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Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Semifinals Playoff Preview 0

Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Semifinals Playoff Preview

Tom Wakefield takes a look at the second round match-ups in the Eastern Conference, calling for a Capitals upset.

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Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Playoff Preview 2

Out of Town Notebook: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Playoff Preview

Tom Wakefield breaks down each of the first round series in the NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

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Out of Town Notebook: Filling out an NHL Awards Ballot 1

Out of Town Notebook: Filling out an NHL Awards Ballot

Tom Wakefield gives his take on who should win some of the key NHL awards and takes a look at other issues around the league.

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Out of Town Notebook: Could Calgary’s Red Mile Be Returning? 1

Out of Town Notebook: Could Calgary’s Red Mile Be Returning?

Yes, this is the week of returns in the NHL, with Sidney Crosby playing against the Rangers on Thursday and all signs pointing to Alex Radulov returning to the Predators in the near future. And yet if you take a step back, what you’ve really got in the NHL right now is an epic race for the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. As of Wednesday morning, there were five teams separated by a single point in the standings for the final two playoff spots in the West. Which of these teams will make the playoffs? Which of these...

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Out of Town Notebook: Picking Contenders out of Deadline Mix 2

Out of Town Notebook: Picking Contenders out of Deadline Mix

Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m still not convinced Columbus’ interest in dealing Rick Nash wasn’t a creation of TSN and Sportsnet. The two networks needed a big name to speculate about to drive up ratings for their annual Trade Deadline TV marathons. Sadly for those networks, Nash remains a Blue Jacket at least until the draft, where the hype will be built up all over again. I am giddy with anticipation (and by giddy I mean hitting my head with a shoe to make the idea of 24 hour coverage of “The Rick Nash Trade –...

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Forward Depth, Shootout Prowess and More Tim Thomas 0

Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Forward Depth, Shootout Prowess and More Tim Thomas

[Inspired by Arsenio Hall’s “Things That Make You Go Hmmm…”, Clayton Imoo talks about Canucks-related things that make him go hmmm… You can follow Clay on Twitter at (@canuckclay) or on his website, Clay’s Canucks Commentary.] Heading into tonight’s game against the Minnesota Wild, the Vancouver Canucks have gone to extra-time in their last 5 games (winning 4 of them) and in 8 of their last 10 (7-1-2 record).  Through it all, they’ve amassed 16 out of a possible 20 points, making them the hottest team in the Western Conference despite winning just one game in regulation over that span. ...

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Quickies: A Jon Stewart Video, the Canucks’ Search for a Top-4 Defenseman and a Surging CoHo 1

Quickies: A Jon Stewart Video, the Canucks’ Search for a Top-4 Defenseman and a Surging CoHo

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the above video must be worth, well, a lot more than that. With no less than 8 defensemen already on the roster, was Chris Tanev’s call-up yesterday a signal that the Canucks are ready to trade a defenseman? Or does it simply mean that Sami Salo will be out for a longer period of time? Regardless of the reason, I’m sure coaches AV and Bones are happy to have another right-side defenseman in their lineup, rather than having to play every other defenseman other than Dan Hamhuis and Kevin Bieksa on their...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Eastern Conference Standings Revisited 0

Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Eastern Conference Standings Revisited

Yesterday we took at look at the “real” Western Conference standings after 40 games. Here now is a look at the East. Remember, to learn a bit more about an individual team’s strengths and weaknesses, each squad was ranked in six categories*: Goals for (GF) and shots-for (SHF) were chosen to evaluate a team’s offense; Shots-against (SHA) and goals against (GA) were chosen to evaluate a team’s defensive play; Five-on-five (5-on-5) was chosen to evaluate a team’s even-strength/system play; Save percentage (SVPCT) was chosen to evaluate the team’s goaltending performance. Teams were ranked and then put into groups of five,...

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Ranted: Marchand’s Denial, Boston’s Hypocrisy 25

Ranted: Marchand’s Denial, Boston’s Hypocrisy

Hey Boston? What’s the name of the longest river in the world? (If you’re not that smart, the joke is usually “da Nile”). Seriously, has your city lost its mind? Because it sure as hell has lost a lot of its credibility across the NHL after the Marchand-Salo affair. For Boston players, coaches, GMs, media and fans to almost unanimously agree that there was nothing wrong with Marchand’s hit on Salo makes the city look completely ridiculous, immature and unprofessional. I understand this maybe from the fans and even the players at times, because they’re passionate about the game, but...

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