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Super 16: Hope is not lost in Philadelphia

Friday, 10.25.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux said something Monday that was sure to generate attention.

"… we will make the playoffs," Giroux said. There was more at the beginning of the quote, about not being far off and taking it game-by-game, but those last five words were what stood out.

Giroux's team has lost seven of eight games to start the season and has scored a total of 11 goals. That equates to the worst start in franchise history and one of the worst starts in the NHL in the past 40 years.

So Giroux was joking, yes? Vincent Lecavalier went home and wrote in his diary, "Claude had a very funny joke today," right?

The Flyers captain was not joking. And as bleak as it appears for Philadelphia, his proclamation isn't quite as crazy as it seems on the surface.


Super 16: Western Conference off to dominant start

Friday, 10.18.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Western Conference has had its way with its brethren from the Eastern Conference in recent seasons, but the move of a perennial power in the Detroit Red Wings (and the young and improving Columbus Blue Jackets) in realignment was expected to shift some of the balance of regular-season power.

It hasn't materialized to this point. Teams from the Western Conference were 31-11-4 in games against Eastern Conference foes through the end of games Wednesday, which equates to a pace of nearly 118 points in a full season.

In the new divisional playoff format, a fifth-place team from one division can usurp a Stanley Cup Playoff berth from the fourth-place finisher in the other. If there could be crossover between the conferences, 10 teams from the West would be in the playoffs if they had started Thursday.


Super 16: Young defensemen playing key roles

Friday, 10.11.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

There have been several NHL drafts in the past decade that featured strong crops of defensemen, and the two most recent classes stack up favorably against the best ever.

The 2012 and 2013 drafts are responsible for what could be one of the best collections of rookie defensemen in recent League history. The surprise is that those two draft classes are responsible for NHL-ready players at the position so soon.

Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.ca wrote this week about the collection of teenage defensemen around the NHL at the start of the 2013-14 season.

From 2005 to 2013, there were 17 defensemen who did not turn 20 years old by Jan. 15 of their first NHL season and played at least 41 games as a rookie. The most in one season was 2009-10, when there were five teenage rookie defensemen who spent the entire season in the NHL.


Super 16: Blackhawks remain on top of NHL rankings

Friday, 10.04.2013 / 3:00 AM / Super 16: NHL Power Rankings

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2012-13 season ended with the four previous NHL champions in the conference finals, and none of those four teams were weakened significantly during the offseason.

While parity has been prevalent since the 2005-06 season, those four clubs provide the standard for others to strive for as the 2013-14 campaign beckons.

Those four teams are featured near the top of the first Super 16 rankings of the season, which are going to look a little different this year. Because this weekly segment no longer is penned by Dave Lozo, there probably will be fewer references to Ross Geller and George Costanza, but hockey fans who also like Jon Snow should not fret.

Here is the first installment of the Super 16, with the caveat that we know about as much as, well, Jon Snow does at this point:

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Quote of the Day

Great players need great players to play with. That's why we'll have a training camp and we'll find who the best two guys are suited to play with Stamkos.

— Tampa Bay Lightning associate coach Rick Bowness on Steven Stamkos' potential linemates for the 2014-15 season