Greetings, hockey fans! This week, we changed calendars, and witnessed a shining example of hockey’s beauty. More suspension talk and some massive standings shake-ups are included, in this week’s Week in Review.
Anaheim [Mighty] Ducks (3-0-0) – Winners of 9 of their last 10 games, the Ducks are arguably the hottest team in the NHL, and still have yet to be beaten in regulation on the Pond. In case you are wondering the record, it’s 26 games set by the 79-80 Flyers.
Boston Bruins (2-1-0) – A rough loss to the Islanders puts a small mark on this otherwise smooth-sailing week for the B’s.
Calgary Flames (0-2-0) – They have 1 goal in their last 4 games. That’s bordering on pathetic.
Carolina Hurricanes (4-0-0) – Just when you think you can count them out, they win 4 in a row. That’s the story of the Metropolitan this year.
Chicago Blackhawks (2-0-2) – Patrick Sharp seems to pull hat-tricks out of anywhere. That makes 2 in the last month. Of course he plays for Chicago.
Colorado Avalanche (3-0-0) – 6 points behind the Blues, 7 ahead of the Wild, I think the Avalanche are now safely in third in the Central. But who knows what could happen here on out?
Columbus Blue Jackets (1-2-0) – Nathan Horton returned and scored the first goal of the game in Phoenix, and it was a game-winner. The next game? They lose 6-2 to the Blues.
Dallas Stars (1-2-0) – They may have cooled a bit, thanks to Montreal’s PK Subban, but with 3 games at hand on the streaky Wild, they should feel just fine.
Detroit Red Wings (1-1-1) – The Winter Classic was awesome, yes, but the game itself was crappy and cold. And now they have to travel a ton. Yay for scheduling snafus!
Edmonton Oilers (1-2-1) – I think I might take every Oilers’ post in Week in Reviews from here on out just to make fun of Ilya Bryzgalov. Until they fire sale, at least.
Florida Panthers (1-0-1) – Splitting 2 shootouts this week. Splitting head-aches for upper management this season. Coincidence?
Los Angeles Kings (1-3-0) – They are thanking their lucky celebrity stars that Jonathan Quick is back. First game, lets in just 1 in a win against Vancouver. Them and the USOC.
Minnesota Wild (2-1-0) – 5 goals on 11 shots vs. Washington, including 3 goals on 3 power play shots. Braden Holtby was either in net or somewhere else, we couldn’t tell.
Montreal Canadiens (1-0-2) – A bat made it’s way into the Bell Centre without a ticket. Either it snuck in, or the Habs were trying to scare their opponent. Or they signed Dracula. Or [insert joke here].
Nashville Predators (1-1-2) – Still ways away from seeing Pekka Rinne in net. Also ways away from a chance at the playoffs. Coincidence?
New Jersey Devils (1-2-0) – After an emotional win against the Penguins, they let the Blackhawks be the Blackhawks for about 5 minutes, costing them the game, and had an ugly loss to the Sabres (which New Jersey is blaming on the referees).
New York Islanders (2-1-0) – They managed to beat Chicago. Maybe there is life in this team.
New York Rangers (2-1-0) – They forgot to show up against the Penguins, then blasted the Leafs, and traded for tough guy Dan Carcillo. Why can’t this team make up their minds?
Ottawa Senators (3-0-0) – They are heating up, and now just 2 points back of the Leafs. Sure, why not throw another contender into the Eastern wild-card mess?
Philadelphia Flyers (3-1-0) – They unseeded Washington as the #2 team in the Metropolitan. Remember when they were a joke?
Phoenix Coyotes (1-2-0) – Winning just 2 of their last 10 will not help them in the standings or on their bottom line. That 5th year opt out clause on the ownership contract is looking tasty right now.
Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) – For some reason, they have a very difficult time with winning in the Prudential Center. They don’t play them again this year, and are very thankful for it.
San Jose Sharks (2-2-0) – Alex Stalock looked great in a shootout win in Chicago. That’s a good sign for the future, considering everyone saying their window is closing soon.
St. Louis Blues (3-0-0) – They smacked the Kings 5-0 and the Jackets 6-2. Still have the fewest losses in the league too. Why is no one else lauding their regular season dominance? Oh right, the playoffs count too.
Tampa Bay Lightning (2-1-0) – Who would have thought that their only loss in Western Canada was to Ilya Bryzgalov and the Oilers? Yeah, I joke about Bryz with other teams too.
Toronto Maple Leafs (1-1-0) – After a win on the big stage in the Big House, they triumphantly return home, and gut-checked by the Rangers, 7-1. They might just fall behind Ottawa this week.
Vancouver Canucks (0-2-2) – So much for Roberto Luongo coming back. They can still trade him, right?
Washington Capitals (0-2-1) – They got passed by Philadelphia this week. Ovechkin can’t do it on his own, people. Looking your way, Braden Holtby (see Minnesota Wild).
Winnipeg Jets (1-3-0) – They held the lead in Pittsburgh, which isn’t something many teams can say. But did they win? Hahahaha no.
Goal of the Week: Thomas Tatar of the Detroit Red Wings cut through the Stars like a hot knife through butter:
In the box this week: Some dumb Red Wings fan tried to video-bomb a field reporter by the Winter Classic:
Ice – 1. Red Wings fan – 0. Karma – 1,000,000.
Next week, we will have some more fun in the NHL. Happy hockey, puck-heads!