Just a reminder to those in the pools, the playoffs are starting soon. Only the top 6 teams make the main playoff part, however if you didn’t make that then there is still the consolation playoff to keep in mind. Also, super close in the pools for the next two weeks.
As for the Oilers, well Hall’s season is over. Dude was having a pretty good rookie season (Calder was an outside shot with Skinner, Couture and some rookie goalies in there) but he’s been the best chance for a Oiler Calder winner ever (although we all know Gretzky should have won).
In other news Hemsky got hurt (rotator cuff injury) and will be out for 2-3 weeks. Despite this, I still think he’s our best player and needs to be re-upped for another 3 years at a minimum.
In other league news Crosby still has a concussion (doubt we will see him back this year).
Gillies just came back from a 9 game suspension and proceeds to get a 10 gamer (on what I didn’t think was that bad of a hit at all).
Probert’s had his brain donated to medical study and it showed that he suffered from some brain damage. Question now becomes, how much of this was the fighting, how much was the hockey and how much was the lifestyle. Personally I think it has to do with the hockey, cause while bare knuckle brawling isn’t the best for the dome, I just think that the speed that the players are going and hitting each other, essentially with body armor on, can’t be good for the noodle.
Big news the last couple days is that the Coyotes might not be able to be sold (as it was depending on some crap to be sold which a government watchdog agency is saying isn’t cool). Wouldn’t be surprised to see the team move to Winnipeg here in the next couple weeks. (Thrashers are also looking for buyers…I bet Quebec can’t get that rink built quick enough)
And finally, everyone is talking about Chara’s hit on Pacioretty last night. Personally, don’t think its a bad hit at all. If it were to happen 2 feet further up, or 2 feet further down the ice then we wouldn’t be talking about it at all. I’m not even sure its actually interference either. But I am glad that dude is seeming to be OK.
On another note, I’ve been finding myself really enjoying Justin Bourne’s stuff at puck daddy, and therefore I shall recommend it to you fine people.
And now to the standings:
Racki mentioned that he likes seeing the standings, so I decided that I’ll just take a screenshot with a link. That way we can still see what they looked like next year.
The top part of the conference seems to be gaining some separation from the bubble teams. I would have to say that Montreal and above have all really locked up a playoff spot (obviously without one of them going 0-10 in the next bit). Rangers have gotten a couple big wins lately. I really think that Buffalo and Carolina will battle it out for the last spot, as Toronto has too much room to make up (although they keep getting the Bettman loser point). Atlanta and New Jersey are up there too, but still, I think they are all too far back.
The west is starting to see some separation too. Where it was only 2 points separating 5th from 11th, now we see it is 4 points. I can’t recall when it has been this tight, but from 4th (80 points) to 11th (75 points) any of those teams could make it.
Ah, back in last. I’m pretty sure that at this point, the Oilers have locked up 29th or 30th.
Barons have dropped to 10th in the conference, with 73 points and 63 games played. 8th place (Chicago Wolves) currently has 74 points with 66 games played. Looks like it’s a battle to the end in the AHL as well. Although the Oilers haven’t done OKC any favors calling up their points leaders all year plus the better goalie for some time too.
Giroux is still sitting 2nd in league scoring with 65 points in 61 games and Moran is sitting 10th with 54 in 63. Gerber is the 18th ranked goalie.
Oil Kings sit in 6th in the conference with 67 points in 67 games (I think there are only 6 or 7 games left in the season too). Haven’t locked up a playoff spot, but with 8th 10 points back I’m sure its only a formality at this point.
Dylan Wruck still leads the team in points with 74 in 66 games, and sits 26th in league scoring. Michael St. Croix sits in 33rd with 72 points. Oiler prospect Hamilton is 21st, and Pitlick is 46th in scoring. Jon Groenheyde is 14th and Laurent Brossoit is ranked 16th in WHL goalies, with Oiler prospect Bunz sitting 3rd.
Again, reminder the playoffs start soon. And 6th place is the cutoff (for the main playoff, there is still the consolation playoff). Looks like it’ll be a dogfight to the end in these leagues too.
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