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12-23-2013, 02:09 PM
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Twas the night before the night before Christmas!!!

Well Gentlemen the holidays are here and we're speeding our way to Christmas and soon after the Olympic break. I thought it would be nice to pause and reflect upon the status of the league so far, a continuation of my shocks and suprises write up from earlier. Let's take it from the top....

The Detroit Red Wings

Currently sitting in top spot in the East and the league in points and wins, thanks to the swedish wall that is Henrik Lunquist and his steady solid numbers night in night out. Detroit also has a very balanced attack boasting 8 players scoring half a point a game or better. The only weak spot in the Red wings armor thus far appears to be the 4th line as all 3 members minuses on the year and the only 3 regulars that aren't plus 4 or better. Looks like the new Red Wings inherited a bit of what the old GM brought and has his eyes an consecutive Presidents trophies!

The Colorado Avalanche

The deep and talented team from Colorado is no suprise in being the top dog out West. The Avalanche have lost the fewest games with only 5 losses. What is suprising is how they are doing it so far... 2 words.... Brian Elliot! BE has been exceptional with a sub 1.90 GAA and save % north of .930 means teams are in tough to score 2 goals on any giving night. The league should not hold its breathe waiting for BE to cool off because there is something strange going on in the rockies. While BE is doing everything to keep pucks out of the net it might be contagious as SID the KID has caught a cold stick and is currently under a point a game. The hot and cold streaks in Colorado probably wont last forever but if Crosby heats up and Elliot remains good the league will be consumed by an Avalache!

The Montreal Canadiens

This is a team I picked to do well this year and they aren't disappointing. Pekke Rinne is doing his best Brian Elliot impersonation but is just off the mark with 2.06 GAA and .929 save%. The Canadiens have great balance especially when it comes to scoring as Patrice Bergeron brings the points upfront and Erik Karlsson brings it from the rearguard. Aside from these 2 carrying the load has been done by early Calder Trophy canidate Brenden Gallagher. BG isn't even playing in the top 6 currently and it is paying off as he is taking advantage of 3rd and 4th line matchups. Its the suprise production that often puts a team over the top so keep an on BG and Montreal.

The St. Louis Blues

There is almost no room for error at the top end of the HFNHL as the Blues can attest too. With a 12 game win streak starting game 3 the Blues were the toast of the league and were distancing themselves from the field early. But just a little hiccup and they are now 5th in league. The veteran team has been crafted with purpose and its paying off. Roman Josi leading the league in plus/minus at +16 and 4 defenseman with 29 shots blocked or more. The trio of Thorton, St. Louis and Carter are handling the offensive business as usual. The Blues have a very good team and will remain in the mix for top spot in the West and they shown capable of going on a tear so they are for real.

And now for the not so top of the league.....

The Washington Capitals

The nations capital maintains the highest murder rate in the country thanks to a team getting murdered 41 times a year!!! I joke as they aren't quite that bad and there are signs of future life in Washington. 2 of the Capitals 5 wins have come against excellent teams in the Red Wings and Blue Jackets so it shows they can do it. This is a cacoon year for the Capitals and they need to give needed game experience to some young players and hope some prospects emerge quickly so they can compete sooner rather than later. Some hope resides in young forward Colin Wilson whom could emerge as the cornerstone forward for the next decade if he continues to develope. Brian Campbell remains a beast from the blueline. Help is on the way as Chris Kreider, Brett Connolly, Carter Ashton, Michael Chaput and Lance Bouma are all forwards who have played in the NHL this year with varied results. Duncan Siemens, Robert Hagg and college UDFA lottery prize Andrej Sustr highlight the defensive prospects that will provide help in the coming seasons. The future between the pipes lies in the giant hands of Magnus Hellberg. There is only an upward direction for the future of the Capitals.... which is made easier when looking up from the floor in the East.

The San Jose Sharks

The few veterans left on the team are doing what they can to keep the Sharks dangerous. The offensive tanks of Shane Doan, Alex Tanguay and Brendan Morrow are running low to on fumes and don't have the supporting cast to hide their progressing years. Although gritty competitors and great leaders in the showers Doan, Tanguay and Morrow can't do it all. Mathieu Perreault has done well stepping up leading the Sharks with 14 goals and is second in points. GM Pasi Koskinen clearly has an eye on the future and the future looks bright especially on the blueline. Cam Fowler, Cody Ceci, Jacob Trouba and Philip Larsen make a nice future top 4 defensive group. Up front the future isn't later its BOONE! Boone Jenner was a key piece to the future forward group of the Sharks. Evgeny Kuznetsov remains Austin Powers.... that is the North American man of mystery.... as in he might come over he might not. Alot hinges on Evgeny Kuznetsov coming and producing in North America for the Sharks as they traded fellow russian and current NHLer Vladimir Tarasenko to get him. A deal that appears to baring more fruit and sooner than expected is the deal that brought Ben Scrivens to San Jose. Scrivens has played very well in the NHL and will certainly see a nice ratings boost if he keeps it up. There is still work to be done in San Jose but there are positive things happening. Maybe the next season will be the one that the Sharks swim to spot that isnt the bottom of the HFNHL ocean.

All seriousiness now The Senators Family wishes the entire HFNHL and their families a very Merry Christmas a Happy New Year!!!!

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