Hello. This is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend's events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.
Ah, to live in the moment.
With the Boston Bruins up 4-0 on the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday night, Jack Edwards commented that everyone that had broken their ankles jumping off the Bruins bandwagon would now be pulling their hamstrings climbing back on.
He, of course, exhibited great glee in taking his told-ya-so moral high ground while smugly noting that last year's Boston Bruins -- ya know, the ones that won the East!!! -- also started the season at 1-1.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Another Bruins team that started the season 1-1: The 2006-07 side that finished with 76 points. The point being that, shocking though it may be, the first two games of an 82-game schedule aren't necessarily an indicator of future success or failure.
(Coming up: An incredibly bloody Lucic fight in Boston; the shakeup in Ottawa; a player is hurt again in Carolina; Gagner brawls Conroy off the face-off; Khabi blows it in Edmonton; a tough cap situation in Philly; a space cadet in Phoenix; Ron Artest: Puckhead; and no one besides Craig Anderson(notes) shows up in Colorado.)
Antti Niemi(notes) and Ray Emery(notes) probably won't keep the shutout streaks alive for the rest of the season, and it seems likely that Craig Anderson's league-leading win total will eventually fall to goalies that are actually on good teams. And along those same lines, Colorado's stranglehold on the first seed in the West will almost certainly weaken in the coming week or so, and Martin Brodeur's(notes) stay on the second page the NHL's of goals-against average stat tracker can't be long for this world.
So please, everyone, let's be serious here. There's no reason to think we're looking at a Caps/Blues Cup Final because they're at the top of the standings on Oct. 5 and the Red Wings won't be dead last.
Let's let the rest of the season go and see how everything shakes out.
What We Learned
Anaheim Ducks:Ryan Getzlaf(notes) knows he gets to fly under the radar because he's on the Ducks (pun only partly intended). No one in LA, outside of a small group, really cares about the team, so he basically gets to be a top-5 forward in the league without answering a million tough questions every night. Sid Crosby probably envies him.