Monday, December 1, 2008

WVHL Week 8 Review

One Day With The Cup def. Dublin Donkey Punch - 9-1-3

This one looked a lot worse than it was because Dublin had insane problems in goal. Basically, if Dublin played a goalie, they struggled. If they benched a goalie, they were awesome. Specifically, on Monday, Dublin benched Sanford on purpose and Giguere on accident, but both goalies had a win and 1 GA. These things will happen when you carry four goalies.

The much-maligned Mikko Koivu had 3 and 3 this week with 4 power play points. Even better, he picked up a garbage misconduct with 30 seconds left in a game, helping ODWTC win the PIMs box. Kitchener kastoff Brad Boyes continued to get acclimated to his new surroundings with 2g, 1a and a PPGWG. It's just a winning environment around here! In the bad news department, Olli Jokinen got hurt and will miss a few weeks.

Dynamo Mockba tied Camelsfoot Range - 5-5-3

Jeb and George tied. Isn't that just the cutest? I cannnot properly express how envious I am of Nate, knowing that he sits in the Igloo watching Malkin score for both the Pens and Mockba. 3 goals, 5 assists, and +7 is quite a week for Gene. I think I know at least one of Liam's Christmas presents this year. On a sad note, once again Nate lost the goalie stats because he was not handed a minimum games forfeit.

With only 8 assists on the week, Camelsfoot is the rare hockey team that actually does want to look for the extra pass. Miikka Kiprusoff did it all by himself in net this week. Literally. With Fleury out and Hiller benched Sunday, Kipper's 3-0 record for the week is all Camelsfoot had. Fortunately, what they had was good.

obamanators def. Medicine Hat - 7-4-2

First, Nabokov was hurt. Then Luongo got hurt. They had been blown out two weeks in a row. Things looked bleak for the obamanators. Then Nabokov returned and went 3-0 with a 1.99 and .918 and they swept the goalie categories and everything was fine again. Except on offense. 4 goals and 13 assists isn't going to get it done most weeks. Imagine how that would've been without Zherdev's 1 and 5. It's not hard to imagine, actually. Without Zherdev, the obamanators had 3 goals and 8 assists for the week.

Medicine Hat will fall into last place after this one and there's plenty of blame to go around. Defensive future star Drew Doughty did have an assist, but he was also -2, proving that both defensemen and wines need time to age. Medicine Hat is proud to announce that Brian Burke has been hired as the team's new GM.

Kitchener Ks def. Abomidable Snowmen - 6-4-3

Thanks to Chris Pronger's 2 PIMs and Chris Mason's .983 save percentage, Kitchener mounted a Sunday rally to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 6-4 win. Huzzah. Ryan Clowe had 6 assists this week, but Bill Guerin somehow managed to go -5. I know for sure he was on the ice for one of Malkin's goals Friday night.

One goal short, two assists short, one penalty minute short, just a tough week all around for the Snowmen. When Antropov and Kopitar combine for 4 goals and 2 assists and you don't win, it can only be considered a waste.

The Awful Stench def. Keystone Winterhawks - 5-2-6

Well, well, well. Somebody else finally stepped up to knock off the Presidents' Trophy front runners. Unfortunately, it wasn't as decisive as it could've been, as the Stench needed a Sunday goalie start to qualify and Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers-Green-Ellis got lit up like the strings currently hanging from my gutters. Sidney Crosby, regular reader of the Krog Blog, got fed up with hearing about how Getzlaf was the better center every week and responded with 6 goals, 3 assists and a +8. Cheechoo and Rafalski combined for 0 points and an even rating, which is positively dynamite compared to Prospal and Keith combining for 0 points an a -8.

The Winterhawks got absolutely nothing in net from Bryzgalov and Biron, and although Ovechkin's 5g, 1a week looks impressive, a 4g, 2a week would've been more useful to the Winterhawks. Michal Roszival had 5 assists and a +5?

Whitechapel Rippers def. IC Pounders On Ice - 10-2-1

It's not the first time some boys from White Chapel knocked back some Iron City pounders and it won't be the last. Rob Blake's 24 PIMs make the Rippers look like more of a goon squad than they are, but 50 PIMs total is still impressive. Apparently knowing that one of them could be traded at any moment was all the inspiration this team needed.

With 2 goals and 19 assists on the week, the Pounders are in need of a little balance. Sure, Marc-Andre Bergeron, your 5 assists this week are nice, but you couldn't tickle the twine yourself just once? The Pounders started Lundqvist Sunday night hoping to steal a few goalie categories. For the week, Lundqvist was 3-0 with a 1.90 and .943. It seemed entirely possible that the Pounders could cut the Ripper lead to 6-5. And then Lundqvist gave up 4 goals to the Panthers. And that, my friends, is why I never draft goalies early.

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