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Saturday, December 09, 2006

BoC Gameday—Battle of the Thorntons Update

Anaheim Ducks (22-3-6, 1st in west) at Tampa Bay Lightning (14-13-2, t-9th in east)
Colorado Avalanche (13-13-2, 10th in west) at Los Angeles Kings (10-16-4, t-11th in west)
Nashville Predators (18-7-3, 3rd in west) at San Jose Sharks (20-9-0, 2nd in west)

Not to mention 11 other games today, featuring everyone except the Stanley Cup Finalists Edmonton Oilboys and Carolina Candy Canes.

Anyway, I guess I’d better feature this now, while gloating is still possible.



Battle of the Thorntons

Thornton

TeamGPEV minEV ptsEV pts/hr+/-PIM

Shawn

ANA

8

68:18

1-3-4

3.51

+7

26

Joe

SJS

29

414:51

6-6-12

1.74

-7

12

Scott

LAK

29

287:02

4-1-5

1.05

-9

19


Oops. They must have given that Hart trophy to the wrong Thornton.

Shawn, incidentally, has yet to be on the ice for an Anaheim goal-against.

[EDIT: I ran some Shawn Thornton numbers on last night's game. I think this is the first time Shawn has faced some tough minutes, as he played nearly 6 1/2 minutes against Ovechkin (about 57% of his ice time vs. AO). In fact, here's the elements of his Gordie Howe hat trick:

Goal: scored 31 seconds into his first shift. In his first game since Nov. 12.
Fight: initiated 35 seconds into his second shift. A decisive victory.
Assist: 22 seconds into his ninth shift, before the game was to the halfway point.

And the commonality? Omunchkin was on the ice for all of 'em. Sweet mother of mercy.]

Prediction: BoC 10, Challengers 5.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

And the commonality? Omunchkin was on the ice for all of 'em. Sweet mother of mercy.

Wow. didn't even know all that. You're such a numbers guy. Shawn definitely came out and made quite an impact! I wonder what this means for Shannon. Good call on Parros staying in the line-up, btw.

VeryProudofYa said...

They'll probably sit Shannon against tougher teams and give Shawn a go against the grittier squads.

Or, they may just bench Shannon entirely, since he isn't producing or participating in the shootout. But Carlyle has a love-in for him, so I imagine Shannon plays today against the speedy bolts.

Maybe bench Parros, since Tampa doesn't really have a fighter outside of Roy.

anaheimduckfan said...

I would like to see Shannon go down to Portland and Thornton come up for an extended period of time.