It's Time for NHL Midseason Grades, FEH!
Edmonton Oilers (16-26-5): They've won 1 of their last 10, sat on the lead and blew a 2-0 lead against the Pens last week, and find themselves dead last in the West and just 2 points away from Carolina for the lowest point total in the NHL. This team is just BAD! I think it's pretty safe to say at this point...NO PLAYOFFS FOR YOU! Oh, and a resounding FEH!
Florida Panthers (20-20-8): They have one hell of a goalie, and are playing .500 hockey. The 5-13 spots in the East are currently a clusterf***, so the playoffs are still possible. They're 12th in the East, but only 2 points out of 8th. They'll have to play a little better than mediocre if they want to keep playing past game 82 though...EHH.
Los Angeles Kings (27-18-3): This team came out of the gate like a bat out of hell, but have recently fallen backwards. Right now, they're hanging onto for dear life to the 8 spot in the West. They've still made leaps and bounds over the past couple of seasons though, and are a team on the rise. For their vast and continued improvements, I'd be kidding myself if I didn't give them a MM-HAH!
Minnesota Wild (24-22-3): They started off slower than Cecil Fielder rounding the bases. They still stink on the road, but are the complete opposite at home. This is another team that's become like Jekyll and Hyde. Overall, an awesome home record plus a sh*tty road record gives you a EHH.
Montreal Canadiens (23-23-4): They recently celebrated 100 years, they're the Yankees of the NHL when it comes to number of Stanley Cups with 24, and they have an incredible history, but this year they just don't seem to have what it takes. They're .500 at home, .500 on the road, and I'm deeply regretting drafting Carey Price for my Yahoo fantasy league. They're tied with the Islanders for the 8 spot in the East, but the Isles currently have the tiebreaker. What else can you say about this team except EHH.
Nashville Predators (29-16-3): The Preds are 7-3 in their last 10, and are tied for 4th in the West. They don't have much breathing room though, as they're only 5 points out of 9th. They've been one of the pleasant surprises though so far, and who knows what could happen if they make the playoffs. For a first half which has been better than I'm sure everyone thought, they easily get a MM-HAH!
New Jersey Devils (32-13-1): Dear Marty Brodeur, I hate your stinkin' guts, always have, always will. As a Pens fan, it's always been in my blood, but you gotta give this guy the credit he deserves for adding one last amazing record to his already-guaranteed HOF career. With 6 shutouts, he now has 107 for his career, 4 more than the great Terry Sawchuk. Jacques Lemaire is back, and so is that classic tough as hell defensive style that he had when the Devils won titles back in the '90s. This team will be hard to beat come playoff time. MM-HAH!
New York Islanders (21-19-8): Speak of the Devils (all puns intended), as I'm writing this, they're playing on Long Island and losing 4-0, Marty Brodeur got pulled. Hey, even the greatest have games like that. That said, the Isles are starting to come together, going 7-2-1 in their last 10. John Tavares is living up to all the hype, and their multi-million dollar investment, achy-breaky goalie Rick DiPietro, is finally back in net. They are tied for the 8 spot in the East, and whether they make the postseason or not, it's been a much-improved year, and for that, for the first time in about 4 years, they deserve a MM-HAH!
New York Rangers (23-19-7): Marian Gaborik has played all year, and is a scoring machine. King Henrik on the other hand, has a very young, inexperienced defense corps in front of him, and has looked very susceptible at times this year. From what I've seen, the 2.26 GAA might be a bit deceiving. While they are currently 6th in the East, they still seem to be an up-and-down team, and for that, they get simply an EHH.
10 more teams remain, check out page 3 for the last set of report cards.