Thanksgiving Offers Snapshot Of Stanley Cup Teams – The Denver Post

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Hansen, Miller lift Canucks over Blackhawks 4-1 – Yahoo Sports

Treat yourself to another slice of pumpkin pie, Max Pacioretty, since Montreal’s virtually in, too. At least, the numbers seem to suggest as much. Since the 2005-06 season, NHL teams in postseason position entering the American Thanksgiving holiday have gone on to make the Stanley Cup playoffs 77.3 percent of the time, according to STATS. So enjoy a heaping helping of mashed potatoes and gravy, Cam Fowler, because Anaheim is in prime position as the Ducks lead the Western Conference. After all, the top three teams in each conference on turkey day make the field nearly 90 percent of the time. Just don’t mention those figures to players, because “it is too early to think about playoffs,” Washington forward Troy Brouwer said. “It’s November.” Fair enough, but what these numbers illustrate is that a fast start does, indeed, set up a team for success or the lack of it. A quick start to a season may be even more beneficial in basketball, though. An NBA team in postseason position by Christmas that’s slightly more games than an NHL squad plays by Thanksgiving goes on to make the playoffs 84.4 percent of the time since ’05-06, according to STATS. Translation: Be good by the holidays or say goodbye to the postseason. But I do believe you can miss the playoffs in the first 20 games,” said Eddie Olczyk, an NBC hockey analyst who’s also a former player and coach. So if that Thanksgiving stat holds true, come April, these will be your Eastern Conference playoff representatives: Montreal, Pittsburgh, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Washington, Boston and Toronto. source:

Vancouver Canucks beat visiting Chicago Blackhawks | Hockey | The Seattle Times

Jannik Hansen scored the first hat trick of his career Sunday as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Radim Vrbata had the other goal for the Canucks and Ryan Miller made 24 saves to get the victory as Vancouver (14-6-1) celebrated assistant captain Daniel Sedins 1,000th league game in style. Bo Horvat had his first three NHL assists, while Derek Dorsett added two assists. Corey Crawford finished with 26 stops for Chicago (12-8-1) in the loss. After giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead in the first period, Hansen snapped a 1-1 tie with his fourth goal in the last three games at 6:24 of the third. Dorsett chipped the puck down the boards into the Chicago zone before directing a shot toward the goal that Hansen deflected into the top corner for his eighth goal of the season. Before Hansens second goal, Nick Bonino had a great chance to give the Canucks the lead about five minutes into the third period. But his shot from the side of a wide-open net hit the far post and stayed out. Chicago had a power play with about eight minutes left in the third, but Vancouvers penalty kill was effective. The Blackhawks, playing their second of a back-to-back and third game in four nights, pressed for the tie late, but was caught out on a rush when Vrbata scored his 10th of the season at 17:36. source:

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie (4) shoots the puck towards the the Chicago Blackhawks zone during the first period on Nov. 26, 2014 at Pepsi

The Canucks had a great chance to restore the lead on a power play of their own later in the period, but Crawford robbed Henrik Sedin with the heel of his skate after taking a pass at the side of the net from Daniel Sedin. Vancouver opened the scoring at 13:13 of the first period on the power play when Dorsett’s pass off the rush glanced off Horvat’s stick to Hansen, who buried his sixth of the season and third in as many games over Crawford’s blocker. The assist was Horvat’s first in the NHL after scoring his first goal in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Anaheim Ducks . Notes: Henrik Sedin played his 1,000th game with Vancouver in March. … Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis sat out with a lower-body injury after getting hurt on Thursday. … Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. … The Canucks host Cory Schneider and the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday before starting a season-high seven-game road trip in Columbus against the Blue Jackets on Friday. The trip will also take Vancouver to Detroit, Washington, Pittsburgh, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. source:–nhl.html

NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

a team with a winning road record. Stanford Cardinal at (10) UCLA Bruins (-5.5, 50) Tenth-ranked UCLA controls its destiny in the chase for the Pac-12 South crown and will play in the title game if it defeats visiting Stanford on Friday. The Bruins have won five consecutive games and have a lot of momentum entering the match with the Cardinal, who have frustrated UCLAas offense in recent seasons. aThey are good tacklers and disciplined,a Bruins coach Jim Mora told reporters. aWeare going to have to be very precise in everything that we do in order to get yards against them.a Stanford wonat have standout receiver and returner Ty Montgomery (team-high 61 receptions) after he departed last weekas victory over California with a shoulder injury. aTy will be out of this game,a Cardinal coach David Shaw told reporters. aHe will not play this game and hopefully weall get him ready for the bowl game, which looks like a distinct possibility.a Stanford has been out of the Pac-12 title game chase and is in the midst of its fewest victories since 2008. TRENDS: *Under is 12-3 in Cardinal last 15 conference games. *Over is 4-0 in Bruins last 4 Friday games. *Cardinal are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings. source:

Friday’s Matinee Cheat Sheet – 11-27-2014

View photo Nov 4, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes mascot Howler blocks the view of Toronto Maple Leafs fans during the second period at Gila River Arena. (Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal withRogers Communicationsthat begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHLteamvalue rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the leagues previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a mistake I made last September inreportingthe sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of$250 millionat the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill. Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It’s currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar. Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it’s not kidding. source:


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