And we're back! After a week off trying to decide exactly what the hell I was going to do in this space the off-season, I glanced at the NHL/AHL playoff brackets and had a good laugh. The Northwest Division sent only one team to the post-season to chase after Lord Stanley's Cup, a fact that clinches our beloved division as easily the worst in the league.
One might think the future is bright, however, for the currently downtrodden collection of 5 teams as 4 of the 5 teams have sent their highest level minor league affiliate to chase the AHL's ultimate prize, the Calder Cup. Thanks for contributing absolutely nothing, Calgary, as both your NHL and AHL teams were just good enough to go home and make us all look a little worse. Strongly considering just waving the white flag and giving us back Robyn Regehr, please. Thanks!
Due to the overall success of the division's AHL clubs, this week's edition will be done using all AHL statistics that I could find and complementing that with NHL club news links. As expected, nothing too intense but I never miss a chance to mock Edmonton. Enjoy!
All standings related info taken from theAHL.com...
Abbotsford Heat (80 GP 38-32-4-6 86 Pts)
Lake Erie Monsters (80 GP 44-28-3-5 96 Pts)
Oklahoma City Barons (80 GP 40-29-2-9 91 Pts)
Last Week: 2-4 2-5 L @ HAM, 1-2 L @ HAM, 2-0 W vs. HAM, 5-2 W vs. HAM, 0-2 L vs. HAM, 1-4 L @ HAM
Houston Aeros (80 GP 46-28-1-5 98 Pts)
Manitoba Moose (80 GP 43-30-1-6 93 Pts)