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Jeff Carter, Vinny Prospal

Poll: Does Jeff Carter make the Kings a playoff team?


Just about every pundit used the word “desperation” when describing the Los Angeles Kings’ side of the Jeff Carter-Jack Johnson+first-rounder blockbuster trade. Kings GM Dean Lombardi’s under a lot of pressure, no doubt, but does that necessarily make it a bad decision?

(Personally, I’d give the Kings the slight edge, although Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson deserves some kudos for making lemonade out of Carter’s lemons, but that’s just me.)

If nothing else, the addition of Carter’s scoring touch and knack for generating general fan distaste should make things awfully interesting in Los Angeles. Considering the presence of his buddy Mike Richards and another former teammate in Simon Gagne, Darryl Sutter could trot out an all-Philadelphia Flyers trio as his second/1b line. (Justin Williams could also fit the bill as a former Flyer in Gagne’s place, although that feels a bit like cheating.)

It’s an entertaining situation, but is it enough for the Kings to overcome some tough odds and hold onto a playoff spot? Tell us what you think by voting in the poll and sharing your illuminating comments.

Poll: When will Detroit’s home winning streak end?

Stars Red Wings Hockey

For the most part, retired athletes tend to be pretty civil when an active player eclipses their records. The friendliest ones might even travel to see it happen, while others at least go through the motions.

Of course, there’s also the arguably-more-honest-reactions, like those old Miami Dolphins cracking open champagne bottles once the last undefeated NFL team finally loses so their perfect season won’t be matched.

With that reaction in mind, the Red Wings might want to fatten that streak of 21 home games so they don’t have to go through that awkward process.

(The motivation increases when people poke holes in their streak, including Mike Milbury. Milbury believes that the 1929-30 Boston Bruins really won 22 games in a row because of scheduling issues that actually forced two should-be road games to Boston.)

The Red Wings will play four of five and six of their next eight games at home, so they can cast aside doubters in little time. Here’s a list of their remaining home games:

Feb. 17: Nashville
Feb. 19: San Jose
Feb. 23: Vancouver
Feb. 25: Colorado
March 2: Minnesota
March 4: Chicago
March 9: Los Angeles
March 19: Washington
March 24: Carolina
March 26: Columbus
March 30: Nashville
April 1: Florida
April 5: New Jersey
April 7: Chicago

The next three games all have a strong chance to end the streak and there’s plenty of landmines in those 14 remaining regular season home contests. I cannot help but ask, then: when do you think the Red Wings’ run at Joe Louis Arena will come to an end?

(Note: Detroit’s overall home record is 24-2-1* this season, in case you were wondering.)

* – The Red Wings’ two home regulation losses came against San Jose (4-2 on Oct. 28) and Calgary (4-1 on Nov. 3) while their lone shootout loss came to the Minnesota Wild on Nov. 1. In other words, they were beatable at Joe Louis Arena for one three-game span this season.

Poll: Team Alfredsson vs. Team Chara

Daniel Alfredsson, Zdeno Chara, Daniel Paille

PHT got to the most important bit of the 2012 Fantasy Draft already (i.e. showering attention on Logan Couture’s humiliation), but you might want to know how the full draft went. Consider this post your guide to how it all went down.

Starting things off, the captains and their alternates/assistants:

Team Alfredsson

Daniel Alfredsson (captain)
Henrik Lundqvist (alternate)

Team Chara

Zdeno Chara (captain)
Joffrey Lupul (alternate)

Team Chara won the coin toss and received the first selection, so here’s the pick-by-pick rundown. (Thanks to NHL.com for saving me some typing.)


Team Chara: Pavel Datsyuk, C, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Erik Karlsson, D, Ottawa


Team Chara: Tim Thomas, G, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa


Team Chara: Evgeni Malkin, C, Pittsburgh
Team Alfredsson: Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles


Team Chara: Marian Hossa, RW, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia


Team Chara: Kimmo Timonen, D, Philadelphia
Team Alfredsson: Kris Letang, D, Pittsburgh


Team Chara: Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim
Team Alfredsson: Steven Stamkos, C, Tampa Bay


Team Chara:Carey Price, G, Montreal
Team Alfredsson: Brian Elliott, G, St. Louis


Team Chara: Phil Kessel, RW, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Shea Weber, D, Nashville


Team Chara: Ryan Suter, D, Nashville
Team Alfredsson: Daniel Sedin, LW, Vancouver


Team Chara: Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit
Team Alfredsson: Dan Girardi, D, NY Rangers


Team Chara: Brian Campbell, D, Florida
Team Alfredsson: Keith Yandle, D, Phoenix


Team Chara: Patrick Kane, RW, Chicago
Team Alfredsson: Milan Michalek, LW, Ottawa


Team Chara: Dion Phaneuf, D, Toronto
Team Alfredsson: Henrik Sedin, C, Vancouver


Team Chara: Jarome Iginla, RW, Calgary
Team Alfredsson: James Neal, LW, Pittsburgh


Team Chara: Dennis Wideman, D, Washington
Team Alfredsson: Alexander Edler, D, Vancouver


Team Chara: Marian Gaborik, RW, NY Rangers
Team Alfredsson: John Tavares, C, NY Islanders


Team Chara: Jordan Eberle, RW, Edmonton
Team Alfredsson: Scott Hartnell, LW, Philadelphia


Team Chara: Tyler Seguin, C, Boston
Team Alfredsson: Jason Pominville, RW, Buffalo


Team Chara: Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas
Team Alfredsson: Logan Couture, C, San Jose


Team Chara received these rookies:

Luke Adam, C, Buffalo
Raphael Diaz, D, Montreal
Colin Greening, LW, Ottawa
Cody Hodgson, C, Vancouver
Ryan Johansen, C, Columbus
Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Colorado

Team Alfredsson drew these first-year players:

Sean Couturier, C, Philadelphia
Justin Faulk, D, Carolina
Carl Hagelin, LW, NY Rangers
Nick Johnson, RW, Minnesota
Matt Read, RW, Philadelphia
Craig Smith, C, Nashville

(Please note that the aforementioned rookies will participate in the skills competition only.)

With that in mind, let’s have fun with two polls:

First, which roster is best equipped to win the skills competition?

Lastly, which team should win the 2012 NHL All-Star Game?

To make it easier, here are the two rosters (in order of selection):

Team Alf

Forwards: Alfredsson, Spezza, Giroux, Stamkos, the Sedin twins, Neal, Tavares, Hartnell, Pominville and Couture.
Defensemen: Karlsson, Letang, Weber, Girardi, Yanle and Edler.
Goalies: Lundqvist, Quick, Elliott

Team Chara

Forwards: Lupul, Datsyuk, Malkin, Hossa, Perry, Kessel, Kane, Iginla, Gaborik, Eberle, Seguin, and Benn.
Defensemen: Chara, Timmonen, Suter, Campbell, Phaneuf and Wideman.
Goalies: Thomas, Price and Howard.