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When watching the Detroit/ Boston game last night on TSN, they showed who they thought were the leagues top players. So here they are and you tell me what you think.
With the Isles 41th game approaching Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers, this seems like as good a time as ever to evaluate everybody’s favorite Long Island franchise based on their play so far this season. Lets start:
The first half of the season began with a shaky start that seemed to get them no where at all, then it went down hill for most of November, and in early December things started to pick up for the team. Injuries were no longer that big of a problem, and now in early January, things are still headed in the right direction.
The Kings came out flying from the gates despite being hit by the injury bug before the season even began. Jason Allison and Adam Deadmarsh have yet to return from injuries suffered last year and probably won’t return this year at all unfortunately. Other key injuries to Roman Cechmanek, Ziggy Palffy, Aaron Miller, Mattias Norstrom, Jared Aulin and Jozef Stumpel have started to catch up with the Kings. They once had a little bit of lead for the top of the pacific division, but now are starting to slide. The did make a move earlier in the year to kick start there team by acquiring Martin Straka from the Penguins for 2 prospects. Straka has done well in LA but Straka can’t replace Allison and Deadmarsh.
Halfway through the 2003-2004 season and the Blues seem to be where the always are come the All-Star break,closely behind the Detroit RedWings. They are once again one of the top teams when it comes to points and once again are expected to go far in the playoffs.But this season is very different from previous seasons, they have the strong goaltending they so badly wanted and had a lot less injury problems (albeit not less enough)
than in previous seasons.
The Edmonton Oilers, not exactly the team I’ve always defended, but definetly one of the orther 29 teams I’m am up to date with!
So heres all that Comrie ish, Smith to Smyth captains, Heritage Classic and high playoff hopes, to 12th in the Western conference info are….
Over 3 months of of media silence ended today as the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that Mario Lemieux’s would undergo season ending surgery on his left hip next week.
After the terrible tragedy, not much was expected of Atlanta. But they started this very emotionally charged season with a bang, coming out of the gate quickly. And that spirited play continued after the emotion of the early season, due in large part to Bob Hartley who has done an incredible job of keeping this team together.
Here we are, midway through the 82 game struggle to the Stanley cup playoffs and I’m guessing that little people could have bet that the Habs would be sitting in the position they’re in now.
They finished the first half with a 19-15-5-2 record which is above most expectations.
Here is a look of different aspects of their game as well as the club in general through the first 41 games:
Could you imagine seeing two hated rivals battling it out for the Stanley Cup every year for the past 7 or 8 seasons? If it were possible, to see Toronto and Montreal, or Philly and the Rangers, or Edmonton and Calgary every May (or June) for so many consecutive years? Could you imagine how intense a rivalry those games would become? Well, for the past decade, one such rivalry that has been overshadowed and overlooked might finally be starting to gain the attention it deserves.
Some quick stories and observations as well as the continuing look at who’s performing and who’s not. There are more than a few underachievers this year, some who haven’t been pointed out yet.
Team Payroll lists we’re released this past week and some staggering numbers can be seen on it. After a look at some notable stories from several teams around the NHL, I want to pass on a nice Gretzky story that I just read.
There’s trouble and discention in the ranks of the Dallas Stars… Team USA has some new candidates to consider… Some rookies have impressed this season… and more diving into the stats stories of the week.
I recently wrote an article intitled ”Look for changes if the Habs don’t win” in which I mentionned that the administration will not tolerate another season without making it in the playoffs.
There was a report last week in a Canadian paper that suggested Mike Keenan and Glen Sather had introductory discussions about “Iron Mike” returning to coach the team he abondoned after the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship season.
There is a rumor that the San Jose Sharks are looking at dealing left winger ALEX KOROLYUK to the Ottawa senators in exchange for defenceman CHRIS PHILLIPS. This was according to a report out of an Otawa Daily News paper………….
Back at the summer mini-camp, Gretzky confessed that there were plenty of absent players who would still be in the running for the Olympic squad. A month into the season, the picture isn’t any clearer, in fact, choices may be even tougher now.
Edmonton could tie a team record on Tuesday with a win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Only two times before has an Oiler team had 9 wins in October, in ’81 and ’83. This year’s team could do the same by beating the Habs tomorrow night and it would cap off a pretty decent month for the Oil.
One big trade this week, is it a sign of things to come? Team Canada’s top dogs are on the prowl scouting a handful of teams this week, who’s Gretzky got his eye on? Plus more notes on the season so far.
I’ve been absent for the past two or three weeks but return now with comments about the start of the NHL season.