NHLN Power Rankings: Feb. 28, 2017

Scott Maxwell
February 28 2017 03:27PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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The Nation Notebook: Capitals go all in, Burrows, Boyle, Pulkkinen dealt in pre-deadline trades

Christian Pagnani
February 28 2017 07:00AM

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The Nation Network Notebook is a regular feature that rounds up interesting news, stories, and rumours from around the NHL that don't quite deserve their own article.

More trades! Washington acquires Kevin Shattenkirk. The Leafs add depth at centre. The Canucks finally act like the sellers they should have been years ago. Pulkkinen gets another NHL shot and who is left to be moved between non and Wednesday's deadline?

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Why the Brian Boyle trade is likeable on all fronts

Jeff Veillette
February 27 2017 06:01PM

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It's been a long time since the Toronto Maple Leafs have been buyers at the deadline. I'm not even talking all-in, trading the youth core, throwing away first round picks levels of buying. In the past thirteen years, the Leafs' idea of "going for it" in late-February, early-March has been trading for Yanic Perreault in 2007 and Ryan O'Byrne in 2013. 

But, just a year removed from the basement, the Leafs have made their first splash, and possibly not their last. It's not quite a blockbuster, but in Brian Boyle, the Leafs have made a significant upgrade to their depth down the middle.

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By The Numbers: Chemistry, roles, and the wrongful usage of Nic Petan

Garret Hohl
February 27 2017 12:02PM

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Fans haven't been shy about voicing their discontent with one Nic Petan and how he's played. Fairly or otherwise, he's firmly in their crosshairs.

I tend to think much of this is borne of Petan's suffering a 95.8 PDO. That number is likely to regress to the league's mean, and as it does, it will influence how fans and experts alike view Petan's season. Bad luck might not be the only factor at work here, though. What if deployment and usage are responsible for Petan's poor outward perception?

Let's take a deeper look.

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Calgary's best value contracts: 2017

Pat Steinberg
February 27 2017 10:00AM

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Just over a year ago, I put together my list of the best value contracts for the Calgary Flames. Knowing we're right up on the trade deadline, and knowing how tight Calgary's cap situation is going to be going forward, I thought I'd revisit the conversation and assess what we've seen during the 2016-17 season. Who's giving the Flames the most bang for their buck this year?

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