Jan 252008
 

I think the first month or so of this season was one of the stranger starts to the season we have seen in recent years. Chicago and Columbus surprised everyone with great starts. Ottawa put up an unbelievable start. Pascal Leclaire had 5 shutouts in his first 10 or so games. Anaheim and LA started the season in London, England and Anaheim struggled early. New Jersey started the season with 9 straight road games and only won 2 of them. Sidney Crosby got off to a slow start (for him) as did the Penguins. Atlanta and Washington changed their coaches early and Dallas fired their GM. A lot has changed since the first month of the season so lets take a look at how teams have done since then. So if we threw out approximately the first 6 weeks of the season, how have each team played since then? Here are each teams record after November 15th.

Teams Wins Losses OTL WinP
Detroit 24 6 3 0.773
New Jersey 21 9 1 0.694
Pittsburgh 19 8 3 0.683
Calgary 18 9 5 0.641
San Jose 16 8 5 0.638
Phoenix 19 11 2 0.625
Dallas 21 13 1 0.614
Vancouver 18 11 4 0.606
Philadelphia 16 10 4 0.6
Washington 17 11 4 0.594
Anaheim 18 12 3 0.591
Minnesota 18 13 1 0.578
Montreal 16 11 5 0.578
Buffalo 15 11 5 0.565
Nashville 15 12 4 0.548
Boston 16 13 3 0.547
Edmonton 16 13 4 0.545
Ottawa 16 13 4 0.545
Columbus 16 14 3 0.53
Florida 14 13 4 0.516
St. Louis 13 12 7 0.516
NY Islanders 15 14 6 0.514
Atlanta 15 15 4 0.5
Colorado 15 15 3 0.5
NY Rangers 13 14 5 0.484
Chicago 13 15 3 0.468
Toronto 13 15 3 0.468
Carolina 13 19 1 0.409
Tampa Bay 11 17 4 0.406
Los Angeles 12 20 1 0.379

Detroit has been good all year so no surprises there but New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Calgary have really picked up their games since. If you still don’t think that the NHL is a goaltending league, take a look at Phoenix’s record since November 15th. Sixth best in the league. Incidently Ilya Bryzgalov’s first game for the Coyote’s was November 17th and he has been the key cog in their 19-11-2 record since. Another turnaround story is the Washington Capitals who fired coach Glen Hanlon on November 22nd with a 6-14-1 record and have posted a 17-8-4 record since that point and have the 10th best record in the NHL since November 15th. A playoff spot looks to be in their future if they can keep it up.

Going the other direction are the Ottawa Senators, who had the top record as of November 15th but have just the 18th best record since while early surprises Columbus and Chicago have fallen to 19th and 26th best records since November 15th. St. Louis, Carolina, and the Rangers have also taken steps backwards after good starts to the year.

Just for fun, here are each teams records since December 15th.

Teams Wins Losses OTL WinP
Detroit 14 4 1 0.763
Pittsburgh 11 4 2 0.706
Anaheim 12 5 2 0.684
Phoenix 12 5 2 0.684
Calgary 10 4 3 0.676
Montreal 10 4 3 0.676
Washington 10 4 3 0.676
Philadelphia 11 5 2 0.667
New Jersey 11 6 0 0.647
San Jose 10 5 3 0.639
Nashville 11 6 3 0.625
Minnesota 10 7 1 0.583
Columbus 11 8 0 0.579
NY Islanders 9 6 4 0.579
Vancouver 9 7 1 0.559
Ottawa 10 8 1 0.553
Colorado 8 7 3 0.528
Dallas 10 9 1 0.525
Atlanta 9 8 3 0.525
Florida 8 8 3 0.5
NY Rangers 8 9 3 0.475
Chicago 8 9 2 0.474
Edmonton 7 8 3 0.472
Boston 7 8 2 0.471
St. Louis 6 8 5 0.447
Los Angeles 8 10 0 0.444
Buffalo 5 7 5 0.441
Carolina 7 10 1 0.417
Tampa Bay 6 9 2 0.412
Toronto 6 10 2 0.389

Detroit is still on top but look at how Pittsburgh, Anaheim and Phoenix have played over the past month or so.

  2 Responses to “What have you done for me lately…”

  1.  

    What I find most shocking is the fact that Dallas and Vancouver are floating around .500 in the past month or so. Makes you realize why their trade talk is heating up again.

    Also, Toronto has gotten progressively worse as the season has gone on… not surprising but it lends hope to those that think the Leafs should be shooting for Steve Stamkos. (Personally I think they’re pulling the basement move 1 year too early as John Tavares will be a bigger pick in my estimation).

  2.  

    Why limit themselves to one superstar pick? They can still tank next year too!

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