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.
Ok, so the focus of posts recently has been on the ideas of change in the NHL and contraction as the way to fix the myriad of problems in the current system. Here is the opinion of an adult kid from one of those non-traditional hockey markets that host a current team (and the one most often mentioned by contraction lovers.)
UP TO THIS POINT…
Any die-hard Canucks fan can’t be unhappy about the play of their team thus far. Sitting at this point atop the Northwest Division, as well as placing 2nd in the Western Conference and 4th overall in the league with their 52 points, the Canucks are looking to be as much of a force in the last half of the season as they were in the first. Their entire first line of Naslund, Bertuzzi and Morrison sits in the top 30 of league scoring (3rd, 18th, and 28th respectively as of January 6th) with a combined total of 120 points… only Atlanta’s top line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Marc Savard, and Slava Kozlov can boast better, with a total of 121.
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….
Joe Louis Arena was filled with “Cujo!” chants throughout Monday’s shutout victory over the upstart Nashville Preditors, who have already beaten the Wings 3 times this season.
It has to feel good for Curtis Joseph, and he deserves it. At least the fans get it, which is more than I can say for the organization’s office.
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.
TSN reports: “A freak goal credited to Patrick O’Sullivan of the OHL’s Mississauga IceDogs with 5:12 remaining capped a U.S. comeback in a 4-3 win over Canada in the final of the world junior hockey championships Monday.
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.
Coming into the halfway point of the season, on many charts the maple leafs are rated first on their and could possibly be leading the league. No one would of thought that they would be leading the east nonetheless the northeast with the supposed powerhouse of Ottawa. But yet somehow they have scraped away at games and climbed up the standings to a very respectible 2nd overall ( with two games in hand on the red wings ).
The Detroit Red Wings went into the half-way point of the season with the most points in the NHL. Have the Wings regained their form that they had during their recent cup winning seasons?
An extended look at the first half of a season marred by goaltender controversy and injuries.