Trying out some changes. This thing takes an hour or two to put together usually, and work gets pretty hectic so it ends up getting missed every now and then. So I will try something else. mainly, instead of having the NHL standings, there will just be a link to the NHL site and some comments about them. We will continue to have an update on the Barons, Oil Kings and the POTF pools. Plus any NHL news that I find interesting.
The Oilers won a fucking game! Holy shit! And Khabibulin wasn’t in net…go figure. We are still 30th though, although Ottawa is looking to make it interesting at the end. Rangers were apparently scouting the Hershey Bears (re: Souray) and according to Sportsnet dude, he’s too slow for the A. That’s not good for us. Also, apparently the Thrashers have been scouting our team for the past 3 games…although when you think about the fact that we are a terrible team in dead last and its only three weeks to the trade deadline that probably shouldn’t be too surprising. Oh, and Dubnyk got his first shutout. Congrats to him.
In other league news Stamkos hit 40; Savard broke his grape again (or got it broke); Kessel doesn’t really like his coach (I’d laugh if Burke tried to shop him around for 2 firsts and got a whole bunch of “Not a chance” responses); Crosby is out till March and now Malkin out for the season; Brent Johnson knocked the fuck out of DiPietro; Conroy was fired/forced retired in Calgary; and the Dallas/Boston game ruled (well at least the first few minutes).
Anyways, on to the standings:
A few things jump out at me here. First is How amazing terrible the Oilers are compared to the rest of the west. Also, spots 14 thru 4 in the west are separated by 9 points. That’s crazy with only a little under 30 games left. The east doesn’t have the same craziness however spots 7th thru 9th should be a decent battle going to the end, with a chance that Buffalo or Florida make some noise too. The Devils are also 7-1-2 in the last 10! Calgary is too! Edmonton is 2-7-1 with only Ottawa being worse the past 10 games (0-8-2).
The bottom of the east looks terrible (Oilers style terrible too). The 14th place team in the west is higher in the standings than the 10th place eastern team.
Barons currently sit 7th in the conference, 1 point up on 8th and 3 up on 9th. That said, they are only 1 point out of 3rd but have played more games than most other teams.
Alexandre Giroux is second in scoring with 60 points in 53 games, and Moran is 8th with 47 in 53. McDonald is 3rd on the team with 33 in 53. Gerber is still the best goalie, but JDD seems to have closed the gap a bit and also brought his stats to a more respectable level.
The Oil Kings are 6th in the conference, 4 points up on 8th and 7 points out of 5th. Surprisingly the Hitmen are dead last. Awesome.
No Oil Kings are in the top 20 of scoring and neither are any Oilers prospects (although the Nuge is 3rd). Hamilton and Pitlick are both in the top 40 though. Bunz is also the third best goalie in the W.
Foiled Again Too