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California streaks: Ducks win fifth straight, Sharks keep losing

Nov 10, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

Sunday solidified quite a few trends, but it ended with a resounding one: the Anaheim Ducks are the hottest team in California right now.

The Ducks beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 without Ryan Getzlaf‘s services to take their fifth victory in a row. They also beefed their standings points edge to three points (31 to 28) in the West and NHL over Colorado and Chicago.*

If you want a symbol of how well things are going for Anaheim, just soak in this goal by Corey Perry:

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks lost their fifth game in a row, coughing up a 3-1 and 4-3 lead to the Winnipeg Jets to fall 5-4 via the shootout.

The Sharks might kick themselves for leaving points on the table, as they lost one of those five games in OT (4-3 to Los Angeles on Oct. 30) and three of them via shootouts. They’ve only won one of four “skills competitions” so far in 2013-14, which might be surprising for a team as loaded with offensive talent as San Jose is.

Maybe Antti Niemi‘s getting a little tired? Either way, the two California teams that were active on Sunday seemed to be going on divergent paths.

* – Although the Ducks have played three more games than the Avs and one more than the Blackhawks to get there.

  1. blomfeld - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM


    Just home friends, after stopping by a local watering hole here in ‘trendy’ South Granville (Vancouver) and that’s only one of the ‘vehement’ jibes which I overheard from an ‘angry’ Canuckle mob say in reference to the local team. It really makes you wonder what’s going on around here eh ? Regardless, the bottom line is that the ‘new’ center of NHL power today clearly lies in the west … LA county to be exact ! … and you gotta love that man ! :)


    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 11, 2013 at 12:56 AM

      Well, if you limit the “center of power” to a county this season, I suppose you are correct.

      But regarding divisions, the Pacific is only #2.

      In terms of % of possible points, the Central rules – .68884 average
      Pacific .60657
      Atlantic .59051
      Metro .46783

      Clearly, the Central is the center of power.

      • blomfeld - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM


        Friend, notwithstanding your ‘statistical’ gibberish, anyone with only ‘half’ of a brain knows that the Pacific Division is the ‘real deal’ nowadays … no two ways about it ! Look, I like your Hawks very much and the Blues are good people no doubt. However there’s no way that you people can compare to the ‘Force de Frappe’ which today is the LA Kings and other ‘assorted’ Californian teams !

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:07 AM

      Besides, “La, you know where that’s at”…

      • muckleflugga - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:58 AM

        there are california streaks and then there’s california dreaming…

        is that denny performing the heimlich maneuver on cass…?

        myocardial degeneration was the real cause of her passing it is said

        iq of 165 and a great sense of humour: cass was arrested and spent a night in a london jail for allegedly stealing 2 blankets and 2 keys from the Embassy Hotel…upon her release, she stated to the press, ‘your policemen were wonderful, but I don’t think much of your jails…there weren’t enough blankets’

        semyon varlomov might find himself in agreement

  2. jhaegs - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:39 AM

    blomfeld, I know medical marijuana is a big thing over there, but please pace yourself. You don’t want to be the first person to OD on cannabis, do you?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      Typical Kings fan. Last year, leading up to th playoffs Hawks fans faced an ongoing barrage of Kings fans sawing how the Kings were so much better and were going to take the WC. I refuted them time after time with objective-based posts, just got derisive comments when they bothered to respond. Then in the playoffs same thing. Hawks took the Kings 4-1 and of course won the cup.

      Apparently Kings fans aren’t up to serious analysis.

      • blomfeld - Nov 11, 2013 at 10:00 PM


        Solutions: with all due respect friend, these are the things which drive the ‘glorious’ enterprise known as the LA Kings ! … for us, you people with your ‘statistics and probabilities’ are nothing more than ‘shackles’ who wish to restrain us from reaching our true potential … well it so happens that we reject your shackles, no different than a lion swatting some flea from it’s ass ! … yeah sure, a lot of good your ‘statistics’ did last year eh, when we Kings entered the playoffs as an 8th seed and then proceeded to literally ‘smash’ everyone who came before us ! … the bottom line pal is that the ‘new’ NHL center of power today lies in California, with the ‘epicenter’ being at Staples Center … and there’s positively ‘nothing’ that you or your statistics can do about that ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • endusersolutions2013 - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Could be some more California Dreaming at hand in the non evidenced-based wishful thinking

  3. muckleflugga - Nov 11, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    Here the city lights out shine the moon
    I was just now thinking of boo
    Sometimes when the wind blows you can
    See the mountains,
    And all the way to Malibu.
    Everyone’s a star here in L.A. County,
    You ought to see the things that they do
    All the cowboys down on the Sunset Strip
    Wish that they could be like you.
    The Santa Monica Freeway,
    Sometimes makes a country boy blue
    You’re the reason God made Oklahoma,
    And I’m sure missing you…

    • 22yearsagotoday - Nov 11, 2013 at 11:08 AM

      West L.A. fadeaway,
      Little red light on a highway,
      Little green light on a speedway,

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