Weekend Recap

One of these things are not like the other Sunday in Ottawa at the All-Star Game

All-Star Break means urgency in the second half will be picking up for teams

Thursday: All-Star Game Fantasy Draft for Team Chara and Alfredsson

Friday: All-Star Break in Ottawa

Saturday: All-Star Skills Competition, Steven Stamkos (TB) wins elimination shootout, Zdeno Chara (BOS) hardest shot with 108.8 MPH, Jaime Benn (DAL) accuracy shootout, Patrick Kane (CHI) breakaway challenge, Carl Hagelin (NYR) won the fastest skater with a time of 13.218 over Colin Greening (OTT) who had a time of 13.303.

Sunday: 59th Annual NHL All-Star Game, Team Chara 12 Team Alfredsson 9 listed in order are those who scored goals at the Scotiabank Place on Sunday team Chara = TC and team Alfredsson = TA, 1st period Marian Gaborik/TC –NYR (1-0 TC), Evgeni Malkin/TC –PIT (2-0 TC), Gaborik/TC (3-0 TC), Jason Spezza/TA –OTT (3-1 TC), Henrik Sedin/TA –VAN (3-2 TC), John Tavares/TA –NYI (3-3), 2nd period Gaborik/TC (4-3 TC), Joffrey Lupul/TC –TOR (5-3 TC), Jason Pominville/TA –BUF (5-4 TC), Daniel Alfredsson/TA –OTT (5-5), Alfredsson/TA (6-5 TA), Patrick Kane/TC –CHI (6-6), 3rd period Phil Kessel/TC –TOR (7-6 TC), Milan Michalek/TA –OTT (7-7), Jarome Iginla/TC –CGY (8-7 TC), Claude Giroux/TA –PHI (8-8), Marian Hossa/TC –CHI (9-8 TC), Zdeno Chara/TC –BOS (10-8 TC), Corey Perry/TC –ANA (11-8 TC), Daniel Sedin/TA –VAN (11-9 TC), Lupul/TA (12-9 TC)   Marian Gaborik named MVP with three-goals and a assist

Five Games to Watch Jan. 29-Feb. 5 –
Ottawa Senators @ Boston Bruins, Tuesday, January 31, 6 pm, SNET-E/NESN
– Key northeast division showdown to open the second half
Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuesday, January 31, 6:30 pm, NBC Sports Network
– Can the Lightning continue their hot play and get into the division chase?
Chicago Blackhawks @ Vancouver Canucks, Tuesday, January 31, 9pm, TSN/WGN
– These teams are have a lot of points in the western conference
San Jose Sharks @ Phoenix Coyotes, Saturday, February 4, 7 pm, CSN-California/FS-Arizona Plus
– How about a Pacific division tilt for you
Pittsburgh Penguins @ New Jersey Devils, Sunday, February 5, Noon, ROOT/MSG-Plus
– These two teams are in the same place in the standings so points mean a lot

Vamosi’s Top5 –
1. Detroit Red Wings (33-16-1, 67pts, First Central) –Lead the league in points at the break
2. New York Rangers (31-12-4, 66pts, First Atlantic) – Second in the league in points
3. Vancouver Canucks (30-15-4, 64pts, First Northwest) – 6-2-2 in their last 10
4. St. Louis Blues (29-13-7, 65pts, Second Central) – St. Louis has the third most points in the league
5. Nashville Predators (30-16-4, 64pts, Third Central) – Preds are 9-1-0 in the last ten games w0w

Forgetful Five –
1. Columbus Blue Jackets (13-30-6, 32pts, Last Central) – Everyone but them are great in the division
2. Edmonton Oilers (18-26-5, 41pts, Last Northwest) – Struggling but they are young
3. Buffalo Sabres (20-24-5, 45pts, Last Northeast) – Still 2-7-1 in their last ten games, yuck
4. Carolina Hurricanes (18-24-9, 45pts, Last Southeast) – Last in the eastern conference
5. Winnipeg Jets (22-22-6, 50pts, Third Southeast) – Need to get it going maybe this shaming will help

If the season ended today/first half standings –
East:  1. New York Rangers (1st Atlantic, 66pts), 2. Boston Bruins (1st Northeast, 64pts), 3. Washington Capitals (1st Southeast, 55pts), 4. Philadelphia Flyers (2nd Atlantic, 63pts), 5. Pittsburgh Penguins (3rd Atlantic, 60pts), 6. Ottawa Senators (2nd Northeast, 60pts), 7. Florida Panthers (2nd Southeast, 55pts), 8. New Jersey Devils (4th Atlantic, 55pts), 9. Toronto Maple Leafs (3rd Northeast, 55pts), 10. Winnipeg Jets (3rd Southeast, 50pts), 11. Montreal Canadians (4th Northeast, 47pts), 12. Tampa Bay Lightning (4th Southeast, 46pts), 13. New York Islanders (5th Atlantic, 45pts), 14. Buffalo Sabres (5th Northeast, 45pts), 15. Carolina Hurricanes (5th Southeast, 45pts)

West: 1. Detroit Red Wings (1st Central, 67pts), 2. Vancouver Canucks (1st Northwest, 64pts), 3. San Jose Sharks (1st Pacific, 60pts), 4. St. Louis Blues (2nd Central, 65pts), 5. Nashville Predators (3rd Central, 64pts), 6. Chicago Blackhawks (4th Central, 64pts), 7. Los Angeles Kings (2nd Pacific, 58pts), 8. Minnesota Wild (2nd Northwest, 55pts), 9. Colorado Avalanche (3rd Northwest, 54pts), 10. Dallas Stars (3rd Pacific, 52pts), 11. Calgary Flames (4th Northwest, 52pts), 12. Phoenix Coyotes (4th Pacific, 52pts), 13. Anaheim Ducks (4th Pacific, 43pts), 14. Edmonton Oilers (5th Northwest, 41pts), 15. Columbus Blue Jackets (5th Central, 32pts)

Coaching Casualties of the 2011-12 Season

01-09-12 Scott Arniel, Columbus Blue Jackets, Record at Firing: 11-25-5 Overall: 45-60-18 (Hired June 8, 2010)
12-17-11 Jacques Martin, Montreal Canadians, Record at Firing: 13-12-7 Overall: 96-75-25 (Hired June 1, 2009)
12-12-11  Terry Murray, Los Angeles Kings, Record at Firing: 13-12-4 Overall: 139-106-30 (Hired July 17, 2008)
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)

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