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Pens' chances in playoffs are narrowing

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06:34 PM ET 04.16 | An essential site to bookmark this time of year is the comprehensive Sports Club Stats, which provides daily updates of statistical probabilities for professional teams worldwide. My first experience with Sports Club Stats came in 2009, as I watched the Pittsburgh Penguins' chances to make the playoffs go from well south of 50 percent in February to virtually guaranteed after a spectacular March under interim coach Dan Bylsma. This year's March was even better, but it didn't have a dramatic impact on the Pens' postseason probability, which was above 90 percent before the 15-game winning streak started. The Penguins and their fans can be thankful to avoid the stress of the playoff chase, but there is still a significant amount of uncertainty regarding Pittsburgh's first-round postseason opponent. According to Sports Club Stats, five teams have a better than 1 percent chance of starting the second season at Consol Energy Center.

City of Champions

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April 16, 2013  09:50 PM ET

Gobbledygook

April 16, 2013  09:51 PM ET

And that's why they play the games.

April 16, 2013  10:17 PM ET

According to Sports Club Stats, five teams have a better than 1 percent chance of starting the second season at Consol Energy Center.

Seriously, WTF does this mean?

April 16, 2013  11:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

According to Sports Club Stats, five teams have a better than 1 percent chance of starting the second season at Consol Energy Center.Seriously, WTF does this mean?

It means 30 seconds of our lives wasted.

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April 17, 2013  02:49 AM ET
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If you can get away with just 30 seconds wasted, you are doing OK.Try being married.Wait, what ?

You gotta quit watching the New adventures of Old Christine LOL

April 17, 2013  06:25 AM ET

I had to read this twice, thinking it must be I who doesn't see the connection between the title and the story ( or lack thereof)

April 17, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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I had to read this twice, thinking it must be I who doesn't see the connection between the title and the story ( or lack thereof)

okay, this is now the 3rd piece I've read from "City of CHampions"...
seriously, who are these idiots?

April 17, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Gobbledygook

Yep!

April 17, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

okay, this is now the 3rd piece I've read from "City of CHampions"...seriously, who are these idiots?

I believe this is Pittsburgh's answer to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

April 17, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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I believe this is Pittsburgh's answer to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

I thought it was their answer to the "Early Reader" series

April 17, 2013  11:01 AM ET

****?

can I get that minute back plz?

April 17, 2013  12:49 PM ET
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I believe this is Pittsburgh's answer to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nah, Otis. It's some clown from the Pittsburgh suburbs who wants to be famous

April 17, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Nah, Otis. It's some clown from the Pittsburgh suburbs who wants to be famous

then they are going the Oscar Wilde route:
"It's better to be talked about than NOT talked about"

April 17, 2013  12:51 PM ET

I read the title and thought they were commenting on Malkin being out with sunburn and that would hurt their chances in the playoffs.

April 17, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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then they are going the Oscar Wilde route:"It's better to be talked about than NOT talked about"

Your majesty, you are like a big jam doughnut with cream on the top.

April 17, 2013  12:57 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

then they are going the Oscar Wilde route:"It's better to be talked about than NOT talked about"

It's only a cruel world if no one knows that you are in it....

 
April 17, 2013  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

According to Sports Club Stats, five teams have a better than 1 percent chance of starting the second season at Consol Energy Center.Seriously, WTF does this mean?

It means that for the other 9 teams there's a greater than 99% chance that they will not be meeting the Pens in the first round. There's also a less than 1% chance that this is important to anybody.

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