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Sergei Zubov has earned 35 points in 46 games this season, but has been hampered by injuries. (Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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THN.com Blog: Falling Stars, flailing Ducks and fantastic Flyers

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A few random thoughts bouncing around my head as the season winds down…

A little more than a week ago, Dallas was my pick to win the Stanley Cup, but after learning Sergei Zubov may not be ready for the playoffs I’m thinking of joining the majority of my officemates in swimming with the Sharks. Zubov, perhaps the NHL’s most underrated blueliner, is key to Dallas’s success and the Stars are destined to be a first-round supernova if he’s on the sidelines…

Florida simply isn’t big enough for coach/GM Jacques Martin and Olli Jokinen. This head-to-head matchup will come to a climax in the summer with only one surviving…

Remember when a team hitting the 100-point plateau actually meant something?...

The unrestricted free agent goalie market is pretty slim, making Nashville’s Dan Ellis a potential hot commodity come July 1. Not even scheduled to be part of the Preds’ NHL roster entering the season, the former Dallas draft pick (60th overall in ’00) took over the No. 1 spot as February came to a close and leads the league in save percentage at .924. The 27-year-old can expect a hefty raise on the $500,000 he’s pulling down this season…

When Anaheim GM Brian Burke threw $4 million per at Todd Bertuzzi, I’m sure he expected more than just 14 goals through 66 games…

News out of Chicago that all Blackhawks games will be televised next season is not only good news for fans of the team, but the league as a whole. A thriving team in the States’ third-biggest market is crucial to the game…

If I may get Seussian for a moment - do lemurs have femurs? Why, yes, they do, and they’re about as small as Buffalo’s playoff hopes. Sorry Sabres fans, you deserve better…

It’s time to give credit where credit is due: The Philadelphia Flyers have had an excellent season considering they were far and away the league’s worst team last year – and by far and away I mean there was 11 points between them and 29th-place Phoenix. Questionable contracts aside, Philly’s single-season turnaround is enough to make any fan of the Jackets, Kings, Blues, Leafs, Hawks or Coyotes quite jealous. Paul Holmgren and his staff deserve a nod.

Edward Fraser is the editor of thehockeynews.com. His blog appears Thursdays.

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THN.com Blog: Falling Stars, flailing Ducks and fantastic Flyers