The Season is underway & the GHC has selected the 3 Stars of the Month! The 1st Star is Buffalo’s Andrew Shaw,who leads the League in Goals with 9,getting Hat Tricks in Dallas & at home vs the Islanders! Andrew,who has been playing mostly on the 4th line & moving up to the 3rd line in the last period,has asked Coach Phil Housley for more playing time,to which Housley responded ” I’ll decide where he plays,he’s got to remember that he’s playing against 4th liners now,can he handle 1st or 2nd liners in this league,thats the Question mark!”
The 2nd Star is the Blue’s netminder Carey Price,who registered 3 shutouts thru the 1st 10 games of the season,including two on the road! Carey led his team to a League-Best 16 Goals against! The Blues have allowed 6 PPG’s,which means at even-strength,thru 10 games,they have only allowed 10 Goals,best in the League!
The 3rd Star of the month,we have a tie(got to butter up the Commish,who does a Great,thankless,Job)as “King” Henrik Lundqvist shares the honors with the Bolts Marc-Andre Fleury. Lundqvist leads the League in Saves % & also has all 6 Wins for the Devil’s, & is 2nd in Star Points to the Leader Fleury! Marc-Andre,who leads the League in Star Points & Wins with 8,has his Bolts with the 2nd best Goals-Against,allowing just 17 thru 10 games! The Bolts Goaltending Coach Eddie Belfour commented ” If you look at his card, I mean the video’s ,you’ll see Marc doesnt give up many Rebounds,which in this league is dangerous! He(Marc)controls rebounds as well as any Goalie in this League”!
ODDS & ENDS- Jordan Eberle has 5 PPG to lead the League & his Coyotes are over 50% on the PP! Jordan’s 5 Goals are more than what 6 teams have scored on the PP so far(Dal,Min,Sj,Chi,Phi, & Van)
Marian Hossa has 4 Game-Winning Goals to lead the League,thats more than 4 teams have in the Win column(Dal,Phi,Van, & Col)
Taylor Hall ,last years Rocket Richard(most Goals in League)Winner, leads the League in Points(17) & PIM(21)gotta stay out of the box kid!
Is the 2nd Pair better than the 1st pair? We have two 2nd defense pairs leading the League in plus-minus at a +10,as Brent Burns & Josh Georges(Stl) & Matt Carle & Niklas Hjalmarsson(Tb) are all tied for the League Lead!
The NOT SO GOOD NEWS- St Louis declines the Penalty! The Blues(Oliver Ekman-Larsson has it)have only scored ONE PPG in 24 chances for a League-Low 4.2% ! Blues PP Coach Ilya Kovalchuk says ” My comrades got to get more bodies to the net & shoot more from the Point”
Travis Zajac (Van) has the worst plus-minus(-11)in the League,to which Coach Otteson responded ” I got him(Travis)out against the best lines in the League,He’s playing on a checking line that aint checking,they all(his linemates Boyes & Laich)think they are Rushers & sometimes Crushers,but if they dont play better, I’ll make them Ushers”
Dallas- The Stars are off to their worst start in franchise history,having lost their 1st 5 games on home ice, & the rumours are again swirling in Texas,is Coach Dale Hunter job on the line! GM Steve Yzerman barked ” The Coach cant put the puck in the net, We’re the lowest scoring team in the League & we’re not playing very good defense either! I’ll take some responsibility for trading away Matt Niskanen for Goalie Nick Backstrom,that hasnt worked out very well! I’ve got confidence in Dale,they had a slow start last year but snuck in to the show(playoffs),dont count us out just yet!