The Sens are now 1 point behind Boston for the last Wild Card spot and they have one game in hand. They are playing inspired hockey that’s fun to watch. They’re worth the price of admission.
Sadly Toronto, a team with much more talent, and with season expectations much greater are not. In the real world you can’t say that a team is tanking without proof and frankly that proof is almost impossible to legally find, but if I were a season ticket holder I’d be outraged. As a casual fan I’m truly not impressed.
I get that two franchise type players are up for grabs in the upcoming draft, but if the Leafs were as successful in attempting to win Lord Stanley’s Cup as they appear to be in finishing in last place there’d be an awful lot more banners in the rafters.
Will they win another game this season? Where is their pride? Why aren’t their player agents screaming? It almost seems that they bench a player like Kadri for trying too hard?
There are no real play off races this season. It seems more attention is focused on finishing last than first?
Add to that talk of expansion and we’re looking at some structural issues that the NHL is going to have to address as the current system is not working. We don’t have 30 teams worth of good top six quality forwards. Does the NHL simply want a league of muckers? If you look at the lower point totals this season it clearly is showing the toll that muckers are taking on more skilled players.
Integrity is critical to long term success. This season has been ugly. Ottawa was a team that could have tanked. They went a route that has their fans smiling and cheering. Their players are focused on winning. Same story in Calgary. They might not get as good a draft pick this year, but Hockey Karma has a funny way of sorting that out.
Mike Hoffman scored his team leading 25th goal. Kyle Turris his 20th. Hoffman is also +20 for the team.
Carey Price is having a Hall of Fame season. He notched his 9th shut out over San Jose and shut outs are the true stat of great goal tenders. While it takes help from his team, the great goalies excel in zeros. His .938 save percentage and 1.86 GAA are stunning.
Does this season in Calgary for Brian Burke make up for his years in Toronto? Scary that his core team is all signed for next season with goalie Kari Rammo being the only UFA? The team is in great cap shape.
Winnipeg is getting some great goal tending as well and Drew Stafford is a man possessed with 13 points in 16 games for the Jets. Tyler Myers isn’t doing that bad himself as the Peg struggles through with injuries as they cling to a Wild Card berth.
So hockey fans, will the Sens make the play offs? Will the Leafs land Mike Babcock? You can post your comments below.