Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

With the Christmas break currently on in the NHL and no hockey for two days, it's a good time to relax with family and step away from the computer. But while you're relaxing, you can always talk hockey, so here are some topics you could discuss while crushing that rum and eggnog.

  • The Leafs are in the playoffs at the Christmas break for the first time in 6 years. 
  • The Florida Panthers are leading the Southeast division, with a nice cushion over the Winnipeg Jets and the salary cap leading Washington Capitals.
  • Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask are at it again, as the Boston Bruins have a league low 62 goals against in 33 games, while their offence ranks 2nd with 116 goals for. So much for a hangover. 
  • The Los Angeles Kings with their $63.5M salary cap have the lowest goals scored in the NHL. In 35 games, they've only scored 73 goals. 
  • Sidney Crosby's 12 points in 8 games still has him ranked 256th overall in scoring. 
  • Erik Karlsson is the new Mike Green, at age 21, he leads the NHL in defensive scoring with 4 goals and 29 assists. 
  • Tyler Seguin is a great prospect, but who would have predicted he'd be leading the league at this point in +/- with +26?
  • Alex Ovechkin is on pace for 27 goals and 59 points this year. I'm glad I took him 1st overall in my fantasy pool. 
  • You would think it's the playoffs the way Johan Franzen is playing. Not known for his huge regular seasons, he has 30 points and a league leading 6 game winning goals. 
  • Eric Staal, one of last year's NHL All-Star Captains, is a league worst -21 this season. 
  • Did anyone think Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was going to become a point-per-game player this season? Well he is... and he's only 18. 
Have a great Christmas and don't drink and drive. Cheers.

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