Some Monday musings from the NHL and the rest of the hockey world to prepare you for the upcoming week that will see:
When the Carolina Hurricanes started up again after the 2006 Winter Games in Turin, they finished strong with a 13-8-4 post-Olympic record and went on to win the Stanley Cup. The Chicago Blackhawks, however, staggered to the finish line with an 8-12-5 mark after the Vancouver Games four years ago before they won the Cup.
With injuries and players being rested down the stretch, a strong or poor finish does not determine a good or bad playoff run. Still, here's a glance at the post-Olympic records for the 16 playoff teams this time around:
Here are the latest odds to win the Stanley Cup from bodog.ca.
In and out
There are five teams in the post-season that weren't involved last year:
Colorado N.Y. Islanders
Tampa Bay Washington
If you peered at the overall NHL standings this morning, after Montreal's ninth-place showing you have to go all the way down to the bottom third to find how the other six Canadian teams finished.
Here are the post-Olympic records and overall placing for the bottom six Canadian teams:
And the winner is ...
After conferring with a handful of NHL pro scouts over the weekend, here are my selections for the major NHL awards.
Hart Trophy (To the player adjudged most valuable to his team, selected by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association members.)
1. Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
2. Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
3. Semyon Varlamov, Colorado
Norris Trophy (To the defenceman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position, selected by PHWA members.)
1. Duncan Keith, Chicago
2. Ryan Suter, Minnesota
3. Shea Weber, Nashville
Vezina Trophy (To the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position, selected by the NHL general managers.)
1. Tuukka Rask, Boston
3. Carey Price, Montreal
Jack Adams Award (To the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success, selected by the NHL Broadcasters' Association members.)
1. Mike Babcock, Detroit
2. Patrick Roy, Colorado
3. Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay
Calder Trophy (To the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition, selected by PHWA members.)
1. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado
2. Torey Krug, Boston
3. Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg
Selke Trophy (To the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game, selected by PHWA members)
1. Patrice Bergeron, Boston
2. Jonathan Toews, Chicago
3. David Backes, St. Louis
Lady Byng Trophy (To the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability, selected by PHWA members.)
1. Ryan O'Reilly, Colorado
2. Martin St. Louis, N.Y. Rangers
3. Tyler Seguin, Dallas
General Manager of the Year (To recognize the work of the league's general managers, selected by a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media.)
1. Ken Holland, Detroit
2. Marc Bergevin, Montreal
3. Jim Nill, Dallas
By the Numbers
27 -- Points in nine playoff games (nine goals, 18 assists) for Tampa Bay prospect Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads.
74 -- Players who played in all 82 games this season.
83 -- Games played by David Legwand, who was traded to Detroit from Nashville.
.600 -- Win percentage (660-413-157) for home teams in the NHL regular season.
.607 -- Win percentage (246-150-52) for Western Conference teams versus the East in the regular season.
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