WINNIPEG vs. COLORADO:
Colorado with another win last night, defeated Winnipeg 3-2 to now extend their league best record of 10-1-0. For the love of god people, will someone beat them? I might have to wait until Detroit plays them again, oh well. Bryan Little with 1 goal and an assist last night to help get his team started and that was about it for the Jets. The Avalanche has proven their offense can get it done, but where the hell is P.A. Parenteau? He's gone pointless in his last 5 games, a -2 and only has 6 SOG, buddy you're killin' me each week. Paul Stastny with 1 goal and an assist last night, and Gabriel Landeskog finally contributing with 2 assists. Seymon Varlamov with the win, now with a record of 7-1-0, he's having a hell of year so far, I can't deny him that. Now Al Montoya got the start in net last night, and the former University of Michigan goaltender played great stopping 33 of 36 shots. Which draws my whole piece on this into light, why in the hell isn't he given more of an opportunity? Ondrej Pavelec is an AVERAGE goalie. Pavelec this year with 11 starts, recording only 4 wins with a 2.85 GAA and a .909 SV%. So far Montoya this year has started 2 games, 1st wasn't much because it was the Devils but a 24 save shutout victory and last night he had a .917 SV% and a 1.52 GAA this year. Last year he started 5 games, but played in 7 and compiled a record of 3-1-1 with a 2.90 GAA and a .899 SV%, so not the greatest on saves but his record indicates other wise. Winnipeg is a team that needs wins and still sits almost at the bottom of the Western Conference and the same as last year, what do you have to lose?
LOS ANGELES vs. EDMONTON:
Well it's safe to assume that Richard Bachman has sealed one of the goalie positions in Edmonton after last night. His first NHL start of the season last night after being recalled from Oklahoma City Barons, and holy shit was it something. Bachman stopping 47 of 48 shots through OT, was dealt the loss in the shootout when Anze Kopitar put one by him. The Oilers were outshot 48 to 18, and had no business even being in the game if it wasn't for his .979 SV% and ridiculous 0.92 GAA. Nail Yakupov finally scoring his first goal of the year, and on the PP.......don't get to comfy, I don't think you're staying the whole year. Sorry cake eater. Mike Richards was the only king to get past Bachman in regulation and the assists coming from Jake Muzzins, & Jeff Carter ( good to see he can do something other than shoot). At this point, Bachman has to be given a fair shot at the starting job, he did a great job last year in the Dallas organization (AHL) with a 5-1 record with a .920 SV% and a 2.31 GAA, and was even called up a few times by the Stars. Devan Dubnyk has started 9 games this year with a 2-7 record and just ugly numbers, .878 SV% and 4.01 GAA....................LaBarbera is no better, 4 started with a 1-3 record wielding a .857 SV% and an even nasty 3.65 GAA.......................Need I say more?
ANAHEIM vs. COLUMBUS:
Ducks with another win last night, a 4-3 victory thanks to Corey Perry's GWG with 2:25 left to play in the 3rd. Perry with another 1 goal and 1 assits, and Ryan Getzlaf with a goal of his own. Rookie goaltender Frederik Andersen with his 2nd straight start and earning his 3rd win of the season, wasn't his prettiest but he's 3-0 now. Artem Anisimov with 2 goals for the Blue Jackets and just like I said yesterday, Brandon "Rack em" Dubinsky with an assist and 15 PIMS. MULTI-CATEGORY, PEOPLE.
Corey Perry, this is why I draft you:
San Jose just dominated the Senators last night, right when I didn't need them to. I decided to roll Craig Anderson because my back was against the wall in my matchup and what do you know, Craig, ya bent me over, bent me over real good. Sharks pummeling the Senators 5-2, despite San Jose giving up 40 shots. San Jose back up, Alex Stalock, was superb in his first game of the season and earning his first start stopping 38 shots. Erik Karlsson with 1 goal and an assist and a whopping 9 shots last night. You guys, he's a defensemen..............that's unheard of. San Jose rookie, Tomas Hertl with another goal ending his 3 game drought. It's good to see him on the radar still but his production has slowed down but that's either because he's an 18 year old rookie, or is he really missing Brent Burns that much? It will be interesting what San Jose decides to do with him this year, I think they'll send him for more "seasoning." James Sheppard had a goal and an assist last night, which brings me to my next point. 11 San Jose players had points last night, and I'm calling out the Avalanche. To me, SAN JOSE is the best team in the NHL right now, their record might not reflect it but their also playing great hockey and is a juggernaut right now. I think for once they can finally live up to all the hype Barry Melrose puts on them and finally make a playoff run. I want to switch over to Ottawa real quick and point out that Kyle Turris had an assist last night. I like Turris, he's not a big name guy but every year I see him he just seems to be getting more balanced and finding his bearings there. He's overshadowed by the "stars" on the team, but he gets the job done. Look at these stats, he's got 1 goal, 8 assists, a +3 rating, 1 PPP, and 31 SOG. If I were you, keep an eye on him, that's the kind of depth you look for. Don't buy it? Ok let's try this, let's compare him to oh let's say Bobby Ryan & Milan Michalek, 2 stars and yet their point production is something Turris is keeping up with.
James Neal is suppose to be out at least 1 more week, sucks to suck kaps. Don't worry, I'm sure you'll still wax my teams ass this week (it's just a feeling). Thomas Vanek was dealt last night to the New York Islanders for LW Matt Moulson, a 1st round 2014, and 2nd round 2015 draft pick. You can go to the news tab and read my article for my thoughts about the deal. Martin St.Louis with another goal last night, giving him 14 points in 11 games this year (7G/7A) and 4 points his last 3 games. Henrik Lundqvist is slated to return to the Rangers lineup tonight for their season home opener. Johnathan Quick with last night's shootout win, now improves to a 4-0 record in shootouts, stopping 10 of 11 players. Looks like Calgary is spending that hard earned money not being given to Kiprussoff & Igilna, they unveiled their new 3rd jersey's. Take a look, they're pretty sick: