Sweet or Sour: Western Conference

Ryan Ma

2011-02-08

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Following along the lines of my Eastern counterpart, this week we'll look ahead to the final 30 games (or so) and see what might be in store for the balance of the season. I’ll pick one player from each Western Conference team that should be in for a sweet finish and one whose production over the last stanza may leave a sour taste in their owner's mouths. I’ll try my very best to avoid being Captain Obvious.

 

Anaheim


Sweet:  Teemu Selanne sits second in team scoring and is on pace for roughly 70 points by season's end, which isn't exactly crazy numbers, but considering he's on the wrong side of 40 it could be a great send off in what may be his final season in the NHL.

 

Sour:  In contrary to the thoughts of fellow Dobberite DonCoburleone, I don't doubt Joffrey Lupul's scoring ability, but what I am opposed to, is the lack of opportunity in Anaheim. He's averaging just 13:13 per contest with minimal impact on the PP (2:05). The glaring red-siren for me is the injury to Ryan Getzlaf. That should have been a top-six opportunity alongside Bobby Ryan and Corey Perry handed to him on a silver platter, but the Ducks coaching staff chose Matt Beleskey over Lupul instead. Anaheim seems content on keeping Getzlaf, Ryan and Perry together and Jason Blake with Saku Koivu and Selanne, which would leave Lupul shafted out into the cold.

 

 

Calgary


SweetBrendan Morrison was riding a seven-game point-scoring streak in which he has tallied 10 points before being held off the scoresheet on Monday night. It all started when he was united on a line alongside Flames' captain Jarome Iginla and reclamation project Alex Tanguay. If they can continue this hot offensive outburst, Calgary might just find themselves in a playoff position come April.

 

Sour:  On the other end of the spectrum Jay Bouwmeester has been in a major downfall. In the last 12 contests, he has registered just a single point despite averaging the most ice-time (26:40) per contest in all of the NHL and iIt'st's not like he's completely removed from PP situations either (2:41). Either way, if you happen to be the 58 percent of Yahoo! owners out there, now might be a great time to make the swap before you're left with the sour tas