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NHL on TSN Quiz: What is the most fascinating storyline?

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TSN.ca Staff
4/21/2012 9:58:03 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices its opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

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Which of the following over-wrought headlines represents the most fascinating playoff storyline - Death of home-ice, death of goalie interference, or death of penalty-killing?

Marc Crawford: I think it's the death of home-ice advantage and I think why it's happening is because you have so many under-achieving regular-season teams that get their act together in the playoffs. You look at the Los Angeles Kings and you look at the Washington Capitals - two prime examples of teams that have finally gotten it together.

Aaron Ward: Death of the penalty kill! Calling the penalty kills in the playoffs right now is not even doing it justice. You've got scores of 10-3 and 8-4 - these are scores synonymous with football games and in the series alone between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, the Penguins' success rate of 33 percent is put to shame by the Flyers' success rate of 55 percent. Special teams are abysmal.

Darren Dreger: I'm going to say death of goalie interference, and it's all based on sensitivity to goalie contact. We knew that coming in, and I'm a little surprised that the numbers are as low as they are; only five compared to 10 last year. We've seen one suspension - Andrew Shaw - and I thought the numbers would go up.

Either-Or: Which playoff mighty mite would you most want on your post-season team - Danny Briere or Andy McDonald?

Dreger: I'm going with Danny Briere and it's based on his points. He's a point-per-game playoff performer and he's always clutch in tight. 103 points in 102 playoff games with 46 goals; that's enough for me.

Crawford: I'm going with St. Louis' Andy McDonald. He was a key performer for the Anaheim Ducks and their rise to the Stanley Cup and he's a key performer for the Blues. What he does well is gets to the critical areas at the net and he reminds me of a modern day André Richard; a little guy with a big heart.

Ward: Briere! He reaches 100 points in 100 playoff games and leaves a lasting impression. He's a consistent performer through the playoffs but as an asterisks; he's a minus six in the post-season.                

Which of the traditional western powerhouses is worst positioned for the future - Chicago, Detroit or San Jose?

Ward: San Jose. It's a team on the decline that is aging and the window is closing. At this point, I smell a shakeup in the offseason for them.

Dreger: I agree with Aaron Ward. The core of their team is under contract for next season and a few more years after that for some.

Crawford: San Jose! I'm tired of answering the question of why Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau aren't performing at the level they need to.                                         

Which former Hartford Whaler would you most want behind the bench ... or between them - Kevin Dineen, Joel Quenneville, Dave Tippett or Ray Ferraro?

Crawford: Coach Q, Joel Quenneville. He's the coach with the best vision behind the bench and I just think he makes all the right moves.

Dreger: I'm going with Dave Tippett, a proud Saskatchewan boy - that should be enough to sell it right there. He's a fiery competitor and finds a way to get his Coyotes team in the playoffs, even though the cards are seemingly against this organization. He's a good coach and he finds a way.

Ward: Ferraro! That little ball of hate has been through the battle who's been through the battle. Obviously, a great vantage point but sets a good example for all of us at TSN. Last year, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vancouver walks into a glass pane, goes to the hospital for stitches and still gets back to deliver the final analysis of Game 7.

Danny Briere (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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