September 12 2014 05:04PM

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It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned. 

We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites are being rebuilt. Sexy new looks are being designed. We have also purchased one of the largest hockey sites on all of the internets and we will be announcing all of this fun in the next couple weeks.

As part of our rebuild + relaunch plans we are doing a super annoying 4 minute survey. You know the kind that we all hate to do.

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Nation World HQ
September 12 2014 10:20AM

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In the 14 years of the Columbus Blue Jackets existence, they never had a season as successful as 2013-14. They set new franchise records in wins (43), points (93), goals for (231) and goals against (216). After missing the playoffs in the previous four seasons, the Blue Jackets made the postseason for the second time and won their first ever playoff game in game two versus the Penguins.

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Nation World HQ
September 12 2014 08:05AM

Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week's Round Up

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The Log Off Podcast, Ep.9: "You're not allowed to talk about the Islanders anymore!"

Dimitri Filipovic
September 11 2014 10:03AM

"These guys can't get enough of us." "I love you Joh--.. I mean, yeah, what's with that?"

With this quite possibly being our final show before we're blessed with training camps and preseason hockey to overanalyze, we spent our last thread of downtime parsing through the Over/Under lines for team point totals as set by Bovada. There certainly appear to be a handful of teams that are either sorely undervalued or overvalued by the oddsmakers. Pounce on that while you still can.

Before closing, we spent some time answering an instructive question from a listener of the show about how you can apply analytics to help sniff out trends that'll help you draft the best possible fantasy hockey team in the coming weeks.

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Nation World HQ
September 10 2014 05:24PM


The Colorado Avalanche had a season to remember in 2013-14. After finishing with the league’s second worst record in the lockout shortened season, they played to a 52 win season which won the Central Division and placed them third overall in the NHL. Moving up 26 spots is impressive, but expectations heading into 2014-15 are at an all-time high.

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