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Goals Created Analysis Of Red Wings Offensive Dropoff

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I wrote about the Detroit Red wing offence.  Specifically, I wrote about how they have had the biggest dropoff in scoring in the NHL from last year to this one.  I attribute the dropoff to three interrelated factors: injury, player losses due to the salary cap and a natural aging decline of the team.  The comments show a lot of interest and in some cases denial of these factors, so I thought a quantitative study would help.

I looked at the goals created by individual Red Wing players so far this season and compared them to totals from last year (but pro-rated over the portion of the season that has been played so far).

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Team Canada Olympic Roster

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I will post the official roster (in this post) when it becomes available shortly after 12:00pm ET so in the meantime, feel free to leave comments you may have regarding Team Canada.

added 12:41pm, See the full roster below…

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Olympic Team Rosters

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The IIHF has the Olympic Team Rosters, all in place which makes it a good reference point.

All teams have been announced except Team Canada (today at noon ET. on NHL Network) and Team USA (this Friday).

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Drunk Drivers Not Welcomed In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from CTVOlympics,

Americans wanting to get into Canada to attend Olympic events may be told to turn around and go home if they’ve been convicted - or even charged - with drunk driving.

In Canada, drunk driving is considered a criminal offence, though in the United States, it’s often considered a only a misdemeanour.

Drunk driving doesn’t bar Canadians from the U.S., but it can bar Americans from getting into Canada and with thousands of Americans expected to come to Vancouver and Whistler for the Games, lawyers on both sides of the border say the potential is there for many to get an expensive shock.

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  Tags: winter+olympics

Another List- Top Hockey Storylines

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN style…

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Wally’s Happy.  Happy’s Not.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Don’t really care about the circumstances that led to Sammy telling the Swedes to Faux off.  Not concerned that Ville Leino isn’t playing in Vancouver either, unless it means the next time the Wings play the Canucks. In that case, I dig it.  But I like that Valtteri Filppula’s earned himself a spot with the Fin(n)s.  And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping to see our Oompa Loompa play some Olympic hockey.

He won’t be.  The Czechs left him off.

Think that would have happened if he was sitting at ten or twelve goals with the Wings right now?  Me either. 

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Bieksa Suffers Leg Cut

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

“I went to put pressure on it to skate back to the net and my ankle kind of gave out,” Bieksa said. “I thought maybe my skate blade was broken, but I kind of figured it out from there. It’s not my Achilles at all.”

Bieksa said he didn’t want to discuss any details about the injury until he knows more. But he leaned heavily on a crutch as he left the dressing room and will be going back to Vancouver today. The injury will probably be measured in weeks, possibly many of them, not days.

Asked the extent of it, coach Alain Vigneault said: “We’re not quite sure yet. He got a skate cut and we’re not sure of the severity of it, so we’ll know tomorrow after a MRI.”

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Lecavalier Finding His Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Lecavalier and long-time girlfriend Caroline Portelance are expecting the couple’s first child in May. It’s something Lecavalier will discuss when the time is right, but that time is not right now.

So, the focus of what is in the paper is Lecavalier’s play of late, which has been on the rise since a a two-month long slump. And it’s not just the three goals and eight assists in the past seven games. It’s been the whole package, driving the net, being physical, playing good defense, backchecking, winning faceoffs.

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Babcock Keeps The Wings In The Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Cassie Campbell of CBC,

Mike Babcock has to be a candidate for coach of the year!

I know his team, the Detroit Red Wings, is full of talent and is expected to be vying for a Stanley Cup every year, but right now they’re in ninth spot, out of the playoffs in the Western Conference. The Wings are a team that has both the Chicago Blackhawks and the San Jose Sharks thinking, ‘Please get a lot better and move way up the standings or please get a lot worse and move way down the standings - just as long as we don’t have to face them in the first round!’

If the Wings make the playoffs this year, Mike Babcock and his staff will have done one heck of a job. I mean, the injuries alone would probably decimate any other team, but he has found a way to keep his team competing while dealing with 180-plus man games lost.

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Listen & Watch On Your Verizon Phone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and NEW YORK, Dec. 30—Hockey fans around the country can get an all-access pass to National Hockey League games, players and other exclusive mobile video content on V CAST Video from Verizon Wireless, Verizon Wireless and the NHL said today.

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  Tags: verizon+wireless

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