This week in the hockey world, we had a 3 day break with no games, but that doesn’t mean we had a slow week. We still had quite the amount of action to fill you guys in on, so here we go, in this week’s Week in Review.
Anaheim [Mighty] Ducks (2-1-0) – With a couple of key division wins, these guys are now tied for the lead in the President’s Trophy race with the Blackhawks. That was a gorgeous 10-game winning streak that just was halted against Phoenix.
Boston Bruins (2-1-0) – Their two wins this week combined for a score of Bruins 11, Nashville/Ottawa 2. If their offense gets rolling like that, I don’t see anyone stopping them. However, Dennis Seidenberg is now ruled out for the season with a torn ACL/MCL. Ouch.
Buffalo Sabres (2-0-1) – #Buttgoal.
Calgary Flames (1-2-0) – Beating the Blues is no easy task, but neither is getting shut out by the Oilers. It takes skill just to not score on them.
Carolina Hurricanes (0-2-1) – Their slide increases to 5 games without a win, and don’t look now, but the Islanders are right behind them.
Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-1) – Amazing game vs. the Blues, despite taking the SO loss. Crushing the Devils and Avalanche make up for that loss. Can anyone stop them from scoring 5 goals per game? They average just under 4 goals per game, which is unheard of.
Colorado Avalanche (0-1-2) – Tough losses against San Jose and Winnipeg, but everyone will have fresh in their mind that pounding from the Hawks.
Columbus Blue Jackets (2-1-0) – Key divisional wins against New Jersey and Carolina are the kind of thing that will keep them alive in this logjam for 3rd in the Metro.
Dallas Stars (2-0-1) – The Stars became the first team to beat phenom Kings’ goalie Martin Jones, and 5 goals tells me that it wasn’t a fluke loss. Also, they caught the Wild and passed them for 4th in the Central. Tale of two teams trending in opposite directions.
Detroit Red Wings (1-1-0) – Their 3-0 loss to the Islanders is a fine example of how the Wings have been playing lately. In other news, Jimmy Howard has gotten many get well sooner cards.
Edmonton Oilers (2-0-1) – Claude Giroux’s shootout winner against the Oilers Saturday night was funny, because Giroux simply skated up and calmly put it through Ilya Bryzgalov’s 5-hole. As if he knew somehow Bryz’s one weakness…
Florida Panthers (1-2-0) – A new shiny scoreboard will put fans in the seats, right? They have to be able to see it, duh.
Los Angeles Kings (0-2-0) – Martin Jones is human, again. The Kings fell behind the Sharks, again. Coincidence?
Minnesota Wild (0-3-0) – They have successfully blown a double digit point lead. According to sportsclubstats.com, their chances to make the playoffs dipped a bit, from over 80% to now 7.2%. I know it’s early still, but where’s that panic button?
Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0) – They are probably going to be jockeying with the Lightning between 2nd and 3rd in the Atlantic for the rest of the year. Funny part of that is, is that if that’s true, they are first round opponents.
Nashville Predators (1-2-0) – What a win for them against the Kings on Saturday. Giving up the tying goal with 35 seconds left, then scoring to take back the lead just 10 seconds later. Wow.
New Jersey Devils (1-1-1) – Travis Zajac’s game winning goal on the Island was off his face. Way to use your head!…*cricket noises*.
New York Islanders (2-1-0) – Evgeni Nabakov returns, and all of the sudden the Islanders re-learn how to play hockey. They must be related…
New York Rangers (2-1-0) – Captain Ryan Callahan is getting there, but for the Rangers to succeed, they need him on the ice, not in rehab.
Ottawa Senators (2-1-0) – After spanking the Penguins 5-0, they get the favor returned by the Bruins by the same score. Funny how hockey can work.
Philadelphia Flyers (2-0-0) – They are becoming just as pesky as they were before they decided to stink for the first month of the year. Just ask the Oilers.
Phoenix Coyotes (0-0-3) – Ownership apparently isn’t happy with how attendance is going so far this year. Did they know how long it took to find a buyer who would invest in the team?
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) – Losing Pascal Dupuis to a torn ACL is bad news for the Pens. The injury bug seems to like it in Pittsburgh.
San Jose Sharks (3-0-0) – 3 wins against 3 tough opponents tells us that the Sharks are primed for a good bounce back. They still won’t have their Teenage Mutant Ninja Hertl for the season, though.
St. Louis Blues (2-0-1) – Crazy comeback against the Hawks with 2 goals in the final 4 minutes. Those are the games that make the NHL so much fun to watch. The question is, can they do that without top goal-getter Alex Steen for a while?
Tampa Bay Lightning (1-1-1) – Who would have thought they’d be in second in the division after Stamkos went down a month and a half ago? Their offense seems to be doing just fine, putting up a 6 spot on the Panthers in Sunrise.
Toronto Maple Leafs (2-0-1) – They gave up a goal to John Scott. Really?
Vancouver Canucks (1-0-0) – A very restful week for the Nucks, playing one game in Calgary. They need the rest, because they have 4 games next week.
Washington Capitals (1-1-1) – As long as the Caps tread water, they get whoever wins the race in the Metro among the many teams in it. Not a bad spot, actually.
Winnipeg Jets (2-1-0) – They took their opportunity to beat up on some recently struggling teams, and got 2 much needed wins. They are still 4 points out of that 4th spot in the Central, despite having played 3 more games than Dallas.
Goal of the Week
Corey Tropp of the Columbus Blue Jackets delivers this stunner of a goal against the Penguins;
In the box this week
Rochester Americans’ Frederick Roy. In case you didn’t know, this is the son of Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy, who has had a history of temper problems (goalies are so weird). Frederick was ejected from a game in Switzerland, during the Spangler Cup, and didn’t quite like the call. Here’s what he did (some NSFW language, consider yourself warned):
Well, like father like son. Doesn’t excuse him from doing that though. He later apologized after getting sent to the corner to think about what he did.
That wraps up another active week in the NHL. Tune in next week for the Winter Classic. See you then, puck-heads!