Christian: So who are you thinking?
Zac: It’s hard to be objective with AA’s copycat goal against Pitt constantly repeating in my head. When they showed the side-by-side last night with Datsyuk’s goal from… was it 2013?… my head just exploded. Suggest someone else, because I feel like I’m ignoring a lot of good play because of it!
Christian: I mean, I think it’s probably AA again, but Vanek is on a pretty killer point streak right now. He’s got points in his last 6 games, though one of those is the goal last night
Zac: Well that doesn’t count. We don’t know about that yet, because we’re totally doing this on time during the day on Monday. Stop predicting the future. VANEK! is on a tear, Mantha’s being Mantha. I can’t wait to talk about Coreau after the game that we haven’t seen yet because time travel isn’t a thing. ‘Member Larkin? I wish we could talk about Larkin on these things…
Christian: Yeah what’s up with him? I mean, I get that he’s having a sophomore slump, but still.
Zac: True, although his “sophomore slump” started his freshman year. I’m worried that the issues with this team are going to cause lasting damage with him.
Christian: He’s got 16 points in 44 games. I don’t even think he looks bad. I honestly don’t know what’s causing it. I think the team underperforming plus he gets focus from the other team
Christian: He had an assist last week
Zac: To risk referencing NHL 17 again, he’s solidly in the yellow.
Christian: Hah, you mean coach grades?
Christian: Anyways, I want to go with AA because he’s rapidly proving himself to be an elite talent. Like, as good as Larkin was last season at the beginning
Zac: You mean Andrevel Datsanasiou?
Christian: Or Paveas Athanasyuk. Iyer Prasanth had an interesting stat about him
Zac: Go on…
Christian: Ah, here we go.
Just for fun – here's the top 20 players in 5v5 P/60 minutes (>250 mins played). The Wings are 1 of 2 teams w/ 3 players in top-20 (PIT) pic.twitter.com/BktnlAvY2H
— Prashanth Iyer (@iyer_prashanth) January 15, 2017
So that’s points in 5v5 situation per 60 minutes of ice time. He’s 5th. That’s pretty great. that’s better than McJesus
Zac: McJesus, the standard to which we all compare ourselves. Even us goalies. (Sorry, I just wanted to call myself a goalie :D) WWMD?
Christian: Notice that Vanek is actually number 1. He’s so close to a PPG
Zac: I did notice that. There’s no way around it, VANEK! is amazing.
Christian: Yes he is. But let’s settle it. Vanek or AA?
Zac: I vote AA.
Zac: They AAs have it!
Congratulations Andreas Athanasiou, our second back to back Lord of the Wins Recipient. Last week he had 2 goals in 3 games.
2016-2017 Lord of the Wings Tallies
Anthony Mantha – 2
Andreas Athanasiou – 2
Jimmy Howard – 1
Tomas Tatar – 1