NHL Midseason Report Cards

It's Time for NHL Midseason Grades, FEH!

1/18/10 in NHL   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

  Ottawa Senators (24-21-4): This is another team that's had a roller coaster of a season to this point.  They're a darn good home team, but very beatable away from home ice.  They're currently hanging on to 7th in the East by the skin of their teeth, and are just one short slide away from 13th.  Overall, they're menza-menza, and that equals an EHH.

 Philadelphia Flyers (23-21-3): They fired their coach, got a new one who is under the impression they'll listen when he tells them not to fight as much, have managed to win more games lately, but still find themselves at the bottom of the Atlantic division.  Granted they're only 1 point out of 8th, but this team still has some work to do.  Even before going on IR, Ray Emery clearly wasn't the answer.  They need a better goalie, and they could probably do better without their #1 goon Daniel Carcillo.  For a half-a$$ed season to this point, they get an EHH.

 Phoenix Coyotes (28-16-5): Heisenburg's uncertainty principle said nobody knew what the hell was going on with this team over the summer, and because of that, Wayne Gretzky stepped down as head coach.  This team, however, has been a very pleasant surprise despite all the issues surrounding them.  They're tied with Nashville for 4th in the West, and are still chugging along.  I applaud this team for not letting the questions get in the way of their game.  MM-HAH!

 Pittsburgh Penguins (30-19-1): They've had a couple of losing streaks, but their recent road trip may have helped.  Despite all the injuries they've been sustaining, this team just keeps on truckin'.  Despite the fact that their PP is lousier than Ryan Leaf's NFL career (or lack thereof), they're still in good position to make the playoffs.  I doubt they'll overtake Brodeur and company for the division crown, but they're still looking good overall.  Oh did I mention Sidney Crosby has 30 goals and is tied for 2nd in the league in that category?  MM-HAH!

 San Jose Sharks (31-10-8): As usual, they only have 4 regulation losses on home ice, are 9 points ahead of Phoenix for the Pacific division lead, and just 2 points behind Chicago for the most points in the NHL.  They're always one of the greatest regular season teams, but fall asleep after game 82.  This isn't about playoffs yet though, so for now, they still easily get a MM-HAH!

 St. Louis Blues (21-19-7): This team is pretty darn good on the road, but they're God awful on home ice, their 17 overall losses (3 in OT) in St. Louis is the most overall home losses in the NHL so far this year, talk about home ice disadvantage!  If Anaheim got a FEH, and everyone below them in the West got a FEH, there's only one possible grade for the Blues...FEH!

 Tampa Bay Lightning (18-19-10): They're trying to improve, but this team still stinks for the most part.  Add up their regulation and OT losses, and they're exactly .500 at home, and absolutely pitiful on the road.  Steven Stamkos is having a great year, but overall this team is amazingly lousy, and they're not going anywhere come the second week of April except the golf course. FEH!

 Toronto Maple Leafs (16-24-9): They managed to climb out of the cellar in the East, but their performance is still below the Mendoza line.  This team is still a laughing stock, and still very much in the running for the #1 draft pick, which they won't have because they traded it away to get Phil Kessel.  They're very capable of ending up with the worst record in the league by the end of the year.  FEH!

 Vancouver Canucks (28-18-2): They're tied for second in the Northwest division, and Luongo is having another great year, no surprise there.  The division title could go to them, the Flames, or the Avs at this point, it's a crapshoot.  I thought this might be the toughest division in hockey, and with the top 3 teams separated by 2 points after 48 games (49 for the Flames), they're living up to that prediction.  MM-HAH!

 Washington Capitals (30-12-6): Who's ready for the next round of Crosby v. Ovechkin?  The two will finally meet for the first time this season Thursday night in Pittsburgh.  The Caps are currently atop the Eastern Conference with 66 points, and have a stranglehold on the Southeast division with a 17-point lead over the Thrashers, the biggest lead for any of the 6 current division leaders.  They should easily win the Southeast, and will be a tough out come playoff time once again.  MM-HAH!

So there you have it.  As you can see, some teams are firmly in control and are going to cruise into the playoffs, some are in a fight for their playoff lives, and a few can already start scheduling tee times for Monday, April 12.  It's going to be a great second half on the ice, and I'm looking forward to some great action!

BK over and out
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1/19/10   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

well as a Red Wings Fan i can say up untill now this season has been very disappointing and a bit of a bummer....but with the disappointment there are a few great things....Jimmy howard being one he has the 3rd best save % in the NHL...and he's getting better...another bright spot is the emergence of younger players...and once we get healthy again we'll be performing much better...and we will make a great push for the playoffs...

1/19/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

I'd say give Howard a little more time, this is the first year he's really played what could be considered a full season, right?  I understand the frustration for the shootout the other night, but he's done pretty well overall, 17-10-4, .928 save %, and 2.18 GAA, not bad for a guy you can consider a rookie goaltender.  I wouldn't worry about him being bad in the shootout much longer, even though Osgood is probably at the end of the road, I'm sure he's been showing Howard the ropes.  He has a pretty darn good teacher there.

1/19/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

GO WINGS!!!!!!

1/19/10   |   jtrain11   |   188 respect

Go Hawks!

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

woody050681 wrote:
I want it back!!! And that series still hurts by the way

 Well you can't have it!

1/18/10   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

kramer wrote:
I am enjoying it, especially since they beat the Wings to take that Cup.

I want it back!!! And that series still hurts by the way

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

woody050681 wrote:
Hey, You zip it Kramer The Penguins have the CUP that belongs in Hockey Town. Enjoy it while you can.

I am enjoying it, especially since they beat the Wings to take that Cup.

1/18/10   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

(Edited by woody050681)

Hey, You zip it Kramer The Penguins have the CUP that belongs in Hockey Town. Enjoy it while you can.

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

kteacher wrote:
Pssshh....I think they still need to see their team miss the playoffs...just to make sure.

That would make me a happy man.

1/18/10   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

(Edited by woody050681)

Yes it has , but all they have to do is make the playoff's and anything can happen

1/18/10   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

kramer wrote:
 Don't worry, I think for the most part, having a season like this so far has humbled Wings fans a little, at least I hope it has.

Pssshh....I think they still need to see their team miss the playoffs...just to make sure.

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

kteacher wrote:
0-2 with two games remaining. (So....don't be getting all high and mighty with me. )

 Don't worry, I think for the most part, having a season like this so far has humbled Wings fans a little, at least I hope it has.

1/18/10   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

woody050681 wrote:
Hey Becky, what's the King's record against the Wings this year? Uh oh I think I may have poked the bear

0-2 with two games remaining. (So....don't be getting all high and mighty with me. )

1/18/10   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

kteacher wrote:
ha ha....OK smarty pants! I don't think the Raiders had a winning record against their own division. The Kings are 11-3-1 (or something like that)  against their division and have a pretty darn good record against the entire Western Conference as well.

Of course I would love to have Jack Johnson live up to all his hype and Randy Jones to learn how to play some D....but overall the Kings are pretty darn good this year.

Hey Becky, what's the King's record against the Wings this year? Uh oh I think I may have poked the bear

1/18/10   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

(Edited by nyrangers)

Valid point. Don't jinx it though!!! *knock on wood*

EDIT: meant as a response to Kramer

1/18/10   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

kramer wrote:
Yeah, they beat good teams this year, but the Raiders did that too and only finished 5-11.

ha ha....OK smarty pants! I don't think the Raiders had a winning record against their own division. The Kings are 11-3-1 (or something like that)  against their division and have a pretty darn good record against the entire Western Conference as well.

Of course I would love to have Jack Johnson live up to all his hype and Randy Jones to learn how to play some D....but overall the Kings are pretty darn good this year.

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

nyrangers wrote:
Good write up, I do have a few comments though:

The Wings haven't lived up to their potential because they have been devestated with inuries. Franzen will be out for basically the entire regular season, Zetterberg has missed a few weeks and has just returned recently, and there are a few other notable names that I can't seem to remember that have missed / are still missing time.

I'd give the Canadiens a "FEH" because they have played awful defense. I have seen some of their games, they don't do a great job of protecting the mediocre Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak.

I might also bump the Stars down because of their shotty goaltending. Turco has been awful and has let up way too many goals that shouldn't go in

You mentioned that the Leafs are in the running for the #1 overall pick in the draft...well unfortunately for them they are not. They gave their number one pick for the upcoming draft (and the following draft) up to the Bruins in the deal for Kessel.

You also mentioned that Gaborik has played all season, but he missed 3 or 4 games. No biggy, but it goes to show how valuable he is that he is still at the top of the league scoring leaders with his score-fail team around him.

I must've forgotten the details of the Kessel trade, thanks for the heads up, I'll fix that.  As for Gaborik, playing all but 3 or 4 games for him IS playing the full season, at least to this point.

1/18/10   |   nyrangers   |   192 respect

(Edited by nyrangers)

Good write up, I do have a few comments though:

The Wings haven't lived up to their potential because they have been devestated with inuries. Franzen will be out for basically the entire regular season, Zetterberg has missed a few weeks and has just returned recently, and there are a few other notable names that I can't seem to remember that have missed / are still missing time.

I'd give the Canadiens a "FEH" because they have played awful defense. I have seen some of their games, they don't do a great job of protecting the mediocre Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak.

I might also bump the Stars down because of their shotty goaltending. Turco has been awful and has let up way too many goals that shouldn't go in

You mentioned that the Leafs are in the running for the #1 overall pick in the draft...well unfortunately for them they are not. They gave their number one pick for the upcoming draft (and the following draft) up to the Bruins in the deal for Kessel.

You also mentioned that Gaborik has played all season, but he missed 3 or 4 games. No biggy, but it goes to show how valuable he is that he is still at the top of the league scoring leaders with his score-fail team around him.

1/18/10   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

kteacher wrote:
I will agree with your grade for the Kings. I am always hopeful every season, but this is the first season in a very long while that I've had hope for a playoff birth. None of the teams on top will get a cake walk series when the playoffs start------which speaks tons for how talented and hard the western conference is.


*** By the way, one  of the Sharks losses at home in regulation is courteous of my Kings (6-2 on Jan.4th). They've also beaten the Penguins and Capitals this season as well.

Yeah, they beat good teams this year, but the Raiders did that too and only finished 5-11.

1/18/10   |   kteacher   |   34311 respect

I will agree with your grade for the Kings. I am always hopeful every season, but this is the first season in a very long while that I've had hope for a playoff birth. None of the teams on top will get a cake walk series when the playoffs start------which speaks tons for how talented and hard the western conference is.


*** By the way, one  of the Sharks losses at home in regulation is courteous of my Kings (6-2 on Jan.4th). They've also beaten the Penguins and Capitals this season as well.

1/18/10   |   Diablorain   |   4425 respect

i just hope the Redwings get their act together!!!!

1/18/10   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

woody050681 wrote:
The Red Wings are starting to get healthy and if Jimmy Howard or Chris Osgood can improve in goal, they always have a chance. Besides they are only 5 points out of 4th place in the West. I know that's a lot of if's but as a Wings fan I'm staying positive. Gotta get Holstrom, Franzen, Williams and Kronwall back from injuries!

Preach on my fellow Winged-Wheeler. When the Red Wings get healthy they will be a team no one wants to play.

1/18/10   |   kishanpatel495

you are weird and i dislike your jacket

1/18/10   |   Scott   |   51954 respect

The expectations coming into this season havent even come close to being met by the Blues.  They are going to need another run of epic proportions like last season to get a playoff berth. 

1/18/10   |   woody050681   |   13680 respect

The Red Wings are starting to get healthy and if Jimmy Howard or Chris Osgood can improve in goal, they always have a chance. Besides they are only 5 points out of 4th place in the West. I know that's a lot of if's but as a Wings fan I'm staying positive. Gotta get Holstrom, Franzen, Williams and Kronwall back from injuries!

1/18/10   |   billywa   |   658 respect

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Hell I'm a Bruins fan and I'm gonna argue they deserve only an EHH.  Granted, they haven't had a healthy lineup all year (losing Savard(twice), Bergeron, Lucic, and Ferrence, for extended stretches) but even when one or all of those parts have been in place, their scoring is way down. Some other folks need to step up and they haven't done so (calling Mr Ryder and Mr Sturm, hellooooo?).  Might be a different story if they can get everyone back to stay and they can build some chemistry, but up to now, they've been average bordering on bad imho...