October 16 2011 01:03PM
So a rough two-game road trip results in 4-3 and 4-1 losses to Chicago and Phoenix, respectively. Let's give credit where credit is due and say that Phoenix had a pretty good atmosphere for their home opener. Lots of duelling chants were heard on TV and a lot of passion in that building.
So, six thoughts on the last two games...
-I really like how Byfuglien jumps up into the play and can be an extra forward on many occasions. When he jumps forward into the play, he's often the best shooter up there. The problem thus far with Byfuglien is that he's really been shut down and it only looks like he's got one or two good shots away thus far in the season. Worth noting however that he is the only defenseman to ever crack 300 shots in a season, and he didn't really start going until seven games in last year (scored his first goal in Game Five) so it's a matter of "trust the process" for him.
October 16 2011 09:18AM
Well, after a couple of weeks of research and organizing and sorting, we got six basic standard "player types" that are sorted between "high- and low-event" players that I'll be using for a little bit more of my analysis on the Nations.
If you missed it, those six player types are:
October 15 2011 09:34AM
October 14 2011 07:03PM
After a summer of sloth, our review of some of the recent events of note from around the league returns Nationwide. In this iteration of the round-up, the Flames snap out of it, the Oilers sleep through another night in St. Paul, and the Jets get a reality check in the Windy City.
October 14 2011 04:52PM
Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options).
So I decided to look at who the worst shootout players in the game (min. 20 shots) have been, and it’s quite a list. Among the skaters on the list are numerous major award winners – guys who have led the league in total goals, total points, and been named the NHL’s most valuable player. The Canucks, Oilers and Maple Leafs are all represented. One of them even shows up on the highlight video above. Like I said, it’s quite a list.