The weekend recap is here, and it will make you smarter at the water cooler!
Another week has gone by, and here’s another serving of the weekend recap that I’m sure two or three of you are looking forward to. *Spoiler Alert* Minnesota didn’t do anything to move from my number one, sorry.
Friday: Dennis Wideman scored two goals in the ‘Caps 4-2 at home versus Toronto … Jason Pominville scored in OT giving the Sabres a 2-1 win against the Panthers in Buffalo … Four different Jets scored in a 4-2 contest against Carolina in Winnipeg (someone is making the most of this home stretch) … Colorado fell 4-1 in Edmonton and didn’t have a good trip to Alberta having lost at Calgary this week also.
Saturday: Casey Price made a huge save on a penalty shot to preserve a 2-1 win for the ‘Habs in Jersey … The Rangers went upstate to Buffalo and came away with a 4-1 victory … Vancouver went to the nation’s capital (Canada) and defeated Ottawa 4-1 … James Neal scored twice in Pittsburgh’s 6-3 win at the Islanders … Philadelphia won 5-2 against Tampa Bay in Philly, and Scott Hartnell scored his 14th goal of the season … Winnipeg left the friendly confines of the MTS Center scored first in Detroit but lost 7-1 to the Red Wings … Trailing 2-0 after the first period Boston game back to win 5-3 at Columbus, sounds about right for the BJ’s season … Kevin Shattenkirk scored 26 second in for the Blues which was enough to beat the Sharks 1-0 in St. Louis … The Predators defeated the Ducks 3-2 in Nashville … Minnesota won 4-1 among the 10,000 plus who attended this game in Glendale to cheer the Coyotes on …. Calgary shutout Edmonton on the Flames home ice in this battle of Alberta, Jarome Iginla scored twice … Trevor Daley’s second period goal lifted Dallas to a 2-1 over the Kings in LA.
Sunday: Chicago came back twice from one goal deficits to trip the Sharks up in OT at the United Center, Patrick Sharp scored his 16th goal lifting the ‘Hawks to the win … The Rangers laid it on the Panthers winning 6-1 at MSG, Derek Stepan scored two goals in the win.
Five Games to Watch Dec. 12-18 –
Los Angeles Kings @ Boston Bruins, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 6 pm, FS-West/NESN
– These two teams will only meet a couple times, so we must cherish each
Minnesota Wild @ Winnipeg Jets, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7:30 pm, FS-Wisconsin/FS-North/TSN-Jets
– One day these two teams will be hated division rivals, today they are opposite conference strangers
Dallas Stars @ New York Islanders, Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 pm, FS-Southwest/MSG Plus
– Joe and I saw these two teams play last Saturday. Will Matt Moulson score 4 again?
Vancouver Canucks @ Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday, Dec. 17, 6 pm, CBC
– This is my Canadian game of the week
Columbus Blue Jackets @ St. Louis Blues, Sunday, Dec. 18, 6 pm, FS-Ohio/FS-Midwest
– It’s scheduled, so I might as well acknowledge that it is going to happen
Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. Minnesota Wild (20-7-3, 43pts, First in Northwest) – Best sweaters = Best record duh!
2. Philadelphia Flyers (18-7-3, 39pts, First in Atlantic) – Passed the Pens this week
3. Boston Bruins (18-9-1, 37pts, First in Northeast) – +35 in goal differential best in the NHL
4. Vancouver Canucks (18-10-1, 37 pts, Second in Northwest) – they are 9-1-0 in their last 10
5. St. Louis Blues (17-9-3, 37pts, 3rd in Central) – I just like how they are currently playing
Forgetful Five –
1. Anaheim Ducks (8-16-5, 21pts, Last Pacific) – the Ducks continue to be lousy and are the new #1
2. Carolina Hurricanes (9-18-4, 22pts, Last Southeast) – Switch spots with Anaheim
3. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-15-2, 26pts, 4th Southeast) – the ‘Ning not striking anyone lately
4. Los Angeles Kings (13-12-4, 30pts, 4th Pacific) – I predict the next coaching change is here
5. Colorado Avalanche (13-16-1, 27pts, Last Northwest) – that’s right Avs are lousy!
– I’d like to point out this week we’re Columbus Blue Jacket’s free. Congrats BJ’s!
Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season
11-30-11 Randy Carlyle, Anaheim Ducks Record at Firing: 7-13-4 Overall 273-182-61 (Hired Aug. 1, 2005 led Ducks to Stanley Cup title in 2007)
11-28-11 Bruce Boudreau, Washington Capitals Record at Firing: 12-9-1 Overall: 201-88-40 (Hired Nov. 22, 2007)
11-28-11 Paul Maurice, Carolina Hurricanes Record at Firing: Overall: 116-100-30 (second term)(Hired Dec. 3, 2008 for second time by Carolina, was 268-291-99 in eight years 1995-2003 with Hardford/Carolina)
11-06-11 Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues Record at Firing: 6-7-0 Overall: 67-55-15 (Hired Jan. 2, 2010)