07 January 2008

My Team is Awesome.

I know, it's been a little while. A busy, ridiculous while.

But honestly, what else is there to say? How many times can we praise the Eurotwins' slick moves, rave about Osgood's awesome surprise success, revel in the massive secondary scoring output - and the list goes on? Last week the Red Wings finished out the first half of the season with a 4-1 win against the West's second place Dallas Stars that gave a franchise record 30 wins in 41 games. Since then, they've tacked on another 3-0 victory against the Stars and a (finally!) 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. Like those numbers? Here's some more.

  • The Red Wings have a current total of 67 points in 43 games. Second place in the league is Ottawa (58 in 41), in the conference, San Jose (52 in 41), and in the division, St. Louis (45 in 39)
  • The team's record against non-division opponents is 25-1-1. Um. Wow. The only losses to teams not in the Central Division are an early loss to Anaheim, and a shootout loss to Edmonton.
  • Henrik Zetterberg is 7th in the league in points with 54, only 8 behind league leading Vinny Lecavelier - despite missing a few games in December/January. He also has 28 goals, fifth in the league.
  • Pavel Datsyuk is 9th with 52 and has 36 assists, tied with Nick Lidstrom for fourth in the league.
  • Speaking of Nick, he leads the league in +/- with 34 and is the only defenseman who in the top 30 in points.
  • Meanwhile Chris Osgood leads the league in both GAA (1.68) and SV% (.932), and is fourth in wins with 19, which is pretty spectacular for a goalie who is essentially one half of a tandem.
Battle of Alberta noted the following stats about the Wings as well:
  • Goals for per game: 1st in WC (2nd in NHL behind Ottawa)
  • Goals against per game: 1st in WC (& 1st in NHL)
  • PP%: 1st in WC (2nd in NHL behind MTL)
  • PK%: 5th in WC at 86.4% (5th in NHL)
  • Plus/minus: 1st in the NHL
  • Shots for per game: 1st in WC by 4.0 (1st in NHL)
  • Shots against per game: 1st in WC by 1.4 (1st in NHL)
The Wings are always expected to be a strong team, but this is over and above what anyone could have expected. Personally I'm absolutely grateful to be able to watch such an amazingly talent group of players and follow the success of an awesome organization like the Wings.

Maybe we will eventually have an off year. But this certainly isn't it. I'm happy to report I've decided to echo the success of my NHL team, and the current success of the namesake of my fantasy team. Maybe their success is rubbing off on my first place finish this week, or maybe I'm just balancing out Elly's run in the basement:


So how about a hand for Ty Conklin; 7-0-0 this season with a 1.99 GAA and a .939 SV% and named the NHL's 3rd star of the week.

And while we're at it, one for my boy Ales Hemsky for taking down Sheldon Souray and winning the Hot Off 2008.

15 comments:

Kirsten said...

Rub it in why don't you? At least I can console myself with Listrom in 2 of 5 hockey pools.

Steph said...

Hey you get no sympathy until I get Hemsky :P

CKim said...

What the hell, that picture of Hemsky doesn't look like the one you took! I think I'm revoking my "squee."

And besides, Sheldon had me at hello.

Steph said...

Connie it's not his fault, everyone has at least ONE bad bleach experiment as a kid! Does this one bring the squee back?

CKim said...

haha, I dunno, Steph. Unless you can direct me to another one of him that's decent, that ONE picture might not cut it. =P

P.S. I think I've added Joffrey Lupel to my list of hotness...minus that damned concussion.

Steph said...

What! You un-squeed him on one picture, why can't one picture bring the love back!? Fine, what if I add this one in?

I suppose I can forgive you Lupul since he doesn't suck this year...big jerk.

Kirsten said...

Steph-It all depends on what you are offering for him. I'm probably willing to hand him over.

Ckim- I know right? Must be something about his voice...

CKim said...

Steph - Maybe it's not a good thing that I chortled a bit when I clicked on the link. =P

Kirsten - Wooeee! His voice....

Elly said...

Shut the hell up about my poor, pitiful, sucking fantasy team! Aaaaaargh, I know I could win if I remember to set my rosters...I know I could....

Steph said...

Kirsten, I don't even remember who's on my roster right now. Take a look at it and see if there's anybody you'd like (sorry on that Darcy thing...I would have kept him, you know, if he'd EVER GOTTEN POINTS.)

Connie, you make me sad :P I'm going to pretend you didn't follow up laughing at Hemsky with comments about Lupul that weren't followed by "sucks".

Elly, don't worry, you'll be playing me again soon in both leagues and I'm SURE you'll remember then..........jerk.

Elly said...

I swear it's a fluke that I only remember when I play you! I swear!

Steph said...

Why can't you go beat Chapel or something!?

CKim said...

I didn't laugh, I chortled for a second! =) Heart!

Elly said...

I'd love to...I don't have any fresh heckling fodder for him, so that'd be perfect.

Kirsten said...

I'll get back to you on that. Darcy was being fierce last night and dropping Ducks left and right. Too bad the announcers had their heads too far up JS Giguere's ass to notice anyone else playing in the game...