Monday, October 23, 2006

Not too much going on tonight in the NHL. A couple of jobber games, no Atlantic division teams in action tonight.

The much anticipated game between Buffalo and Montreal on Monday night went as expected...Buffalo winning 4-1. They are now 9-0, ladies and gentlemen.

And after making jokes all night about how the Sabres were going to win the cup, we did some detective work and provided the record of the last 18 Stanley Cup winners in their first 10 games of the season:

  • '87-'88 Edmonton Oilers ( 6 - 4 )
  • '88-'89 Calgary Flames ( 5 - 3 - 2 )
  • '89-'90 Edmonton Oilers ( 3 - 4 - 3)
  • '90-'91 Penguins ( 4 - 5 - 1 )
  • '91-'92 Penguins ( 4 - 4 - 2)
  • '92-'93 Montreal Canadiens ( 5 - 3 - 2 )
  • '93-'94 New York Rangers ( 5 - 5 )
  • '94-'95 New Jersey Devils ( 3 - 5 - 2 )
  • '95-'96 Colorado Avalanche ( 6 - 3 - 1 )
  • '96-'97 Detroit Red Wings ( 5 - 4 - 1 )
  • '97-'98 Detroit Red Wings ( 7 - 3 )
  • '98-'99 Dallas Stars ( 6 - 2 - 2 )
  • '99-'00 New Jersey Devils ( 6 - 3 - 1 )
  • '00-'01 Colorado Avalanche ( 8 - 0 - 2 ) SICK
  • '01-'02 Detroit Red Wings ( 8 - 2 )
  • '02-03 New Jersey Devils ( 7 - 3 )
  • '03-'04 Tampa Bay Lightning ( 7 - 2 - 1 )
  • '04-'05 Bad times
  • '05-'06 Carolina Hurricanes ( 7 - 3 )

Starting in 1998, teams who got hot early stayed hot, compared to teams before that.

Only 3 teams in 18 years finished under .500 in their first 10 games. Not to say that this stat is overly important, but you have to respect it.

Moving on...

Dating back to 2002, the Penguins are 9 - 29 - 2 in Saturday games.

When the Pens beat the Flyers on opening night...and when the final buzzer signaled the end of the Columbus game on Saturday, it didn't even occur to me. No one even mentioned it to us, either...until Pensblog friend Bryan Bell sent us an IM today:
Another intriguing fact: A victory Tuesday night against the Devils puts the Penguins in sole possession of first place in the Atlantic Division...for the first time since the eighth grade picnic.

...Post-Gazette deals out some gems:
  • Malkin on top line with Sid
  • Staal on second line
  • Welch called up from WBS (Letang takes a psychological kick to the junk)
  • Fleury getting the start Tuesday night.
Our buddy Black and Gold Insider succinctly posted on his blog that Letang will not be on the roster past Tuesday night's game. Disheartening news if true.

Thanks to Josh for pointing out that Malkin is NHL.com's Frozen Moment.

Considering all the contract and free agent talk surrounding Jordan Staal, his next few games are the biggest of his NHL career. Show up every night and he may force the Pens to keep him.
But if the Pens want their PK to suffer (AND IT WILL), they'll send him down.

Good night and try to be nice to fairweather fans crawling out of their holes. We need 'em.

9 comments:

Andrew said...

Actually...if you look at the schedule, wouldn't the last time they were over .500 be January 25th, 2003?

Adam said...

OT losses count as losses.

ghost of randy cunneyworth said...

An ot loss would be considered a loss.

the 12-6-02 date is right

Andrew said...

Ah. Didn't look into it that deep. I always just went with straight Ws and Ls for .500.

Adam said...

respect the pensblog research team

Andrew said...

I shall do no such thing! There are three guys I (respect) admire most...Stan and Guy and Myron Cope.

Louis said...

Oh how I remember the celebration that raged all night long when Bad Times won the Cup in 05.

Adam said...

The city of Bad was lighting couches on fire, if I recall correctly.

Hahaha.

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