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Tippett is in contention every year and even if the Coyotes

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While Ralph may be the oldest CFL mascot, hes the youngest in the way he connects with fans on social media.Heres Ralph the Dog with the crew here at TSN jumping into the James Duthie TradeCentre selfie: Happy to drop by! RT @TSN_Sports: @tsnjamesduthie: Take this Ellen. #Tradecentre pic.twitter.com/W22NQKtP8U — Ralph the Dog (@Ralph_Dog) March 5, 2014And little did we know Ralph the Dog was originally cast in Star Wars… Little-known fact: George Lucas first choice for the wookie role was Ralphbacca #calstampeders #CFL #YYC pic.twitter.com/xtkLTcHgK4 — Ralph the Dog (@Ralph_Dog) May 2, 2014Well get our new pal Ralph the Dog to introduce the next two mascots on the scene, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Buzz and Boomer! I get asked why I dont know which is Buzz and which is Boomer. My question: what difference could it possibly make? pic.twitter.com/kFde4Rhh1E — Ralph the Dog (@Ralph_Dog) September 30, 2013In case youre wondering, Buzz is in the Bombers helmet with flying goggles and Boomer is the taller and leaner of the two.Buzz and Boomer take more of a slapstick outlook to their comedy, proven by this Vine of the duo schooling Gainer in a Grey Cup dance-off. Mascot dance-off at Touchdown MB! #101greycup #Bombers https://t.co/dT7HjZJ8VN — Wpg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) November 23, 2013The BC Lions mascot is Leo the Lion. BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos. Leo the Lion. #photo #vancouver #bclions http://t.co/FmMXjSzJ — Zeljko (@ztravica) October 30, 2012Leo keeps a lower profile around Vancouver and on the Internet, but he is quite the ladies man on game-day:And last but not least, the Edmonton Eskimos mascots are Punter and Nanook. Sorry for the delay... Congrats goes out to Tami Rae Lukinuk on winning this weeks #Esks #CaptionThis contest. pic.twitter.com/zqmQcDqj5U — Edmonton Eskimos (@cfl_esks) April 24, 2014Punter is the result of a ball manufacturers "giant" error at the football factory, and even once jumped into a hot tub during an Eskimos game! Nanook on the other hand was born in Northern Canada and spends his offseason protecting the locker room while the players are away.Here are Punter and Nanook getting into a bit of a disagreement at a game:So now that youve seen all the CFL mascots, which ones your favourite? Blue Jackets Jersey . Johns 2 Portland 1 (OT)Albany 2 Springfield 1 (OT)Utica 4 Grand Rapids 2Milwaukee 4 Hamilton 1Rochester 6 Texas 5---NBAToronto 100 Philadelphia 84Orlando 120 Houston 113San Antonio 98 Charlotte 93New Orleans 105 Detroit 94Memphis 103 Brooklyn 92Atlanta 105 Boston 91Washington 105 Chicago 99Denver 114 Dallas 107Golden State 104 Miami 89L. Rene Bourque Blue Jackets Jersey . It was his first time he skated with teammates since injuring his groin in a game against the Anaheim Ducks on Nov. 20. The 31-year-old is hoping to be back in uniform before the All-Star break, which is January 22-26. http://www.hockeybluejacketsonline.com/a...ts-jersey-sale/. CATHARINES, Ont. Custom Blue Jackets Jersey . Johns 2 Portland 1 (OT)Albany 2 Springfield 1 (OT)Utica 4 Grand Rapids 2Milwaukee 4 Hamilton 1Rochester 6 Texas 5---NBAToronto 100 Philadelphia 84Orlando 120 Houston 113San Antonio 98 Charlotte 93New Orleans 105 Detroit 94Memphis 103 Brooklyn 92Atlanta 105 Boston 91Washington 105 Chicago 99Denver 114 Dallas 107Golden State 104 Miami 89L. Nick Foligno Blue Jackets Jersey . You can hear this game on TSN1040 Vancouver. Pre-game show is at 4:30 p.m.; puck drop at 6:30 p.m. PT. You can also listen online at tsn1040.One quarter of the way through the NHL season, its time for an early look at the awards races, along with some advanced stats leaders and trailers. There are some early surprises in the race for the Hart Trophy, but two of the contenders are the leagues biggest stars over the past decade. There are many more players in contention for the awards than just the three that Ive named, and a good or bad week can easily alter the landscape, but through the first 20 or so games of the NHL season, this is how the awards races look to me. HART TROPHY Winner: Alexander Steen, LW, St. LouisRunners-up: Alex Ovechkin, RW, Washington; Sidney Crosby, C, PittsburghComment: A career low-percentage finisher (9.8% career shooting percentage), Alexander Steen has been a strong two-way player for much of his time in St. Louis, generating more than three shots per game and playing tough minutes for the last three-plus seasons but, suddenly, this year, he has started scoring at an outrageous rate (17 G, 9 A in 20 GP), thanks both to a career-high 23.3% shooting percentage and career-high 3.65 shots on goal per game. While the shots per game could be sustainable, as his line with David Backes and, often, T.J. Oshie, is one of the leagues best, but when Steens shooting percentage starts to fall, hes unlikely to hold off challengers. Ovechkin recaptured some of his lost lustre last season when he led the league with 32 goals in 48 games (a 55-goal pace in an 82-game season), but hes on fire this season, with 17 goals and 24 points in 19 games. While Ovechin is scoring on a career-high 15.5% of his shots, thats not nearly so far from his career average (12.3%) and his 5.79 shots on goal per game represent the second-best rate of his career. When Ovechkin is generating that many chances, the goals, and points, will follow. Early in the year, this looked like it would be a runaway for Crosby, who is finally healthy and appeared to be at the peak of his powers. A funny thing happened on the way to that coronation, however, as Crosby has endured a bit of a slump. Now, its only a superstar slump, which means nine points in the last 13 games, so its not like hes completely dropped off the map, but when he had 17 points in the first eight games and gave every indication that he would run away with the Hart and Art Ross trophies. NORRIS TROPHYWinner: Erik Karlsson, OttawaRunners-up: P.K. Subban, Montreal; Alex Pietrangelo, St. LouisComment: It has been a trying season for the Ottawa Senators, but Karlsson has been great, scoring a point per game and logging more than 27 minutes of ice time. Not surprisingly, Karlssons top challenger is last years winner, Subban, who has 19 points in 22 games and, despite a manufactured controversy surrounding his ice time, has played a career-high 24:54 per game. This race is a long way from settled, but its kind of cool to have the last two winners off to strong starts again this season. Theres still plenty of time for other defencemen to climb into the conversation. Alex Pietrangelo is playing as well as he ever had, with more offensive production in the early going. Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Duncan Keith are a couple more early contenders to consider. VEZINA TROPHYWinner: Tuukka Rask, BostonRunners-up: Josh Harding, Minnesota; Carey Price, MontrealComment: If not for Tuesdays loss in Montreal, the award would go to Harding, but he surrendered three goals in a little more than 33 minutes, opening the door just a crack for Tuukka Rask to take the lead. With a .946 save percentage in 18 games, Rask is not only handling a heavy workload, but hes playing better than ever before, and thats saying something because from 2009-2010 through 2012-2013, he had the best save percentage among goaltenders with at least 100 games played. Thats not to suggest that Hardings year hasnt been incredible -- hes allowed 23 goals against in 18 games (1.38 GAA) -- but hes just a hair behind Rask today. As for other contenders, Price gets the nod over Kari Lehtonen, who missed time with injury, and Torontos duo of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer, largely because Price has handled the starters workload. CALDER TROPHYWinner: Tomas Hertl, LW, San JoseRunners-up: Seth Jones, D, Nashville; Torey Krug, D, BostonComment: Hertl, the 20-year-old Czech winger burst onto the scene with six goals in his first three games, then went through a bout of mediocrity, scoring four points in the next 11 games, but hes picked up again and with 12 goals and 18 points in 21 games, hes having a lot of success on Joe Thorntons wing. Hes on a 47-goal pace and, sure its not likely to continue, but thats where we are through the first quarter of the season. Jones has been handling a heavy workload, 24 minutes per game, and is facing tough matchups as he frequently pairs with Shea Weber on the Predators top pair. He may not score enough to hold voter interest (see Jonas Brodin last season), but Jones appears to be on the fast track to stardom. A defenceman who may score enough, Krug, is quarterbacking the Bruins power play and has scored half of his 12 points with the man advantage, but he holds his own at even strength to rank ahead of Calgarys Sean Monahan and Detroits Danny DeKeyser. Some rookies that didnt start the year in the NHL, including the Rangers Chris Kreider and the Kings Tyler Toffoli, are close for consideration already, despite playing fewer games. SELKE AWARDWinner: Patrice Bergeron, C, BostonRunners-up: David Backes, C, St. Louis; Dave Bolland, C, TorontoComment: Some things dont change and both Bergeron and Backes have continued in their roles, taking on the toughest matchups for their respective teams, while still controlling puck possession. Keeping the puck away from other teams best players is a great way to defend, by the way, and the continued excellence of Bergeron and Backes in their roles makes for a great competition. If not for suffering his ankle tendon injury, Torontos Dave Bolland would be a challenger because, in addition to tough matchups, Bolland has started a lot of shifts in the defensive zone (a product of the Maple Leafs territorial play). Some others of note early in this season: Vancouvers Chris Higgins, Ottawas Kyle Turris and Columbus Brandon Dubinsky. JACK ADAMS AWARDWinner: Patrick Roy, ColoradoRunners-up: Dave Tippett, Phoenix; Mike Yeo, MinnesotaComment: Always a difficult call because there are many great candidates and we dont know how much of a teams performace is necessarily coaching-related, but Roys start with the Avalanche is too strong to ignore. Fortunately, hes a Hall of Famer goaltender, so no one will be ignoring anything that happens with the Avalanche. Tippett is in contention every year and even if the Coyotes arent the buckled-down defensive team that hes favoured in past seasons, theyve also lost just four games in regulation through the first 21. The reason for including Yeo is a nod towards the Wilds change in style of play towards a stronger puck-possession game, going from below average last season to among the league leaders in Fenwick Close, a metric for possession when the game is most closely contested (ie. within one goal in the first two periods and tied in the third period and overtime). For a team to make such a shift has to come, in some manner, from the coaching staff and how they want their team to approach the game. Jon Cooper and Barry Trotz are deserving candidates as well. For those that have been reading my work for a while, its no secret that I like digging into the advanced stats at www.behindthenet.ca, www.extraskater.com and stats.hockeyanalysis.com, so here are just a couple of interesting stats leaders/trailers at this point in the season (minimum 12 games played). All of these stats are linked via www.extraskater.com. First up, penalty differential, from Extra Skater. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. DRAWN TAKEN PEN. DIFF/GM 1. T.J. Galiardi Calgary LW 16 6 0.48 2. Matt Duchene Colorado C 11 2 0.47 3. Viktor Stalberg Nashville LW 8 2 0.40 4. Logan Couture San Jose C 8 0 0.38 5. Scott Hartnell Philadelphia LW 11 5 0.38 4. Alexander Steen St. Louis LW 12 5 0.35 7. Teemu Selanne Anaheim RW 7 1 0.33 8. Andrew Shaw Chicago RW 12 5 0.32 9. Devin Setoguchi Winnipeg RW 9 2 0.32 10. Mark Scheifele Winnipeg C 9 2 0.32 And the trailers... RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. DRAWN TAKEN PEN. DIFF/GP 526. Tom Wilson Washington RW 9 18 -0.39 527. Radko Gudas Tampa Bay D 10 19 -0.39 528. Trevor Daley Dallas D 1 9 -0.40 529. Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia D 0 8 -0.dddddddddddd0 530. Grant Clitsome Winnipeg D 0 8 -0.42 531. Mike Fisher Nashville C 0 6 -0.43 532. Chris Neil Ottawa RW 5 14 -0.43 533. Henrik Tallinder Buffalo D 0 8 -0.44 534. Jonathan Ericsson Detroit D 0 6 -0.50 535. Dave Bolland Toronto C 1 9 -0.53 Next, a look at 5-on-5 shot attempt ratio (aka Corsi%). Naturally, its much better for your team to have more shots at the opponents goal than on your own, so better to be on the plus side of 50% instead of below. Those Kings arent bad, not bad at all. From Extra Skater. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. CORSI% 1. Justin Williams Los Angeles RW 65.2% 2. Jake Muzzin Los Angeles D 65.0% 3. Dustin Brown Los Angeles LW 63.7% 4. Anze Kopitar Los Angeles C 63.5% 5. Loui Eriksson Boston RW 62.9% 6. Mikko Koivu Minnesota C 61.4% 7. Andrew Shaw Chicago RW 60.7% 8. Jonathan Toews Chicago C 60.7% 9. Zach Parise Minnesota LW 60.5% 10. Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis RW 60.3% And the trailers... RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. CORSI% 526. Rasmus Ristolainen Buffalo D 38.9% 527. Brian McGrattan Calgary LW 38.7% 528. Trevor Smith Toronto C 38.4% 529. Mikhail Grigorenko Buffalo C 37.8% 530. Marc-Andre Cliche Colorado RW 37.7% 531. Mike Weber Buffalo D 37.5% 532. Tom Sestito Vancouver LW 37.4% 533. Mike Brown San Jose RW 36.7% 534. Cody McCormick Buffalo LW 36.3% 535. Jay Rosehill Philadelphia LW 35.1% Next up, a measure for quality of competition, via Extra Skater, reveals which players are taking on the toughest matchups. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. QUALCOMP 1. Henrik Zetterberg Detroit LW 30.8 2. Pavel Datsyuk Detroit C 30.8 3. Dion Phaneuf Toronto D 30.7 4. Logan Couture San Jose C 30.7 5. Patrick Marleau San Jose LW 30.7 6. Jonathan Toews Chicago C 30.6 7. Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh LW 30.6 8. Carl Gunnarsson Toronto D 30.5 9. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh C 30.5 10. Bryan Little Winnipeg C 30.4 And the trailers, who are being utilized very strategically, to avoid bad matchups. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. QUALCOMP 526. Brett Sutter Carolina LW 25.7 527. Krystofer Barch Florida RW 25.7 528. Marc-Andre Cliche Colorado RW 25.7 529. Zenon Konopka Minnesota C 25.5 530. Jay Rosehill Philadelphia LW 25.5 531. Cody McLeod Colorado LW 25.5 532. Aaron Volpatti Washington LW 25.3 533. Paul Bissonnette Phoenix LW 25.3 534. Patrick Bordeleau Colorado LW 25.0 535. Colton Orr Toronto RW 25.0 Another statistic relevant to a players output is zone starts. Those that start more shifts in the offensive zone are more likely to generate shots on goal (and points) because of that relatively advantageous location. In some cases, its merely playing to an individual players strengths as an offensive or defensive player, but it might also reflect a coachs level of trust in that player since theres greater risk if something goes wrong in the defensive zone. These per Extra Skater. RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. O-ZONE% 1. Jordan Nolan Los Angeles RW 73.1% 2. Bryan Bickell Chicago LW 72.7% 3. Michal Rozsival Chicago D 71.4% 4. Brad Richards N.Y. Rangers C 71.1% 5. Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis RW 69.3% 6. Patrick Kane Chicago RW 69.1% 7. Nail Yakupov Edmonton RW 68.9% 8. Alec Martinez Los Angeles D 68.6% 9. Brandon Pirri Chicago C 68.3% 10. Ryan Callahan N.Y. Rangers RW 67.2% And the trailers... RANK PLAYER TEAM POS. O-ZONE% 526. Ben Smith Chicago RW 29.9% 527. Brian Boyle N.Y. Rangers C 28.9% 528. Tom Sestito Vancouver LW 28.8% 529. Paul Gaustad Nashville C 28.4% 530. Zenon Konopka Minnesota C 27.7% 531. Marcus Kruger Chicago C 27.3% 532. Brandon Bollig Chicago LW 24.8% 533. Adam Hall Philadelphia C 22.6% 534. Boyd Gordon Edmonton C 19.0% 535. Jay Rosehill Philadelphia LW 14.3% Scott Cullen can be reached at Scott.Cullen@bellmedia.ca and followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tsnscottcullen. 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