Some weeks I link to these updates I do at The Royal Half; some weeks I re-post the content here. And since today's Ducks update has a lot to do with all three BoC teams, I'm doing the latter. Well, pre-posting, actually. I'll link the TRH piece once it's up (lazy other bloggers).
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The Ducks had four games this past week – the three top teams from the Central Division (well, the Wild were top-three on Wednesday) plus the worst team from the Metro Division – and guess what? They won ‘em all. Getzlaf and Perry combined for 7 goals, the rest of the Ducks combined for another 7 goals, and their opponents – Blackhawks, Blues, Islanders, and Wild – also combined for 7 goals.
I do want to focus on one of these opponents: the St. Louis Blues, and in particular their inability to play competent hockey against teams from California so far this season. Well, that’s not exactly true – the Blues have played some decent third periods against California teams (2 goals scored each 3rd period), but that’s after the Californian opponent has put the game essentially out of reach.
- The Blues are 0-4-0 against California teams and 21-2-3 against everybody else.
- Through the first two periods against California teams, the Blues have been outscored 15-1. Through the first two periods against everybody else, the Blues have outscored opponents 66-33.
- Against California teams, the Blues have a power play operating at 5.3% and a penalty kill operating at 66.7%. Against everybody else, the Blues have a power play operating at 27.8% and a penalty kill operating at 87.1%.
- Against California teams, Jaroslav Halak has a 4.53 GAA and an .885 sv%, while Brian Elliott has a 4.56 GAA and an .821 sv%. Against everybody else, Halak has a 1.94 GAA and a .920 sv%, while Elliott has a 1.66 GAA and a .932 sv%.
- Against California teams, Alexander Steen has 0 goals and is a -8 this season. Against everybody else, Steen has 22 goals and is a +21.
Blue hoo hoo. What a bunch of Californian bullies. No real punchline to the cartoon today, but hey – it’s thematic:
PANCAKE WATCH! Only 1 assist for Dustin Penner this week, but he did pick up a game misconduct towards the end of the game in Chicago – he disagreed with an offsides call, fired the puck angrily towards the boards, and was promptly ejected. There isn’t any video readily available, but trust me – it was hilarious.
And a bonus shoutout to 11th-on-the-depth-chart defenseman Alex Grant! 2 NHL games played, 2 NHL shots taken, 2 NHL goals scored, then promptly sent back to Norfolk. If for some reason Ovechkin fails to score 50 goals in 50 games, he may be the NHL’s only chance. :)