Rounding the First Turn (2010)

Ryan Ma




We're into the fourth week of the NHL season and there have been plenty of surprises as well as disappointments so far. Much like the last few weeks, I'll toss out a few of my thoughts on all 15 of the Western Conference teams to generate some discussion.




After starting the season with zero points in the first three contests, Lubomir Visnovsky now has six points in the last six contests. Angus and I are both quite high on him, and it appears that our early-season predictions of him possibly leading the Western Conference blue-liners in scoring are justified. Ryan Getzlaf has also found his groove with 11 points in the same amount of games. An Interesting stat-line I dug up, Ducks at home 11 goals for and nine against. Ducks away from the Honda Center 10 goals for and 23 against. Jonas Hiller owners, time to start streaming… (Home: 2-0-1, 2.92 GAA, .918 sv% Away: 0-4-0, 3.92 GAA, .905 sv%)




After being pasted by the Oilers 4-0 in the season opener, it appears that the Flames are back to playing quality hockey. Their offense isn't all that exciting (2.62 goals for per contest, 21st ranked in the league), but their defense is really stepping it up (2.12 goals allowed per contest, tied for fourth). Miikka Kiprusoff hasn't really built himself a good reputation over the last two seasons, so now might be a good time to see if you can pick him up on a down-low (use the stats from the last two seasons for the bartering). Rene Bourque certainly does have a knack for scoring. He has a career 0.27 goal per game average, and has admitted that he wanted to tally 30 this season. If he maintains the numbers that he currently possesses (18:02 and 3.4 SOG per game), they'd project to be somewhere around a 60-65 point RWer. Not bad for someone who's currently only 55 percent Yahoo! owned. Brendan Morrison has seven points in eight contests, compared to Olli Jokinen with just three assists in the same amount of games, what gives? Another fun fact, the Flames are operating at an efficiency rating of just 8.1 percent, which is slightly more than the Devils at 7.1 percent… ouch!




Patrick Sharp is off to a blazing start with eight goals in nine contests. Do I think that he's a 72-goal guy? Nope, but a new career high of 36+ could certainly be in the picture. Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook rank third and ninth in terms of blocked shots and hits by blue-liners respectively. Is there a more valuable defensive combination than those two in the league? Their eight combined points could use some work though. Another int