North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special

first_imgKARATE: North West Shotokan Karate Club travelled south recently to compete at the Carlow International Open which took place on the 1st – 2nd October. This is an annual karate tournament for children, cadets and seniors and always attracts high quality competitors not only from across Ireland and the UK  but also from the Continent. With NWSKC Head Coach, Mandy McNulty, as one of the tournament referees, the team of 20 students was ably led by assistant coaches Eathan O’Donnell, Ciara Dullaghan, Elaine Dullaghan and Sloan O’Donnell. The NWSKC students did not disappoint their coaches and supporters, bringing a fantastic total of 51 medals back to the north-west.The children’s competition got underway on Saturday morning and the team kata event saw the NWSKC’s first success with Rachel Carlin, Christian O’Brien and Caitlin Sweeney achieving the silver medal position with a strong team performance. Rachel went on to equal this with her performance in the individual kata event, collecting another silver, while Caitlin secured a bronze.  Not to be outdone, Oran Doherty achieved the silver medal in his category of the individual kata. The kumite events brought more podium success for the young students as Emma Ellis and Hollie Gallagher battled through to the final in their team kumite to lift the silver medal, while Lucas McColgan also secured a silver medal in his team kumite alongside two members of the kazoku club. In the individual kumite event, Rachel Carlin won her third medal of the day, outfighting her opponents to lift the gold in her category. Caitlin added to her personal tally with another silver medal for kumite while Emma and Hollie each fought effectively through the elimination rounds to achieve bronze medals in their respective individual kumite categories.All in all it was a successful first day, particularly since some of these students were experiencing Carlow and its tough level of competition for the first time. Zara Thompson, one of the youngest member of the team, impressed her coaches with her performance in both the kata and kumite events, and although finishing outside the medal positions on this occasion, she gained valuable experience for future competitions.The competition on Sunday saw the more experienced athletes take to the mats in a highly competitive atmosphere. The day got off to a wonderful start as the NWSKC students demonstrated great teamwork across all categories in the team kata events. In the Senior Ladies event, sisters Ciara, Emer and Elaine Dullaghan proved too strong for their rivals and their performance brought them gold medals. This achievement was matched in the Senior Men’s event: Stephen John Carlin alongside brothers Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell also lifted gold with their team kata. In the Cadets category, Rebecca Burke, Lucy Casey and Isobel Walsh did not disappoint and supplied another gold medal-winning performance for the NWSKC with their team kata. The individual kata competitions saw more success for both Rebecca and Stephen John, as each achieved a second gold medal in their respective categories. Emer achieved a silver medal for her individual kata performance, while strong individual performances in their respective categories from James Burke, Lucy and Eathan each added another bronze to the growing tally. The strong team performances by the NWSKC continued into Sunday afternoon as the kumite competition began. Laura Browne, Ciara Dullaghan and Elaine Dullaghan out-fought all their rivals both in team rotation and team kumite events to achieve double gold medals, an outstanding team performance. Eathan and Sloan O’Donnell enjoyed success in both formats also, fighting through to win silver medals in their category in both team rotation and team kumite. Stephen John Carlin and James Burke also secured silver medal with strong fighting in their category of team kumite. Individual kumite events were fiercely contested and there was plenty for NWSKC students and supporters to cheer. Eathan O’Donnell led by example in his category, securing gold with his kumite skills; Laura Browne was once again impressive on the mats, winning a third gold medal of the afternoon in her individual kumite; in their respective individual kumite events, Stephen John Carlin added a third gold medal to his personal tally, while James Burke collected a second silver medal; Ciara Dullaghan and Isobel Walsh each secured silver in their respective categories of the individual kumite event, while Sloan O’Donnell lifted the bronze medal in both the Sanbon and Ippon kumite contests.The Carlow International Open competition traditionally includes challenge matches where a team selected to represent the host club takes on an international team in each age category: Carlow versus ‘The Rest of the World.’ On this occasion, three NWSKC students were selected to fight alongside visiting athletes for the ‘Rest of the World’ team: Joshua Thompson fought well and achieved a silver medal in this event; Emma Ellis showed impressive kumite skills to help her team to victory against Carlow; in the Senior event, Elaine Dullaghan fought strongly against her opponent, contributing to the international team’s success against the hosts. There was another unexpected cause for celebration among the NWSKC students as their head coach, Mandy McNulty was awarded ‘Referee of the Day’, an honour which acknowledged her impartiality and excellence in adjudication throughout the tournament. The kumite events of Sunday afternoon brought to an end another successful day for the club. The final medal tally was an impressive 23 gold, 20 silver and 8 bronze medals, a total of 51 medals brought home to the north-west. As always, however, the medal tally tells only part of the story and all the NWSKC students competed well, gained valuable competition experience and brought great credit to the club with their attitude and conduct. Head Coach Sensei McNulty congratulated all the students who competed and thanked all the club supporters who made the journey to Carlow.   North-West Karate club perform superbly at International Open – Pic Special was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Africa helicopter service hub for SA

first_img25 September 2012South African defence equipment manufacturer Denel and Russian Helicopters, a leading international designer and manufacturer of helicopters, have signed an agreement to create a helicopter servicing hub for sub-Saharan Africa.The agreement was signed at the 7th Africa Aerospace and Defence Exhibition (AAD) at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria last week.Through the agreement, Denel Aviation, a division of Denel, is now the only company in sub-Saharan Africa accredited to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for models produced by Russian Helicopters.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Denel chief executive Riaz Saloojee said the agreement would significantly expand the company’s business in Africa and strengthen its position as the premier provider of MRO services on the continent.Sub-Saharan maintenance hubDenel Aviation CEO Mike Kgobe said Denel’s objective was to become the maintenance hub for most of the modern commercial and military aircraft operating in sub-Saharan Africa.“The agreement represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the two companies,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters CEO Dmitry Petrov said civil aviation was a high-growth market in Africa, and that Russian Helicopters was well positioned to be a market leader on the continent for years to come.“We see great potential for our helicopters in countries across Africa, and are delighted to be working with Denel Aviation to provide a complete customer care programme for our clients on the continent,” Petrov said.Skills transferFrom October, Denel Aviation technical staff will attend an intensive training programme on the latest Russian Helicopters technology and procedures in the eastern Siberian city of Novosibirsk.This will mean that teams of Denel Aviation engineers and technicians will be deployable at short notice to perform emergency repair work on helicopters across the continent.For deeper-level MRO work, the aircraft will be transported to the company’s facilities close to OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, east of Johannesburg.“Our knowledge of the African geography and climatic conditions, and the track record of our products that have been extensively deployed in operational conditions, make us a logical partner of choice to the military and civilian markets on the continent,” Kgobe said.Russian Helicopters manufactures an extensive line-up of versatile and resilient helicopters for purposes ranging from cargo and passenger transport to medevac and search-and-rescue missions, fire-fighting, corporate transportation and offshore in the oil and gas sector.Russian Helicopters has been sole vendor of Russian-built civilian helicopters to foreign clients since consolidation of the country’s helicopter manufacturing sector was completed in 2010.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Ex-IMF chief Strauss-Kahn faces new sexual suit

first_imgA French novelist will file a criminal complaint on Tuesday accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape, her lawyer said, throwing fresh uncertainty into a fierce national debate about whether the former International Monetary Fund chief can return to his country’s presidential race.A sexual assault case against Strauss-Kahn in New York has been badly weakened by questions about his accuser’s credibility. As a result, France was consumed Monday by the question of whether the longtime Socialist Party politician would revive his dream of running against unpopular conservative President Nicolas Sarkozy.The political world was hit by a new shock when the lawyer for writer Tristane Banon announced she planned to file the complaint in Paris within a day.Banon came forward after Strauss-Kahn’s May 14 arrest in New York to accuse him of wrenching open her bra and trying to unbutton her jeans in 2002. Lawyer David Koubbi said Banon had been dissuaded at the time from filing charges by her mother, a regional councilor in Strauss-Kahn’s Socialist party.Koubbi also had said his client had no intention of pressing charges while the American prosecution was going on because the two cases should be kept separate. Now, Banon is pressing forward, Koubbi told The Associated Press.Messages of support for the complaint quickly appeared on Banon’s Facebook page.Before Koubbi’s announcement, the country was split on whether it wanted Strauss-Kahn back in public life: two polls showed an almost even division between those who thought he should return, and those who believed his political career was over.advertisementThe former IMF chief’s re-entry to politics would be a tectonic shift in a campaign already shaken by his arrest on charges of attacking a New York hotel maid. The Socialist had been widely seen as the leading contender in the 2012 election, leading polls in the months before his arrest.With the alleged victim’s credibility undercut and Strauss-Kahn free on bail, French politicians and pundits appear to almost uniformly assume that the charges against him will be dropped in coming weeks.For many, the question is now whether a man paraded in handcuffs before photographers outside a Harlem police station a month and a half ago will try to run against widely unpopular conservative president Nicolas Sarkozy and become leader of the world’s fifth-largest economy.”DSK Back?” the left-leaning daily Liberation asked on its front page Monday, describing Strauss-Kahn’s release from house arrest as having turned the Socialist primary race upside down for the second time in as many months.”Dominique Strauss-Kahn will express his intentions when he wants to,” Socialist Party leader Martine Aubry told France-2 television.The charges still stand against Strauss-Kahn, who has relinquished his passport to authorities in New York. Another court hearing would be needed for him to get it back. His next appearance is scheduled for July 18, five days after the deadline for candidates to register in the Socialist Party primary.As a result, much of the debate about Strauss-Kahn’s political future centers on whether the Socialists would push back the primary deadline.”Let’s acknowledge that if Strauss-Kahn decides to come back as a candidate on our side, no one will try to oppose him using some calendar,” said Aubry, who declared her candidacy only after Strauss-Kahn’s arrest.The Socialist Party’s spokesman appeared to disagree, an indication of the confusion and disagreement within the party about betting the opposition’s chances of defeating Sarkozy on a man seen by some as a martyr of American injustice and by others as an out-of-touch jet-setter with a history of crude behavior toward women.”We can’t base the (political) calendar, which involves millions of French people, on the American judicial calendar,” party spokesman Benoit Hamon said Monday.Hamon left open the possibility, however, that Strauss-Kahn could become a candidate even after the official deadline, an act that would presumably require an extraordinary effort by Strauss-Kahn to get his divided party to bend its own rules.”If ever Dominique Strauss-Kahn, beyond July 13th, says that he would like to enroll in this calendar, which doesn’t seem the most likely, we are reasonable people, we will discuss with him under what conditions he could do so,” Hamon said.A poll released Monday found that 51 percent of French people found that Strauss-Kahn no longer had a political future, versus 42 percent who thought he did.The telephone poll of 956 adults selected as a demographically representative sample was conducted July 1 and 2 by the Ipsos Public Affairs institute for the magazine Le Point. No margin of error was provided.advertisementAnother poll out Sunday conducted by Harris Interactive poll for the newspaper Le Parisien showed 49 percent of those surveyed saying ‘yes’ to the question “Without prejudging his innocence or guilt, do you want DSK to come back to the French political scene one day?”At least some were won over by what they perceived as his mistreatment in the U.S.”I had no intention of supporting him in the first round, but if he returns to French political life I will certainly vote for him,” Jean-Rene Gendre, 63, said as he went shopping in central Paris. “What happened to him I think was a terrible manipulation.”Forty-five per cent of respondents to the Harris poll said they didn’t want Strauss-Kahn back in politics and six per cent didn’t answer the question. The agency asked a demographically representative group of 1,000 people 18 years old and older to fill out the July 1-2 online survey. No margin of error was provided.Sarkozy’s conservative allies have maintained virtually complete silence on Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. But on Monday, some appeared to be returning to the normal tenor of a political campaign.Sarkozy has been assailed from the left for what some call his bling-bling image and tax policies that critics say favor the rich, in a country proud of its social welfare system and revolutionary past.Strauss-Kahn had come under some criticism before his arrest for appearing in a friend’s Porsche and for reports he wore highly expensive tailored suits.After his arrest, he lived under house arrest in a $50,000 (euro34,500)-a-month town house in Manhattan’s trendy TriBeCa neighborhood.”Between his luxury tastes and other subjects, Dominique Strauss-Kahn has not offered a very positive image recently,” Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno, a Sarkozy ally, said on Europe-1 radio.- From AP inputslast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer: I was right to offload Lukaku and Alexis

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer: I was right to offload Lukaku and Alexisby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he was right to offload Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan.Last night, Mason Greenwood underlined his huge potential with the only goal at Old Trafford as United secured a 1-0 win against Astana in Thursday’s Group L opener.Put to Solskjaer that you have to be brave to play a 17-year-old having not replaced high-profile players like Sanchez and Lukaku, the United boss said: “For me, it was the right decision.”Because I think for the club and for him, I think he’s going to be important for us this season.”He’s not played a lot so far but he’ll get his minutes and he’ll grow and develop.” last_img read more

New deadline established for competition to design navys new warships

first_imgOTTAWA – Defence companies and shipbuilders competing to design Canada’s new fleet of warships have been given until Nov. 17 to submit their proposals.It’s the third such deadline for the design competition, which is the most recent — and arguably most politically sensitive — phase in the entire $60-billion plan to build 15 warships.Participating firms were originally supposed to have submitted their designs for the new vessels in April, but that deadline was pushed back to June before disappearing entirely.The question now is how many submissions the government will receive, whether any will meet the navy’s requirements, and when the winning design will be selected.Changes to the evaluation process have been made in case none of the designs match up with what Canada needs in its new warships, which will replace the navy’s 12 frigates and three destroyers.Meanwhile, time is of the essence because any delay in the construction schedule would push up costs and force the navy to operate its current warships longer than has been planned.last_img read more

Pair in custody after Peace Regional RCMP seize drugs firearms and stolen

first_imgPEACE RIVER, AB. – The Peace River RCMP General Investigation Section with the help of the Peace Regional detachment seized drugs, firearms, cash and stolen property from an apartment unit last week.According to Cpl. Dave Browne, on March 9th, 2018, officers executed a search warrant at an apartment unit during which they discovered and seized cocaine, numerous firearms including a sawed-off shotgun, over $1,000 in suspected proceeds of crime and stolen property including cheques and credit cards.As a result, 37-year-old David John Testawich and 29-year-old Charmaine Ominayak, both of Peace River, have been charged with the following offences: Possession of a controlled substanceUnauthorized possession of a prohibited weaponUnsafe storage of firearmsPossession of a stolen credit cardPossession of property obtained by crime under $5,000Possession of proceeds of crime under $5,000Testawich remains in custody pending his first appearance in Peace River provincial court on March 12th, while Ominayak is scheduled to appear in provincial court on April 9th.If you have any information about this or any other crime, please call the Peace Regional RCMP at (780) 624-6611, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.last_img read more

Sahara issue: UNCHR-led family visit exchange program resumed

first_imgLaayoune – The family visit exchange program between the camps of Tindouf, and the southern provinces of the Kingdom, led by the High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), was resumed on Wednesday. According to a statement from the office of the Moroccan Coordination office with MINURSO, the flight which took place on ??Wednesday from and to the cities of Dakhla and Aousserd benefited 191 persons from 42 families. 48 people from the provinces of Oued Ed-Dahab and Aousserd, from 12 families, have left the Dakhla airport for Tindouf, the statement said, adding that 143 people from 30 families arrived on the same plane from the Tindouf camps. Since its launch in March 2004, the family visits exchange program has benefited a total of 19,793 people, including 10,637 from the Tindouf camps, and 9,156 people from the southern provinces.last_img read more

The Pats Comeback Was Incredible — Even If You Think The Falcons

The play he’s talking about came as the Falcons clung to a 28-20 lead with about four minutes left in regulation time. The Patriots had just finished scoring 17 unanswered points to pull to within a single score of Atlanta, and the Falcons had run a grand total of six offensive plays over that span before QB Matt Ryan started the drive at his own 10. Atlanta still had about a 92 percent chance of winning the game according to ESPN’s win probability model, but a window had been opened for the Pats.At first, the Falcons appeared to close it again. Ryan hit Devonta Freeman for a 39-yard gain to reach midfield, and a few plays later, Julio Jones made an amazing catch that seemed destined to join the pantheon of great Patriot-killing Super Bowl grabs. But on second and 11 from the New England 23, the Falcons decided to pass instead of running the ball and setting up an insurance field goal, and Ryan was sacked for a loss of 12. Between that and a 10-yard holding penalty on the subsequent play, the Falcons were pushed out of accurate kicker Matt Bryant’s field-goal range and had to punt the ball back to Brady.The rest, as they say, was history.If the Falcons had run the ball on those second and third downs instead, then kicked the field goal, they’d have forced the Patriots to mount an 11-point comeback with something like 2:30 to play — not an 8-point comeback with 3:30 to go. The odds of a team doing the former are about 3 percent; for the latter, 8 percent.The counter-argument, of course, is that 8 percent is still improbable. Even after the sack and the punt, the Falcons were still overwhelmingly likely to win the game. Only one Super Bowl in history had ever seen a team overcome longer second-half odds. (Granted, it was the Patriots’ victory two years ago.) In order to tie the game, Brady and the Pats still needed to:Convert a third-and-10 from their own 9;Complete a 23-yard pass to Julian Edelman, whose catch rivaled the greatest in Super Bowl history;Complete a 20-yard pass to Danny Amendola;Have James White scamper 20 more yards on two catches;Score a touchdown from the Falcons’ 1;Successfully pull off the 2-point conversion.If just one of those plays goes differently, we might be talking about Atlanta’s first Super Bowl title. And even after all that, the Pats still needed to stop Ryan and the Falcons from quickly driving for the game-winning score with under a minute left (which has happened before), and they needed luck on the opening coin toss of overtime and they needed a handful of big plays in OT in order to win. As you may have heard by now — perhaps from the eardrum-shattering sound of New England Patriots fans booing Roger Goodell — the Patriots are Super Bowl champs, having rallied back from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 on Sunday. The comeback alone was historic, ranking as the most improbable in Super Bowl history, but there’s also a whole layer of history attached to the accomplishments of New England quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, plus the revenge narrative of Deflategate. It’s a lot to keep track of.Amidst all the postgame analysis, however, there’s always a place for second-guessing the Super Bowl loser’s coach. And on Sunday night, New Yorker staff writer James Surowiecki provided an instant classic in the genre: Related: Hot Takedown Hot Takedown’s Super Bowl Special It’s true that the decision to pass instead of run and kick was the proverbial turning point, from which most subsequent plays saw the Pats increase their chances of winning until they hit 100 percent on White’s game-winning TD run. It’s also true that running the ball and going up 11 would have made the Pats’ comeback more difficult — and when you’re going up against the best coach/QB tandem ever, it’s generally not a good idea to gift them free win probability.But in the end, the Falcons still had plenty more chances to snuff out the Pats’ comeback from that point onward. Whether because of poor defense or Brady’s clutch-ness (or both), they didn’t — and it’s the totality of many plays that has us talking about Brady and Belichick’s legacies on Monday, and not crowning a new champion in Atlanta. read more

Should The Devils OneMan Machine Be The NHL MVP

272006PITS. Crosby102S. Gonchar58+44 Source: Hockey-Reference.com 221990DETS. Yzerman127G. Gallant80+47 262006NYRJ. Jagr123M. Nylander79+44 171991QUEJ. Sakic109M. Sundin59+50 To find a bigger gap than Hall’s lead over Hischier, you’d have to go back to 2007-08, when Ovechkin topped fellow Washington forward Nicklas Backstrom by 43 points. It’s no coincidence that most of the biggest differences on that list came in the high-flying offensive era of the 1980s and early ’90s, or in the first few seasons after the 2004-05 NHL lockout. Today’s game isn’t really set up for a player to shoulder as much of his team’s offensive burden as Hall does for the Devils — but New Jersey has made it work anyway. According to Hockey-Reference.com, the Hall-centric Devils have a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.And there’s no question the Devils would be in major trouble without their star scorer. In addition to Hall’s lack of offensive support, New Jersey ranks 17th in save percentage with Keith Kinkaid and Cory Schneider between the pipes and is only in the middle of the pack in terms of denying opponent shots. Hall’s evolution from a 53-point scorer last season (his first with New Jersey) to an MVP candidate2Granted, Hall also showed flashes of this potential in Edmonton, tallying 27 goals and 80 points during the 2013-14 season. Perhaps the Oilers shouldn’t have shipped him away in one of the worst NHL trades in recent memory… has been directly responsible for lifting the Devils from last in the Eastern Conference to a likely playoff berth, the team’s first since 2012.Now, Hall isn’t the only player running on that specific narrative. MacKinnon in particular has also built his Hart candidacy around elevating a formerly terrible team into postseason contention. Nor is Hall likely the best player in the league — that honor probably belongs to McDavid, if not an old standby like Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby. But in terms of pure value to a team, it’s difficult to find a player whose production is more indispensable than Hall’s has been to the Devils this season. 31981EDMW. Gretzky164J. Kurri75+89 41988PITM. Lemieux168D. Quinn79+89 211981CGYK. Nilsson131G. Chouinard83+48 21983EDMW. Gretzky196M. Messier106+90 51989PITM. Lemieux199R. Brown115+84 91985EDMW. Gretzky208J. Kurri135+73 111996MDAP. Kariya108S. Rucchin44+64 101991LAKW. Gretzky163L. Robitaille91+72 No. 1 scorerNo. 2 scorer 121989DETS. Yzerman155G. Gallant93+62 131986PITM. Lemieux141M. Bullard83+58 Taylor Hall’s place among the NHL’s top one-man offensesBiggest difference between a team’s No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, 1951-2018 151993TORD. Gilmour127N. Borschevsky74+53 191993PITM. Lemieux160K. Stevens111+49 202006WSHA. Ovechkin106D. Zubrus57+49 281980EDMW. Gretzky137B. MacDonald94+43 292008WSHA. Ovechkin112N. Backstrom69+43 161979MTLG. Lafleur129S. Shutt77+52 142001FLAP. Bure92V. Kozlov37+55 81987EDMW. Gretzky183J. Kurri108+75 231993NYIP. Turgeon132S. Thomas87+45 241994LAKW. Gretzky130L. Robitaille86+44 11982EDMW. Gretzky212G. Anderson105+107 61984EDMW. Gretzky205P. Coffey126+79 SeasonTeamPlayerPointsPlayerPointsGap 181982WSHD. Maruk136R. Walter87+49 71986EDMW. Gretzky215P. Coffey138+77 302018NJDT. Hall93N. Hischier51+42 With days left in the NHL regular season, the race for the Hart Trophy — the league’s MVP award — is as wide-open as it’s been in years. The defending winner, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, once again leads the league in scoring … but his team will miss the playoffs. Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov ranks second, but he cooled off after a red-hot start (and he has to share credit/votes with teammate Steven Stamkos anyway). The leading goal-scorer, three-time MVP Alex Ovechkin of the Capitals, doesn’t even crack the top 10 in total points. And while Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon is the betting favorite for MVP, he’s hardly a lock at only fifth in points and 10th in goals.Right into the middle of this fracas has skated New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, who has been scorching hot in the second half of the season and is seemingly willing New Jersey back into relevance. Hall, who earlier this year had a franchise-record 26-game point streak, now has seven goals and 15 points in his last seven games, including this short-handed game-winner Sunday against the Canadiens:The Hall-for-MVP case mainly rests in just how vital he’s been to the Devils’ offense this season. Hall has either scored or assisted on 39 percent of New Jersey’s goals, almost single-handedly dragging the team to its current 12th-place ranking in scoring. The Devils’ second-leading scorer, 19-year-old NHL rookie Nico Hischier, has notched 51 points on the season — 42 fewer than Hall’s team-leading tally.1For good measure, Hall has had a hand in nearly half of Hischier’s points this season. Not only is that easily the biggest gap in the NHL this year (No. 2 is the 35-point gulf between McDavid and Leon Draisaitl), it’s the biggest the league has seen in a decade and the 30th-biggest difference between a team’s leading scorer and runner-up in a season since 1950-51: 251999PITJ. Jagr127M. Straka83+44 read more