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Around the NHL: Volume 1

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Western Conference

  1. Chicago hasn’t lost in regulation yet.  With 35 points in 19 games played, they’re on pace for 88 points in a 48 game season.  Considering the Columbus Blue Jackets had 65 in a full 82 game season, you have to be impressed with their start.
  2. St. Louis is finding serious twine on their power play, ranked 1st in the league at 30 percent. 
  3. Detroit is a point out of the playoffs, but I see them making it.  They have two of the best playmakers in Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datysuk, and Niklas Kronwall is one of the hardest open-ice hitters in the game.  Just ask Jakub Voracek.
  4. Joe Thornton has to be considered one of the greatest passers of this generation.  He has 15 assists and might reach 800 for his career total by the season’s end.
  5. Anaheim is still quacking at second in the conference. With the team aging (Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne are always rumored to be retiring), this might be the last year for another Cup run.

 

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Eastern Conference

  1. The Buffalo Sabres are thanking their lucky sharp blades Thomas Vanek is producing like an Industrial Revolution-era factory right now. He’s first in goals in the league, but they’re still last place in the conference, partly because of several key injuries, including former Flyer Ville Leino, who signed last season for the GDP of Canada. Last season in 71 games, Leino had 8 goals. 
  2. So how have the Bruins been so successful the last couple of years? They’re huge physical specimens, everyone on the squad can play on both ends of the ice, and they always have steady goaltending, even with Tim Thomas missing.  Simple, yet effective.
  3. If the season ended today, I’d have to give the Vezina to Montreal’s Carey Price.  He’s tied for the lead in wins with 10, with a goals against of 1.90.  Also, the team that ended in last in the conference last year is now on top of it with 27 points.
  4. The Penguins are hoping Evgeni Malkin’s concussion isn’t the lingering, season-ender that Sidney Crosby dealt with a season ago.  He has been out since he went down February 22nd against the Florida Panthers.
  5. I don’t think you can blame the Washington Capital’s woes solely on the broad shoulders of Alex Ovechkin.  He still has 8 goals and 7 assists on an underpowered team. 

 

 

 

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