- Last season, with 21 games left, the Kings were in 10th place, with a record of 27-22-12. Anaheim was 13th (26-25-10). Detroit was 1st (41-18-3).
- Chicago leads the conference in regulation wins, with 15. The Kings and Ducks are second, with 14 each.
- A glaring difference between Chicago and Anaheim, on one hand, and the Kings, on the other, is that Chicago and Anaheim have lost 2 and 3 games (respectively) in regulation, while the Kings have lost 10. And:
- Chicago and Anaheim have played 11 and 10 OT/SO games (respectively), while the Kings have played 3.
- The Kings have played more games that have ended in a regulation win or loss (24) than anyone else in the West. The average is 19.
- Points-earned in OT/SO: Chicago, 19; Anaheim, 16; Kings, 4.
Bettman’s legacy of expansion into non-traditional markets is responsible for the current lock-out. Without the political support of those same franchises — one of which is owned by the NHL — we would be watching NHL hockey now.
Shorter me: the Bettman experiment has blown up in his face. And this is what that looks like.
I don’t know. But I’ll tell you this much: there’s next to zero chance of the Rangers finishing with more than last year’s 109 points and Columbus finishing with less than last year’s 65.
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson has been selected captain for Team USA at the 2012 world championships, which begin Friday in Helsinki and Stockholm. It will be the second time that the 25-year-old will serve as team captain in his international career, also doing the honors on the 2010 world championships team.
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