Take the NHL on TSN Quiz!

TSN.ca Staff
11/6/2008 11:44:44 AM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question No. 1: Edmonton Oilers winger Dustin Penner is struggling on the stats sheet with just one goal in his last 11 games. Looking back, should Penner have taken less money and stayed in Anaheim?

Keith Jones: Yes, he should have! He had chemistry in Anaheim with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry and the Ducks were the first team to give him the opportunity to step in and play in a high-scoring role. He's a physical player who was really aided by playing with two other physical guys in Getzlaf and Perry, and don't forget that he won the Stanley Cup there.

Bob McKenzie: No, definitely not. Here is a player who was just emerging and hadn't really proven that he was a big-time NHL player. They offered him a lot of money and you can't leave that much money on the table not knowing if for sure if you're going to get it again. If he keeps playing the way he is in Edmonton, he's not going to get it next time. With the money in the bank, it's a good decision.

John Tortorella: Yes, he needed to stay there. There's too many good players in Anaheim and the opportunity to win another Stanley Cup. The money comes later. If you stick around and win another one, perhaps some more money comes your way.

Question No. 2:  Which is the dumbest stat in hockey - the fact that assists have the same value as goals, giveaways, plus/minus or shooting percentage?

John Tortorella: Plus/minus. It's probably the most talked-about stat and probably the most useless stat. Too many variables come into play here with coaches putting players into different situations in a game, other players making mistakes that cost you, or bad goals. There's so many different things that come into play. It's a useless stat.

Bob McKenzie: The giveaway stat will always penalize players who have the puck longest. With Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, you'll have more giveaways compared to someone on the fourth line who never carries the puck. The giveaway stat is the most misleading.

Keith Jones: Assists having the same value as goals. Thomas Vanek has 11 goals this season and has as much value on the score sheet as Ales Hemsky who only has two! Assists are nice, but goals are always the most important factor.

Question No. 3: Which is the best line in the NHL right now - Datsyuk, Hossa and Holmstrom in Detroit; Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim; Spezza, Alfredsson and Heatley in Ottawa or Thornton, Setoguchi and Marleau in San Jose? Note: For a statistical breakdown of the lines, read Scott Cullen's Number Game column.

Bob McKenzie: Getzlaf, Perry and Kunitz in Anaheim. This line is as good as it gets right now and if you want to talk about Getzlaf compared to Datsyuk, they lined up against each other in a recent game it was Getzlaf and the Ducks who came out on top.

Keith Jones: Datsyuk's line and why else but the fact that Marian Hossa is on it. They are a perfect mix with Holmstrom and the best line in the league.

John Tortorella: Thornton, Setoguchi and Marleau. San Jose is the best team in the league right now, Setoguchi is off to a great start and they're playing under a great team concept with a new coach in Todd McLellan 

Question No. 4: If Kevin Weekes fails to perform up to the level of a No. 1 goaltender in New Jersey, who would be the best fit for the Devils if they go looking for a netminder via trade - Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit), Manny Fernandez ($4.3 million cap hit), Olaf Kolzig ($2.5 million cap hit) or Dwayne Roloson ($3.67 million cap hit)?

Bob McKenzie: I think it's Dwayne Roloson. I'm not sure if the Oilers would want to trade him right now because he's their No. 1 goaltender. But going to a veteran team like the Devils, he has the experience to get them to the playoffs because he guided Edmonton to the Stanley Cup final. And when Martin Brodeur comes back, he would know his place.

John Tortorella: Roloson. With three goalies in Edmonton, something's gotta give. The other options cost too much money, so you have to go with Roloson.

Keith Jones: Olaf Kolzig in Tampa Bay. Mike Smith is doing a terrific job in goal and that makes Kolzig expendable and you would only need him for a short time until Brodeur comes back. You're putting him in a position where he still wants to be a No. 1 goaltender, and what better way than to send him to Jersey and maybe get someone good in return?

The NHL on TSN panelists have made their selections, now it's your turn on the Your Call feature below!

Dustin Penner (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


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