November 9, 2008

Puttin' On the Foil - A Weekly NHL Recap 11/9

We're a month into the '08-09 season and there are plenty of teams off to disappointing starts and others bucking the pre-season predictions and finding success early on.

Florida was looked at as an up and coming young team, but points-wise, they are the worst in the NHL. Jacques Martin has already threatened trades and you have to wonder if the Panthers go through another month like this, how soon will Jay Bouwmeester's time in Florida end?

The Stars lack of anything has been well-chronicled and Marty Turco's troubles are well-known. Around this time last year Dallas fired general manager Doug Armstrong and brought in the two-headed monster of Brett Hull and Les Jackson. This time around, it'll likely be Dave Tippett who will take the fall.

Toronto is a nice story with the Leafs playing competitive hockey and not tanking to get John Tavares or Victor Hedman. They have a good coach in Ron Wilson and a solid goaltender in Vesa Toskala. The young talent in the lineup are playing for their NHL futures and there's no reason why they can't hover around the 9/10/11th spot in the Eastern Conference all season.

Minnesota's success without Marian Gaborik should make it obvious that he'll be dealt and that will only make the Wild a better team with what they get in return. Despite his chronic health issues, Gaborik will bring in an excellent package for general manager Doug Risebrough and with Niklas Backstrom an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the focus should shift to the Wild's franchise goaltender.

This week's "lost in translation" story, Montreal newspaper floats the idea that Jim Balsillie said the Canadiens are for sale.

The Rangers want a draft pick because Alexei Cherepanov was still their property when he died.

Canada likely won't wear the Maple Leaf on their jersey's thanks to the IOC's silly rules.

The year of the Canadiens continues with the Hall of Fame unveiling another exhibit.

Another debut for a Dallas Star, another hat-trick.

Evgeni Nabokov is hurt. Fantasy owners on edge.

Canadiens and Red Wings dominated the 2009 NHL All Star ballot.

15. New Jersey Devils

14. Chicago Blackhawks

13. Carolina Hurricanes

12. Calgary Flames

11. Minnesota Wild

10. Washington Capitals

9. Pittsburgh Penguins

8. Vancouver Canucks

7. Anaheim Ducks

6. Montreal Canadiens

5. New York Rangers

4. Buffalo Sabres

3. Boston Bruins

2. Detroit Red Wings

San Jose Sharks

This week's "Remembrance Day" Coach's Corner with Don Cherry.

Tough couple of weeks for Mike Van Ryn. First, he gets put through the glass against Boston and last night Tom Kotsopolous drills him from behind .

The Stanley Cup rematch is Tuesday night on Versus.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK (11/2 - 11/8)
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
4 GS, 3 W, 3 SO, 0.75 GAA, .967 save pct.
Exit Martin Brodeur, enter Roberto Luongo. Everyone knows how great of a goaltender Vancouver's captain is, but this week he throw himself as the early favorite for the Vezina Trophy

Nashville at Calgary, 11/6
Mix a 5-0 lead with 13 total goals and you'll get the wild game we saw on Thursday night. The Flames took a 5-0 lead early in the second period, but the Predators scratched back to cut the lead to 5-3. An early power-play goal in the third period by Jarome Iginla made it seemingly out of reach at 7-3, but Nashville was not rolling over. You'll see in the highlights that the Predators took it to the very end before conceding the two points.


Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m. ET
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings
A rematch of last season's Stanley Cup Finals and I'm going to go out on a limb and say this game will net the highest ratings Versus has seen for an NHL. Marian Hossa sees his former teammates for the first time. It should be interesting to see if there's any leftover bad blood from the Finals. These two lock up again February 8 in Pittsburgh.

A tribute of former Penguins general manager Craig Patrick.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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Scotty Hockey said...

Tough Corner this week but it shows that for all of his blustering, Cherry is class all the way.

Going Five Hole said...

I never understood why people take Cherry so seriously. He's a character and his whole shtick is to be loud and brazen.

Just sit back, toss on some sunglasses and enjoy his suits.

chris said...

no love for columbus in the top 15? just won three straight vs edmonton, montreal and calgary. and with the young kids we're only going to get better...

Cornelius Hardenbergh said...

3rd, eh? I dig it.

Going Five Hole said...

chicago has impressed me more in 3 less games than C-bus has