Get in the Fast Lane, Grandma, FanIQ Presents NHL Mid-Season Grades!
Edmonton Oilers (GP=25, 9-11-5, 23 points, 4th Northwest Division, 14th Western Conference)
They got their most impressive win of the year against the Hawks IN Chicago, but they still stink overall. They're vasty outscored, hung on for dear life against the Hawks, and have only 3 wins in their last 10. I'm still not impressed, this team still has a long way to go. They may end up finishing last in the West yet again. When is it going to stop? They have to get better at some point, right? FEH!
Florida Panthers (GP=26, 7-13-6, 20 points, 5th Southeast Division, 15th Eastern Conference)
They're currently the worst team in the entire league, fewest wins, worst goal differential at a whopping -34, just 4 wins on home ice out of 15 games, 2 wins in their last 10, and even when they win it's ugly. No lead is safe with this team, Jose Theodore is washed up, and they might be the only thing stopping Edmonton from getting the #1 draft pick this summer...FEH!
Los Angeles Kings (GP=24, 14-8-2, 30 points, 2nd Pacific Division, 5th Western Conference)
So much for the early season Stanley Cup hangover. Don't look now, but here they come, all the way up to 5th in the West thanks to going 8-2 in their last 10. They're 5-6-1 on the road, but this team has turned it on behind Jeff Carter who is putting everything in the back of the net these days. This team is only continuing to get better, and that could spell trouble for the rest of the West...MM-HAH!
Minnesota Wild (GP=24, 13-9-2, 28 points, 1st Northwest Division, 3rd Western Conference)
They took over the division lead, but they're a winning team with a minus in the goal differential. They're nearly untouchable on home ice, but they're awful on the road. This team has a tremendous lack of scoring, 3rd fewest goals in the NHL, even Florida has scored more goals than them! Yes they're a winning team, but if they don't pick up the scoring it could spell trouble...EHH.
Montreal Canadiens (GP=26, 17-5-4, 38 points, 1st Northeast Division, 1st Eastern Conference)
Les Habitants sont feu sur la glace! Translation, the Habs are fire on ice! Andrei Markov is back and it's evident how much they've missed him. They're atop the Eastern Conference and have only 1 regulation loss in their last 10. Michel Therrien has them playing the way he did the Pens back in 2007-08. They're a fun team to watch, and oh what a difference a year makes. After last year's horrendous debacle, the Habs are back! MM-HAH!
Nashville Predators (GP=25, 10-9-6, 26 points, 4th Central Division, 11th Western Conference)
The Preds have a scoring problem, fewest goals in the league at 54. They're not very good on the road, and honestly if it wasn't for Pekka Rinne that lack of scoring would probably put them last in the league. This team needs some goal scorers and quick if they want to make the playoffs and do any damage this year. They're only 2 points out of 8th, but Rinne is not going to shut out the high flying teams. It's not pretty, in fact aside from Rinne it's not very good at all...FEH!
New Jersey Devils (GP=26, 12-9-5, 29 points, 2nd Atlantic Division, 7th Eastern Conference)
There's no way to sugar coat it, the Devils need Marty Brodeur back or the defending conference champs could miss the playoffs altogether. They have only 3 wins in their last 10, and that's about how long he's been out. It's not pretty, and the slide just keeps on going. Once sitting pretty to start the year, they're now only 3 points out of 9th in the East. If Marty doesn't come back soon, this team is in deep trouble...EHH.
New York Islanders (GP=26, 11-12-3, 25 points, 4th Atlantic Division, 10th Eastern Conference)
The Isles are still a work in progress, but they're showing signs of vast improvement this year as opposed to the last five or so. They're no longer a pushover, actually have a decent goalie, and a nice compliment of guys who can actually score on a regular basis led by John Tavares. They're currently 3 points out of a playoff spot, but they very well could get in this year. It might be tough, but it's not out of the question either...EHH.
New York Rangers (GP=24, 13-9-2, 28 points, 3rd Atlantic Division, 8th Eastern Conference)
They're starting to play slightly better, but they're still one of the lowest scoring teams in the league. Their power play is still lousy, but King Henrik gives them a chance to win every time he's between the pipes. That said, for as much talent as this team has, and the fact they don't shoot the damn puck, where they are in the standings is a disappointment, and for that reason they are worthy of a FEH!
Ottawa Senators (GP=25, 13-8-5, 31 points, 4th Northeast Division, 6th Eastern Conference)
Do you believe this team? If you would've told me they'd still be in the playoff hunt with as many injuries they've had, and to their best players, I would've told you you're crazy! But low and behold here they are. Barry Melrose gave them his vote for the #1 pleasant surprise of the first half, and I couldn't agree more. This team is defying logic, and if they make the playoffs, Paul MacLean should walk away with the Jack Adams Award for coach of the year. I'm impressed, and you can't help but like how this team continues to fight...MM-HAH!
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