Standings after 30

Teams – Standard

Name GP Wins Losses RT Pts Goals oppGoals HmW HmL HmRT AwW AwL AwRT
Dallas DAL 30 21 9 0 42 108 88 12 3 0 9 6 0
New Jersey NJD 30 19 7 4 42 120 92 9 4 2 10 3 2
New York NYI 30 19 10 1 39 106 95 11 4 0 8 6 1
Toronto TOR 30 17 10 3 37 94 93 10 5 0 7 5 3
Boston BOS 30 17 11 2 36 100 97 12 2 1 5 9 1
Vancouver VAN 30 16 10 4 36 85 82 9 4 2 7 6 2
San Jose SJS 30 16 11 3 35 106 96 8 6 1 8 5 2
Tampa Bay TAM 30 16 12 2 34 96 89 6 7 2 10 5 0
St. Louis STL 30 16 12 2 34 103 101 7 6 2 9 6 0
Colorado COL 30 15 12 3 33 96 85 9 5 1 6 7 2
Chicago CHI 30 14 12 4 32 95 92 6 7 2 8 5 2
Winnipeg WIN 30 11 14 5 27 86 104 7 7 1 4 7 4
Philadelphia PHI 30 11 15 4 26 79 101 4 7 4 7 8 0
Los Angeles LAK 30 12 18 0 24 98 117 9 6 0 3 12 0
Vegas VGK 30 10 17 3 23 75 101 4 9 2 6 8 1
Minnesota MNW 30 10 18 2 22 100 114 6 7 2 4 11 0
Sum 480 240 198 42 522 1547 1547 129 89 22 111 109 20
Avg 30 15 12 3 33 97 97 8 6 1 7 7 1

			

Leaders


LEAGUE LEADERS FOR GHCL 19                                  
 
                                       PLAYER LEADERS                                        
GOALS                          ASSISTS                        POINTS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS   23   N. MacKINNON        MNW   29   P. BERGERON         NYI   48 
P. BERGERON         NYI   20   P. BERGERON         NYI   28   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   40 
S. MONAHAN          MNW   20   J. EICHEL           NJD   27   B. MARCHAND         DAL   40 
M. STONE            MNW   20   C. GIROUX           TOR   27   J. EICHEL           NJD   40 
S. AHO              TAM   18   M. SCHEIFELE        STL   27   N. MacKINNON        MNW   40 
T. HERTL            NJD   18   J. TROUBA           NYI   26   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   38 
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   17   B. MARCHAND         DAL   25   N. KUCHEROV         SJS   38 
A. PANARIN          WIN   17   R. SUTER            MNW   25   B. WHEELER          BOS   38 
MANY TIED WITH            16   MANY TIED WITH            24   C. McDAVID          BOS   37 
                                                              A. BARKOV           SJS   36 
 
SHOOTING %                     POWER PLAY GOALS               SHORT HANDED GOALS        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
N. FOLIGNO          STL 27.7   T. HERTL            NJD   10   A. CIRELLI          TAM    4 
S. MONAHAN          MNW 23.3   L. DRAISAITL        BOS    8   J. ANDERSON         MNW    2 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS 22.5   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD    8   T. HERTL            NJD    2 
R. GETZLAF          COL 20.6   S. AHO              TAM    7   T. MYERS            NJD    2 
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD 20.2   P. BERGERON         NYI    7   MANY TIED WITH             1 
V. ARVIDSSON        DAL 20.0   S. CROSBY           TOR    7                                
P. BERGERON         NYI 18.9   W. KARLSSON         NYI    6                                
N. KUCHEROV         SJS 18.5   A. RADULOV          CHI    6                                
A. RADULOV          CHI 17.6   M. TKACHUK          STL    6                                
M. STONE            MNW 17.5   J. BRATT            STL    5                                
 
SHOTS                          PENALTY MINUTES                +/-        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. OVECHKIN         LAK  134   A. EDLER            COL   34   J. BRAUN            SJS   15 
T. HERTL            NJD  125   M. GIORDANO         CHI   34   A. CIRELLI          TAM   15 
B. GALLAGHER        TOR  119   B. MARCHAND         DAL   34   M. DUCHENE          NJD   15 
R. O'REILLY         WIN  119   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   32   O. KLEFBOM          SJS   15 
J. TAVARES          CHI  118   D. NURSE            TAM   32   T. TATAR            NJD   15 
B. BOESER           VAN  117   G. LANDESKOG        SJS   29   B. DUMOULIN         COL   14 
S. CROSBY           TOR  117   B. TKACHUK          NYI   27   MANY TIED WITH            13 
B. WHEELER          BOS  117   MANY TIED WITH            26                                
G. LANDESKOG        SJS  116                                                               
S. AHO              TAM  114                                                               
 
GWG                            GTG                            OTG 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS    5   MANY TIED WITH             0   J. EICHEL           NJD    2 
P. BERGERON         NYI    5                                  MANY TIED WITH             1 
M. STONE            MNW    4                                                               
W. KARLSSON         NYI    4                                                               
MANY TIED WITH             3                                                               
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
                                                                                           
 
INTIMIDATIONS                  TAKE AWAYS                     ICE TIME PER GAME 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------- 
J. BOYCHUK          MNW   42   R. McDONAGH         TOR   50   N. HANIFIN          NJD 29:04 
O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL   39   J. PETRY            CHI   50   M. EKHOLM           LAK 28:01 
D. ENGELLAND        BOS   37   R. PULOCK           COL   47   R. SUTER            MNW 27:59 
D. HAMILTON         BOS   37   J. SLAVIN           BOS   46   V. HEDMAN           VGK 27:28 
R. PULOCK           COL   33   J. CARLSON          WIN   45   R. ELLIS            PHI 27:22 
R. RISTOLAINEN      SJS   32   O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL   44   M. GIORDANO         CHI 27:15 
M. GIORDANO         CHI   31   Z. WERENSKI         BOS   43   R. McDONAGH         TOR 27:13 
J. FAULK            STL   30   D. ENGELLAND        BOS   42   J. TROUBA           NYI 27:11 
R. ELLIS            PHI   29   I. PROVOROV         PHI   42   R. PULOCK           COL 26:43 
J. PETRY            CHI   28   A. GREENE           WIN   41   R. JOSI             VAN 26:37 
 
FACE-OFFS WON                  FACE-OFF PCT                   SUCCESSFUL PENETRATIONS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. BERGERON         NYI  191   A. MATTHEWS         COL 73.1   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   33 
R. O'REILLY         WIN  179   M. DUCHENE          NJD 68.1   M. HOFFMAN          DAL   32 
J. TAVARES          CHI  163   M. ZIBANEJAD        LAK 65.5   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   28 
T. HERTL            NJD  161   J. TAVARES          CHI 65.5   G. LANDESKOG        SJS   27 
B. HORVAT           VGK  153   S. AHO              TAM 65.2   J. PAVELSKI         COL   27 
S. CROSBY           TOR  144   P. STASTNY          TAM 62.8   B. GALLAGHER        TOR   26 
J. TOEWS            LAK  144   S. CROSBY           TOR 62.3   C. KREIDER          WIN   26 
D. LARKIN           PHI  132   D. KREJCI           VAN 61.5   P. LAINE            TAM   26 
M. SCHEIFELE        STL  131   A. BARKOV           SJS 59.7   MANY TIED WITH            25 
N. MacKINNON        MNW  121   T. ZAJAC            VAN 59.7                                
 
OUTSIDE SHOTS                  INSIDE SHOTS                   BREAKAWAYS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
B. GALLAGHER        TOR   41   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   92   C. McDAVID          BOS   24 
C. ATKINSON         DAL   39   T. HERTL            NJD   76   A. PANARIN          WIN   23 
A. PANARIN          WIN   39   R. O'REILLY         WIN   75   J. TAVARES          CHI   23 
P. BERGERON         NYI   38   B. GALLAGHER        TOR   69   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   22 
R. JOSI             VAN   38   G. LANDESKOG        SJS   69   M. GIORDANO         CHI   22 
B. MARCHAND         DAL   38   M. STONE            MNW   69   T. TATAR            NJD   22 
B. POINT            DAL   38   B. BOESER           VAN   67   MANY TIED WITH            21 
C. GIROUX           TOR   37   MANY TIED WITH            66                                
MANY TIED WITH            36                                                               
                                                                                           
 
POWER PLAY ASSISTS             POWER PLAY POINTS              POWER PLAY SHOTS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. EICHEL           NJD   17   J. EICHEL           NJD   21   T. HERTL            NJD   46 
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   11   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   19   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   45 
C. McDAVID          BOS   11   T. HERTL            NJD   17   M. TKACHUK          STL   41 
B. WHEELER          BOS   11   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   16   P. LAINE            TAM   40 
B. MARCHAND         DAL   10   P. BERGERON         NYI   15   S. CROSBY           TOR   38 
M. SCHEIFELE        STL   10   B. WHEELER          BOS   15   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   38 
C. GIROUX           TOR    9   S. CROSBY           TOR   14   J. TOEWS            LAK   37 
J. KLINGBERG        NJD    9   C. McDAVID          BOS   14   MANY TIED WITH            36 
MANY TIED WITH             8   MANY TIED WITH            13                                
                                                                                           
 
                                       GOALIE LEADERS                                        
GAMES                          MINUTES PLAYED                 WINS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   30   T. RASK             VAN 1823   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   16 
P. MRAZEK           PHI   30   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS 1754   T. RASK             VAN   16 
T. RASK             VAN   30   P. MRAZEK           PHI 1693   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI   14 
M. FLEURY           LAK   27   M. FLEURY           LAK 1631   J. MARKSTROM        BOS   14 
J. HOWARD           MNW   26   J. HOWARD           MNW 1495   D. KUEMPER          TOR   12 
J. GIBSON           WIN   25   J. GIBSON           WIN 1474   J. HALAK            DAL   11 
J. MARKSTROM        BOS   24   J. MARKSTROM        BOS 1389   P. MRAZEK           PHI   11 
D. KUEMPER          TOR   21   D. KUEMPER          TOR 1229   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   11 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   20   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL 1150   MANY TIED WITH            10 
P. RINNE            COL   19   P. RINNE            COL 1107                                
 
GAA                            SPCT.                           SHUTOUTS 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. HALAK            DAL 2.35   J. HALAK            DAL 0.932   J. HOWARD           MNW    2 
A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 2.46   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 0.930   J. MARKSTROM        BOS    2 
R. LEHNER           TAM 2.57   R. LEHNER           TAM 0.924   MANY TIED WITH             1 
T. GREISS           NJD 2.70   T. GREISS           NJD 0.923                                
T. RASK             VAN 2.70   D. RITTICH          CHI 0.918                                
D. RITTICH          CHI 2.82   T. RASK             VAN 0.918                                
F. ANDERSEN         TOR 2.85   B. HOLTBY           CHI 0.914                                
P. RINNE            COL 2.87   F. ANDERSEN         TOR 0.914                                
J. CAMPBELL         COL 2.91   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL 0.913                                
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL 2.92   J. BINNINGTON       TAM 0.909                                
 
GOALIE PENALTY MINUTES         TOUGH SAVES                     TOUGH SAVE PCT 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. RINNE            COL    8   T. RASK             VAN  176   R. LEHNER           TAM 81.31 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL    7   P. MRAZEK           PHI  155   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 80.28 
P. MRAZEK           PHI    6   M. FLEURY           LAK  153   T. GREISS           NJD 77.68 
D. KUEMPER          TOR    4   J. HOWARD           MNW  141   J. BINNINGTON       TAM 76.98 
T. RASK             VAN    4   J. GIBSON           WIN  139   P. RINNE            COL 76.12 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS    2   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS  138   T. RASK             VAN 74.58 
M. KOSKINEN         WIN    2   J. MARKSTROM        BOS  136   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL 73.79 
M. MURRAY           VGK    2   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI  114   D. RITTICH          CHI 73.53 
D. RITTICH          CHI    2   MANY TIED WITH           107   B. HOLTBY           CHI 73.33 
J. ALLEN            TOR    0                                  J. GIBSON           WIN 73.16 
 
FACEOFFS FORCED                REBOUNDS ALLOWED               LOSSES                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
T. RASK             VAN   60   B. HOLTBY           CHI   30   J. HOWARD           MNW   18 
M. FLEURY           LAK   54   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI   27   P. MRAZEK           PHI   18 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   52   J. GIBSON           WIN   25   M. FLEURY           LAK   17 
J. HOWARD           MNW   47   T. RASK             VAN   25   J. GIBSON           WIN   14 
J. MARKSTROM        BOS   46   P. MRAZEK           PHI   23   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   14 
P. MRAZEK           PHI   46   D. KUEMPER          TOR   22   T. RASK             VAN   14 
P. RINNE            COL   44   J. HOWARD           MNW   21   C. CRAWFORD         VGK   10 
J. GIBSON           WIN   37   J. MARKSTROM        BOS   21   MANY TIED WITH             9 
MANY TIED WITH            36   J. CAMPBELL         COL   19                                
                               J. BINNINGTON       TAM   17                                
 
                                     STARS OF THE GAME                                       
FIRST STAR OF GAME             STAR OF GAME POINTS          
----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
B. MARCHAND         DAL    6   T. RASK             VAN   29 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS    5   R. LEHNER           TAM   25 
R. LEHNER           TAM    5   B. MARCHAND         DAL   24 
T. RASK             VAN    5   P. BERGERON         NYI   22 
MANY TIED WITH             4   T. GREISS           NJD   22 
                               C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   22 
                               L. DRAISAITL        BOS   21 
                               MANY TIED WITH            20 
                                                            
                                                            
 

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Chicago on the move….

Blackhawks moving, Pulford sounds off

By Bob Verdi 

Just about Labor Day, 2019, Chicago Blackhawks GM Bob Pulford, had the look of the worried man. Just 3 years earlier, he was the toast of Michigan Avenue, as the Blackhawks won the Swain Cup, as league champions. Crowds were flowing into the United Center, and TV ratings were sky high. Last season, Coach Billy Reay had quit as coach of the team the year before, and the crowds dwindled at the United Center, as the Hawks finished last overall in the league standings in 2018-2019.

Season-ticket renewals were virtually non-existent. The fans wore paper bags over their faces. Blackhawk sweaters were thrown on the ice by some angry fans. The franchise had hit rock bottom.

He knew things were bad, but they were going to get worse.In late August, 2019, Pully got the bomb that rocked his world; the beloved Hawks, an institution in Chicago, were moving to Montréal, of all places! He had heard rumours that the team was for sale, and he knew with no Montréal connections, and not being French, that he had little hope of moving with the team to Montréal.

The timing of the announcement for Pulford couldn’t have been worse. The league took over scouting duties for the Blackhawk franchise. That is never good for any franchise, especially one with the pedigree of the Blackhawks.

Pulford was told by the new management group that it was his job to draft for the team for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Many of the scouts had left him, the few that were remaining had no idea the direction the soon to be moving franchise was going to go.

Pulford took a deep drag on his cigarette, and he said, “I’ll show those Montréal SOB’s why I am a Hall of Famer!  I’m just as good in the boardroom as I was on the ice.”

I was given access into the Blackhawk war room, and I will give you exclusive information regarding GM Bob Pulford’s drafting strategy in the 2019-2020 GHC draft..

There were too many holes to fix the Pulford couldn’t do everything he wanted to in one draft. One commentator said that the Blackhawks overall defensive play reminded him of Swiss cheese.   The squad’s defence was in tatters. The team was a bunch of cream puffs. Not much grit. Much too old.   The goaltenders had lost self-confidence.  They couldn’t stop a beach ball.  Antti Raantta got injured.

Many commentators had speculated that Pulford would draft a defenceman to bring some youth to an old and worn-down unit. But Pully had other ideas.  He had another plan.

Miro Heiskanen and Rasmus Dahlin were suspected to be players that the Blackhawks coveted.  They worked out for Pulford, and he was impressed.   Either player would have been a fine selection for the Blackhawks, and no one would have criticized Pulford for picking either one of these fine players. But they didn’t measure up to what Pulford wanted.  Dahlin was not great defensively.   His offensive game was spectacular, but his defence was a work in progress.  Heiskanen was better defensively, but he did not have the upside offensively of Dahlin.  In Pulford’s mind, neither player was worthy of being the first pick overall.

Pulford saw another problem with this team that needed immediate attention. The Blackhawks already had John Tavares as their number 1 centre. But there was a huge void underneath him. Moreover, there wasn’t a lot of depth at the forward position in the draft pool this year.

There was one forward that worked out for Pulford that he thought was head and shoulders better than anyone else in the draft pool. That player was Elias Pettersson.  Pulford was a centre in his playing days, and he knew that a team without strength down the middle would not be a contender for a long time. He noted that Pettersson had a wicked shot, and uncanny hockey vision. This was the man that Pulford thought could be the coveted number 2 centre that all contending teams require.  After the workout, Pulford said to himself, “this young man will be a star, a real star, maybe, a superstar.”

Pulford said,” I will take a lot of criticism for this pick, but this is the pick that this team needs to get back to contention more quickly.”

Having filled his greatest need, Pulford went to work to patch his leaky defence. The Hawks urgently needed man games and bodies. Cloning Zdeno Chara was not possible. The big man looked old, and replacements needed to be found immediately.

By the time round 2 came along, Heiskanen and Dahlin were distant memories it looked like the Blackhawks would not find anyone suitable to fill the gap. Instead, Pulford took a realistic approach.   He looked for youngsters that were promising, but very raw, players who would be good one day, but not in 2019.

Fortunately, the hockey gods smiled on Pully, and he found a young defenceman that he was impressed by, in Filip Hronek.   Hronek was born nearby to Chara in the Czech Republic, and although he lacked Chara’s behemoth-like size and nastiness, he had some of the characteristics that Pulford liked in a defenceman.  He had a good offensive head for the game, and he could move the puck. He showed a bit of a nasty side.  Pully couldn’t bear to watch as the end of the first round unfolded, as he really believed that Hronek would be drafted by someone late in the first round.  He was ecstatic when Hronek was still around as the first pick in Round 2.  He smiled after he made the pick, lit up a cigarette, and said to himself. Hronek could be very good.”

Devon Toews showed flashes of good play in his limited exposure to Pulford, and Pulford thought he was an underappreciated talent.  He was pleased to pick Toews with the first pick of round 3.

Depth defencemen Scott Walker and Sammy Niku were also acquired.

The defence was not necessarily made better, but it was made younger, and players were acquired with some promise.

In the free agent draft, Pulford, at least in part addressed, the Blackhawks need for a defence-first forward with the acquisition of center Philip Danault.  This was the sort of grinding player that Pulford wanted for the Blackhawks. He wanted more just like him, but with many holes and only 6 draft picks, he could only do so much.

The Blackhawks also announced today that Serge Savard will be the team’s General Manager 2020-2021 when it relocates to Montreal.  The coach will be none other than Pat Burns.

Burns was introduced to the media today, and he said, “I like a hard-workingman’s team.  I want guys that will play hard all the time.  We will find some people that will rattle the opposition’s teeth. When visiting teams come into the Bell Centre, we want it to be a hard night for them.  We will be much harder to play against.”

Savard said that season-ticket sales had exceeded expectations to date.  He said, “I will do everything in my power to make this a first-class franchise.  I want to invite the league brass up here to see our passionate fans. I want to build a contending team that the league will be proud of.”

 

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New Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019-2020 Gordie Howe Classic League schedule

Date Event

10/13/19 Block 1-3 road CMs due
10/20/19 Season Begins
11/10/19 Block 1 due
12/01/19 Block 2 due
01/05/20 Block 3 & new road CMs due (if necessary)
01/26/20 Block 4 due
02/16/20 Block 5 due & Trade Deadline
03/08/20 Block 6 & new road CMs due (if necessary)
03/15/20 Begin Block 7
04/05/20 Block 7 due
04/26/20 Block 8 due
05/03/20 Playoff road CMs due
05/10/20 Playoffs Begin
All due dates are considered to be at midnight on the listed day.

Scoring leaders

 LEAGUE LEADERS FOR GHCL 19                                  
 
                                       PLAYER LEADERS                                        
GOALS                          ASSISTS                        POINTS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. PANARIN          WIN    9   A. BARKOV           SJS   14   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   18 
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD    8   J. EICHEL           NJD   12   J. EICHEL           NJD   18 
S. MONAHAN          MNW    8   C. GIROUX           TOR   11   A. BARKOV           SJS   17 
A. RADULOV          CHI    8   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD   10   P. BERGERON         NYI   16 
P. BERGERON         NYI    7   R. O'REILLY         WIN   10   M. RANTANEN         SJS   15 
S. CROSBY           TOR    7   B. POINT            DAL   10   S. CROSBY           TOR   14 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS    7   M. SCHEIFELE        STL   10   C. GIROUX           TOR   14 
N. FOLIGNO          STL    7   M. TKACHUK          STL   10   MANY TIED WITH            13 
N. KUCHEROV         SJS    7   J. TROUBA           NYI   10                                
S. AHO              TAM    6   P. BERGERON         NYI    9                                
 
SHOOTING %                     POWER PLAY GOALS               SHORT HANDED GOALS        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
N. FOLIGNO          STL 38.9   T. HERTL            NJD    4   P. BERGERON         NYI    1 
A. RADULOV          CHI 32.0   S. CROSBY           TOR    3   A. CIRELLI          TAM    1 
A. PANARIN          WIN 29.0   N. FOLIGNO          STL    3   L. DRAISAITL        BOS    1 
D. PASTRNAK         PHI 26.3   D. PASTRNAK         PHI    3   T. HERTL            NJD    1 
N. KUCHEROV         SJS 25.0   M. RANTANEN         SJS    3   MANY TIED WITH             0 
L. DRAISAITL        BOS 23.3   MANY TIED WITH             2                                
S. MONAHAN          MNW 22.9                                                               
R. GETZLAF          COL 22.2                                                               
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD 22.2                                                               
M. LUFF             CHI 21.4                                                               
 
SHOTS                          PENALTY MINUTES                +/-        
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
A. OVECHKIN         LAK   50   L. DRAISAITL        BOS   14   A. CIRELLI          TAM    9 
J. GUENTZEL         VGK   46   O. EKMAN-LARSSON    STL   14   T. MYERS            NJD    9 
P. BERGERON         NYI   43   B. MARCHAND         DAL   14   D. ORLOV            NJD    9 
B. GALLAGHER        TOR   43   N. RITCHIE          TAM   14   MANY TIED WITH             8 
R. O'REILLY         WIN   42   B. COLEMAN          MNW   12                                
A. DeBRINCAT        COL   41   G. LANDESKOG        SJS   12                                
M. STONE            MNW   41   J. MANSON           DAL   12                                
J. TAVARES          CHI   40   K. PALMIERI         COL   12                                
MANY TIED WITH            38   M. RIELLY           TAM   12                                
                               M. GIORDANO         CHI   10                                
 
GWG                            GTG                            OTG 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
MANY TIED WITH             2   MANY TIED WITH             0   S. CROSBY           TOR    1 
                                                              S. AHO              TAM    1 
                                                              A. DeBRINCAT        COL    1 
                                                              W. KARLSSON         NYI    1 
                                                              M. DUCHENE          NJD    1 
                                                              E. MALKIN           BOS    1 
                                                              J. van RIEMSDYK     TOR    1 
                                                              A. CIRELLI          TAM    1 
                                                              T. SEGUIN           SJS    1 
                                                              A. PANARIN          WIN    0 
 
INTIMIDATIONS                  TAKE AWAYS                     ICE TIME PER GAME 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ----------------------------- 
D. ENGELLAND        BOS   20   R. McDONAGH         TOR   20   M. EKHOLM           LAK 28:24 
J. BOYCHUK          MNW   16   R. RISTOLAINEN      SJS   19   R. SUTER            MNW 28:15 
M. GIORDANO         CHI   14   A. PIETRANGELO      STL   18   N. HANIFIN          NJD 28:14 
R. PULOCK           COL   14   J. SLAVIN           BOS   17   R. McDONAGH         TOR 27:42 
H. LINDHOLM         MNW   11   P. SUBBAN           SJS   17   V. HEDMAN           VGK 27:38 
T. MYERS            NJD   11   C. CECI             TAM   16   R. ELLIS            PHI 27:30 
MANY TIED WITH            10   A. GREENE           WIN   16   R. JOSI             VAN 27:29 
                               MANY TIED WITH            15   J. SLAVIN           BOS 27:11 
                                                              P. SUBBAN           SJS 27:04 
                                                              J. TROUBA           NYI 26:40 
 
FACE-OFFS WON                  FACE-OFF PCT                   SUCCESSFUL PENETRATIONS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. BERGERON         NYI   66   N. KADRI            SJS 75.0   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   14 
R. O'REILLY         WIN   56   S. AHO              TAM 75.0   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   13 
T. HERTL            NJD   51   L. GLENDENING       NYI 72.0   J. PAVELSKI         COL   13 
J. TOEWS            LAK   51   A. MATTHEWS         COL 70.0   M. HOFFMAN          DAL   11 
S. CROSBY           TOR   46   P. STASTNY          TAM 68.9   P. LAINE            TAM   10 
N. MacKINNON        MNW   46   J. TOEWS            LAK 68.0   J. SKINNER          VGK   10 
B. HORVAT           VGK   45   M. DUCHENE          NJD 68.0   A. DeBRINCAT        COL    9 
B. JENNER           VAN   45   A. KERFOOT          PHI 66.7   A. MANTHA           NYI    9 
MANY TIED WITH            44   M. BARZAL           VGK 66.0   MANY TIED WITH             8 
                               P. BERGERON         NYI 64.1                                
 
OUTSIDE SHOTS                  INSIDE SHOTS                   BREAKAWAYS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
B. GALLAGHER        TOR   20   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   34   G. LANDESKOG        SJS   11 
S. MONAHAN          MNW   17   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   33   M. DUCHENE          NJD   10 
R. RISTOLAINEN      SJS   17   R. O'REILLY         WIN   29   S. CROSBY           TOR    9 
C. GIROUX           TOR   16   T. HERTL            NJD   28   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD    9 
P. BERGERON         NYI   15   J. EICHEL           NJD   26   P. KANE             LAK    9 
K. HAYES            NYI   14   P. LAINE            TAM   26   J. PETRY            CHI    9 
B. MARCHAND         DAL   14   J. PAVELSKI         COL   24   M. STONE            MNW    9 
M. STONE            MNW   14   P. KANE             LAK   23   T. TATAR            NJD    9 
J. VORACEK          CHI   14   A. MANTHA           NYI   23   MANY TIED WITH             8 
A. DeBRINCAT        COL   13   M. FERLAND          MNW   22                                
 
POWER PLAY ASSISTS             POWER PLAY POINTS              POWER PLAY SHOTS 
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
J. EICHEL           NJD    6   J. EICHEL           NJD    8   J. GUENTZEL         VGK   20 
A. BARKOV           SJS    4   T. HERTL            NJD    6   D. LARKIN           PHI   17 
J. HUBERDEAU        NJD    4   J. HUBERDEAU        NJD    6   P. LAINE            TAM   16 
N. MacKINNON        MNW    4   A. BARKOV           SJS    5   A. ATHANASIOU       NYI   15 
M. SCHEIFELE        STL    4   S. CROSBY           TOR    5   E. DADONOV          TAM   15 
M. TKACHUK          STL    4   E. LINDHOLM         VGK    5   A. OVECHKIN         LAK   15 
MANY TIED WITH             3   N. MacKINNON        MNW    5   A. DeBRINCAT        COL   14 
                               MANY TIED WITH             4   J. PAVELSKI         COL   14 
                                                              MANY TIED WITH            13 
                                                                                           
 
                                       GOALIE LEADERS                                        
GAMES                          MINUTES PLAYED                 WINS                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   10   T. RASK             VAN  608   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS    7 
P. MRAZEK           PHI   10   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS  602   T. RASK             VAN    6 
T. RASK             VAN   10   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL  573   R. LEHNER           TAM    5 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   10   P. MRAZEK           PHI  563   D. DUBNYK           NYI    4 
J. GIBSON           WIN    9   J. GIBSON           WIN  512   J. GIBSON           WIN    4 
M. FLEURY           LAK    8   M. FLEURY           LAK  489   T. GREISS           NJD    4 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL    7   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL  424   D. KUEMPER          TOR    4 
D. KUEMPER          TOR    7   D. KUEMPER          TOR  381   S. VARLAMOV         NJD    4 
MANY TIED WITH             6   J. MARKSTROM        BOS  365   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL    4 
                               D. RITTICH          CHI  328   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL    3 
 
GAA                            SPCT.                           SHUTOUTS 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
R. LEHNER           TAM 1.57   R. LEHNER           TAM 0.954   M. MURRAY           VGK    1 
A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 1.74   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI 0.946   T. RASK             VAN    1 
T. GREISS           NJD 1.97   T. GREISS           NJD 0.945   MANY TIED WITH             0 
C. CRAWFORD         VGK 2.25   C. CRAWFORD         VGK 0.934                                
T. RASK             VAN 2.37   S. VARLAMOV         NJD 0.929                                
S. VARLAMOV         NJD 2.38   T. RASK             VAN 0.927                                
J. MARKSTROM        BOS 2.47   J. MARKSTROM        BOS 0.924                                
J. HALAK            DAL 2.67   D. RITTICH          CHI 0.918                                
D. RITTICH          CHI 2.74   J. HALAK            DAL 0.918                                
D. DUBNYK           NYI 2.80   D. DUBNYK           NYI 0.917                                
 
GOALIE PENALTY MINUTES         TOUGH SAVES                     TOUGH SAVE PCT 
----------------------------   -----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
P. MRAZEK           PHI    4   T. RASK             VAN   60   T. GREISS           NJD 90.32 
D. RITTICH          CHI    2   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   53   R. LEHNER           TAM 84.38 
MANY TIED WITH             0   J. GIBSON           WIN   50   D. DUBNYK           NYI 81.25 
                               A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   48   J. MARKSTROM        BOS 77.78 
                               P. MRAZEK           PHI   43   S. VARLAMOV         NJD 76.92 
                               M. FLEURY           LAK   37   D. RITTICH          CHI 75.61 
                               J. BINNINGTON       TAM   36   B. HOLTBY           CHI 75.56 
                               MANY TIED WITH            34   T. RASK             VAN 75.00 
                                                              J. GIBSON           WIN 74.63 
                                                              J. BINNINGTON       TAM 72.00 
 
FACEOFFS FORCED                REBOUNDS ALLOWED               LOSSES                       
----------------------------   ----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS   21   B. HOLTBY           CHI   11   P. MRAZEK           PHI    7 
T. RASK             VAN   15   T. RASK             VAN   10   J. HOWARD           MNW    6 
A. VASILEVSKIY      STL   15   A. KHUDOBIN         NYI    9   M. FLEURY           LAK    5 
S. BOBROVSKY        DAL   14   C. HELLEBUYCK       SJS    8   A. VASILEVSKIY      STL    5 
J. GIBSON           WIN   14   R. MILLER           LAK    8   J. BINNINGTON       TAM    4 
P. RINNE            COL   13   J. GIBSON           WIN    7   S. BOBROVSKY        DAL    4 
P. MRAZEK           PHI   12   MANY TIED WITH             6   J. GIBSON           WIN    4 
M. FLEURY           LAK   11                                  T. RASK             VAN    4 
MANY TIED WITH            10                                  MANY TIED WITH             3 
                                                                                           
 
                                     STARS OF THE GAME                                       
FIRST STAR OF GAME             STAR OF GAME POINTS          
----------------------------   ---------------------------- 
MANY TIED WITH             2   T. RASK             VAN   12 
                               R. LEHNER           TAM   11 
                               B. GALLAGHER        TOR   10 
                               T. GREISS           NJD   10 
                               A. PANARIN          WIN   10 
                               S. AHO              TAM    8 
                               S. CROSBY           TOR    8 
                               V. TARASENKO        STL    8 
                               A. VASILEVSKIY      STL    8 
                               P. BERGERON         NYI    7 
 

Standings after block 1

eams – Standard

Name GP Wins Losses RT Pts Goals oppGoals HmW HmL HmRT AwW AwL AwRT
New Jersey NJD 10 8 1 1 17 47 23 4 1 0 4 0 1
New York NYI 10 7 3 0 14 31 27 2 3 0 5 0 0
San Jose SJS 10 7 3 0 14 42 35 4 1 0 3 2 0
Tampa Bay TAM 10 6 2 2 14 31 26 1 2 2 5 0 0
Vancouver VAN 10 6 2 2 14 32 24 3 1 1 3 1 1
Toronto TOR 10 6 3 1 13 38 37 4 1 0 2 2 1
Colorado COL 10 5 3 2 12 37 33 3 2 0 2 1 2
Chicago CHI 10 5 3 2 12 36 34 3 1 1 2 2 1
St. Louis STL 10 5 5 0 10 30 30 3 2 0 2 3 0
Dallas DAL 10 5 5 0 10 31 33 3 2 0 2 3 0
Winnipeg WIN 10 4 4 2 10 28 35 2 2 1 2 2 1
Boston BOS 10 4 5 1 9 22 29 3 1 1 1 4 0
Los Angeles LAK 10 4 6 0 8 31 43 4 1 0 0 5 0
Philadelphia PHI 10 3 5 2 8 24 34 0 3 2 3 2 0
Vegas VGK 10 3 5 2 8 25 30 1 2 2 2 3 0
Minnesota MNW 10 2 8 0 4 32 44 2 3 0 0 5 0
Sum 160 80 63 17 177 517 517 42 28 10 38 35 7
Avg 10 5 4 1 11 32 32 3 2 1 2 2 0

 

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Preview

COLORADO AVALANCHE 2019 PREVIEW

Colorado enjoyed yet another successful regular season putting up 95 points which tied them with two other teams for fourth most points in the league.  The team was electrified about their playoff potential.   And again, after some initial playoff success in beating the St Louis Blues in the first round 4 games to 2, the team came out flat against the Vancouver Canucks and were quickly disposed of in 5 games.  The bitterness of playoff defeat is something that Av’s Coach Roy is holding onto throughout the summer and into training camp.  “I want more out of this team, we have the scorers, we have the D, and our goaltending is good.  It’s time to step it up”

Coach Roy is correct is saying the team has scorers.   The team scored a few less than the previous year but the Avs still managed to have 6 players score 20 or more goals.  Rakell led the team with 32 goals, while Kyle Palmieri 29, Steven Stamkos 28, Vinnie Trocheck 26, Austin Mathews 23 and Anders Lee 20 were the main goal scorers.  Although these players were the leaders, many were considered to score more than they did.  Add in Alex Debrincat’s 14 goals and Nik Ehlers 10 goals in the disappointment column.  The defensive side of the forward lines appeared to have the biggest impact.  Although the Avalanche managed to score 267 goals, the team also allowed 241 which equates to just over 3 per game. The goaltending was supposed to be spectacular.  The power play was decent ranking 7th overall in the league but a lot more was expected with the amount of snipers on the roster.   The penalty was an abysmal 74.6% ranking third worst in the league.  It forced management’s hand into making a couple of trade deadline deals to attempt to patch the holes by acquiring Trevor Lewis and Vladimir Sobotka for young defensive prospect and former first round rookie pick Derrick Pouliot and a 4th round pick in this year’s draft.   The trade helped a bit, but not enough to make a difference. 

The forward groups at training camp this season look as promising as far as goal scoring goes.  Stamkos is centering Mathews and Palmieri on the first line.  The second unit presently has Max Domi as the pivot between veteran Joe Pavelski and sophomore Alex Debrincat.  The third line has crafty vet Ryan Getzlaf between Anders Lee and Sam Reinhart.  The fourth line has RNH at center, who was dupped by strato again with only a 2 defense rating, with Rickard Rakell and Jonathan Drouin on the wings.  Rookie pick Andrei Svechnikov may spell a few games at wing while injured Vinnie Trocheck may fill in some games for Getzlaf.  Joonas Donskoi, who was obtained in a trade may also see a handful of games this season, but he will undoubtedly spend most of the year in the minors along with rookie picks Robert Thomas, Alex Nylander, Luke Kunin, Adam Gaudette and Nick Schmaltz.

On defense, Roy feels that the team has made an upgrade to the starting six.  Ryan Pulock has developed into a starting top pair defenseman and he will play opposite of Brady Skjei.  Veteran Alex Edler will pair with smooth skating Jared Spurgeon on the second unit.  Newly acquired Brian Dumoulin will set up nicely opposite veteran Ron Hainsey to complete the bottom pairing.   All 6 defensemen are 4 rated D men or better!!  This has Coach Roy excited.  “Our d men are great in their own zone and most of them play a very gritty game.   We are hoping this helps our goal against total this season!”  Vince Dunn will fill in a few games for the aging Edler while Mike Matheson takes a step back from a regular role and will tool away in the minors this year.  Same goes for Adam Larsson who had an off season and needs to regain his confidence.   Anthony DeAngelo and Matt Grzelcyk have made huge advances in their development and look to be potential starters down the road.  The expectations are the same for highly touted 2nd round pick Jusso Valimaki, although he was injured preparing for training camp.

The biggest disappointment last season was goaltending.  The Avalanche expected top end goaltending and an opportunity to win every night based of the stopper factor. Carter Hutton’s .908 save pct was well below expectations as was Pekka Rinne’s .911 save pct.  Carter Hutton’s performance was so much under par that Roy and company decided to part ways with the pillow bearer.  This will provide an opportunity for last year’s fourth round rookie pick Jack Campbell to pick up 30 or so games as he will share the next with the wily vet Pekka Rinne.   Roy is hoping that the goaltending will be a bit better with improved defenders in front of the net.  Pheonix Copley, who was drafted in the third round this year, will spend his first season with the team in the minors while possibly seeing some action as a back- up here and there.

The Avalanche look like a team that can light the lamp, but can the team shut down the opposition enough to get the wins needed to move forward this season.  Management has once again instructed Roy that if he needs a piece or two to put this team over the top, they are more than willing to attempt to acquire the missing pieces. The power play should be OK but it appears that penalty killing could continue to be a weakness for this team.  The first 20-30 games should provide a good sample size of what to expect with this roster.   All in all, the team is looking to compete and the fans are enthusiastic and eager for the new season to begin.