Signs of the NHL Apocalypse, 2011

♦ As of mid-February, six Vancouver Canucks defensemen were injured and Sami Salo wasn’t one of them. (And that was before Hamhuis went down.)

♦ On a related note: Carlo Colaiacovo (65) would play more games than Chris Pronger (50).

David Koci as a defenseman. The Avs’ D in a 4-2 home loss to Dallas on 4/8: Koci-Macias, Holos-Wilson, Belle-O’Byrne. Dustin Byfuglien, you ARE worth that $26M extension.

♦ New Jersey under John MacLean: 9-22-2, .303
New Jersey under Jacques Lemaire: 28-16-3, .628

♦ Only 7 teams have a winning percentage above .628 this season. Only one team has a winning percentage below .400 this season (the Oilers at .377).

♦ Underrated: Jarome Iginla at 33: 42 G, 43 A, 13 PPG, 284 shots for the Flames (career: 480 G, 521 A, +62, 148 PPG). John LeClair at 33: 18 G, 10 A in 35 games. Cam Neely at 33: retired. Todd Bertuzzi the season he turned 33: 14 G, 26 A. If Iginla were in Toronto? Detroit? A Flyer? Damn.

♦ Somehow, Adrien Aucoin is fifth in career games among Vancouver Canuck draft picks, behind only Linden, Lever, Lowry (yes, Dave Lowry), and the immortal Harold Snepsts.

♦ The Islanders have four 20-goal scorers (Grabner 33, Moulson 31, Tavares 28, Comeau 24, with Parenteau at 19)– the most since 2006-2007, when they had six, led by Jason Blake’s 40 (Smyth 36, Satan 27, Sillinger 26, Viktor Kozlov 25, Trent Hunter 20). Alexei Yashin scored 18 that season. Kyle Okposo led the 2008-2009 Islanders with 18.

♦ So much for expansion, or, the Bobby Schmautz Awards:

– Marc Denis leads the Blue Jackets in career wins (84)…and losses (146). Ron Tugnutt (when was he in Columbus??) is the career GAA and SV% leader.

– David Legwand is the all-time leading scorer for the Predators.

– Patrik Stefan is #3 in career games played for the Thrashers.

– Stephane Veilleux, Wes Walz, and Filip Kuba are in the top 10 in career games for the Wild. (True story: when someone in my hockey pool drafted “F. Kuba” in 1998, I took it as an anti-Castro joke. Oddly and appropriately enough, the real F. Kuba was drafted by Miami.)

♦ On a related note, Atlanta’s career PM leader scored a hat trick on Martin Brodeur and former teammate Johan Hedberg.

♦ Pittsburgh with Crosby: 26-12-3, .671
Pittsburgh without Crosby: 22-13-5, .613

♦ Atlanta with Jim Slater: 20-15-6, .561
Atlanta without Jim Slater: 13-19-6, .421

♦ Buffalo with Derek Roy: 14-17-4, .457
Buffalo without Derek Roy: 27-12-6, .667

♦ LA with Kopitar: 42-26-6, .608
LA without Kopitar: 4-3, .571

♦ NYR with Frolov: 25-15-3, .616
NYR without Frolov: 18-17-2, .514

♦ Colorado without Peter Mueller: 29-44-8, .407

♦ Tomas Holmstrom became the 21st Swede in NHL history to score 500 points. Other notable names: teammates Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom, Peter Forsberg, Markus Naslund, Mats (Le Petit Viking) Naslund, both Sedins, Bob Nystrom, Borje Salming, Calle Johansson, Tomas Sandstrom, and Councillor Thomas Steen. Top-scoring Swede ever: Mats Sundin (1349). NOT scoring 500 points: Hakan Loob (429), Mikael Renberg (464), Anders Hedberg (398), Pelle Eklund (455).

♦ Most useless NHL player: Trevor Gillies, meet David Koci.
Koci career stats: 141 games, 3 G, 1 A, 461 PM, -14, 33 shots
Gillies career stats: 53 games, 2 G, 1 A, 251 PM, -5, 16 shots

Runners up: DJ King, John Scott, Derek Boogaard, the retired Wade Belak (8 goals in 549 career games). Tough to argue with 33 shots in 141 games, though. But he can play D! (Of course, so can Scott.)

♦ Toronto pre-All Star Break: 19-25-5, .439
Toronto post-All Star Break: 18-8-6, .656

James Reimer: 20-9-5, 2.55, .922%, 3 shutouts
other Toronto goalies: 17-24-6, 3.05, .895%, 0 shutouts

Maybe next year.

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