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A good night for goaltending, Craig Anderson, Kari Lehtonen and a couple goals for Kyle Turris; lineup news, Fantasy tips and more in Scott Cullen’s Statistically Speaking. HEROES Craig Anderson – Ottawa’s goaltender turned in a 34-save shutout in 2-0 win over New Jersey, giving him a .929 save percentage for the season, second-best among goaltenders with at least 15 appearances this year. Kyle Turris – Leading the way offensively for the Senators, Turris scored both goals (one into an empty net) in Ottawa’s 2-0 win. While it seems as though this season has been tough for Turris, his production is pretty close to last season. TURRIS PAST TWO SEASONS YEAR GOALS/GP PTS/GP SHOTS/GP CORSI% REL. CORSI% 2013-14 0.32 0.71 2.62 52.4% +0.5% 2014-15 0.19 0.68 2.52 48.3% +0.4% He’s not finishing at the same rate, converting a career-low 7.7% of his shots, even after Wednesday’s two-goal game, but that could be an indication that the percentages are due to come back towards career norms. Kari Lehtonen – Dallas’ goaltender, who has endured a rough start to the season – with his .906 save percentage matching his rookie season in 2005-2006 for the lowest of his career – recorded a 27-save shutout in a 2-0 win at Vancouver. ZEROES Eric Condra – Normally a strong puck possession performer on Ottawa’s fourth line, Condra was stuck in the defensive zone (3 shot attempts for, 15 against, 16.7%) for much of the game against New Jersey. Bottom five forwards for Canucks – In a closely-contested game, that was 1-0 until an empty-net goal with 26 seconds left, Vancouver had five forwards (Shawn Matthias, Derek Dorsett, Bo Horvat, Brad Richardson, Jannik Hansen) that played more than 11 minutes at even-strength yet all finished below 29% Corsi. LINEUP NEED TO KNOW David Krejci – Boston’s playmaking pivot returned to the lineup for the first time in nearly a month, but had a tough night in possession terms (10 shot attempts for, 23 against, 30.3%). Damon Severson – The Devils’ star rookie blueliner has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his ankle and is expected to miss the next four-to-six weeks. Patrik Elias – The veteran winger returned to New Jersey’s lineup after 11 days out with a groin injury. He played more than 20 minutes and generated a season-high five shots on goal in the 2-0 loss to Ottawa. Curtis Lazar – Ottawa’s rookie winger played a season-low 8:30 at New Jersey, then it was announced that he would be joining Team Canada for the World Junior Hockey Championship. SHORT SHIFTS Bostons Swedes, Loui Eriksson and Carl Soderberg, each had a goal and an assist in the 3-2 win at Minnesota, with Eriksson netting the winner in overtime...Bruins G Niklas Svedberg stopped 35 of 37 shots to earn the win at Minnesota…Canucks G Eddie Lack stopped 27 of 28 in 2-0 loss to Dallas…With Severson out, Devils D Eric Gelinas had 10 shot attempts (6 SOG) while playing a career-high 26:38 against Ottawa…Wild C Mikko Koivu (21 shot attempts for, 5 against, 80.8%) and LW Jason Zucker (23 attempts for, 6 against, 79.3%) had dominant possession games against Boston…It’s been a brutal year for Stars RW Ales Hemsky, but he had an outstanding possession game (14 shot attempts for, 1 against, 93.3%) at Vancouver. FANTASY FOCUS There are seven games on the NHL schedule tonight. Consider getting some of these players into your lineup: Jiri Sekac – The Habs rookie has had some ups and downs early ni his career, but does have four points (2 G, 2 A) in the past four games and is getting more ice time – over 15 minutes in nine of the past 12 games, after crossing that threshold twice in his first 13 games. Scott Laughton – It’s a little soon to get too excited about Laughton, but he is playing a bigger role for the Flyers, skating in a season-high 17:35 last game, skating with Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds on Philadelphia’s second line. Boone Jenner – Getting big minutes in Columbus (20:24 per game in December), the second-year forward is riding hot streak, with six points (5 G, 1 A) in the past seven games. Teddy Purcell – A road game for the Oilers, in San Jose, is hardly ideal, but Purcell is playing lots (17:14 per game in December) and, similar to players I noted on Tuesday, his on-ice shooting percentage (4.5%) is way low, suggesting that – like several Oilers – he’s due for better percentages to start coming his way. Much of the data included comes from www.war-on-ice.com, www.puckalytics.com, www.hockeystats.ca and www.naturalstattrick.com Scott Cullen can be reached at scott.cullen@bellmedia.ca Adrian Dantley Jersey . He will play 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez in Sundays final, after the Spanish left-hander defeated Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7), 6-4. Rodney Hood Jersey . And follow TSN.ca right through Wednesdays 3pm et trade deadline for all the updates. Blue line help for Red Wings? In addition to what he reported in Insider Trading, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote on ESPN. http://www.officialjazzproauthentic.com ... zz-Jersey/. Those cheers seemed more special this time because the captains run on Broadway could soon be over. The adoration surely sounded much nicer to Callahan than all the recent trade talk. Jonas Jerebko Jersey .Airport spokeswoman Heather Lissner said that all departing flights were back on schedule. However, arriving flights were still trying to catch up.Super Bowl Sunday got off to an inconvenient start for hundreds of passengers trying to get to Phoenix for the game. Joe Johnson Jersey .com) - Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall left Saturdays game against the Senators in the second period with a left knee injury.INDIANAPOLIS - Coming off a pair of disappointing losses, the most recent ending in controversy, the Raptors look to put an end to their first skid of the season Friday while handing the Pacers their first loss. Catch all the action live on TSN2 starting at 7:00pm et. Torontos most recent loss, a 92-90 defeat to the Bobcats Wednesday, came down to a divisive final possession in which Dwane Casey and the Raptors chose not to foul the home team, down two with less than 27 seconds remaining and a 1.9 clock differential. They had a second opportunity to commit the foul on a reset with five seconds left, after the Bobcats retained possession on an out of bounds play and called a timeout. Thats where Casey acknowledges his team made a mistake. "Ill take responsibly for miscalculating on that out of bounds play, not the 27 seconds because you still have a differential going back," Casey said Friday after his teams shoot around prior to a meeting with the undefeated Pacers. Casey felt and still believes it was best to play out the possession once Charlotte rebounded a DeMar DeRozan miss with 27 on the clock. Instead of extending the game Casey said he was confident in his teams ability to get one final stop having shut the Bobcats down on the previous possessions. The foul, as he revisited the scenario, should have been given when Charlotte caught the ball off the inbound pass. "We talked about it as a staff," Casey continued. "We gambled and we missed. I stand by not fouling once they got possession in that situation." As Casey pointed out Wednesday, the Raptors would not have been in that position if not for a slow start in that game and hope to bounce back right out of the gate against much stiffer competition Friday evening. Although they played the Pacers (5-0) competitively last year, having had some recent success in Indiana, the Raptors (2-3) face another tough test on the road against the NBAs last remaining undefeated team. Indiana is off to its best start since beginning the 1971-72 season 5-0, en route to an ABA championship, and can match a franchise record - set the year prior - by opening the season with six straight wins. The teams split their four-game series last season, each winning a couple on the road with three meetings - including both in Indiana - decided by two points. The Raptors overcame a five-point fourth quarter in Indiana Nov. 13 of last year to win 74-72 and came away with a 100-98 overtime victory on Feb. 8 after Rudy Gay hit a game-winner in the final seconds. "We match up with them pretty well," Casey said of the Pacers. "I love the way they play. Thats the way I want to play. Thats what wins in the NBA and its a great challenge for us. Weve got to come in with that mindset, the way they play, and take it right back at them because if we dont its going to be a long night." Fresh off an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals where they took the Heat to seven games, the Pacers have picked up right where they left off. Although they still havent scored 100 points in a game - ranking 21st in scoring, averaging 95.4 per - they also havent allowed more than 91. Giving up just 84.4 points per game and holding all five of their early-season oppponents below 40 per cent shooting, Indianas defence, once again, is the best in the league.dddddddddddd Trends and Tidbits The Pacers have also had to overcome slow starts, trailing at halftime in four of their five games but that hasnt been a problem for them so far. After falling behind 43-37 at the break on Wednesday, Indiana outscored the Bulls 60-37 in the second half, including a 34-18 advantage in the final quarter to remain unbeaten. Toronto has out-rebounded each of its opponents to begin the season, ranking fifth in the NBA averaging 45.6 boards per game. Through five games they have a plus-45 rebounding differential. Jonas Valanciunas has scored 30 points on 28 shots in 47 first-quarter minutes. He has totaled just 19 points, launching only 16 shots in 72 minutes combined in quarters two through four. Although Torontos bench has been a pleasant surprise, helping the team narrow large deficits both in Charlotte and Atlanta early in the season, that hasnt been reflected in the box score. The Raptors bench has been outscored by the oppositions reserves in each of the first five games, 162-113 overall. Toronto ranks 27th in the league in bench score with its second unit averaging 24.6 points per contest. Toronto is 9-24 all-time against the Pacers in Indiana. Who to Watch For Tyler Hansbrough Hansbrough has had an immediate impact off the Raptors bench after signing with the team as a free agent during the summer. The Raptors super sub was drafted 13th overall by the Pacers in 2009 and spent his first four seasons playing in Indiana, where he averaged 8.9 points and 3.6 rebounds. In five games as a Raptor, Hansbrough has brought his trademark energy and physicality to Toronto, traits his new team are going to need Friday against his old one. "Im trying to get a win tonight so thats the only way Im looking at it," Hansbrough said, downplaying his return to Indiana. "Im not looking to catch up with friends." Paul George Signed to an extension in the summer, coming off a breakout year last season, George continues to take his game to the next level and put himself in the conversation with the leagues best. George has scored at least 21 points in each game this season and is averaging 25.8 per contest, good for fifth in the NBA. A dangerous two-way player, George averaged 18.5 points, 12.0 rebound and 4.3 assists, going 11-for-23 from three-point range in the four meetings with Toronto last season. "Its very difficult," Casey said of Georges rare ability to dominate at both ends of the floor. "Thats why hes one of the top players in the league. Hes playing at a very high level on both ends of floor. Weve got to get ready for him, not only his offence but his defence." Injury Report Raptors forward Steve Novak has been inactive for four of the teams first five games nursing a sore back. His status is unknown ahead of Fridays game. Starting point guard George Hill has missed the Pacers last three games with a sore left hip but participated in shoot around Friday morning and is a game-time decision. Back-ups C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan have combined for 51 points, 25 assists and just five turnovers in Hills three-game absence. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '


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