NHLN Notebook: WCOH falters, shootouts and the John Scott rule

Zach Laing
November 24 2016 10:43AM

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The NHLN Notebook is a semi-regular feature of interesting hockey content from the past few days that doesn't quite deserve its own article. 

Happy thanksgiving to our readers south of the border. 

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On moving on from Holland and pursuing a shutdown defenceman

Jeff Veillette
November 23 2016 12:33PM

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For the first time in quite some time, an actual trade rumour has surfaced involving the Toronto Maple Leafs. Darren Dreger was on TSN's Insider Trading yesterday, and spoke of Toronto's excess and needs heading into the immediate future.

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Goalies and the Playoffs Part 2: What's Shot Volume Got to Do with It?

Joel Short
November 23 2016 11:00AM

My first article focused entirely on save percentages. I thought it would be helpful to have a look at the other side of the coin – shots – and how the two interact. 

It’s pretty well known that Sv% has risen and goals per game have dropped over the years, but what is the long-term trend in shots per game? And do the playoffs see a drop off in shots from the regular season?

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Watch the Game Episode 12: The Pesky Penguins with Bill West

Watch The Game Podcast
November 23 2016 10:13AM

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Sam has Jeff Veillette on again to talk about the happenings around the NHL. They start with Brent Burns, move to J.T. Brown then finish it up with Jeff's big birthday wish. After that, Bill West, Pittsburgh Penguins beat writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review joins the show (27:55) to talk about the defending Stanley Cup champions.

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Which Canucks Are Due to Break Out?

J.D. Burke
November 23 2016 09:00AM

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No matter how the losses mount, the Canucks remain upbeat. You hear game after lost game about how well they felt they played. That they just couldn't get a bounce, and so on.

That commentary often falls on deaf ears, but I've always felt there was some semblance of merit therein. It's hard to get too invested in their lofty shot totals since they're trailing in perpetuity, but they've had their nights all the same. And their league-worst 960 PDO indicates that they truly have been among the least lucky teams this season.

Considering the extent to which this team's struggled to score goals though that shouldn't be overly surprising. I want to peel another layer off the onion and see which players are suffering this misfortune on a personal level.

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