How to pick out a surprise Stanley Cup contender among bubble teams

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

It’s easy to criticize the current NHL standings system. Some games yield two points while others offer three, divisions are unbalanced, and a .500 mark in the standings bears little relation to .500 in reality. The prime goal of the standings, though, is to separate the good teams from the bad and the current system mostly does a good job of that. The proof is in how few teams on the playoff bubble go on to enjoy deep post-season runs. Since 1994-95, which kicked off the lockout era, only six teams have advanced as far as the third round of the playoffs after finishing in the No. 7 or No. 8 spot in their conference. Despite accounting for 25 per cent of all playoff teams over those years

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If you think Crosby should be suspended, you’re delusional

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2017-03-24

Sidney Crosby has incited some fiery reactions with a pair of questionable plays this week. His slash on Methot and spear on O’Reilly warranted penalties – but nothing more.   We all feel for Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot. Let’s get that out of the way. The injury he sustained Thursday night after taking a whack on the glove from Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was gruesome and unfortunate, sure to be mentioned for years to come alongside the horrifying accidents of Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik. If you want to see what happened to Methot’s finger, here’s the video. It’s graphic in nature. You’ve been warned. An injury that shocking, natur

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Oilers podcast: Bumps in the road in back-to-back games

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2017-03-24

Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson talks to sports editor Craig Ellingson about the Edmonton Oilers’ play over back-to-back games on the road in Anaheim and Denver, where the Oilers lost one in a playoff-style clash (in Anaheim against the Ducks) and where they rebounded from a poor first two periods against the last-place Colorado Avalanche to win. Cam Talbot was pulled in both games and spelled off by a steady Laurent Brossoit in goal, and Connor McDavid put more distance between himself and those chasing him at the top of the NHL scoring chart as the 2016-17 season winds down. Download Oilers podcast episodes on iTunes. Related Oilers podcast: Cue excitement as NHL p

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GAME PREVIEW | Condors v San Diego

Source: The Bakersfield Condors
Date: 2017-03-24

CONDORSTOWN, Calif. – The Bakersfield Condors (28-23-5-1) host the San Diego Gulls (38-15-3-2) on Dignity Health Home Ice at Rabobank Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. with doors opening and Happy Hour at 6 p.m. After last weekend’s sweep of Tucson, Bakersfield sits three points up on Stockton for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division. PROMOTION: 3′ x 5′ Team Flag Giveaway – the first 2,000 fans 5 & older will receive a huge team flag; $1.50 hot dogs while supplies last (limit 5 per trip) presented by 106.1 KRAB Radio and Three-Way Chevrolet; Les Schwab 2-for-1 Fridays: head to any Bakersfield Les Schwab Tires location and rec

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Edmonton Oilers winger Patrick Maroon scores nomination for Masterton Trophy

Source: Edmonton Sun
Date: 2017-03-24

Edmonton Oilers winger and Masterton Trophy nominee Patrick Maroon admittedly needed a history lesson on who Bill Masterton was, how he tragically died when his head hit the ice in the late 1960s while playing for the Minnesota North Stars. Also a Cole’s Notes rundown of what the NHL award is about — perseverance and dedication to hockey.

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Patrick Maroon Nominated for the Masterson Trophy

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-24

Today it was announced that Edmonton Oiler fan favourite, Pat Maroon is the Oilers nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. Big Rig was selected as a nominee for the award by the Edmonton chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association and for that we salute him. Patrick Maroon is the #Oilers nominee for the 2017 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, selected by @ThePHWA #yeg chapter. Congrats, Big Rig! pic.twitter.com/zSo1gc3jhM — Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 24, 2017 Pat Maroon is having the best season of his NHL career so far and is definitely deserving of some recognition for the work he’s put into making it happen. After being acquired from the Anah

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Tape to Tape NHL Podcast: Optimism abounds in Canada

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

Ryan Dixon and Rory Boylen co-host Tape to Tape, Sportsnet’s weekly NHL podcast and a one-stop shop for news, analysis, opinion, wild trade speculation and interviews covering news and entertainment around the league. Want on-point analysis? We got it. Want trade scenarios of all kinds? We got it. Want insightful interviews with insiders, entertainers and players? We got that too. With these two putting their spin and giving their takes on the news each week, there’s no where else NHL fans need to go. The season is winding down, so the guys begin taking a look towards the playoffs and beyond. On this week’s show, Ryan and Rory take a look around the Canadian teams in the NHL, who

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Canadiens sign Jeremiah Addison to entry-level deal

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Jeremiah Addison to a three-year entry-level NHL contract, the team announced Friday. Addison, 20, recorded 24 goals and 43 points in 51 games in his overage OHL season with the Windsor Spitfires. The Brampton, Ont., native finished his major junior regular season career with 83 goals and 179 points in 309 games. Addison was selected in the seventh round, 207th overall, of the 2015 NHL draft by the Canadiens. More from Sportsnet NHL Playoff Push: The heat is on for the Boston Bruins Emily Sadler Battle-tested Spitfires ready for Knights in marquee

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NHL Playoff Push: The heat is on for the Boston Bruins

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

Things are beginning to look a little too familiar for the Boston Bruins. Sitting comfortably in playoff position just a few short weeks ago, the Bruins have once again fallen victim to a late-season skid. Combine that with a few win streaks from clubs hot on their tails, and we could be looking at a Bruins-less post-season bracket for the third straight season. After winning four of its first seven games of March, Boston has now lost four straight—three of which have come against Eastern Conference opponents in the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning—and have dropped from third in the Atlantic to the second wild-card spot. “We need to re-educate ourselv

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Talbot or Brossoit?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2017-03-24

We all know Cam Talbot is the Oilers starter. There is no controversy or questioning who is the starter. I’m talking only about Saturday’s game versus Colorado. Will Todd McLellan start Talbot or Brossoit? The entire team struggled in the first 40 minutes in Colorado last night. It wasn’t just Talbot. The team was flat. Maybe their legs were heavy or their minds were tired, but regardless of what ailed them, they stunk for the first 40 minutes. Laurent Brossoit entered for the third and he only faced six shots. He made two big saves, and for the first ten minutes saw only two shots. The skaters woke up and dominated the third frame scoring five goals and with the win the t

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McLellan Puts Talbot in Tough Spot

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2017-03-24

It is next to impossible to go out and find an NHL coach who doesn’t make his share of bad decisions over the course of a season. No matter who we are talking about, mistakes are going to be made. In a campaign that has seen little go wrong for the Edmonton Oilers, very few of Todd McLellan missteps have come back to bite him or his team. However, the decision to start Cam Talbot against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night could potentially prove problematic. Talbot starts at Colorado. — Jack Michaels (@EdmontonJack) March 23, 2017 The narrative that has surrounded the 29-year old netminder for much of the season has revolved around Edmonton placing far too heavy a workload on

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Leafs’ Nylander among streaking NHLers down the stretch

Source: SportsNet
Date: 2017-03-24

With roughly two weeks to go in the NHL season, some players and teams are really hitting their stride. Others, not so much. With that in mind, here’s a quick look at six notable runs, both good and bad, that are helping share the final stretch around the league. Willie ever stop? Eight days ago, Toronto seemed to be teetering. A regulation loss to Tampa Bay on March 16 would have put the Leafs three points behind the Lightning and kept them one back of the Islanders in the search for the final playoff berth. Instead, the Leafs went out, stomped Tampa and haven’t looked back since, winning three more games and losing another in overtime. They now look good, not just for a playoff spot, b

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