Anaheim Ducks 2-5-1 23rd Overall, 12th Western Conference (11-23-1)
The Ducks never really got into the air this season and it shows. Their season has been far from as utterly horrible as some other teams but clearly has shown a deficit when it comes to the results category. They can play spoiler down the stretch but other than that expect them to be a non-factor in the 2nd half of the season.
Top Forward: Alltro1: 4gp, 4g, 8a, 3.00P/G, 16.0S%, 58.3FO%, 1-3-0
Top Defenseman: Legendavey-_-: 7gp, 4a, 20H, 25.0S%, 0.71GA/TA, 1-5-1
Top Goalie: polarbears30: 2.97GAA, 0.760SVP, 50SA, 38SV, 1-2-1
Arizona Coyotes 6-1-1 5th Overall, 3rd Western Conference (23-11-2)
Pretty solid showing from the Yotes thus far this season. Continuing their trend of waltzing over their opponents. Winning most of the games they should. At the same time though they lost to the worst team in the league. It will be interesting to see how they match up going forward.
Top Forward: WallyWallabe: 5gp, 6g, 10a, 3.20P/G, 40.0S%, 24H, 4-1-0
Top Defenseman: foxpresentation: 6gp, 5a, 1.00P/G, +2, 13H, 1.41GA/TA, 4-1-1
Top Goalie: PNCPark2K21: 1.24GAA, 0.868SVP, 1SO, 38SA, 33SV, 4-0-0
Boston Bruins 6-2-0 20th Overall, 11th Eastern Conference (15-18-1)
After having a solid week the Bruins are actually not in a terrible spot heading into the stretch. They’re a definite threat to other teams near the playoff bubble. Any team offering their only 2 losses in a week to San Jose and Arizona has nothing to be ashamed of. Even if they miss playoffs I expect them to be a constant contender for that 8th seed right up until the bitter end.
Top Forward: Airblaster_: 5gp, 5g, 7a, 2.40P/G, +10, 31.3S%, 4-1-0
Top Defenseman: patrickisonfire: 3gp, +10, 11H, 1.33GA/TA, 3-0-0
Top Goalie: leafsfansteveo: 3.55GAA, 0.773SVP, 110SA, 85SV, 4-3-0
Carolina Hurricanes 1-3-3-1 (1 No Game) 7th Overall, 4th Eastern Conference (20-10-5-1)
Rumour has it this team has straight up folded, like a deck of cards. I reached out to the team for comment and all I received in return was “need unmute.” A constant presence in the league shoutbox and in my honest opinion a little bit of an underdog cup threat. Until more is known about the severity of the situation for the Bunch of Jerks it’ll be hard to fully establish their competitiveness going forward.
Top Forward: Andrew_1up: 5gp, 7g, 4a, 2.20P/G, 30.4S%, 32H, 1-1-3
Top Defenseman: Bruiser781: 3gp, 24H, 0.69GA/TA, 0-0-3
Top Goalie: FartBoxSniffer-: 3.02GAA, 0.792SVP, 1SO, 96SA, 76SV, 1-2-3
Chicago Blackhawks 2-4-2 25th Overall, 13th Western Conference (9-25-2)
Messiah is gonna need a full blown resurrection of his roster in order for this team to have a chance at the post season. On paper their roster looks pretty good to be honest but on the ice they’ve done nothing but underperform. As much as I’d love to say the reason for this is obvious, it isn’t. Also do your stats on time and you might have some cap to work with.
Top Forward: Nypd09: 3gp, 6g, 2a, 2.67P/G, 42.9S%, 1-1-1
Top Defense: liilmessiahliil: 5gp, 5a, 1.40P/G, 50.0S%, 2-2-1
Top Goalie: JAAMx93x: 3.97GAA, 0.765SVP, 68SA, 52SV, 2-1-1
Colorado Avalanche 7-0-1 1st Overall, 1st Western Conference (34-0-2)
AVALANCHE!!! That’s what every team that has faced Blades and Caps has got to be thinking. An absolute onslaught of scoring game in and game out. I’m picking this team now to win the Cup. They have the depth and talent unlike many teams in the history of VG. Comparable only to the S20 Sabres and S21 Predators, both of whom won it all.
Top Forward: Capitalsfan_08: 8gp, 15g, 18a, 4.13P/G, +24, 38.5S%, 57.9FO%, 7–0-1
Top Defenseman: Couture53: 7gp, 8a, 1.14P/G, +26, 0.39GA/TA, 7-0-0
Top Goalie: NHLBEAST-: 1.38GAA, 0.848SVP, 1SO, 46SA, 39SV, 5-0-0
Dallas Stars 4-4-0 21st Overall, 10th Western Conference (14-20-2)
The GStars are performing way better than their record would lead you to believe. A tough week for sure where they still landed wins against the Hurricanes, Flyers, Rangers and Islanders but lost to the Leafs, Devils, Senators and Lightning. This team is a postseason threat but they’re going to need veteran Reapz2313 and rookie sensation RandyMarsh2012 to step it up as it goes without saying the 8th seed in the West will be promptly dispatched by the Avs in round 1. Still definitely a team worth watching.
Top Forward: Reapz2313: 6gp, 9g, 13a, 3.67P/G, +11, 29.0S%, 4-2-0
Top Defenseman: ExE-_-53: 7gp, +12, 15PIM, 58H, 0.82GA/TA, 4-3-0
Top Goalie: Papa_Johns101: 3.15GAA, 0.776SVP, 58SA, 45SV, 2-2-0
Detroit Red Wings 3-5-0 28th Overall, 14th Eastern Conference (5-27-2)
The Red Wings started their pre-season bidding a full 8 hours after every other team in the league and it shows. On paper they’re not terrible but their management duo has made one mistake after another, after another all season long and I’d say this team should just tank but they traded away their first round pick for next season’s draft and have shown absolutely zero intentions of improving their roster. When they show up they can occasionally steal a win but at this point this team isn’t even in the ballpark of being a threat to anyone who isn’t on the “worst teams in VGNHL history” list.
Top Forward: Gau6det9: 5gp, 4g, 8a, 2.40P/G, 21H, 3-2-0
Top Defenseman: Bigmonti16: 3gp, +5, 6PIM, 3-0-0
Top Goalie: Fedorov91X: 3.13GAA, 0.824SVP, 74SA, 61SV, 3-1-0
Edmonton Oilers 3-4-1 22nd Overall, 11th Western Conference (12-20-4)
This team is yet another in the depths of the standings looking to make a second half charge. An absolutely massive PHL pickup in Hardiie- actually gives this team an outside shot at playoffs. The kid CAN carry it’s a matter of whether or not he will. That will be largely dependent on the extent Mesmerize goes to keep him happy.
Top Forward: Enceladus-strike: 6gp, 2g, 9a, 1.83P/G, +5, 14.3S%, 0.34GA/TA, 3-1-2
Top Defenseman: JewOfCanada: 5gp, 0.80P/G, +4, 25.0S%, 1.00GA/TA, 2-2-1
Top Goalie: High_Voltage34: 2.21GAA, 0.667SVP, 27SA, 18SV, 2-2-1
Florida Panthers 5-3-0 8th Overall, 5th Eastern Conference (21-12-3)
This team has underperformed from my standpoint. Still sitting firmly inside the playoff race this team has left a lot of points on the board with their lack of depth. They can’t afford to have guaranteed Ls on the roster down the stretch and into the playoffs. They’ll almost undoubtedly call someone up from the AHL and waive one of their struggling reserves if they want to even get through the first round.
Top Forward: Pizzasready: 6gp, 9g, 6a, 2.50P/G, +8, 33.3S%, 4-2-0
Top Defenseman: SharlonD: 6gp, 1.17P/G, +6, 9H, 0.58GA/TA, 4-2-0
Top Goalie: GonzoArmstrong: 2.50GAA, 0.815SVP, 27SA, 22SV, 2-0-0
Los Angeles Kings 6-1-1 16th Overall, 7th Western Conference (19-15-2)
The Kings have been anything but royalty this season. But good bounces and a little bit of Skillzz trolling the shoutbox has them in a playoff spot. With a few huge wins vs teams well above them in the standings they are now even more well solidified in a struggling West. Expect to see them make the playoffs, and then do absolutely nothing.
Top Forward: zTurnsyy: 8gp, 14g, 8a, 2.75P/G, +11, 41.2S%, 5-2-1
Top Defenseman: banana–: 5gp, 10a, 2.20P/G, 13H, 0.41GA/TA, 4-0-1
Top Goalie: XMurray30X: 2.49GAA, 0.786SVP, 1SO, 70SA, 55SV, 4-1-1
Minnesota Wild 6-2-0 13th Overall, 6th Western Conference (20-13-2)
The Wild after a little bit of rulebook circumvention have salvaged a season that looked to be in some trouble. With a couple of massive PHL pickups they are now poised to make a charge up the Western Conference standings.
Top Forward: Heroic_Veil2: 5gp, 11g, 11a, 4.40P/G, +8, 42.3S%, 5-0-0
Top Defenseman: korrowan: 6gp, 11a, 1.83P/G, +8, 24H, 0.75GA/TA, 4-2-0
Top Goalie: Bray4x_Fyb: 1.90GAA, 0.836SVP, 2SO, 73SA, 61SV, 5-1-0
Montreal Canadiens 5-3-0 10th Overall, 6th Eastern Conference (21-13-2)
Les Canadiens de Montréal have had a respectable season. Nothing crazy good or crazy bad. Expect to see them comfortably make the playoffs but not really contend for the Cup. That being said, hockey is played on the ice not on paper and Binny is more than capable of stealing games for his squad.
Top Forward: rtc_king: 3gp, 2g, 4a, 2.00P/G, 18.2S%, 0.43GA/TA, 2-1-0
Top Defenseman: karlssxn: 3gp, 2PIM, 5H, 1.00GA/TA, 2-1-0
Top Goalie: Binny_50: 2.80GAA, 0.774SVP, 2SO, 62SA, 48SV, 3-2-0
Nashville Predators 1-5-0-0 (2 No Games) 18th Overall, 8th Western Conference (13-13-7)
The Predators had a great start to the season but when your management doesn’t care enough to try to make it to games it’s rather difficult to win. I’ll be surprised if this trend continues without the league stepping in. They have a roster that can compete if they ever bother to try.
Top Forward: I_LoveCiroc: 3gp, 7g, 1a, 2.67P/G, 36.8S%, 0.31GA/TA, 1-2-0
Top Defenseman: x_Pepsi8_x: 3gp, 33.3S%, 0.30GA/TA, 1-2-0
Top Goalie: SHARKIE316_: 4.13GAA, 0.683SVP, 41SA, 28SV, 1-2-0
New Jersey Devils 8-0-0 2nd Overall, 1st Eastern Conference (28-6-1)
Winning 8 games with a goal differential of +30 is kinda just what these Devils have done all season. They aren’t flashy but Snake and his squad have been together for a few seasons now and it shows. Making small tweaks to a squad that is always in the running for a cup has turned this team into a true powerhouse that shows no signs of slowing down. I expect these guys in the Cup Final with the Avs. Where they will be swifty dispatched in 5 games by Blades and Caps.
Top Forward: ItsMayers-: 6gp, 13g, 11a, 4.00P/G, +18, 38.2S%, 70.0FO%, 0.51GA/TA, 6-0-0
Top Defenseman: SNAKE_-_PLISSKIN: 5gp, 11a, 2.20P/G, +22, 0.54GA/TA, 5-0-0
Top Goalie: Welly_Snipes: 1.97GAA, 0.846SVP, 1SO, 26SA, 22SV, 2-0-0
New York Islanders 1-7-0 27th Overall, 13th Eastern Conference (5-27-4)
I was specifically asked not to talk too much about their team but I did manage to get a quote from their owner ThatShadowGuy91, “We’re ass.” When that is your entire opinion of your own team that is concerning. But looking at their record and position in the standings it’s really not inaccurate.
Top Forward: Johnnyrocco613: 4gp, 5g, 5a, 2.50P/G, 45.5S%, 0.48GA/TA, 0-4-0
Top Defenseman: Schmidty34_: 4gp, 4a, 1.25P/G, 23H, 0.62GA/TA, 1-2-1
Top Goalie: ThatShadowGuy91: 3.66GAA, 0.814SVP, 43SA, 38SV, 1-0-1
New York Rangers 5-3-0 14th Overall, 8th Eastern Conference (20-13-2)
Scalz’s Rangers are having a pretty respectable season. Despite losing their Captain before the season even started due to a serious concussion. This team is poised to make the playoffs. With YoJonsn and PXSTRNAK-_- leading the way this team has picked up a lot of surprising wins. Despite Scalz at times needing to tend the goal.
Top Forward: PXSTRNAK-_-: 6gp, 6g, 10a, 2.67P/G, 30.0S%, 0.26GA/TA, 5-1-0
Top Defenseman: YoJonsn: 3gp, 4a, 1.33P/G, 19H, 0.91GA/TA, 2-1-0
Top Goalie: j_sherminator: 3.29GAA, 0.770SVP, 1SO, 100SA, 77SV, 5-2-0
Ottawa Senators 5-3-0 17th Overall, 10th Eastern Conference (17-17-2)
Yet another team that had management forced to resign early in the season, the Senators have surpassed my expectations a few more forfeit wins and they might even be in reach of a playoff spot. Keep an eye on the Nation’s capital. It will be interesting to watch for sure.
Top Forward: Hamanator: 3gp, 12g, 2a, 4.67P/G, +6, 63.2S%, 3-0-0
Top Defenseman: CHARAx33z: 4gp, +4, 29H, 0.60GA/TA, 3-1-0
Top Goalie: Mallia27: 3.75GAA, 0.714SVP, 35SA, 25SV, 2-1-0
Philadelphia Flyers 4-4-0 12th Overall, 7th Eastern Conference (21-14-1)
The Flyers flew, and then fell, and now they’re at a cruising altitude, underperforming against teams they could win against but still beating the teams they should. Honestly I can’t make heads nor tails of this team. My prediction is that they don’t make the playoffs. They simply are not consistent enough.
Top Forward: FIVEpointOHHH: 1gp, 4g, 2a, 6.00P/G, +6, 100.0S%, 0.83GA/TA, 1-0-0
Top Defenseman: defmincex13: 8gp, 6a, 0.88P/G, 23H, 0.92GA/TA, 4-4-0
Top Goalie: Ellustrious: 4.67GAA, 0.745SVP, 55SA, 41SV, 0-3-0
Pittsburgh Penguins 0-7-0-1 (1 No Game) 24th Overall, 12th Eastern Conference (10-22-3)
Penguins can’t fly and they prove it yet again. Without their captain Gui it is clear this team is in A LOT of trouble. Any time your best player in a week is Clark… you’re in trouble. It will be interesting to see what kinds of moves Vis makes to offer Clark and Gui some offensive support going forward.
Top Forward: Xx_Grahame_47xX: 6gp, 4g, 2a, 1.00P/G, 22.2S%, 0.33GA/TA, 0-5-1
Top Defenseman: Whitemike112: 5gp, 1.00P/G, 4PIM, 15H, 0.48GA/TA, 0-4-1
Top Goalie: worf26: 6.15GAA, 0.618SVP, 76SA, 49SV, 0-5-0
San Jose Sharks 7-1-0 3rd Overall, 2nd Western Conference (26-6-2)
The Sharks have taken full advantage of the slap play this whole season. Frustrating and embarrassing teams with their transition offense, and then locking them down with their shutdown defense. I expect to see this team led by Prod and Reli cruise right up to a date with the Avs in the Western Conference Finals.
Top Forward: Eddie2708_: 6gp, 8g, 12a, 3.33P/G, +16, 47.1S%, 67.3FO%, 5-1-0
Top Defenseman: Kylo_Reli: 5gp, 5g, 15a, +18, 4.00P/G, 18H, 23.8S%, 4-1-0
Top Goalie: Gunnerskale__: 1.33GAA, 0.810SVP, 1SO, 21SA, 17SV, 3-0-0
St. Louis Blues 5-3-0 9th Overall, 4th Western Conference (21-12-2)
The Blues season has not been too shabby. They’ve won the vast majority of the games they should be winning but they are a significant step behind the Avs, and Devils. That being said this team will be far from irrelevant come playoffs. Keep an eye on these boys.
Top Forward: Toslick: 5gp, 9g, 12a, 4.20P/G, +10, 36.0S%, 3-2-0
Top Defenseman: donkeyx: 7gp, 8a, 1.29P/G, +8, 0.81GA/TA, 4-3-0
Top Goalie: newsy002qc: 3.17GAA, 0.784SVP, 88SA, 69SV, 3-3-0
Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3-0 6th Overall, 3rd Eastern Conference (23-11-2)
This being arguably the Lightning’s worst week of the season leaves this team as a bit of a longshot title favourite. This is one of the few teams in the league that could upset the Devils and make things interesting in the playoffs. Shayne and his boys could have a huge impact on the result of this season if they play how they’re capable of playing.
Top Forward: xSalda-: 4gp, 3g, 8a, 2.75P/G, +2, 37.5S%, 3-1-0
Top Defenseman: Kidmon3y: 4gp, 5g, 6a, 2.75P/G, 35.7S%, 0.41GA/TA, 3-1-0
Top Goalie: charest4: 3.27GAA, 0.726SVP, 73SA, 53SV, 4-2-0
Toronto Maple Leafs 3-3-2 15th Overall, 9th Eastern Conference (20-14-2)
So you look at this team on paper and they seem poised to be a title contender. Then you look at them in the standings and they are at risk of falling out of the playoff picture. Dudnastyy is going to need to step it up and start hard carrying. This team cannot afford to keep losing games they should be winning.
Top Forward: hypey-: 4gp, 4g, 13a, 3.40P/G, 50.0S%, 53.2FO%, 0.50GA/TA, 2-1-2
Top Defenseman: Dougie__Hazard: 3gp, 5a, 1.67P/G, 0.75GA/TA, 1-2-0
Top Goalie: N/A for week 6.
Vancouver Canucks 2-6-0 26th Overall, 14th Western Conference (6-25-4)
The Canucks are simply one of the many teams that might as well just tank the rest of their season. They hold two first round picks and two second round picks for next season’s draft but to be brutally honest those picks would be best used by a different owner. Sometimes things don’t go as planned and sometimes you just clearly don’t have a good plan. Expect to see this team in the battle for last even if they continue trying to win games.
Top Forward: rockan40: 4gp, 4g, 3a, 1.75P/G, 28.6S%, 0.65GA/TA, 1-3-0
Top Defenseman: carnesc1: 5gp, 17H, 0.46GA/TA, 1-4-0
Top Goalie: playboicentersg-: 4.00GAA, 0.782SVP, 55SA, 43SV, 0-3-0
Vegas Golden Knights 1-6-1 11th Overall, 5th Western Conference (21-14-1)
Well, after multiple Cup runs and Conference Championships the powerhouse management duo of Fluri and Bean completely derailed as they both quit and handed over a playoff team to Yorsini07. Who upon a quick glance at his career statistics is a solid AHL level player with no management experience and very little NHL experience. It will be interesting to see how he handles being thrown into the top spot of a team on the verge of collapsing.
Top Forward: AgedQuod: 8g, 7a, 3.75P/G, 50.0S%, 4-0-0
Top Defenseman: teamrun420: 1gp, 2a, 2.00P/G, +6, 0.50GA/TA, 1-0-0
Top Goalie: chadkillz134: 7.01GAA, 0.716SVP, 74SA, 53SV, 1-2-0
Washington Capitals 7-0-1 4th Overall, 2nd Eastern Conference (24-11-1)
The Capitals have been on a tear as of late and charged up the Eastern Conference and league standings to an outstanding 4th Overall position. With a few good trades this team could definitely become a threat to upset New Jersey and steal a Conference championship. They have no problem beating any teams they have faced with only 2 losses in their last 10 games, 1 of which was an OT loss to the equally red-hot Coyotes.
Top Forward: Murphwizzle: 7gp, 11g, 13a, 3.43P/G, +19, 35.5S%, 71.4FO%, 6-0-1
Top Defenseman: Bigsmell: 5gp, 5a, 1.20P/G, +16, 11H, 5-0-0
Top Goalie: x-Andersxn-_-: 2.19GAA, 0.833SVP, 1SO, 66SA, 55SV, 4-0-1
Winnipeg Jets 3-5-0 19th Overall, 9th Western Conference (15-19-2)
Being a playoff bubble team in the weak Western Conference means this team will need to start stealing some wins if they hope to make the playoffs. The team doesn’t suck by any means but losing games they should be winning at this point will cost them dearly. However with the Predators barely showing up for games this team looks like a good candidate to make it as the second wild card in the West. Which will give them 4 games to be annihilated by the Avs to end their season.
Top Forward: TheMarker_1: 6gp, 8g, 8a, 2.67P/G, +6, 30.8S%, 3-3-0
Top Defenseman: Beantwn_beatdwn: 7gp, 7a, 1.00P/G, +4, 1.16GA/TA, 3-4-0
Top Goalie: ChRoMe-USAF: 3.62GAA, 0.748SVP, 119SA, 89SV, 3-5-0
Written by: Clark