A minus to Vancouver's anemic offence
12/5/2006 7:19:15 PM
First, here's a minus to no offence.
Simply put, a minus to the Vancouver Canucks, who despite having some very talented snipers in their lineup, just can't seem to put the puck in the net.
Only the Columbus Blue Jackets, who have the worst record in the entire NHL, have scored fewer goals.
A plus to New York Islanders head coach Ted Nolan, who picked up right where he left off despite a decade away from the game.
When he was last in the NHL, he won the Coach of the Year Award.
Ten years later, Nolan has lifted the Islanders out of the ashes and into the class of the Atlantic Division. And he's a serious early candidate for the Jack Adams Award once again.
A minus goes to the Nashville Predators, who have given up more third period goals than any other team in the NHL.
And it's really cost them lately. They had late leads in each of their last two games, and they lost both.
A plus is given to Wayne Gretzky, who is starting to take a more hands-on role behind the Phoenix Coyotes bench.
And it's beginning to pay off. After a terrible start, the Coyotes have won five straight at home and have more victories in the last three weeks then they had in the entire first part of the season.