Some sectors of the internet have portrayed the New York Rangers’ trade deadline acquisition of scoring winger and all-star water bug Martin St. Louis as a “win now” move by GM Glen Sather, designed to put the 2013-14 Rangers over the top in their quest for The Cup. While it’s always better for general managers, coaches and players alike to win now, Slats might’ve made the trade with next season in mind. Let’s look at the facts:
First, players with a combination of skill and grit, such as Ryan Callahan, are of immense value. Callahan was the heart and soul, not to mention captain, of the Rangers. Many of his teammates are still in shock over his trade to Tampa. Though the deal brought more offensive firepower to Broadway, who will step into the leadership/grit void in Cally’s absence? Derek Dorsett? He was a fan favorite in Columbus, but has yet to find his footing in New York and struggles to crack the lineup. Dan Carcillo? His impact is limited by fourth-line minutes, and frankly, he hasn’t earned more ice time. Simply put, the Rangers do not have anyone who can take Ryan Callahan’s place.
More importantly, when was the last time a team traded away its captain at the deadline and went on to win the Stanley Cup in the same season? I’m not saying it hasn’t happened, but my research failed to turn up a single example. It’s common sense, really: if things are going well for your team, you don’t trade the captain. Team chemistry is of particular importance in the playoffs, when both wins and losses increase astronomically in value. Trading your captain at the deadline, with just one-quarter of the season remaining, is a clear sign something is wrong with the team…no matter what you get in return.
Finally, even before trading Callahan the Rangers were clearly not one of the NHL’s elite, as their combined record of 5-9-1 against the likes of Boston, Pittsburgh, Anaheim, San Jose, Colorado, St. Louis and Chicago shows. Rick Nash has had a disappointing season thus far, and while Brad Richards has rebounded from a nightmarish 2012-13 campaign, his 7.8% shooting percentage is the lowest it’s been since the 2002-03 season. Derek Stepan’s shooting percentage has dropped a full ten points from last season. Off-season pick-up Benoit Pouliot struggled for the first half of the season to fit in, and October will likely find the pending UFA on his fifth team in five seasons. The New York blueliners’ struggles to transition to new coach Alain Vigneault’s system are both well documented and a contributing factor in (but not the sole reason for) Henrik Lundqvist’s frustrating season, in which his save percentage is down .012 and Goals Against is up .51 over 2012-13. If you haven’t figured it out after the previous 459 words, what I’m saying is…Wait ’til next year, Rangers fans.
And what will next year look like? Here’s one scenario:
FORWARDS: New York has to exercise their compliance buyout on Brad Richards. They simply can’t dedicate $6.7M in cap space for each of the next five seasons to a player who is obviously on the decline. What will they do with the saved cap space? How about signing unrestricted free agent winger Ryan Callahan? Can’t happen, you say? Fourteen games into the 2003-04 season, the Dallas Stars traded Stephane Robidas to Chicago. Dallas then signed Robidas as a UFA coming out of the 2004-05 lockout, and held onto him until just a few days ago. Never say never.
The Rangers will have to re-sign either Brian Boyle or Dominic Moore to fill the 4th line center role. My money’s on Moore, as Boyle will easily find another club willing to overpay him. Speaking of choices, Glen Sather will have to decide whether he wants to keep pending UFA Dan Carcillo; if Carcillo is re-signed, Derek Dorsett becomes expendable and Slats’ll have to move him. RFAs Derek Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider all get raises. Speedy winger Carl Hagelin could be used as trade bait, if Sather sees an opportunity to upgrade the Rangers blueline.
With Richards gone, J.T. Miller will finally get the regular roster spot he deserves. A couple of kids could make it to Broadway, with the front-runners being RW Danny Kristo (45 GP, 17-14-31 in Hartford) and 18-year-old sensation LW Anthony Duclair, the Rangers’ 3rd round draft pick last summer who’s currently tearing up the QMJHL (59 GP, 50-49-99). New York’s forward lines could very well look like this next season:
DEFENSEMEN: McDonagh, Staal, Girardi and Klein are all under contract through next season and beyond (except Staal, for whom 2014-15 is a contract year). Stralman and the newly-acquired Diaz are UFAs this summer, and John Moore and Justin Falk are RFAs. Anton Stralman’s stock has soared since he came to New York, so he probably won’t return. Diaz is anybody’s guess, though it would seem head coach Alain Vigneault is high on him, so pencil him in as Stralman’s replacement. Whether or not the Rangers pursue more than a depth defenseman over the summer largely depends on the development of prospects Conor Allen and Dylan McIlrath; if at least one of the two (with Allen being the front-runner at this point) has a good training camp, expect next season’s d-pairs to look something like this:
GOALTENDERS: Lundqvist, of course. And Talbot.
What does it all mean? Though no one in the New York Rangers organization will admit it, this is not their year. If they finish the season either 2nd or 3rd in the Metropolitan Division, the Blueshirts should make it into the Conference Semi-Finals, but the Conference Finals are a longshot. The acquisition of Marty St. Louis signals the rebirth of Sather’s “two sniper” scheme…provided Rick Nash has a bounce-back season in 2014-15. If Nash can find his groove and St. Louis can keep doing what he’s been doing his entire career, opposing teams will be hard-pressed to stop the Rangers, who will essentially have two top lines - 1A and 1B – for the first time in years. If Glen Sather can address the franchise’s grit/leadership deficiencies and add a solid No.3-4 defenseman over the summer, look out – next year could be HUGE.
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The 2014 NHL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and what kind of a hockey blogger would I be if I didn’t take a moment to opine? After returning from a quick trip to the ER for a rotator cuff injury (suffered whilst patting myself on the back for using “opine”…wait – I also used “whilst!” There goes the other rotator cuff. It’s okay; I’m a hockey blogger, so I’ll type through the pain), here are a few quick thoughts on pre-deadline what ifs and why nots:
The Lesser of Two Evils?
I read recently that the Phoenix Coyotes, in a bid to improve their offensive output, have “kicked the tires” on both Ray Whitney and Matt Moulson. Dallas and Phoenix both have 64 points and 24 games remaining, with the Stars holding a razor-thin 24-23 lead in the first tie-breaker, non-Shootout wins. If you’re Stars GM Jim Nill, do you trade Whitney to Phoenix to stop them from trading for the younger Matt Moulson, who has much greater offensive upside at this point in time? In other words, do you help a rival with whom you’re battling for a playoff spot a little, to keep said rival from helping themselves a lot? Also, what do you ask for in return? Were I GM Jim, I’d offer Whitney and defenseman Trevor Daley for Keith Yandle, and wait for a counter-offer.
Selling the Rangers’ Soul?
Of course, I’m talking about the trade rumors swirling around Blueshirts team captain Ryan Callahan and stalwart d-man Dan Girardi. Both are pending UFAs, and Conventional Wisdom says both will be moved at the deadline if Glen Sather can’t re-sign them by that time. Much as it pains me to say this, I think Cally has to give some on his contract demands, or he’s gone. A seven- or eight-year deal is a significant risk for a player with Callahan’s rambunctious, injury-prone game. Any team signing him to a long-term deal will pay a premium for intangibles – leadership and a gutsy, leave-it-all-on-the-ice style of play - and those intangibles are meaningless when the player who possesses them is on Injured Reserve.
While the loss of Callahan would create a huge leadership/grit void in New York, losing Dan Girardi could be downright disastrous. The defensive yin to Ryan McDonagh’s offensive yang, Girardi is a critical half of the Blueshirts’ top d-pair, logging almost 24 tough minutes a game. If he goes, who’s going to fill his skates? Does Kevin Klein suddenly start playing an extra 8:30 each night? Does Anton Stralman pick up the slack? The truth is, while the Rangers’ top six defensemen are solid, the organization currently lacks depth. The loss of Dan Girardi would open a hole on the blueline which could not be filled this season, thus ensuring an early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs this spring.
What If Sellers Didn’t Sell…Or Even Became Buyers?
Back in September, I proposed scrapping the NHL Draft Lottery in favor of a Draft Tournament. While I still think it’s a great idea, I now see the Law of Unintended Consequences kicking in: If the bottom four teams played an end-of-season tournament to decide who ends up with picks 1-4 in the upcoming draft, would those cellar-dwellers be motivated to hang on to pending UFAs, or even try to improve their rosters, in the hope of winning the first pick in the draft? Put in 2013-14 season terms, would Buffalo keep Matt Moulson, Steve Ott and/or Ryan Miller, in effect trading those players (losing them to free agency this summer) for a shot at the top pick? Would Calgary decide not to deal Mike Cammalleri, or would the asking price just go up? My “expert” understanding of economics (I spent two semesters in college as an ECON major) tells me that a Draft Tournament could create both a decrease in the supply of players available at the deadline AND an increase in demand, while also putting even more pressure on the in-between clubs (those well above the bottom four, but for whom a playoff seed is a long shot) to move their assets. In short, a Draft Tourney could cause a significant shift in the Trade Deadline dynamic, taking General Managers and fans alike to an all-new stress level each spring. I love it. Make it so, Mr. Bettman!
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I am convinced of something reference adjusting the ice (playing) surface to compensate for bigger players in order to score more goals.
To tactically change the game, you might think the overall intent is to increase the complexity of the ice for the goalie. If you get him to have to think in multiple directions simultaneously, you multiply his dilemmas and increase the possibility of him allowing a goal.
I would have thought increasing the distance behind the goal line (net) would have done it. This happened this year to some extent when the net was made shallower. The advantage now goes to the skater who can make a wrap-around faster than the goalie can move post to post.
So if you put more square footage behind the net, would the goalie not be drawn to both the back AND front of the net when a skater with the puck is behind it?
Not really. Most of the focus by Goalies is on the puck, or the belief of where it is, in relation to the net opening than what the options are for the next pass. More room behind the net WOULDe have the Goalie hugging the appropriate post until puck movement shifts. But the Goalie will continue to follow puck movement and still square up to the shooter once the disk comes back out front. That’s because where the puck is only becomes a true threat when you shoot it on net. It is also why Olympic-size ice is not the answer either.
Add to your lack of space for the puck finding the net the propensity to collapse back in toward the goalie and cut down on passing and shooting room. AND there is a going thought that goalies under six feet tall don’t even get much of a look if they are not touted as the next Dominik Hasik.
No, I am convinced now the only way to adjust the ice surface in order to score more goals is to increase the size of the net itself. Players are about 10% bigger than when the rules for rink dimensions were written, so I say the net opening increases about 10%. That would be roughly six inches higher and six inches wider. That, in my opinion, would be a prudent attempt to adjust for the ever shrinking net.
And for those who say the NHL, as one of the top three sports, tinkers with their sport way too much, I would remind you ours is the fastest of the four. That tempo requires a constant eye toward how the game looks. And when something does not look right, it requires adjusting.
So I say expand the net 6 x 6 inches to increase instances of one of the three things (besides a fight and a shootout / penalty shot) that brings fans out of their seats.
“Don’t you know this league is insolvent?”
That’s what NHL Chief Financial Officer Jim Ford said to John Ziegler shortly after Ziegler became league president in 1977. It’s one of many eye-opening events in D’Arcy Jenish’s new book, The NHL: A Centennial History: 100 Years of On-Ice Action & Boardroom Battles (Doubleday Canada, 2013).
Hockey fans who know their history are well aware of the 1970s battle between the National Hockey League and the World Hockey Association, which resulted in the demise of the WHA. What many fans don’t know, however, is that the fight almost killed the NHL, too. In his thoroughly-researched and well-written book, Jenish ably fills in the blanks in the NHL’s storied past, presenting a more detailed portrait of league history than ever before.
If you’ve ever wondered how the NHL grew from the Original Four – yes, in the beginning, there were just four teams in the league – to thirty clubs today, The NHL: A Centennial History provides the answer in fascinating detail. From the American expansion of the Roaring Twenties to Depression-era contraction to six clubs to the dramatic 1967 expansion and beyond, it’s all in the book. As someone who is currently writing a biography of New York Rangers’ founder Tex Rickard, I was particularly pleased to see him beginning to receive long-overdue credit regarding his role in bringing the NHL to America. Drawing on meeting minutes archived at the Hockey Hall of Fame, Jenish offers a fly-on-the-wall view of NHL Board of Governors meetings throughout the 1940s and ’50s. Did you know the league first considered expanding to California shortly after World War II? Neither did I, until I read the book.
The NHL: A Centennial History also addresses the league’s more recent past, including franchise instability, the spectacular rise and fall of Alan Eagleson and battles between the Players Association and the NHL. Jenish’s portrayal of the causes for the NHL’s two lockout-shortened seasons (1994-95 and 2012-13) and one cancelled season (2004-05) is even-handed, though it’s difficult to look at the cold, hard facts and remain sympathetic to the players. In particular, former NHLPA head Bob Goodenow comes out smelling less like a rose than its fertilizer. On the other hand, league commissioner Gary Bettman was interviewed for the book, the final chapter of which is titled, ”The Knock Against Gary.” Preconceived notions aside, you’ll at least come away with a better understanding of, and respect for, the “Most Hated Man in Hockey.”
Frankly, coming up with any serious criticism of this book was a struggle. My biggest complaint falls into the “nit-picking” category: Though the author touches on the subject at a couple of points in the book, I would’ve liked to read in more detail about the tension between the league’s pro-expansionists and Canadians who fear their national sport is being taken over by outside (American) interests. Alas, that’s probably a book unto itself.
Long-time readers of this blog know I don’t normally do book reviews. I felt compelled to make an exception because, well, it’s an excellent read. At first glance, you might think a book focused on the business side of the NHL would be dry, even boring, compared to the league’s legendary on-ice past. You would be wrong. If you have any interest whatsoever in the off-ice history of the NHL and you only read one book this year, make it The NHL: A Centennial History by D’Arcy Jenish.
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We are beginning G60 calls.
The NHL As A Whole
1. East versus West. The East continues to increase its Winning Percentage (W%) against Western Conference teams:
Eastern Conference versus the West are 150 – 137 – 41 / 52%, a W% increase of +1.2% from our last blog. At 111 games played cross-Conference, the East was only sporting a 42.3% so have come up almost 10% since the first week in November.
Atlantic Division versus the West are 79 – 69 – 20 / 53%, a W% increase of +1.9% from our last blog.
Metro Division versus the West are 71 – 68 – 21 / 50.9%, a W% increase of +.5% from our last blog.
2. OT/SO numbers. The total number of games going to extra frames is 223 of 880 played, or 25.34% as of 8 February. At the end of the 2010/11 season, the total percentage was 24.15% for reference. Of those games progressing past regulation time, 42.6% are being decided in OT this season versus 50.2%, again, at the end of the 2010/11 season.
3. PP and PK leaders. The PP leader in the NHL remains Pittsburgh with a 25.4% efficiency rate. Florida is still the bottom dweller with the man advantage, performing at only a 9% clip. New Jersey displaces Pittsburgh as the leading PK team for this blog with an efficiency rating of 87.4%, while Florida holds down the bottom position here, too, at 77.2%.
4. Corsi For % (CF%) leaders. Here are the current numbers through 8 February for this advanced stats category.
Top CF% in All Situations (we are looking for a 50% or better, here) – LAK @ 55.4%.
All CF% at or better than 50% in All Situations – LAK, CHI (54%+), SJS, BOS (52%+), NYR, NJD, STL, CAR (51%+), DAL, FLA, DET, VAN, PHX, OTT, PHI, WPG and NYI.
Worst CF% in All Situations – TOR @ 43.9%.
Top CF% when on the PP 5–on–4 (the best teams are at a 90% or better) – CBJ @ 92%.
All CF% at or better than 90% when on the PP 5–on–4 – CBJ, NYI (91%+), VAN, DET, COL (90%+), LAK, PHX, BOS, and STL.
Worst CF% when on the PP 5–on–4 – DAL @ 85.6%.
Top CF% when on the PK (the best teams are at a 12% or better) – PHI / WPG @ 15.7%.
All CF% at or better than 12% when on the PK – PHI, WPG, CAR (14%+), OTT, BOS, MTL, NYI, SJS (13%+), CGY (12%+), DAL and CBJ.
Worst CF% when on the PK – PIT @ 5.7%.
5. Fenwick For % (FF%) leaders. Here are the current numbers through 8 February for this advanced stats category.
Top FF% in All Situations (as with CF%, we are looking for a 50% or better ranking, here) – SJS @ 55.8%.
All FF% at or better than 50% in All Situations – SJS (55%+), CHI (54%+), LAK, STL (52%+), BOS, NYR, NJD (51%+), VAN, DAL, PIT, DET, ANA (50%+), WPG, CAR, FLA, TBL and PHI.
Worst FF% in All Situations – TOR @ 42.8%.
Top FF% when on the PP 5–on–4 (the best teams are at a 89% or better) – CBJ @ 91.6%.
All FF% at or better than 89% when on the PP 5–on–4 – CBJ (91%+), VAN (90%+), DET, NYR, COL, ANA (89%+), NSH, SJS, PIT, and MIN.
Worst FF% when on the PP 5–on–4 – NJD @ 83%.
Top FF% when on the PK (the best teams are at a 13% or better) – PHI @ 18.3%.
All FF% at or better than 13% when on the PK – PHI (18%+), BOS (16%+), MTL, WPG, NYI, SJS (15%+), ANA (14%+), CGY, OTT, CAR (13%+), DAL and CBJ.
Worst FF% when on the PK – TOR @ 6.1%.
6. PDO leaders. Here are the current numbers through 8 February for this advanced stats category.
Top PDO in All Situations (we are looking for a 100% or better with a CF% and FF% of 50% or more, here) – BOS @ 102.4%.
All PDO at or better than 100% with CF% and FF% at least a 50% in All Situations – BOS (102%+), STL, CHI (100%+), and PHI.
Worst PDO in All Situations – FLA @ 97.5%.
Top PDO when on the PP 5–on–4 (here, the best teams are at a 104% or better with a CF% and FF% at or above 88%) – NSH @ 114.5%.
All PDO at or better than 104% with CF% and FF% at or better than 88% when on the PP 5–on–4 – NSH (114%+), COL (110%+), PIT (107%+), SJS and MTL (105%+).
Worst PDO when on the PP 5–on–4 – WPG @ 92.8%.
Top PDO when on the PK (the best teams are at 100% or better with CF% and FF% at or above 10%) – PHI / WPG @ 15.7%.
All PDO at or better than 100%, with CF% and FF% at or above 10%, when on the PK – CAR (108%+), CGY (104%+), CBJ (100%+) and ANA.
Worst PDO when on the PK – PHI @ 91.1%.
And now for our current analysis of the NHL…
The Eastern Conference
Our chart below indicates how the Eastern Conference projects against the PQC through Saturday, 8 February’s games:
Notes reference G60 maximum calls:
1. At G60, four Eastern Conference teams have a chance at a CS call. This is the same four who already met this mark and remain so unless conditions to make a Shot Off The Post (SotP) call are reached.
2. No teams can earn a Sharpening Skates (SS) call as we look toward G60.
3. Five teams cannot be better than In The Curve (ITC) by G60. One call is already made below, and the other four have already been determined and will be listed once they hit their G60 mark.
4. No teams are a possible Dusting Off Clubs (DoC) at G60.
5. And the same, named, seven Eastern teams remain at a Tee Time (T2) heading toward G60.
6. ‘If The Playoffs Started Today’ shows the Top 8 teams and who their opponents project to be. Since or last post of this information, 5th through 8th seeds have adjusted:
This movement based solely on a loss or two in most cases shows how tight the Eastern Conference race is.
7. PQC breakdown (with new calls in bold text):
19 October 2013, First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Sabres have been called at T2, or the first team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
14 November 2013, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY – The New York Islanders have been called at T2, or the third team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
15 November 2013, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN – The Florida Panthers have been called at T2, or the fourth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
16 November 2013, Jobing.com Arena, Phoenix, AZ – The Tampa Bay Lightning have been called CS, the fourth team in the NHL and first in the Eastern Conference called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
17 November 2013, Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, ON – The Columbus Blue Jackets have been called at T2, or the sixth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
5 December 2013, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA – The Pittsburgh Penguins have been called CS, or the seventh team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
5 December 2013, Centre Bell, Montreal, QC – The Montreal Canadiens have been called CS, or the eighth team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
6 December 2013, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils have been called at T2, or the seventh team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
7 December 2013, Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, QC – The Ottawa Senators have been called at T2, or the ninth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
8 December 2013, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – The Boston Bruins have been called CS, or the tenth team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
31 December 2013, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes have been called at T2, or the twelfth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
8 February 2014, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – The Toronto Maple Leafs have been called at ITC, or about average for 2013-14 NHL play.
8. The G60 Projection Schedule is (with Atlantic Division teams in bold font; teams in parentheses have already secured either a CS or T2 call):
SAT., 8 FEB – (NYI), TOR
WED., 26 FEB – (MTL)
THUR., 27 FEB – DET, (NJD),NYR, (OTT), PHI, WSH
FRI., 28 FEB – (BUF)
SAT., 1 MAR – (CAR, CBJ, FLA), (PIT, TBL)
SUN., 2 MAR – (BOS) (the last G60 PQC call)
The Western Conference
Our Western Conference chart below indicates their PQC projections through Saturday, 8 February’s games:
1. At G60, six Western Conference teams have a chance at a CS call. Those six calls were already made and remain unchanged unless we reach conditions to make a Shot Off The Post (SotP) call.
2. No teams can earn a Sharpening Skates (SS) call as we look toward G60.
3. Three (down from four) teams are an In The Curve (ITC) by G60. One call has already been determined and will be posted once that club reaches their G60 mark.
4. One (up from NO) team projects as a DoC call for G60 below.
5. And four Western teams currently remain at a Tee Time (T2) heading toward G60.
6. There were two adjustments to the ‘If The Playoffs Started Today’ Top 8 teams in the Western Conference since our last blog posting:
7. PQC breakdown (again, with new calls in BOLD FONT):
24 October 2013, TD Garden, Boston, MA – The San Jose Sharks have been called CS, or the first team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
25 October 2013, Pepsi Center, Denver, CO – The Colorado Avalanche have been called CS, or the second team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
13 November 2013, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – The Edmonton Oilers have been called at T2, or the second team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
16 November 2013, Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN – The Chicago Blackhawks have been called CS, or the third team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
16 November 2013, Scotiabank Saddledome, Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames have been called at T2, or the fifth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
19 November 2013, First Niagara Center, Buffalo, NY – The St. Louis Blues have been called CS, or the fifth team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
3 December 2013, Honda Center, Anaheim, CA – The Anaheim Ducks have been called CS, or the sixth team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
7 December 2013, Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, QC – The Nashville Predators have been called at T2, or the eighth team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
7 December 2013, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles Kings have been called CS, or the ninth team called IN the 2014 Playoffs.
27 December 2013, MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB – The Winnipeg Jets have been called at T2, or the eleventh team called OUT of the 2014 Playoffs.
8 February 2014, Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – The Vancouver Canucks have been called at DoC, or almost eliminated from the 2014 NHL Playoffs.
8. The G60 Projection Schedule is (Central Division teams are in bold text; teams in parentheses have already secured either a CS or T2 call):
FRI., 7 FEB – (CHI), (EDM) (the first G60 PQC calls)
SAT., 8 FEB – (ANA), (WPG), VAN
WED., 26 FEB – (LAK)
THUR., 27 FEB –MIN, (NSH), (SJS)
FRI., 28 FEB – (COL), PHX
SAT., 1 MAR – (CGY), DAL
SUN., 2 MAR – (STL) (the last G60 PQC call)
So as a bottom line, the rest of our G60 PQC calls in the Eastern Conference occur on 27 FEB, and out West, between 27 FEB and 1 MAR.
Our next blog will be posted on Friday, 28 February for games played coming out of the Olympic break on 27 February…