Saturday, December 1, 2007

NHL Team Of The Month: November 2007

With the quarter mark of this season in the rear view mirror, it's time to name the Team of the Month for November:

  • Center: Vincent Lecavalier (14 GP, 9 G, 16 A, 7 PPP)
  • Right Wing: Martin Erat (12 GP, 8 G, 10 A, 4 GWG)
  • Left Wing: Ilya Kovalchuk (12 GP, 14 G, 8 A, 8 PPP)
  • Defense: Sergei Gonchar (12 GP, 4 G, 11 A, +5, 9 PPP)
  • Defense: Zdeno Chara (13 GP, 3 G, 7 A, +7, 4 PPP)
  • Goalie: Roberto Luongo (12 GP, 8 W, 1.56 GAA, .940 SV%, 4 SO)
  • Lecavalier and Kovalchuk were both out of their minds in November. They were no brainers for Team of the Month honors.
  • Martin Erat has been quietly sensational for the Predators. Four game winners in a single month is great for anyone. Where would they be without his offense?
  • Chara and Gonchar both had outstanding months. Gonchar's +5 is especially noteworthy considering he does most of his scoring with the man advantage. Maybe it's time for people to start giving him some credit for his defense.
  • Luongo gets the nod over Henrik Lundqvist because he takes the ice every game knowing he has to steal points for the beat up and goal-starved Canucks. Lundqvist has a bit more margin for error on most nights. It also doesn't hurt that Luongo closed out November with a three game shutout streak.

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