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The Hockey News May 8, 2017 - Playoff Preview 2017

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moral of the story

IF YOU WANT to know what it’s like plotting major feature stories for The Hockey News, and in particular for Playoff Preview, picture the classic game Battleship. We’ll use a player profile as an example, because analytics tell us it’s important to have star appeal as part of the arsenal. Let the (hot) air strikes begin. Sidney Crosby? Might not be available for interview when we need him. Miss. Connor McDavid? What if the Oilers crash and don’t make the playoffs? Miss. Carey Price? He began slumping badly and, not coincidentally, the Habs began to lose their grip on the Atlantic Division. Miss. Alex Ovechkin? Is there any more juice to squeeze out of that orange? Miss. Patrick Kane? He should be available, the Hawks are a sure bet to make the…

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your say

Let’s straighten things out I read Jason Kay’s column on goalie sticks (The First Word, March 6) with interest, because as he says, this item is for making saves not protection. I’m disappointed the focus was entirely on the dimensions, however. The stick doesn’t look terribly different from Johnny Bower’s, and I don’t believe for a minute that it’s that important for fivehole coverage with the massive pads they still wear. And goalies have been doing the “paddle down” forever. You are missing the point. As one of the dinosaurs who played in the ’70s and adjusted to stick changes over time, I say the biggest improvement would be to eliminate the curve. The curve made the worst puckhandlers feel like Ron Hextall. If you mandated straight blades, you could remove the…

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HAVE YOUR SAY BY EMAILING US AT LETTERS@THEHOCKEYNEWS.COM The Washington Capitals will win their first Stanley Cup this year. They have an outstanding group of forwards including the game’s premier goal scorer, Alex Ovechkin, and one of the game’s best setup men in Nicklas Backstrom. They have the defending Vezina Trophy winner in Braden Holtby. And now with the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk, maybe the game’s deepest and all-around best defensive core. – Shawn Storey I’m biased, but I’m gonna have to say the Sharks. They are heating up and heading in to the playoffs playing great team hockey – a recipe for success. They have different guys contributing every night. The Sharks this year are even better than last year. They have four solid forward lines, one of the deepest defensive corps…

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now what wins stanley’s cup?

FINISHING WITH THE NHL’s best regular season record has practically become a curse. Just one of the past eight Presidents’ Trophy winners won the Stanley Cup. Over that eight-year stretch, three teams have won seven Cups: the Pittsburgh Penguins (2009, 2016), Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and Los Angeles Kings (2012, 2014). Wasn’t this supposed to be the era of unprecedented parity? How is it a trio of teams has a collective vice-grip on glory? We examined the seven champions in six categories in the hopes of identifying a correlation. What wins the Cup today, and what can other teams learn from this three-headed dynasty? THE STAR CORE CORRELATION: VERY STRONG Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Patrick Kane. Jonathan Toews. Brent Seabrook. Drew Doughty. Anze Kopitar. All played major roles on their championship teams. All…

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father bauer and the great experiment

THN BOOK REVIEW Father Bauer and the Great Experiment: The Genesis of Canadian Olympic Hockey chronicles the life of David Bauer, who was a former junior standout but eschewed turning pro and instead joined the priesthood and later became a coach. He helped spearhead the move away from Canada’s common practice of sending a senior amateur team to compete on the international stage and played a vital part – either as a coach or manager – in three Canadian Olympic teams and numerous other tournaments. Along the way, Bauer mentored many future NHL players, including Gerry Cheevers and Dave Keon. He also helped grow “hokke” in Japan prior to the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo and worked hard to reverse the negative image that European countries had of Canadian hockey. – SAL…

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jersey hound

Here’s the tricky thing about throwback sweaters: because the materials used to make today’s jerseys are so much more advanced than the ones from the past, the designs don’t always look good, even if the concept was sound (remember those stripey Habs nightmares from a few years back?). But USA Hockey’s NTDP managed to pull off a great throwback when it wore these uniforms for Military Appreciation weekend in March. These were modelled after jerseys worn by Team USA at the 1976 Canada Cup, and I’ve always loved the originals. The update manages to stay tight with the stars on the shoulder yokes, and the colors really pop. The jerseys were auctioned with proceeds going to Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System.…