I was just going over the current NHL standings and was somewhat surprised to see the Washington Capitals
languishing at the bottom of the standings. You gotta wonder how a team with the likes of Jaromir Jagr
, Olaf Kolzig, Peter Bondra, Robert Lang and Sergei Gonchar can only have 7 points in their first 15 games. The one thing to note about the Caps is that they usually get hot in the second half of the season. But the question is, can they afford to stink it up for that long?
In a game against the Dallas Stars this week, Mark Messier surpassed Gordie Howe
to move into second place in all-time NHL scoring (he is still about a thousand points behind Wayne Gretzky
). Even though the two played in very different eras, the comparisons have begun. Mark Messier
has made a huge contribution to hockey and is often regarded as a consumate leader having won 6 Stanley Cup championships. Gordie Howe won 4 Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and 2 Avco Cups while playing in the WHA. Though Howe was probably more of a fighter than Messier, both could score and handle the physical side of hockey. An interesting comaprison.