So it's been a while since I've written this column. In fact, the last time I did, it was still called 'Northwest Check'. For the next few weeks, I'll probably be test driving a couple of different names and ultimately deciding on the one I hate the least. Until then, bear with me. Onto the division!
Minnesota dominated us. I'm pretty over talking about the Wild. See you in February, fuckers.
While the overreaction in Avs land has been swift and loud, I'm not sure there's been a place as excited about two whole games quite like the Predators and their fans are. After an abysmal season that saw them slip out of the playoffs, one can understand why people would be excited with a 2-0-0 start. Disregard that they beat a bad Ottawa team and the sure-to-be-overrated Dallas squad coming off a tough home opener and you get what's taking place in Nashville right now. I could probably copy and past this paragraph the next couple of weeks because their schedule doesn't get overly difficult anytime soon. This is my early pick for the annual 'team that wastes a good October because it turns out they're not very good'. Sorry, Nashville. I'm still underwhelmed.
Chicago is pretty business as usual. If you recall the days of the Northwest Check, you might remember I ran out of clever ways to say Vancouver was really good and dominated the division. I foresee Chicago presenting me with a similar difficulty, although their annual swoon when their stars get bored with the regular season always provides a fun January story for writers looking for an easy story. For now, Chicago went all ezpz mode and beat the Stars in one of the more entertaining hockey games of the year so far and then slapped around Buffalo because that's why Buffalo exists right now.
St. Louis certainly remains one of the teams I'm most interested in watching this season because while they're defensively excellent, their goaltending will pretty much always be a question mark while Brian Elliott waits to sink the this team and the absurd shooting percentages of last season look to regress. But let's be real here, Colorado is the only place actual regression will take place. Because narrative, right Mirtle? Anyway, the Blues kicked off their season in fine fashion and while they lost to the Rangers, their Olympic hero TJ Oshie beat up one of the smallest guy in the league because he's a typical faux-tough St. Louis player and then the Blues actually won where it mattered against Calgary behind a whole bunch of former Avs players. The nightmare lives!
Winnipeg put up a wtf-inducing scoreline in Arizona for their opening game and then returned to Earth, getting smoked by a couple of California teams because that's what happens when you play the Sharks and Kings on the road. Especially if you're bad like Winnipeg.
Forgive me if I pass up on recapping the Avs previous week for I've not much to add to the bloodbath.
See you on the flip <3
Central Division Standings
All standings related info taken from NHL.com...
Last Week: 0-1-1 3-2 OTL vs. CHI, 1-4 L @ NSH
Last Week: 2-0-0 Annihilated Colorado twice. WE GET IT.
Last Week: 2-0-0 3-2 W vs. OTT, 4-1 W vs. DAL
This Week: The Jets have a nice 4 days off before they have their home-opener on Friday versus Nashville and welcome the visiting Flames on Sunday night. Must see TV, folks.