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The Odds Of Making The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

University of Alberta School of Business instructor Chris Neuman and business student Ryan Jeffrey have released new statistics (on the day between the Canadiens’ two thumpings in Alberta) using a computer-based model to repeatedly simulate all remaining games on the NHL schedule. 

The Canadiens, they find, have a 94.9 per cent chance of making the playoffs.

The probability of a team winning or losing a game is based on their current win percentage and the win percentage of the other team.

read on for a chart listing the chances of every NHL team…

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The Favorites For Gold In Vancouver

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Russia is the team to beat in Vancouver, according the GM of the defending Olympic hockey champions.

“I think the Russians, in my opinion, are fairly heavy favorites,” Swedish Olympic team GM Mats Naslund told ESPN.com this week. “But otherwise, I think Canada, the Czechs and Sweden can win it. It’s a tough tournament to pick the winner.

“It’s always very close,” Naslund added. “You need that extra luck that we had in Torino. There’s probably three or four teams that can win it.”


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All Paul Holmgren

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Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…

Q:  Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?

A:  There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up.  We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….

read on

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  Tags: paul+holmgren

Fight Of The Night

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Wade Belak of the Predators takes on Cam Janssen of the Blues.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cam+janssen, wade+belak

Must Wins In Tampa

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Despite mutually miserable seasons, however, the two teams which entered the contest 10 and 13 points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, respectively, are worlds apart in other ways.

The Leafs, as we are reminded regularly by coach Ron Wilson and president Brian Burke, are looking far beyond this spring, enjoying the benefit of never having to worry about selling tickets.

The Bolts, as embattled interim head coach Rick Tocchet made clear yesterday, have no such free pass.

“I don’t care who you have on your team, if you don’t win, you’re not going to bring people in,” Tocchet said. “We’re in a market here where we have to at least compete.

“The fans want to see us win, that’s the bottom line.”

As league issues go, that bottom line is becoming particularly gruesome in these economic times, particularly for NHL teams in southern locales.

read on

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Bruins Looking For Dman

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via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There were four Bruins scouts at the Avs-Wild game the other night, and I know the B’s very thinking seriously about getting a defenseman - most likely Clark, Salei or Leopold. And, I think Svatos has been discussed as well.

Who would the Avs get back? Probably a draft pick or two. When you’re a seller, that’s what you get back. Then you build your team back up to being good enough to be a buyer again, and take your next shot at the Cup.

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Zdeno Chara And The Norris Trophy

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Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins is seen as the front runner for the Norris Trophy by many people.  I think he is a poor selection being put forth because there isn’t a runaway leader for the Norris.  Of the contenders, Chara has had a very good career and has not won any major NHL awards.  He is being considered for a large part because of the quality of his career.  This would make the 2009 Norris Trophy effectively a career achievement award.

Last season, Zdeno Chara finished third in the Norris Trophy voting and made the Second Team All Star.  It was his second appearance on the Second Team All Star (the other in 2005/06).  This goes with his 2003/04 First Team All Star appearance. 

The Boston Bruins have made a big step forward this season and are in first place in the league.  It is easy to give Chara too much personal credit for that team achievement.  The Bruins rise is another justification for giving Chara the Norris Trophy, when it is clear that they are a team built around many stars.

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The Marty St. Louis To Pittsburgh Talk

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Marty St. Louis’ name has popped up in relation to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s not the first time St. Louis and the Penguins have been linked as Pittsburgh is trying to find somebody consistent to play on a line with Sidney Crosby. Marty would probably be a good fit with Crosby because he works hard every shift, can chase down pucks and works well in the corners. The name mentioned as coming back is defenseman Ryan Whitney. But here’s the thing, if the Lightning think Whitney is the No. 1 defenseman they need, it’s just not the case.

Now, if the deal was Whitney and Jordan Staal, maybe you think about it from the Lightning’s perspective. Otherwise, you don’t trade the heart and soul of this team


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Ebbett Talks About The Phaneuf Hit

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After taking part in a loose practice session during the club’s annual “First Flight” field trip for elementary-school students Thursday at Honda Center, Ducks rookie center Andrew Ebbett talked about the hit to the head he took from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf the night before.

Sporting a broken nose, courtesy of the shot delivered by Phaneuf late in the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2, overtime victory, Ebbett considered himself fortunate he didn’t incur further damage.

“It doesn’t feel that good this morning,” Ebbett said. “Luckily, it didn’t give me a concussion or anything — I hope. The nose is just kind of throbbing.”

Ebbett related his recollection of the play near the Calgary blue line.

“I saw him coming, dumped it (the puck) by him,” Ebbett said. “I thought I had the inside track on him, to get on the inside. The last thing I saw was his arm kind of coming up. Watching the replay, it looks more like an elbow than a shoulder to me.”

continued and the only video of the hit I could find can be seen below…

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  Tags: andrew+ebbett, dion+phaneuf

Could Team Canada Go Retro?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MarketWire via the Earth Times,

Team Canada 72 and Ficel Marketing Corp., Team Canada’s marketing agency of record are offering the Official and First Ever Team Canada jersey from 1972, to our Olympic Athletes in 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

This jersey has become the most recognizable hockey jersey in Canadian Sports History….

“That is the best Team Canada jersey. I don’t know why we changed it.” Wayne Gretzky



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  Tags: team+canada

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