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February 27, 2007

February 27, 2007

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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SNAPSHOTS FROM AROUND THE NHL

You think Marian Hossa and Dany Heatley check the stats first thing each morning to see how each other did the night before? Instead of sending the Ducks and Kings to play two regular season games in England next season, why doesn’t the NHL send them to a market that it’s trying to boost in North America – say, Nashville? It happened Feb. 14 at the office of The Hockey News: The editorial staff debated, for about the millionth time, why didn’t Marc Crawford choose Wayne Gretzky in the Olympic shootout? Here’s what one NHL pro scout said about the Edmonton Oilers: “They spend the first half of the year telling everybody in the world how good they are and the second half not living up to expectations.” On his…

DEPARTMENTS

Looks bleak for Oilers

WHAT STARTED OUT AS a hammer-and-tong battle between the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks rounded nicely into a four-team race for the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL schedule approached the three-quarter pole. Meanwhile, those Edmontonians looking for another miracle run in the playoffs probably shouldn’t bother staking out a spot on Whyte Avenue this spring. Looking at the schedule down the stretch, it appeared a four-team battle involving Buffalo and the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference and the Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference was shaping up as of mid-February. In the West, just one point separated the Predators and Red Wings with the two teams scheduled to play each other five more times before the end of the season. In the East, the Sabres and surprising…

COVER STORY

TOP 10 PLAYOFF PERFORMERS

Here are the 10 active NHL players with the most playoff points. Forsberg’s points per playoff game (1.17) is the highest – and fifthbest all-time. Overall, Forsberg is 17th in post-season scoring.…

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Carolina’s of Ray hope

THE NAMES ATOP the NHL scoring parade for the Art Ross Trophy all seem to make sense. Sidney Crosby…uh huh. Alexander Ovechkin…right on. Martin St-Louis…been there, done that. Marian Hossa and Dany Heatley…good deal for both teams. Vinny Lecavalier…about time. Joe Thornton…duh, he won it last season. Marc Savard…finished ninth last year. Daniel Briere…top scorer on top team. Ray Whitney…wait a minute…Ray Whitney? Are you kidding? Fact is, the 34-year-old Carolina Hurricanes left winger is having the best season of his 14-year NHL career and quietly has been among the league’s top scorers all season. So while teammates Eric Staal and Rod Brind’Amour get most of the ink and Justin Williams got to play in the NHL All-Star Game (even though Whitney was leading Carolina in scoring at the time), it is Whitney…