November 18 2011 09:46PM
Final Score: 5-2W
November 18 2011 06:16PM
The Blackhawks have gon eon a bit of a tear since the last time these two teams met. It's not luck either - even though they currently dress Daniel Carcillo in their top six (hockey's version of the tasmanian devil, only slightly less rational) Chicago is one the very best possession teams in the league. Their corsi tied ratio (eliminated playing to score effects) is .567 (.565 fenwick ratio for the keeners). I don't have to look anything up to know that's in the top-3 in the league. The Flames, in contrast, are at about .513 while clubs like Edmonton and Minnesota are .460 or lower.
So the Hawks remain heavy weights. They played a high risk game against the Flames about a week ago and were uncharacteristically loose in their own end leading to a number of Calgary chances off the rush. I would be surprised if that happens again tonight, but here's hoping...
November 17 2011 11:22AM
A rash of mental illness has recently washed over areas of North America and Europe. The greatest concentration of the outbreak centers around the city of Calgary, Alberta with some other isolated pockets throughout Canada, the United States, Sweden and Finland.
November 15 2011 09:47PM
Final score: 3-1L
November 15 2011 06:28PM
Remember when you watch the Senators take the ice tonight that they used to feature Havlat, Hossa, Heatley, Chara, Vermette, Fisher, Corvo, Eaves, Kelly, Volchenkov, Meszaros, etc.
Not all at once, of course, but a lot of really good players passed through Ottawa not so long ago and what's left standing is a barren shell of what once was. Jason Spezza signed his 7 year, $7M/year contract extension on November 2, 2007 and I'm guessing he wakes up some mornings is sort of bewildered stupor and wonders just what the hell happened. Im not sure why Murray insists on keeping Spezza through the rebuild, although it may just be the vultures look to swipe the 28-year old haven't ponied up a worthwhile return. Yet.
The Flames could probably use Spezza, but also don't have the sort of assets to land him. Or, at least, not the sort of assets they'd be willing to surrender given their current predicament. The asking price would porbbaly start with Backlund and/or Baertschi and go up from there. As nice as it would be to finally acquire the sort of talent who could anchor a true number one scoring line, the only things the organization most certainly cannot give up in a trade are the very things the Senators would be asking for.