Oh look, we're playing the Avalanche again. And what great timing too: the annual November battle for the Northwest division lead has already begun. The Canucks are sitting on top right now with 14 points, and are looking to defend. The Avalanche are at 13 points, and will look to pull ahead of us tonight with a win. The other competitor is the Flames (why am I surprised?) at 12 points, who could've taken the lead from us last night had they not lost 2-1 to the Red Wings. And maybe we could include the Wild in this too, since they're also at 12 points right now.
Yes, I know, some of you probably still think it's too early to look at the standings this closely. However, this annual NW battle has been happening each November for the last couple years. In November 2008, the Canucks beat out the Flames, and despite crashing horribly in December and January, we still came back and won the division with a couple regular season games to spare. In November 2009, the Canucks won the 3-way battle, and even managed to keep the lead throughout that Olympic roadtrip. Now, it's November 2010, and it's time for the battle to recommence. Can we pull it off a 3rd year in a row? The answer will begin to form tonight.
Links after the jump.
NHL.com preview for tonight's game. (The Canucks.com one isn't up yet.)
Last night's scores, and today's games. You should've seen that OT powerplay the Capitals had, it was freaking intense!
- Conference standings. You know the Central is crazy competitive when there's a 2-point difference between 1st and 5th in the division. Also, what in God's name are the Sabres doing at the bottom of the league???
- Martin Brodeur ended up with a bruised elbow last night. Yep, sounds like the Devils dynasty years might be ending....
- Meanwhile, Drew Doughty has been cleared to play again, and will rejoin the Kings lineup tonight.
- Despite making the playoffs last year, the Coyotes are still having attendance issues.
- How can it be that the Blue Jackets are off to such a good start?
- Oh look, someone is complaining about fighting in hockey again. This time, it's about how NHL.com has been glorifying fight videos lately. Here's a question for Ken Campbell: how is it that you STILL have a job at THN?