The title of this post gives further proof that pretty much everything in life can be traced back to an episode of Seinfeld, but if you have no idea what I am talking about, you may want to click here. This season in the NHL has been no different than so many in the past; certain teams have overachieved, and some have let their fans down. And just like every year there seems to be a point where things get a bit…let’s call it wacky, and that point happens at the stroke of midnight when the year changes. We are in now in March and the year 2012 has been kind to certain teams, and downright mean to others. Let’s take a look:
Most Points earned (team): St Louis Blues with 40
A big reason for this is obviously the play between the pipes. Brian Elliott and Joroslav Halak have combined for SEVEN shutouts in 2012 (Elliott: 2, Halak: 5)
Least Points earned (team): Minnesota Wild with 17
The New Years hangover is still in effect for the Wild as they have just 7 wins in 23 games. They have already had a 4 and a 7 game losing streak.
Longest Winning streak: Pittsburgh Penguins 8 games
The Penguins followed up a 6 game losing streak by stringing together 8 in a row. During the streak they outscored their opponents 33-19 picking up 4 wins in a shootout and one in overtime.
Longest Losing Streak: Chicago Blackhawks 9 games
This was a really ugly streak. Not only did they average under 2 goals per game during the streak, but they were on every highlight reel as they were the victim of Sam Gagne’s historic 8 point game.
Best goal differential: St Louis +19
Broken record time: Halak and Elliott are awesome!
Worst goal differential: Columbus -35
Aside from being part of a massive soap opera, the Blue Jackets have been giving up goals in bunches. They have given up 4 or more goals 11 times already in 2012 and the -66 goal differential overall is by far the worst in hockey.
Teams that have jumped into playoff spots: San Jose, Phoenix
Not only have the coyotes put themselves into a playoff spot, but because they lead their division they presently sit in 3rd in the conference. San Jose jumped from 10th to 7th.
Teams that are now on outside looking in: Los Angeles, Minnesota
The top spot in the Pacific used to belong to the Kings, not anymore as they are all the way down in 10th . The Wild have dropped from 5th to 12th .
Happy New Years indeed!
Let’s head to the links
Jeremy Roenick and Mike Milbury got a little heated last night (Pro Hockey Talk)
Want to see what Chris Pronger looked like in high school? (Puck Daddy) .
Ray Whitney has been producing in the NHL for (counting years on my fingers)…wow…a long friggen time (Dirty Dangle)
Jesse Spector breaks down how good the Canucks have been since the All Star Break (Sporting News)
Tim Thomas has a new back plate, Days of Y’Orr has some pics
“WILLLLLLSSSSSSOONNNNNNN”- Tom Hanks (Pension Plan Puppets)
Pierre LeBrun had some very interesting Rant answers on ESPN
Windsor Spitfires president and head coach Bob Boughner gives his opinion on the potential ban on fighting in junior hockey (Windsor Star)
And lets take one more look at that hit from last night….will he be Shanbanned?