He Shoots, He Scores!

You know that quote “you can’t score if you don’t shoot”? There are many variations of it but the main message is telling you that you will not score unless you shoot. Yes, that is true more than 99.9% of the time but sometimes that 0.01% comes into play.

There was no shot by Washington and no shot recorded for Washington. But unfortunately there are only a couple of Niclas Wallin’s out there and as far as I’m concerned there is only one that has played in the NHL. For everyone else, they have to get goals the old-fashioned way. Shooting.

Stats are as of November 21, 2013.

There are three individual players with more than 90 shots. Alex Ovechkin (112), Zach Parise (101) and Evander Kane (93). Now it would seem Ovechkin is the better shooter out of the three with more shots, goals and a better shooting %, but stand Ovi’s Capitals up against the Evander Kane’s Jets and there is a huge difference between the average shots on goal per game.

Winnipeg averages 32.3 shots per game (4th in NHL), while Washington shoots an average of 29.5 times per game (18th in NHL). As for Minnesota, they’re 24th in the NHL with 28.3 shots per game.

The Jets have two of the top ten shooters and three in the top thirty. Those aren’t incredible numbers but it does make Washington shooters look like jokes. After Ovi, the next highest shooter is defenseman John Carlson with 54 shots. Good for 81st in the league. You can do the math yourself. Ovechkin has 58 more shots than second place Carlson. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather have the slightly above average shooters in Winnipeg over the Alex and the gang in D.C. Washington has some work to do if they want to keep up in the Eastern Conference. As we all know, goals wins games and defense wins championships but the Caps should focus on the last part of that when the time comes.

 

 

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NHL Trade Deadline Predictions

April 3rd is the date. Non-stop action of hockey trades. Many big names have been thrown around this year. We have already seen Jarome Iginla shipped to Pittsburgh, Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh and Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been busy over the past few days and they seem to be making a serious run for the cup. Here are some of the big trade possibilities as well as my predictions for who I think might be on the move on Wednesday.

           

Mason Raymond and Robert Luongo                                        Ryan Miller and Robyn Regehr

 

Player Position (Age) Current Team  Best Fit(s)
Mike Ribeiro Centre (33) Washington     Buffalo
Calgary
Ryan Miller Goalie (32) Buffalo     Buffalo
Tampa Bay
Florida
Ryane Clowe Left Wing (30) San Jose     Dallas
Nashville
Phialdelphia
Derek Roy Centre (29) Dallas     Dallas
Los Angeles
Jay Bouwmeester Defence (29) Calgary     Washington
Tampa Bay
Roberto Luongo Goalie (33) Vancouver     Vancouver
Toronto
Florida
Ryan Whitney Defence (30) Edmonton     Edmonton
Washington
Colorado
Braydon Coburn Defence (28) Philadelphia     Pheonix
St. Louis
Buffalo
Mason Raymond Left Wing (27) Vancouver     Nashville
Anaheim
Jonathan Bernier Goalie (24) Los Angeles     Los Angeles
Calgary
Edmonton
Valtteri Filppula Centre (29) Detroit     Florida
Minnesota
Drew Stafford Right Wing (27) Buffalo     Buffalo
Ottawa
Winnipeg
Mark Streit Defence (35) New York I.     New York I.
Detroit
Columbus
Robyn Regehr Defence (32) Buffalo     Carolina
San Jose

NHL Predictions 2013

Finally the NHL Lockout has come to an end. This means blogging about both sports, hockey and baseball. I have made my predictions for the shortened 48 game season. It includes standings and skater statistics. Feel free to debate or argue with me. I’m always open to discuss all topics. (Note: Overtime/Shootout wins and losses are included in the Win and Loss category.

Northeast Division       Atlantic Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Boston 34 14 1. New York R. 35 13
2. Ottawa 31 17 2.Pittsburgh 33 15
3. Buffalo 29 19 3. Philadelphia 30 18
4. Montreal 23 25 4. New Jersey 26 22
5. Toronto 20 28 5. New York I. 23 25
Southeast Division       Central Division  
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Washington 32 16 1. Chicago 34 14
2. Carolina 30 18 2. St. Louis 32 16
3. Tampa Bay 29 19 3. Nashville 29 19
4. Florida 27 21 4. Detroit 25 23
5. Winnipeg 24 24 5. Columbus 18 30
Pacific Division       Northwest Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. San Jose 33 15 1. Vancouver 35 13
2. Los Angeles 33 15 2. Edmonton 31 17
3. Phoenix 30 18 3. Minnesota 28 20
4. Anaheim 28 20 4. Calgary 22 26
5. Dallas 24 24 5. Colorado 20 28
 Goals       Assists
Player Team Goals   Player Team Assists
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 33 1. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 41
2. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 32 2. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 40
3. Alex Ovechkin Washington 30 3. Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 40
4. John Tavares New York I. 28 4. Claude Giroux Philadelphia 38
5. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 27 5. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 37
6. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 27 6. Joe Thornton San Jose 37
7. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 27 7. Brad Richards New York R. 36
8. Phil Kessel Toronto 26 8. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 36
9. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 25 9. Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 35
10. Jonathan Toews Chicago 25 10. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 35
11. Brad Richards New York R. 25 11. Erik Karlsson Ottawa 34
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 25 12. Mikko Koivu Minnesota 33
13. James Neal Pittsburgh 24 13. Nicklas Backstrom Washington 33
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 24 14. Eric Staal Carolina 32
15. Rick Nash New York R. 24 15. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 30
Points
Player Team  Points
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 70
2. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 68
3. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 63
4. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 62
5. Brad Richards New York R. 61
6. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 60
7. John Tavares New York I. 58
8. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 56
9. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 52
10. James Neal Pittsburgh 53
11. Alex Ovechkin Washington 53
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 51
13. Phil Kessel Toronto 51
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 48
15. Jonathan Toews Chicago 46

Tallest To Smallest

NHL players under 6′ are pretty hard to come by these days but there are few. Average players range from 6″ to 6’5″. I have put together a list of the tallest and smallest current players from each team.

* NHL Current Record (Tallest)   ** NHL Current Record (Smallest)   ▼ Goaltender

  Tallest: George Parros  6’5″  Smallest: Jason Blake, Andrew Cogliano, Niklas Hagman, Saku Koivu 5’10”

  Tallest: * Zdeno Chara 6’9″       Smallest: Brad Marchand 5’9″

   Tallest: Tyler Myers 6’8″     Smallest: ** Nathan Gerbe 5’5″

   Tallest:▼Henrik Karlsson 6’6″    Smallest: Mike Cammalleri 5’9″

   Tallest: Bryan Allen 6’5″    Smallest: Chad LaRose 5’10”

   Tallest: Jimmy Hayes 6’6″    Smallest: Andrew Shaw 5’10”

   Tallest: Ryan O’ Byrne 6’5″    Smallest: Mark Olver 5’10”

   Tallest: Rick Nash, Colton Gilles, ▼Steve Mason 6’4″    Smallest: Cam Atkinson 5’7″

   Tallest: Adam Pardy, Sheldon Souray, ▼Kari Lehtonen, 6’4″    Smallest: Toby Petersen, ▼Richard Bachman 5’10”

   Tallest: Jonathan Ericsson 6’4″    Smallest: Ian White, Jiri Hudler 5’10”

   Tallest: Andy Sutton 6’6″    Smallest: Linus Omark 5’10”

   Tallest: Keaton Ellerby 6’5″    Smallest: Sean Bergenheim, Brian Campbell, Mike Weaver 5’10”

   Tallest: Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, Kevin Westgarth 6’4″   Smallest: Jonathan Bernier, Slava Voynov, Mike Richards, Scott Parse, Brad Richardson 5’11”

   Tallest: Justin Falk 6’5″     Smallest: Jared Spurgeon 5’9″

   Tallest: Mike Blunden 6’4″      Smallest: Brain Gionta, David Desharnais 5’7″

   Tallest: Hal Gill 6’7″     Smallest: Francis Boullion 5’8″

   Tallest: Dainius Zubrus 6’5″      Smallest: Zach Parise, Andy Greene, Marek Zidlicky 5’11”

   Tallest: ▼Anders Nillson 6’5″      Smallest: Michael Haley 5’10”

   Tallest: John Scott 6’8″      Smallest: Mats Zuccarello 5’7″

   Tallest: ▼Ben Bishop 6’7″     Smallest: Daniel Alfredsson 5’11”  (Every player except Alfredsson is taller than 6′ 0n Ottawa.)

   Tallest: Chris Pronger 6’6″     Smallest: Danny Briere, Matt Read, Erik Gustafsson, Kimmo Timonen 5’10”

   Tallest: Martin Hanzel 6’6″      Smallest: Ray Whitney, Daymond Langkow 5’10”

   Tallest: Eric Tangradi, Simon Despres 6’4″     Smallest: Steve Sullivan 5’8″

   Tallest: Brent Burns, Brad Winchester 6’5″     Smallest: Joe Pavelski, Torrey Mitchell, Benn Ferriero, Dan Boyle 5’11”

   Tallest: Jason Arnott 6’5″     Smallest: T.J. Hensick, Vladimir Sobotka, Kris Russell 5’11”

   Tallest: Victor Hedman, Keith Aulie 6’6″     Smallest: Martin St. Louis 5’8″

   Tallest: David Steckel 6’6″     Smallest: John-Michael Liles 5’10”

   Tallest: Andrew Alberts 6’5″      Smallest: Andrew Ebbett 5’9″

   Tallest: Jeff Schultz 6’6″         Smallest: Keith Aucoin 5’8″

   Tallest: Nik Antropov 6’6″       Smallest: Tim Stapleton 5’9″

2012 Dream Rosters

With less than 20 games remaining in the 11/12 NHL season it is pretty clear who is having good years and who in having bad years. I have put together my top fantasy roster for the Eastern and Western Conference this year.

                                                                           Eastern ( Forwards)

                                            RW                                  C                                           LW

                  Line 1-       Phil Kessel, TOR.            Evgeni Malkin, PIT.                       Joffery Lupul, TOR.

                  Line 2-       Claude Giroux, PHI.          Steven Stamkos, TB.                   James Neal, PIT.

                  Line 3-       Jason Pominville, BUF.     Jason Spezza, OTT.                    Ilya Kovalchuk, NJ.

                 Line 4-       Marian Gaborik, NYR.            Patrick Elias, NJ.                        Scott Hartnell, PHI.

                                                                               (Defensemen)

                 Line 1-     Erik Karlsson, OTT.                               Dustin Byfuglien, WPG.

                 Line 2-     Brian Campbell, FLA.                             Zdeno Chara, BOS.

                 Line 3-     Dennis Wideman, WSH.                        Dion Phaneuf, TOR.

                                                                               (Goalies)

                Starter-        Henrik Lundqvist, NYR.

               Backup-        Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT.

               Backup #2-   Tim Thomas, BOS.

                                                                        Western (Forwards)

                                          RW                                     C                                  LW

               Line 1-      Marian Hossa, CHI.             Henrik Sedin, VAN.            Daniel Sedin, VAN.

               Line 2-      Radim Vrbata, PHX.            Pavel Datsyuk, DET.           Patrick Sharp, CHI.

               Line 3-      Patrick Kane, CHI.              Joe Thornton, SJ.                Loui Eriksson, DAL.

               Line 4-      Corey Perry, ANA.              Jonathan Toews, CHI.          Patrick Marleau, SJ.

                                                                           (Defensemen)

               Line 1-     Shea Weber, NSH.                 Alex Edler, VAN.

               Line 2-     Ryan Suter, NSH.                  Alex Pietranglo. STL.

               Line 3-     Keith Yandle, PHX.                Nicklas Lidstrom, DET.

                                                                                (Goalies)

              Starter-        Jimmy Howard, DET.

              Backup-       Pekka Rinne, NSH.

             Backup #2    Mike Smith, PHX.

2012 NHL Trade Deadline List

The 2012 NHL trade deadline came to an end with a fairly disappointing 15 trades. In other years there would be between 20-30 trades but this year it was pretty slow. The first trade wasn’t announced until 10:37am  and the second didn’t come until 12:45pm. It was a pretty boring day but I still decided to write a list of all the trades since 8:00am.

  •      Acquires- 2nd-Round Pick (2013), Conditional 5th-Round Pick (2013)
  •   Acquires- RW- Andrei Kostitsyn

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Mike Commodore
  •   Conditional 7th-Round Pick (2013)

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Tom Gilbert
  •   Acquires- D- Nick Schultz

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Keith Aulie
  •   Acquires- RW- Carter Ashton

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- C- Daniel Winnik, LW- T.J. Galiardi, 7th-Round Pick (2013)
  •   Acquires- LW- Jamie McGinn, F- Mike Connolly, C- Michael Sgarbossa

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Matt Gilroy
  •   Acquires- D- Brian Lee

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- 4th-Round Pick, 4th-Round Pick (both in 2012)
  •   Acquires- C- Samuel Pahlsson

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Johnny Oduya
  •   Acquires- 2nd-Round Pick, 3rd-Round Pick (both in 2013)

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- RW- Yannick Riendeau, D- Marc Cantin
  •   Acquires- LW- Brian Rolston, D- Mike Mottau

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- C- Paul Gaustad, 4th-Round Pick (2013)
  •   Acquires- 1st-Round Pick (2012)

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Greg Zanon
  •   Acquires- D- Steve Kampfer

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- 5th-Round Pick (2012)
  •   Acquires- D- John Scott

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- RW- Dale Mitchell
  •   Acquires- D- Mark Fraser

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- RW- Zack Kassian, D- Marc-Andre Gragnani
  •   Acquires- C- Cody Hodgson, D- Alexander Sulzer

 

 

 

  •   Acquires- D- Sebastian Erixon
  •   Acquires- RW- Andrew Gordon

In total there were 15 trades, 31 players aquired and 11 draft picks acquired. The busiest teams were Vancouver, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Nashville. No Rick Nash, no Dustin Brown, no Ales Hemsky, no Luke Schenn, no Derek Roy and no Steve Ott, that puts a wrap to a slow 2012 NHL trade deadline.

     

Underrated Players

Underrated players are athletes who just don’t get the stardom they deserve. They are players that fans and analysts think are not playing like they should be. But hockey is not just about goals and assists. It is also about leadership, passion and what goes on in the dressing room. I have decided to put together my list (with reasons for) of the NHL’s most underrated players.

Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets.  This 8 year veteran and current captain of the Jets takes every game seriously. Ladd had a career high 59 points in 10/11. The 6’2″ 200 lbs. left winger may not be your typical 4th overall draft pick but will always play his hardest and put the puck in the net.

Dan Girardi, New York Rangers. Girardi is an undrafted defenseman who is having a great career so far. Dan is averaging just over 27 minutes a game, that leads the NHL. This 6’1″ 210 lbs. d-man made his first All-Star appearance in 11/12. His best work was in 10/11 when he had a career high in points (31) and assists (27). Girardi will always use his long shifts to play solid defense and smart hockey.

Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes. You don’t hear a lot about this Czech right-winger. He quietly is having a great year. Vrbata is 24th in the league in scoring and only 4 points off of his career high 56 in 07/08. Vrbata has his first 30 goal season this year in 11/12 and will only get more. Radim has played for 5 teams over 12 years. Drafted way up in the 7th round in 1999 he is living up to standards. He is 6’1″ 195 lbs and playing like never before even though he is 31.

Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres. Welcome to Pominville! This 6’0″ 185 lbs. right-winger is the captain of the Sabres, but when you think of Buffalo, names like Thomas Vanek, Ryan Miller and Drew Stafford come to mind but Jason Pominville is having a better year than any of those guys. He is 15th in scoring this year with 59 points. This 30-year-old is an 8 year veteran and plays whistle to whistle and can always be relied on to play his heart out.

Max Pacioretty, Montreal Canadiens. Max is still young but putting together a fantastic year. The 4 year left-winger is leading his Habs in scoring with 46 points. It is Pacioretty’s first year scoring over 20 goals and 20 assists. At 6’1″ and 203 lbs. Max is always willing to get his hands dirty and try to get his Canadiens out of last in the Eastern Conference.

Matt Moulson, New York Islanders. This guy actually is a Molson Canadian. Born in North York, Canada, Matt is having a career year with 26 goals and 26 assists being third on his team in scoring only behind first place John Tavares by 8 points. Moulson almost has his career high in goals, he is only 4 away. The 6’1″ 210lbs left winger was drafted in 2003 in the 9th round by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The 9th round doesn’t even exist any more! Moulson who is currently in his 5th season has a long career ahead of him and is sure to be one of the upsides to a gloomy Islander team.

Kris Vesteeg, Florida Panthers. Versteeg who has been traded between 4 teams in a short 6 year career seems to have found a home in the sunshine state. Vesteeg is fairly short at 5’11” 185lbs but still has a wicked shot and leads his Panthers with 48 points. Versteeg hasn’t reached his career season in Chicago yet. That year he had 53 points, but Kris is on pace for 66 points this year. Vesteeg needs to just take a few more shots and he will be way up there in the scoring charts. Vesteeg has a Stanley Cup ring and is hunting for another one with his Panthers team.

Ryan O’ Reilly, Colorado Avalanche. Ryan is 1 of 3 O’s on the Avalanche. There is O’Reilly, O’Brien and O’Bryne. But O’Reilly is the better out of the 3. At only 21 Ryan is an offensive center who plays the gritty goal scorer. He currently leads the Avs in scoring. The second place Paul Stastny is 7 points behind at 39. Ryan is only in his third year and already played 216 NHL games. O’Reilly is 6’0″ and 200 lbs. and is on pace for 60 points, a career high. Ryan only has 10 penalty minutes this year and plays smart, confident hockey.

      

                   Jason Pominville                                                           Andrew Ladd