NFL: Conference Championships Sunday Playbook
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Well I took my lumps last week, going two for four in my NFL postseason picks after nailing the wild card round perfectly. I suppose it wasn’t so bad, the two games I got wrong were one score contests that required unlikely last minute comebacks from the winning team, but still, being wrong is the worst.

I was certain, nearly all year, that the Falcons were a soft-dome team fated for a round two exit at the hands of a club with a stellar running game and […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – Team Totals
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Well we’ve come to the end of the road with our Canucks Projections project. Having previewed every relevant Canucks roster player from the Sedin twins, to the top-six forwards, the third liners to the grinders, and from the young roster players to the defenseman. So we’ll now dive in and look at the team’s projected scoring as a whole. And on that front, my simple projection model has a lot of good news for Canucks fans as it only projects the team to fall off slightly from last […]


NHL: Who Will Win The Stanley Cup?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Which NHL team will hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2012-13? Do the Los Angeles Kings have the right ingredients for a repeat? Does a healthy Sidney Crosby lead the Penguins all the way? Do the Canucks finally break through? How about the New York Rangers – is star winger Rick Nash the missing ingredient?

THE FAVOURITES
New York Rangers (+850 to Win the Stanley Cup)
WHY?
The Rangers are absolutely stacked at forward, they boast a solid defensive group, and Henrik Lundqvist is far […]


NHL: Who Will Be The Division Champions in the Eastern Conference?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

We looked at the Western Conference, now let’s take a look at the favourites – and a sleeper team to watch for – in the three divisions that make up the NHL’s Eastern Conference: the Southeast, the Atlantic, and the Northeast.

SOUTEAST DIVISION
THE FAVOURITE: Carolina Hurricanes (+260 to Win the Southeast Division)
Perhaps no NHL team did more to upgrade its roster since the 2011-12 season concluded than the Carolina Hurricanes. Carolina acquired two-way center Jordan Staal from Pittsburgh, reuniting him with older brother […]


The Inside Slant With Geroy Simon – Ep20
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The NFL Conference Championships edition of The Inside Slant with Geroy Simon is here and there is so much to talk about: a rematch of last seasons AFC Championship game between the Ravens and Patriots, the amazing Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers going up against Matt Ryan and the top-seeded Atlanta Falcons; and not to mention Geroy Simon throwing down his picks for the teams he is backing to make it to New Orleans. Hit play and lets go!

And speaking of New Orleans, PlayNow Sports is giving you […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – The Defense
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

So far this week we’ve looked at the scoring projections for every Canucks forward – the Sedin twins, the second liners, the third liners, the depth forwards and Zack Kassian – and one Canucks defenseman (Chris Tanev). Throughout his tenure as Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis has made having a blue-line that “activates” offensively a priority, a maxim made plain by his oft-stated commitment to icing a blueline that can contribute two-hundred points. In a lockout shortened season, of course, the 200 point plateau is an impossibility […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – Kassian & Tanev
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Welcome to Part V of our Canucks Projections project. The hardest part about a scoring projection model based, as mine is, off of past performance – is that it’s nigh impossible to calibrate it in such a way as to produce a meaningful indicator of how a young player will produce. Among the model’s biggest whiffs last year was Cody Hodgson – who it pegged to score a modest four goals. I’ve tried to augment it somewhat this season when predicting the goal scoring output of Zack […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – Depth Forwards
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

Now that we’ve covered the Sedin twins, the second liners and the third liners, we’ve come to what everyones really been anticipating reading about in this series – the depth forwards. How many goals with Aaron Volpatti manage this year? Can he beat his career high of one? We’ll try and answer those questions, and more, today!

When looking at depth forwards, and trying to account for every single even-strength minutes the Canucks will play this season (based on the rate at which the Canucks take and draw […]


NHL: Who Will Be The Division Champions in the Western Conference?
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BY JEFF ANGUS

Let’s take a look at the favourites – and a sleeper team to watch for – in the three divisions that make up the NHL’s Western Conference: the Northwest, the Central, and the Pacific.

NORTHWEST DIVISION
THE FAVOURITE: Vancouver (-172 to Win the Northwest Division)
The Canucks will once again ice a formidable roster in 2012-13. Their forward group is deep and balanced (when Ryan Kesler is healthy, at least), and they have one of the better defensive cores in the NHL. In goal, they […]


NHL: Canucks Projections – The Third Liners
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BY THOMAS DRANCE

We’ve already looked at goal scoring output from the Sedin twins and the second line forwards, and now we get to the “third line forwards” – some of whom are “tweener” forwards who will probably spend a good deal of time in the top-six this season. My model identified five “third-line forwards” for the Canucks this season, but we’ll only cover four here in Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen, Chris Higgins and Maxim Lapierre (Zack Kassian will have his own post later this week). Let’s get to it, […]