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Hot Takedown: Duke Wins; Opening Day; Hedging Hockey

Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 7, 2015), we discuss Duke’s win in the NCAA tournament; whether the Padres made themselves a contender through their blockbuster trade with the Braves; how the NHL’s scoring system creates bizarre incentives for teams; and whether a pro women’s soccer team will finally succeed in the U.S.

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Chadwick Matlin was a deputy managing editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Kate Fagan is a writer for espnW and a regular panelist on the FiveThirtyEight sports podcast Hot Takedown.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Allison McCann is a former visual journalist for FiveThirtyEight.