Washington Re-Capitals: Week Seven

Good: The Caps went 2-1-0 this week and stole a win from the Colorado Avalanche!

Bad: Kuznetsov (upper body) and Oshie (head) are out, with no definite timetable for return.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to find out what the ugly is.

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Doty departs the Lair

Our number 32 leaves to travel back over the pond.

Jacob Doty, the summer signing from the Glasgow Clan has departed Nottingham Panthers, opting to return back to the ECHL with the Allen Americans.

No specific reason has been given for the departure at this time, however it’s been mentioned that newly married Doty is starting a family in the new year with his new bride Jess.

Doty iced 19 times for Panthers this term, scoring 2 goals and 1 assist with a total of 3 points. He’s no stranger to the ECHL after stints there with Alaska Aces and Missouri Mavericks before coming to the EIHL in 2017.

I’m sure others, who have met Doty, like myself, would agree how much of a top man he is and we wish him and Jess all the best for the future.

Once a Panther always a Panther. Good luck Jacob!

“Let’s Go Panthers”

Future of the Red Wings Coaching Position

The Chicago Blackhawks recently shook the league by firing their coach Joel Quenneville. Of course, every coach gets fired eventually, but it came as a shock that the Blackhawks let Coach Q go after 797 games as head coach. He had been their coach since the 2008-2009 season and Chicago has not finished below .500 in the regular season with him. In fact, over 11 years, the overall points percentage of Coach Q’s Chicago Blackhawks is .627. Over his entire NHL coaching career, he has coached in 1636 games for a points percentage of .609. Which, if you ask me, is pretty good.

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Winning start for Paul Thompson after DEL debut

Paul Thompson has a had a tough few months, but had a fantastic night in his coaching debut for German side the Schwenninger Wild Wings, helping the DEL side snap a four game losing streak.

With the Wild Wings playing host to Red Bull Munich, Thompson could hardly have asked for a tougher test in his first outing with his new side, but his team managed to take the win but needed an extra session to get it done.

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Flyers Weekly Recap: Go Get Nylander

As we dive into the heart of November, the Flyers find themselves 3rd in the Metropolitan division, which would have been unthinkable two weeks ago. This is due to a successful western road trip and a come from behind win at home against the ‘Yotes. Here are my observations:

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On Guard! A Growlers Recap #1

It’s a little over a month since the start-up Newfoundland Growlers began their inaugural campaign with a 3-2 win over last seasons Kelly Cup finalists Florida EverBlades; and things are looking pretty good for them right now. They sit atop the entire Eastern Conference with an 11-5 record, going 8-2 in their last 10; and are riding a 6 game winning streak – an early franchise record.

This being their first ever season, Growlers records have been falling like Black Friday prices; and a number of “first-evers” have been recorded:

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Kristians Rubins scored the Growlers first ever competitive goal (Scott Pooley with the assist); the team recorded its first ever road win on October 20th 4-1 against the Manchester Monarchs (after splitting home series against both the EverBlades and the Thunder); and goaltender Michael Garteig registered their first ever shut-out in a 3-0 home to Manchester last time out on November 10th. Garteig has just won the ECHL’s Goaltender of the week award for his efforts.

It seems that head coach Ryan Clowne has done a grand job quickly gelling a team with the games coming thick and fast; but whether or not this momentum is sustainable remains to be seen – the Growlers could well have taken teams by surprise at how well and how confidently they’ve come together – if the momentum falters, what will happen then?
The early signs are promising: The Growlers have responded well to defeats, having yet to lose more than one game in a row, and are yet to be shut-out. In the Everblades they’ve gone toe-to-toe with a team who almost tasted success last year and they’ve traded wins with the closest team to them in the Eastern Conference, the Adirondack Thunder.

A few statistical leaders:

Points:

Brady Ferguson (LW) 9G-11A-20 Pts
Giorgio Estephan (C) 9G-9A-18 Pts
Scott Pooley (RW) 4G-8A-12 Pts

Ferguson also leads the team on +/- with 10.

PIM: James Melindy (D) – 40

Goaltenders:

Mario Culia – 2 games – GAA: 2.00 – SV%: 0.920
Michael Garteig 12 games – GAA: 2.26 – SV%: 0.930

Upcoming the Growlers are about to embark on a five game road trip, firstly with a double header against the Reading Royals on the 17th and 18th of October, having already won 3-1 in Reading earlier in the campaign. They then head down to Florida to face the Jacksonsville Icemen on the 22nd, before a two-game series against the Orlando Solar Bears (great name) on the 24th and 25th.

Hockey Hall of Fame – Cardiff Devils addition

This week some of the best hockey players and influencers had the honour of being inducted into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame, where the plaque to commemorate them will hang among the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr and many other hockey greats.

So that got me thinking, what if there was a Hall of Fame in the EIHL, and rather than spend the time dividing opinion that much among an entire league fan base, why not focus in on my local team. Also, it’s a fan base that seems to need cheering up so hopefully this helps.

What if there was a Hall of Fame for Cardiff Devils players. So that’s what I’m going to do, put forward my picks for the Devils HoF, with a twist. In the over 30 year history of the team, seven players have had their jerseys retired, so to me that’s seven guys already in.

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