NHL Week In Review 10/17-10/23

Stoney's NHL Week In Review Vol. 2 - Skate Harder

10/23/11 in NHL   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25341 respect

Week of 10/17 – 10/23
What’s the Haps?
-The debate is continuing about revenue from last year and we have learned about the topic of hockey-related revenue. At the end of each year, the NHL and the Players’ Association crunch the numbers and come up with an agreed upon number. This number is important because it is the basis on which teams receive their portion of revenue sharing and the players receive a refund of escrow payments. The main culprit holding up the finalization of this process is determining whether or not the $25 million paid to the league by the City of Glendale to cover the losses of the Coyotes is “hockey-related revenue” and should be counted in the final accounting for distribution of payments. Normally this issue is resolved every year by October 1st, and the league and PA are working to resolve the issue without third party assistance by means of arbitration.
-With the financial aspect no longer an issue, the Flyers recalled Brayden Schenn who had 8 pts in 4 games with Adirondack in the AHL (4G, 4A). Winnipeg sent 1st round pick Mark Scheifele back to Barrie of the OHL. After a strong training camp, the 18 year old showed in 7 games that he wasn’t quite ready.
-It’s milestone time. This week, Hal Gill and Joe Thornton each played in their 1,000th NHL game, while Nicklas Lidstrom played in game #1,500.
Stoney’s Player of the Week
Jonathan Quick – G LA Kings
Quick recorded 3 straight shutouts Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday turning away a combined 83 shots and becoming the first Kings goalie to pull of such a feat. The shutout Thursday was the 16th of Quick’s career and was also career win #100. 
This week’s edition of news and notes will also include early questions for all the teams.. (Records through Sunday 10/23)
Atlantic Division
PIT       6-2-2  14        W3
PHI      4-2-1   9          L2                   
NJD     3-2-1   7          L2
NYI       3-3-0   6          L2
NYR     2-2-2   6          L1
Notes: NJD – They have only had 5 different players score goals this year and are tied with fewest goals in the league so far with 11. Johan Hedberg continues to play well (3-1-1 2.44 GAA).. How will this team score enough to compete in this division? NYI – John Tavares continues to impress (6G 4A), but the rest of the team only has 8 goals. Will the goalie tandem of Monoya and Nabokov be able to keep them in low scoring games as the season goes on? NYR – The Rangers finally get to play a home game this coming week after starting with 7 games on the road. They can’t find any consistency beyond the play of Henrik Lundqvist. They are a league worst 1-23 on the PP. Is there a better post game interview than John Tortorella? PHI – Ilya Bryzgalov has been below average his last two starts (9GA), and with the addition of Brayden Schenn to the lineup, the offense has been thrown out of synch. PIT – Jordan Staal scored his 100th career goal Saturday and James Neal is tied for the league lead in goals (8). With the Penguins having played the most games in the league thus far, and not had much practice time, when will Sidney Crosby be able to test his resiliency to contact and be ready to return?
Northeast Division
TOR     5-1-1   11        W1
BUF     5-2-0   10        L1
BOS     3-5-0   6          L1
OTT      3-5-0   6         W2
MON    1-4-2   4          L5

Notes: BOS – In a wildly inconsistent start, the lone bright spot has been Tyler Seguin who leads the team in goals (3), assists (6), and points (9). Frustration boiled over in a 4-1 loss to Carolina Tuesday that included coach Claude Julien being ejected. BUF – Thomas Vanek looks like Thomas Vanek (6-4-10), rookie Luke Adam continues to impress (6pts) and Ryan Miller has been solid (1.46 GAA .946 save %). Buffalo is unbeaten in last 4 road games.. MON – 29th in the league with the man advantage (2-29, 6.9%). They have 4 games with 1 goal or less, and are 1-0-2 when scoring 4 or more and are winless in 4 home games. Can we put out an APB for Erik Cole (7GP, 1A)? OTT – They have won 2 in a row, but still are 2nd to last in the league in goal differential (-10). Milan Michalek (10pts) and Jason Spezza (11pts) have turned it on of late. Their goaltending can’t get any worse can it (4.25 GA/G)? TOR – Phil Kessel continues to lead the league in goals (8) and points (14). Dion Phaneuf in 3-way tie for most points by defensemen (9). Hopefully G James Reimer won’t be out long, because Jonas Gustavsson has not looked good

Southeast Division
WAS   7-0-0   14        W7
FLA     4-3-0   8          W1
TB       3-3-2   8          W2
CAR    3-3-2   8          L2
WIN    2-4-1   5          W1
Notes: CAR – Jeff Skinner continues to lead the team in scoring (3-6-9) but captain and perennial all-star Eric Staal is -10.. They’re another team fighting the inconsistency bug as they have had some good wins, but some ugly losses, including Saturday in Winnipeg. FLA – Jacob Markstrom earned his 1st NHL win Saturday over the Islanders, Brian Campbell is having a resurgence in Florida, and Kris Versteeg continues to shine (4-4-8) But this team is old, and how high can expectations truly be? TBL – Thanks to the play of Mathieu Garon, including his shutout Saturday over Buffalo, TB has won two in a row. Marc-Andre Bergeron is tied for the lead in points by D-Men. Does Garon continue to get a bulk of the playing time with Roloson struggling mightily? WAS – The only remaining unbeaten ream in the league. One of the most surprising stats I found, the Caps are being outshot an average of 3 shots per game. When leading goal scorers are Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera (4G each), is there another team as deep as this? WIN – The new Jets got their first win Monday, but are showing this is going to be a long year. At least the fan support is there. 20 year old Alex Burmistrov (2-4-6) has been their best player. 
Central Division
DET     5-1-0   10        L1
CHI     4-1-2   10        L1
STL     4-4-0   8          W2
NSH    3-3-1   7          W1
CLB     0-7-1   1          L8
Notes: CHI – What a fun and impressive team to watch. The Hawks are talented and deep and Corey Crawford continues to be strong between the pipes. They are looking a lot like the team that won the cup two years ago. CLB – Vaclav Prospal and Rick Nash are going at a point-per-game pace, but this team has been as bad as their record indicates. I’ll ask it again, will this team win a game in October? DET – Even though they were hammered by Washington, Detroit has been one of the best teams in the league to start the year. Zetterberg and Clearly have yet to heat up, but Johan Franzen (4G in 6GP) is poised for a big year. When will Nicklas Lidstrom start showing his age? NAS –The Preds have seemingly always had the label of being a strong defensive team and are in the middle of the pack this year. Their struggles have come with finding offense and effort. They average the lowest number of shots per game (22.1) and have long lapses of offensive pressure in every game. Shea Weber only has 2 points this year. STL – A popular preseason playoff pick, The Blues have yet to play to their potential, but have beat some very good teams. Brian Elliott who was awful in Ottawa and Colorado last year has played great filling in for the struggling Jaroslav Halak in net. Matt D’Agostini has been impressive (4G, +7). 

Northwest Division
COL    6-2-0   12        W1
VAN     4-3-1   9          W2
MIN      3-2-3   9          L1
EDM    3-2-2   8          W1
CGY     2-4-1   5          L2
Notes: CGY – For a team many people didn’t think much of going into the season, they have not disappointed. Kiprusoff has played well in net, but there hasn’t been a reason to get excited about this team.. Is this the year they blow things up and possibly trade Iginla? COL – Remain undefeated on the road (6-0) and winless at home (0-2). With the #2 PP and #7 PK, can the Avs keep up their strong special teams play?  EDM – It’s all about the resurgence of Nikolai Khabibulin. His 0.72 GAA leads the league, and he’s allowed 1-1-1-0 goals in his 4 starts but only won 2. With only 3 games left in his audition, will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (5G 2A) stay with the big club? MIN – Dany Heatley and Devon Setoguchi have started to show good chemistry, and working with underrated Mikko Koivu make for a solid top line. Nik Backstrom has been solid in net, but this is another team that hasn’t done anything impressive this year. VAN – The Sedins continue to roll combing for 22 pts in 8 games, 12 by Daniel. The addition of David Booth to play on the 2nd line with Ryan Kesler just makes them that much more dangerous. Luongo has started slow again, and Cory Schneider has already made 3 starts. Will they continue that kind of playing time split as the season moves along?
Pacific Division
DAL     6-2-0   12        L1
LAK     5-1-1   11        W4
ANA     4-3-0   8          L2
PHO    3-3-1   7          W1
SJS     3-3-0   6          W2
Notes: ANA – The Ducks and their big guns have started getting on track, but the numbers have not been big. Selanne, Perry and Getzlaf (who scored his first 2 goals of the year Sunday) lead the team with 4 pts. How is this team only 3-29 on the power play? DAL – The Starts continue to be one of the best stories to start the year with their great start. Kari Lehtonen has been a will in net (1.47GAA, .957 save%) and has been in for all 6 wins. Can Lehtonen stay healthy and can Jamie Benn and Loui Eriksson carry this team offensively? LAK – Jonathan Quick leading the league in save % (.972) and 2nd in GAA (0.81). Thanks to that, the Kings have allowed a league low, 9 goals this year. Jack Johnson has been great on the blueline with the absence of Doughty and has 3 goals already this year. New additions Mike Richards and Simon Gagne are providing just what this team needs  PHO – Shane Doan just continues to produce (7pts) and Ray Whitney has had a good start offensively (3G), but without Bryzgalov, this team just doesn’t have enough firepower to compete in this division.  Update – As soon as I say this, they hang 5 on the Ducks… SJS – Antti Niemi has returned to the lineup and played well, but not spectacular. Ryan Clowe and Joe Pavelski lead the team with 6pts, and Brent Burns (3pts) has looked really good so far. It’s only a matter of time before this team puts together a long run of wins.
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11/2/11   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25341 respect

Jess wrote:
 I did too! 

Stoney, you've gotta tell me...sometimes I miss these!

10-4.. I keep forgetting to send the invites to read them since I end up finishing them so late at night and I'm tired lol

11/2/11   |   Jess   |   34885 respect

 I did too! 

Stoney, you've gotta tell me...sometimes I miss these!

11/2/11   |   italysqueenie   |   1278 respect

you all are great with the mustaches!!!!!!!!   

11/2/11   |   kteacher   |   34390 respect

HOLY MOTHER Pucker! I missed this when it came out. (Ashlie---)

Awesome Job! 

11/2/11   |   Beaneaters   |   17801 respect

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10/26/11   |   italysqueenie   |   1278 respect

Gooo Pens......!  They are proving not to be the "Boys of winter"   But the men of Hockey...!!!

My Boys are becomming men and growing up... and they are proving to be a great franchise....!

10/24/11   |   kobe_lova   |   61971 respect

I read the entire Player of the Week section.