Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Looking for the Art Ross

With a seven-point lead and 14 games remaining, you have to think Sidney Crosby is almost a lock for the Art Ross Trophy this season.

Still, consider this: Over the past 15 games, Vincent Lecavalier has gained nine points on Crosby, meaning what looked like a runaway win has become at least somewhat of a chase.

Lecavalier's really having a terrific season, and he's on pace to better his career highs by 19 goals and 34 points. Now that's a breakout year (so congrats if you took him in your pool).

I believe the Lightning is going to win the Southeast Division this year, simply because they have eight home games remaining on their schedule, and if that's the case, GM Jay Feaster's team-building strategy honestly doesn't look that shortsighted anymore. Where Tampa Bay really needs some help heading into the playoffs is in goal, as they can outscore anyone in the league.

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At 4:20 p.m., March 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tampa's Save% is last in the NHL. But this is mitigated by giving up the fewest SOG in the Eastern Conference. As a result, Tampa is middle-of-the-pack in GAA.

The secondary scoring worries me as much as the goaltending. Much more was hoped for out of the Brad Richards line, but Prospal and Fedotenko haven't delivered. Hopes were higher for Craig and Alexeev as well.

At 10:52 a.m., March 14, 2007, Anonymous oiler said...

Goaltending hasn't been as bad as most think it has. Denis has been inconsistent, but has shown he can steal a game. Holmqvist has been the leader of the two, keeping the bolts in most games. He occasionally has games where he needs to be pulled early, but they are far and few between. Tampa's real weakness is scoring depth. After the first line and Richards, they have nothing but third and forth liners.


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