NHL hindsight is golden at the Olympic break
With hockey underway at the Olympic Games, there's a pause in the NHL schedule. With pause comes reflection. Looking back on my preseason predictions, well, let's just say I've done better in years past. Self-flagellation aside, here's a look at what has happened and why -- I think this is called
I was bullish on the Flyers and Bruins. Neither will win their respective divisions as I envisioned. I did not foresee the early season strife in Philly that led to
While the Thrashers are still in the playoff mix with the likes of the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers, I didn't foresee the Ottawa Senators coming at all. On January 12, after losing their fifth-straight game, they looked like a lock to be on the outside looking in. Instead, they've reeled off 14 wins in 16 games, overtaking Buffalo atop the Northeast Division. The Senators fired their goalie coach and played dodge ball on oudoor ice in New York City in reaction to their mid-January woes. They haven't looked back since. Oh yeah,
Okay, the good news is that the divisional leaders in February match up with my September vision. After that, well... there is the Edmonton Oilers. I thought this young team would come together under new head coach
Missing entirely were the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings. I never saw the Avs as a serious playoff team this season, even with goaltender
Likewise in LA, where coach
Next week we'll look ahead and ponder what teams battling to make the top eight in each conference must do. Until then, enjoy the Olympic action.