NHLN Notebook: Predators finding themselves, Wild expansion issues, and a Shootout controversy

Christian Pagnani
January 23 2017 12:50PM

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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. 

The Nashville Predators are finally getting things figured out after a forgettable start, and are looking like the team that was projected by many to be a Stanley Cup Contender. The Leafs lost to the Sens in a shootout, causing Leafs Twitter to question the validity of a skills competition deciding games. And finally, the Minnesota Wild have a wealth of solid blue liners on their roster, but with expansion looming, they're at risk of losing some of them for nothing. 

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McDavid Hits a Milestone: The Race to 100 Adjusted to the 2005-2006 Season

Curtis LeBlanc
January 23 2017 09:00AM

This past Wednesday, the Hockey Jesus himself hit 100 points in just 92 games with an assist against the Florida Panthers. That pace put him fourth among active players, behind Alex Ovechkin (77 games), Sidney Crosby (80) and Evgeni Malkin (89).

After recording another assist in that game, he went on to beat the Panthers in overtime with just 2.6 seconds left, giving him 102 points in just 92 games. The OT winner was also a can't-miss goal-of-the-year candidate (and it could have been save-of-the-year material is Reimer had just held his ground).

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Is Pavelec The Answer To Making The Playoffs?

CurtyM
January 22 2017 12:00PM

The Jets were struggling. The goaltending tandem of Connor Hellebuyck and Michael Hutchinson couldn't be consistent enough to go on a sustained winning streak. After a while the Jets didn't even look confident enough in net to make anyone feel like the playoffs were in their future. Then after frustration set in, they called up Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets are now 2-0 since Pavelec returned, but is he the answer?

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My status with Matt Martin: It's complicated

Jeff Veillette
January 21 2017 02:09AM

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Thanks to some media scrum answers, Matt Martin the topic in everybody's favourite hockey venue. I'm not talking about the Air Canada Centre, but the Social Media Coliseum, where we all take this very seriously and on each other's throats. 

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Is Patrick Maroon for real?

Jonathan Willis
January 20 2017 04:30PM

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One commonly cited statistic with regard to Patrick Maroon’s transformation in Edmonton is his goals total. After scoring 26 goals in 204 games with Anaheim, he now has 26 goals in just 63 games with the Oilers.

The other way of putting that is that after scoring 26 goals on his first 300 shots (8.7 shooting percentage) he now has 26 goals on his last 144 shots (18.1 shooting percentage). Normally, this sort of thing does not end well, but is there reason to think that Maroon could be an exception to the rule?

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