitoLambruski, do you also have a problem when they talk about franchise records or streaks, since those doesn’t refer to the team this season?

Posted by bleep bloop on 02/27/14 at 06:02 PM ET

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