November 11, 2007

Puttin' On the Foil - A Weekly NHL Recap 11/11

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It's crazy to think we're about midway through November already. Pretty soon, it'll be Christmas, then January comes, and before you know it, the All-Star break will be here. The schedule is finally in consistent form and teams no longer have 6-7 days off between games. Fans are getting good hockey now and if you haven't been to a game yet this season, get yourself to one. There's nothing better than live hockey.


MONOLOGUE


No speech this week. Let's take a look at the conference standings through November 10th


EASTERN CONFERENCE
1. Ottawa Senators 28 pts*
2. Carolina Hurricanes 23 pts*
3. Philadelphia Flyers 20 pts*
4. Montreal Canadiens 21 pts
5. New York Rangers 19 pts
6. New York Islanders 18 pts
7. Boston Bruins 18 pts
8. Toronto Maple Leafs 18 pts
9. Tampa Bay Lightning 17 pts
10. Pittsburgh Penguins 15 pts
11. New Jersey Devils 14 pts
12. Florida Panthers 14 pts
13. Atlanta Thrashers 14 pts
14. Buffalo Sabres 13 pts
15. Washington Capitals 13 pts


WESTERN CONFERENCE
1. Detroit Red Wings 27 pts*
2. Colorado Avalanche 21 pts*
3. San Jose Sharks 18 pts*
4. Minnesota Wild 20 pts
5. Columbus Blue Jackets 19 pts
6. Chicago Blackhawks 18 pts
7. Nashville Predators 17 pts
8. Dallas Stars 17 pts
9. Anaheim Ducks 17 pts
10. Los Angeles Kings 16 pts
11. Vancouver Canucks 16 pts
12. Calgary Flames 15 pts
13. St. Louis Blues 14 pts
14. Phoenix Coyotes 14 pts
15. Edmonton Oilers 13 pts


NEWS AND NOTES


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Disappointing news this week as former Canadien, Flyer and Penguin player John LeClair was arrested in Vermont for drunk driving. Surprisingly, this is the former "Legion of Doom" member's second drunk driving charge. LeClair has not played in the NHL since December 2006 after being placed on waivers by Pittsburgh.


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Congratulations are in order for Jeremy Roenick who "scored his 500th NHL goal last night" against Phoenix. JR became the 40th member of the "500 Goal Club" and only the third American-born player to do so, joining Mike Modano and Joe Mullen. So, with the Eric Lindros debate this week, I pose this question: Is Jeremy Roenick a Hall of Famer? Discuss.


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Steve Moore's lawsuit news against Todd Bertuzzi continued on this week as the former Avalanche forward's lawyer rejected a $350,000 settlement offer. Moore is suing Bertuzzi for $15 million, so in his lawyer's eyes the offer was "calculated to be an insult and was an insult." I agree and especially since Bertuzzi signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Ducks over the summer. That type of offer is embarrassing. Moore has a right to earn a living and that was taken away by Bertuzzi. Granted, Moore was not going to become Wayne Gretzky, but if he was able to continue playing, he would have been able to earn more than $350,000 over his career.


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Helping to lead the Chicago Blackhawks revival, Patrick Kane was named "Rookie of the Month" for October. The 18-year old tallied 5 goals, and 11 assists in his first month in the NHL. He was also the 'Hawks leading scorer in October. Many doubted his ability coming into the NHL because of his small stature, but Kane, along with fellow rookie teammate Jonathan Toews are the reason Chicago is improved.


AROUND THE BLOG WORLD


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If you're looking for great profiles of the 2007 inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame, be sure to check out Greatest Hockey Legends. Joe over there does a terrific job and his site is a must for any hockey history fan.


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Hockey Adventure chronicles some of the most forgotten moustaches in hockey history. It's a great read.


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When is the next Mike Keenan meltdown going to happen? Ponds and Pucks is keeping a close eye on it, so you don't have to.


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Could Alex Ovechkin really leave Washington? Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse gives us a Russian interview OV did which leaves the door open to that possibility.


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Melt Your Face Off takes an interesting look at the world of Eric Lindros if he never bullied his way out of Quebec.


LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE!


Highlights from last night's San Jose-Phoenix tilt, which of course includes Jeremy Roenick's 500th goal



Top 10 plays of the past week.


A DVD which is a must for any hockey fan, "The Rocket". It's the story of Maurice Richard. Absolutely amazing movie.


This week's "Coach's Corner" featuring Don Cherry and Ron McLean from Hockey Night in Canada



PLAYER OF THE WEEK


Martin Gerber, who has taken the starting goaltender reigns in Ottawa went 3-0 this week, with a 1.00 GAA, with a .962 save-percentage. Gerber also recorded his NHL-leading 10th win.


UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST


Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets, Wednesday, November 14th, 7pm EST


A match-up of two upstarts this season in the NHL. Columbus is still the only team in the league that has not made the playoffs. Both teams are on pace to be playing late-April hockey, but of course, it's way to early to talk about that kind of the stuff. Rick Nash is healthy and scoring like a machine. Pascal Leclaire is not letting any rubber behind him. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are leading the youth revival in the Windy City. It'll be a good game between two franchises who are in the midst of turning their fortunes around.


GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS


While I sit through a struggling Penguins season early on, let's take a look back at last season, when everything was nice and peachy.


No recap next week as I'll be in Tampa, so I'll see you in two weeks!


Ballhype: hype it up!

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