Stoney's NHL Week in Review 11/7-11/13
Week of 11/7 – 11/13
What’s the Haps?
- One of the oddest things I’ve seen in a while happened this week in the NHL, and it was something I’m sure the league didn’t appreciate occurring in a nationally televised game between the Lightning and the Flyers. In an attempt to counter the Lightning’s 1-3-1 forecheck, the Flyers, on two different occasions, took the puck behind the net and decided to not play the puck up the ice, and as a result the referees called the play dead after close to 30 seconds. It’s nothing new, the Lighting have been doing that the last couple years, but the way the Flyers reacted was odd to say the least. Nonetheless, this will be a topic of discussion in the upcoming GM meetings.
- The Dallas Stars could have a new owner in Tom Gaglardi within the next week. The only things that remain are him being awarded the team in a bankruptcy hearing on Friday, and approval from the league board of governors.
Stoney’s 3 Stars of the Week
1. Johan Franzen – W Detroit Red Wings
Franzen finished the week with 4 goals and 2 assists in 3 games including a hat trick Tuesday against the Avs. Franzen was also +5 with 2 game winning goals
2. Tyler Seguin – W Boston Bruins
Seguin continues to be the Bruins leading scorer and also finished the week with 4 goals and 2 assists in 3 games. Seguin also had 2 game winning goals and was a +4.
3. Jimmy Howard – G Detroit Red Wings
Howard finished the week 3-0 with a shutout against the first place Oilers, 1.33 goals against average and .948 save percentage.
(Records through Sunday 11/13)
Atlantic Record Pts Streak
PIT 10-4-3 23 L1
NYR 9-3-3 21 W6
PHI 9-4-3 21 W1
NJD 8-6-1 17 W1
NYI 4-7-3 11 L3
Notes: NJD – Ilya Kovalchuk remains out, having missed the last four and possibly the next one. Something the 26th ranked offense desperately needs back. 19 year old rookie defenseman Adam Larsson scored his first NHL goal Friday in a loss to the Caps. NYI – The only team with less wins in the NHL is Columbus. The Islanders are struggling to score goals, with just 29 on the year, and nearly a third of them courtesy of John Tavares (8). The Islanders are 1-6-3 in their last 10 games, and have called up 2010 1st round pick Nino Niederreiter. NYR – After a pedestrian start, the Rangers are the hottest team in the league having won their last 6 games and pulling within two points of the conference and division leading Pens. The Rangers are rolling giving up the fewest goals per game in the league, and behind the strong play of a healthy Marion Gaborik (9g, 6a). This week also saw Sean Avery and Brandon Dubinsky dent the twine for the first time this year. PHI – The Eastern Conferences leading scoring team continues to roll along led by the Claude Giroux and Jaromir Jagr line. Ilya Bryzgalov seems to have righted his ship this week after several shaky outings. PIT – The Penguins continue to sit atop the division and conference without the help of their captain Sidney Crosby, who may return this week, thanks in part to their top ranked penalty killing unit (94%). James Neal is 2nd in the league with 11 goals, Jordan Staal is having a very good start to the season, and Marc-Andre Fleury has been great with a 1.87 GAA.
Northeast Record Pts Streak
TOR 10-6-1 21 L1
BUF 10-6-0 20 L1
OTT 8-9-1 17 W1
BOS 8-7-0 16 W5
MON 7-7-2 16 W2
Notes: BOS – The Bruins are looking more and more like the team that won the Stanley Cup last year. They’ve won 5 straight, outscoring their opponents in those games 30-12. Tuuka Rask was given a chance by Claude Julien to get some work and won two games for the B’s this week. Tyler Seguin’s 20 pts (11g, 9a) rank him tied for 4th in the league. BUF – Even though arguably the league’s best goalie, Ryan Miller, continues to struggle, the Sabres are playing well. Miller suffered a concussion Saturday night in a collision with the Bruins’ Milan Lucic. Jhonas Enroth is 5-0 and chipped in with a 36 save performance in a win over Ottawa on Friday. Thomas Vanek remains tied for 2nd in the league with 11 goals. MON – The Habs continue to tread water winning one or two here then losing one or two. Part of it having to do with their struggles on home ice where they sport a 2-4-3 record. The brightest spot for Montreal has been the play of Max Pacioretty. After his scary neck injury last year, Pacioretty has come back to lead the team in goals (7). OTT – The Senators followed up their 6 game winning streak at the end of October with an unimpressive 5 game losing streak which they snapped in a 5-2 win in Toronto on Saturday. The Sens still have the league’s 3rd best power play, but are second to last in the league in goals against. Milan Michalek is tied for 2nd in the league with 11 goals. TOR –The Leafs continue to lead the division despite having the league’s worst penalty kill (72.3%), and having given up 7 more goals than they’ve scored this year. It’s true, I had to triple check that. Phil Kessel continues to lead the league in both goals (12) and points (24).