Finally! Hockey's back. For tonight, "geared up" is an understatement. Some quick links before we get to the interactive topic of this post:
- The Post previews tonight with confident thoughts from Jack Capuano
- Newsday goes with playoff talk from John Tavares, and Mark Streit remarking how much JT has grown since he last shared the ice with him. | Andrew MacDonald took a scheduled rest day yesterday but will play tonight.
The official site has Travis Hamonic and Matt Martin geared up.
- Find Panthers coverage and links via our buddies at Litter Box Cats.
- Site instructions: FIG picks are here, but before leaving them read these new instructions first.
Alright then: This is a simple exercise for the regular commenters, to let your
projections expectations and hopes run wild. Last year when we did this, we were already in gallows humor after the major injuries to Mark Streit and Kyle Okposo. This year ... well we've made it to Oct. 8 without disaster!
So below you'll see the categories in which to pick which Islanders leads the team this season. (In parentheses is who the leader was last year. Alas, Radek Martinek is gone, so you can't pick him as your blueline GP leader.) Carry on:
Which Islander in 2011-12 will have:
1. The most points? (last year: John Tavares, 67)
2. Most goals? (last year: Michael Grabner, 34)
3. Most assists? (last year: Tavares, 38)
4. Best +/-? (last year: Frans Nielsen/Grabner, +13)
5. Most PIMs? (last year: Zenon Konopka, 307)
6. Highest TOI per game -- both defense and forward (last year: Andrew MacDonald 23:25, Tavares 19:15)
7. Best GAA? (last year: Al Montoya, 2.39)
8. Best save percentage? (last year: Kevin Poulin, .924)
10. Most powerplay goals? (last year: Tavares, Matt Moulson, P.A. Parenteau, 9 each)
11. Which defenseman scores the most goals? (last year: Hamonic, 5)
12. Who plays the most games? (last year: Moulson/Konopka, 82)
BONUS: Who plays more NHL games this year -- Nino Niederreiter, Milan Jurcina, or Ty Wishart?
Last year's Bonus #2 was: Who plays more NHL games this year -- Nino, Hamonic or Matt Martin? The answer, it turned out, was Matt Martin (68 GP), although Travis Hamonic (62) sure gave him a good run.
Have fun with your answers. If it's easier, you might copy/paste the Q's above and then type over with your new answers.
P.S. Konopka's 82-game run ended with a healthy scratch for Ottawa last night. The Sens lost 5-3 to the Red Wings.