The Jets are unstoppable and the top teams struggle, but how did it all happen?
We celebrate the coming of Sidney Crosby by reviewing the games he didn’t play in.
Friday: Jason Pomerville scored the only goal in the 1-0 Sabres win at Carolina … The Avalanche won a home game against the suddenly struggling Stars and got shutout 3-0 in Denver … Calgary got two goals from Curtis Glencross to defeat Chicago 5-3 at the (corporate name here) SaddleDome.
Saturday: Our Winnipeg Jets love seeing the Flyers defense; they defeated the Flyers 6-4 … Pavel Daksyuk scored twice in Detroit’s 4-1 win in LA versus the Kings … Radim Vrbata scored two goals in the Coyotes 4-2 win at Buffalo … The Maple Leafs got mad enough after a frustrating stretch and downed the Caps 7-1 in Toronto, yes Phil Kessel had a goal … In Montreal, the ‘Habs blanked their original six buddy, the Rangers, 4-0, Brian Gionta scored half the goals for the Canadians … Speaking of beat downs, the Bruins hammered the Islanders on long Island 6-0 Chris Kelly had two goals for the B’s … New Jersey scored three goals in the second period in their 4-2 win at Tampa Bay … Steven Weiss’s third period goal gave the Panthers a 3-2 home win over the Penguins … Holy sh*t Columbus won 4-3 in OT against the Predators to reach double digits in points … Minnesota was victorious at home, 3-2 against St. Louis winning in a shootout … San Jose dominated Dallas in Big D to earn the 4-1 road win … WTHII shocker alert was the 9-2 hurting the Oilers put on Chicago in Edmonton, Taylor Hall had three goals, two of which were on the power play accounting for a third of his team’s offense.
Sunday: Coming full circle (remember how I wrote about the ‘Canes losing on Friday?) well they won 3-2 on Sunday at home versus the Leafs even with Phil Kessel scoring both goals for Toronto … Colorado scored to open the game, but the Sharks scored the next four in their 4-1 win in Denver; Patrick Marleau had a hat-trick … Detroit made it a weekend sweep of the city of angels defeating the Ducks 4-2 at the Honda Pond … In the WTHII Canada game of the day Vancouver defeated Ottawa 2-1 in OT.
Games of the Week Nov. 21-Nov. 27
New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh Penguins, Monday, Nov. 21, 6 pm, Versus
– The Penguin from Billy Madison told use that Sidney will suit up, meaning we’ll watch this
New York Rangers @ Florida Panthers, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 6:30 pm, MSG/FS-Florida
– The Rangers are surging and the Panthers lead the Southeast WATCH!
Nashville Predators @ Minnesota Wild, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 7 pm, FS-Tennessee/FS-North
– Minnesota is in first place and the Preds are second in the central…intrigued?
Detroit Red Wings @ Boston Bruins, Friday, Nov. 25, Noon, NBC
– Help the game of hockey out and watch this day after Thanksgiving game of original six teams
Vancouver Canucks @ San Jose Sharks, Saturday, Nov. 26, 9 pm, CBC/CSN-CA
– These two met in the conference finals last spring and dislike each other a lot, oh hate viewing
1. Minnesota Wild (12-5-3, 27pts, 1st in Northwest) -8-2-0 in the last 10 and new number ones!
2. San Jose Sharks (12-5-1, 25pts, 1st in Pacific) – 7-2-1 in last 10 and I’m probably a sucker for buying in…again
3. Chicago Blackhawks (12-6-3, 27pts, 1st in Central) – Good start to the week but more later
4. Philadelphia Flyers (11-5-3, 25pts, 1st in Atlantic) – Flyers have been playing well here is there reward
5. New York Rangers (10-4-3, 23pts, 3rd in Atlantic) – Rangers drop one spot but better than forgetful 5
– Just missing the list the Boston Bruins who have won eight in a row (8-2-0, last 10)
1. New York Islanders (5-9-3, 13pts, Last in Atlantic) – I know a city in Ohio happy about this
2. Columbus Blue Jackets (4-13-2, 10pts, Last in Central) – I can only drop the BJ’s one spot so take it
3. Anaheim Ducks (6-10-4, 16pts, Last in Pacific) – What’s going on in Anaheim?
4. Carolina Hurricanes (7-11-3, 17pts, Last in Southeast) – Officially a tropical depression
5. Washington Capitals (10-7-1, 21pts, 2nd in Southeast) – In the last 10 they have the same record as Columbus, enough said/Chicago Blackhawks (12-6-3, 27pts, 1st in Central) – Yes, double whammy. The ‘Hawks were outscored 14-2 in their last two in Calgary and Edmonton
Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
11-06-11 Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues Record at Firing: 6-7-0 Overall: 67-55-15 (Hired Jan. 2, 2010)