Sunday, December 13, 2009
Western Conference playoff race, 13 December edition
Fascinating week in the West this week. Someone actually caught the San Jose Sharks, and more teams had less weekly point accumulation than any week I can recall. Nine weeks until the Olympic break, right? Time for teams to make a move.
[Note that this edition was written before the conclusion of games played on December 13. We'll catch them on December 20.]
TOP POINT WINNER OF THE WEEK: Watch out, San Jose, because the Los Angeles Kings piled on 8 points in the past week and pulled into a tie with you...but they apparently have the tiebreaker as NHL.com has them in top seed in the West. 8 points in one week....dang. I can't remember the last time a team added 8 points to their bottom line. This is an incredible jump and probably made possible by the compacted playing schedule forced on the NHL by the Olympic break. Coming in second were Anaheim and Edmonton with 6 accumulated points each.
LOW POINT WINNER OF THE WEEK: With a whopping 2 new points for their bottom lines are Chicago, St. Louis and San Jose. St. Louis is having a worse season than Columbus, so I can understand their status...but the Sharks and Blackhawks? Guess everyone's due for an off-week. San Jose had better get it back in gear, though, as they are deadlocked with Los Angeles. The teams adding 3 points this week were Calgary and Columbus. Ah, those Blue Jackets...bad enough to stay out of contention but not quite bad enough to panic over.