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Want to go to Finland?; Playoff tidbits

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news Updated: April 13, 2010 - 9:47 AM

If you're interested in taking a trip to Helsinki, Finland, in October to watch the Wild kick off the 2010-11 season against the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL Premiere '10, here is a package put together by the Wild.

I'll update the blog later if there's any Wild news from today's cleanup day.

Here's a couple playoff tidbits produced by the NHL

WELCOME BACK
Six of the 16 playoff teams will return after at least a year's absence from post-season play. The
six newcomers are one more than the five new teams in each of the previous four seasons.
The Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes return after the longest absence -- both last
appeared in the playoffs in 2002. The Buffalo Sabres return for the first time since 2007, while the
Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche return after a one-year
absence.
 

TRADES MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR COYOTES
The Phoenix Coyotes already were enjoying a breakout season heading into trade deadline day on
Mar. 3, on pace for franchise-record win and points totals with a 37-22-5 record. But four key
acquisitions by the 3 p.m., ET deadline that day have propelled them to even greater heights;
they've gone 13-3-2 since.
(1) Acquired D Derek Morris from Boston for a conditional draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.
Morris stats since trade: 1-3--4, +4, 19:39 TOI in 18 GP
(2) Acquired LW Wojtek Wolski from Colorado for RW Peter Mueller and C Kevin Porter.
Wolski stats since trade: 6-12--18, +6, 18:01 TOI in 18 GP
(3) Acquired D Mathieu Schneider from Vancouver for D Sean Zimmerman and a conditional pick
in the 2010 Entry Draft.
Schneider stats since trade: 0-4--4, +5, 20:49 TOI in 8 GP
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(4) Acquired RW Lee Stempniak from Toronto for D Matt Jones and 4th- and 7th-round picks in
the 2010 Entry Draft.
Stempniak stats since trade: 14-4--18, +10, 15:21 TOI in 18 GP
Other deadline day acquisitions who have been major contributors to date include Avalanche
center Peter Mueller (from Phoenix, 9-11--20 in 15 games); Penguins defenseman Jordan
Leopold (from Florida, 20:26 average ice time per game, +5) and Bruins defenseman Dennis
Seidenberg (from Florida, 22:57 ice time per game, +9). The Washington Capitals have the NHL's
second-best record since the trade deadline after picking up C Eric Belanger from Minnesota plus
D Joe Corvo and RW Scott Walker from Carolina.
 

PLAYOFF GOALTENDING INTRIGUE?
Adding plenty of intrigue to the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs is the absence of veteran playoff
experience in goal.
Just two of the 16 projected playoff starters have captured a Stanley Cup, New Jersey's Martin
Brodeur and Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury. Just one more, San Jose's Evgeni Nabokov, has
accumulated 30 career playoff wins.
Goaltenders on playoff clubs with no NHL postseason experience include Boston's Tuukka Rask,
Chicago's Antti Niemi, Colorado's Craig Anderson, Detroit's Jimmy Howard, Los Angeles'
Jonathan Quick, Nashville's Pekka Rinne, Ottawa's Brian Elliott and Pascal Leclaire and
Philadelphia’s Michael Leighton.
PLAYOFF STATISTICS, ACTIVE GOALTENDERS (playoff clubs only)
- minimum one playoff game played
Team GP W L Mins GA SO GAA SOG SV%
Boucher, Brian PHI 22 11 8 1,309 45 1 2.06 534 91.6
Brodeur, Martin NJ 176 98 78 10,947 361 23 1.98 4,503 92.0
Bryzgalov, Ilya PHX 16 9 5 926 26 3 1.68 413 93.7
Budaj, Peter COL 3 0 0 108 6 0 3.33 65 90.8
Ellis, Dan NSH 6 2 4 357 15 0 2.52 240 93.8
Emery, Ray PHI 30 18 12 1,853 76 3 2.46 794 90.4
Fleury, Marc-Andre PIT 49 31 18 2,985 122 3 2.45 1,446 91.6
Halak, Jaroslav MTL 3 0 1 97 3 0 1.86 32 90.6
Huet, Cristobal CHI 16 6 10 967 44 0 2.73 532 91.7
Johnson, Brent PIT 12 5 6 652 20 3 1.84 288 93.1
Lalime, Patrick BUF 41 21 20 2,549 75 5 1.77 1,019 92.6
Luongo, Roberto VAN 22 11 11 1,465 51 1 2.09 731 93.0
Miller, Ryan BUF 34 20 14 2,152 86 1 2.40 1,011 91.5
Nabokov, Evgeni SJ 65 32 31 3,929 146 6 2.23 1,711 91.5
Osgood, Chris DET 129 74 49 7,651 267 15 2.09 3,185 91.6
Price, Carey MTL 15 5 10 868 45 2 3.11 427 89.5
Raycroft, Andrew VAN 7 3 4 447 16 1 2.15 210 92.4
Theodore, Jose WSH 49 19 27 2,835 132 1 2.79 1,504 91.2
Thomas, Tim BOS 18 10 8 1,110 40 1 2.16 544 92.6
Varlamov, Semyon WSH 13 7 6 759 32 2 2.53 389 91.8
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RED WINGS' LIDSTROM DOMINATES LIST OF PLAYOFF VETERANS
Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom ranks in the top three for career playoff goals, points and
games among players of playoff-bound clubs.
Most Career Playoff Games
1. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. 235
2. Kris Draper, Det. 202
3. Martin Brodeur, N.J. 176
4. Kirk Maltby, Det. 169
5. Stephane Yelle, Col. 165
6. Adam Foote, Col 164
7. Tomas Holmstrom, Det. 152
8. Mark Recchi, Bos. 151
9. Chris Pronger, Phi. 147
10. Brian Rafalski, Det. 142
 

Most Career Playoff Points
GP G A Pts
1. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. 235 46 119 165
2. Mark Recchi, Bos. 151 50 73 123
3. Patrik Elias, N.J. 133 40 73 113
4. Chris Pronger, Phi. 147 22 80 102
5. Alexei Kovalev, Ott. 116 44 54 98
6. Brian Rafalski, Det. 142 24 62 86
7. Jamie Langenbrunner, N.J. 132 33 52 85
8. Scott Gomez, Mtl. 114 27 54 81
9. Tomas Holmstrom, Det. 152 38 43 81
 

Most Career Playoff Goals
GP G
1. Mark Recchi, Bos. 151 50
2. Nicklas Lidstrom, Det. 235 46
3. Alexei Kovalev, Ott. 116 44
4. Daniel Alfredsson, Ott. 101 43
5. Patrik Elias, N.J. 133 40
6. Henrik Zetterberg, Det. 85 39
7. Tomas Holmstrom, Det. 152 38
8. Patrick Marleau, S.J. 92 37
9. Bill Guerin, Pit. 129 35
 

BENCH BOSS BREAKDOWN
New Jersey Devils' coach Jacques Lemaire enters the 2010 playoffs with the most experience
among active NHL coaches both in terms of games (112) and wins (60). His games coached total
ranks 11th all-time, while his win total ranks 10th.
Colorado Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and Ottawa Senators' coach Cory Clouston will make their
Stanley Cup playoff coaching debuts.
Los Angeles Kings' coach Terry Murray returns to the post-season after the longest absence -
Murray last coached in the playoffs in 1999-2000 with the Florida Panthers.
Pittsburgh Penguins' coach Dan Bylsma enters the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs looking to become
just the second coach in NHL history to win back-to-back Stanley Cups in his first two NHL
seasons. Montreal Canadiens' coach Toe Blake won Cups in each of his first five seasons in the
League (1956-60).
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Playoff Coaching Experience Yrs GC W – L SC
Jacques Lemaire, New Jersey 9 112 60 – 52 1
Joel Quenneville, Chicago 10 104 51 – 53 0
Mike Babcock, Detroit 5 90 58 – 32 1
Terry Murray, Los Angeles 8 89 46 – 43 0
Lindy Ruff, Buffalo 6 88 52 – 36 0
Jacques Martin, Montreal 10 85 38 – 47 0
Dave Tippett, Phoenix 5 47 21 – 26 0
Peter Laviolette, Philadelphia 3 37 20 – 17 1
Alain Vigneault, Vancouver 3 32 15 – 17 0
Claude Julien, Boston 3 29 14 – 15 0
Dan Bylsma, Pittsburgh 1 24 16 – 8 1
Barry Trotz, Nashville 4 22 6 – 16 0
Bruce Boudreau, Washington 2 21 10 – 11 0
Todd McLellan, San Jose 1 6 2 – 4 0
Cory Clouston, Ottawa Making his playoff debut
Joe Sacco, Colorado Making his playoff debut
 

UPSETS IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS
According to results of opening-round series since the current format was adopted in 1994, a #4
seed is almost as likely to win its series as a #1 seed.
#1 seed vs. #8 seed
The #1 seeds are 22-8 in first-round series since 1994 (.733).

#4 seed vs. #5 seed
The #4 seeds are 21-9 in first-round series since 1994 (.700).

#3 seed vs. #6 seed
The #3 seeds are 19-11 in first-round series since 1994 (.633).

#2 seed vs. #7 seed
The #2 seeds are 16-14 in first-round series since 1994 (.533).

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