Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tuesday's Portland Winterhawks' News and Notes: Portland's Record by Each Opponent/Division

Two more losses to the B.C. Division over the weekend, had me thinking about how poorly Portland has done against them as a unit, compared to how well they have done in inter-divisional games. Let's take a look at what Portland's exact record is vs. each team along with how many games they have left vs. each team.:

TeamGPWinsLossesOTLSOLGames Left?
Victoria202002/6 and 2/15 in Portland
Prince George41300None
Vancouver321003/11 in Vancouver
Everett64200Four Games
Seattle62400Six Games
Spokane650102/10 and 3/18
Tri-City963003/4 in Portland
Prince Albert10100None
Moose Jaw11000None
Swift Current11000None
Lethbridge000002/19 in Lethbridge
Red Deer000002/26 in Red Deer
Calgary000002/23 in Calgary
Edmonton000002/24 in Edmonton
Medicine Hat000002/20 in Med Hat
Kootenay000002/27 in Kootenay

-4-12-1-0 record vs. the B.C. Division with three games left to play.
-17-9-1-0 record within the U.S. Division with 13 games left to play.
-4-2 record vs. East Division (all home games).
-Six games left vs. Central Division (all road games).
-The record vs. the B.C. Division baffles me. Portland was in all four games vs. Kelowna, though that team appears to like playing the same style as Portland and has more skilled forwards, which could've been the overall difference. Portland actually outplayed Kamloops in three of those four games, yet could only find the one win.
-The Winterhawks have three games left against the B.C. (one with Vancouver and two with Victoria) and with almost half of Vancouver's roster plagued by injuries, they should get three of the four games in that specific season series.
-The Victoria games are at home and Portland should have Adin Hill going, unlike the two games in Victoria to start the season.
-17 wins out of 27 games in a tough U.S. Division is very impressive. If they keep that pace up, they should win eight or nine of their last 13 inter-divisional games, for a total of 25 or 26 wins in 40 games. A lot of those games are against the one team in the U.S., Portland has a losing record against (Seattle) though.
-Winning records have already been sealed for the season series against Spokane and Tri-City.
-Overall, Portland has played really well against U.S. Division teams and thus would really like to stay within the U.S. bracket, not stray over as a wild-card in the B.C. bracket (where they are currently slotted).
-The six-game road trip through Alberta could go a long way in determining where exactly the Hawks will be slotted for the playoffs.
Winterhawks in the NHL:
-The NHL returned tonight after the all star weekend.
-Connor McDavid returned from injury for Edmonton, meaning the Oilers had to create room by re-assigning Rob Klinkhammer to Bakersfield of the AHL.

-Nino Niederreiter scored a power play goal for Minnesota and added an assist, but they still fell in Brooklyn to the N.Y. Islanders  5-3.

Winterhawks in the ECHL:
-Garrett Haar has served his one-game suspension and is eligible to return to the lineup when Alaska plays again tomorrow night. He was suspended for a high-sticking incident in a game on January 29th vs. Colorado.

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