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More Las Vegas/NHL Talk

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from Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

In an interview following MGM Resorts third-quarter earnings conference call, company CFO Dan D’Arrigo said preliminary discussions had taken place with a group interested in housing an NHL team at the MGM-AEG arena, which will have 20,000 seats, along with luxury boxes and other amenities.

D’Arrigo didn’t go into details on the talks and whether the group was looking to move an existing NHL team to Las Vegas or seeking an expansion franchise.

“We would be supportive of an NHL team coming to our arena,” D’Arrigo said. “We’re highly interested and we have been in discussions with a group.”

National media outlets have reported in recent months that an NHL team would land at the new arena, which began construction earlier this year and is expected to open in 2016. The NHL has denied the reports, the most recent of which came last week in the New York Post.

more plus in the comment section, some people believe an NBA team would be a better option...

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Advanced Stats- The Early Z-Score Adjusted FF%

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from Stephen Burtch of Sportsnet,

First, we account for the league-wide spread in shot attempt differentials in each game state – rarer game states will show a wider spread in results. We then determine a weighted average for every NHL player’s percentage of shot attempts, weighting their results in different situations by the amount of TOI they have played at 5v5 in each game score state (trailing by 2+, trailing by 1, tied, leading by 1, leading by 2+).

The resulting statistic, Z-Score Adjusted Fenwick For Percentage (Z-Score Adj. FF%), gives us a reasonable tool for comparing the results of individual NHL skaters relatively early in the season. When we combine this with individual skater PDO (Sum of On-Ice SH% and SV% at 5v5) we can form a clearer picture of who is driving the successes and failures around the NHL so far this season.

Some of the more interesting highlights for Z-Score Adjusted FF% so far would be as follows:


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Kevin Westgarth Signs With The Belfast Giants

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If you don't have the Shnarped app, get it here and communicate directly with numerous players throughout the hockey leagues.

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Kerry Fraser On “The Blown Call” In The Detroit/Washington Game

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from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

You weren't the only confused fans when this potential game-changing decision was made by trailing referee Ghislain Hebert to disallow Drew Miller's legitimate goal. Instead of the Wings being credited with scoring the first goal of the game they went on the penalty kill when a phantom goalkeeper interference penalty was assessed to Luke Glendening.

There is no way to sugar-coat this blown call. I'm certain the referee would be the first to admit the play did not happen the way that he thought it did from his position in the neutral zone. There is no value in beating him up over it as mistakes happen. What I want to focus our attention on is the breakdown in the two-referee system that took place in hopes it won't happen again; along with options that might have been available to alter this decision on the ice. Video review is presently unable to provide information or confirmation to referees on penalty infractions so there was no option for them to get involved on this play once the penalty was assessed.   

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added 2:39pm, Babcock says just get it right, watch below...

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Around The Ten Game Mark

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The San Jose Sharks have played 11 games, a handful of teams have played 10 and the rest are either at 8 or 9 games played.

Yes I know it is early but my early surprise teams are Nashville, Vancouver, New York Islanders and Calgary on the plus side.

My surprises on the other end have to be St. Louis, Columbus and Colorado.

By far, the Flames are way above my expectations while Colorado has yet to play up to their potential.

How about you?  Full NHL standings are below for you to review.

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All Anthony Mantha

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from Tom Mistsos of The Hockey Writers,

For the past week-and-a-half, Mantha has been in Grand Rapids training, conditioning and working out with the Griffins while he recovers from his injury. I had a chance to talk to him about his injury, his favorite player growing up and his cooking skills following the Griffins’ 2-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday.

The Hockey Writers: How’s the tibia feeling?

Anthony Mantha: Feeling good, actually. Started skating on Monday, Tuesday. Going back at it tomorrow and Friday. So, it does feel good.

THW: Do you have a timetable for when you are going to return?

AM: Right now, it’s more of a conditioning. I have to start working out more on my legs, and realistically, maybe three weekends or so (for a return).

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Practice Update From JLA

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Ansar Khan tweets,

Wings lines at practice: Abdelkader-Datsyuk-Zetterberg, Tatar-Sheahan-Nyquist, Nestrasil-Helm-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson.

Defense pairs same: Kronwall-Ericsson, Quincey-DeKeyser, Smith-Kindl. Lashoff rotating in. Cleary and Franzen (IR) extras.

added 1:05pm,


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Injuries And Illness Hit The Blues

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via Jeremy Rutherford tweets,

Backes and Oshie both have concussions.  

Lindstrom is out with the bacterial illness.

Plus Paul Stastny is still on IR.

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Glenn Hall- A Record Which Will Never Be Broken

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Below, watch a Legends of Hockey feature on Glenn Hall.

His consecutive game streak ended at 502 and one which will never be broken.

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Stephen Weiss Headed Back To Detroit For Injury Evaluation

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via Brendan Savage of Mlive,

Stephen Weiss' conditioning stint with the Grand Rapids Griffins lasted less than one game - at least for now.

The Detroit Red Wings forward, who has played only one game this season after missing most of last year with a sports hernia, had to leave Grand Rapids' 2-1 loss to Rockford Wednesday after the second period because of a sore groin.

He was scheduled to play for the Griffins again Friday before rejoining the Red Wings but instead is headed back to Detroit, where he'll be reevaluated.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Weiss' groin was too sore to play Friday, when the Griffins host Chicago.

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