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The Nashville Predators acquired a defenceman with offensive upside, in exchange for a veteran with a long-term contract. Numbers Game examines the deal that sees Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Klein switch places. The Predators Get: D Michael Del Zotto. Del Zotto, 23, has been a decent, if not altogether consistent, puck-moving defenceman through 292 NHL games, but he never seemed to connect with new Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and was playing a career-low 17:45 per game this season, after logging a career-high 23:10 for the Rangers last season. The ideal for Del Zotto is to play in an offensive role, working the power play, where he has tallied 48 of his 121 career points (39.7%) and that contribution helps offset otherwise mediocre numbers at even strength. During his five-year career, Del Zotto is a little above average in terms of offensive production (ranking 56th in points per 60 minutes, among 161 defencemen to play a minimum of 3000 5-on-5 minutes). His possession numbers are less inspiring, ranking 102nd out of that same group of 161, while starting a healthy percentage of his shifts in the offensive zone. Playing on the Rangers third pairing this year also means that Del Zotto has faced a lower level of competition than he has in previous seasons and its not as though hes excelled against that weaker competition, so theres a decent chance that Del Zotto is going to need protection in Nashville. While Del Zotto might be a useful addition as a lefthanded shot, on a blueline that was leaning right, hell need to play better if hes going to fill a top-four role on a nightly basis. He is only 23, so there is the possibility that he will improv but, with Roman Josi and Mattias Ekholm the left shooting defencemen in the top four for Nashville lately, Del Zotto figures to be competing with Ekholm for second-pair playing time. When it comes to the power play, Del Zotto could get a look ahead of Ryan Ellis on the second pairing. At a cap hit of $2.55-million, Del Zotto will be a restricted free agent at seasons end, which makes the rest of this season an audition, a chance for Del Zotto to rehabilitate his value after a tough start to the year, and if he doesnt, then the Predators will likely have a more affordable (albeit less appealing) option on the blueline. Ultimately, Del Zottos offensive upside, in addition to increased salary flexibility, makes the deal worthwhile for the Predators. The Rangers Get: D Kevin Klein. Klein is a 29-year-old right-shooting defenceman who will never be confused for an offensive dynamo. Hes talled 82 points in 403 career games, including three points in 47 games this season, but it doesnt mean he doesnt have some skill when presented with a scoring opportunity. Nevertheless, while Klein has played top four minutes on the Nashville blueline over the past five seasons, hes taken some lumps in that role. His possession stats, like most in Nashville, arent good (ranking 146th out of the aforementioned group of 161), but that does come with the caveat of starting the majority of his shifts in the defensive zone and, generally, facing a decent level of competition. In New York, Klein will take over Del Zottos spot on the third pairing, which will allow John Moore to move back to his natural left side and the easier level of competition in that role ought to help Klein. There is some congruity in the righty-lefty shooting part of this deal. Klein is under contract for four more season, at a cap hit of $2.9-million per season, a tad pricey for the third pairing, but thats likely where he fits. Klein offers some insurance if the Rangers lose Dan Girardi as an unrestricted free agent in the summer but, based on his career to this point, its not as though Klein ought to be tasked with taking on the oppositions best forwards. He can play some of those hard minutes, but chances are its asking too much. The price tag on Klein is dubious because of the term remaining on his contract. If this hasnt been a great season for him, how much better will it be when hes 32 or 33-years-old? Given that questionable value, it doesnt speak too well about the perceived value of Del Zotto around the league. Having a legitimate NHL defenceman, who has handled top-four minutes, under contract might offer some safety to the Blueshirts and thats essentially what this deal is. Taking a defensive defenceman, under contract, in exchange for an offensive defenceman that is headed for restricted free agency. Barring improvement, both could end up on the third pairings for their new teams. Scott Cullen can be reached at and followed on Twitter at For more, check out TSN Fantasy on Facebook. Custom Baseball Jerseys China . 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These two Pac-12 rivals have met a 158 times on the basketball court in their series history, and the all-time advantage favors California by just two games, 80-78. The programs met last February in Seattle, which saw the Golden Bears come away with a 72-59 road win. Overall, Washington seriously struggled to get any sort of offense going in the teams home loss - the first of the season - against Stony Brook. The Huskies shot a mere 34.3 percent for the game from the field, and connected on only 3-of-10 shooting from 3-point range. The Seawolves did a stellar job limiting Washingtons best players, as Nigel Williams-Goss and Robert Upshaw each netted 10 points apiece to lead the team as the only Huskies players in double digits. Upshaw chipped in 11 rebounds for the double-double, and Jernard Jarreau added 10 boards in the loss. Williams-Goss leads a group of four players averraging a double-digit point total this season, as the guard is netting 13.dddddddddddd6 ppg this season with a team- best 80 assists. The Huskies are scoring 70.8 ppg on 44.5 percent shooting from the floor, but the teams scoring defense has been the real story so far. Washington is allowing just 58.7 ppg to opponents on an especially low 33.9 shooting percentage. Andrew Andrews (12.0 ppg), Upshaw (10.8 ppg) and Shawn Kemp Jr. (10.3 ppg) round out the teams double-digit scorers. California will be hoping for a complete turnaround in terms of offensive success against the Huskies on Friday. The Golden Bears netted just 39.1 percent of their field goal tries in the teams three-point loss to CSU Bakersfield, including just 2-of-15 from 3-point distance. Tyrone Wallace led the way for the Bears with 17 points, also grabbing nine rebounds in the defeat to come just short of a double-double. David Kravish did complete the double-double for Cal, netting 14 points with 10 rebounds. Wallace has played well enough to already garner attention as a potential Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year candidate. The guard leads the team in all three major statistical categories. Wallace enters the game against Washington averaging 19.2 ppg, 8.8 rpg, and has dished out 53 assists in just under 35 minutes per outing. Jordan Mathews (12.8 ppg) and Kravish (10.6 ppg) are the teams other two double-digit scorers, although Jabari Bird (11.7 ppg in six games played) would help out the scoring effort plenty if he were healthy. He will miss yet another game with a bruised left foot. ' ' '
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