Stoney's NHL Week In Review 11/14-11/20
Week of 11/14 – 11/20
What’s the Haps?
- The 2011 class was elected to the NHL Hall of Fame on Monday. Ed Belfour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Doug Gilmour, and Mark Howe. If you didn’t check out the speeches, find them somewhere and do it, they were amazing and touching, especially that of Mark Howe.
- In an attempt to pretend like leadership is an important aspect of their franchise, the Colorado Avalanche finally named a captain on Monday and went with 12 year veteran Milan Hejduk.
- Contrary to popular belief and opinion in Buffalo, Milan Lucic escaped additional punishment for his hit on Sabres goalie Ryan Miller. The hit sparked a lot of debate again about the contact, incidental or not, with goalies. Miller remains out with a concussion, though it did not appear to be of the serious variety.
Stoney’s 3 Stars of the Week
1. Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D – San Jose. Vlasic finished his 3 games this week with a goal and 6 assists and was +7.. He had a 4 point night against Detroit and 3 assists against Colorado.
2. Carey Price, G – Montreal. Price was 2-0 in three games started, allowing 2 goals on 74 shots with two shutouts over the Rangers and Carolina.
3. Claude Giroux, F – Philadelphia. Giroux scored twice and chipped in with 5 assists in three games.
(Records through Sunday 11/20)
Atlantic Record Pts Streak
PHI 11-5-3 25 L1
PIT 11-6-3 25 L2
NYR 10-4-3 23 L1
NJ 10-7-1 21 W2
NYI 5-9-3 13 L1
Notes: NJD – After missing 5 games with a groin strain, Ilya Kovalchuk came back for the Devils two games this week, both victories, and picked up where he left off, logging about 24 minutes per game. The Devils now sport the leagues #1 PK unit having killed 29 of their last 30 shorthanded situations. NYI – John Tavares has been held to just 2 goals in the last 11 games after scoring 6 in the team’s first 6. This epitomizes the struggles of the Islanders as their 35 goals scored is 12 fewer than the next lowest scoring eastern conference team. Look for a possible deal involving the young and talented Kyle Okposo who has been a healthy scratch the last 3 games and may be getting a fresh start elsewhere. NYR – You can’t win ‘em all, as the Rangers found out Saturday courtesy of a dud performance being shut out by the Canadiens. The loss snapped the Rangers 7 game win streak. The Rangers remain strong between the pipes, but they need someone other than Gaborik, Richards and Callahan to start scoring with some frequency. PHI – The Flyers rode a solid week to the top of the Atlantic division. They are the highest scoring team in the league, and lead the league with 11 wins in regulation. Claude Giroux is still leading the team in goals (11), assists (15), and points (26). Their biggest concern has to be the fact they are giving up 3 goals per game. PIT – Times, they are a changing. After a big come from behind thrashing of the Avs on Monday night, the Pens dropped their next two games, but they have reinforcements coming. Sidney Crosby will play for the first time in 61 games Monday night. It will be interesting to see the impact he has on the teams chemistry and the psyche of James Neal.
Northeast Record Pts Streak
BUF 12-8-0 24 L1
TOR 11-8-2 24 L1
BOS 11-7-0 22 W8
OTT 10-9-2 22 L1
MON 9-8-3 21 W1
Notes: BOS – The Bruins continue to be the hottest team in the league right now after extending their win streak to 8 with a 6-0 win over the Islanders Saturday night. They now rank #2 in goals per game and #4 in goals allowed. Both goalies have played great during this streak, especially this week as Tuuka Rask stopped 30 of 31 in the B’s shootout win over Columbus, and Thomas had his 28th career shutout Saturday. BUF –Even without Ryan Miller who remains out with a concussion, the Sabres have made their way to the top of the division. Jhonas Enroth has made 4 straight starts and rebounded from his first loss of the year against New Jersey with a shutout win over Carolina. MON – The Canadiens have played well of late winning 6 of 10. Carey Price had 2 shutouts in his last two starts and they may have been two of the easiest of his career as he only had to stop 25 and 17 shots in those games. Brian Gionta had 3 goals this week bringing his season total to 7. OTT – Craig Anderson has been showing his superman side as of late for the Sens winning his last 3 starts, including a 38 save performance in Calgary. The Sens have won 3 straight, all on the road. Daniel Alfredsson has 1 goal and no assists in his 5 games back from a concussion. TOR – I’ve talked about Phil Kessel leading the league in goals (16) and points (29) enough. It’s time to spread some love for Joffrey Lupul who has reemerged from hockey purgatory to rank 3rd in the league in points (25) with 10 goals already on the year. He looks like the promising 22 year old we saw in Anaheim 6 years ago when he scored 28. TO needs a goalie by the way.