Gobble Gobble – US Thanksgiving and Canadian team’s playoff chances

Dean Belanger
November 26 2011 12:16PM

So the theory is that if you have a playoff spot near the end of November, you are likely going to hold onto that spot and be a playoff team. Obviously, nothing is written in stone but the percentages are very good and by we should be able to know the difference between a hot start and a talented team.

According to data from the Toronto Star in 2010: 77.5% of teams that held a playoff spot on Thanksgiving made the playoffs. 84% of teams with 17 or fewer points did not make the playoffs. 89% of teams with 28 or more points made the playoffs. With that in mind, let’s look at the Canadian Team’s chances.

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Winnipeg As "...a Unit of 20"

Nation World HQ
November 26 2011 08:08AM

Claude Noel should be given some credit. After a rocky start, the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets is starting to get a pretty good feel for his hockey team.

Friday night, shortly after Noel's Winnipeg Jets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 in Raieigh to go 1-0-1 on this three-game road swing, Noel told reporters, "We play pretty well when we play as a unit of 20. I like the way we played tonight and I like our group."

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Jason Strudwick
November 24 2011 03:34PM

Last week Archaeology asked a great question about players accepting different roles on a team. This is an interesting topic that GMs, Coaches and players alike wrestle with every year.

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November 24 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
November 24 2011 11:50AM


The quarter pole has arrived in the NHL season, and News and Notes is back to examine the state of affairs around the Nation and the league. In this episode, the Flames head for the bottom, the Oilers bounce back, and hockey's best rejoins the action.

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10 Things We've Learned

Nation World HQ
November 24 2011 09:54AM

Here are the 10 things we learned during Wednesday night's 4-3 Jets overtime loss in Washington:

1. The Jets are now 8-9-4 after the loss to Washington. Caude Noel's team is so close to being good, it's scary. But dumb mistakes, by both the players and the coach, have cost the Jets at least seven points this season. Take the stupidity out of the turnovers, bad pinches, 3-on-2 and 2-on-1 rushes, the mishandling of personnel and bad goals and the Jets might be golden. As it is, they're 13th in the East.

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