LOS ANGELES – The NHL All-Star Weekend hit Los Angeles this weekend, which means another 24 hours of awkward skills competitions, occasional highlights and someone from the home team inevitably winning a car.
What do you most like about the NHL All-Star Game? What do least like about the NHL All-Star Game?
We fired up the Puck Daddy Roundtable and asked. Here are Greg Wyshynski, Sean Leahy, Jen Neale, Josh Cooper, Ryan Lambert and Steve Laidlaw of Puck Daddy on their All-Star likes and dislikes.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are, without a doubt, the biggest surprise in the National Hockey League this season.
A team pegged by many pundits for last place in the Metro Division is on pace for 124 points – a 48-point turnaround from last season, which would be the largest for a team since the Jackets joined the league in 2000.
A coach many thought was an ill fit for what was allegedly a rebuild instead has them thriving in his system. Their offensive has gone from 2.60 goals per game last season to 3.34 this season. Their power play remains at a 27.7-percent conversion rate, and they have the fewest power-play attempts (83) in the league.
Their defense has gone from 3.02 last season to 2.07 this season, and that’s not all Sergei Bobrovsky.
So the Blue Jackets are rolling at an historic clip, and look destined for a playoff spot. The pundits were wrong, and Blue Jackets fans don’t hesitate to remind them of that fact. Which leads us to our Puck Daddy Roundtable discussion:
How are you coping with the undeniable success of the Columbus Blue jackets? Happy? Skeptical? Sad you were wrong?
And here … we … go.