Winners and Losers

Here are a few of my thoughts about the trade deadline action. Short Term Winners Pittsburgh Penguins – Adding Hossa, Dupuis and Gill has the potential to make them a really scary team. Think about it. In recent weeks the top line of Malkin, Sykora and Malone have been one of the best lines in the NHL and over the next week or two you will add Crosby and Hossa to fill out a 1A line. Losing Armstrong and Christensen will hurt the third line but with a top 2 lines that good they may not need a third line.

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Could the Senators miss the playoffs?

It is a crazy thought but could the Senators miss the playoffs? You may think it is rediculous to think that the Senators could miss the playoffs but the Senators are only 9 points out of 9th spot currently held by the Philadelphia Flyers who a few short weeks ago were in as comfortable a playoff position as the Senators are now. The Senators are a dismal 4-6-2 in their last dozen games and with several important important games coming up followed by a tough west coast trip they have to turn their game around soon. Tomorrow (Tuesday) the Senators

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NHL Power Rankings – Feb. 20, 2008

Unfortunately it has been a while since I posted these rankings so here they are. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team AdjWinP SchedStr PowerRank 1 1 Detroit 0.669 0.508 0.661 2 3 Minnesota 0.567 0.522 0.592 3 4 Dallas 0.563 0.518 0.580 4 2 San Jose 0.542 0.525 0.576 5 6 Anaheim 0.540 0.520 0.556 6 5 Nashville 0.532 0.518 0.551 7 7 Ottawa 0.583 0.474 0.549 8 11 Vancouver 0.525 0.513 0.537 9 10 St. Louis 0.500 0.524 0.536 10 16 New Jersey 0.558 0.478 0.533 11 12 Phoenix 0.500 0.526 0.533 12 15 Pittsburgh 0.542 0.480 0.516 13 9 Calgary

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Southeast Division: Buyer Beware…

Today we saw the first significant trade leading up to this years trade deadline as the Ottawa Senators traded Patrick Eaves and Joe Corvo to Carolina for Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore. Although this trade should help the Sens this season, a word of caution has to be put out concerning the trading for players from the southeast division. The southeast division is one horrible division and it could be argued that 5 of the worst 10 teams in the league play in the southeast division. A big reason for this is bad defenses and outright horrible goaltending (Tomas Vokoun

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Alternate view of Standings

When one looks at the standings one often gets an incorrect view of them due to the difference in number of games played. For example, Buffalo trails the Rangers by 3 points but this is deceiving because the Sabre’s actually have the better win percentage having played 4 fewer games. What I prefer to look at is how many games above .500 is each team. Here is what we get for the eastern conference. Ottawa +15 Philadelphia +12 Montreal +12 Pittsburgh +11 New Jersey +10 Boston +6 Buffalo +5 NY Rangers +3 Washington +2 Carolina +1 NY Islanders -1 Florida

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Is Paul Maurice a Good Coach?

It seems the common wisdom and general consensus amongst the Toronto media and fans is that Maurice is a decent to good coach and is not to blame in any significant way for the Leafs woes this season. But is Paul Maurice really a good coach? I personally don’t think so. A lot of people point to how Maurice took the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup finals in 2001-02 as evidence of his good coaching ability. Certainly he has to be given some credit for that but on the flip side if we assume that the Leafs won’t make

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NHL Power Rankings – Feb. 6, 2008

As has been the case for almost 2 years now the western conference dominates these rankings but maybe the biggest surprise is the Phoenix Coyotes. Every since they acquired Ilya Bryzgalov the have been one of the better teams in the NHL which has pushed them to 5th in the Power Rankings. Nashville is also a surprise team in the west and it is certainly conceivable that both Phoenix and Nashville make the playoffs. Who’d have thought that before the season began. Another note worth mentioning is that for the first time this season the Ottawa Senators are not the

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