Kings 0-2-1? Blackhawks 4-0? Canucks 2-1-1? Sharks 3-0? Are these stats what we expected?
However, this season truly isn't starting out the way I had envisioned. First, there really wasn't a season for the last three months. There was no preseason. There was no training camp and there was no bonding among players for weeks before the season began.
Has it affected our teams?
The quick answer, judging by the stats, would be yes. The defending Champions, Los Angeles Kings, have come out a little slow, with not one win just yet. However, they have lost Matt Greene to a herniated disk, requiring surgery. Word is he will return earlier than expected, possibly as soon as 8 weeks from now, but one has to question whether it will be the same Matt Greene. Jonathan Quick is as impressive as ever in goal this year, but the Kings' defense hasn't been there to back him up the way they did en route to the 2012 Stanley Cup.
Should they and their fans be worried? No, I don't think so.
Honestly, of the games I've seen on TV so far, I haven't been very impressed with any team's play. Certainly, my Calgary Flames haven't done any better than the Kings. Sure, Mikka Kiprusoff has been excellent in goal, but again, the players have struggled a little to come out of the box. I'm not going to worry just yet, as the Flames have often done much better in the season when they have struggled a little early on.
In fact, of the games I've seen, only a handful of plays have really stood out, and including Quick's save in the game against the Oilers.
I haven't seen the San Jose Sharks or the Chicago Blackhawks play yet this year, and those two teams have the most wins. So I ask you, have they played that much better than the teams who are at the bottom of the standings? Or has it just been the matchups?
Vancouver sits at 2-1-1 (the same as the Winnipeg Jets!) and I have seen them play. Maybe it is my extreme dislike of the team, but they haven't been pretty, in my opinion. I didn't see last night's win of 5-0 over the Anaheim Ducks, but I'm sure Jess could tell us if they played really well, or if the Ducks just played that poorly.
And speaking of the Winnipeg Jets, would anyone have thought they would be sitting second in their Division?
Last night, however, the Jets were able to triumph over the Pittsburgh Penguins, even though that team had Canadian Sidney Crosby on the ice. In fact, Crosby scored twice in the first period, making it look as though Penguins were going to waltz out of Winnipeg with the win. Winnipeg dominated the second and third periods, however, handing Pittsburgh their second loss of the season. Should their fans be worried? Again, I think not.
We can all pretend to be experts. We can all make predictions based on one week of games, but really, are they realistic? Can we honestly predict the Chicago Blackhawks as 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, based on their 4-0 record so far in this shortened season? As a fan, are you worried about your team's progress so far? Or are you prepared to sit back and enjoy the season, as I am?
When do we make our 2013 Stanley Cup predictions?