Best of the West: Week 1 (and a half)
We all know that the Kings are the best and the most important team in the West, but sometimes, you’ve got to check in on what the other guys are up to.
- -John Gibson, the Ducks projected goaltending hero, ended up being a bit of an early season bust. It’s down to the minors with you boy! And to think, the Kings didn’t even have to pull out their greatest weapon, Trevor Lewis, to fell him.
- -Patrick Maroon is usually “the other guy” in the Getzlaf-Perry line, but it looks like he’ll be out for a while after a collision where his knee bent in a way it shouldn’t.
- -The Ducks got a banner too, but uh, they skipped on having a ceremony for it. Probably wise.
— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) October 17, 2014
- -Would it surprise you if I said that there were some ownership changes in regards to the Coyotes? No, I didn’t think so.
- -The team looked to make a splash at the beginning of the season, proving that they’re #HungrierThanEver, but that didn’t go quite as planned.
- -The Coyotes are still trying desperately to prove their relevance, but Bob Miller, gem that he is, is just not here for that.
"The beat LA chant here, nothing original about that." – Bob Miller
— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 12, 2014
- -Jonas Hiller will NOT get some delighted heckling from me as he stopped 49 out of 50 shots from a very talented Blackhawks team. He was the saving grace of the Flames because I’m not sure they’re too well versed on how to hockey.
- -This is actually about the Flames’ farm team, but when your mascot is debuted and then quickly extinguished before even taking the ice, you can’t help but shake your head and laugh.
- -Looks like Sam Bennett’s shoulder surgery went off without a hitch. With a 4-6 month recovery time-frame, he may be able to play with the Flames, but will likely head down to the Frontenacs.
- -In more “random players who don’t score goals scoring goals,” Daniel Carcillo did a goal thing.
- -Kris Versteeg is once-again (still?) side-lined after a setback in his recovery
- -Despite being outplayed by the Stars in the season opener, it’s Patrick Kane with a beauty of a shootout goal to win it for the Blackhawks. It’s always Patrick Kane.
- -To the dulcet tone of “RE-GRES-SION!” chants, the Avalanche score their first goal of the season well into their 3rd game of the season after being shutout in their first 2 games against the Wild.
And the @Avalanche finally score in Boston, snapping a season-opening scoreless streak of 143 minutes, 28 seconds.
— Bob Herpen (@pelle31lives) October 13, 2014
- -The Avalanche’s star goalie Varlamov is placed on IR with a groin injury.
- -The Stars sign an 11-year television deal with Fox Sports Southwest which means more of Ralph Strangis and Daryl Reaugh, and that’s awesome.
- -Tyler Seguin is just scoring hat tricks like it’s easy as all get out. The one against the Blue Jackets marks the fifth of his career.
- -Trevor Daley performs a nice little volleypuck set up and bats the puck in midair for a goal.
- -The Oilers have let in 22 goals in 4 games played with an average of 5.5 goals against per game. Oh Oilers.
- -It’s the very beginning of the season, but everyone is already concerned about just how bad the Oilers are going to be.
- -Like team, like fan: A fan throws an Oilers hoodie on the ice after a dismal performance with their phone still in it.
An Oilers fan threw their hoodie on the ice WITH THEIR PHONE IN IT after the FIRST GAME? My god. pic.twitter.com/S2V7d1nrVS
— Jeff Veillette (@Jeffler) October 10, 2014
- -Jonas Brodin signs a very nice 6-year, $25 million extension with the Wild
- -The Wild start the season strong with back to back shutouts of the Avalanche.
- -James Neal goes from locker room problem in Pittsburgh to getting the “A” in Nashville.
- -David Legwand, who signed with the Senators this summer, forgets that he’s no longer a Nashville Predator and heads to the wrong penalty box.
- -Nashville will host the 2016 All-Star Game
San Jose Sharks
- -John Scott scored a goal (his third of his career), and it was met with general incredulity
— theScore (@theScore) October 15, 2014
— The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) October 15, 2014
Video: John Scott scores his first (and last?) goal of 14-15 http://t.co/CtNIQdQm1C
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) October 14, 2014
- -After much hemming and hawing (and neighing?), the Sharks named 4 alternate captains, and miraculously, not one of them is an animal. So sorry
horseyCouture, you’re not captain material quite yet.
St. Louis Blues
- -The Blues season opener was their highest rated ever on Fox Sports Midwest. So, a lot of people tuned in to watch them live up to their potential, only to see them lose to the Rangers.
- -TJ Oshie and Mats Zuccarello get into a fight, but with Zuccarello clocking in at 5’7”, 180lbs, it looks like Oshie is unfairly beating up a hobbit.
- -Ex-King Linden Vey scores his first NHL goal!
- -Luca Sbisa adjusts to the playing style of the Canucks as well as the intense Canadian media scrutiny, as compared to Southern California.
- -Evander Kane gets injured just 3 shifts into the season. That does not bode well for the Jets.
- -Despite being injured, Evander Kane is still being put to work as a Jets beat reporter.
— Winnipeg Jets (@NHLJets) October 12, 2014