Did the Guppies finally turn it around? Or did they continue to flounder? Two undefeateds tangle; who was left standing? Those stories and more in your Weekend Recap.
10-24-11 Weekend Whiplash
– First, congratulations are in order for San Jose with impressive road wins at New Jersey and Boston on Friday and Saturday night, respectively. They are 1/3rd done with their six-game road trip and one step closer to shedding the Guppies title. Friday in New Jersey, Joe Thornton played in his 1,000th career game. Saturday in Boston, the Bruins, the team that selected him first overall in the NHL entry draft, ran a career retrospective video before the game, showing him clips of their Stanley Cup run without him last year.
– Toronto continued a solid first part of the season defeating archrival Montreal in OT.
– The feisty St. Louis Blues picked up another quality road win in Philly.
– Pittsburgh, which is tied for most points in the east, made it a 0-for-2 weekend for New Jersey.
– Washington remains the league’s lone unbeaten team destroying previously unbeaten Detroit at the phone booth 7-1. Mathieu Perrault scored two goals versus the Wings.
-Winnipeg picked up a Southeast division win at home against Carolina which puts them in a early season second place logjam with Florida and Tampa at eight points. Everyone in that division is skating behind the ‘Caps.
– The aforementioned Lightning picked up two points, shutting out Ryan Miller and the Sabres (who’s kidding holding a sword in a Lightning storm never a good idea).
– Saturday, the Panthers beat the Long Islanders in Surpise 4-2. Colorado returned the favor against the Avs avenging an early week loss to Chicago as part of a home-and-home (Blackhawks won 3-1 in Denver). The Avs won 5-4 in a shootout at the United Center.
– The Rangers finally suffered a loss on their 2011 Oh Canada tour, losing 2-0 at Edmonton.
– Finally in a Pacific tilt Jonathan Quick picked up his third shutout of the week against the Stars (blanked the Blues, Coyotes and Dallas last week). The two points moved LA within one point.
Games of the Week Oct 24-30
Toronto Maple Leafs @ Philadelphia Flyers, Monday, Oct. 24, 6 pm Leafs-TV/CSN-PHI
– Toronto leads the Northeast with 11 points, Philly is second in the Atlantic with 9 points
New York Rangers @ Winnipeg Jets, Monday, Oct. 24, 7:30 pm MSG/TSN-Jets
– Maybe I picked this game because on TV both jerseys will look outstanding. Both are currently in last of their division combined four wins between ‘em
St. Louis Blues @ Vancouver Canucks, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 pm FS-MW/SNET-Van
– St. Louis has started off well while Vancouver is on a quest to continue what they started last year
San Jose Guppies @ Detroit Red Wings, Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30 pm NHL Network
– I don’t care what the records are because these two teams HATE each other. This is expected since they’ve met the last two years in the spring with San Jose ending the ‘Wings seasons
Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche, Sunday, Oct. 30, 7 pm FS-West/Altitude
– Good goaltending match-up. Two teams that have started off well good enough for me next Sunday night
Vamosi’s Weekly Top5
1. Washington Capitals (7-0-0, 14 points, 1st Southeast), two straight weeks but no brainer
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (6-2-2, 14 points, 1st Atlantic)
T3. Colorado Avalanche (6-2-0, 12 points, 1st Northwest)/Dallas Stars (6-2-0, 12 points, 1st Pacific)
5. Los Angelas Kings (5-1-1, 11 points, 2nd Pacific)
Just missing the cut: Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, and Buffalo
The F(orgetting about) (yo)U 5 (This weeks most forgettable teams)
1. Columbis Blue Jackets (0-7-1, 1 point, Last Central), Definition of a FU5 team
2. Montreal Canadians (1-4-2, 4 points, Last Northeast)
3. Calgary Flames (2-4-1, 5 points, Last Northwest)
4. Winnipeg Jets (2-4-1, 5 points, Last Southeast)
T5. New York Islanders (3-3-0, 6 points, 4th Atlantic)/New York Rangers (2-2-2, 6 points, Last Atlantic)