The Futility of the Edmonton Oilers Part I


Disgraced Oilers FanThe Hockey Fanatic will be examining the futility of the Edmonton Oilers in a three part series this week.  After a 7-1 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks last night and nearly a quarter into the 2014-15 NHL season the Oilers again sit in last place in the League.  The Oilers have missed the post season playoffs for a team record eight consecutive seasons.  As part of this series I will be looking at some of the analytical and statistical data of the Oilers futility compared to that of the League average.  As we sit today here is a look at the 2014-15 NHL standings.

Rank Team GP W L OT P PCT % G/GP GA/GP PP% PK% S/GP SA/GP FO%
1 MONTREAL 22 16 5 1 33 0.75 2.59 2.36 12.9 84 27.8 30.5 54.6
2 TAMPA BAY 22 14 6 2 30 0.682 3.46 2.64 23 81.1 29.7 28.2 49.4
3 NY ISLANDERS 20 14 6 0 28 0.7 3.2 2.85 19.5 75.4 32.8 29 48.3
4 PITTSBURGH 19 13 4 2 28 0.737 3.53 2.26 33.3 87.5 31.6 29.7 50
5 NASHVILLE 20 13 5 2 28 0.7 2.75 2.05 14.8 74.5 30.9 27.7 48
6 CALGARY 22 13 7 2 28 0.636 3.09 2.73 21 73.8 26.7 29 46.5
7 VANCOUVER 20 13 6 1 27 0.675 2.95 2.95 19.4 85.9 31.2 29 48.4
8 ST LOUIS 20 13 6 1 27 0.675 2.55 2 23.9 77.8 31.1 26.2 53.3
9 BOSTON 22 13 9 0 26 0.591 2.5 2.46 20.4 78.8 29.5 28.3 52
10 ANAHEIM 21 12 4 5 29 0.69 2.62 2.38 19.7 83.1 31.1 28.4 52.6
11 CHICAGO 20 12 7 1 25 0.625 2.95 2 19.5 90 36.7 27.8 52.7
12 LOS ANGELES 21 11 6 4 26 0.619 2.67 2.24 18.3 82.7 30.8 31.8 51.7
13 TORONTO 21 11 8 2 24 0.571 3.19 2.95 19.2 84.9 30.5 33 52.2
14 MINNESOTA 19 11 8 0 22 0.579 2.79 2.26 9.7 86.9 32.7 24.7 49.6
15 DETROIT 20 10 5 5 25 0.625 2.75 2.3 18.8 90.1 30.1 26.7 53.3
16 SAN JOSE 23 10 9 4 24 0.522 2.61 2.61 23.3 82.6 32.1 31.2 50.9
17 WINNIPEG 21 10 8 3 23 0.548 1.95 2.14 8.6 86.1 30.2 27.9 47.9
18 OTTAWA 19 9 6 4 22 0.579 2.68 2.53 20.6 83.6 29.2 34.7 48.2
19 WASHINGTON 20 9 8 3 21 0.525 2.75 2.6 25.4 82.3 30.4 26.8 50.1
20 NEW JERSEY 21 9 9 3 21 0.5 2.48 2.81 20 74.1 26.4 30.4 48
21 ARIZONA 21 9 10 2 20 0.476 2.43 3.05 20.5 78.6 28.7 31 52.2
22 NY RANGERS 19 8 7 4 20 0.526 2.68 2.84 16.1 81 30.9 30.4 48
23 DALLAS 21 8 9 4 20 0.476 2.86 3.38 16.4 78.4 28.6 31.5 49.1
24 PHILADELPHIA 19 8 9 2 18 0.474 3 3.05 23.5 71.9 31.8 32.4 50.8
25 FLORIDA 18 7 5 6 20 0.556 2.17 2.44 16.1 77.8 29.1 31.1 48.5
26 COLORADO 21 7 9 5 19 0.452 2.43 3.1 12.7 88.3 29 34.1 49.1
27 CAROLINA 20 6 11 3 15 0.375 2.4 3 20 81.7 29 28.6 53.1
28 COLUMBUS 20 6 12 2 14 0.35 2.45 3.55 23.4 75.3 29.4 33 47.8
29 BUFFALO 21 6 13 2 14 0.333 1.62 3.29 6.7 77.2 23.2 36.9 42
30 EDMONTON 21 6 13 2 14 0.333 2.33 3.48 13 79 29.9 29.8 50.6

The Oilers after a couple of poor efforts and a current six game losing streak sit in last place… again.

So why have the Oilers been as bad as they have for so long?  Well there are a number of reasons (and we won’t get into the poor management of this club yet).  We have commented on some possible mistakes the Oilers have made that have cost them a chance at the playoffs.   At the end of the game it is all about wins and losses and quite frankly the Oilers have simply not enough wins and way too many losses over the course of the past 8 NHL seasons.  Here is a look at some of the reasons for their troubles:

  • The Edmonton Oilers have averaged 30 wins per season in the 8 years that they have missed the playoffs.  The League average is 41 wins.  The Oilers have only hit forty wins once in the past eight seasons when they had 41 in 2007-2008.
  • The Oilers have averaged 39 losses per season over the past eight NHL campaigns.  The average NHL teams suffers only 30 losses a season.  The Leagues elite probably 30% less than that.

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Broken OilersThis franchise is broken.  We will continue our analysis in part two later this week.  One thing is for certain players, coaches and fans of the Oilers are at an all-time high with frustration.  Something has got to give.  This is not sustainable.  It is becoming an embarrassment to the team, the fans, the City of Edmonton and the NHL.  The thing is that there is no “quick fix” on the horizon.  The team’s GM has failed to address critical needs.  Upper management has failed at bringing in a coaching staff and management team that can propel this team into the playoffs.  The players have been inconsistent at best and the goaltending in recent years has been some of the worst experienced in the National Hockey League.  Daryl Katz has already written a letter to the fans once.  Not sure what he can do to silence the critics and fans this time out.  A major change (again) is inevitable.

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Top 30 NHL Jerseys 2014-15


A while back, the Hockey Fanatic posted a list of the top 50 all-time NHL jerseys.  We welcome feedback as we will be completing an updated list in the near future.  For now we thought that we would take a look at the Top 30 NHL jerseys that exist in the NHL today.  What makes a great jersey?  Well there are four components of a great NHL hockey jersey:

  1. A great logo
  2. A great color scheme
  3. Great trim and piping
  4. Cool secondary logos

With that let’s take a look and see which jerseys the Hockey Fanatic has rated as the top NHL jerseys for 2015.  If you are interested in picking up an NHL jersey of your favorite NHL player, be sure to check out NHL.com.

 

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Top 30 NHL Jerseys for 2015

There are some great jerseys in the NHL from the classic original six team jerseys to some of the more modern expansion era team jerseys.  Compiling this list was no easy task.  Have a favorite jersey?  Let us know and we will see if it makes our list next year.

  1.  Chicago Blackhawks red home jersey – this jersey used to be their away jersey and is now the home jersey.  While some may question the logo in this day and age, it is a great look and the color scheme goes well together. chicago-blackhawks-red-jersey
  2. Montreal Candiens bleu, blanc et rouge – the classic jersey from Les Canadiens.  Another original six master piece.  How many kids in Canada have had a Habs jersey over the years?  It truly is a classic. Canadiens Home Jersey
  3. Dallas Stars – modern era master piece – when the Stars unveiled their new color scheme and jerseys last season almost everyone had something positive to say about them.  Love the green and the new logo. Dallas Stars 2015 NHL Jersey
  4. Boston Bruins home jersey – again another classic from an original six franchise.  The Big Bad Bruins still look pretty menacing in this jersey as they take to the ice for their home games. boston-bruins-jersey black
  5. San Jose Sharks third jersey – black looks sharp on any NHL team jersey.  With their classic Shark logo and teal and white piping the Sharks black third jersey is one of the best in the League.San JoseSharks Third Jersey
  6. Toronto Maple Leafs third jersey – new for this season is the Leafs third jersey which is a slight alteration of their existing blue home jersey.  With a slightly altered maple leaf and different font, this jersey is bound to be a hit with Leafs Nation. Leafs Third Jersey
  7. Winnipeg Jets home jersey – we almost prefer the white road jersey for the Jets, but they have a great sweater with one of the coolest logos in the league.  We thought that we would miss the original Jets jersey (which by the way would make a great third jersey) but these new era Jets jerseys are quite sharp. Winnipeg Jets Home Jersey
  8. Calgary Flames home jersey – with a name like the “Flames” there is a lot that you can do with in terms of jersey design, yet the Flames have kept in simple and the result is a classic logo with a modern look and feel with the black and red. We also think the Alberta flag is a nice touch to the shoulder patch.  A Canadian flag on one side and an Alberta on the other.  Great design.Calgary Flames Home Jersey
  9. Detroit Red Wings – another classic.  We actually like the white away jersey almost as much as the home red jersey so it was difficult to pick which one to include in our list. Detroit Red Wings Jersey
  10. Edmonton Oilers classic white away jersey – for me this was the classic Oilers home jersey in the 80’s when the team was the best team in hockey.  The bright white with the popping orange and blue piping is a great look. Edmonton Oilers White Jersey
  11. St. Louis Blues third jersey – a modified logo to a classic 1967 expansion era jersey. St. Louis Blues Third Jersey
  12. Philadelphia Flyers away jersey – the classic look with a great logo and simple piping.  The orange black is a nice combination.  The white makes this pop even further.  Flyers Away Jersey
  13. New Jersey Devils home jersey – we preferred the green accents to the original, but the Devils have a great logo with a nice red and black color combination. New Jersey Devils Home Jersey
  14. Tampa Bay Lightning road jersey – a great nickname deserves a great logo.  Our only complaint is that the Lightning should include more lightning bolts as their piping like they have in previous jerseys. Regardless we still think that the Lightning’s white road jersey is pretty cool with a classic look to it. Tampa Bay Lightning Road Jersey
  15. Pittsburgh Penguins home jersey – the black simply makes these jerseys pop with a very cool logo for another 1967 expansion era team. Pens Home Jersey
  16. Nashville Predators home jersey – cool logo and guitar picks for a secondary logo make this one a modern era beauty. nashville-predators-yellow-jersey
  17. Anaheim Ducks third jersey – a nice addition the red was to accent the rest of the jersey. Ducks Third Jersey
  18. Buffalo Sabres home jersey – we always liked the logo and the blue and yellow just pop. Buffalo Sabres Home Jersey
  19. Ottawa Senators home jersey – the Sens have hada number of cool sweaters over the years.  This year’s edition of their home jersey is no exception. Sens Home Jersey
  20. Los Angeles Kings home jersey – the Stanley Cup champs look great in their black home jerseys.  Again black goes with anything doesn’t it? Los Angeles Kings Home Jersey
  21. San Jose Sharks home jersey – the teal with white is just a great look again with the classic Sharks logo.  The Sharks become the first team with two entries in our top 30 for 2015. San Jose Sharks Home Jersey
  22. Edmonton Oilers home jersey – the classic orange, blue and white.  The Dynasty years are long gone, but this is a classic jersey that continues to sell well.  Edmonton Oilers Home Jersey
  23. Florida Panthers Home Jersey – a nice logo and color combination for the Sunshine State. Panthers Home Jersey
  24. Arizona Coyotes Home Jersey – simple with a classic look. The white away jersey is also quite sharp for the Desert Dogs.Arizona Coyotes Red Jersey
  25. New York Rangers home jersey – the last of the original six jerseys to make our list.  The classic R-A-N-G-E-R-S along the front with the red, white and blue color combination. New York Rangers Home Jersey
  26. Washington Capitals Away Jersey – love the Caps original logo and colors. Washington Capitals Away Jersey
  27. Vancouver Canucks Home Jersey – quite honestly we wish the Canucks would go back to the black design of the 80’s.  Canucks Home Jersey
  28. Carolina Hurricanes Away Jersey – they simplified their previous design otherwise this jersey would have been a few spots higher. Hurricanes Away Jersey
  29. The Toronto Maple Leafs Away Jersey – the bright white Leafs jersey is a classic. Toronto Maple Leafs Away Jersey
  30. Minnesota Wild Away Jersey – we love this logo which pops nicely on the white background. Monnesota Wild Away Jersey

Of course you may disagree with some of our selections, drop us a line on Twitter @hockeyfanatics and explain why you think your teams jersey should have made the list or why some of our selections should not have made the list.

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Fantasy Hockey: Top Players 2014-2015


We are a month into the 2014-2015 NHL season and it has been an interesting start to say the least.  There has been no shortages of surprises to start the season, but as we move into month two of the season everything is starting to fall in place.  How are you doing in your fantasy hockey leagues?  Here is a look at the top players as of November 10th, 2014.

Fantasy Hockey: Top Players 2014-2015

Top Point Producers

Here is a look at the top 100 point getters thus far.

Rank Player Team Pos GP G A Pts +/- PIM
1 Sidney Crosby PIT C 13 7 17 24 6 8
2 Jakub Voracek PHI R 14 6 16 22 3 4
3 Tyler Seguin DAL C 14 10 9 19 0 8
4 Phil Kessel TOR R 15 8 11 19 1 6
5 Patric Hornqvist PIT R 13 9 9 18 7 4
6 Mark Giordano CGY D 16 5 13 18 8 17
7 Tyler Johnson TBL C 15 5 13 18 10 2
8 Claude Giroux PHI C 14 4 14 18 5 4
9 Vladimir Tarasenko STL R 14 9 8 17 11 6
10 Tyler Toffoli LAK C 15 7 10 17 14 6
11 Evgeni Malkin PIT C 13 6 11 17 -3 16
12 Steven Stamkos TBL C 15 10 6 16 -1 4
13 Chris Kunitz PIT L 13 8 8 16 9 6
14 Logan Couture SJS C 16 7 9 16 1 2
15 Ryan Johansen CBJ C 14 6 10 16 -5 8
16 Patrick Marleau SJS L 16 5 11 16 0 4
17 Henrik Zetterberg DET L 15 4 12 16 3 12
18 Corey Perry ANA R 13 11 4 15 11 25
19 Joe Pavelski SJS C 16 7 8 15 2 9
20 Nick Foligno CBJ L 13 7 8 15 2 11
21 Brent Burns SJS D 16 6 9 15 -3 20
22 John Tavares NYI C 14 6 9 15 -4 6
23 Filip Forsberg NSH C 14 6 9 15 15 4
24 Henrik Sedin VAN C 16 5 10 15 2 2
25 Ryan Getzlaf ANA C 15 4 11 15 3 19
26 Rick Nash NYR L 14 11 3 14 3 4
27 Brock Nelson NYI C 14 7 7 14 2 4
28 Alex Ovechkin WSH R 14 6 8 14 -2 10
29 Jeff Carter LAK C 15 6 8 14 13 6
30 Kyle Okposo NYI R 14 5 9 14 -3 2
31 Scott Hartnell CBJ L 14 5 9 14 -7 23
32 TJ Brodie CGY D 16 4 10 14 11 8
33 Joe Thornton SJS C 16 4 10 14 1 4
34 Nicklas Backstrom WSH C 14 4 10 14 -3 8
35 Daniel Sedin VAN L 16 3 11 14 1 4
36 Nick Bonino VAN C 16 7 6 13 9 6
37 Jonathan Toews CHI C 15 6 7 13 4 2
38 Radim Vrbata VAN R 15 6 7 13 0 2
39 Jiri Hudler CGY C 15 5 8 13 5 2
40 Nikita Kucherov TBL R 15 5 8 13 7 2
41 Valtteri Filppula TBL C 15 3 10 13 -1 4
42 Jason Spezza DAL C 14 2 11 13 -7 2
43 Jaden Schwartz STL L 14 6 6 12 5 4
44 Tyler Bozak TOR C 15 5 7 12 -3 2
45 Jamie Benn DAL L 14 5 7 12 -2 17
46 Derick Brassard NYR C 14 5 7 12 -4 8
47 Carl Soderberg BOS C 15 4 8 12 2 2
48 Niklas Kronwall DET D 15 3 9 12 -1 12
49 Kris Letang PIT D 13 3 9 12 -1 8
50 Johnny Gaudreau CGY L 15 3 9 12 9 0
51 Gustav Nyquist DET R 15 8 3 11 1 6
52 James Neal NSH L 14 8 3 11 6 8
53 Wayne Simmonds PHI R 14 7 4 11 9 10
54 James van Riemsdyk TOR L 15 6 5 11 -2 13
55 Sean Monahan CGY C 16 6 5 11 1 2
56 Bryan Little WPG C 15 5 6 11 5 6
57 Ryan Callahan TBL R 10 5 6 11 4 6
58 Erik Karlsson OTT D 14 4 7 11 -7 6
59 Martin St. Louis NYR R 14 4 7 11 0 6
60 Ryan Kesler ANA C 16 3 8 11 -3 21
61 Mike Ribeiro NSH C 14 3 8 11 6 4
62 Jori Lehtera STL C 13 3 8 11 7 12
63 John Carlson WSH D 14 2 9 11 -1 6
64 Keith Yandle ARI D 14 1 10 11 1 8
65 Kevin Shattenkirk STL D 14 1 10 11 2 8
66 Clarke MacArthur OTT L 14 7 3 10 -3 8
67 Tanner Pearson LAK L 15 7 3 10 13 8
68 Andrew Ladd WPG L 15 6 4 10 2 10
69 Max Pacioretty MTL L 15 6 4 10 7 12
70 Marcus Johansson WSH C 14 6 4 10 1 0
71 Taylor Hall EDM L 11 6 4 10 4 6
72 Trevor Daley DAL D 14 5 5 10 -4 8
73 Tomas Plekanec MTL C 15 5 5 10 0 0
74 Blake Wheeler WPG R 15 5 5 10 2 33
75 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C 13 5 5 10 -3 5
76 Justin Abdelkader DET L 15 5 5 10 3 14
77 Brad Marchand BOS L 15 5 5 10 8 18
78 Pavel Datsyuk DET C 8 5 5 10 -1 4
79 Sami Vatanen ANA D 16 4 6 10 0 16
80 Matt Duchene COL C 16 4 6 10 -2 6
81 Patrick Kane CHI R 15 4 6 10 -1 0
82 Ondrej Palat TBL L 15 4 6 10 7 6
83 Nathan MacKinnon COL C 16 4 6 10 -7 11
84 Riley Nash CAR C 13 4 6 10 1 0
85 Brayden Schenn PHI C 14 4 6 10 3 9
86 Chris Kreider NYR L 14 4 6 10 4 40
87 Zach Parise MIN L 11 4 6 10 6 17
88 Johan Franzen DET R 9 4 6 10 0 10
89 Dougie Hamilton BOS D 15 3 7 10 3 6
90 Antoine Vermette ARI C 14 3 7 10 -2 14
91 Jordan Eberle EDM R 14 3 7 10 -2 12
92 Mike Green WSH D 13 3 7 10 4 2
93 Chris Higgins VAN L 16 3 7 10 9 4
94 Andre Burakovsky WSH L 14 3 7 10 4 6
95 David Krejci BOS C 10 3 7 10 4 10
96 Anton Stralman TBL D 15 2 8 10 14 8
97 Mark Streit PHI D 14 2 8 10 2 4
98 Brandon Saad CHI L 15 2 8 10 -3 4
99 Tyson Barrie COL D 16 1 9 10 -6 8
100 Leo Komarov TOR C 15 1 9 10 2 2

 
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Top Shooters

Here is a look at the top 30 players in terms of NHL shots taken and shooting percentage.

Player Team Pos GP G A P S
Claude Giroux PHI C 14 4 14 18 65
Alex Ovechkin WSH R 14 6 8 14 65
Steven Stamkos TBL C 15 10 6 16 59
Patric Hornqvist PIT R 13 9 9 18 57
Erik Karlsson OTT D 14 4 7 11 57
Vladimir Tarasenko STL R 14 9 8 17 56
Joe Pavelski SJS C 16 7 8 15 56
Tyler Seguin DAL C 14 10 9 19 55
Logan Couture SJS C 16 7 9 16 54
Max Pacioretty MTL L 15 6 4 10 54
Brent Burns SJS D 16 6 9 15 53
Scott Hartnell CBJ L 14 5 9 14 53
Keith Yandle ARI D 14 1 10 11 53
Radim Vrbata VAN R 15 6 7 13 51
Phil Kessel TOR R 15 8 11 19 50
Rick Nash NYR L 14 11 3 14 50
Nathan MacKinnon COL C 16 4 6 10 50
Jakub Voracek PHI R 14 6 16 22 49
Jamie Benn DAL L 14 5 7 12 49
Patrick Marleau SJS L 16 5 11 16 48
Kyle Okposo NYI R 14 5 9 14 48
Tyler Johnson TBL C 15 5 13 18 47
Matt Duchene COL C 16 4 6 10 47
Zach Parise MIN L 11 4 6 10 47
Henrik Zetterberg DET L 15 4 12 16 46
Jaden Schwartz STL L 14 6 6 12 46
James Neal NSH L 14 8 3 11 46
Ryan Kesler ANA C 16 3 8 11 46
John Tavares NYI C 14 6 9 15 45
Daniel Sedin VAN L 16 3 11 14 45

By shooting percentage:

Player Team Pos GP G A P S%
Chris Kunitz PIT L 13 8 8 16 28.6
Henrik Sedin VAN C 16 5 10 15 26.3
Jiri Hudler CGY C 15 5 8 13 26.3
Corey Perry ANA R 13 11 4 15 26.2
Nick Foligno CBJ L 13 7 8 15 25.9
Tanner Pearson LAK L 15 7 3 10 25.9
Gustav Nyquist DET R 15 8 3 11 23.5
Trevor Daley DAL D 14 5 5 10 22.7
Rick Nash NYR L 14 11 3 14 22
Ryan Callahan TBL R 10 5 6 11 20.8
Pavel Datsyuk DET C 8 5 5 10 20.8
Marcus Johansson WSH C 14 6 4 10 20.7
Brock Nelson NYI C 14 7 7 14 20.6
Jeff Carter LAK C 15 6 8 14 19.4
Nick Bonino VAN C 16 7 6 13 19.4
Riley Nash CAR C 13 4 6 10 19
Tyler Toffoli LAK C 15 7 10 17 18.9
Tyler Seguin DAL C 14 10 9 19 18.2
Evgeni Malkin PIT C 13 6 11 17 18.2
Johan Franzen DET R 9 4 6 10 18.2
Mike Ribeiro NSH C 14 3 8 11 17.6
Wayne Simmonds PHI R 14 7 4 11 17.5
James Neal NSH L 14 8 3 11 17.4
Clarke MacArthur OTT L 14 7 3 10 17.1
Steven Stamkos TBL C 15 10 6 16 16.9
Derick Brassard NYR C 14 5 7 12 16.7
Bryan Little WPG C 15 5 6 11 16.7
Martin St. Louis NYR R 14 4 7 11 16.7
Taylor Hall EDM L 11 6 4 10 16.7
Vladimir Tarasenko STL R 14 9 8 17 16.1

Time on Ice

Here is a look at the players with the most ice time for the top 100 point producers:

Player Team Pos GP G A P TOI/GP Shift/GP
Erik Karlsson OTT D 14 4 7 11 27:39:00 29.5
Keith Yandle ARI D 14 1 10 11 26:10:00 27
Trevor Daley DAL D 14 5 5 10 25:52:00 32.6
TJ Brodie CGY D 16 4 10 14 24:57:00 32.2
Kris Letang PIT D 13 3 9 12 24:43:00 27.2
Niklas Kronwall DET D 15 3 9 12 24:28:00 32.4
Mark Giordano CGY D 16 5 13 18 24:10:00 31.3
John Carlson WSH D 14 2 9 11 23:11 28.2
Mark Streit PHI D 14 2 8 10 23:09 27.6
Brent Burns SJS D 16 6 9 15 22:59 29
Dougie Hamilton BOS D 15 3 7 10 22:50 27.9
Kevin Shattenkirk STL D 14 1 10 11 22:41 29.9
Anton Stralman TBL D 15 2 8 10 22:27 26.1
Nicklas Backstrom WSH C 14 4 10 14 21:25 25.9
Claude Giroux PHI C 14 4 14 18 21:20 26.9
Sami Vatanen ANA D 16 4 6 10 21:19 25.6
John Tavares NYI C 14 6 9 15 20:59 22.3
Alex Ovechkin WSH R 14 6 8 14 20:50 23.8
Steven Stamkos TBL C 15 10 6 16 20:48 22.3
Mike Green WSH D 13 3 7 10 20:43 23.5
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins EDM C 13 5 5 10 20:41 28.2
Jonathan Toews CHI C 15 6 7 13 20:38 24.6
Ryan Getzlaf ANA C 15 4 11 15 20:31 23.9
Kyle Okposo NYI R 14 5 9 14 20:30 22.4
Tyson Barrie COL D 16 1 9 10 20:25 25.4
Bryan Little WPG C 15 5 6 11 20:22 26.4
Patrick Kane CHI R 15 4 6 10 20:16 22.6
Andrew Ladd WPG L 15 6 4 10 20:15 26.2
Ryan Kesler ANA C 16 3 8 11 20:12 24.3
James van Riemsdyk TOR L 15 6 5 11 20:05 25.7

We have not forgotten about the goalies either.

Most Wins

# Player Team GP Wins L OT SA Goals Against GAA Sv Sv% SO
1 Ryan Miller VAN 12 10 2 0 311 27 2.42 284 0.913 1
2 Pekka Rinne NSH 12 9 2 1 339 22 1.81 317 0.935 1
3 Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 11 9 2 0 305 21 1.9 284 0.931 3
4 Ben Bishop TBL 12 9 1 1 324 29 2.44 295 0.91 0
5 Carey Price MTL 12 8 3 1 374 33 2.78 341 0.912 0
6 Frederik Andersen ANA 10 7 1 2 281 16 1.56 265 0.943 1
7 Jonathan Quick LAK 13 7 3 3 424 24 1.86 400 0.943 2
8 Ondrej Pavelec WPG 14 7 4 2 375 27 1.98 348 0.928 1
9 Jonas Hiller CGY 11 7 3 1 317 22 2.07 295 0.931 1
10 Tuukka Rask BOS 11 7 4 0 291 27 2.48 264 0.907 0
11 Darcy Kuemper MIN 10 6 4 0 237 20 1.99 217 0.916 3
12 Jimmy Howard DET 12 6 2 4 324 25 2.03 299 0.923 0
13 Antti Niemi SJS 11 6 4 1 353 30 2.68 323 0.915 1
14 Henrik Lundqvist NYR 11 6 4 1 315 30 2.79 285 0.905 2
15 Cory Schneider NJD 14 6 5 2 403 38 2.91 365 0.906 0
16 Corey Crawford CHI 9 5 3 1 235 16 1.75 219 0.932 1
17 Brian Elliott STL 9 5 3 1 247 19 2.06 228 0.923 1
18 Jaroslav Halak NYI 9 5 4 0 264 25 2.87 239 0.905 1
19 Jake Allen STL 5 4 1 0 124 7 1.4 117 0.944 2
20 Craig Anderson OTT 8 4 2 2 286 14 1.72 272 0.951 2
21 Roberto Luongo FLA 10 4 3 3 294 22 2.31 272 0.925 1
22 Braden Holtby WSH 10 4 3 2 242 24 2.59 218 0.901 1
23 James Reimer TOR 7 4 2 0 214 16 2.65 198 0.925 0
24 Cam Ward CAR 8 4 3 1 207 22 2.72 185 0.894 1
25 Ray Emery PHI 6 4 1 1 177 15 2.74 162 0.915 0
26 Jonathan Bernier TOR 10 4 3 2 286 25 2.75 261 0.913 1
27 Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ 8 4 4 0 228 21 2.81 207 0.908 0
28 Kari Lehtonen DAL 11 4 3 4 344 33 2.94 311 0.904 0
29 Chad Johnson NYI 6 4 1 0 144 16 2.95 128 0.889 0
30 Ben Scrivens EDM 11 4 6 0 312 33 3.11 279 0.894 1

Save Percentage

Player Team GP Wins L OT SA Goals Against GAA Sv Sv% SO
Craig Anderson OTT 8 4 2 2 286 14 1.72 272 0.951 2
Jake Allen STL 5 4 1 0 124 7 1.4 117 0.944 2
Frederik Andersen ANA 10 7 1 2 281 16 1.56 265 0.943 1
Jonathan Quick LAK 13 7 3 3 424 24 1.86 400 0.943 2
Pekka Rinne NSH 12 9 2 1 339 22 1.81 317 0.935 1
Corey Crawford CHI 9 5 3 1 235 16 1.75 219 0.932 1
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 11 9 2 0 305 21 1.9 284 0.931 3
Jonas Hiller CGY 11 7 3 1 317 22 2.07 295 0.931 1
Ondrej Pavelec WPG 14 7 4 2 375 27 1.98 348 0.928 1
Roberto Luongo FLA 10 4 3 3 294 22 2.31 272 0.925 1
James Reimer TOR 7 4 2 0 214 16 2.65 198 0.925 0
Jimmy Howard DET 12 6 2 4 324 25 2.03 299 0.923 0
Brian Elliott STL 9 5 3 1 247 19 2.06 228 0.923 1
Darcy Kuemper MIN 10 6 4 0 237 20 1.99 217 0.916 3
Antti Niemi SJS 11 6 4 1 353 30 2.68 323 0.915 1
Ray Emery PHI 6 4 1 1 177 15 2.74 162 0.915 0
Ryan Miller VAN 12 10 2 0 311 27 2.42 284 0.913 1
Jonathan Bernier TOR 10 4 3 2 286 25 2.75 261 0.913 1
Carey Price MTL 12 8 3 1 374 33 2.78 341 0.912 0
Ben Bishop TBL 12 9 1 1 324 29 2.44 295 0.91 0
Sergei Bobrovsky CBJ 8 4 4 0 228 21 2.81 207 0.908 0
Tuukka Rask BOS 11 7 4 0 291 27 2.48 264 0.907 0
Cory Schneider NJD 14 6 5 2 403 38 2.91 365 0.906 0
Henrik Lundqvist NYR 11 6 4 1 315 30 2.79 285 0.905 2
Jaroslav Halak NYI 9 5 4 0 264 25 2.87 239 0.905 1
Kari Lehtonen DAL 11 4 3 4 344 33 2.94 311 0.904 0
Braden Holtby WSH 10 4 3 2 242 24 2.59 218 0.901 1
Cam Ward CAR 8 4 3 1 207 22 2.72 185 0.894 1
Ben Scrivens EDM 11 4 6 0 312 33 3.11 279 0.894 1
Chad Johnson NYI 6 4 1 0 144 16 2.95 128 0.889 0

Shut Outs

Player Team GP Wins L OT SA Goals Against GAA Sv Sv% SO
Marc-Andre Fleury PIT 11 9 2 0 305 21 1.9 284 0.931 3
Darcy Kuemper MIN 10 6 4 0 237 20 1.99 217 0.916 3
Jonathan Quick LAK 13 7 3 3 424 24 1.86 400 0.943 2
Henrik Lundqvist NYR 11 6 4 1 315 30 2.79 285 0.905 2
Jake Allen STL 5 4 1 0 124 7 1.4 117 0.944 2
Craig Anderson OTT 8 4 2 2 286 14 1.72 272 0.951 2
Ryan Miller VAN 12 10 2 0 311 27 2.42 284 0.913 1
Pekka Rinne NSH 12 9 2 1 339 22 1.81 317 0.935 1
Frederik Andersen ANA 10 7 1 2 281 16 1.56 265 0.943 1
Ondrej Pavelec WPG 14 7 4 2 375 27 1.98 348 0.928 1
Jonas Hiller CGY 11 7 3 1 317 22 2.07 295 0.931 1
Antti Niemi SJS 11 6 4 1 353 30 2.68 323 0.915 1
Corey Crawford CHI 9 5 3 1 235 16 1.75 219 0.932 1
Brian Elliott STL 9 5 3 1 247 19 2.06 228 0.923 1
Jaroslav Halak NYI 9 5 4 0 264 25 2.87 239 0.905 1
Roberto Luongo FLA 10 4 3 3 294 22 2.31 272 0.925 1
Braden Holtby WSH 10 4 3 2 242 24 2.59 218 0.901 1
Cam Ward CAR 8 4 3 1 207 22 2.72 185 0.894 1
Jonathan Bernier TOR 10 4 3 2 286 25 2.75 261 0.913 1
Ben Scrivens EDM 11 4 6 0 312 33 3.11 279 0.894 1

 

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10 Biggest Surprises of the 2014-15 NHL Season


Well the first month of the 2014-2015 NHL season is coming to a close we thought that it would be fun to look at some of the largest surprises of the early NHL season.  Which players have had the most surprising start (good or bad)?  Which teams have been the biggest surprise thus far?  Who did we expect more from at this stage of the NHL season?

10 Biggest Surprises of the 2014-15 NHL Season

  1. Jonas Hiller – goaltender of the Calgary Flames.  How many of you predicted that after the first month of the season that Hiller would be leading all NHL goaltenders in Goals Against Average 1.63 and Save Percentage at .948.  We sure didn’t.
  2. Strong early play of Les Habitants – the Montreal Canadiens are off to their best start since the 1961-62 season and at one point were 7-1 to start.  We thought they would do well but to lead the NHL after the first month is in fact a surprise.
  3. Rick Nash with nine goals in nine games to start the season – I have to admit I thought that Rick Nash was a little washed up.  His firery starts says otherwise.  Nash is currently tied with the Ducks’ Corey Perry for the League lead in goals after the first month.
  4. The strong play of rookie Devils defenseman Damon Severson – I was fortunate to get a chance to watch Severson play for my hometown Kelowna Rockets for a few seasons and I knew that this kid was going to be a good player in the NHL.  Severson has 7 points in the Devils first 10 games and is a plus six.  Some of said that this guys is going to be a Shea Weber type d-man and be the best defenseman in New Jersey since Scott Nidermayer.
  5. Poor Start of the Colorado Avalanche – with only 3 wins in their first 11 games, the Avs have been slow out of the gate.  With all of that talent in the forward position we expected the team to be a little stronger at this point of the season.
  6. Ryan Miller with seven wins – I wasn’t sure how well the Canucks would do this season, but with new management and some new talent the Canucks are off to a great start.  Ryan Miller has already compiled 7 wins in the early going.  He had 25 wins all of last season.  If he keeps playing the way his is, he could eclipse that by February.
  7. Tyler Toffoli is fourth in league scoring – with 14 points in ten games only Tyler Seguin, Sidney Crosby and Jakub Voracek have more points than Toffoli.
  8. The poor play of the Carolina Hurricanes – at the time of this writing the Hurricanes were the only NHL team without a win.  Nearly a month into the season and this team could be out of the playoffs for good by mid-November.  We thought that the Canes would be a little better than this, but then again we did not expect this team to be a playoff team this season.
  9. The New Jersey Devils finally end shoot out futility streak – on Halloween night, the Devils finally ended their losing streak in shootouts at 18 games with a 2-1 victory on home ice over the Winnipeg Jets.
  10. Anze Kopitar is 265th in League Scoring – lots of hype over this guy in the off season yet Kopitar only has 3 points in the Kings first 10 games.  He’s a minus one and is on pace for a 32 point season.  I know its early but really three points?

Let us know what you feel are the biggest surprises this NHL season and follow us on Twitter @hockeyfanatics.

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Hockey Stories: Meeting Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe


This is the first instalment of a new feature here on the Hockey Fanatic site called “Hockey Stories”.  Really these are just random stories from my younger days growing up a hockey fan in Western Canada.  For those who know me, I am a life long fan of the Edmonton Oilers and I grew up watching the glory years of the Oilers in the 80’s.  We would love to hear from you as well.  If you have a great hockey story to share drop us a line on Twitter @hockeyfanatics and maybe we’ll share your story or favorite hockey memory on our site.

Hockey Stories:  Meeting Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe

Only one man has played professional hockey in six different decades.  One of the greatest, meanest hockey players to ever play the game was a man from Floral, Saskatchewan named Gordon Howe.  Ask anyone who was the greatest player of all-time and they will most likely name one of three players, Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr or Gordie Howe.

Here is a quick story about how I got to meet Gordie Howe, Mr. Hockey himself.  Gordie Howe was a beast on the ice.  He could do it all and often when he needed to he took matters into his own hands.  Off of the ice I always thought that Mr. Howe was a soft spoken gentleman.  When I was a kid, the WHA was folding and four of its teams were joining the NHL.  The Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Quebec Nordiques and the New England nee Hartford Whalers.  It was on the Whalers that a 50 year old Gordie Howe would play with two of his sons Mark and Marty and play a full 80 games posting 15 goals and 26 assists in his final NHL season.  Again he was 51 years old at the time.  I cannot think of another athlete to play at this level and still be this effective at 51 years of age.  Most impressive and just one of the reasons why Gordie Howe is one of the greatest athletes of all time.

So the story of how I got to meet Gordie Howe may not be anything special to you but it sure was to me.  It was in the early 90`s I had moved to Kelowna, BC to study Business at Okanagan University College.  I had grown up in small town Alberta so moving to the bigger city of Kelowna was quite an adjustment.  I found it difficult to meet people at first but my love for the game of hockey allowed me to finally meet some great friends in the Okanagan.  This was also right around the time when collecting hockey cards became a viable business and as a child I had a pretty decent collection (and still do) of hockey cards.  So when it was announced that a hockey card show was coming to town and that Mr. Hockey himself was going to be in attendance, along with his son Marty, I knew that I had to attend.

As I recall the hockey card show was in a venue called The Boardwalk and old roller skating rink that sometimes held music concerts.  It was on a Sunday I believe and I headed over to the show myself.  In the days leading up I was going through my card collection to find the best Marty Howe and Gordie Howe hockey cards that I could to get autographed.  The cards that I ended up selecting were a 1983 O-Pee-Chee card of Marty Howe and of all of the cards a 1991 ProSet black and white `Mr. Hockey`Gordie Howe card.  I selected that card to get signed for a couple of reasons: one I had a number of doubles of that particular card and two I liked the classic pose of a young Gordie Howe in his Red Wings uniform.

Gordie Howe Autographed Card

So when it was time to finally get in line to meet the legendary hockey giant I made sure that I was near the front of the line.  I was probably within the first twenty people  to get in line, so as I approached the able I thought to myself that this was hockey royalty, I am actually going to meet arguably the greatest hockey player of all time Gordie Howe.  Marty politely said hello and I said `hi`back and he very neatly signed the bottom left of the Hartford Whalers card that I presented to him.  I thanked him and he gave me a wink.  Then I moved ever so slightly to my left where Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe was sitting down.  I said “Hello Mr. Howe, great to see you.  Would you mind if I shook your hand?”  With that, the then sixty two year old stood up reached out his hand and gently shook my extended hand.  I remember thinking that these were the largest hands on a human being that I had ever seen.  I recall reading stories that as a teenager back in Saskatchewan Gordie used to squeeze rubber balls so hard that he would crush them.  I believe it after seeing the size of his paws.  Then with a firm but gentle handshake Gordie Howe shook my hand.  (It reminded me of how my grandfather used to shake hands with me.)  He then gave me a smile and in his soft spoken voice asked me what my name was and said thanks for coming.  I muttered something to the effect that it was my pleasure and politely thanked him for taking the time to sign my card.  You can see how neatly he signed the card obviously from decades of practice.  Now he must have signed a million autographs in his day but for me this was one of the greatest pieces of hockey memorabilia that I could ever have.  I thought about how I read about the first time Mr. Howe met Wayne Gretzky and the famous picture where Gordie holds a stick up to Wayne’s ear.  I thought about how my parents were from Saskatchewan and that I always had close ties to Saskatchewan and that it was cool that Mr. Howe was from Saskatchewan.

Gordie Howe & Wayne Gretzky

The meeting last all of 30-40 seconds but it was something that I would remember fondly.

So earlier this week when it was announced that Mr. Howe had suffered a pretty severe stroke, I remembered my meeting with him.  I remember being so impressed with him.  I thought about how ironic it was that he made more money from endorsements after hockey than in the five or six decades when he played.  I thought that today’s players owe a lot to Gordie Howe and that I hoped he would be remembered as one of the greatest hockey players and greatest athletes of all time.  I purchased his new book Mr. Hockey last week.  I cannot wait to read it.

You can purchase the book at Chapters Indigo here or at Amazon here.

As Wayne Gretzky wrote the forward in Mr. Howe’s latest book:

“He played the game differently from any other player.Physical yet very elegant, smooth yet with an edge.  Fans came to see him play all over North America, filling arenas every night, and very rarely did he disappoint anyone.  He made the game bigger and better… You can never replace Gordie Howe – the greatest player ever…”  You can’t argue with that.  And for the record there is nothing cooler in my mind than getting a Gordie Howe Hat-Trick in hockey.  How many other players have actions named after them in hockey?  Not very many.

Mr. Howe, not sure if you will get to see this, but I wish you a speedy recovery and want to thank you for being a great ambassador for the great game of hockey.  As always, elbows and head up Sir.

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