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Friday, April 5, 2013
10:17 PM - April 5, 2013. Written by thegna4
ATLANTA- The Minnesota Twins came out on top in an interleague game against an unfamiliar opponent in the Atlanta Braves. The Twins moved to 25-19 on the season and are surprisingly in first place in the AL Central. Neither pitcher was great in this game, but Scott Diamond was the better of the two starters. Diamond gave up three runs in six innings pitched as he picked up the win to improve to 4-3 on the season.

The Twins started the scoring in the first inning when Aaron Hicks scored on an error on a Joe Mauer ground ball to Freddie Freeman. The Braves then came back with two runs of their own on a home run from Dan Uggla. After Minnesota scored to tie it at 2, Brian McCann hit a solo home run to make it a 3-2 game. The Twins tied it up just a few innings later on a sac fly by Chris Parmalee that scored Trevor Plouffe, and Aaron Hicks followed up a double by Scott Diamond with one of his own to give Minnesota a 4-3 lead. They went on to win by that same score as Glen Perkins came in to pick up his 16th save of the season.

Minnesota Twins at Atlanta Braves
May 20, 2013123456789RHE
Minnesota (25-19)101002000491
Atlanta (30-15)020100000382
W: Scott Diamond (4-3) L: Sean Gilmartin (2-3) S: Glen Perkins (16)
Scoring Summary
SCORING DETAILSMINATL
MIN1Joe Mauer reached first on a throwing error by Freddie Freeman, Aaron Hicks scored10
ATL2Dan Uggla homered to right, Brian McCann scored12
MIN3Justin Morneau doubled to center, Josh Willingham scored22
ATL4Brian McCann homered to right23
MIN6Chris Parmelee hit a sacrifice fly to left, Trevor Plouffe scored33
MIN6Aaron Hicks doubled to right-center, Scott Diamond scored34
Minnesota Twins
HITTERSABRHRBIBBSOHRAVG
Aaron Hicks, CF5121000.262
Brian Dozier, 2B5010000.205
Joe Mauer, C3001000.282
Josh Willingham, LF4110020.271
Justin Morneau, 1B4011020.286
Ryan Doumit, 1B0000000.252
Trevor Plouffe, 3B4110000.267
Chris Parmelee, RF3011000.240
Pedro Florimon, SS4010000.170
Scott Diamond, P2110000.500
Wilkin Ramirez0000100.297
BATTING:
2B: Hicks, Willingham, Morneau, Diamond
HBP: Mauer
BASERUNNING:
SB: Hicks
FIELDING:
E: Morneau
Atlanta Braves
HITTERSABRHRBIBBSOHRAVG
Andrelton Simmons, SS4000020.213
Reed Johnson, CF4020000.257
Justin Upton, LF4010010.292
Jason Heyward, RF3000110.317
Freddie Freeman, 1B4000000.237
Brian McCann, C4221001.270
Dan Uggla, 2B4112011.240
Chris Johnson, 3B4000010.259
Sean Gilmartin, P2010010.214
Gerald Laird1010000.388
B.J. Upton1000000.226
BATTING:
2B: Upton
HR: McCann, Uggla
FIELDING:
E: Heyward, Freeman
Minnesota Twins
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Diamond (W, 4-3)6.07330424.32
Josh Roenicke (H, 3)1.01000207.26
Casey Fien (H,6)1.00001003.29
Glen Perkins (S, 16)1.00000102.29
Atlanta Braves
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Sean Gilmartin (L, 2-3)5.29440202.94
Christhian Martinez1.10000202.70
Luis Avilan2.00001005.65
Dynasty: thegna4
09:38 PM - April 5, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs - Round 3 - Intro
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DETROIT RED WINGS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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SERIES PREVIEW

The Chicago Blackhawks come into Round 3 after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7. David Bolland is 2nd in the playoffs with 8 goals, while Mikhail Grabovski from Detroit is first with 9. The Blackhawks dropped 3 of 4 games against Detroit in the regular season but won the most recent meeting 2-1 in overtime. Detroit looks to build off of a Strong Playoffs in which they have a record of 8-0-1 with their only loss a Overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings in Round 2.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DET: Mikhail Grabovski leads all players with 9 goals in the playoffs. Damien Brunner has only 2 and is due to break out.
CHI: Patrick Sharp leads the Blackhawks with 13 points and had 10 points in 7 games in Round 2 after only 3 in Round 1.


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PLAYOFF LEADERS

NHL League Leaders - Updated: May 15, 2013
GOALSGASSISTSA
1. MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - DET91. JASON SPEZZA - OTT12
2. DAVID BOLLAND - CHI82. PATRICK SHARP - CHI11
3. JOHN TAVARES - NYI73. HENRIK ZETTERBERG - DET10
4. DANIEL ALFREDSSON - OTT74. PAVEL DATSYUK - DET10
5. PETR MUELLER - FLA65. MATT NISKANEN - PIT9
POINTSP WINSW
1. JASON SPEZZA - OTT161. TIM THOMAS - NYI8
2. HENRIK ZETTERBERG - DET152. JIMMY HOWARD - DET7
3. JOHN TAVARES - NYI143. CRAIG ANDERSON - OTT7
4. SIDNEY CROSBY - PIT144. JONAS HILLER - ANA6
5. MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - DET145. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY - PIT6


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ROUND 3 MATCHUPS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (4) NY Islanders

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs(5) CHICAGO


Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS
09:37 PM - April 5, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs - Round 3 - Intro
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DETROIT RED WINGS VS CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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SERIES PREVIEW

The Chicago Blackhawks come into Round 3 after defeating the Anaheim Ducks in Game 7. David Bolland is 2nd in the playoffs with 8 goals, while Mikhail Grabovski from Detroit is first with 9. The Blackhawks dropped 3 of 4 games against Detroit in the regular season but won the most recent meeting 2-1 in overtime. Detroit looks to build off of a Strong Playoffs in which they have a record of 8-0-1 with their only loss a Overtime loss against the Los Angeles Kings in Round 2.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DET: Mikhail Grabovski leads all players with 9 goals in the playoffs. Damien Brunner has only 2 and is due to break out.
CHI: Patrick Sharp leads the Blackhawks with 15 points and had 12 points in 7 games in Round 2 after only 3 in Round 1.

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PLAYOFF LEADERS

NHL League Leaders - Updated: May 15, 2013
GOALSGASSISTSA
1. MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - DET91. JASON SPEZZA - OTT12
2. DAVID BOLLAND - CHI82. PATRICK SHARP - CHI11
3. JOHN TAVARES - NYI73. HENRIK ZETTERBERG - DET10
4. DANIEL ALFREDSSON - OTT74. PAVEL DATSYUK - DET10
5. PETR MUELLER - FLA65. MATT NISKANEN - PIT9
POINTSP WINSW
1. JASON SPEZZA - OTT161. TIM THOMAS - NYI8
2. HENRIK ZETTERBERG - DET152. JIMMY HOWARD - DET7
3. JOHN TAVARES - NYI143. CRAIG ANDERSON - OTT7
4. SIDNEY CROSBY - PIT144. JONAS HILLER - ANA6
5. MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - DET145. MARC-ANDRE FLEURY - PIT6


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ROUND 3 MATCHUPS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (4) NY Islanders

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs(5) CHICAGO


Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS

by Tim Williams / Piratesprospects.com


Probably one of the biggest questions for the Pirates this year is which James McDonald will show up? Last year he had two completely different seasons. In the first half he looked like a Cy Young contender. He had a 2.37 ERA in 110 innings, with a 100:31 K/BB ratio. In the second half he looked like a guy who belonged in Triple-A. McDonald posted a 7.52 ERA in 61 innings, with a 51:38 K/BB ratio.

Coincidentally, his ERA in each of the last two seasons has been 4.21, even with the two completely different parts of the 2012 season. If you look at his advanced metrics last year, he had a 4.21 FIP and a 4.21 xFIP. The advanced metrics suggest what the pitcherís ERA should have looked like, based on his performance. Itís rare to have a pitcher who posts the same ERA/FIP/xFIP across the board. In fact, I donít think Iíve ever seen it, outside of McDonald.

It would be easy to say that McDonald falls somewhere in between the two performances in 2012, and that the 4.21 ERA is what we can expect going forward. But what about asking whether McDonald can do better than that, and become something closer to that first half pitcher over a full season? I wrote about McDonald back in February, and pretty much took the stance of ďwe should probably expect the 4.21 ERA pitcher going forwardĒ. A few weeks ago I talked to McDonald after one of his Spring Training starts, trying to get a feel for what led to the two completely different seasons.

ďFrom day one I told myself I just knew I was going to go seven innings, eight innings. Whatever it was, I just knew I was going to have a good game,Ē McDonald said about the first half. ďI was always thinking positive thoughts, no matter what. Even if I gave up a home run, next batter I thought Ďalright, Iím going to get this guy right hereí. I never let negative vibes get to me. I was always positive, positive, positive. In the first half I had a bad game, but I wouldnít let it affect me. I wouldnít worry about it. In the second half I started letting it snowball on me. I started getting negative thoughts in me. And thatís where I think it all fell apart really.Ē

I always hear the ďdonít try to do too muchĒ line when I talk to players who are struggling. In most cases, it sounds like a pretty weak excuse. When you hear ďdonít try to do too muchĒ, it makes the game sound simple. Itís as if you would have more success if you didnít try as hard. At least, thatís the way it sounds when thatís all you say. McDonald talked about his second half with the ďdonít try to do too muchĒ line. In the process, he gave probably the best example Iíve heard of what that phrase means, and why itís not just a simple excuse for bad play, but an attitude that can help you follow up a bad result.

ďAt times I tried to do too much,Ē McDonald said. ďIf I had a bad game, the next game Iím going to throw seven innings with 15 strikeouts this time. I donít have to do that. I can go six innings, give up two runs. A quality start.Ē

Thatís a good approach to take, but at the same time it doesnít answer whether McDonald can bounce back from a bad outing. It will probably help that he knows he doesnít have to throw a gem to make up for a bad outing. But that doesnít guarantee the next outing wonít be bad. One thing heís got to work on is making adjustments in-game. When I spoke with McDonald, he talked about how he needed to be consistent with his mechanics, and fix problems immediately. That seems to be what he did last night. He didnít have his best stuff early, but rather than carrying that throughout the game he made a switch and got into a groove.

A.J. Burnett has been an influence to McDonald, and will be even more of an influence this year. There has been a lot said about Burnett being McDonaldís mentor. Thatís not just from an advice standpoint. At one point this Spring, Burnett was making a start at Pirate City. I looked over at the start of the outing, and noticed McDonald standing there in street clothes, on his day off, watching Burnett throw to minor leaguers. McDonald talked about how Burnett will be pushing him this year to be more like the first half version.

ďI think last year he helped me out, and this year heís pushing me more,Ē McDonald said. ďNow that he sees what Iím capable of, heís pushing me day in and day out.Ē

Thatís three good things working for McDonald this year. He knows that he can have a bad performance and can follow it up with just a quality start. Heís focused on making quick adjustments in the game, which seemed to have worked for him last night. He also has his mentor, Burnett, pushing him to be more like the first half version. Most importantly, McDonald believes heís more like the first half version.

ďThereís no doubt both of those pitchers were me, first half and second half,Ē McDonald said, in response to my question about which version last year was more like him. ďWhat was easy for me, what have you seen more of? To me, I think Iíve seen more first half ability than second half ability.Ē

For full disclaimer, Iíve liked McDonald since before the Pirates acquired him. I thought he would be a good piece in the Jason Bay deal when there were rumors in the summer of 2008 that the Dodgers were interested in Bay. When he was added for Octavio Dotel, I thought it was a steal. Iíve always felt that McDonald could be a number two or a number three starter. So if youíre asking me if I think heíll be better than the 4.21 ERA baseline that seems to be set, then I would say yes. But I can say that I feel much better about that opinion knowing what McDonald is working on, and knowing that he has Burnett pushing him to be that first half pitcher.
Dynasty: KHarmo88
05:13 PM - April 5, 2013. Written by thegna4
One-Month Update

Despite a poor statistical first month for much of the Twins team, Minnesota is at .500 and just 3.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians for first place in the AL Central.

2013 Minnesota Twins Stats - Hitting
NAMEABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Ryan Doumit10612243031042400.226.274.340
Justin Morneau901020503881500.222.286.378
Brian Dozier89316200331310.180.207.202
Aaron Hicks87102452413132422.276.376.517
Josh Willingham86123070618132000.349.430.640
Chris Parmelee83826303931800.313.352.458
Joe Mauer83619610512800.232.330.329
Trevor Plouffe766204011081600.263.329.355
Pedro Florimon67812210251100.179.236.239
Jamey Carroll5971321256610.220.288.390
Josmil Pinto4381830497800.419.510.767
Darin Mastroianni323911022620.281.324.375
Wilkin Ramirez223520021600.227.261.318
2013 Minnesota Twins Stats - Pitching
NAMEGPGSWLSVQSHLDIPHERHRBBSOWHIPERA
Casey Fien1602000320.011405150.801.80
Brian Duensing1300200019.220806131.323.66
Josh Roenicke1301100113.11362581.354.05
Jared Burton1201000716.112416131.102.20
Glen Perkins90018008.010603101.636.75
Vance Worley662203040.1361658261.093.57
Kyle Gibson660301030.1502436311.857.12
Mike Pelfrey553201027.235143791.524.55
Scott Diamond552004031.035111581.293.19
Cole De Vries551302024.2331146141.584.01
Kevin Correia40010008.21472251.857.27
Esmerling Vasquez20000012.0111010.504.50
Dynasty: thegna4
2B - Rickie Weeks

FOR:

SP - Chris Reed, RP - Kenley Jensen, 2B - Mark Ellis


2013 Milwaukee Brewers - Opening Day thorugh June 1st Stats - Hitting
NAMEABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSBAOBPSLG
Ryan Braun21443731851340154272.341.384.654
Norichika Aoki21331591316241723121.277.330.432
Carlos Gomez1912956140102674230.293.317.524
Aramis Ramirez1902654111929223000.284.366.495
Corey Hart19030481001233165131.253.309.495
Mark Ellis173164180422132634.237.287.353
Jonathan Lucroy162194530824132501.278.343.444
Jean Segura144193780010151922.257.340.313
Alex Gonzalez12410375322021911.298.318.435
Martin Maldonado588166011091300.276.362.431
Yuniesky Betancourt54415003113910.278.328.444
Khristopher Davis393720256800.179.283.358
Logan Schaffer202900013300.450.522.450
2013 Milwaukee Brewers - Opening Day thorugh June 1st Stats - Pitching
NAMEGPGSWLSVQSHLDIPHERHRBBSOWHIPERA
Yovani Gallardo11116008072.06022824651.172.75
Kyle Lohse11116308075.26818616411.112.14
Mark Rogers11114406060.071311214541.424.65
Marco Estrada10106208068.15319418601.042.50
Michael Fiers660301028.2392167291.606.59
Willy Peralta552203033.0249210331.032.45
John Axford18010120016.19213180.731.10
Kenley Jansen2802200828.2268215371.432.51





Milwaukee Brewers IR Update - 6-1-13
PosPlayerInjury Note
SPMichael FiersTorn Groin - 1-2 Months
RPAlfredo FigaroTorn Rotator Cuff - 5-6 Months








MLB Standings - Updated: Jun 1, 2013
AL EASTWLGBRSRA
Tampa Bay Rays3818-280213
Boston Red Sox30278.5309281
New York Yankees28279.5223217
Baltimore Orioles262911.5232232
Toronto Blue Jays243214.0211241
AL CENTRALWLGBRSRA
Detroit Tigers3123-250209
Chicago White Sox26295.5236252
Kansas City Royals25296.0220239
Cleveland Indians24317.5255285
MInnesota Twins203511.5211291
AL WESTWLGBRSRA
Angels3521-261215
Texas Rangers33221.5246189
Oakland Athletics30265.0253248
Seattle Mariners26298.5192209
Houston Astros183716.5217288
NL EASTWLGBRSRA
Phillidephia Phillies3520-256218
Washington Nationals3520-251201
Atlanta Braves28277.0248209
Florida Marlins26299.0233244
New York Mets213414.0218271
NL CENTRALWLGBRSRA
*Brewers*3123-261195
St. Louis Cardinals29262.5245238
Cinncinati Reds26295.5226232
Chicago Cubs22339.5181220
Pittsburg Pirates193713.0199297
NL WESTWLGBRSRA
Arizona Diamondbacks3124-235204
Los Angeles Dodgers3023-209179
San Francisco Giants29262.0240222
Colorado Rockies28283.5218237
San Diego Padres22328.5198238
Dynasty: Sheen_O_Mack
Thursday, April 4, 2013
09:00 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by thegna4
MINNEAPOLIS- An opening day blowout for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins beat the Detroit Tigers 7-0 in their first game of the new season. Vance Worley out-dueled Justin Verlander. Worley, although striking out just two batters, pitched a complete game shutout. Verlander struggled in his 4.2 innings pitched and picked up the loss in his first start of the year.

The scoring started in the fourth inning for the Twins when Justin Morneau hit a three-run home run to give them a 3-0 lead. After one more run in the fourth and another in the fifth, Josh Willingham hit a two-run home run in the eight inning to give the Twins a 7-0 lead, but all Vance Worley needed was one run as the Twins went on to win by that same score.

Detroit Tigers at Minnesota Twins
Apr 1, 2013123456789RHE
Detroit (0-1)000000000080
Minnesota (1-0)00041002X7120
W: Vance Worley (1-0) L: Justin Verlander (0-1)
Scoring Summary
SCORING DETAILSDETMIN
MIN4Justin Morneau homered to left-center, Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer scored03
MIN4Chris Parmelee doubled to left-center, Ryan Doumit scored04
MIN5Josh Willingham doubled to left-center, Brian Dozier scored05
MIN8Josh Willingham homered to left, Joe Mauer scored07
Detroit Tigers
HITTERSABRHRBIBBSOHRAVG
Omar Infante4010000.250
Austin Jackson4010000.250
Miguel Cabrera4000000.000
Prince Fielder4010000.000
Andy Dirks4020000.000
Victor Martinez4000010.000
Torii Hunter3010000.333
Jhonny Peralta3000010.000
Alex Avila3020000.667
BATTING:
2B: Avila
Minnesota Twins
HITTERSABRHRBIBBSOHRAVG
Aaron Hicks4010000.250
Brian Dozier4220010.500
Joe Mauer4220000.500
Josh Willingham4123021.500
Justin Morneau4123001.500
Ryan Doumit4110020.250
Trevor Plouffe4010010.250
Chris Parmelee3011010.333
Pedro Florimon3000010.000
BATTING:
2B: Dozier, Mauer, Willingham, Parmelee
HR: Willingham, Morneau
BASERUNNING:
CS: Hicks
Detroit Tigers
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Verlander (L, 0-1)4.29550619.64
Drew Smyly3.13220215.40
Minnesota Twins
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vance Worley (W, 1-0)98000200.00
Dynasty: thegna4
08:14 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by olivertheorem
Xavier Musketeers at North Dakota Fighting Sioux
Jan 6, 20151ST2NDSCORE
Xavier (10-4, 0-0 A10)334376
North Dakota (3-11, 0-0 GWC)331851
Xavier Musketeers
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
C Arden Trent286-90-06-710221218
F Joel Gordon295-90-00-14221210
F Kenneth Avina294-100-11-2624029
G Thomas Rodriguez306-121-54-44640317
G Ferdinand Kaltenegger171-71-30-0131003
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
G Willie Romans240-20-21-2111001
F Ricky Haven130-20-00-0310120
G Parsifal Seufert110-20-22-2411022
C Allan Soucy90-10-00-0310010
F Roy Obeney74-42-23-41000013
G Josef Reavis11-11-10-0000003
TEAM TOTALS27-595-1617-2237191531476
North Dakota Fighting Sioux
STARTERSMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
F Reggie Dimmick262-60-01-4201025
F Francis Boughton223-40-00-0401026
G Tony Kissinger232-21-12-2720047
G Matthew McCully304-82-23-43130813
G Jack Withrow301-81-50-1020013
BENCHMINFGM-A3PM-AFTM-AREBASTSTLBLKTOPTS
C Robert Allred172-40-00-0501014
G Byron Cork121-20-04-6110066
F Ian Perez111-20-00-0010002
G Erasmo Cavazos101-10-01-2100003
G Victorino Gimenez100-10-00-0140010
G Tyler Duck61-10-00-0000012
F Wilburn Paradis40-10-00-0110000
TEAM TOTALS18-404-811-192512602651
Dynasty: olivertheorem
07:43 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Game 5

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS
Detroit Leads 3-1

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KRONWALL HAS 2 POINTS IN SERIES CLINCHING WIN

Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings
May 8, 2013123F
LAK (1-4-0)0101
DET (4-0-1)1102
Three Stars
NIKLAS KRONWALL - D - DET
Goal, Assist, 5 Hits, 6 Shots, +2
JIMMY HOWARD - G - DET
27 Saves on 28 Shots, .964 SV%
MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - RW - C
Goal, 2 Hits, 6 Shots, 19:45 TOI
Team Stats Comparison
LAKDET
Shots on Goal2834
Hits2222
Faceoffs Won-Lost36-3939-36
Penalty Minutes119
Power Plays Converted00
Power Play Opportunities23
Time on Attack17:4318:57
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
DET04:19 (EV) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (9), (ZETTERBERG, KRONWALL)
SECOND PERIOD
DET00:55 (EV) NIKLAS KRONWALL (1), (FRANZEN)
LAK05:08 (EV) BRAD RICHARDSON (3), (KING, SCUDERI)


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Series Star

DETROIT- LW - HENRIK ZETTERBERG
5 GP | 3 Goals | 5 Assists | 8 Points | 12 Shots | 7 Hits | +5

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OTHER SERIES


EAS
TERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida 4-2
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders 3-4

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) LOS ANGELES 4-1
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM 4-3


Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS

by Tim Williams / Piratesprospects.com


I woke up this morning to a discussion on Twitter about a hypothetical billionaire owner who could buy the Pirates, invest his life savings into building a winner, all while ignoring the financial losses year after year. The conversation stemmed from last nightís article in the Trib about how Bob Nutting is ďtoo rationalĒ. The article, written by Jeff Oliver, interviewed a former minority owner of the Pirates, Jay Lustig, who talked about some of the financial details with the Pirates. A few of the highlights:

**Lustig noted that Nutting was allocating the money properly, and running the business rationally, but mentioned that baseball is an irrational business.

**Lustig approached Nutting about selling to a multi-billionaire who was willing to come in and spend more money to see if the Pirates could win. Nutting refused, and thatís ultimately why Lustig sold his shares.

**He also noted that any profits were put back in the team.

The topic of adding a billionaire owner who will come in and spend the Pirates to victory is brought up far too often. Itís brought up so often that it makes this hypothetical owner seem all too common. In reality, that type of owner is more of a fantasy. There are several valid reasons why this owner doesnít exist.

Using Your Resources

Iím not a millionaire or a billionaire. There is a Holliday Inn Express right around the corner from my apartment complex. So weíll say that qualifies me to speak on the subject of how millionaires and billionaires act. Thatís how it works, right? Or do I have to actually stay at the hotel, rather than walking in the lobby one morning, acting like Iím staying there, and grabbing one of their cinnamon rolls? Not that this has happened or anything (yet).

So Iím not speaking from experience here, but Iím pretty sure that millionaires and billionaires donít become rich by going into their investments planning to lose money year after year. That doesnít seem like the recipe for success. Granted, investments in sports teams is different than other forms of investments. The big payout with a sports team comes when you eventually sell.

Take the Pirates, for example. When the team was bought by Kevin McClatchy in 1997, the purchase price was $90 M. Right now the current estimates have the Pirates valued at close to $480 M. Keep in mind that Bob Nutting, who owns 80% of the team according to the article in the Trib, didnít buy the team for $90 M. Heís been buying shares of the team over the last 10 years, and has probably spent more than $90 M to get to where he is. That said, he definitely hasnít spent $480 M, so we can assume if he sold today, heíd make a pretty nice profit, and more than anything heíd get on a yearly basis.

The general argument you see here is that MLB owners get their payout in the long run, so they donít have to worry about making money year after year. Thatís true, but it doesnít mean they should be losing money each year. It seems that thereís only two options. Youíre either making money, or youíre losing money. There is a third option, and thatís aiming to break even. Thatís what most teams aim to do. Theyíre not looking to profit each year, but theyíre also not planning on taking losses. The focus is spending their resources. Itís what any business would do. The key difference is that if youíre a publicly traded company, your goal is showing a profit each year. You donít have to worry about showing a yearly profit in sports ownership.

That doesnít mean you can constantly take on debt. If youíre losing money each year, that money has to come from somewhere. Either youíre using credit that is available to the team, or youíre investing your own personal money (more on this later). The more you do this, the more you chip away at your profits when you sell. The Pirates have gone up in value about $390 M from 1997 to today. Baseball has seen a big financial boom in this period, so I wouldnít say that itís common for teams to increase in value at this rate in the future. But if an owner bought the team at $90 M in 1997 and sold at $480 M today, theyíd basically be making $25 M a year over that 16 year period. But if theyíre taking big losses each year to try and win, that profit gets chipped away to nothing. Sure, the value of the franchise might increase if they do win, but winning isnít guaranteed and the alternative is losing money and ending up in a bad financial situation ó much like the Pirates were in about ten years ago when Nutting started buying the team.

You might say ďYeah, but what if they only spent a few million each year, thus leaving a long-term profit?Ē Letís be honest here. Weíre not talking about a hypothetical billionaire owner just so we can see the team add an extra bench player and a reliever for a few million more. The dream is someone coming in to spend $30 M or more to take the Pirates from one of the lowest spenders to closer to the middle of the pack in the league. To do that, youíre going to have to spend more than the Pirates make, youíre going to have to take big yearly losses, and youíll lose your long-term profits a year at a time. As for that ownerÖ

Bill Gates Will Give You $5,000 If You ďLikeĒ This Photo

Youíve probably seen the photos on Facebook involving Bill Gates sharing his wealth. In the photo heís holding a sign saying heíll give everyone $5,000. All you have to do is click ďlikeĒ and share the photo, and youíll get a piece of that sweet, sweet action. But any reasonable person knows that Bill Gates isnít really giving away his wealth based on a Facebook status, just like Justin Bieber wonít stop making music if you like his photo one million times. And both of those things are disappointing.

The reality is that Bill Gates isnít going to just give you his fortune. If youíve followed what heís doing now, heís more about giving his wealth to philanthropy. The definition of philanthropy isnít ďgive everyone $5,000 so they can buy a new big screen TV and a bunch of other cool stuff with their bonus moneyĒ. If you think Bill Gates is actually going to give you his money, youíre dreaming. And if you think Justin Bieber will stop making music that you hear every time you turn on the radio, youíre also dreaming. Sadly.

The billionaire owner who comes in and spends his own personal wealth to try and get a sports team to win is the same dream as Bill Gates giving money away on Facebook. It involves someone with a ridiculous amount of money giving that money away for the sole reason that they have plenty, and can afford to lose huge chunks of cash without going broke. And who benefits? You do. The whole purpose behind the billionaire owner isnít personal wealth or achievement. The people who benefit are the fans. The billionaire owner is just spending his wealth to give the fans a winner.

So letís recap. A guy with a huge bank account is willing to come in and spend his own personal wealth for the benefit of a large group of complete strangers. Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, Bill Gates giving money away on Facebook.

Mark Cuban Isnít That Guy

Normally when you talk about this fictional billionaire owner who will come in and spend whatever it takes to win, you donít have a name. Itís usually just ďthereís probably a rich guy out there who is 80 years old with no family and close to his death bed who is willing to donate his personal wealth to see the Pirates winĒ. That kind of sounds like the Nigerian Prince e-mail scam, but what do I know?

In Pittsburgh, thereís actually a name and a face for this fictional billionaire owner: Mark Cuban. Itís a simple solution. Sell to Mark Cuban. He will come in and make the Pirates one of the top spenders in the league because he has a ton of money, and would only care about winning. The problem is that Cuban wouldnít do this. Heíd operate within the teamís resources, just like any other owner. How do I know this? Cuban said it himself in his personal blog a few years ago. The link is here, and some quotes below.

My plans were to spend to win, not to spend for spendingís sake. IMHO, the money I could save being in the 2nd tier of payroll could be invested in scouting and development.

In particular, a lot of the ďintelligenceĒ that I would be a big time spender seemed to come out of Chicago.

More important to me was the cash flow. If the economy had a significant impact on future revenues, it would also impact how much I could invest in players. The absolute last position i wanted to be in was paying so much for the team, that if revenues fell off, I couldnt [SIC] play to win.

If you read through the whole post, youíll see that Cuban says he doesnít have to out-spend the Yankees and Red Sox. In this case he was talking about the Cubs, and said he only has to compete with the teams in the NL Central. It also becomes apparent that Cuban isnít a guy who just throws away money. He spends a few paragraphs talking about margin calls, the credit market at the time, the value of cash, and so on. That doesnít sound like a guy who will spend with no regard for profits. It sounds more like what I described earlier: a billionaire who got to where he is by making smart business decisions, and who will probably continue to operate that way.

Cuban also notes that he was a big spender in his early days with Dallas. According to HoopsHype, the Mavericks have the 13th biggest payroll in the NBA this year, and the difference between them and the top team is about $31 M. The NBA has a soft salary cap, meaning teams can go over the cap, but have to pay a luxury tax if they go over a certain threshold. Last season the Mavericks were one of six teams in the league to pay a luxury tax, so they do spend more than most teams. Of course, the NBA isnít exactly a balanced league, so some teams can easily spend more than others. The point is that Cuban could be the top spender in the league, and the amount is the same amount weíre talking about him spending for the Pirates each year. But looking at the quotes above, Cuban isnít a guy who is just going to throw money at the problem. He said he wouldnít plan to spend just to spend. It sounds like he would be focused on smart spending, which doesnít always mean increasing payroll. And that brings me to the next point.

What Does Money Buy?

The misconception about spending is that it buys success. Money doesnít buy success in baseball. Money buys forgiveness. This year the Pirates are spending about $8 M of their own money on A.J. Burnett. If Burnett goes down for the year in his next start, the Pirates are stuck with their own internal options. They canít afford to go out and add another high-priced arm. Meanwhile the Yankees lose Alex Rodriguez for half a season, and the answer is signing Kevin Youkilis for $12 M. Thatís what money buys. Sure, it allows you to keep your own free agents, and maybe add a few high-priced guys. But the key benefit is that if you have a player go down, or if a free agent doesnít live up to expectations, you can eat that cost and replace the player with a new player.

If you look around baseball, youíll see big spenders who lose and small spenders who win. Money isnít the most important thing to winning. Making smart decisions is the most important thing. You probably wouldnít have to follow me for years to know that the Rays are my model franchise. They donít spend a ton on an average annual basis. For all the talk about the Pirates having a low TV deal, the Rays have a lower deal. They donít get much attendance. Yet they make smart decisions, probably to the point where theyíre the smartest team in the league.

Then thereís the Yankees. Theyíre not a team that spends wisely. They just spend freely. They have little regard for prospects, and really, why should they? Baseball is set up so that big market teams build through free agency and established players, while small market teams have to build through prospects who arenít guaranteed. If you give them both the same amount of money, I guarantee the Rays are going to beat the Yankees every season because theyíre a much smarter organization. But you give the Yankees the advantage of money, and the playing field shifts. The Yankees can add Kevin Youkilis to replace their third baseman for half a season. The Rays lose Evan Longoria for half a season in 2012 and they have to rely on Jeff Keppinger and Sean Rodriguez. The end result is that the Rays are a much better run organization, but the Yankees are a better bet to make the playoffs each year.

Now thatís the Rays. Theyíre, in my opinion, the smartest team in the game. So what happens when you have a small market team that is making poor decisions, or even a team that is good, but not great? If a team isnít winning because of poor decisions, then giving them extra money isnít going to help. Iím not saying the Pirates only make poor decisions. There have been some poor investments, but there have also been some good investments. What Iím saying is that the most important thing isnít money, but how an organization is run. If you think the Pirates have no shot at $68 M, then theyíre not going to have a shot at $98 M. If you think theyíre making more good decisions than bad decisions, and could benefit from extra money, then they might have a shot with some extra payroll. Itís all about the decisions and how the team is run, not about how much the team is spending. Itís possible for a team to win at the payroll level the Pirates are currently at. Itís a lot harder for the Pirates than it is for bigger spenders, but itís possible. So the idea that money is all it takes it too simplistic. First, you need to make sure the organization is spending that money wisely.

Why Canít Nutting Spend More?

Letís say you would find an owner who would be willing to take a personal loss to see his team win. Why couldnít that be Bob Nutting? What if Nutting wasnít so ďrationalĒ, as Lustig put it?

Thatís a common question that gets thrown around: why doesnít Nutting spend more? The simple answer is that he canít.

Nutting owns 80% of the team, which means the minority owners own 20%. Yeah, thatís basic subtraction. Be impressed. Nutting canít just put his own cash into the team. If he does that, he increases his ownership of the Pirates. Let me break it down.

Say you and I own a company that we bought for $100,000, and I own 80%. To keep it simple, letís say the company is still worth $100,000. I mean, times are still a little tough. The economy is turning around. The S&P 500 and the Dow have both touched record levels recently. Plus we both believed in this investment when I made it up a few sentences ago, and it would only make sense to stick with it. The only thing is, I now want to invest $80,000 of my own money in the company. If I do that, then I go from owning 80% of the company to owning 89% of the company. The only way you maintain your 20% is if you invest $20,000 to keep pace with my investment.

Itís the same way with Nutting. If he invested his own money into the team, heíd be increasing his ownership. The only way around this is if every other owner matched the investment based on their ownership percentage. So if Nutting invests $16 M, the other owners need to come up with $4 M.

The Pirates actually had this situation a few years ago. Nutting loaned the team money, and wanted to turn that money into equity. In doing so, he would have increased his ownership of the team. The partners ended up voting that down, with Nutting abstaining from the vote due to a conflict of interest.

So itís not like Nutting can just spend his own money. The only way that could happen is if he owned 100% of the company, and it seems like thatís his goal based on the article in the Trib.

The Reality For Pirates Fans

Letís be realistic. The Pirates are a low revenue team in a league of haves and have-nots. That billionaire owner who is going to come in and spend his lifeís savings to build a winner? He doesnít exist. The current owner? By all indications it doesnít look like he intends to sell. That doesnít mean the Pirates will never win.

Small market teams can win. They just need to be smart, and be a bit lucky to avoid injuries and down years from their top guys. The Pirates can win as a small market team. In doing so, they can increase their revenue and payroll organically. Win and more people buy tickets. More people buy tickets and you have more to spend. Spend that money wisely and youíll win more. And the cycle continues. Thatís the cycle that every successful small market team has followed. Thatís also the only option for the Pirates.

It all starts with smart decisions. Is the current management group the right group for those decisions? Personally I think weíre going to find out one way or another this year. I donít see this group surviving another losing season, but I also donít think a losing season is inevitable. There are questionable things about this group. They add players who they seemingly have no interest in playing. They make day-to-day roster decisions while ignoring a long history of stats that suggest those are the wrong moves to make. On the other side, theyíve done some things right. All the talk about how they canít develop talent ignores guys like Starling Marte, Kyle McPherson, Phil Irwin, Gregory Polanco, Alen Hanson, and so on. These guys didnít go from low bonus players or mid-round draft picks to legit prospects by themselves. Theyíve also made some shrewd moves compared to the current markets. In a time when Kevin Correia is getting $5 M per year on the open market, and good starters are getting ridiculous contracts, the Pirates are paying $8 M each to A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez.

As weíve seen with the Rays, even the smartest small market team is at a disadvantage. The Pirates donít need money to win, but they also canít afford to make mistakes ó even small ones like wasting $2.75 M on John McDonald and Brandon Inge. If this group is the group that will lead the Pirates to becoming a winner, then the extra money will help, but it wonít be necessary. If this group isnít the group that will lead to winning, then giving them more to spend isnít going to help anything.

In short: we should spend less time pining for a fictional billionaire owner who is willing to lose all of his money making the Pirates a winner, and instead we should focus more on whether the Pirates are making the decisions necessary to win at their current payroll level.
Dynasty: KHarmo88
07:07 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Game 4

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS
Detroit Leads 2-1

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REDWINGS SCORE TWICE IN FINAL 4 MINUTES, WIN 4-3

Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings
May 6, 2013123F
DET (3-0-1)1034
LAK (1-3-0)1023
Three Stars
JOHAN FRANZEN - RW - DET
Goal, Assist, 2 Hits, 2 Shots, +1
PAVEL DATSYUK - C - DET
Goal, Assist, 2 Hits, 6 Shots
PATRIK ELIAS - LW- DET
Goal, Assist, Hit, 4 Shots, +1
Team Stats Comparison
DETLAK
Shots on Goal3524
Hits1522
Faceoffs Won-Lost41-4747-41
Penalty Minutes1410
Power Plays Converted22
Power Play Opportunities57
Time on Attack18:5918:42
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
LAK05:40 (PPG) JUSTIN WILLIAMS (1), (BROWN, DOUGHTY)
DET08:42 (PPG) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (8), (ZETTERBERG, DATSYUK)
THIRD PERIOD
DET06:43 (PPG) PATRIK ELIAS (4), (FRANZEN, SALO)
LAK07:10 (EV) KYLE CLIFFORD (2), (FRASER, STEWART)
LAK11:25 (PPG) ALEC MARTINEZ (1), (RICHARDS, BROWN)
DET17:38 (EV) PAVEL DATSYUK (2), (ZETTERBERG)
DET19:34 (EV) JOHAN FRANZEN (3), (WHITE, ELIAS)


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OTHER SERIES


EAS
TERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida 2-2
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders 1-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) LOS ANGELES 3-1
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM 3-1


Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS
03:22 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS


Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Game 3

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS
Series Tied 1-1

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WINGS HOLD OFF KINGS, TAKE SERIES LEAD IN 3-2 VICTORY

Detroit Red Wings at Los Angeles Kings
May 4, 2013123F
DET (2-0-1)3003
LAK (1-2-0)0112
Three Stars
JIMMY HOWARD - G - DET
26 Saves, 28 SHA, .929 SV%
JORDIN TOOTOO - RW - DET
Goal, +1, 2 Hits, 2 Shots
MIKE RICHARDS - C - LAK
Goal, 4 Hits, 3 Shots
Team Stats Comparison
DETLAK
Shots on Goal3428
Hits2724
Faceoffs Won-Lost40-5151-40
Penalty Minutes812
Power Plays Converted11
Power Play Opportunities54
Time on Attack23:1220:15
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
DET06:29 (PPG) VALTERI FILPPULA (2), (WHITE, SALO)
DET14:43 (EV) JOHAN FRANZEN (2), (KRONWALL)
DET19:36 (EV) JORDIN TOOTOO (1), (MILLER, ABDELKADER)
SECOND PERIOD
LAK02:52 (EV) BRAD RICHARDSON (2), (MITCHELL, KING)
THIRD PERIOD
LAK08:21 (PPG) MIKE RICHARDS (3), (CARTER, KOPITAR)




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OTHER SERIES


EAS
TERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida 2-1
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders 1-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) LOS ANGELES 2-1
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM 3-0

Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS
03:11 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Game 2

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS
Detroit Leads 1-0

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QUICK BACK IN NET, KINGS OUTLAST DETROIT IN OVERTIME
TIE SERIES AT 1

Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings
May 2, 2013123OTF
LAK (1-1-0)11114
DET (1-0-1)01205
Three Stars
JEFF CARTER - C - LAK
Goal, Assist, 2 Hits, 3 Shots
HENRIK ZETTERBERG - LW - DET
Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, +2, 3 Hits, 3 Shots
DUSTIN BROWN - RW - LAK
Game Winner, +1, 3 Hits, 2 Shots
Team Stats Comparison
LAKDET
Shots on Goal2838
Hits2717
Faceoffs Won-Lost33-5050-33
Penalty Minutes66
Power Plays Converted00
Power Play Opportunities33
Time on Attack19:1220:11
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
LAK02:51 (EV) JARRET STOOL (2), (WILLIAMS DOUGHTY)
SECOND PERIOD
LAK04:45 (EV) JEFF CARTER (4), (DOUGHTY, KOPITAR)
DET13:39 (EV) KYLE QUINCEY (1) , (ZETTERBERG, DATSYUK)
THIRD PERIOD
DET04:21 (EV) HENRIK ZETTERBERG (5), (FILPULLA)
LAK18:20 (EV) BRAD RICHARDSON (1), (CARTER, SCUDERI)
DET19:30 (EAG) DAMIEN BRUNNER (2), (GRABOVSKI, ZETTERBERG)
OVERTIME
LAK11:23 (EV) DUSTIN BROWN (3), (RICHARDS)

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OTHER SERIES

EAS
TERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida 2-0
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders 1-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) L
OS ANGELES 1-1
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM 2-0
Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS
02:23 PM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Game 1

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

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GAME 1

BERNIER IN NET FOR GAME 1 AS KINGS LOSE 5-2

Last year's champs will go up against the Favorite from the West as the King face the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings swept Minnesota in the first round while Los Angeles won their series with Vancouver in Game 6 OT with an Anze Kopitar goal.

Los Angeles started Jonathan Bernier in Game 1 for an unknown reason. Dustin Brown, LA's captain then opened the scoring as the Kings took a 1-0. Detroit Forward Valteri Filppula then knotted the game at 1 ,with his 1st of the postseason, entering the 2nd period.

In the second, Jonathan Bernier stopped all of Detroit's shot while Howard stopped all of Los Angeles'. Entering the 3rd, LA is outshooting the Wings 20-17

The Kings took a penalty as Dustin Penner took a tripping minor against Pavel Datsyuk. Henrik Zetterberg would score on the ensuing powerplay with a snap shot from the slot as the Red Wings took a 2-1 lead. Jeff Carter would tie the game for the Kings 3 minutes later before Grabovski scored to regain the lead. Patrik Elias gave the wings a 2 goal lead as he scored on the Powerplay to make it 4-2. Zetterberg would score on the empty net from his own zone to give Detroit a 5-2 victory in game 1.

Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings
Apr 31, 2013123F
LAK (0-1-0)1012
DET (1-0-0)1045
Three Stars
MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI - RW - DET
Goal, 2 Assists, 3 Points, +1, 3 Shots, Hit
HENRIK ZETTERBERG - LW - DET
2 Goals, Hit, 5 Shots, +1
JIMMY HOWARD - G - DET
27 Saves, 29 SHA, .931 SV%
Team Stats Comparison
LAKDET
Shots on Goal2929
Hits2325
Faceoffs Won-Lost42-3434-42
Penalty Minutes167
Power Plays Converted02
Power Play Opportunities16
Time on Attack16:1219:32
Scoring Summary
FIRST PERIOD
LAK15:02 (EV) DUSTIN BROWN (2), (STOLL, DOUGHTY)
DET18:43 (EV) FILPPULA (1), (WHITE, MILLER)
THIRD PERIOD
DET01:32 (PPG) HENRIK ZETTERBERG (3), (GRABOVSKI, DATSYUK)
LAK04:25 (EV) JEFF CARTER (3), (PENNER, KOPITAR)
DET06:27 (EV) MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (7), (HELM)
DET10:10 (PPG) PATRIK ELIAS (3), (FILPPULA, WHITE)
DET18:48 (ENG) HENRIK ZETTERBERG (4), (GRABOVSKI, DATSYUK)


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OTHER SERIES

EAS
TERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida 1-0
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders 0-1

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) L
OS ANGELES 1-0
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM 1-0

Dynasty: DaViDaKiiS
11:54 AM - April 4, 2013. Written by DaViDaKiiS

Davidakiis' Detroit Red Wings
Be a GM
Season 1:Playoffs-Round 2- Intro

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DETROIT RED WINGS VS LOS ANGELES KINGS
WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMI-FINALS

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Series Preview

The 8 seed Los Angeles kings have defeated the 1 seed Canucks in the first round for the 2nd straight year. The Defending Stanley Cup Champions will now match-up against the Detroit Red Wings, who swept the Minnesota Wild. The regular season series was dominated by Detroit who outscored the Kings 29-7 in 4 contests, winning all 4. Howard shutout the wings twice in 13-0 and 7-0 victories.


Players to Watch

DET
: Mikhail Grabovski had 6 goals and 8 points in 4 postseason contests so far in the playoffs. Pavel Datsyuk had a goal and 6 assists for 7 points in 4 games.
LAK: Jonathan Quick is leading postseason goalies with .952 SV% and 1.54 GAA. Drew Doughty had a goal and 5 assists.


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Round 2 Matchups

EASTERN CONFERENCE

(1) PITTSBURGH vs (7) Florida
(3) OTTAWA vs (4) NY Islanders

WESTERN CONFERENCE

(2) DETROIT vs (8) LOS ANGELES
(5) CHICAGO vs (6) ANAHEIM


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PLAYOFFS LEADERS

NHL League Leaders - Updated: May 1, 2013
GOALSGASSISTSA
1. M. GRABOVSKI - DET61. PAVEL DATSYUK - DET6
2. DANIEL SEDIN - VAN52. JASON SPEZZA - OTT6
3. PATTY KANE - CHI43. ALEX OVECHKIN - WSH6
4. DAVID BOLLAND - CHI44. JOSH DEMERS - SJ5
5. COLIN GREENING - BUF45. DREW DOUGHTY - LAK5
POINTSPWINSW
1. JASON SPEZZA - OTT91. CRAIG ANDERSON - OTT4
2. M. GRABOVSKI - DET82. JIMMY HOWARD - DET4
3. DANIEL ALREDSSON - OTT83. JONATHAN QUICK - LAK4
4. DANIEL SEDIN - VAN74. TIM THOMAS - NYI4
5. RYAN GETZLAF - ANA75. JOSE THEODORE- FLA4

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