Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:10 pm

PittScores Rankings: Midseason Version

Well  we are officially past the halfway point in the season, since each team has played at least 41 games.  These rankings are a little different then the ones I posted on the NHL board though, because only each teams first 41 games are taken into account in this version and there is nothing taken into account about who has been hot lately, because they are for the season as a whole.  Here are the rankings:

1. New Jersey Devils

  • 3.0802 rating

2.  Chicago Blackhawks

  • 3.0648 Rating

3. San Jose Sharks

  • 2.6364 Rating

4. Washington Capitals

  • 1.9994 Rating

5. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • 1.8372 Rating

6. Buffalo Sabres

  • 1.7842 Rating

7. Vancouver Canucks

  • 1.3764 Rating

8. Phoenix Coyotes

  • 1.3029 Rating

9. Calgary Flames

  • 1.2801 Rating

10. Colorado Avalanche

  • 0.9987 Rating

11. Nashville Predators

  • 0.7801 Rating

12. Los Angeles Kings

  • 0.6213 Rating

13. Boston Bruins

  • 0.3838 Rating

14. Detroit Red Wings

  • 0.1945 Rating

15. Dallas Stars

  • -0.2839 Rating

16. Ottawa Senators

  • -0.3518 Rating

17. Atlanta Thrashers

  • -0.5347 Rating

18. Philadelphia Flyers

  • -0.5347 Rating

19. Minnesota Wild

  • -0.6779 Rating

20. New York Rangers

  • -0.6932 Rating

21. Montreal Canadiens

  • -0.8660 Rating

22. St. Louis Blues

  • -1.2999 Rating

23. Florida Panthers

  • -1.3567 Rating

24. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • -1.4200 Rating

25. Anaheim Ducks

  • -1.5808 Rating

26. Edmonton Oilers

  • -1.8373 Rating

27. New York Islanders

  • -1.9197 Rating

28. Columbus Blue Jackets

  • -2.1000 Rating

29. Toronto Maple Leafs

  • -2.1671 Rating

30. Carolina Hurricanes

  • -3.6548 Rating


  • Only 1 Original 6 team in the top 10 (Blackhawks)
  • In the top 10, there are 6 Western Conference teams and 4 Eastern Conference
  • The Southeast Division owns 3 of the bottom 10 positions (Panthers, Lightning, and Hurricanes)
  • 2 Canadian Teams in the top 10 (Canucks and Flames) and 2 in the bottom 10 (Canadiens and Maple Leafs)
  • I think I will be renaming 30th place the Hurricanes award, since they have held the spot since these rankings were created
  • I was gonna put more, but this took long enough and I'm lazy

Posted on: June 20, 2009 10:08 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2009 10:12 pm

QOTD 6/21/09 Bust Player 2009-2010

Which NHL player do you think will be a bust for the 2009-2010 season? Just like players that have a breakout year, every year there are certain players that are unable to live up to what they did the previous season.  Guys like Maxim Afinogenov of the Sabres come to mind. 

Picking a player that is going to be a bust is pretty much impossible, a lot harder than picking a breakout player.  My best guess for a bust for next season is Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild.  Last season, he was top 5 in the league in wins, save%, and shutouts but I do not see him continuing onto next season.  As many of you already know, Minnesota is going through a lot of personal changes right now.  New head coach Todd Richards seems to have a different style he wants his team to play than Jacques Lemaire.  Lemaire's system was basically New Jersey Devils hockey, all defense all the time.  I think Backstrom highly benefitted from this defensive system, and once Richards opens up the offense I think Backstrom is going to suffer. 

Now I am not saying he is gonna turn into a goalie like Vesa Toskala or Keri Lehtonen, but I do not see him contending for the Vezina next season.  I see him being in more of a range of a 2.6-2.8GAA and around .905 save%.  But I guess you never know, he could post better numbers next year than the one that just passed.

What about you, who do you think is gonna be a big bust next season?

*Note: I am willing to take suggestions for future QOTD topics on the Question Of The Day thread on the NHL message board which can be found HERE .

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