Around the NHL: Is it too early to scoreboard watch?

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  1. Bart9349

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    Looking at the NHL standings, VGK lead in length of current winning streaks with a six game win streak. The next longest streak is San Jose with a three game streak. (Why do I feel it will somehow come down to a San Jose v VGK confrontation of some sort?)

    Looking at the standings, it's a pleasant surprise to see the Oilers are tied with Vancouver and behind the Avs (and the Avs have a game at hand). Maybe all the talk about an Oiler Stanley Cup run was a tad premature? :sarcasm:

    We are at almost the halfway point of the season, too.

    Interestingly, the final three games for VGK are all divisional games played away (April 3, 5, and 7) at Vancouver, Oilers, and finally, Calgary. Hopefully, by then, at least two and maybe all three teams will be reduced to spoiler teams that will wilt with any kind of VGK effort.
     
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    Preds lost last night. :laugh:
     
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  4. hangman005

    hangman005 I Miss Leipsic Already

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    Well on the brightside Flames beat LA
     
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    This VGK team appears very disciplined.

    Reviewing the year to date penalties (1/6), the VGK is among the least penalized teams. The Preds lead with the most penalties (209), followed by Ducks (192), Dallas (187) and Pens (184). VGK is 28th (or fourth least) with 135 penalties.

    I would like to thing the best teams are the least penalized, but the Yotes are tied with VGK with 135. CBJ has 132 and a very disciplined Carolina has only 114 penalities.

    NHL.com - Stats

    This is fortunate, however, since VGK are only average in penalty kills (17th) at 81%.

    NHL.com - Stats
     
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    Dear diary (January 6, 2018),

    This is what I call a good day:

    Dallas throttles Oilers 5-1.
    Flames beat the Anaheim Schmucks 3-2 with about 18 seconds left in regulation.
    Nashville holds off the Kings 4-3.
    No one gets a loser point.

    VGK has a day off to enjoy being on top of the Western Division with a game or two in hand.

    Great Thai lunch with wife. Steelers have a bye week. No snow to shovel. Avoiding the flu plague ... so far. Grateful to be comfortably warm, reasonably healthy, and a thrilled VGK fan.


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    CentralGPWLOTPTSROWGFGADIFFHOMEAWAYS/OL10STRKLast GameNext Game
    Winnipeg42241175523140116+2415-3-19-8-61-16-2-2W1Jan 5: WPG 4 - BUF 3Jan 7 vs SJS
    Nashville41241165421129113+1612-4-212-7-43-44-4-2W1Jan 6: NSH 4 - LAK 3Jan 9 vs EDM
    St. Louis44261625423127111+1615-8-011-8-23-04-6-0L1Jan 6: STL 3 - PHI 6Jan 7 @ WSH
    PacificGPWLOTPTSROWGFGADIFFHOMEAWAYS/OL10STRKLast GameNext Game
    Vegas40281025826141112+2917-2-111-8-12-29-1-0W1Jan 5: VGK 5 - CHI 4Jan 7 vs NYR
    Los Angeles4224135532212699+2711-6-313-7-22-04-4-2L2Jan 6: LAK 3 - NSH 4Jan 13 vs ANA
    San Jose39211264819109102+712-6-29-6-42-25-2-3OT2Jan 5: SJS 5 - OTT 6Jan 7 @ WPG
    Wild CardGPWLOTPTSROWGFGADIFFHOMEAWAYS/OL10STRKLast GameNext Game
    Dallas43241635121132118+1416-5-18-11-23-16-2-2W2Jan 6: DAL 5 - EDM 1Jan 13 vs COL
    Colorado41221634721135124+1115-7-17-9-21-17-2-1W5Jan 6: COL 7 - MIN 2Jan 13 @ DAL
    Minnesota42221734720123123014-4-28-13-12-15-5-0L1Jan 6: MIN 2 - COL 7Jan 9 vs CGY
    Anaheim43191594717117120-310-8-39-7-62-55-4-1L1Jan 6: ANA 2 - CGY 3Jan 13 @ LAK
    Calgary41211644619115119-412-11-09-5-42-35-4-1W3Jan 6: CGY 3 - ANA 2Jan 9 @ MIN
     
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    Florida just boatraced St. Louis.
     
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    Hope you guys get Karlsson.
     
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    Unlikely, unless the Sens go insane.

    Erik Karlsson has been unfairly criticized by the media and Sens fans. It's hard to imagine that people forget that Karlsson is coming off a severe ankle injury (that he played with during the Sens spectacular playoff run last year).

    I recommend that the guy takes the rest of the season off to rehab the ankle before he does permanent damage. Obviously, when healthy, he was one of the greatest D-men who ever played the game. Anyone who has nursed an ankle injury can tell you that they are slow to heal and very frustrating. I could not imagine playing at his level (let alone skating) with an unstable ankle.
     
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    I would have never guessed that the Flames would be in 2nd place in the Pacific Division in January.

    PacificGPWLOTPTSROWGFGADIFFHOMEAWAYS/OL10STRKLast GameNext Game
    Vegas42291036127145116+2918-2-211-8-12-28-1-1OT1Jan 13: VGK 2 - EDM 3Jan 16 @ NSH
    Calgary45251645423131125+612-11-013-5-42-37-2-1W7Jan 14: CGY 4 - CAR 1Jan 20 vs WPG
    Los Angeles43241455322128103+2511-7-313-7-22-04-4-2L3Jan 13: LAK 2 - ANA 4Jan 15 vs SJS

    Granted, the Kings have two games in hand (and VGK have three). That said, these are strange times.
     
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    Kings start proving to be unsustainable. They did bank a lot of key road points in the first 25-30 games, but interesting to note how they are killing it against non-conference teams especially. The facts don't bode well for them in the playoffs. Really I'm most concerned about the Flames and Sharks because playoff "luck" is so dependent upon goaltending and both teams have goalies who aren't consistent, but could go on a monster run for a few series. Not going to worry about the other side of the conference either, those guys can settle it in April and May, but certainly a lot of really tough outs there that thankfully the VGK would only have to beat one.
     
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    A happy day in LA:

    Both local teams lost: Avs over Ducks (3-1) and Sharks over Kings (4-1)
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    The only thing better would have been if somehow the Sharks didn't get a point, either. (Kings are on a four game losing streak. Those four games are the difference between their third place spot now and tied with VGK)
     
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    ChanceVegas It's called a Gila Monster

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    San Jose and Calgary are coming on strong. They've pushed LA into the wildcard spot. We still have a 7 point lead on second place. San Jose has W3 and Calgary has W7.
     
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    Wouldn't even worry about it. Almost every playoff team gets at least a 5-game winning streak at some point and often those get to 6 or 7 games. Team like Calgary with a great core of 7-8 top players and then a big drop off to the rest of the roster is just as likely to lose 3 or 4 games after this winning streak ends when those top guns have puck luck turn against them.

    As for the Sharks, I just can't see them doing much this year. Been following this team closely for two decades and its just not there. Yeah 3 wins in a row, but 2 of them extra time wins against the "Desert Dogs". They are going to muddle through this year and unless they have perfect health and get a bunch of guys hot come playoff time they won't be around long.

    Now I could certainly see a losing streak getting Knights fans very anxious here, but I wouldn't worry so much. Kings are turning into the team most expected, the Ducks are in such a deep hole I don't know if getting some guys healthy is really going to do it and the Oilers have almost managed to eliminate themselves. The seas are parting and everything is set up for the Knights to have a good run in the playoffs should the team stay relatively healthy and stick to the system that got them here.
     
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    Smashville shooting out with Arizona right now.
     
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    Perds defeat Coyotes in the shootout.
     
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    Kings just traded for Dion friggin Phaneuf.

    Pretty glad he didn't waive so we could avoid that disaster.
     
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    hangman005 I Miss Leipsic Already

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    Not sure we would have taken him even if he did waive.
     
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    I guess we’ll never know, but I bet we could have gotten something for the salary dump and avoiding EK’s friend.
     
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    1st Place in the league today with the Tampa loss.
     
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    Watching Chicago tonight - this is what happens when you lose a top scorer because you’re too top-heavy. The fill-ins are good young players but they’re in over their heads. Hopefully Neal or Perron will want to stick around at a fair rate next year.
     
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    Leipsic starting on the Vancouver 1st line tonight.
     
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    hangman005 I Miss Leipsic Already

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    Go my boy, score lots and lots and lots of goals... and then come back here.
     
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    hangman005 I Miss Leipsic Already

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    Vancouver fans seem to love Leipsic... only been one game... but still :(
     
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    Two assists and 7 SOG for Mr. Leipsic last night. :thumbu:
     
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