If I told you at any time during the first four seasons of Alexander Ovechkin’s career that he was riding a 7 game point streak, you would probably just stare blankly back at me and say…”so what?”. He was such a prolific scorer that if he wasn’t riding a streak than that would be abnormal.
However we have seen a different Ovechkin the last season and a half. The goals and point streaks are far and few between. Which makes this latest one all the more interesting. Ovechkin has picked up at least a point in 7 straight games, in fact in his last 4 games he has picked up 2. I can’t help but hear the NBA Jam announcer in my head saying “He’s on fire“.
Like I said, we have seen it before. Lets examine his scoring streaks of 5+ games in his career
2005-06= 8, 6, 8, 7, 11, 5
2006-07= 8, 13
2007-08= 6, 9, 7, 7, 7, 8
2008-09= 10, 6, 10, 10, 9
2009-10= 5, 5, 9, 9
2010-11= 5, 8, 7
2011-12= 7 (present streak)
As you can see, his career best is 13 set back in 06-07. Has Ovechkin turned around his bad season? Can he hit that 13 game mark again?
Well the Caps next 6 opponents are as follows: @ SJ, @ LA, vs Pitt, vs TB, vs Car, vs NYI, @ Mon. He averages more than a point a game against all of those teams except one (San Jose, he has 6 points in 7 career games). He has more points against Tampa Bay than any other team in the league with 60, and right behind them are the Hurricanes with 58.
So what could stop this run? Well the next three games are against opponents that are top 10 in the league in defense (SJ-8th, LA-4th, Pitt-9th). Of course there is also the alleged spit in the face incident with Columbus agitator Derek Dorsett, no evidence yet but if some surfaces he may face a suspension. Either way, I for one am happy to see Ovechkin lighting it up again, I just have one question: Do you think KFC is still open?
Let’s head to the Links
When Lars Eller scored his 3rd of four goals last night, many people did the usual and threw hats on the ice. One person threw something else (Puck Daddy)
Police on the search for some Flyer fans who got into a fight with some Ranger fans at the Winter Classic. They have released this video (warning, the vid has some disturbing violence) (Pro Hockey Talk)
So what does Bob Murray’s past say about his plans for the Ducks future? Anaheim Calling breaks that down
John Tortorella’s apology does not stop him from losing some cash (Blueshirt Banter)
Want a nice, quiet place to relax? Head to Buffalo (Buffalo News)
Only Rick DiPietro gets hurt while on the IR! (Deadspin)
This article by Eric Francis caused some very interesting twitter battles yesterday
and in case you missed it, this was Lars Eller’s 4th goal last night