EASTERN CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 4.0

  • Brock Boot

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Here we go! 

Canes Domain presents Eastern Conference Rankings 4.0…

 


1: RED DEER REBELS

 

7

 

96 pts. The Rebels continue to play well, finished East Road Trip with wins against Prince Albert, Brandon and Moose Jaw. Home record is 9-1-0-0. EVEN

 


2: Prince Albert Raiders

 

12

 

85 pts. Remain at the top of the conference in points despite having a 3 game losing streak. Recently turned it around with a better last 3 games. UP 2

 


3: Brandon Wheat Kings

 

2

 

84 pts. Wheat Kings are better of late, had a 3 game losing streak earlier in the month for the first time this season. DOWN 1

 


4: Calgary Hitmen

 

1

 

70 pts. After making a pile of moves this team is finally turning the corner. 5 game win streak has them right back in the thick of the Central Division leaders. Back to form? UP 2

 


5: Lethbridge Hurricanes

 

11

 

66 pts. ‘Canes are struggling in their last 10 games. Need to find the goaltending and the offensive magic of the first 10 games. DOWN 2

 


6: MOOSE JAW WARRIORS

 

6

 

54 pts. Definitely falling back to earth after their hot start. Point being injured is worrisome as the team is already fairly thin on offense beyond the first line.  DOWN 1

 


7: REGINA PATS

 

8

 

51 pts. Had won 3 straight before a season long 9 game road trip. Visit the Eastern Conference #1 ranked team twice this week. UP 3

 


8: SASKATOON BLADES

 

9

 

38 pts. 3 games in 3 night on the road lead to 3 losses, road game is suffering. DOWN 1

 


9: EDMONTON OIL KINGS

 

3

 

33 pts. Lost 5 of 6 on BC Division Road Trip. Only win came against the lowly Vancouver Giants. DOWN 1

 


10: MEDICINE HAT TIGERS

 

5

 

22 pts. The loss of Lotz is still showing, no changes made in net since he went down. The team is just not playing up to its usual standards in their new rink. DOWN 1

 


11: SWIFT CURRENT BRONCOS

 

10

 

19 pts. Have lost 6 straight, including all 5 games on the US Division Road Trip. Injury to Martin proves very costly. DOWN 2

 


12: KOOTENAY ICE

 

4

 

10 pts. Playing better of late, remain in the basement despite better play. Injuries to 7 line up regulars. EVEN

 


SUMMARY

 

East-Sum

 

Look for the Western Conference rankings to drop sometime tomorrow morning.

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2 thoughts on “EASTERN CONFERENCE RANKINGS: 4.0”

  1. dbourassa says:

    It’s pretty wild how big of a hole Brayden Point’s absence has left in Moose Jaw. Everyone knows he’s an amazing player and it goes without saying that any time he’s scratched it’s going to hurt a little, but based on how the Warriors have looked without him, it’s almost like he’s been single-handedly keeping them in the top three of the Eastern Division. Scoring chances have dwindled greatly without him, showing that lack of offensive depth that you mentioned, and suspect defence has also been exposed now that the Warriors aren’t putting up high enough scoring numbers to keep them in certain games. It really makes me wonder what they’ll end up doing with Point come the trade deadline and, if they do trade him, what they’ll end up getting, considering it’s unlikely a player with his skill set is going to be around the WHL as a 20 year old.

    The Red Deer Rebels did a great job of isolating Point when they were out there and kept the Warriors to a single goal. I definitely agree that they belong at the top of the list. The only key weakness I see in their game currently is a bit of inconsistency in the goaltending. It’s not a huge worry with defence as strong as Red Deer’s is, but it was quite glaring last weekend in Regina, to go from seven straight periods of shutout hockey to giving up eight goals against. That being said there are not a lot of goalies in the WHL that are able to string together shutouts at all and, also as seen in the game in Regina, if you give the Rebels’ offense an inch they can take a mile, as they took full advantage of a slow start by the Pats in the third period and closed a four goal defecit to just one for a while, giving an otherwise dominant Pats team (on that night) a bit of a scare. Overall they’re an extremely well-rounded team at this point in the season, exactly what you’d expect from any Memorial Cup hosting team.

    Above all else, I really like how close the standings are out east right now, with the top six all within two or three wins of passing one another and the Pats within reach of adding themselves to the mix if they close out their roadtrip strong, but equally at risk of losing rank to the teams beneath them if they don’t. It’s a bit of a free-for-all among the top and bottom halves of the conference and as a result individual games seem meaningful, which isn’t always the case in the first half of the season. It makes for a competitive atmosphere at the rinks and a lot of exciting hockey early on.

    1. Brock Boot says:

      Great thoughts and analysis! Thanks for sharing. Point really is an unbelievable talent. The Warriors will have some big decisions to make come trade time. Hold him and go for it… or sell high and see how far you can make it in the East? Moose Jaw will need some really honest evaluation of where their team is in the new year.

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