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Giving & Taking

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

While special-teams sturdiness has always been a fair barometer of post-season success (if you’re top five on the power play and penalty kill, you’re in good shape), what other stats can we break down for the purposes of crystal ball material?

I present to you the giveaways/takeaways corollary. Seems pretty simple, really. If your best players give away the puck more times than they take it off the other team, it’s not a good sign. Sure, some giveaways may be meaningless neutral-zone turnovers that don’t harm the team, but with goals at a premium in the playoffs, do you really want to take that chance?

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Canes Finally Able To Defend Their Title

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

So now the playoffs await, only the opponent and the seeding uncertain. Two years of pent-up excitement and enthusiasm is ready to explode at the RBC Center and not just in the stands.

For the 10 holdovers from the 2006 championship team, the return to the playoffs has been a long time coming—far longer than any of them could have expected on June 19, 2006.

“With our talent level and our team in general, we should be in the playoffs,” said Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who recorded his eighth career hat trick Tuesday. “We attained that goal. The last two years we didn’t, and that’s what made it so disappointing and difficult.”

No matter what happens now, whether the Hurricanes go out in the first round or make it to the finals for the third time in the past seven seasons, at least they’ll go down fighting, if they go down at all. It took them three years, but they’re finally going to defend their title.

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Top Five Hits Of The Year

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The top five hits from the 2008-09 regular season.

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Can You Have Too Many 100 Point Players?

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Since the league adopted a playoff format of four rounds of best-of-seven-games series in 1986-87, there have been 25 different teams with two or more 100-point scorers, excluding this season’s Penguins. Of those 25, only four have lifted the Cup later that spring. That’s 16 percent. Furthermore, only six teams have even advanced to a conference final.

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OK, I Have Had Enough

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I am sure many of you have watched this commercial and I do hope with the Lenten season soon over, we never ever see this commercial again.

Every hockey game, the NHL Network, I keep seeing this commercial.  Enough of it! Please!

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Playoff Race Still On

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from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Burnside: ...The real issue is the injury-riddled Habs. They are without defensemen Mathieu Schneider and Andrei Markov and could miss the playoffs if they lose their final two games against Boston and Pittsburgh and the Panthers knock off Atlanta and Washington, neither of whom have much to play for with the Capitals pretty much locked into the second seed in the East.

But let’s look West, as the shocking St. Louis Blues continue their assault on an unlikely playoff berth. They looked to have had the hardest road with six of their last seven on the road, but they are now eighth after beating Phoenix 5-1 and Nashville losing a 4-2 heartbreaker at home. Don’t really believe there’s such a thing as destiny when it comes to playoff berths, but gee, the Blues sure look like they have it with Dallas Stars castoff B.J. Crombeen scoring twice Tuesday night.

much more on the rush to the playoffs…

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Burrows Fined

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from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province via Faceoff.com,

When Colin Campbell called Alex Burrows on Monday, the NHL’s disciplinarian didn’t wish the feisty winger good luck in the postseason. He wished Burrows would stop pushing the envelope.

In that regard, Campbell gave Burrows a slap on the wrist by slapping him with a $2,500 US fine for reaching out from the bench Saturday and punching Oilers enforcer Zack Stortini in the final minute of play at Edmonton. Burrows got a 10-minute misconduct.

“I wasn’t too happy about it [fine], and I let him know,” said Burrows. “He said I was on his watch list for a while, and he said there were two incidents from last year and with my reputation, he was watching me. But I told him I’ve been good lately, and I don’t know why I should be on that watch list….”

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Energy = Ovechkin

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from AlexOvechkin8.com,

Just in time for the Stanley Cup™ Playoffs, today Energizer Canada Inc. announced a new sponsorship arrangement with NHL™ superstar Alex Ovechkin. While the full program is gearing up for a Fall 2009 launch, it centers around Energizer’s Ultimate Lithium product *“The World’s Longest Lasting ‘AA’ Battery in High-Tech Devices”

“With our Ultimate Lithium product offering 8X the power of our premium alkaline, it only made sense to partner with The Great #8 as he is the World’s Best Player (in my view)” said Kent Hatton, Brand Group Director of Energizer Canada Inc. “Alex is known throughout the league to play with incredible energy, determination and intensity, a perfect fit with the Energizer Bunny and our Keep Going® brand promise”.

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Senators Sign Clouston For Two Years

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from the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators are keeping Cory Clouston as their head coach.

The team announced today that they have signed him to a two-year deal, removing the interim tag from his title.

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No Quit In Granato

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

After the Avalanche’s Tuesday morning skate, Tony Granato had just finished confirming that he expected and wanted to be back as the Avalanche’s coach next season.

The followup question — “Why?” — bothered him.

“What do you want me to do, be a full-time fisherman?” Granato asked. “Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of an organization I have pride in? Why wouldn’t I want my . . .”

Granato paused.

“If you think I’m a quitter or you’re insinuating that you should bail out when things aren’t going well, you don’t know a hockey player and you don’t know me,” he said. “That is almost an insulting question. Personally, when you’re in a position and things aren’t going well, if everyone bailed out, you’d have a lot of losers around this world. I’m going to fight through this the best I can and if I get the opportunity, try and turn this thing around the way we plan to.”

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