In the past week of the NHL we saw: John Tortrella return to New York, The Blackhawks finish up their circus trip, Thomas Volkun discuss his return, and HBO announce that they will begin its 24/7 series on the Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings December 14th. On the injury front the Stars suffered a significant loss. Stephane Robidas will be out for 4-6 months after fracturing his leg. We wish Robidas a speedy recovery.
The Western Conference continues to show how they are clearly the better conference in the NHL. There are nine teams with 30 pts or more in the Western Conference. In the East, there are only seven teams. The Western Conference has three teams (St. Louis, Anaheim, and San Jose) with 39 points and one team (Chicago) with 42 points. The East does not boast a team with higher than 38 points.
Now onto the rankings:
30. The Buffalo Sabres: 6-20-1: The Sabres continue to be awful this season. They have lost six out of their last seven games. To make matters worse Patrick Kaleta is done for the year with a torn ACL. Ryan Miller’s only hope to play for winning team this year is to make team USA.
29: Edmonton Oilers 8-17-2: Ilya Bryzgalov made his first start of the season this week. He shut out the Nashville Predators in his first start. His second start was not as good, he allowed four goals. Brzy is currently better than Devan Dubnyk who is 6-11-1 with a save percentage of 89.2%.
28. Florida Panthers 7-15-5: Kevin Dineen was fired for a record of 3-9-4. Peter Horachek is 4-5-1 since replacing him. When is Horacheck getting fired?
27: New York Islanders 8-15-4: The Islanders have lost six in a row. They did notch a point today by going to overtime with the Capitals. On a positive note, they revealed their stadium series jersey today. The jerseys look pretty good.
26. Calgary Flames 8-13-4: Calgary has lost two in a row. They are 2-6-2 in their last ten games. There are not many positives for the Flames this season. They might as well, keeping playing Reto Berra. He might be the lone bright spot on the season.