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Keep your Hockey Craving Alive

Posted by mvetack on March 1, 2010

The Olympics are over and it was topped off with an amazing USA vs Canada hockey game that had United States residents loving hockey again.  Hockey in America has dropped off in popularity over the years and it doesnt help that the Versus Network has broadcasting rights to NHL games, including playoffs, and more people than not do not get the Verus channel.  While hockey is relevant again in most households some new fans or revitalized fans may try to grow out the mullets and bring their hockey fandome back.  Here is a little guide to where these young kids representing the USA play their hockey regularly, how they have been doing statistically, and where you can catch them in the coming week.

Goaltenders

Ryan Miller – Buffalo Sabres – SV% .93 (2nd) – GAA 2.16 (2nd) – SO 5 (5th) Faceoff against the guy who got the puck through his five hole (Sidney Crosby) in Pittsburgh on March 3rd followed by a match up vs a likely pissed offf Ovechkin and the Capitals on Friday, March 5th.

Tim Thomas – Boston Bruins –  SV% .915 (16th) – GAA 2.52 (14th) – SO 4 (6th) Thomas has a chance at Olympic revenge taking on two straight Canadien teams.  Rival Montreal on Tuesday night and Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday March 4th.

Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings –  SV% .907 (27th) – GAA 2.53 (15th) – SO 2 (20th) Quick will have to wait two more games until he returns home when he plays both the Stars and Predators on the road on Tuesday then Thursday night.

Defenseman

Brian Rafalski – Detroit Red Wings – G 4 (360th) A 25 (81st) P 29 (168th) +/- 15 (35th) Rafalski and his Red Wings teammates start their playoff surge at rival Colorado (Monday) and against Canadien Goalie Luongo of the Canucks on Wednesday.

Ryan Suter – Nashville Predators – G 2 (462nd) A 24 (91st) P 26 (204th) +/- 9 (77th) Suter will be welcomed back to “Smashville” when his team takes on the Oilers on Tuesday and the Kings on Thursday.

Tim Gleason – Carolina Hurricanes – G 5 (324th) A 13 (263rd) P 18 (296th) +/- 1 (270th) Gleason and his Carolina teammates take on back to back Canadien squads upon return from the Olympics with Maple Leafs on Tuesday and the Senators on Thursday.

Jack Johnson – Los Angeles Kings – G 6 (290th) A 20 (142nd) P 26 (204th) +/- -12 (784th) Johnson will have to wait two more games until he returns home when he plays both the Stars and Predators on the road on Tuesday then Thursday night.

Erik Johnson – St. Louis Blues –  G 6 (290th) A 23 (99th) P 29 (168th) +/- 0 (333rd) Erik Johnson’s Blues are on the road twice this week.  Tuesday against Gretzky’s Coyotes and Thursday against perhaps the greatest US hockey player Mike Madono and the Stars.

Brooks Orpik – Pittsburgh Penguins – G 1 (554th) A 18 (176th) P 19 (282nd) +/- 7 (101st) Brooks Orpik will rejoin Canadien Hero Sidney Crosby and dissapointed and medal-less Malkin as the Penguins take on Ryan Miller and the Sabres on Tuesday and the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Ryan Whitney – Anaheim Ducks – G 4 (360th) A 24 (91st) P 28 (184th) +/- -6 (668th) Whitney and his Mighty less Ducks take on the Avalanche at home on Wednesday and then the Coyotes in a weekend game on Saturday night.

Forwards

David Backes – St. Louis Blues – G 13 (127th) A 22 (113th) P 35 (111th) +/- -2 (490th) Shot % 10.5 (237th) David Backes and his Blues are on the road twice this week.  Tuesday against Gretzky’s Coyotes and Thursday against perhaps the greatest US hockey player Mike Madono and the Stars.

Dustin Brown – Los Angeles Kings – G 15 (94th) A 27 (66th) P 42 (72nd) +/- -2 (490th) Shot % 8.1 (355th)  Dustin Brown, like teammates Jack Johnson and Jonathan Quick, will have to wait two more games until he returns home when he plays both the Stars and Predators on the road on Tuesday then Thursday night.

Ryan Callahan – New York Rangers – G 15 (94th) A 17 (191st) P 32 (141st) +/- -10 (760th) Shot % 8.8 (324th) Callahan and fellow Olympian teammate Chris Drury get the Senators on Tuesday night and a chance at revenge on Sid the Kid and the Penguins on Thursday night.

Chris Drury – New York Rangers – G 10 (191st) A 12 (279th) P 22 (251st) +/- -11 (771st) Shot % 9.0 (314th)  Drury and fellow Olympian teammate Ryan Callahan get the Senators on Tuesday night and a chance at revenge on Sid the Kid and the Penguins on Thursday night.

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks –  G 25 (18th) A 42 (11th) P 67 (9th) +/- 19 (19th) Shot % 12.6(151st) Patrick Kane will return to his Blackhawks as the only American Olympian and take on Islanders on the road on Tuesday, the Oilers at home on Wednesday, and the Red Wings at home on Sunday as the NBC game of the week.

Ryan Kesler – Vancouver Canucks –  G 16 (83rd) A 38 (18th) P 54 (27th) +/- 2 (231st) Shot % 9.8 (275th) Kesler will leave Olympic home Vancouver for a long road trip starting with the Blue Jackets on Tuesday and the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Phil Kessel – Toronto Maple Leafs –  G 21 (31st) A 20 (142nd) P 41 (81st) +/- -3 (559th) Shot % 9.8  (275th) Kessel will rejoin his Maple Leafs teammates back in Canada when they take on the Hurricanes on Tuesday and head to Boston to take on the Bruins on Thursday night.

Jamie Langenbrunner – New Jersey Devils –  G 15 (94th) A 37 (20th) P 52 (32nd) +/- 10 (65th) Shot % 8.2 (352nd) Langenbrunner and team USA teammate Zach Parise will be on the road against both Joe Thornton and the Sharks on Tuesday and Jarome Igninla and the Flames on Friday.

Ryan Malone – Tampa Bay Lightning –  G 21 (31st) A 22 (113th) P 43 (67th) +/- -5 (634th) Shot % 12.7 (142nd) Malone will try to lead his Lightning to victories over the Flyers on Tuesday night and Ovechkin and the Capitals on Thursday night.

Zach Parise – New Jersey Devils –  G 28 (9th) A 33 (33rd) P 61 (17th) +/- 24 (10th) Shot % 10.6(235th) Parise and team USA teammate Langenbrunner will be on the road against both Joe Thornton and the Sharks on Tuesday and Jarome Igninla and the Flames on Friday.

Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks –  G 16 (83rd) A 19 (158th) P 35 (111th) +/- 8 (86th) Shot % 10.3(248th) Pavelski’s Sharks start their charge for 1st place overall (one point behind the Capitals) vs the Devils on Tuesday and vs the Canadiens on Thursday.

Bobby Ryan – Anaheim Ducks –  G 28 (9th) A 21 (126th) P 49 (39th) +/- 4 (152nd) Shot % 14.6(79th) Ryan and his Mighty less Ducks take on the Avalanche at home on Wednesday and then the Coyotes in a weekend game on Saturday night.

Paul Stastny – Colorado Avalanche –  G 12 (151st) A 42 (11th) P 54 (27th) +/- 9 (77th) Shot % 8.3(345th) Stastny and the Avalanche will have another rivalry game, maybe not to the magnitude of the USA vs Canada game, vs the Red Wings Monday night in Colorado and then travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks on Wednesday night.

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One Response to “Keep your Hockey Craving Alive”

  1. I visit this blog pretty frequently, though I rarely comment, and located this article very interesting. Thanks.

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