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Anaheim a€“ Therea€?s no doubting the percentages were kind to Bruce Boudreaua€?s team last year. Tyler Lockett Jersey . Anaheim had 15 players log at least 60 games last year, and of that group, the lowest PDO (on-ice shooting percentage + on-ice save percentage, where 1000 is your league average number) was that of Daniel Winnika€?s 1014. Knowing what we know about the volatility of percentages, it stands to reason Anaheima€?s skaters could be headed for a tumble in 2014-2015. Arizona a€“ A player to keep an eye on this season? Oliver Ekman-Larsson. OEL has earned praise as one of the leaguea€?s better defenders, but the former Phoenix Coyotes have actually seen a more favorable shot-share with him off the ice than on the ice the last two seasons. Hea€?s logging some tough minutes and there isna€?t a ton of help in the teama€?s forward ranks, but that -0.95 RelativeCorsi% doesna€?t compare favorably to the gamea€?s elite. Boston a€“ Can the indomitable Patrice Bergeron and the ageless Zdeno Chara carry the Bruins to the top of the Eastern Conference? It seems likely that Bergeron -- perhaps the leagues best two-way center -- will continue to oppress opposing competition, his 60.3% Corsi% the best weve seen of any center over the last three years. And, despite the aging process, Chara remains a reliable first-pairing talent. When these two are on the ice, they lay the foundation of one of the leagues best five-man units. Buffalo a€“ By Score-Adjusted Fenwick%, the 2013-2014 Buffalo Sabres were the worst even-strength team we have seen since this data became publicly available (they a€?beata€? the 2007-2008 Atlanta Thrashers by .01%). The only question is whether or not this yeara€?s team can topple last yeara€?s version in a race to futility. Calgary a€“ Mark Giordano became a fancy stat all-star in 2013-2014, enjoying large even-strength success with partner TJ Brodie. The only problem? Calgary was almost comically inept when they were off the ice, generating about 43% of the shots. If Calgary improves, ita€?s going to have to come from beyond their top defence pair. Carolina a€“ No team has played higher-event hockey than the Hurricanes over the last three years, where a shot attempt has been attempted about every thirty seconds at either end of the rink. With Bill Peters behind the bench, will the team see the frenetic pace of their games slow a bit? Chicago a€“ The Blackhawks were already an unstoppable force at 5-on-5, then replaced their biggest offensive drag in Michal Handzus with Brad Richards. Ita€?s going to take a Herculean effort for some team not named Los Angeles to eliminate the Blackhawks next post-season. Colorado a€“ Everyone knows regression is going to bite hard and that 8.77% shooting percentage at even-strength (vs. a 7.71% league average) is likely going to see the biggest fall of all. But, Patrick Roy has enough developing young talent a€“ and the futility of a handful of other Western Conference teams a€“ to make things interesting down the stretch. Columbus a€“ In the first half of last season, Columbus was a 48% possession team at 5-on-5. In the second half, Columbus was a 52% possession team. Thata€?s some kind of improvement. The question, ultimately, shouldna€?t be whether the Blue Jackets have a chance to return to the playoffs a€“ ita€?s whether they have enough on the roster to become a legitimate contender as soon as this season. Dallas a€“ The re-unification of Ales Hemsky and Jason Spezza in Dallas is going to be something to behold. In a limited run last year with Ottawa, the two scored about 3.6 goals every 60 minutes. Ita€?s a small sample size, but as a quick reference point, that sort of offensive production is comparable to formidable duos such as Crosby/Kunitz, Toews/Sharp, and Thornton/Burns. Detroit a€“ Detroita€?s younger forwards carried an unbelievable (and unexpected) load last season, but theya€?ll have to repeat that performance if Detroit is to return to the post-season. The aging curve hasna€?t been kind to the veteran Red Wings skaters over the last few years. Edmonton a€“ The Oilers made a concerted effort to bring in quality puck possession players this off-season, including Benoit Pouliot and Mark Fayne. But, down the middle, there are more questions than ever before. Can the Oilers ultimately rely on a combination of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl to play some of the tough minutes against the best of the West? Florida a€“ In the last three seasons, Dave Bolland has earned 47% of the shot-share and 41% of the goals. Hea€?s now coming off of an Achilles injury that has hampered the skating ability of many a€“ perhaps, most notably, Ottawaa€?s Erik Karlsson. Ultimately, it seems that the big Panther acquisition this summer will fall behind better hockey players down the middle, including youngsters Alex Barkov and Nick Bjugstad. Los Angeles a€“ The LA Kings have become an elite possession team (56.2% at 5-on-5 last year; best in league) despite their heavy dump-in strategy. Part of this is because they remain the toughest team to enter the zone against with control. Their dominance of the neutral zone is one of the biggest reasons why their success has been sustainable. Minnesota a€“ For all of the questions about Minnesotaa€?s goaltending, only two teams had better save percentages at even-strength last year (.933). If the Wild can get a repeat of that performance from some combination of Niklas Backstrom, Darcy Kuemper and possibly Josh Harding at some point, then a return to the post-season is feasible. Montreal a€“ Thanks largely to the emergence of some younger talent, the Canadiens have been able to thrust center Tomas Plekanec into an almost purely defense-oriented role. He started a career-low 38% of his shifts in the offensive zone last season and, along with the departed Brian Gionta, saw the toughest competition of any Montreal forward. Nashville a€“ And now, a list of teams who have recorded a lower save percentage at even-strength than Nashville the last two years: New Jersey, New York Islanders, Florida, and Calgary. Thata€?s it. Peter Laviolette might turn Nashvillea€?s woeful offense around in short order, but he needs Pekka Rinne and the rest of the goaltending group to be better. New Jersey a€“ Speaking of goaltending, New Jersey solved the problem above by finally moving away from Martin Brodeur and towards Cory Schneider. Simply regressing their goaltending numbers and shootout performances (last year, New Jersey went an improbable 0-for-12) to the league averages should see the Devils back in the playoffs. NY Islanders a€“ Jaroslav Halak was a smart, cheap add that should immediately improve what was more or less a goaltending disaster on Long Island. Halak, despite the bad rap he gets, has posted EVSV% (.928) comparable to that of Jonathan Quick and Corey Crawford over the last three years. NY Rangers a€“ Ita€?s going to be difficult to replace Anton Stralman, a puck-possession dynamo who departed for a big payday in Tampa Bay this off-season. At 56.2%, Stralman led the Rangers in Corsi% last year. Ottawa a€“ Therea€?s probably not a defender in the National Hockey League who can drive play like Erik Karlsson at even-strength, but therea€?s no doubt his elite possession play was blemished by the teama€?s total inability to keep pucks out of their net. For Ottawa, success will follow if Karlsson can bring his Goal% (52.1%) closer to his Corsi%, which is an astounding 55.1% over the last three seasons. Philadelphia - The talent disparity between Philadelphiaa€?s forward group and their defensive corps has to be the NHLa€?s biggest. For as many decent scorers and two-way attackers they have in the lineup, their back end is a puzzling collection of defenders with zero discernible puck-moving ability and/or paralyzing mobility. The hope will be that Mark Streit and Braydon Coburn can pull even more weight than expected. Pittsburgh a€“ When it comes to RelativeCorsi%, Christian Ehrhoff a€“ Pittsburgha€?s shiny new addition on the back end a€“ has one of the ten best rates among regular defenders over the last three seasons (+4.45%). Paired up with fellow puck-mover Kris Letang, Pittsburgh should be able to bolster their stagnant team-level possession-rates from one year ago, and challenge Boston for the crown in the East. San Jose a€“ Leta€?s avoid writing any Joe Thornton redemption stories when Joe Thornton returns to doing what he does best: territorially dominate competition at every level, forcing teams to defend to the point of exhaustion. Thorntona€?s 58.4% Corsi% last year is in the same class as Patrice Bergeron, Anze Kopitar, and Jonathan Toews a€“ and hea€?s doing it at 35. St. Louis a€“ Therea€?s been a lot of talk about St. Louisa€? decision to roll the dice in the crease, going with Brian Elliott and young Jake Allen. One thing that should be noted is that the Blues system is really set up to help goaltenders. No team is better at suppressing on the penalty kill, conceding just 41.3 shots against per 60 over the last three seasons (the league average is 49.4). Theya€?re second-best at 5-on-5, too, at 25.3 shots against per 60 (the league average is 28.9). Tampa Bay a€“ Keep an eye on Victor Hedman as a real Norris Trophy contender this year. Hedman is one of only seven league defenders who has seen his RelativeCorsi% improve three years straight, and therea€?s going to be ample opportunity to score points in big minutes with talent like Steven Stamkos, et al. More on-ice shooting opportunities likely means more points -- more capable shooting teammates doubles the possibility. Toronto a€“ Ita€?s going to be difficult to keep expectations reasonable for an organizationa€?s thata€?s as deep into analytics as any these days. Last yeara€?s colossal failure (an 82-game Score-Adjusted Fenwick of 42.2%) led to a run of analytics hires a€“ most notably that of Kyle Dubas a€“ to revamp the roster and turn one of the worst puck-possession teams in recent history into a contender. There are a bunch of smart people behind the wheel, but ita€?s still going to be a process a€“ an arduous one at times, considering the many holes on the current roster. Vancouver a€“ I think therea€?s a very real possibility that Vancouvera€?s pronounced death as a competitive hockey team was premature. Only nine teams had more control of the puck at even-strength. There is still plenty of talent on this roster, and ita€?s not as if talents like the Sedin twins are sitting in every other organization. Washington a€“ Ita€?s understandable that Washington wanted to improve defensively this summer, but a pile of money in the direction of always-outshot Brooks Orpik is just wildly confusing. Orpika€?s minus-4.6% RelativeCorsi% over the last three seasons is 238th out of 251 qualified defenders, and more than a handful of the guys who rank below him have washed out of the league. It wona€?t be long before Orpik is jumped in the lineup by better options, much like Bolland in Florida. Winnipeg a€“ Ita€?s impossible to talk about Winnipeg and not talk about the goaltending. Ondrej Pavelec has been shockingly bad at times for the Jets (.914 EVSV%; .905 SV% in the last three years), and there doesna€?t really seem to be an a€?Option Ba€? at this point besides hope and pray that Michael Hutchinson (.923 SV% with the St. Johna€?s IceCaps last season) can see his success materialize at another level. Marshawn Lynch Jersey . - Titans quarterback Jake Locker will miss the rest of the season with a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, leaving Tennessee trying to rally with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Germain Ifedi Jersey .Y. - The New York Rangers have reached a one-year contract extension with goalie Cam Talbot, keeping Henrik Lundqvists backup away from unrestricted free agency. http://www.footballseahawksfanatics.com/authentic-thomas-rawls-seahawks-jersey/ . Hicham Khalouas late goal improved Almerias chances of avoiding relegation in a match dominated by contentious calls, including three penalties. One day after Barcelonas 4-3 win at Real Madrid featured three penalties, referees again dominated a wide-open game that saw Almeria ultimately move out of the relegation zone and one point ahead of Getafe which took its place.DETROIT - The San Jose Sharks bus was late, so Tomas Hertl had to wait. That gave fans outside Joe Louis Arena another chance to ask for autographs from the 19-year-old whose stardom in the NHL has arrived earlier than most expected. Hertl has seven goals and three assists in his first eight games and is an early front-runner for the Calder Trophy as the rookie of the year. That production even caught coach Todd McLellan a little off-guard. "Id be lying if I said I wasnt (surprised)," he said after San Joses morning skate Monday in Detroit. "We expected him to be able to come in and make an impact on our team, but not to the extent that he has to this point." Hertls four-goal game Oct. 8 against the New York Rangers put him in the spotlight, spurring plenty of talk about showmanship because he shot between his legs and scored. Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates caused a stir by saying its important for young players like Hertl not to "disrespect the league," while an off-colour locker-room comment by captain Joe Thornton spun the attention in a different direction for a little while. The 2012 first-round pick has cooled off slightly since that breakout performance, but its not like the Sharks expect multi-goal games out of him that often. Given the ups and downs rookies tend to face, he might not finish the season with 20. Thats OK, because as general manager Doug Wilson puts it, "Tomas is not a one dimensional player." "Its not just the offensive numbers," Wilson said in a phone interview. "This kid is very poised in his own zone, he makes really smart plays protecting the puck, and to us hes a three-zone player that just fits in with how we want to play and where were going with our team." Where the Sharks are going is back on the rise, thanks in large part to the next generation of offensive players, including Hertl, potential Canadian Olympian Logan Couture and likely U.S. Olympian Joe Pavelski. And Wilson sees parallels between Hertls growth and what Couture and Pavelski went through as they blossomed into established NHL players. "We just think hes got a great combination of skill-sets: Obviously the size and the hands, but his vision and just how he can play all three zones," Wilson said. "Weve gone throough this before and even though its a very different physical dynamic than Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski, but he has the vision and the ability to do things, I think, that high-end players have. Richard Sherman Jersey. " Having just moved to North America after two full seasons in the Czech Extraliga in his native Czech Republic, Hertls English is limited. On the night he scored four goals, he kept saying how much of a dream it felt like. Monday he credited linemates Thornton and Brent Burns for his play and fellow Czech Martin Havlat for tutelage off the ice. "Our team is very good," he said. Wilson does believe playing alongside Thornton and Burns has helped Hertl, but the rookie gets points for thinking the game at a high enough level to click with such skilled veterans. The Sharks saw that in him dating to his time at the world junior championships. Of course the NHL is a long way from the junior level, and McLellan expects Hertl to hit a rough patch. "As a 19-year-old and all the emotions of starting the year and scoring seven goals early, its going to catch up to him at some point," he said. "Then well have to work him through those down times as well." The Sharks are prepared for that. Wilson said the organization doesnt go out of its way to promote young players — "we never have and we never will." So if the hype that surrounded Hertl after his four-goal game fades away or picks up, theres a strategy for getting the most out of him. "The most important thing is that theyre a trusted teammate and a trusted player by the coach, who can put them out on the ice in many different situations," Wilson said. "The other stuff, obviously the attention is he scored four goals or hes done this. The respect and equity he earns within our dressing room is how he plays the game shift-to-shift, day-to-day and hes earned that." As for Hertl being a reliable three-zone player, Thornton figures hell find out eventually. "With him and Burnsie, they just forecheck so hard, so I really havent seen him play too much defence all year," Thornton said with a smile. "I think weve only been playing in the offensive zone, to be honest with you." 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