The Roundup

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January 27 2017 05:00AM

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Shattenkirk reportedly on board with the 'Shanaplan in Toronto, don't buy Ken Holland's hope in Detroit, a closer look at the Jets GM, the Flames need a shakeup, Oilers have to do better against the best teams, the Battle of Alberta sweep, killing the shootout, Henrik Sedin, NHL power rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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The Flames and the next goal: a statistical look

Ryan Pike
January 26 2017 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames haven't played amazingly well as of late and their game results reflect that. They have allowed the first goal in nine consecutive games. That in itself shouldn't be a back-breaker - our pal Garrett Hohl did an analysis of scoring first and conditional probability over at Hockey Graphs to illustrate that - but the Flames for some reason have crumpled when they get down one or (especially) two goals this season.

We dug into the numbers to check out just how challenged the Flames are at coming back from behind.

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NHLNotebook: #TalbotForVezina, Duchene open to trade and Bickell nearing return

Zach Laing
January 26 2017 11:00AM

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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.  

In today's NHLNotebook, we look at whether or not Cam Talbot is making a case to be in the Vezina trophy conversation, Matt Duchene being open to a trade, and Bryan Bickell looking to make his NHL return.

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The Maple Leafs are in a rather unusual salary cap situation

DragLikePull
January 26 2017 10:53AM

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The Toronto Maple Leafs generate an outsized portion of the NHL's revenues.  The Leafs' impact on revenue is so great, in 2012 the former head of English television for CBC said that the most recent Hockey Night in Canada contract would not be profitable for the public broadcaster if the Leafs did not make the playoffs.  Because of the Toronto's financial muscle, they've typically been near the top of the NHL in spending on salaries.  And if you look at a salary cap web site, you'll see that the team is currently within about $1M of the salary cap ceiling this season.

But that number is misleading.  While the Leafs are indeed paying out quite a bit of money for salaries, a significant portion of that money is going to players who are not currently playing for the team.  In fact, it's pretty unusual just how the team's salary cap situation is structured once you look into the details.

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The Mid-Season NationDraft

baggedmilk
January 26 2017 07:00AM

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With the second half of the NHL season well underway it's time to start preparing yourself for another round of trash talking, rivalry chirping, and, of course, a little bit of fantasy hockey. As per Nation Network tradition, I am here to tell you about a brand new NationDraft for the second half of the regular season.

Play against readers across the Nation Network in the 2016-17 Mid-Season Nation Drafts. Grand Prize is a $1000 Visa Gift Card! Enter your fantasy hockey team at nationdrafts.com for your chance to win and support a good cause! The entry fee is $20, with a portion of all proceeds going to support our charity partner, Earth Group.

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