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Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
While some of this is true, there are some significant oversights as well. Here are a couple more major differences.

NBA - You can win multiple championships with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.
NHL - You can win multiple draft lotteries with two or three great players plus a collection of scrubs.

NBA - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have any chance at a championship.
NHL - Entering the season, only about 6 teams have no chance at a championship.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: For Hertl, beating L.A. is personal
I'm in the same boat with Pavelski. One of the best two-way players in the game; clutch; born and raised in Wisconsin; lead the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA Championship... but he plays for the Sharks.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
I have a close relative in his mid-80's who spends a good chunk of his retirement days playing Elder Scrolls and Diablo on his computer while his wife sits next to him at her computer playing casino games.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
Sadly? What's to be embarrassed about? You have knowledge of iconic instances of entertainment history.
Posted Tuesday April 15, 2014, About: The Ducks have a goalie problem
Yeah, when I saw the playoff bracket for the Stars, I immediately related Stars fans to Q-Bert and coiled purple snake.

I then related the Wings being in the East to Link acquiring the Master Sword.
Posted Monday April 14, 2014, About: A surprise return for Zetterberg?
When Datsyuk came back, he struggled to get up to game speed for the first week or so. Not only would I be concerned about Zetterberg's health, but I'd also be concerned about inserting a guy into the lineup who will slow the team down.
Posted Monday April 14, 2014, About: A surprise return for Zetterberg?
For sure! That horrendous PK tandem of Lashoff and Quincey is going to be heavily exploited in the playoffs.

All reports I've seen indicate Ericsson is on about the same timeframe as Zetterberg for a possible return.
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: Will the KHL tempt Ovi?
Of the top 30 goal scorers in the league at this moment, 21 of them are plus players and 9 of them are minus players.

Of those 21 plus players, all 21 of them are in the playoffs (Benn & Seguin haven't clinched yet).

Of those 9 minus players, the two players that are closest to even (O'Reilly -1 & Marleau -3) are in the playoffs. All 7 remaining players sitting worse than -3 already have their tee times set.

The line is clearly drawn. Goal scoring is great, but if you don't play defense, you don't play in the playoffs.
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: Red Sox' Werner buying the Bucks?
So the Bucks will be moving to Connecticut?
Posted Friday April 11, 2014, About: Blues loss comes with steep price: Oshie
MIN could meet STL in the first round of the playoffs. Rupp knocking Oshie out greatly favors MIN.

Since losing Rupp to suspension is meaningless to MIN and Oshie is STL's 2nd leading scorer, perhaps a more appropriate punishment is suspending MIN's second leading scorer (Parise) until Oshie is cleared to play.
Posted Thursday April 10, 2014, About: Halak's agent fans unusual goalie controversy
Ovechkin is the captain of this team. Halak fits right in!
Posted Thursday April 10, 2014, About: House-cleaning in store for Winnipeg?
Atlanta/Winnipeg First Round Draft Pick History:

1999 Patrik Stefan
2000 Dany Heatley
2001 Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Kari Lehtonen
2003 Braydon Coburn
2004 Boris Valabik
2005 Alex Bourret
2006 Bryan Little
2008 Zach Bogosian
2009 Evander Kane
2010 Alexander Burmistrov
2011 Mark Scheifele
2012 Jacob Trouba
2013 Josh Morrissey

NOTE: The lowest this franchise has ever drafted is 16th (if you exclude 2007: 1st round pick traded to the Blues for pending free agent Keith Tkachuk, who played about 20 total games for Atlanta before signing in the offseason with... the Blues).

The point: Hitting on a couple draft picks and keeping the good ones would go a long way to making this franchise a step above doormat status.
Posted Tuesday April 08, 2014, About: The most dangerous wild card team
You won't hear an argument from me on that one. DeKeyser's +/- would be near the top of the league if he wasn't paired with Quincey all year. Quincey has been lucky to be paired with DeKeyser or his +/- would be in Ovi territory.
Posted Tuesday April 08, 2014, About: The most dangerous wild card team
The big question is the Wings' defensemen. Smith, Lashoff, Quincey and Kindl MUST play better in their own zone if the Wings are going to go on a run.
Posted Tuesday April 08, 2014, About: The most dangerous wild card team
The Wings have been in a similar situation throughout the season. The supporting players have ridden the coattails of the superstars a bit too much. When the superstars are out, the whole team picks up their play.

If those three Pens' big guns come back reasonably healthy for the start of the playoffs and their support's cranked-up work ethic continues, this could be a surprise run.

The B's should be concerned... they've been coasting at the top of the East standings for weeks and resting players. The B's playoff intensity may not kick in until they're down 1-2 or 1-3 in their first round series against a team who has been in playoff-mode for a month; and by then it might be too late.
Posted Tuesday April 08, 2014, About: The most dangerous wild card team
With the Wings pulling back-to-back road games in Buffalo and Pittsburgh tonight and tomorrow, the Monster is probably going to start against the Pens. Not too pleased about that because he was sloppy against the Habs Saturday. ...Might need hat tricks out of Nyquist AND Franzen to win Wednesday night's game.
Posted Monday April 07, 2014, About: Oates may pay the price (McPhee, too)
Ovi = KHL player
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Oates: Ovechkin 'quit' on crucial play
72 - x SHG for
72 + x SHG against
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Oates: Ovechkin 'quit' on crucial play
Note: Shorthanded points do count in +/-. Not sure if he was on the ice for any shorthanded goals. If so, the total number of goals against would be 72 - x.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Oates: Ovechkin 'quit' on crucial play
72 total points; 36 of those points came on the power play, 36 at even strength. Power play points do not count in +/- calculation.

Therefore, since he's got 36 points at even strength and is -36 in +/-, the correct number is 72 goals have been scored when he is on the ice. Still unacceptably high.
Posted Thursday April 03, 2014, About: Oates: Ovechkin 'quit' on crucial play
I also have a lot of that; especially at the end of July.

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