Eastern Conference Bubble Update: February 8th

Cam Charron
February 08 2012 12:14PM

The stretch drive has begun in the NHL, and in the Eastern Conference, the standings seem to shift every night as there are five teams with a legitimate shot at bumping each other around at the bottom of the Conference's Top 8. Every couple of weeks, we'll take a look at team's predictive stats: the rate they need to achieve points to hit the current playoffs entry point of 93 points, as well as their goal differential, PDO and Fenwick Tied, measures that help us predict whether a team has earned their spot in the standings.

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Wednesday Morning Hockey-Sense

Danny Gray
February 08 2012 06:38AM



Maybe a puck shaped like this wouldn't sneak through the "Goose-Hole"


Since everyone found yesterday's sequence so easy, here is another one for you to chew on:



                                        17, 94, 13, 89, 81, ?


Throw your best guess in the comments.  

First person with the correct answer gets a virtual high-five. 

Go Leafs Go!

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Leafs Nation Hockey-Sense

Danny Gray
February 07 2012 11:55AM


This would keep Dion Phaneuf busy until August. 

Allow me to introduce the Leafs Nation Hockey-Sense.

Every so often I'll post a series of numbers. Your job is to figure out which number is next the in sequence. Sometimes they'll be Leafs specific, sometimes they wont.

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Too Many Men On The Payroll

Pension Plan Puppets
February 07 2012 08:33AM

Editor's Note: This is an entry in our search for Fresh Blood at TLN. Every possible contributor will get three posts to strut their stuff and then we'll ask you readers to help us choose who is going to join.  

By: Matt Stephen @mattystephen

As the February 27th trade deadline approaches and next to nothing has happened, and looks like very little will happen, we should take some time to step into a blue and white time machine and go to trade deadlines past.

In the Burke era, trade deadline has been kind to the Leafs and their fans, but as pundits grasp at straws for trades sending Grabovski to Nashville, purporting Schenn's healthy scratch as a sign he's been shipped and Kadri as the go-to trade bait, they all seem a little far-fetched. Then again, ask me today would I trade Matt Stajan and Niklas ‘cleared waivers' Hagman for now-captain Dion Phaneuf and defensive partner Keith Aulie, the answer is obvious. Or, not to outdo himself, trading Francois Beauchemin for now-All-Star Joffrey Lupul and second in rookie points for defenseman Jake Gardiner.

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Grabovski Make Much Glorious Goal

Pension Plan Puppets
February 06 2012 09:33PM

Tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs handed the Edmonton Oilers a harsh reminder that for all of the impressive young players they have up front they might want to consider hiring some NHLers to play defence before they completely waste all of the kids' entry level contracts. Chief among the educators was Mikhail Grabovski who would have exemplified "a man among boys" if the Oilers' defence wasn't made up of guys around my age.

The other thing holding back the Oilers? The coaching staff. The writers at Copper And Blue can give you a clear rundown of their shortcomings but even with Tom Renney out they still managed to mess up the matchups. Or at least I assume so because when the Grabovski-Kulemin-MacArthur line is on the ice you generally do not want the stiffs that they sent out facing them.

After the jump, a breakdown with pictures

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