May 08 2015 02:41PM
Dustin Byfuglien --like many of the Winnipeg Jets' best players-- is a pretty controversial player. You either love him and think he's the best, or you just out right hate him.
Regardless of which category one falls in line with, almost all agree that the Big Buff has a tonne of talent in many areas but struggles in others. Very few will deny his offensive prowess, and almost everyone can remember at least one moment where a dangerous play evolves from a defensive miscue.
Which camp you lie in depends on your opinion of whether or not his strengths overcome his weaknesses.
Let's take a look at the numbers.
May 08 2015 07:30AM
Since the 2005-06 lockout, we’ve seen quite a few memorable Cinderella Runs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In fact, there have been so many, it almost seems inevitable that a seventh or eighth seeded team is going to make a deep run into the playoffs while a top seeded team is knocked out in the first round. The stage was set in 2006, the first year into the new era of the NHL, when the eighth seeded Oilers made it to within one game of winning it all. Since then, we’ve seen the seventh seeded Flyers make it to the Finals, the eighth seed Canadiens to the Eastern Finals, the eighth placed Kings win it all, and many other upsets.
What goes into being one of these so called Cinderella teams? Are these teams really actually even underdogs? In the case of the Los Angeles Kings, no, not at all. To a lesser extent, same goes for the 2006 Oilers. Sometimes, these are mediocre teams who ride luck all the way through season and into the playoffs. Other times, actually, pretty commonly, these are examples of good teams who had an unlucky regular season, resulting in them being way lower in the standings than they should have been.
Let’s take a closer look.
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May 08 2015 07:00AM
The Flames stay alive, Bob Hartley, the Battle of Alberta, Leafs coaching and GM favorites, Kevin Bieksa moving, Oilers interviewing coaches, the Kings are old and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
What can previous playoffs series tell us about what's going to happen in the second round, and beyond?
May 06 2015 08:00AM
The playoffs are crazy. There’s no other way to put it. And of course, this year has been no different. Although the playoff are wacky and unpredictable, there does appear to be a pattern over the past couple of seasons that suggests what it takes to win. Underlying stats would suggest that generally, the team with the better Corsi For percentage wins the playoff series, but when that doesn't happen, what's the deal? Is it luck? How far can that carry a team? What can the last two years of first round playoff match ups tell us about where the teams in this year’s playoffs are headed?
Let’s take a look.
May 02 2015 12:35PM
The Nation Network isn't accustomed to playoff success. What else do you expect from a blog network based out of Edmonton?
We're experts in the draft lottery though, and we know a thing or two about playoff pools - particularly the Nation Drafts charity playoff pool that we run annually. With the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs already in full swing, let's take a moment, look back at round one, and check out the progress that the Nation Network's poolies are making in the competition!