Friday, October 26, 2007

He's on fire

FROM THE STAT WIZARDS AT ELIAS SPORTS BUREAU
Pascal Leclaire became the first NHL goaltender to record four shutouts in his first six starts of a season since the Maple Leafs’ Bruce Gamble did it after being called up from the minors late in the 1965-66 season.
It's still early, but Columbus is starting to scare me.

7 Comments:

At 5:39 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm an Avs fan but I feel sympathy for the hockey fans of Columbus who have supported this team despite it being miserable since it was created. Now that good things appear to be coming and without McLean leading them, here's to success for them. Good luck.

 
At 6:06 PM, October 26, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

"On January 9, 2004, with a twenty-one save effort against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center, Brian Boucher broke Bill Durnan's modern National Hockey League record for consecutive shutouts with a 2-0 victory." - http://www.hockeygoalies.org/bio/boucher.html

Not the same situation obviously, but Columbus, St. Louis and Chicago are all in the playoffs. Were I a betting man, I'd guess that only one of them is there by game 82.

 
At 6:32 PM, October 26, 2007, Anonymous nebcanuck said...

Wouldn't mind them making the playoffs, except that means some other "good" team needs to be bumped... and sadly, the 'Nucks look in no shape to resist being that team!

And as for your comment, Jonathan, I don't know if I agree entirely. I think one of the Bluejackets and Blackhawks is bound to stumble, and possible both. But the Blues looked very solid last year second-half, and they're continuing with that as well as adding to it with Kariya. I think they're out of the "losers" class of the league now, and back to being the 28 straight years in the playoffs team.

 
At 7:02 PM, October 26, 2007, Blogger Jonathan said...

nebcanuck:

I completely agree. I figure St. Louis will take the 7 or 8 slot in the west, and have both CHI and CBJ out of the playoffs.
That said, St.Louis isn't a shoe-in, and if they stumble, and the schedule being what it is, the strongest of Columbus/Chicago is likely to capitalize. Probably Columbus.

 
At 7:59 PM, October 26, 2007, Blogger Bethany said...

IF Leclaire stays healthy and stays on top of his game we'll be in the playoffs. That's a big if. But, we should be starting to scare people it's about time.

 
At 12:38 AM, October 28, 2007, Anonymous Drew said...

It's the end of October, why are we talking playoffs? :)

 
At 12:47 AM, October 28, 2007, Blogger James Mirtle said...

Because this is one franchise that desperately needs them (and who no one picked to do diddly this year).

 

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