The dynasties we recommend...
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Heading into the All-Star break the Hawks are rolling, winning 5 straight. What awaits them on the other side of the break? A NINE game road trip...
|Nashville Predators at Chicago Blackhawks|
|Chicago Blackhawks at Nashville Predators|
05:43 PM - November 13, 2011. Written by Tazer19
|Florida Panthers at Chicago Blackhawks|
04:34 PM - November 13, 2011. Written by Tazer19
|Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks|
02:57 PM - November 13, 2011. Written by Tazer19
|San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks|
|Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings|
Things do not get any easier for the Hawks as they return home to face the Sharks to finish off the back to back set.
Polar opposites here, the Hawks are making a killing on the power play, but the penalty kill is leaving a lot to be desired. The Hawks will have to make major improvements in the PK department if they want to go anywhere deep in the playoffs. Expect the Hawks to look for a penalty killing forward in the weeks ahead. One potential move that had paid off recently is moving rising star Marcus Kruger to the second unit and taking Jonathan Toews off. "It's not that Johnny isn't doing his job, we just felt that more ice time off the PK would help the team moving forward, and Kruger has been a mini Bolland for us, so we want to see what he can do." Coach Q said after the morning skate in Detroit.
Since the move to Kruger there has been five games, and the Hawks PK is 6 for 6 moving themselves out of the basement of the league in that department (Obviously not a lot of chances, still can't get a lot of penalties called).
12:52 AM - November 13, 2011. Written by Tazer19One of the best 60 minute efforts of the year, the Deadwings are next..
|Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks|
Saturday, November 12, 2011
My thoughts: Maybe the "best" race out there, only because all the teams are bad to mediocre. Every team in this division has a negative goal differential, you usually don't get very far with that. That being said, it's exciting to see a young Edmonton and a young, but seasoned Colorado team near the top.
My prediction: I think Colorado takes the division because I don't see a threat. I think Edmonton will hang, but falter as we get into the later months, and I expect Vancouver to finish second, and possibly push Colorado, but that's an outside shot.
My Thoughts: Another division that looks ready to be called, but NOT SO FAST my friend. The Sharks are playing great hockey and have FIVE games in hand on LA. I would rule out Anaheim making a charge late as well because all these teams (including) Dallas as so good at home. Someone forgot to tell Phoenix that they didn't actually move this year, so they still have to play games.
My prediction: I think San Jose can push LA, but LA is too good too often so I think they win the division and they will push Detroit and Chicago all the way till the end of the season for the #1 seed in the West.
My Thoughts: Two horse race here, and that's a little surprising given how many experts thought that Nashville would be right there at the top. This one is coming down to the Hawks and Wings and it should be an awesome battle from here on out. Look at Detroit's home record, that is beyond impressive, and will get tested when the Hawks come a calling in a dew days. The rest of the division is rather mediocre.
My prediction: I'm biased, but I think we can make it and win the division, the Hawks depth will be the difference in the end. However, if we can't improve upon the 30th worst PK in the league then it won't matter where we finish because we won't be going anywhere important.
My Thoughts: This might be the one division that is already over, no one looks like they want or can pose a threat to the Caps this year. Florida looks like they are putting on a show everytime they are on the ice, 130+ for goals scored and goals against, good, but not really I guess. Welcome back to the NHL Winnipeg, glad that last place in the Southeast can now be colder.
My Predictions: Caps run away with this division, and if Florida can find any defense/goaltending I think they challenge for the 2nd spot in the division and sneak into the playoffs.
My Thoughts: Another tight race here, with only 8 points separating 1st and 4th in the division. It also looks like the Stanley Cup hangover is plaguing the Bruins as they are almost half way thru the season and they are on pace for only 80 points which will not get them back into the tourney of 16. Lot's of goals being scored, and lot's of goals being given up in this division as well, 125 is a big number for Ottawa. Finally, pray to whatever you God you pray to that you do not have to face the Sabres in your home rink, my goodness that record is insane on the road.
My Prediction: I think Buffalo falters because I don't think they can keep that pace up on the road, Montreal takes the division.
NEW GRAPHICS WOOOO! Sorry, I work hard on my stuff, so I really like it.
My Thoughts: WTF New Jersey, is it really possible to be THAT bad? Oh wait, I forgot about last year. They have clearly dug themselves a pretty big hole in the division and the Conference, FAIL FOR NAIL!? Other then them, wow, how about the Atlantic?? What a division race we have here, very impressed by that, and love to see the Islanders making a push in the first half of the season, can't wait to see how it turns out. Speaking of the Islanders, and the other New York team in the division, how about those road records? Usually if a team can win like that on the road they should be in good shape to make the top 8, we'll see how it pans out.
My Prediction: Flyers are too strong, they hold off the Pens who make a push as the Rangers fade
What are your guys predictions, would love to hear them!