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Inside the numbers

Also posted on wowhockey…

I have been trying to think of an interesting topic to discuss by delving into the numbers…

With the unbalanced schedule, it is very difficult to tell who really is the best team, by points alone. So, out of curiosity, I decided to try to figure it out considering who had the toughest opponents.

Habs depth to be tested

RDS.ca is reporting Jose Theodore has been suffering from a groin pull for ten days, dating from prior to the win against Tampa Bay. Danis will have his chance to show if his 3-0 record with 1.87 GAA and 933 S% are for real.

Marc Andre-Fleury Sent to Wilkes Barre

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=143391&hubname=

The Penguins reassigned goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton just hours after he helped Pittsburgh beat Philadelphia.

Fleury made 45 saves in the Penguins’ 3-2 overtime win over the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. He started the game after Jocelyn Thibault was hit in the throat with a puck during warmups.

Fleury is 1-1-1 with the Penguins this season with a 3.40 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.

He had been called up to replace Sebastien Caron, who strained a quadriceps muscle last week. Caron is expected to come off the injured list in time for Saturday’s game against the Flyers at Mellon Arena.

No Takers

As most of you already know Todd Marchant has been placed on waivers. According to TSN.ca there were no takers. The main reason why he wasn’t picked up was because of this 3 years remaining on his contract which will pay him 2.5 million a season. Look like MacLean will have 3 choices…Send him to the minors which will not count against the cap. Send him down to the minors and then recall him but that would be costly as Columbus would have to pay half his salary for the 3 years remaining or make a trade. There has been some interest in Marchant and the best solution would be to trade him but then again Marchant has a no-trade clause…Look very interesting down in Columbus

Chicago After A Number 1 Center

Chicago is looking for a number 1 center…

Something is Bruin.

The past week has been dismal to say the least for the Boston Bruins. The team has hit the wall following a strong showing in Philly last Tuesday. The game, however, has continued their trend of blowing leads and not playing a complete 60 minutes. Following that 4-3 OT loss (which they led 3-1 with four minutes to go) they have been blown out by the Sens and Isle by 5-2 scores.

Team Canada in Turin, Italy 2006

The 2006 Winter Olympics are coming up in February and I know the excitement is starting to settle in with fans all over the world.

Living in Canada we expect to ice the best team possible and take home the Gold and I thought it’d be fun for all of us to be Wayne himself…

Fedorov A Blue Jacket

Its Official! Sergei Fedorov is now a Blue Jacket.

Doug Weight Available…. Any Takers?

Although he has a no-trade clause, with the Blues in last place Doug Weight may be willing to waive it to go to a better team… but at $5.7 million per season….

Why I Like the Devils Chances

So far, the Devils are 8-7-2…pretty good record for a team that is playing “like absolute crap.”

Why haven’t I lost confidence in my Devils?

Player Profile: Bryan McCabe Edition

I liked the response to my first new feature, and the comparison of the Sens to the Oilers of the 80’s is great, but I don’t think they’ll ever be that dominant…also the Sens are a few years older then the Oilers were when they won in 84… not that much, but old enough that it wouldn’t be a bunch of kids dominating the NHL like the Oilers were.

So here it is… the player profile… for Bryan McCabe…

Two Stars Down

According to Sportsnet.ca, both Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens and Martin St. Louis of the Tampa Bay Lightning are injured and could be sidelined for a while…

Team Report: What it will take to stop the dominant Senators…

I do not believe the Sens will win the cup, I have my money on Philadelphia for the time being… But there is one thing that can stop the Sens from ever becomming my cup favorites, and that can’t happen until December the 17th…

Note: This is a new feature I’ll be doing regularly, team reports will come every couple days when there is a big story on a team, I’ll also be doing player profiles likely starting with Bryan McCabe.