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Here’s Your Chance To Help Out Ken Holland

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Detroit Red Wings seek a Director of Statistical Analysis and Hockey Administration at its facility in Detroit, Michigan.

Duties: Responsible for advanced statistical analysis and analytics in the areas of salary trends, contract valuations, free agent market acquisitions, trades, NHL Entry Draft, and player performance. Requirements: Master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics or Business with concentration in Finance or Economics. 3 years of documented experience as Statistician, Financial Analyst or Mathematician. 1 year of experience playing, coaching, managing or working in hockey operations for a junior, collegiate or professional ice hockey team. 

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Playoff Predictions: Second Round

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Today I am continuing with my playoff predictions.  My first round predictions did not wind up with impressive results.  I went four and four.  That is as good as would be expected from using a fair coin to make predictions.  I was correct in my picks of Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Washington and Dallas.  I incorrectly picked Florida, Chicago, Los Angeles and Anaheim.  I am a bit surprised that both of the recent multi-cup winning teams in Chicago and Los Angeles have been eliminated.

These second round predictions are a bit imperfect because one second round game was played before the first round ended.  Thus the prediction for the New York Islanders vs. Tampa Bay Lightning series comes down to picking whether Tampa can win four of the upcoming six games or if the Islanders can win three of them.  It gives the Islanders a handicap since they have already won game one.

Here are my predictions:

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Welcome To Little Caesars Arena

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All About The NHL Draft Lottery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 28, 2016) – The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which will determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Sportsnet’s Hockey Central Studio at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. The results of the Draft Lottery will be announced during live television coverage of the event (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC, CBC, TVAS). Both the Draft Lottery Drawing and the broadcast will take place at the CBC.

All clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs, or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs, will participate.

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Puck Luck On The Side Of The New York Islanders Last Night

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

One narrative is that the Lightning were rusty while the Islanders were sharp, because the Lightning had been off since Thursday. There might be some truth to that. The Lightning were sloppy, at least until the score became lopsided. But the Islanders had a lot to do with it, and it might have worked the other way in the third period.

"They had a little more left in the tank than us," Greiss said.

Another narrative is that the Lightning were unlucky and the game was relatively close. The shots were 19-17 Tampa Bay through two periods, even though New York had a 4-1 lead. "It was just one of those nights were pucks had eyes," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Islanders coach Jack Capuano said the same thing.

"You need some puck luck in this game if you're going to win," Capuano said, "and we had that."

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No Excuses From Corey Perry

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from Elliott Teaford of the OC Register,

He was the Ducks’ highest-paid player this season at $8.625million and he delivered with 34 regular-season goals, tops on the team. But he didn’t score a single goal during the Ducks’ seven-game loss to the Predators, chipping in four assists for his only points.

At game’s end, after the Ducks lost their fourth Game 7 at Honda Center in as many seasons, Perry sat in front of his locker in full uniform as a pack of reporters descended upon him. He spoke softly about his frustration and praised the Predators for their defensive effort against him.

“I’ve got no excuses, that’s the way it went,” he said. “They swarm and push you against the wall and pin you there. It’s tough. They play strong defensively. They’re a strong defensive team. They know how to box out and they did it all series.”

Of Game 7, Perry added, “It’s tough. It’s not the way we wanted to start, but the second and third periods I thought we threw everything at them. A bounce here, a bounce there, and it can be a different story.”

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One Winner, One Loser

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

"It means a lot," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said after leading his team to a 2-1 Game 7 win on Wednesday night. "It shows a lot of character. I think as a group we can learn from this series. It's a really good team we played against. There's a lot of good things we can take from this series.

"Just moving forward I think we're a better team already after this series and after this Game 7.''...

"We'd rather fly under the radar, and just kind of do our own business," captain Shea Weber said. "It's kind of the way we go. We don't need to be in the limelight. Hopefully we can keep proving that we're a good team.''...

It is beyond belief as a storyline. But it is reality. And it's hard not to think it may not cost Boudreau his job, even though some of his star players must shoulder the blame for this series loss as well.

"I have no idea," Boudreau said when asked about potential changes. "I haven't thought about it. As far as my future, I just come to work every day until I'm told not to come to work. And I think the team, especially the last half of the year, they believed what the expectations were and what they were supposed to be. The playoffs are a tough thing. There are 16 really good teams, and especially in the West, any of those eight teams that made it were good enough to win it.''...

"At least we went out there and gave it our all," Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said. "We tried everything we could to get that next goal. At least you can leave the ice knowing you left it out there in the end.''...

Corey Perry held his head in his hands in the Ducks' locker room Wednesday night. His despair was visible. No goals in seven games is certainly one of the reasons Anaheim is headed home too early.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

RINNE SHINES IN PREDATORS’ FIRST-EVER GAME 7
Pekka Rinne made 36 saves, including 12 after the Ducks pulled within one goal in the third period, to backstop the Predators to victory in the franchise’s first Game 7 appearance.
 
* The Predators recorded three road wins in a playoff series for the first time in club history (also Games 1 and 2). Nashville improved to 5-2 in all-time playoff games in Anaheim, compared to a 9-18-5 clip in 32 visits during the regular-season.
 
* Rinne, who also helped the Predators eliminate the Ducks in the 2011 Conference Quarterfinals, improved to 8-5 in 13 all-time playoff meetings against the club. He owns a 12-5-4 record in 21 career regular-season contests vs. ANA (2.29 GAA,.919 SV%, 2 SO).

Paul Gaustad scored what held up as the game-winning goal, his second career playoff goal (61 GP) and first since Game 1 of the 2012 Conference Quarterfinals vs. DET. He scored his last game-winning goal in the regular-season on Oct. 11, 2014 vs. DAL.
 
* The Predators will remain in California to face the Sharks in the Second Round, the third all-time playoff meeting between the franchises. San Jose eliminated Nashville in five games in both the 2006 and 2007 Conference Quarterfinals.
 
* Nashville’s victory finalized schedule and broadcast information for the Second Round.
 

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Video- Highlights From The Two NHL Playoff Games From Last Night

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One game 1, second round, one game 7, first round.

 

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