Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The Toronto Maple Leafs youth movement is in full flight, and two of their rookies are having terrific months of March. Tyler Bozak has gone 5-9-14 in 16 games this month to lead all NHL rookies. Goalie, Jonas Gustavsson has gone 7-1 in the month with a 2.06 GAA and save PCT of .923.
As good as these numbers are, neither one is likely to win the rookie of the month award. Buffalo's Tyler Myers has continued his torrid pace with 13 points in 15 games, second among league rookies. He won the award in January with only 10 points. Even John Tavares has 4 goals, 7 assists and 11 points in 14 games.
However, Detroit's Jimmy Howard has quietly morphed into one of the top goalies in the entire league. Howard may very well win NHL First Star of the month to go with Rookie of the month with a record of 12-2-1, 2.24 GAA and .918 save PCT. Howard leads all goaltenders by three wins for the month and may even be a finalist for the Vezina Trophy when all is said and done.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tardif was coming off a 148 point year with the Nordiques of the WHA, a team packed with francophone stars. In the NHL of 1975/76 the scoring leader was of course Quebecer, Guy Lafleur and five of the top eight scorers were French. Three of the top four goal scorers that year were French as well, maybe Tardif had an argument. The mid 1970's was a time of change in the province of Quebec what with the sovereignist Parti Quebecois winning a majority government in 1976. Quebec nationalist pride was rampant, what if they indeed were given their own team in the Canada Cup?
Friday, March 26, 2010
Similar starts to a goaltending career W L T GAA
Bob Froese 128-72-20 3.10
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Sure, he's 6-3-1 since helping Team Canada to Gold, but his GAA in those 10 games is 3.20 and he's allowed three or more in six of them. Since the start of the longest road trip in history, he is 8-6-1 with a 3.17 GAA and only one shutout.
Therin lies the problem for me. I selected Luongo in my work draft with the 8th overall pick, first goalie taken. I was expecting far more than 4 shutouts after he put up 9 last season. In our pool, shutouts are three extra points on top of a goalie win, so they're huge. Therefore, today I have done the unthinkable......
I have dropped Luongo in my pool in favour of Jimmy Howard for a $10 transaction fee. See below the top six in our pool, I'm sitting third place, just inside the money.
At this point I HAVE to stay in at least third to collect the $100 prize money. This is about how much I have put into the pool so far what with all my transactions. I've pretty much conceded catching first place for $650, but would love to grab second place money of $250. The easiest way to secure my spot and make up ground is goalie shutouts.
I realize Howard only has one this year, but Detroit has three games left with Columbus, two with Nashville and one against Edmonton. Plus they're fighting for their playoff lives and Howard should start nine of the ten while Luongo will most likely get seven of the nine. Those two games could make the difference.
I contemplated picking up Pekka Rinne instead of Howard, but Nashville has only eight games left and I don't generally like grabbing guys in the middle of a hot streak, odds are he'll cool down.
In hindsight, I should have went with who I was debating over taking first pick way back in October, Marty Brodeur. His 18 more points than BobbyLu would put me firmly in second and striking distance of first. Oh well. At least for the Canucks, they have the new season of the playoffs to hope Luongo turns it around. Our pool ends with the regular season, I can't wait any longer.
Then of course there's our playoff draft...more fun to come!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
However, one thing that always puzzled me about this set is why in the world were some of the Flame players pictured in practice jerseys featuring "Molson" across the top? Was this the first ever product placement on a hockey card, did Molson pay a fee to have their name on the cards?
Perhaps the exposure to this as a 13 year old kid led to my current love of beer....
And not all of the Flames were pictured in their "beer league" sweaters, Kent Nilsson among others has a nice action shot on his card.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Over the entire trip they scored a mere two goals more than they allowed yet still went 8-5-1. This all despite the fact that Lunogo was far from his best, he was actually outplayed by back-up Andrew Raycroft.
The 'Nucks were somewhat surprisingly led in goals by Mikael Samuelsson with ten. Ryan Kesler was second with six goals and over a point per game with 15. Daniel led the squad with 17 points and a +9 rating, brother Henrik managed 14 points.
The success of the trip is even more impressive with the fact that the Sedins scored a total of six goals combined. The emergence of secondary scoring is what made up the difference. Four goals from Kyle Wellwood, three from Jannik Hansen and eight points in eleven games for Demitra certainly bodes well for Vancouver as the season winds down.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Goals/Game First Five Seasons (modern era)
Monday, March 1, 2010
- Pavol Demitra leading the entire tournament in scoring with 10 points
-Norway's Tore Vikingstad scoring TWICE as many goals as Alex Ovechkin and finishing second overall with 4 goals.
-Brian Rafalski leading the U.S. in points and goals (tied with Parise) with 4 and 8.
-Each of Sweden's and the Czechs defense core notching a grand total of ONE goal, with Niklas Lidstrom coming up completely empty on goals and assists.
-Norway defenseman Jonas Holos playing an average of a ridiculous 28 minutes, 56 seconds per game over four matches.
Well, it's back to the N.H.L. now. Trade deadline, playoff races and my Leafs continuing to suck.
I guess I'll roll my Canada flag back around the hockey stick until I need it again.