Berglund's possession numbers are fine, he is winning his share of draws, he is one of the team's more physical forwards as measured by the hits statistic and he makes less than $4 million per year. Don't see a big problem with any of that.
Maybe. He has gone from "no future" to "still in the mix" moving forward. But can he keep his legs moving once he is relegated to fourth-line duty? That will be the key because that is likely his role after this season.
Dunn playing a lot, Gunnarsson not so much until somebody else gets hurt.
I can't imagine it for a host of reasons. I see J.T., getting his $12 million per year to stay in New York.
The Blues are probably about average with speed. Getting Schenn for Lehtera was a big plus there, but losing Fabbri's quickness was a negative. The Blues are probably above average with defensive mobility. As far as the net front stuff goes, they just need guys to play big as Steen did with the game-winner in Chicago.
So what has Sundqvist ever done to suggest he should play ahead of Berglund? The man has played 58 games in the NHL and scored once.
This team plays a passive penalty kill, sitting back and denying passing and shooting lanes. Perhaps that costs them in those 5-on-6 scenarios.
Ah, the days of the oily-haired despot . . .
I don't see anything like last year's crisis in confidence in Jake's game. He worked in bad luck for most of December, then definitely had tough games back-to-back,
The game is really fast now with more long passes under the new rules. I don't even them. Perhaps the NHL needs to send the linesmen back to board-climbing school. Is it becoming a lost art?
I don't see Chicago getting back in the hunt and I do see Minnesota making its move once Colorado cools off. As for the top, I'm amazed at how well Nashville has played through serious injuries. Good on them. Maybe the can win this division in spite of everything.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!