So far this NHL season, some events are in the AMAZING CATEGORY and others in the NOT SURPRISING CATEGORY. I’ll share some with all of you…
IT’S AMAZING THAT…
…Pavel Datsiuk can steel so many pucks with his stick and come out of scrums with the puck so often.
… Alex Ovechkin can go 9 games without a goal and only 4 goals in 20 games. Not surprising that Washington lost 8 consecutive games during that span.
…Nickas Lidstrom who is closing in on 250 goals and 1500 games scored his first hat trick at age 40 on Wednesday against the Blues.
…How close the Western Division standings are. As of December 14th, only 8 points separated the 2nd place team and the 13th place team.
…Dallas is leading their division and second in the conference. Not surprising that Kari Lehtenen has something to do with it producing a 2.58 GAA and 14 wins.
….how quickly Steve Yzerman turned Tampa Bay around. Watch-out Steve, your team is giving up way too many goals.
…The traffic and screens in front of goalies today. Forwards go to the point in the shooting lane, the defense can’t move the opponents in front of the net and are coached to front the player. That makes 3 players in the shootingn lane.
NOT SURPRISING THAT…
…Detroit is back on top of the league. They are more rested and healthy this year than last season. Their top players can outplay any line in the league.
…Ilya Kovalchuk is struggling with only 8 goals and a -21. …Florida is 10 points out of a playoff spot already after 30 games. They just don’t have the “Horses” and no resources to improve the team.
…Atlanta is so much improved. They raided the Blackhawks of 4 players which made them bigger and more competitive.
…that Bruce Boudreau’s motivational speech was full of swear words. I have had very few coaches in the Pros that didn’t swear while addressing the team. Scotty Bowman was one. I had two coaches in Jr. hockey who never swore. Claude Dolbec in Shawinigan and Hap Emms in Niagara Falls.