The Playoffs “Are” Decided in October
My reader Gary replied in the last thread: “Didn’t realize the cup was won in the first week of the season”
First, thanks for reading Gary, and thank you twice for replying. My stellar advertising core of Budweiser and Toyota are very pleased!
But you got me thinking, Gary.
So I did a little research (emphasis on “little”).
Last season the Winnipeg Jets missed the playoffs. 4 points behind the Islanders, 5 points behind Ottawa. The first month of last season, they went 3-3-1. What did the Islanders do? 4-2-1 in that same period and the Senators went 5-1-1.
Those points mattered and WERE the difference between making the playoffs and golfing.
But lets take a closer look at the Columbus Blue Jackets who TIED Minnesota for the final playoff spot but lost out on tie-breakers.
The Blue Jackets started the season 2-5-1 while Minnesota started the season 4-2-1. If you don’t think Columbus players thought about “what if we had started the season better,” then you’re as dumb as anyone who actually paid money to see “Machete II”
Hockey in October DOES matter and the Kings right now are an average looking team. There is now LOTS of competition for playoff spots and the Kings had better be careful because by the end of the season, two points could be the difference for the Kings.
Case in point…
Remember two seasons ago, when the Kings finished in 8th place and wound up winning the Stanley Cup? They topped Calgary by 5 points for that final playoff spot.
That October, the Kings went 6-3-2, good enough for 14 points. Calgary went 4-4-1, good enough for 9 points.
14 – 9 = 5. Calgary missed the playoffs by 5 points… in October.
Hockey Justice? Alex Edler of Vancouver hit Hertl the Turtle so hard in the head tonight his helmet came off – no call by the refs were made. Will be shocked if Shana-Idiot doesn’t hand down the same sentence he handed down to the Sharks Stuart for his hit on Nash.
Speaking of which, can you explain to me (again) how Stuart gets THREE games for elbowing Nash in the head but Duncan Keith got ONE game for smashing his stick across Jeff Carter’s face and breaking his teeth and causing 20 stitches?
So the Rangers beat the Kings and then they got the shit kicked out of them 9-2 in San Jose and followed THAT up with a stellar 6-0 loss to the Ducks tonight. Oh and of COURSE, Dustin Penner left the game with a “lower body injury” (read: He once again lost his balls)
Sharks Joe Thornton would have an interesting celebration if he scored four goals in a game. After hearing reporters asking Thomas Hertl if he was showboating on his fourth goal of the game the other night, Thornton said “Shut up, have you ever played the game?”When they turned away from him, Thornton added: “I’d have my cock out if I scored four goals. I’d have my cock out, stroking it.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t need 4 goals to stroke mine
Jonathan Bernier won again tonight. A shutout. Matt Frattin is skating on the 3rd line. It’s been a while since I’ve had something like this to really bitch about. Oh, say the Kings drafting Brian Boyle and Jeff Tambellini in the first round instead of Corey (MVP) Perry??? Yes, you all said I should “eat a bag of dicks” when Boyle scored 2 goals in a game for the Kings and then became a footnote in Kings history when he couldn’t crack the lineup and was jettisoned to the Rangers for a 4th round pick. Yes, he’s had a nice career… as a 3rd/4th liner (much like Dave Steckel had a great career as a “face-off specialist”) – 4th line first round picks. Wonderful.
So yes, Matt Frattin is my new Brian Boyle and until he scores 20 goals, he’ll remain my Brian Boyle. I will overpay for his game worn jersey which I will proudly wear years later when he’s been dealt to the Panthers for a 3rd round pick and some washed up Jeff Halpern type. I’ll wear that jersey proudly when he returns to Staples Center in his Florida uniform having just signed a 3 year 30 million dollar contract for scoring 35 goals in Sunrise after pulling a Robert Lang/Teddy Purcell/Matt Moulson in Los Angeles.