For the love of Roy this was a busy week in Avalancheland. Maybe it just felt that way because I was taking such an active role in things around here but signing our 4 top unsigned prospects and having a two-day ongoing troll of Calvin Pickard: 2011-2012 AHL Rookie of the Year nonsense flying around AND playing in 4 games should count as an active week.
Naturally, we were losers of 75% of our games, though if you're all about the Sherman Tank we were only losers in 25% of our games. That one win sure was damn exciting, though, assuming you started watching halfway through the 3rd. Mark Olver almost died the next game from a totally clean hockey hit as long as you completely disregard the unnecessary full extension of Komisarek's elbow (and that's all I'm saying about it) but he was born 'n bred in good old Burnaby, meaning as long as he stays away from snow blowers he will be totally okay. I've already forgotten about the California swing so onto the MHH Report Card.
A busy week around here at MHH as this wonderful community can't seem to get this season over with fast enough. Fanposts about the future of the club are starting to pepper the interwebs and I ask you guys to keep it up, even if some of you are touching on a post I'm re-writing on a daily basis. Quality work this week, loyal readers. If only the Avalanche could copy the effort...
Suggested hot topic issue of the week: Potential availability of Bernier/Quick. I don't think it is something we as a fanblog have covered enough quite yet. Just remember whoever we get has to have a strong track record of durability because we don't want to be calling up Pickard from the AHL and potentially stunting his development. Discuss!
Team capsules after the jump...
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames (77 GP 38-28-11 87 Pts)
Colorado Avalanche (75 GP 28-39-8 64 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (75 GP 23-41-11 57 Pts)
Last Week: 0-2-1 1-3 L @ NSH, 0-4 L @ STL, 4-5 OTL vs. CGY
Minnesota Wild (75 GP 35-32-8 78 Pts)
- Cam Barker aggravated an upper-body injury March 8 and has missed the last eight games. He practiced Monday but will not travel to St. Louis.
- Marco Scandella broke his finger after a shot hit his glove on March 19 against Columbus. He will not play Tuesday against the Blues.
- Guillaume Latendresse left the March 11 game in Dallas with a lower-body injury. He is not currently skating and it is uncertain when, or if, he will return this season.
- Josh Harding is practicing but is not ready to return from a knee injury he suffered in the preseason.
- James Sheppard continues to practice with the team but will not make the trip to St. Louis.
Vancouver Canucks (76 GP 50-17-9 109 Pts)
This Week: Vancouver can wrap up the first seed in the conference with 1 point in any of their remaining games and they will begin this quest for the inevitable Tuesday @NSH before returning home following a very successful 4-game road trip for a Thursday night throwdown vs. LA. They also have an easy 2 points Saturday vs. EDM.