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Three quick questions

Thursday, 02.25.2010 / 3:51 PM / Fan Zone
By Anthony Oliva
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Team Canada has had a bit of line shuffling at the 2010 Olympics.  There's so much chatter surrounding who should flank Sidney Crosby that I'm surprised TSN hasn't launched a daily, hour-long talk show hosted by Alex Trebek and Howie Mandel yet. While it appears that situation is sorting itself out, the one consistent trio for Canadians has been the Dany Heatley, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau combination: The Shark Line.

For Team USA, Zach Parise, Jamie Langenbrunner and Paul Stastny, have been "dominant," according to CTV analyst Ray Ferraro.  Although, Stastny has never been a Devil, his father, Peter, wore #26 for the red and green from 1989-1993, so for all intents and purposes, we'll call this threesome The Devil Line.

Shark Line (CAN) Devil Line (USA)
Goals
6 3
Assists 7 5
Points 13 8
PIM 4 0
+/- -1 8
GWG 0 2
PPG 2 2
SOG 43 29

On an unrelated note, I never quite understood why fantasy hockey gives points to the team with the most penalty minutes.  When does going shorthanded help out a hockey team in real life?

Tomorrow we see how the medal round shakes down.  I'm predicting with my heart, because the entire hockey-loving planet outside of Finland and Slovakia wants Canada vs USA II.  That rematch would be bigger than Freddy vs Jason and Batman vs Superman diced together inside a Cuisinart.  Despite that, as master of the obvious, I say Finland and Slovakia can't be overlooked.  They are in this position for a reason, as Sweden painfully found out last night.  May the best teams win!

Questions?  Comments?  olympics@newjerseydevils.com

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 PIT 30 20 6 4 98 71 44
2 TBL 33 20 10 3 110 87 43
3 NYI 31 21 10 0 99 89 42
4 MTL 32 20 10 2 87 80 42
5 DET 32 17 7 8 92 80 42
6 TOR 31 19 9 3 109 87 41
7 BOS 32 16 13 3 81 83 35
8 NYR 29 15 10 4 89 79 34
9 FLA 29 13 8 8 66 75 34
10 WSH 30 14 10 6 86 81 34
11 OTT 31 13 12 6 82 86 32
12 CBJ 30 13 15 2 72 95 28
13 BUF 32 13 17 2 62 100 28
14 NJD 33 11 16 6 74 96 28
15 PHI 30 11 14 5 80 90 27
16 CAR 30 8 19 3 62 87 19

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 32 5 15 -9 20
A. Henrique 26 8 10 2 18
M. Zidlicky 33 4 13 -5 17
M. Cammalleri 23 11 4 0 15
M. Ryder 32 4 10 -1 14
D. Severson 32 4 8 -4 12
P. Elias 27 3 9 -13 12
E. Gelinas 26 4 6 3 10
T. Zajac 25 4 4 -4 8
S. Bernier 22 2 6 3 8
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
K. Kinkaid 0 1 2 .942 1.71
C. Schneider 11 15 3 .916 2.55