Off to the Races (2010)

Ryan Ma

2010-10-12

Getz

 

The start of the 2010-2011 NHL season is well and truly underway. There have been a few pleasant surprises, as well as few "red alert" moments involving key injuries. The main thing that you need to keep in mind is that the season is still young and there's still seven months of quality hockey remaining. Similar to last season, I'll provide you with weekly updates so that you have access to the latest news that's been happening from the Western Conference front.

 

Anaheim

 

Definitely not a positive start for Ducks to the 2010-11 season as they started with a 0-3 record, while being outscored by the margin of 2-13. Dobber beat me to it (Tuesday’s ramblings), but traditionally speaking, Ryan Getzlaf is a slow starter. Since the lockout, Getzlaf has averaged 0.3 points-per-game in the first four games of each season. He generally turns it around in the second week, so if there is a panicky owner in your league, jump on that opportunity right away. The top line of Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Bobby Ryan just seems to be getting frustrated fairly easily, look for Coach Randy Carlyle to mix 'em up soon if things don't change for the better. Jonas Hiller hasn't struggled per say, (.905 save percentage), but Angus might be onto something when he said that this might be a long year for the young Swiss netminder. As an owner I'm still fairly optimistic.

 

Calgary

 

After a dismal season opening 4-0 loss to their provincial rivals on opening night, the Flames rebounded with a quality 3-1 victory against the Kings on Sunday. There wasn't really a standout Flame from the first two contests, but there are a few interesting notes. Olli Jokinen is currently averaging 5.5 SOG/game, obviously I don't expect him to finish the season with 451 SOG, but it's certainly a positive sign that he may be returning to vintage Jokinen ways. The fact that he's also averaged 94 percent of his overall ice-time alongside superstar Jarome Iginla is definitely positive. Miikka Kiprusoff started off very shaky on opening night, but had a great 21-save bounce back win against the Kings. I was wrong about him last season, but if he can pull off the numbers that he had from 2009-10, Kipper could be back towards the top-five goalie that we have grown accustomed for him to be.

 

Chicago

 

The Hawks have struggled a bit in their title defense as they started 0-2 before their first victory of the season last night. They just don't look like the clean, crisp, defensive team that we saw from last season, as they're giving up on average 34 SOG against per contest, compare