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Monday, April 09, 2021

I know you just can’t wait for Spa Week to commence, next Monday the 16th.

But make your appointment for a rubdown-micropeel-thermatherapy today, if you want to get in on the deep-deep discounts at various New York City facilities. If you wait until the official start of the big week, you’ll be out of luck, because those in the know know to book their time before the promotional rush.

Not that I can claim to be in the know. Fact is, I was unaware of Spa Week until today, when I was clued in by a woman in my office (who, yes, has already reserved her spot). While I appreciate the heads-up, I’m not sure I’m a spa kinda guy, if for no other reason than that it smacks of metrosexuality circa 2002. I guess, in compensation, I can go get a long-overdue haircut…

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/09/2021 11:45:05 PM
Category: Fashion, New Yorkin'
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special finale
Here it be: The final 2006-07 National Hockey League Special Teams Index, a special Monday edition owing to the end of the regular season occurring on a Sunday. If you must, check out last week’s STI rankings, although not too much changed leading to the end.

Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks, who win the Index crown with an STI number of 107.5. They achieved that ranking with a strong balance on both sides of the odd-man scenario: The league’s second-best power play and fifth-best penalty kill.

How much that STI prowess helps Anaheim in the playoffs remains to be seen. On the other hand, at least the Ducks get a chance to test it — unlike their Index runner-up Montreal, who missed the postseason altogether. The Canadiens exemplify how special-teams play is no guarantee of success in the NHL.

The only other thing I’ll note is that, as this is a full-season cumulative accounting of special-team statistics, it doesn’t particularly reflect streaky periods. Regardless of how a team started out in the Fall, or wound up during a playoff march, these totals come after a full 82 games of action.

STI Rank Team PP % (Rank) PK % (Rank) STI Number
1 Anaheim Ducks 22.4 (2) 85.1 (5) 107.5
2 Montreal Canadiens 22.8 (1) 83.5 (13) 106.3
3 San Jose Sharks 22.4 (3) 83.3 (14) 105.7
4 Minnesota Wild 18.9 (6) 86.0 (2) 104.9
5 Vancouver Canucks 17.2 (20) 86.9 (1) 104.1
6 Nashville Predators 17.4 (18) 85.9 (3) 103.3
7 Dallas Stars 18.5 (7) 84.4 (11) 102.9
8 New Jersey Devils 17.7 (15) 85.2 (4) 102.9
9 Pittsburgh Penguins 20.3 (5) 82.1 (17) 102.4
10 Ottawa Senators 17.9 (14) 84.5 (9) 102.4
11 New York Rangers 18.5 (8) 83.8 (12) 102.3
12 Detroit Red Wings 17.0 (21) 84.6 (6) 101.6
13 Colorado Avalanche 21.1 (4) 80.2 (23) 101.3
14 Florida Panthers 18.1 (13) 82.4 (16) 100.5
15 New York Islanders 18.1 (12) 81.8 (18) 99.9
16 Carolina Hurricanes 15.0 (25) 84.6 (7) 99.6
17 Boston Bruins 17.2 (19) 81.7 (19) 98.9
18 Edmonton Oilers 14.2 (27) 84.6 (8) 98.8
19 Buffalo Sabres 17.4 (17) 81.3 (20) 98.7
20 Calgary Flames 18.2 (11) 80.4 (22) 98.6
21 Philadelphia Flyers 14.1 (28) 84.5 (10) 98.6
22 Tampa Bay Lightning 18.4 (9) 78.4 (28) 96.8
23 Washington Capitals 16.4 (24) 80.2 (24) 96.6
24 Atlanta Thrashers 16.5 (23) 79.8 (26) 96.3
25 Los Angeles Kings 18.3 (10) 77.9 (30) 96.2
26 Toronto Maple Leafs 17.7 (16) 78.5 (27) 96.2
27 Columbus Blue Jackets 14.8 (26) 81.2 (21) 96.0
28 Phoenix Coyotes 16.5 (22) 78.4 (29) 94.9
29 Chicago Blackhawks 11.8 (30) 82.6 (15) 94.4
30 St. Louis Blues 12.1 (29) 80.0 (25) 92.1
by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 04/09/2021 11:37:25 PM
Category: Hockey
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