To come up with the following table, I simply took the score-adjusted Fenwick for all 30 NHL teams in their last 20 games then subtracted the score-adjusted Fenwick from their first 20 games, after which I adjusted my glasses and re-read The Hobbit.
— Maybe a bit of a surprise to see the Kings in the top spot, given they’ve won just eight of their last 20. But when you consider the sub-par goaltending they’ve been receiving, it starts to make some sense.
— No surprise whatsoever to see the Wild at the bottom. They were playing good possession hockey to start the season, only to be let down by their goaltenders. But nobody — goalies, forwards, defensemen — has been playing good hockey of late.
— Don’t worry, Blackhawks fans. Your team has still been very good at puck possession. It was just unbelievably good over the first 20 games.
— If you’re not yet paying attention to the Winnipeg Jets, it’s time to start. These guys are for real.
— Maybe Paul MacLean was part of the problem?