I...am at a loss for words. Some of you who know me outside the MHH realm may not believe that but...it's true. What else can I say about this team the MHH faithful hasn't already?
I typically do these little write ups every week with the intention of better educating myself with the teams in our division and trying to see where we are in relation to them. Right now? We're at the bottom.
The standings may not indicate we're at the bottom but we are. Vancouver and Calgary are pretty pleased with their body of work up to this point even though both recognize there is plenty of work left to be done. Minnesota has the feel of a 10th place team to me. That's no knock on their talent but things just seem to be going wrong for them every time they turn around (look at their injury list below...) and every year there always seems to be one or two teams who hang around on the edges and just never quite make the jump into legit contention. I see Minnesota being that team this year (of course, now I've said that and they'll make me look like a moron and crush face for three weeks). Edmonton knew they were going to be bad this year but their recent excellent play has given way to plenty of optimism, despite the lingering anger over the Dustin Penner trade. Plus they crush us every time we play.
Then there's Colorado. We have injury issues, sure, but we also have very, very pronounced deficiencies. We have some holes on defense but a couple decent prospects coming up in the system. We have a pretty good offense but a conga line of players with significant injury history that never seems to let up. Then the goaltending. Who the hell is this team? Where are we going? Why is this happening? Very uncomfortable questions surround our beloved franchise moving forward and I, for one, am very nervous about the future. Dark days in Denver, indeed.
Team capsules after the jump.
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Calgary Flames (68 GP 35-24-9 79 Pts)
Colorado Avalanche (65 GP 26-31-8 60 Pts)
Edmonton Oilers (66 GP 23-35-8 54 Pts)
Minnesota Wild (66 GP 34-25-7 75 Pts)
Vancouver Canucks (67 GP 42-16-9 93 Pts)
This Week: The Canucks conclude their 5 game road trip this week with the final three games starting Tuesday @PHX and continuing Thursday @SJ and Saturday @CGY. Those points are all considerably more important to those teams right now so we'll see how Vancouver fares as they enter the * yawn * portion of their season. The Canucks finish up the week with game 1 of a 3 game home stand Monday night vs. MIN. No puns or anything witty for them. They're a machine, I am not.