We are nearly one-quarter through the NHL’s 2009-2010 season with no shortage of interesting story lines and revelations. Who predicted the Colorado Avalanche and Phoenix Coyotes would be at the top of the Western Conference? Or that the Boston Bruins and Detroit Red Wings would barely contend for the playoffs?
As with any season, some players have gotten off to terrific starts while others don’t appear to have their season under way. Did you know…
- Florida Panthers forward Steven Reinprecht has 9 goals in 15 games this season. He scored 14 goals last season… in 73 games.
- Zack Stortini and Vincent Lecavalier have both scored two goals this season, however, Stortini still has more goals than Jason Spezza, Ryan Clowe and Martin Havlat, among others.
- “Interesting stat of the night….Price is 10W, 32L in last 42 stars. Hmm.”
- Vancouver Canucks goalie Andrew Raycroft has twice as many wins this season as he did in the entire 2007-2008 with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Some of the season’s top performing players could have been claimed off waviers in recent years (Rich Peverley, Andrew Raycroft, Rene Bourque, Ilya Bryzgalov and Craig Anderson to name a few). Perhaps waiver wires should be looked at a little closer?
- The Boston Bruins lost two of their 13 games in November during the 2008-2009 season. The Bruins have lost three of four games this November.
- New York Rangers star Marian Gaborik is one game away from matching his games played total from last season. Amazingly, he has virtually identical stats as last year with a brand new team and coach.
- The Dallas Stars were reportedly interested in signing Craig Anderson this summer but placed a higher priority on signing Jonas Gustavsson. Having Anderson as the ‘backup plan’ was probably a bit foolish (hindsight is always 20/20).
- Chris Neil (1st), Matt Carkner (7th) and Jarrko Ruutu (8th) each rank among the league’s top 10 in penalty minutes this season. Out of shear coincidence, the Ottawa Senators are the most penalized team in the league (they average 20.1 minutes per game).
Stay classy, surprising NHL storylines.