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NHL 2018-19 Season

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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by pr0ner » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:45 am

During a wild ass 9-6 win yesterday, I saw a stat that said the Calgary Flames have FOUR 5-goal periods already on the season (they rattled off 5 unanswered in the 2nd last night, turning a 4-1 deficit into a 6-4 lead). The rest of the NHL? Three!
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Post by Isgrimnur » Sat Dec 22, 2018 9:50 pm

Anaheim’s Jake Dotchin just got a 10 minute misconduct because he wouldn’t leave the ice after the second period in Buffalo.
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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by pr0ner » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:19 pm

Now that we're at the halfway point of the season, how's your team doing?

The Flames are doing better than my wildest expectations this season. The coaching change and the current win of the Hanafin/Lindholm for Hamilton/Ferland/Fox trade has overcome Mike Smith falling apart and James Neal being a bust so far.

Johnny Gaudreau is 4th in the NHL in scoring, the possession metrics are outstanding, David Rittich is stabilizing the goaltending, and Calgary is currently 1st in the West with a 26-13-4 record, good for 56 points.

The Flames could probably use some defensive depth (their current 3rd pairing is a couple of rookies) and either some more wing depth or a goalie, but right now, this is one incredible team to watch. A far cry from the disappointment of last season.
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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by tjg_marantz » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:02 am

I'm not mad at all at the Habs which is completely surprising to me.
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Post by pr0ner » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:21 am

tjg_marantz wrote:
Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:02 am
I'm not mad at all at the Habs which is completely surprising to me.
A point out of a playoff spot with not much Shea Weber and bad goaltending isn't too bad at all.
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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by Jeff V » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:16 am

pr0ner wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:19 pm
Now that we're at the halfway point of the season, how's your team doing?
Oh, it's still on?

I just checked and apparently we are within 4 points of getting the top draft pick.

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Post by The Meal » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:09 pm

pr0ner wrote:
Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:19 pm
Now that we're at the halfway point of the season, how's your team doing?
Wings played better than expected when they had their brief moments of having a mostly full roster (i.e., November). Going into this season I was thinking we hadn't yet seen rock bottom, but then we were playing with some heart. Larkin has taken the reigns and is a no-brainer to be given the C (the plan is next season, but he's made it so obvious that he's ready and the appropriate person, I wouldn't be surprised if it were just announced before the end of this year). Most fans recall the deal made last year in moving Tatar to Vegas netting the team a few picks (including a first rounder) and we're expecting a bit of a yard sale this year with some live-long Red Wings on the block (Howard and Kronwall being two of the well-known names out there). The fan base is looking forward to the end of Yzerman's contract with Tampa Bay (Yzerman lives in Detroit but is paid by TBL through the end of this season) as there's a place for him on the management side in Detroit (hopefully ousting Holland as General Manager).

We've seen more development from the younger players this year than we've seen in the past, which is fun. Cholowski and Hronek impress on the blueline. Rasmussen has disappointed and Bertuzzi's been what's expected on the wings. The team is hampered with some legacy contracts for aging mid-tier players which is why the fans are looking forward to Holland's departure as GM. The injury bug keeps the squad in the draft lottery discussion, but the play on the ice is still relatively entertaining nonetheless.

So I'd say better than my very meager expectations, but it's not really showing up in the standings. The groundwork is there for a meaningful roster overhaul in the next calendar year.
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Post by Isgrimnur » Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:27 pm

18 games since the brief moment in first place, the Sabres have gone 6-8-4. That pace is 35 points over 40 games (remaining season), which would put them at 85 points to end the year if it continues. That would be 23 points greater than last year. Last year's Eastern playoff points requirement was 97.
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Post by Moat_Man » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:27 am

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Tue Sep 25, 2018 3:23 am
Mark me down for a last place finish by the Canucks this year. It's going to be ugly. They have the potential to be epically bad, and this is coming from an optimist.
Considering my prediction above I couldn't be happier really. The best part is they are fun to watch and there's even hope for the futu... oh wait, I just remembered I'm a Canucks fan ...down goes Petterson with a knee injury. Mother*$#%@%
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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by Jolor » Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:44 pm

Well, let's see.

- We traded Phaneuf (playing) for Gaborik (not playing)
- We traded Hoffman for Boedker since we wanted to clean up the dressing room but wanted a roster player back since we weren't in a rebuild
- We traded Karlsson for draft picks, serviceable roster players and a prospect since we were in a rebuild
- Our "I'm a powerplay specialist" headcoach ... can't
- We're currently kings of giving up shots on net
- We don't have a distinct President or CEO
- The owner is running the team on a shoestring so we don't have a full scouting staff
- Our #1 G is 37 and coming off a horrible season and we don't have decent backup
- UFAs this season include aforementioned Boedker, Stone, Dzingel and Duchene (the latter 3 with 21, 20 and 19 goals to date); it's somewhat questionable whether they want to return, given the management group
- The ownership has already shown (via Karlsson and Turris earlier) that they don't want long-term commitments at high dollars (market value) nor invest in infrastructure
- We are currently in and destined to remain at the league's bottom so have a legit shot at winning the draft lottery in the Jack Hughes year
- But we traded our first round pick to acquire Duchene
- Let's pretend the bunfight that Melnyk is in to finance a downtown area doesn't exist (please)
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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by pr0ner » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:28 am

The Flames are retiring Jarome Iginla's number March 2nd. A well deserved honor for a trailblazer and one of the all time greats.

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Re: NHL 2018-19 Season

Post by tjg_marantz » Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:55 am

That Tampa, Toronto game was fun. Tampa lost but holy are they something else. Oofta
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