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April 15 2016 05:00AM
The Leafs had a big week, Canucks look back at their lost season, the Flames need a new coach, McDavids effect on his linemates, Jets sign top prospect, Datsyuk staying or leaving, the 7 types of people you encounter at your playoff draft, a look back at the 15-16 season, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 14 2016 07:19PM
With two goals and two assists from Andrew Mangiapane, and two assists from Rasmus Andersson, the Barrie Colts completed their sweep of the North Bay Battalion and will move on to the third round of the OHL playoffs.
This follows up their 4-3 first round win over the Mississauga Steelheads. Up next? The Niagara Ice Dogs - who swept the top-seeded Kingston Frontenacs to meet Barrie.
April 14 2016 01:00PM
It's the battle of the North Stars!
In one corner, we have the Dallas Stars. Often accused of being weak on the backend, this season, they decided not to care and went on to become the best of the West in the regular season, their 50 wins behind only the Washington Capitals. They scored more goals than everybody else with 267, and they also picked up Kris Russell at the deadline, ensuring Calgary would be cheering for them (for the first two rounds, at least).
In the other corner, we have the Minnesota Wild. Making the playoffs with just a paltry 87 points, they beat out the Colorado Avalanche for that final wild card spot in the West, securing it by five whole points. They're well behind the rest of the playoff teams, though - even the Detroit Red Wings have 93 - so their lacklustre regular season may see them in tough in this first round matchup.
April 14 2016 08:00AM
One of the standout elements to the Calgary Flames' season has been the element of the youth movement. More so in this season than the last two seasons of the rebuild has it been more evident that the future lies in the pursuit of young talent.
And here's the best part: Calgary's youth, between 18 to 22 years old, was among the league's best in point totals. Who could have predicted that? Probably a lot of people who looked closely enough at the talent on this roster this past season.
April 13 2016 12:00PM
[ed. The following is a guest post from MattyFranchise. A ton of work was put into this, and it's a really in-depth read on the season - enjoy!]
I wanted to take some time to examine game-by-game where this team has improved and where it needs work over the course of the season. I also wanted to see just how effective a teaching tool Bob Hartley's seven-game segment structure really is.
I choose the stats I did because I feel that PDO over a large enough sample is a good indicator of a team's overall ability. Corsi For Percentage was chosen because possession is 9/10ths of the law in hockey. Good teams have the puck, bad teams don't. Of course, you can shoot the puck from the red line all day long to boost your Corsi rating but all shots are not created equal so I've included both High Danger Scoring Chances For and just plain old Scoring Chances For to get an idea of shot quality.
A lot of the blame for the poor season has been placed, by eye rightfully, on the goaltending so On Ice Save Percentage was included and in the interest of fairness, since you can't win if you don't score, I've included On Ice Shooting Percentage as well.