Positional Reviews: Goalies
May 4, 2017, 1:55 PM ET [49 Comments]
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OVERALL GRADE: A-
It’s almost hard to imagine giving an “A” grade to any position on a team recently (and embarrassingly) swept out of the first round of the playoffs.
But part of that embarrassment was due to having gone into the playoffs as the #1 seed in the conference, with the second best overall record in the league.
And Corey Crawford was not the reason the Hawks got swept by Nashville.
In fact, although this touches on the subject of two subsequent blogs, goaltending was arguably (actually, it wasn’t even debatable) the strength of the Blackhawks this past season. Statistically, especially through the first part of the season, the skaters were not getting the job done, and were being bailed out night after night by outstanding goaltending from Crawford and backup (and present Carolina Hurricane) Scott Darling.
The overall team came around for stretches, and the goaltending never really faltered. And those two factors, as much as anything, may explain why the Hawks finished where they did in the regular season. There were those, myself included, who really struggled to embrace this team as a potential Cup contender–in spite of its goaltending. The first round erased all doubt. Darling never saw the ice in four playoff games—Crawford never played his way off.
The losses were really on the coaching staff and the skaters. But that, like I said, is a discussion for another day (soon).
32-18-0-5 (2 shutouts)
.918 sv% 2.55 GAA
18-5-0-5 (2 shutouts)
.921 sv% 2.38 GAA
The numbers are good enough, without question, but they’re even better when you consider that the Hawks finished ninth in the league in overall shots allowed per game at 31.4 (as in, there were only 8 teams that allowed more), and 24th on the penalty kill at 77.7%.
Sure, some of that PK number can be attributed to goaltending, yet the Hawks started the season mired in the basement of the league on the PK—when the goaltending was saving the team night after night.
Goaltending now goes from a fairly significant team strength to a serious question, with the loss of Darling. As everyone knows, the current backup is an AHL journeyman named Jeff Glass. Glass is so obscure, there are actually conflicting reports on the internet as to what country he’s from. And there are literally no plausible prospects in the system as far as NHL potential in 2017-18.
My hunch is the Hawks will invite just about any goalie with significant pro experience and a set of pads to camp this fall, and they’ll battle it out for the right to back up Crawford.
Crawford is playing at a level that suggests he’s still in his prime.
There have been suggestions—in fact, I heard it from a very solid and proven source—that the team first asked Crawford to submit his list of 10 teams, before eventually deciding to move Darling. This was purely intended to ultimately save money at the position, not because anyone thought Darling was the better netminder (he isn’t), but merely that he would be good enough—and at a lower cost as a #1.
I also heard (from a separate source that I don’t know as well) that Crawford stocked his list with teams that would not be in the market for a goalie, and the dialogue between the veteran goalie, his agent, and the team was not exactly positive. Hard to say about that last bit. But if it were true, then one might wonder how solid and secure Crawford is long-term with the Hawks.
For now, the safe bet would be on his returning in net for Chicago this fall as the #1—and that would be something good to build around.
Defense, followed by forwards, then coaches.
ON EK/DROUIN REPORT:
The Hawks were strongly interested in Drouin in early 2016. While I have not heard anything about discussions recently, I would not be the least bit surprised, as Drouin brings qualities overall lacking in the Hawk forward group at present.
All for now,
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Washington Capitals - Thu 06 Apr 2017, 3:08 pm
Caps Clinch Trophy No One Really Wants
April 6, 2017, 11:54 AM ET [58 Comments]
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The New York Rangers sat about half their team and the Capitals cake-walked to a 2-0 in what was essentially an extended practice.
The result, as should be the case for any team with 4 x #1 defensemen on it, was clinching the President's Trophy, which, thanks to the Russians, is now a trophy people probably want to win even less than usual.
Normally, before the actual President was a criminal being investigated for treason, no one wanted to win it because it was seen as bad luck. Now, this trophy no one wants is hovering around a mind-bending 29% level of popularity!!
Ironically, the Capitals were also helped to their victory by Russians. Only these ones are signed to contracts and are actually allowed to help.
Anyways, of the 29 previous winners, eight have won the Cup, which makes sense when you think about how the Playoffs are very luck based.
The Capitals are the best team in the NHL for the third time in eight years and the second time in a row.
Six previous teams have won the Trophy in back to back years. Of those six, three of them won at least one Stanley Cup.
The odds seem to be in the Capitals favor.....but the first round match-up is going to be tricky. No one will admit to wanting to play Columbus, but their record belies the fact that they were picked by most people to finish in the basement this year.
In comparison, the Lighting and Leafs are better teams that don't have Bobrovsky. The Bruins are simply one of the best teams in the NHL. The only good situation here is the Islanders, and with Tavares out for the year, that's unlikely. All you can do at this point is close your eyes and hope the Senators finish in eighth.
The Capitals have been a Cup Contender for about a decade now, and they are starting to build a reputation as a team that can't close the deal (possibly unfair due to the luck required to win it all) but the possibility of a first-round upset can't be ignored.
I mean, the Caps are a huge favorite no matter who they play, but the thing is, after being the best team in the NHL for 164 straight games, the reward of a first round match-up against Boston or Tampa is a bit of a joke.
NHL Power Rankings: Here come the Oilers! - Mon 03 Apr 2017, 7:59 pm
NHL Power Rankings: Here come the Oilers!
April 3, 2017, 11:59 AM ET [112 Comments]
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In today's post, we share our thoughts on the current top-5 teams in the NHL taking into account record, underlying numbers, roster talent and more.
1. Washington Capitals (52-18-8)
I know the Caps haven't had the best luck come playoff time and always find a way to fall short but this team has to enter the playoffs as the favorites.
They have a ton of scoring depth, they're physical, they have a top-pairing caliber defender on each pairing and Braden Holtby is Braden Holtby. I just don't see any glaring weakness on this team.
2. Pittsburgh Penguins (48-19-11)
The Pens are really beat up but they continue to win games and it sounds like Evgeni Malkin and/or Kris Letang aren't far off. If they're good to go on opening night of the playoffs, I think the sky is the limit for this Pens team.
3. Chicago Blackhawks (50-22-7)
Last year I wasn't high on the Blackhawks and picked against them in the opening round. I won't be doing that this year. Their stars are playing like stars and Nick Schmaltz, Ryan Hartman, etc. have really stepped up and given the team the depth contributions they need. This team is legit.
4. Anaheim Ducks (43-23-13)
They haven't lost in regulation over the last 10 games, are getting consistent scoring from the top-3 lines, the defense has been good (as always) and Jonathan Bernier was nothing short of spectacular in John Gibson's absence. The Ducks are going to be a pain in the ass to play in the playoffs.
5. Edmonton Oilers (44-25-9)
I'm not sold the depth will hold up against other top teams but Connor McDavid scares the crap out of me. He has been as good as anyone this season and has the ability to single-handedly win games. They're getting ridiculous production from the McDavid line and Cam Talbot has been one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this season. They're going to be a tough out in the playoffs.
1. Washington - the class of the NHL. A Plus 76 goal differential. The best defensive team in hockey. And they accomplished all that before they acquired Shattenkirk - who gives them the best top four in the NHL, maybe the best in the salary cap era.
2. Pittsburgh - The defending champs get #2 out of respect. They won the Cup, had a great year, and they still have maybe the best team on paper. The problem is their so banged up.
3. Edmonton - They are 9-1 in the last ten. Talbot is legit. McDavid/Draisaitl/Maroon is the best line in hockey. I called them to win the west. If the season was a month longer I'd probably have been right. Still baffles me that a lot of people picked them to miss the playoffs.
4. Chicago - This one is done begrudgingly, but the team is deep, they've won before and they won the West.
5. Toronto - I swear to god this isn't a homer pick or a troll pick. They have five first liners. An underrated D. A top 10 goalie. They are 7-2-1 in the last ten games. They can outskate any team in hockey. Auston Matthews is - at worst - the fifth best player in the entire NHL. They are reviled only by Pittsburgh for deepest group of forwards. Oh, and if they weren't 1-8 in the shootout, and hadn't lost 15 games after regulation, they'd lead the Atlantic.
NHL Power Rankings: Here comes the Oilers Edition
That's right, we're actually talking about the Oilers in a positive way. Not negative, not mocking and not sarcastic. It's been far too long for those in Edmonton.
#5 Blues. Left for dead and not really given a chance anymore the Blues are 7-1-2 with a big win over reeling Nashville.
#4 Leafs. There I did it. I gave them credit now they can burn out quick in first round but they are 7-2-1 in last 10 could hit 100 points. Could
#3 Ducks. Don't look now but the Ducks are starting to find some form. Even with some OT losses lately they are 7-0-3 and sliding nicely into playoff form
#2 Oilers. 9-1-0 in last 10 with wins over Anaheim and San Jose the Oilers then put the dagger through the Kings heart too. Oh what a time to be alive.
#1. Capitals. Remember when the Caps could not figure the game out for a bit. Losing and all that business? 2 wins over the Jackets, 2 wins over Wild and a win over Calgary help put you to 8-1-1 and tops in the league.
"Come at me bro" is what the Capitals are saying to the rest of the league now.
Toronto Maple Leafs - Tue 28 Mar 2017, 7:06 pm
Concerns for the last dozen days; Leafs vs Panthers
March 28, 2017, 6:04 PM ET [51 Comments]
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The Toronto Maple Leafs face a difficult test in the final 12 days of the 2016-17 regular season, beginning with their contest against the Florida Panthers at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday.
The Leafs are currently third in the Atlantic Division (85 points) with eight games left that will determine whether they will make the playoffs for the first time in an 82-game schedule since 2004, but have just a one point lead on Boston, with Tampa Bay and New York close behind in the race for the final two Eastern Conference playoff spots.
The Lightning rallied from a 4-1 second period deficit on Monday to beat Chicago 5-4 and move to within two points of the Leafs, while the Islanders lost their fifth in a row on home ice to Nashville and remain three points in back of Toronto.
The challenge in front of Mike Babcock’s young squad has been exacerbated by the uncertain status of goalie Frederik Andersen, who was injured on Saturday and will miss his first non back-to-back start of the season against Florida.
Andersen once again worked with Leafs goalie coach Steve Briere and participated in team drills on Tuesday, but Curtis McElhinney will get the start for Toronto, Garret Sparks (on emergency recall) will backup and it is unknown how long the Leafs starter will be out.
“I felt pretty good, it’s tough to compare like that (his feelings after yesterday’s practice), but it’s looking pretty positive.” Andersen said after the morning skate. “Anytime you come back from injury, you just want to make sure you feel as close to where you want to be. At this time of year, you want to waste too much time getting there, so you want to work hard and get back as quick as possible.”
Following Florida, Toronto hits the road for the final time with games in Nashville, Detroit and Buffalo, before ending with a four-game home stand against Washington, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and Columbus.
Andersen is hopeful to be back as soon as Thursday against the Predators, but medical clearance could push his return to Saturday at Joe Louis Arena or into the final week.
With two back-to-backs remaining, McElhinney is likely to make at least three of the remaining eight starts even if Andersen is ready on Thursday and may have to start more if he is out longer.
Defenseman Roman Polak will make his return to the lineup after serving his two-game suspension and rookie Kasperi Kapanen will make his first NHL start this season on the fourth line with veterans Matt Martin and Brian Boyle.
The Panthers lost 4-2 in Buffalo on Monday, as former Leaf James Reimer allowed four goals on 22 shots before being pulled in favor of backup Reto Berra. Reimer has gone 4-7-1 in March but is expected to get the start.
Defenseman Morgan Rielly was named the Maple Leafs nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which recognizes perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
The Leafs 2012 top pick has been challenged and given a most difficult assignment in his fourth NHL season, as head coach Mike Babcock is utilizing him mostly in a shutdown role against the opposition’s top line.
“(It’s the) first time I ever had a 23-year-old nominated for that award.” Babcock said “I think he’s one of the best young players in the world. Obviously Canada did last year in the World (Championships) and played for (Team North America at the World Cup ) on the #1 pair.”
Pittsburgh Penguins - Mon 27 Mar 2017, 7:23 pm
Effort isn't the issue
March 27, 2017, 9:10 AM ET [79 Comments]
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The Pittsburgh Penguins have now lost three games in a row. As recent as a week ago they had a good look at winning the division and potentially the President’s Trophy. Those aspirations have all but evaporated due to the recent stretch of games.
Matt Cullen called out the team for their effort last night
All due respect to the long time veteran, but the Penguins issues don’t have anything to do with effort. When you try to utilize the “next man up” strategy eight or nine times, you are going to have diminishing returns. Here is the current status of the Penguins.
Sidney Crosby has lost both of his wingers to injury. One winger is leading the NHL in 5v5 points per 60 and the other one was comfortably producing at a top line level.
The Evgeni Malkin line has been Malkin-less for six games.
Carl Hagelin will not be returning until right at the beginning of the playoffs or slightly after.
Kris Letang is skating again, but he has missed the last 16 games.
Olli Maatta, Ron Hainsey, and Trevor Daley are all out of the lineup and not available.
Here is what the healthy lineup is supposed to look like
Sheary (out) – Crosby – Guentzel (out)
Kunitz – Malkin (out) – Hornqvist
Hagelin (out) – Bonino – Kessel
Wilson – Cullen – Rust
Dumoulin – Letang (out)
Cole – Schultz
Maatta (out) – Hainsey (out)
Streit – Daley (out)
The reality is that the Penguins have been playing with too many AHL players in the lineup. For a while, they were getting some winning results. I would consider that a bonus. That was the result of Sheary-Crosby-Guentzel being on fire. Without that top line right available the ability for the Penguins to be dangerous offensively has been greatly compromised.
It is a lot to ask of a team to lose players of Malkin and Letang’s caliber and continue to pile up standings points. When you are dealing with another six injuries past that it makes winning in the NHL a tough proposition.
Getting healthy was always the #1 game plan heading towards the playoffs. Earning home ice advantage was a reasonable enough goal while navigating some of the injury issues that the Penguins have had. Lately, the injuries have reached a level where it is not reasonable to expect consistent positive results.
Looking for a positive in all of this is the fact the Penguins won’t play until Wednesday night. This will be the longest layoff the Penguins have in between games for the rest of the regular season. Some of the players who have been skating may be able to make a return to the lineup.
Pittsburgh has one of the best rosters in the NHL. Will that be the roster they go into battle with in mid-April? If they don’t it could be a short postseason.
How Will 260 Million Americans 'Disappear' In Less Than 8 Years? Deagel Has America Sitting Just Abo - Sat 25 Mar 2017, 6:14 pm
March 24, 2017
How Will 260 Million Americans 'Disappear' In Less Than 8 Years? Deagel Has America Sitting Just Above Venezuela By 2025 With Purchasing Power Of US Dollar Ranked 78th In The WorldUSE LINK FOR VIDEOS -
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[size=13]'The purchasing power of the US dollar will continue to plummet like a corrupt banker wearing cement shoes dropping to the bottom of a river as long as the Federal Reserve keeps printing money, backed by nothing, like it's toilet paper'.
Last updated on March 23rd of 2017, the 'country' page for the United States of America over at Deagel.com seen in the screenshot above still shows a forecast population for the US for the year 2025 to be 61 million people. Much more than just a 'significant' drop from the 321 million living in America in 2015, we've asked in stories on ANP time and again what they expected to happen to 260 million Americans and where they were going to go in less than 10 years. [/size]
While the forecast population drop is shattering, maybe even more doom-portending are the forecast financial numbers outlined by Deagel with a gross domestic product drop from $18 trillion in 2015, #1 in the world, to a forecast of only $949 BILLION in 2025, ranked only 11th in the world. The drop in forecast military budget from $781 billion a year in 2015 to only $8.2 billion a year in 2025 shows that according to some, President Donald Trump's increased military budget might be a temporary thing.
Meanwhile, with 2025 less than 8 years away, the GDP per capita drop from $55,855 in 2015 to a forecast of only $15,517 in 2025 shows us many more Americans will be living in poverty in less than 8 years from now than are here now. What does Deagel know that we don't know? This new story from Zero Hedge reports the 'retail apocalypse' has officially descended upon America as Dave with the X22Report also expands upon in the 1st video below. And as we read in the new SQAlert republished below videos, everything happening now geopolitically and financially is tied together quite tightly with Deagel's 2025 forecast which still shows a forthcoming collapse for America despite President Trump.
While Deagel admits their numbers are only a 'forecast', we should keep in mind the sources for their information are the United States government, the CIA, the US Department of State, the US Department of Defense, the World Bank, the European Union, the US Army, the US Navy, the US Marines, the US Air Force, and the US Coast Guard among others.
Many people have asked, what does Deagel.com do? Deagel keeps track of numbers. For example, as seen in the screenshot below, if you want to know how many B-1B Lancer Long Range Attack Aircraft the United States of America had in their possession, we'd go to Deagel which has numbers for everything 'military industrial complex' related. And as we also see, they update their website quite regularly as seen in several March and February 2017 entries.
So, with strong ties to the US government and US military as sources, what does Deagel know that we don't know? Besides the other huge drops in population, GDP, and military budget, the Deagel category for Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) tells us exactly what the mainstream media won't: Very difficult times are ahead if Deagel's forecast for 2025 is correct.
In 2015, the United States stood at #16 in the world for PPP at $55,800. In comparison, the failing socialist nation of Venezuela stood at #89 in PPP at $16,700.
For 2025, Venezuela is forecast to be #86 in the world at a PPP of $9,108, a big drop from 2015. The US's forecast PPP for 2025 ? $10,345 for a ranking of #78 in the world.
Quite a steep drop when you consider Venezuela's PPP in 2015 was $6,000+ more than they are forecasting the US's PPP to be in less than 8 years from now! What might happen to cause such a HUGE drop in the US dollar's purchasing power? It's clear to us that Deagel's forecasts show an America in 2025 in total collapse with the purchasing power of the US dollar worse than what is happening in Venezuela right now. You can see the US in the chart from Deagel below, sitting only 8 spots above Venezuela in Deagel's 2025 PPP forecast. This chart shows the US approaching 3rd world nation status by 2025.
Why is such a huge drop in our PPP forecast for 2025 for the US, dropping from $55,800 to $10,345? Of course, the purchasing power of the US dollar will continue to plummet like a corrupt banker wearing cement shoes dropping to the bottom of a river as long as the Federal Reserve keeps printing money like it's toilet paper. For even the people in Venezuela have recently figured out it's much cheaper to use money there as napkins or toilet paper than actually having to go out and buy the products.
Similar to what happened during the 1930's and the Weimar Republic which printed so much money it became completely worthless, what we are watching unfolding is the globalists long held plans to destroy our sovereignty and nation state by spending us to the point we are now at, with a national debt clock ticking onwards approaching $20 trillion and a possible hard debt limit ahead of us .
As the SQAlert republished below videos from Dr. Jack warns, bringing down our entire existing system could allow the globalists to bring in their long-sought cashless society and 'mark of the beast' complete control system.
Are there any answers and might 'gold' be the way America has to go? The recent stories from across the world and the internet prove to us that the 1% are preparing for 'the apocalypse', with many believe there is no turning back and danger is ahead as Erin Elizabeth over at Health Nut News recently reported . Whether North Korea brings global war or what is happening now in Venezuela comes home to America, there's never been a more important time to prepare for possible 'dark times ahead'.
As we hear in the 2nd video below and read in this story from Infowars , Sweden too is preparing its citizens for war, activating cold war bunkers over fears of a Russian invasion. Interestingly, as we had previously pointed out in this story at ANP back on April 9th of 2015 , the nation of Sweden and other Western nations also were showing a substantial forecast population drop by 2025.
Deagel also answered for us in a statement why they forecast America to have 260 million less people by 2025 than there were in 2015, a 'confluence of crisis with devastating results' that leaves America a broken, dying nation. Just what the globalists have been trying to do to our nation all along - neuter us, financially destroy our sovereignty to complete their 'totalitarian new world order'. We'll close here with this brief excerpt of Deagel's explanation with the important previously mentioned SQAlert below videos.:
[size=13]There have been many questions about the countries forecast specially the one focusing on the United States of America (USA). They won't be answered one by one but below you can find some explanation, thoughts and reflections. We are going to keep this as short as possible.
The majority of the economic and demographic data used in the making of the forecasts is widely available by institutions such as the CIA, IMF, UN, USG, etc. You can see the most relevant data at every single country's page. There is a tiny part of data coming from a variety of shadow sources such as Internet gurus, unsigned reports and others. But all these sources are from the internet and are of public domain for at least a minority.
The key element to understand the process that the USA will enter in the upcoming decade is migration. In the past, specially in the 20th century, the key factor that allowed the USA to rise to its colossus status was immigration with the benefits of a demographic expansion supporting the credit expansion and the brain drain from the rest of the world benefiting the States. The collapse of the Western financial system will wipe out the standard of living of its population while ending ponzi schemes such as the stock exchange and the pension funds. The population will be hit so badly by a full array of bubbles and ponzi schemes that the migration engine will start to work in reverse accelerating itself due to ripple effects thus leading to the demise of the States.
This unseen situation for the States will develop itself in a cascade pattern with unprecedented and devastating effects for the economy. Jobs offshoring will surely end with many American Corporations relocating overseas thus becoming foreign Corporations!!!! We see a significant part of the American population migrating to Latin America and Asia while migration to Europe - suffering a similar illness - won't be relevant. Nevertheless the death toll will be horrible. Take into account that the Soviet Union's population was poorer than the Americans nowadays or even then. The ex-Soviets suffered during the following struggle in the 1990s with a significant death toll and the loss of national pride. Might we say "Twice the pride, double the fall"? Nope.
The American standard of living is one of the highest, far more than double of the Soviets while having added a services economy that will be gone along with the financial system. When pensioners see their retirement disappear in front of their eyes and there are no servicing jobs you can imagine what is going to happen next. At least younger people can migrate. Never in human history were so many elders among the population. In past centuries people were lucky to get to their 30s or 40s. The American downfall is set to be far worse than the Soviet Union's one. A confluence of crisis with a devastating result.
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'Payless To File Bankruptcy As They Plan To Close 500-1000 Stores': SQ-CONSIDER THE OBVIOUS - AS MORE OF THESE STORES GO BANKRUPT AND CLOSE - MERCHANDISE WILL BEGIN DISAPPEARING OFF THE SHELVES, RESULTING IN SEVERE SHORTAGES
Great observation—this will be how they will eventually implement the mark here in the US. Eventually in order to buy (amazon) as this and other online places will have the needed items that one needs as there are already shortages of stuff everywhere for example it is very hard to find storable food (mountain house) at the local Wal-mart or Bass Pro. So you are right as more and more brick and mortar stores go out of business getting what is needed will be harder and harder to find. I needed to get something from Northern Tool and they have a local physical location here in Charlotte however they did not carry it in the store so I had to order it online and I was able to have it delivered to the local store for free to pick-up. I am finding this also to be the case at Wal-mart. They are having “shortages” that no one seems to notice because they will fill the “empty holes” on the shelves with items so that there are no gaping holes. The last thing they want the sheep to do is to start thinking.
Once the right circumstances hit whether it is the boogy man of NK or Russia, or simply an economic collapse they will “pull” the plug and then when the “solution” (problem, reaction, solution) is provided after all of the people suffer they will flock to take the mark! When I read the Bible and think about how Esau sold his birthright for food - (imagine how hungry he must have been!) something most people here in the US have never experienced (me included) or how the prodigal son was so hungry that he ate the slop that was given to the pigs, it will not take much for people to kill one another in the streets (literally) for food. Then when the “system” comes back up in order to do business (buy and sell -get food) you will have to take the mark—this is why last year it was leaked out that the big banks are all working on some type of block-chain (crypto currency) technology. This will eventually replace the physical currency. So as you have said in the past this is where the physical gold and silver will come into play for bartering the black market!
Remember the new census is to take place in 2020- it will take about a year or so to get completed. Why is this interesting? This is interesting due to the fact that by 2025 according to Deagle.com which you have reviewed before the population of the US is supposed to be about 50 million or so down from the 330 million. So this means that by 2020-there will be some form of census being conducted. This would mean that by 2020 or so the “grid” or some form of it or the stabilization of everything should be back which would mean that something will happen in the next 12 months as those who know have said that it will take about 18-24 months to restore the grid after it is taken down and as Hawk has said many times on his show that 90% of those living within the US will be dead in 12 months. 330 million times 90% leaves 33 million left!
Just some thoughts!
Who should be leading the Vezina race? - Thu 23 Mar 2017, 8:10 pm
Who should be leading the Vezina race?
March 23, 2017, 10:58 AM ET [17 Comments]
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In this edition of the hotstove, we share our thoughts on which goaltender should be leading the Vezina race with just a handful of games to go.
I think Sergei Bobrovsky is the most obvious and deserving candidate.
He leads the league in wins, goals against average, save percentage, is right near the top in 5v5 save percentage, and the Blue Jackets allow more scoring chances than Montreal, Washington and some of the other teams top goaltenders play behind. Essentially he has put up better numbers despite facing more quality shots.
I know he has a very strong defense to work with, but he has the numbers and it's his to lose. He has been the most consistent of the top performing goaltenders and hasn't had the ups and downs of any of the other challengers (Dubnyk/Price/Holtby/Talbot). From all accounts, the Jackets are not going to rest him much down the stretch as they have a chance to win the Division and so I think it's safe to say he will probably lead the league in Wins. Which really shouldn't matter so much, but it does to voters.
Barring a meltdown, this is his to lose...and we'll have to deal with a world where Sergei Bobrovsky is tied for having the most Vezina Trophies since the 2004 Lockout.
I think there could have been debate here awhile ago but I think it has to be Bobrovsky. If you look at all the stats for goalies, traditional ones, see where he stands:
Save % #1
The guys having a career year and really if you use those four categories as your criteria Holtby and then maybe Darling are the only ones to come close to challenging. After that imagine were the Blue Jackets would be without that level of play? Heck Torts might get a Jack Adams because of goaltending. Perhaps he's a Hart candidate too?
Ottawa Senators - Wed 22 Mar 2017, 6:02 pm
Anderson drags Senators to two huge points
March 22, 2017, 7:08 AM ET [26 Comments]
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Craig Anderson needed a bounce-back in the worst way, not only because he had an off game on Sunday night, but because the team needed a stabilizing force in goal to avoid losing a fifth straight game for the first time this season at a time when the pressure was on to avoid falling into a logjam in the playoff race.
Well, asked and answered. While his team is still looking for a solution to playing a game that doesn't frustrate the heck out of anyone watching, Anderson was sensational in making 34 stops and Kyle Turris provided a pair of goals and that was just enough to allow them to hang on to down the Bruins 3-2.
They managed to hang on over the last couple of minutes, as Boston surged looking for the equalizer and came close on a number of occasions, but the fivesome of Zack Smith, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Tom Pyatt, Erik Karlsson and Cody Ceci killed off the last 87 seconds, including four tough defensive zone faceoffs with the Bruins' top guns on the ice.
The Senators opened the scoring with Ceci putting a shot that pin-balled off Pyatt and Bruins defenseman Colin Miller past Tuukk Rask. David Krejci evened the score on a Bruins power play as the Senators own man advantage proved fruitless (putting it nicely) and gave the Bruins more chances than they have had (more on that later). In fact, the Senators two first period power plays both ended up in them taking penalties to negate the advantage and that was a blessing because their play up a man was Ugly. Even tied 1-1, Ottawa was fortunate to be in that situation thanks to Anderson, and Ottawa finally cashed in on a second period power play as Turris used a Bobby Ryan screen to put one past Rask.
A four on three power play for Boston paid off seconds into the third as Torey Krug channeled his inner Erik Karlsson and knifed through the trio of Senators defenders to lift a wrister past Anderson to knot the score 17 seconds in. Turris redirected a slap-pass from Dion Phaneuf past Rask to give the Senators their third lead of the game, and from then on it was hang on for dear life as the Bruins pressed for the tying go to no avail and Ottawa escaped with a 3-2 win and a now comfortable six point gap for second place in the Atlantic Division.
The Ottawa power play has been brutal of late, 4 for their last 24. They have been timely, but at many points over the past 6 games it has been cause for concern, including much of last night. There is no coincidence that the struggles started when Mark Stone left the lineup and Bobby Ryan came back and was inserted on the first unit. Ryan has become target #1 through social media, even surpassing Ceci and Mark Borowieck in terms of vitriol, which is a tall task. Since he has come back, Ryan has been a passenger for the most part, with the only real positive is his willingness to stand in front of the net. His screens have resulted in a couple of those power play goals but he has also been hit by an inordinate amount of his teammates' shots.
There was positive news from the Stone injury front, as he skated yesterday and has taken a "major step" in his recovery and the "week to week" tag was removed so a return could be closer than we had expected yesterday morning.
Ottawa can take a bit of a breath before hosting Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday night, with a six point cushion over the Bruins and a solid ten point gap over the ninth place Islanders, this was a big two points and they can't sit back and rest but there is a heck of a lot less pressure at the moment to win the next one. Maybe not the pressure to win, but they certainly need to find a way to rely less on their goaltending and give more support than they have over the last handful of games.