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Greetings hockey fans! Whether you’ve officially entered the 2010-11 Manitoban Hockey Pool or just interested in keeping up with the goings on of the NHL regular season, the Manitoban has you covered. Look for weekly updates in print or online at themanitoban.com to keep abreast of key injuries, major storylines and interesting stats. Also, check online for the full list of hockey pool team standings.

Midseason award predictions

With the NHL regular season now halfway complete, we take a look at the early award candidates.

Hart Memorial Trophy (most valuable player)

Sidney Crosby — there are a handful of players worthy of MVP recognition, but without Crosby the Penguins wouldn’t be anywhere near the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Vezina Trophy (outstanding goaltender)

Tim Thomas — Thomas has been the most valuable player on the Bruins team this year, already surpassing his Vezina performance from two years ago.

Frank J. Selke Trophy (outstanding defensive forward)

Pavel Datsyuk — Datsyuk seems to be playing with more passion this year. His offensive skills are unreal, but he is so smart defensively that he’s almost never a liability. Hard to knock a guy who plays so well on both sides of the puck.

James Norris Trophy (outstanding defenceman)

Nicklas Lidstrom — Kris Letang and Dustin Byfuglien may be dazzling audiences with their offensive output, but Lidstrom is putting up the same sterling numbers all the while playing possibly the smartest, most efficient defensive game on ice this year. There is a reason analysts say Lidstrom is one of the best to ever play the game.

Lady Byng Trophy (player that displays sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct)

Loui Eriksson — this year Eriksson began to emerge as one of the NHL’s top tier scoring threats, tallying 42 points by the midway point of the season. The native Swede has done this all while accumulating a paltry four penalty minutes in 40 total games.

Calder Memorial Trophy (award for outstanding rookie)

Logan Couture — Couture had the benefit of playing more than a dozen games last year without earning full rookie status. This may be one of the tightest races come season’s end, but as of right now the San Jose forward is on pace to score just under 40 goals in his first full year in the NHL.

Jack Adams Award (award for outstanding coach)

Mike Babcock — despite tremendous success both in the regular season and in the playoffs, Babcock is yet to win his first coach-of-the-year award. This year he seems to have all of Detroit’s key players motivated and poised to claim yet another Presidents’ Trophy.

Presidents’ Trophy (best team regular season record)

Detroit Red Wings — When Lidstrom, Datsyuk and Zetterberg are firing on all cylinders, they’re as good as any other threesome in the league. This year Detroit has their all-star talent complimented by a bona fide number one goaltender in Jimmy Howard.

Prince of Wales Trophy (Eastern Conference Championship)

Pittsburgh — as long as Crosby, Malkin and Fleury are all playing up to their potential they’ll have both the talent and the experience to guide them into the later rounds of the playoffs.

Clarence S. Campbell Bowl (Western Conference Championship)

Vancouver — the Canucks have played the ugly stepchild of the West for too long. Their star players are beginning to peak, and in this salary cap era, many of them realize their window of opportunity will pass by if they don’t win when it really counts. An (unlikely) early playoff exit this year would mean Vancouver becomes the new San Jose of the playoffs; always a favourite, never a winner.

Stanley Cup (NHL Championship)

Vancouver Canucks — the talent is there; the team as a whole, however, will need to perform and execute. Vancouver’s strength is in their depth. To secure a spot in the finals the team will have to rely on high offensive output rather than the goaltending prowess of Roberto Luongo.

Maurice Richard Trophy (league goal scoring leader)

Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby — both Crosby and Stamkos are miles ahead of all others in both points and goal scoring. For goals, let’s go for a second consecutive tie for the Richard Trophy.

Art Ross trophy (league points scored leader)

Sidney Crosby — as long as he keeps the pace he’s established in the first half of the season, this race isn’t even close.

Official hockey pool standings

  1. Hal’s Johnsons 576.5
  2. Honey Nut Chelios 554
  3. Red Dragons 7th UC 541.5
  4. Cleveland Steamers 540
  5. Setka 533.5
  6. Purple Cobras 529
  7. Coach Mousie’s Manslaves 528.5
  8. Pierre’s Picks 528
  9. ButtKickers 526.5
  10. Nothing but Net 525
  11. Mujala 523.5
  12. pirates 521
  13. Courtney’s Super Amazing Hockey Team 511
  14. The Ped Posse 511
  15. Zanes 509.5
  16. The Hardy Astrom Specials 509
  17. Manitoba Wolves 504
  18. ped posse killer 503
  19. Titan 502
  20. Your Drunk Uncles 500.5
  21. Team Win 499.5
  22. Bie the Die 499
  23. Canucks 4 the Cup! 499
  24. FTW 498.5
  25. Charleswood Flyers 496.5
  26. Titans 496.5
  27. el jefe 496
  28. The Red’r Racers! 495
  29. Having a time 494
  30. Levels 494
  31. Puckfaces 494
  32. Big Tickets 492
  33. Team KelJan 491.5
  34. Team Coolguy1991 491
  35. Team Discovery Channel 489.5
  36. GAMESMASTER 489
  37. The Dead Flag Blues 489
  38. Jets 488.5
  39. Transcona Grinders 487
  40. go getters! 486.5
  41. Bourkes Boys 486
  42. go_philly 485.5
  43. Prestige Worldwide 485
  44. Hurly Burly’s 484.5
  45. Ice-Ice Baby 484
  46. The Arse-Kickers! 484
  47. mydallasstars 482
  48. The Winnipeg Cormacks 481.5
  49. Red Army 479.5
  50. Illegal Curve 478
  51. ProStars 475
  52. No Talent 473.5
  53. Winnipeg Coyotes 473.5
  54. MDB Crusaders 473
  55. thewinningbunch 473
  56. The Dirt Devils 471.5
  57. HUGE H.C. 471
  58. Brent’s Fabulous Team 470.5
  59. Team T-Bone 468.5
  60. S. Van Hellemond 466.5
  61. DC-SuperFan-69 466
  62. Hugz Not Drugz 463.5
  63. Pond Boys 463.5
  64. The Springfield Ice-O-Topes 463.5
  65. BOMBERJETS 462
  66. Semi-Pro 461
  67. Team Mediocre 461
  68. Team 97 459.5
  69. Jiminy Cricket’s AllStars 459
  70. The Losers 458.5
  71. Team LAN 458
  72. canucks986 456.5
  73. Gryphs 455.5
  74. GolfLeafsGolf 454
  75. Monroeville Zombies 454
  76. Datsyukian Destroyers 453.5
  77. Flint Tropics 453.5
  78. Funkhousers 452.5
  79. thudermucks 451
  80. Sticks + Balls 447.5
  81. The second cuming 447.5
  82. DiZASTA 447
  83. The Warm Guns 446.5
  84. NOA 445.5
  85. Bourque Chops 442.5
  86. Pickles & Cheese 439
  87. wapikopa 437.5
  88. Team second place 437
  89. The Woody’s 433.5
  90. Fannystelle Catchitbigtimers 433
  91. Prairie Rays 433
  92. Washington Capitals 432
  93. QuickStop 431.5
  94. Here’s a Little Something… 430.5
  95. You Can Have the Umbrella 430
  96. Non-Issue 429.5
  97. CBLOZERO 426
  98. The Mittens Crew 424.5
  99. El Tico 422.5
  100. No Tooth Smile 422
  101. Rogocki 420.5
  102. Winulobacter dominaticus 419
  103. SLAPSHOT 417
  104. Garrett’s Goons 413.5
  105. pencil sticks 413
  106. The Large Farvas 413
  107. Springfield Isotopes 412.5
  108. The Ice Kings 412.5
  109. Falcon Own 406.5
  110. The Wanderer’s 402.5
  111. Smokin’ Ducks 399.5
  112. Red Light Rukus 394.5
  113. WABAAM 393
  114. Capitals 392
  115. wish1474 385.5
  116. The rich interior lives of athletes 214.5