November 2, 2008

Puttin' On the Foil - A Weekly NHL Recap 11/2

MONOLOGUE
Well, look who's playing a lot better than we thought they were. The Toronto Maple Leafs are playing some decent hockey at the moment, even with a -4 goal differential. They're currently 8th in the Eastern Conference and have an impressive 3-1-1 record on the road. Their five wins have come against decent opposition too, with Detroit, Boston, Ottawa, New Jersey, and the Rangers falling victim to the "rebuilding" Leafs. Vesa Toskala has held his own in net with give wins already and Toronto is getting scoring from some unlikely characters in Dominic Moore, John Mitchell, and Matt Stajan who's off to a fast start.

Suddenly, all that talk about the Leafs tanking to draft John Tavares are quickly being shuffled to the side.

WEEK THAT WAS
This week's Mats Sundin update: he watched the Canucks-Kings game at Staples Center with Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis.

Canada's World Junior team roster might take a hit for the upcoming tournament.

Forbes released the values of every NHL team.

Alexei Cherepanov should have been serving military duty instead of playing hockey.

The "X" is squarely on the backs of the Detroit Red Wings this season.

A QMJHL coach was suspended indefinitely for throwing a water bottle at a referee.

EXCELLENT ELEVEN POWER RANKINGS
15.
Carolina Hurricanes
14.
Anaheim Ducks
13.
Nashville Predators
12.
Toronto Maple Leafs
11.
Chicago Blackhawks
10.
Pittsburgh Penguins
9.
Boston Bruins
8.
Calgary Flames
7.
New Jersey Devils
6.
Minnesota Wild
5.
Detroit Red Wings
4.
Buffalo Sabres
3.
Montreal Canadiens
2.
NY Rangers
1.
San Jose Sharks

LET'S GO TO THE VIDEOTAPE
This week's edition of Coach's Corner


A news report from the day Gary Bettman was hired.


Steven Stamkos was seen scoring twice against Buffalo this week.


PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
6 goals, 2 assists, 8 points, 6 PPG, 1 GWG
Selanne continues his comeback and at age 38, proves he can still score in the NHL. His six goals this week brought him to 560 total for his career and the possibility, if he keeps at this pace, he'll reach 600 by seasons end.

GAME OF THE WEEK
Edmonton at Carolina, 11/1
This game turned on its head after Tuomo Ruutu drilled Denis Grebeshkov and Oilers captain Ethan Moreau came to his aid. Inspired by the events of the first period, Moreau would later become the hero after a beautiful individual effort storming down the left side and firing a shot past Cam Ward with 1:28 left in the game with the go-ahead goal. Just :53 later, Moreau would add another an empty-netter to ensure the two points for Edmonton.

Highlights:



UPCOMING GAME OF INTEREST
Tuesday, November 4, 10:30 p.m. ET
Minnesota Wild at San Jose Sharks
Two of the top teams in the Western Conference face off in what's a battle of top goaltenders and two teams who love defensive hockey. Todd McLlellan has implemented the Red Wings system in San Jose and Jacques Lemaire has mastered the shutdown defense since his days in New Jersey. Should be a exciting, low-scoring affair.

GRATUITOUS PITTSBURGH PENGUINS RELATED AWESOMENESS
IceBurgh defends himself from attackers.


Ballhype: hype it up!


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