The Lightnings Historic Dominance Wont Matter Without A Cup

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Major League Baseball8/1021.4 National Basketball Association1636.1% LeaguePlayoff Teams per YearFavorite’s Average Championship Probability Hockey favorites don’t have it too badFor each of the four major North American men’s leagues, playoff field size and average pre-playoff title probability* for favorites, 2006-2018 The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history.En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage1They finished in basically a three-way tie at the top with the Arizona Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career.Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it.With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey’s ultimate prize.2Each of those teams played in the 1970s and were called the Montreal Canadiens.Still, NHL favorites3So defined by per-game scoring differential. haven’t had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men’s leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better championship odds going into the playoffs over the past 13 years. While it might not be as inevitable as, say, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title in 2018 (or 2017 or 2015), Tampa’s regular-season dominance suggests that it’s poised to continue this trend. The Bolts scored 103 more goals than they conceded during the regular season; the next best mark was set by the Calgary Flames, who posted a +62 goal differential. The gulf between best and second-best is immense, and it underscores Tampa’s historic regular-season greatness. And indeed, Tampa may be the NHL’s best team since the lockout. National Football League1218.7 National Hockey League1623.5 Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,4Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. reiterates just how special this Bolts group is. From 2005-06 to 2017-18, just three teams finished the regular season with an SRS better than 1, and no team eclipsed 1.2. The most recent team to do so — the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks — won the Stanley Cup. Tampa finished the 2018-19 regular season with an SRS of 1.21. All signs are pointing to late-spring celebrations on the Gulf Coast.Tampa’s only real concern at the moment is the health of Victor Hedman, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the top defenseman. The Swede missed Tampa’s final three games with an “upper-body injury.” Hedman has a history of concussions, and “upper-body injury” is often NHL front-office code for concussion. The slick-skating defenseman is Tampa’s fourth-highest scorer, its power-play quarterback and the leader of a rearguard partially responsible for that gaudy goal differential. The Bolts can probably survive a first-round tilt against a slightly better-than-average Blue Jackets team without Hedman, but things might not be as easy against subsequent teams.If there’s a cautionary tale for this iteration of the Bolts, it’s that Red Wings team from 1995-96: Detroit earned the second-most regular-season points in NHL history and boasted two of the league’s best offensive players (Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman) and the league’s reigning Norris Trophy winner (Paul Coffey) and yet failed to advance beyond the Western Conference finals. In the NHL, history is written between April and June, not October and April. Tampa is on top of the hockey world at the moment. But that world could change significantly in a matter of weeks. * Based on a logit regression between per-game scoring differential and championships won for each league.Source: Sports-Reference.com read more


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Ohio State senior forward Sammy Edwards surveys the field during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s soccer team (11-2-1, 6-1-0 Big Ten) extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 1-0 win over Michigan (5-4-6, 2-3-3 Big Ten) Sunday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Senior forward Sammy Edwards led the way for the Buckeyes with five shots and a goal. The Buckeyes had their breakthrough in the 81st minute as senior forward Eleanor Gabriel tore down the right side of the field and crossed the ball in through the penalty area to a streaking Edwards, where the ball was one timed into the back of the net, the lone goal of the game.The rivalry with Michigan delivered another intense game, as physical play dominated the matchup and it was clear neither team would allow any easy goals. “Just knowing it’s Michigan I think everyone is a little more hype,” Edwards said. “I definitely come into this game very pumped up and I know it’s across the board.”Ohio State outshot Michigan 17-4, and Kerr needed to make only one save. The shutout marks Ohio State’s fifth consecutive clean sheet, the longest streak since 2012. The first half provided a slow, tactical pace from both teams, neither giving the other strong chances at the goal. Most of the half was played around the midfield area as both teams battled back and forth with strong defensive plays. “It’s definitely a mental battle,” Edwards said. “A win on a Sunday can be hard. We sometimes come out slow just from having dead legs but instead of coming out slow we came out fast and set the tone for the game.”Possession favored the Buckeyes in the first half, but both teams spent most of the half measuring the defensive style of the other. Ohio State outshot the Wolverines 6-1, despite neither team finding any strong offensive footing. Michigan’s only shot in the first half came close to finding the back of the net as midfielder Sara Stratigakis sliced into the penalty area and fired a strong shot on goal, which was saved by Ohio State goalkeeper Devon Kerr. The best chance of the half for the Buckeyes came in the 33rd minute on a corner from midfielder Nikki Walts. The ball slipped out of the pack of players to Edwards, who connected with a shot that sailed just above the crossbar. The second half began with a much more frantic pace, with Ohio State leading several quick offensive attacks, which resulted in three shots.Michigan’s best opportunity of the half came on a loose ball play in the 61st minute as a defensive error led to an open lane for midfielder Katie Foug, whose close-range shot flew just over the goal. The Buckeyes had a prime chance to score in the 74th minute as a grounded cross rolled through the box to Edwards, whose shot hit the left post. Michigan goalkeeper Sarah Jackson dove for the ball and missed as it rebounded off the post right on the goal line, but all Ohio State players could do was watch as the ball was cleared by a Michigan defender. “We rely on each other,” Edwards said. “You turn to your teammates and realize that you’re not the only tired one, and you’re not alone when you hit the post. We just look to each other when someone messes up, and I think that contributes to our success a lot.”Ohio State maintained an aggressive play style for the rest of the game, not letting Michigan create many attacks and pelting the Michigan keeper with more shots. Michigan continued trying to apply pressure and equalize, but the patient attack and rigid defense of Ohio State proved too much for the Wolverines. Ohio State’s next game is Thursday against Big Ten opponent Maryland. read more


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first_imgStill, Dolan says his company likes to avoid “overactive markets.” “Right now there’s a lot of play with workflow management and document management at law firms,” he added. “I won’t touch that, we like the dark corners.”Mobile is viewed much the same way online was a few years ago: a huge opportunity but no one really knows what to do with it yet. “Most content businesses now have some sort of digital business. I think soon they will all also be building mobile,” said Quadrangle’s Ezersky. “Right now, the only ones making money from mobile are the carriers. Until a couple big players figure this out and start butting heads, it won’t happen. We’re already at a place where venture capitalists who invested in mobile a few years ago are disappointed.”Multiples Continue to Soar for OnlineEBITDA multiples are starting to see significant disparity. According to DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips, b-to-b EBITDA multiples averaged 11.5x in 2007, compared to 12x to 13x EBITDA for consumer publishing deals. “Those multiples will continue to carry over into 2008 with high quality companies, while third tier companies will continue to struggle,” says Phillips.Meanwhile, DeSilva + Phillips said EBITDA for digital content companies averaged between 7x and 15x EBITDA, while ad networks averaged 10x to 18x EBITDA, and social networks averaged 9x to 16x EBITDA.Deal CultureDespite the bad press for private equity, some speakers said private equity ownership seems to be more forgiving than the public market these days. “VNU couldn’t operate in the public market—now they’re still the same size and because the CEO isn’t making quarterly reports, he can make tough decisions,” says Strauss Zelnick, partner at ZelnickMedia.Dolan advised publishers to keep their operators out of M&A and focused on the business. “Our analogy is, growing organically is farming culture and M&A is hunter-killer culture,” he said, prompting moderator Charles Engros Jr., managing partner at Morgan, Lewis and Brockius, to quip, “That’s a good analogy because sometimes what you’re hunting kills you.” Strategic operators and private equity investors are looking for opportunities in the development of a “fourth leg of the stool,” speakers said today at the annual DeSilva + Phillips Dealmakers Summit. Attractive media companies are going to look very different going forward. “We’re glum about newspapers, and cautious about TV and magazines,” said Peter Ezersky, managing principal at Quadrangle Group LLC.While only a few members of the audience thought the market is in recession right now, the majority said things would get worse before they get better. That has prompted even longtime players in the magazine market to change what they’re looking for. “A lot of our portfolio is made up of advertising-based services but in 2007 we didn’t buy a single ad-supported business,” said Peggy Koenig, managing partner at private equity firm ABRY Partners, which owns consumer enthusiast publisher F&W and b-to-b publisher Cygnus. “A lot of old media has been disrupted. We see much more opportunity now with information services.”Dolan Media, which recently performed a $196 million IPO, has developed a series of services that president and CEO Jim Dolan says are economy neutral or even counter-cyclical, such as a mortgage foreclosure service and continuing legal education.“It’s an easy step from giving them information to giving them services to help them,” Dolan says. “It’s an avenue of growth we hadn’t thought of before 2005. What we’re doing with services is what many publishers are trying to do with online, and that’s build communities. This isn’t an abandonment of anything, doesn’t take away from other services.”last_img read more


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first_imgThe women affairs secretary of Brahmanbaria’s Nabinagar upazila Awami League, Swapna Akhter, was killed by miscreants on Wednesday night.Police recovered her body from Bangara area in the upazila around 8:30pm, said Nabinagar circle additional police super Chitta Ranjan Paul, reports UNB.He said the female Awami League leader was returning home at Chairpara by a CNG-run auto-rickshaw after attending a party programme at Satmora.“We assumed that miscreants dragged her out of the CNG and chopped her indiscriminately.”On information, police went to the spot and took Swapna, 38, to hospital where physicians declared her dead on arrival, the police officer said.last_img


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first_imgListen X Share – / 3Every year, more than 250 local artists donate a couple of pieces for the Art on the Avenue auction. The event, now in its 20th year, raises money to help create affordable housing in Houston.But the artists benefit, too.“I’ve sold something every year,” says Marlo Saucedo, who’s taken part in the show for 10 years. “Most of the time, I’ve sold both pieces.”The auction is hosted by the Avenue Community Development Corporation and differs from some of the other typical art auctions out there.“We also share proceeds with the artists so we’re not really trying to just tap the artist for a full donation like a lot of other benefits do,” says Curator Tami Merrick.They’re expecting to raise more than $250,000 during this year’s event. And the effort to create affordable homes and apartments isn’t just for families. Avenue has helped develop the Elder Street Artist Lofts just west of downtown.  “That’s giving artists in the community an affordable place to live and work,” says the organization’s Executive Director Mary Lawler. “So, it’s really helping to contribute to this overall arts district that the Washington Avenue area has become.”The Art on the Avenue charity auction is Saturday night at Winter Street Studios in Houston’s First Ward. 00:00 /01:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


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first_imgFederighi then proceeded to reveal Apple’s actual strategy for media on the Mac: The company is replacing iTunes on the Mac with three dedicated apps for media, including a desktop app for podcasts, an Apple TV app for its TV and movie content as well as its upcoming Apple TV Plus video subscription service, and a music app to access both the company’s Apple Music subscription service as well as local music libraries.“Apple Music in Catalina is the best music app we’ve ever made,” Federighi said.The sunsetting of iTunes was widely expected to happen with OS X 10.15, and follows Apple’s multiyear move away from a transactional digital media business toward one focused on subscriptions. As the latest part of this transition, Apple is going to launch its own video-subscription service, dubbed Apple TV Plus, with original productions from creatives like Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams and Oprah later this year. Apple used its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, Calif., Monday to officially announce its plans to end the Mac version of iTunes. The company will phase out its well-known media application with the introduction of OS X 10.15, code-named Catalina, which is expected to be released in September alongside the next version of iOS and the new iPhone.However, the iTunes brand isn’t going away: Apple said the iTunes Store app will remain the place for iOS users to purchase music, while the Windows version of the iTunes application is living on (for now).“iTunes started completely focused,” said Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi at WWDC Monday, recalling how the app was initially just focused on music management.He then told the audience about a number of features the company added to the software over the years, jokingly adding that Apple could take this type of feature bloat even further. “How about calendar in iTunes,” he joked. “How about mail in iTunes?” Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more


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first_imgVisuals have always been a better way to elucidate one’s feelings as well as reach out to people and connect with much ease and sincerity and so what can be better than photography exhibition, where images speak for themselves.Keeping that thought in mind, ‘Habitat Photosphere,’ a photography festival will hold its first ever international workshop titled ‘The World Upside Down: Modes of Representation in The East and the West’ by French artist Pascal Monteil at the Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre on Saturday.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Monteil will take the participants of the workshop, from Rome to Tokyo, through Ispahan, Lahore and Fatehpur Sikri, onto a visual journey through world art histories and their modes of representation. He will be discussing specific paintings as well as his personal journey as an artist taking inspiration from various traditions.Monteil’s works are done using a particular technique called digital painting. “Each one of my work is done minutely with thousands of photographic elements either designed or painted; they are adjusted, superimposed, revised and lit-up on computer. Thanks to digital technique, using these fragments just as a painter would do with his colors and paintbrushes; I wish to achieve pictures with a photographic depiction combined with the very special power of painting to sublime the real and its emotional precision,” said Monteil. Monteil’s work is an exploration and a re-interpretation of Persian and Indian miniature traditions.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDr Alka Pande, curator and art consultant, Visual Arts Gallery, IHC said, “Pascal Monteil is an artist of the world. An international cosmopolitanism, bordering on the exotic and the unknown, characterises his suite of ‘paintings’. He is an artist, who combines the traditional art of painting with contemporary digital photography and makes compelling landscapes which cross boundaries of geographies and cultures. These phantasmagorical imagined landscapes emerge from his experiences and his training as a painter. A peripatetic traveler, his paintings are replete with historical and cultural references. An incredible storyteller, Pascal is a bard, who through his lyrical renditions tells stories about his travels. From the city of love, philosophy and artistic effulgence Paris, he travels to India, to Persia to Japan, reading the landscapes of these ancient civilisations, creating arresting juxtapositions on the canvas.”  Pascal Monteil is a visual artist who lives and works between Paris and various cities in Asia. Beside his artistic practice, Pascal has also been teaching art and architecture for the past fifteen years. The fee for participation in the workshop is Rs 400 for India Habitat Centre members; Rs 500 for non-members and Rs 200 Rs for students. As a part of Habitat Photosphere’s aim of taking art photography into the public space, Monteil’s works will also be exhibited at the Jor Bagh metro station from December 2015 till March 2016.last_img read more


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first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to use its $56 billion cash pile to fund growth including acquisitions, the tech giant’s investor relations chief said, even as more shareholders clamor for bigger dividends.While the South Korean company’s profit declined in 2014 for the first time in three years as its lead in smartphones was challenged by Apple Inc, investors were cheered by a 40 percent dividend boost and its first share buyback since 2007.But Robert Yi, Samsung’s head of investor relations, signaled that shareholders should not expect the same in 2015 as the company keeps its focus on growth.”Dividends and other forms of shareholder returns are responsibilities that the company has for shareholders, so we will make efforts to meet them. But our primary objective is growth and that is what we are communicating to our shareholders,” Yi told Reuters in an interview.Samsung has become an increasingly active shopper, striking 10 deals in two years. Even so, its purchases have been small, prompting calls from some investors for bigger deals to revive growth momentum.”We are primarily focused on M&A deals for companies that would be good fits to Samsung’s current businesses, and we believe that know-how and experience accrued from such transactions will make bigger M&A deals possible going forward,” Yi said.Samsung Electronics held cash of 61.8 trillion won ($56.14 billion) at the end of 2014.Yi said more value fund managers had bought Samsung shares over the past year as its share price and earnings declined.”Their main interest is to increase long-term value through shareholder returns policies, so they have been calling for more dividends and share buybacks,” he said.Yi declined to comment specifically on plans for buybacks or dividends. A person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Feb. 10 that Samsung would probably pay out less this year than in 2014.South Korean companies are notoriously parsimonious when it comes to dividends. Seoul-listed shares tend to trade at discounts to peers.Yi said Samsung planned to strengthen shareholder outreach, making top management more available to institutional investors and holding more public events.It also wanted to boost investment by foreign retail investors to help build consumer loyalty. Samsung, which does not have American Depositary Receipts, in 2013 arranged a program with Bank of America Merrill Lynch that allows U.S. retail investors to invest directly in its shares. Samsung declined to comment on how many investors acquired its stock through the program.Samsung shares fell to multi-year lows in October but have recovered and were up 3.8 percent in 2015 based on Tuesday’s closing level.($1 = 1,100.8700 won)(Editing by Tony Munroe and Stephen Coates) 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. February 17, 2015last_img read more


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first_imgThe number of 3D TV homes will rocket from 13.5 million at the end of last year to over 100 million by 2017, according to DTVE publisher Informa Telecoms & Media.However, the 3D TV sector faces several challenges including a lack of content, scarcity of channels, high production costs and the fact that many viewers do not like wearing glasses.There is currently a fierce debate in the industry as to whether 3D TV has a viable future, but Informa says that the sector will grow strongly because of the backing of key industry players including set manufacturers, platform owners and the Hollywood studios.The 112.7 million 3D homes by 2017 will be about 8% of the all global TV households.“The market will still be immature by 2017, so some growth opportunities exist beyond this date,” the media intelligence company noted. “Informa believes that 3DTV set penetration will take off, as TV set manufacturers embed the technology into a high proportion of their sets. But take up of 3D content services will be limited, at least until the technology has progressed significantly so that a natural viewing experience, without glasses, is achieved.”By region, Asia Pacific will have the most 3D TV homes by 2017 with 49.6 million. North America will have 33.2 million homes and Western Europe 18.3 million.Latin America will have just 5.6 million 3D TV homes and Eastern Europe and the Middle East 5.8 million.By country the US will continue to be the dominant active 3DTV territory, recording 31.9 million active 3DTV households by end-2017. China will be close behind with 30 million, followed by Japan with 7.6 million and Germany 4.4 million.last_img read more


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first_imgSpanish pay TV operator Prisa is reportedly considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US.According to a Wall Street Journal report, which cites people familiar with the situation, the move would come as Prisa seeks to refinance some US$3 billion (€2.3 billion) of debt.The report said that while Chapter 11 is being discussed, no final decision had been made and Prisa could also restructure in Spain. The firm trades on the Madrid and New York stock exchanges.One way that Prisa could reduce its debt is to split off underperforming assets, the reported added, with its pay TV company Digital+ already reportedly up for sale.The news comes less than a month after Prisa CEO Juan Luis Cebrian said that the firm was “in the final stages” of refinancing its debt, with 70% of lenders on board with the plan.Speaking at the firm’s annual general meeting – in his first address to Prisa’s shareholders since his appointment as CEO last July – Cebrian said that the refinancing plan would ensure the viability of Prisa without damaging its growth, or waiting for economic recovery.last_img read more