Every season there are players who because of injuries, changes in coaches, or family issues just fall off a cliff in terms of performance or their interaction with their team. The following year some players bounce back. In some cases
It is a truism in sports; football, and hockey most of all that defense wins championships. We’ve seen it year after year. This year it seems to be adding a wrinkle to itself. Powerplays are costing teams games. Not by
This is a feature that will run about every two weeks with improbable stats and situations in the National Hockey League. Players: Dion Phanuef at a staggering .956 would have the highest on ice sv% of any NHL defenseman
The west is a very intruiging mix this year. Because of how few teams there are in the west, the races will be very, very tight after the number two slot in each division. The Pacific Division: The Phoenix Coyotes:
The Anahiem Ducks had an enormous regular season. Then in the playoffs they fell to the weaker Detroit Red Wings when they couldn’t push the dagger into finish the series and advance. Since then they have traded away Olympian, and
Lots, and lots of action on day one with perhaps the most talked about contract going to someone who only held the spotlight for one season, Jason Garrison. I’m not a big fan of contracts over five or six year,
The first team to win a Stanley Cup in California did not have a great season last year. Undoubtedly part of that was goalie Jonas Hiller having the worst year of his professional career. Sadly he still ended up having
LA Kings. If this team can gel as a unit and put up more goals they are likely to be finish around the 110 point mark.
San Jose Sharks. This is one of those teams that seams to own the regular season without even a signed offer sheet on the playoffs. They have a very good chance of winning the division if they can keep their goaltenders from having to be any better than average.
St Louis Blues What has been a combination frat party and hospital ward for the past two or three years could turn into an uptempo hard checking playoff team if it can tone down either of those aspects. Talented yes, focused, sometimes, healthy, in spurts. If you really want to know where the team will finish, pull out your d30 and roll it a few times that should be just as accurate as anything anyone else can tell you.
The last several weeks have seen quite an improvement in the hundred million dollar man, and his team. They are the hottest team in hockey right now and he’s having a respectable season all of a sudden. Kovalchuck enters the