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SportsRantz All-Star Snubs Roster




The NHL released its full 2012 All-Star Game roster today. As always, there are names that are missing that maybe shouldn’t be and this is the article to recognize the “All-Star Snubs Roster List”.The All-Star game captains have yet to be announced, but they will divide the players into two teams fantasy draft style on January 26.

So we at SportsRantz will tell you our Snubs Roster list and well, there is no other way to prolong releasing our list so let’s just get to the list!



Nicklas Lidstrom (Detroit) and Teemu Selanne (Anaheim) – They’d be there. Except they’re each 41 years old and they’d rather use the break to rest up and both players opted out. Hence why Perry made the All-Star game because the league took Selanne’s advice and gave his bid to the young star.


Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg is one player who deserves to be on the All-Star roster, but won’t make the game unless injuries or other circumstances open up a spot for him. Kris Versteeg has 39 points this season on 17 goals and 22 assists, and is on pace to score 78 points this year, which would shatter his previous career high of 53 and Versteeg has been amazing for the Panthers and is a primary reason the team is playing so well right now.If hockey wants to succeed in Florida, it needs to recognize the players on those teams doing well. The omission of Versteeg was a terrible move by the league.


The young Edmonton Oilers winger, Jordan Eberle, is the only player in the top 10 in scoring not to make the All-Star game roster. I understand Jordan Eberle is young and will get his chances to make the All-Star game, but he is very deserving given the fact he has been a consistent offensive threat on one of the youngest and most inexperienced teams in the NHL. Eberle leads the Oilers in scoring and is a much more deserving player for the game than Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars, who made the roster. Despite being injured, Eberle should have been recognized with a selection then replaced because of his injury.


The Vancouver Canucks defenseman, Kevin Bieksa has played very well in his own zone this season and has even been a threat offensively as well. Bieksa ranked seventh in the NHL among defensemen with 25 points on four goals and 21 assists. His leadership and tremendous defensive play has helped the Canucks rise back to the top of the Western Conference standings after the team’s poor start to the season. He is an underrated player that still does not get the credit he deserves as a top-tier NHL defenseman.


The Boston Bruins center, Patrice Bergeron is the most deserving All-Star game candidate from the defending Stanley Cup champions, even more than young star Tyler Seguin, who made the roster. Bergeron is the leading Frank J. Selke Trophy candidate for his tremendous defensive play this season, and his play making and passing abilities have been so important to the Bruins’ success this season.Bergeron is second on the Bruins in points, and ranks among the best faceoff men in the NHL.


The Philadelphia Flyers Forward, Scotty Hartnell got a huge snub from the All-Star roster. Coach Peter Laviolette said it would be “criminal” if Hartnell didn’t make it. Alas, Philly already has four players going to the game – Claude Giroux and Kimmo Timonen as veterans, Sean Couturier and Matt Read as rookies. Hartnell isn’t the flashiest guy on the ice and some believe he’s only putting up big numbers because he’s playing with good line-mates. Makes it easier to cross him off the list. However, Hartnell was deserving of an All-Star nod, as he is on pace for a career-high 36 goals and 74 points. He has played a big role in the success of the Flyers’ top line with Giroux and Jaromir Jagr.


Washington Capitals Forward, Nicklas Backstrom is like the rest of the list as being a top player for his team and easily snubbed for other players. While most players in the Capitals lineup have had their fair share of ups and downs – including Alex Ovechkin, who was named an All-Star. Backstrom has 42 points in 38 games this season and has been incredibly consistent despite the team’s underachievement. Injury aside, Backstrom deserves to be in the All-Star Game and more deserving than that of Alex Ovechkin.


LA Kings Center Anze Kopitar, who has made two All-Star appearances in his young career, falls under the same hat as Backstrom. The Kings have obviously disappointed for most of this season, but that hasn’t stopped Kopitar from having a fine first half. He has 37 points on a team that has struggled (mightily) to score goals and has only four players with 20-plus points. Kopitar deserves to be a part of the All-Star game.


Pittsburgh Penguins Forward, James Neal was indeed snubbed and only 1 Penguin made the All-Star list. Only five players have more goals than Neal (21), with all five making the All-Star team. Of course, Neal is also playing with a broken foot and chances are he won’t mind a few days without putting his skates on; but that isn’t the issue here. A top player like Neal should have at least been given the roster spot as he is definitely a Star in the NHL.


Phoenix Coyotes Goaltender, Mike Smith not getting an All-Star nod is shocking just by looking at his numbers! One of the biggest snubs has to go to Mike Smith. And he has the best numbers (.924 SV%) of any goalie (min. 20 games) that didn’t make the cut. Also has better numbers than Carey Price, who did make the All-Star game.


Other snub candidates include Tomas Vanek (Buffalo), Patrik Elias (New Jersey), Patrick Sharp (Chicago), Jason Garrison (Florida), Zach Parise (New Jersey) , Loui Eriksson ( Dallas Stars),

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Calgary Flames

Flames Fire Bill Peters Following Racist Epithet Scandal



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The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Bill Peters four days after a former player came forward and claimed that the Peters directed racial epithets toward him while they were in the minors 10 years ago, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

Akim Aliu, who played for Peters in 2009-2010 for the Chicago Blackhawks’ AHL affiliate Rockford Ice Hogs, tweeted on Monday night that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times towards me in the dressing room in my rookie year because he didn’t like my choice of music.”

Peters, who was hired by the Flames this past offseason, penned a letter of apology for the incident to general manager Brad Treliving, saying that the comments were made “moment of frustration.”

“Although it was an isolated and immediately regrettable incident, I take responsibility for what I said,” Peters, 53, wrote.

Aliu says that he found Peters’ letter of apology to the Flames “misleading, insincere and concerning”, adding that he won’t comment further on the matter until he met with the NHL as part of their investigation into the incident.

“This investigation we’re doing, I know everyone wants this done immediately and the world we live in is immediate,” Treliving said. “I hope you can appreciate we’re trying to do everything we possibly can to make sure we get it right and get all the information that needs to be gotten.’

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour, who was an assistant on Peters’s staff when the incident happened, said earlier this week that the incident “for sure happened.”

“Management handled it directly and never heard of it again and never saw anything else after that,” Brind’Amour said. “So it was definitely dealt with, in my opinion, correctly … We’ve definitely moved past that.”

A report from TSN’s Frank Seravalli, that dropped on Tuesday, included Aliu’s Rockford teammates — Simon Pepin and Peter MacArthur, who both corroborated Aliu’s account.

Aliu says that he was in charge of the music in the locker room for the morning skate and when Peters walked in he said:”I’m sick of hearing this n—–s f—ing other n—–s in the a– stuff.”

“He then walked out like nothing ever happened,” Aliu told TSN. “You could hear a pin drop in the room, everything went dead silent. I just sat down in my stall, didn’t say a word.”

“This isn’t me being bitter. I sat on this a really, really long time. It broke my heart, I think it made my career go downhill before it started,” Aliu said. “This isn’t to the degree of Kaepernick by any means, but if you play the race card, it’s most likely the end of your career.”

“What am I going to say? I was 20 years old and a first-year pro. I was too scared to speak up,” Aliu said. “I beat myself up every day over it.”



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Finding Clues in Hockey Stats – How to Successfully Bet on the NHL



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The advancement of hockey is pretty impressive. Players used to come from Minnesota and Detroit. Now, it’s a completely different story. Hockey players are recruited from all over and they’re respected for their game and wisdom. Those who are willing to put some effort into handicapping the NHL are rewarded big time. Indeed, NHL betting will never reach the same level as other important sports, like basketball, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worth wagering on the games. Advanced stats can make you more successful when betting on hockey. Keep on reading to discover the most valuable stats for bettors. 


This advanced stat is used to measure the overall number of shots while playing at even strength. Approximately 75% of shots taken throughout an NHL season are at even strength, so it doesn’t come as a surprise. Fenwick is the same as Corsi, the only difference being that it doesn’t take into consideration blocked shots. Why? Simply because blocking shots is a skill, not a string of random events. As a rule, a hockey team’s CF% and FF% are close. If you’re curious to know what’s with the weird name, find out that Fenwick is named after Matt Fenwick, a blogger for the Calgary Flames. Mr. Fenwick can be found on Twitter. 

Expected goals 

According to the experts at ATS, expected goals is a relatively new metric in data analysis. This advanced metric allows you to get a better understanding of the goal scoring opportunities that are created. A team that is trailing, say, 3-0 will obviously up its game and score more goals. Expected goals is particularly helpful when it comes to predicting future scoring because it focuses on shot attempts. You can use 2 metrics, namely Corsi and xG, to evaluate teams and players. Fenwick and Corsi consider shot attempts, they don’t consider the quality of the shots. xG takes into account shot location and uses league-wide averages. 


PDO is a shooting percentage, combined with a save percentage. You can use it with Corsi or Fenwick to handicap team strength. To get the number you need, add the team’s 5v5 SH% and 5v5 SV%, and then multiply the result by 10. You can use the advanced stat for individual players, but keep in mind that the whole is more than the sum of its parts. It’s not uncommon to see PDO regression drive results in the NHL. Most teams regress to the mean. 


Corsi refers to the value of the entire team and it counts for the total number of shots at the net and against at even strength. It’s an indirect measure for offensive zone position. If the team directs the puck towards the net, it’s a Corsi For. If the other team does that, it’s a Corsi Against. It’s important not to overestimate the value of Corsi. You’ll have a shortsighted view of the game or worse, underestimate the factors that lead to wins and losses. Numerous things in a hockey game are worth your attention, so it’s difficult to know on which one to focus on first. Anyway, Corsi isn’t a fancy stat. It’s a number that helps you approximate puck possession and, implicitly, forecast future success. 


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Anaheim Ducks

Capitals’ Garnet Hathaway Ejected After Spitting on Ducks’ Erik Gudbranson



Washington Capitals forward Garnet Hathaway was tossed from Wednesday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks for spitting on Ducks’ defenseman Erik Gudbranson during a brawl that took place during the second period.

“That’s about as low as you dig a pit, really,” Gudbranson said (h/t ESPN). “It’s a bad thing to do. It’s something you just don’t do in a game, and he did it.”

When discussing the incident after the game, Hathaway expressed remorse for his actions.

“Unfortunately, spit came out of my mouth after I got sucker-punched, and it went onto him,” Hathaway said. “It has no place. It was an emotional play by me. You don’t plan any of that stuff in your head, and it was a quick reaction and unfortunately the wrong one for me to a sucker punch.”

The brawl was brewing for most of the chippy game, and things boiled over with 33.4 seconds left in the second period when Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic leveled Ducks’ Derek Grant behind the net, which set off a series of fights between the team’s fourth lines, and eventually involved all 10 players on the ice.

“It just escalated,” Ducks’ defenseman Brendan Guhle said. “It for sure was in the works. There were scrums all night. Guys were going after each other. That’s how it goes sometimes.”

“These games can get physical, and they can get nasty,” Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said. “These guys’ll throw down, drop their gloves. That stuff goes on in the game, but what I saw there I haven’t seen; I think I’ve been in pro hockey 30 years, maybe, and I’ve never seen that before. It’s just something you don’t see in the game.”

The loss of Hathaway to suspension will be a devastating blow to the Caps’ roster moving forward.

“It seems like it’s been a constant equation for us the last little while here,” Capitals’ head coach Todd Reirden said. “[We’ll] see where we’re at in terms of injured players and [the] potential situation here with whatever the league does. It’s out of my hands now.”


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