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For the first time since the second week of November, the Bulldogs had a pair of home games. Unfortunately, their slump continued and they have now lost four straight. On the plus side, the Habs' ECHL affiliate in Wheeling won all four of their games and six straight overall. My Final Thought continues its look back at the year 2012 with another of this years' top stories, one we wish never happened.
The Dog Pound
After somewhat of an offensive outburst last week, the scoring returned to normal levels for the Bulldogs. The result is also one we're too familiar with as Hamilton has now matched its season long losing streak.
News and Notes:
- With Mike Commodore and Frederic St-Denis both under the weather, Hamilton signed defenceman Cody Wild - who was at training camp with the team - to a PTO.
- The Bulldogs' loss to San Antonio was their first defeat of the year when scoring the first goal of the game.
- Lines from the most recent game:
Blunden - Holland - Gallagher
Bournival - Chaput - Nattinen
Hagel - Dumont - Leblanc
Quailer - Fortier - Stortini
Beaulieu - Ellis
Tinordi - St-Denis
Nash - Wild
After a slow start to the season in the +/- department (-8 in the first 14 games), Jarred Tinordi has had an even rating or better in 11 of his last 13 contests (+5 in that span).
SHOOTOUT - SKATERS
SHOOTOUT - GOALIES
Goals: Brendan Gallagher
Assists: Beaulieu/Bournival (9)
Points: Brendan Gallagher (17)
+/-: Joonas Nattinen (+6)
PIMS: Zack Stortini (94)
Shots: Brendan Gallagher (95)
Hamilton vs Toronto
December 28: St. John's vs Hamilton
December 29: Hamilton vs Lake Erie
The Farm's Farm
Peter Delmas had his first full week with the Nailers this season and he made the most of it, allowing just a single goal in each of his starts (all victories).
As the Habs/Bulldogs have players affiliated with three different teams at the moment, the table below now covers all of those players, not just the ones with Wheeling.
Colby Armstrong has not yet played since signing with Utah.
First, I'd like to thank our readers for your patience during our downtime over the last few days. We had some technical difficulties which have been resolved and we are now back up and running.
The second of 2012's top storylines is one that unfortunately is still ongoing. Yes, I'm talking about the lockout. Since September 15th, the only NHL updates we've had involve percentage points instead of points in the standings while witnessing a pathetic PR campaign that both the league and NHLPA continue to try to win. (For anyone wondering, the latest reports say there is likely to be a meeting sometime late in the upcoming week.)
Sadly, the lockout talk was prevalent long before the expiration of the CBA as it was a topic of discussion all through the year. Should the negotiations have started sooner? Would both sides have been amenable to even doing so? Could the fans actually be forced to sit and wait through another work stoppage? (We all know the answer to that one now, of course.)
The looming lockout made 2011-12's struggles even more difficult to deal with. It was tough enough at times watching the team struggle to a 28th place finish but even more frustrating when you considered that it might be the last hockey we saw from the Canadiens for quite some time. I'm sure there are some out there now that wouldn't be upset to see a similarly performing team play the 2012-13 campaign just to see some actual Habs hockey. Reflecting on 2011, I never would have thought that this would be the case. Here's hoping the lockout is a positive story in 2013 with a quick resolution.
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