Thumbs up to Canada… well, of course. Specifically, thumbs up to the Canadian-based teams in the NHL, or at least most of them. If the Stanley Cup playoffs began immediately, five of the seven Canadian-based teams would qualify. But, OK, the playoffs dont start until April. Still, five - even in mid-December - is a big jump from one last season. The Montreal Canadiens had the playoff spotlight all to themselves in the 2013-14 playoffs, and they held our interest for three rounds. It would be nice if they had some company this time and Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto offer such hope. Which brings us to Ottawa and Edmonton, and to doubts that the number of Canadas playoff teams could rise above five. In case youre wondering if the Stanley Cup playoffs have ever featured seven teams from Canada, the answer is yes. The history lesson takes us back to 1986, when Montreal beat Calgary in the Stanley Cup final. Toronto and Vancouver were also playoff teams, and for the first time together, all three Canadian teams that had come from the WHA - Edmonton, Quebec and Winnipeg - made the playoffs. So cmon, Senators and Oilers, how about seven again… One of these years? Thumbs up to Jaromir Jagr… well, of course. Specifically, thumbs up to the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer who recently played the 1,500th game of his career - no other active NHLer has played 1,400. Jagr has scored 710 goals. No other active NHL player has scored 600. Jagrs assist total is 1062. No other player in the league today has reached the 900 mark. And Jagrs point total now sits at 1,772, fifth on the all-time list, and 552 points more than his nearest current rival, Joe Thornton. 552 is a career total never attained by a lot of good NHL players. Whats my point in listing Jagrs statistical accomplishments? Im afraid he might not get a chance to add to his playoff totals, and he needs just one more point for 200, a milestone only ever reached by four members of the Edmonton Oilers dynasty; Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Jari Kurri and Glenn Anderson. Maybe theres no reason to think Jagr is considering retirement, maybe the New Jersey Devils can sneak into the playoffs, and if thats not likely, maybe theyll trade Jagr at the deadline. He has never missed the playoffs two years in a row, so I hope that doesnt happen this season and I hope his last NHL game - whenever he plays it and whatever uniform hes wearing - is a playoff game. Fake Vans From China . -- Ryan Gropp scored in overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds shut out the Spokane Chiefs 1-0 in Western Hockey League play Tuesday. 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Fake Vans Cheap . -- Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.ARLINGTON, Va. - The Washington Capitals acquired forward Dustin Penner from the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday, adding another potential candidate for the top line of Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. The Capitals gave up a fourth-round pick in this years draft for what is essentially a 20-game rental. Penner signed a one-year, $2 million contract last year and is set to become a free agent this summer. The Capitals began the day in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007. They have struggled in particular on defence, an area they could address before Wednesdays NHL trade deadline. Penner, 31, has played foor the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Anaheim over nine NHL seasons.dddddddddddd He had 13 goals and 19 assists with the Ducks this season. He would appear to be a natural fit at left wing on the Capitals top line. Coach Adam Oates best options to partner with Ovechkin and Backstrom have been Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich and Martin Erat, but none of the three has looked suited for the role. "I look forward to coming in," Penner said, "and hopefully adding something they were looking for." The deal returns to the Ducks the fourth-round pick they sent to Washington in the trade for Mathieu Perreault in September. ' ' '