News and notes from Don.

devilsGHC Nov-Dec Notes & News Around the League
The surprise team at the 3/8 pole(30 gms)has got to be the New Jersey Devils! They have the 3rd best road record at 10-4-1 in the League & are sitting in 3rd place! For a team that has given up the most shots(1071)in the League,it’s simply amazing that KING HENRIK can walk out of a visitors rink with “Star of the Game” honors again,with a 2-1 or 3-2 Win for his Devils! With the 2nd best Team GAA in the League, Can the “Fairy Tale” season continue?
Not a surprise is the play of the Tampa Bay Lightning who have the Best Road Record in the League & the 2nd best Home Record & leads the League in Goals for & against! Can & will anybody challenge this dynamic team! Swami had the San Jose Sharks as the pre-season favorites, but that was before the Sharks traded veteran Center Mikko Koivu to Los Angeles with his +3 face-off & Selke-like defense! The Sharks elected to go with Youngster Tyler Seguin as their #1 Center & he has responded by Leading the GHC in Goals so far! This kid is too young to shave,let alone take face-offs with the best in the League,as it stands now, the Sharks are among a handful(make that two hands)as 8 teams are within 5 points of 8th place Buffalo,fighting for that last playoff spot!
As is custom in Philadelphia, Coach Tony Doffin likes to get Everybody involved, as he has gotten 31 skaters into the line-ups this season, They must be running out of numbers(for the jersey’s)in Philly!
Oliver-Ekman Larsson(4-19-23)leads the Blues in Scoring so far,while defensive teammates Alex Pietrangelo & Brent Burns are 2nd & 3rd in team scoring! Erik Karlsson leads Dallas in Scoring while partner Andrei Markov is 2nd, both the Blues & Stars continue to look for their Forwards to help out on the Scoresheet!
OLD GUYS STILL HAVE IT- Martin St Louis(Col)leads his Avs in scoring as does Jaromir Jagr who leads the Devils, while Henrik Zetterberg, despite missing 10 gms,leads the Wild in Scoring!
NEW YEAR’s WISH– We just want a GOAL! The following have yet to turn the RED LIGHT on….Ryan Callahan(LA)26 GP,Lee Stempiak & Vernon Fiddler(NJ teammates)30 GP, Brian Gionta(NYI)24 GP, Mikkel Boedker(SJ)30 GP & Mikhail Grabovski(STL)nothing thru 25GP!
NOWHERE TO HIDE- The Kings Toby Enstrom has the League’s worst plus-minus at -23!
TOP 5 ROOKIE SCORING 1. Carl Soderberg(Col) 7-18-25 2. Ondrej Palat(Bos) 9-10-19 3.Nathan MacKinnon(Min)7-11-18
4. Sean Monohan(Min) 8-6-14 5. Mark Scheifele(Stl) 4-10-14

TOP 5 DEFENSEMAN SCORING 1. Erik Karlsson(Dal) 11-16-27 2.Keith Yandle(Sj)4-22-26 3.Ryan McDonough(Tor)6-19-25
4. Cam Fowler(Nyi) 5-19-24 5. Ryan Suter(Min) 2-22-24
MAYBE NEXT YEAR- We’ve been kinda Old-Fashioned for many years now with a couple of our rules(Trading & CM’s)With all the upper & lower body injuries that the NHL gets(not to mention mumps)maybe we could break the season into 10 game CM’s so Coach’s could send or sit guys for ten games on road. Alot of League’s send new CM’s(if needed)every 5 gms. We should also open trading in each 10-game block up until our 60-game mark when trading closes! Just an idea to float for now,hopefully the “Commish” isnt cussing at me(more work). Happy New Year to all!

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