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October 28 2016 05:00AM

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Leafs need to get Andersen out of the net, Canucks tired already, Jets need to develop their young prospect, Flames have some optimism after slow start, Oilers planning the parade route, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Dylan McIlrath and Magnus Paajarvi Are on Waivers - Any Takers?

Jeremy Davis
October 27 2016 02:26PM

With their faces pressed firmly against the waiver wire this morning, there was disappointment among some factions of Canucks fans that Emerson Etem, waived yesterday by Anaheim, passed through without claim. Those feelings were short lived however, because we were quickly distracted by two more interesting names on the waiver wire as of 9:00am this morning: New York's Dylan McIlrath and St. Louis' Magnus Paajarvi.

The Canucks have already elected to bring Mike Zalewski up from Utica, but might they be enticed by these two new players that are available free of charge?

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Stat that could scare the NHL

Jason Gregor
October 27 2016 02:25PM

Math

The Edmonton Oilers are 6-1.
They are in first place in the Western Conference.
Connor McDavid leads the NHL in scoring with 11 points.

Many felt the last of those three was possible, but no one had the Oilers storming out the gate like they have. In their six wins they have outscored their opponents 25-11.

They are playing like a legitimate playoff contender, but there is one odd stat which stands out.

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Watch The Game Episode 5: The Puzzling Canucks with J.D. Burke

Watch The Game Podcast
October 27 2016 08:59AM

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USA Today thought they were going to have a historically bad season. Their fan base can't seem to agree on where they're at right now. The Vancouver Canucks started the season 4-0, but have since dropped three straight games. What's going on with this team? Are they actually the worst team in the league like mainstream national media likes to suggest? Cam and Sam chat with Canucks Army editor J.D. Burke about the enigmatic franchise that nobody — including their own front office — can't seem put a finger on. 

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Are Quality Starts A Repeatable Skill?

DragLikePull
October 27 2016 08:31AM

There aren't nearly as many statistics available to evaluate goalies as there are to evaluate forwards and defencemen.  That's true whether you're talking about the standard boxcar stats that newspapers and NHL.com have reported for years, or whether you're referring to the newer breed of numbers often called "analytics" or "advanced stats".  But I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge that there are a few more ways to look at goalies than there were a few years ago.  A couple of weeks ago I talked about dividing saves into "danger zones" based on their distance from the net.  This time I'm going to take a look at Quality Starts.

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