Wednesday, February 1, 2012

February Fever

The Saint John Sea Dogs are entering February on a high note. The team has won five straight games and are 8-2-0-0 in their last 10, placing them first overall in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League standings with a 36-13-0-2 record.

Overall, January was a good month for the Sea Dogs. In nine games, they had a record of 8-1-0-0 and outscored opponents 34-18. Their lone loss was a 4-1 defeat against the Shawinigan Cataractes, the team that sits just one-point back with a game in-hand on the Saint John in the standings.

Now, it’s time to take a look at February. Here is the Sea Dogs’ schedule with the winning percentage of each opponent on the far right.

DateOpponent TimeWin Pct
Fri Feb 3at Drummondville08:00 AST0.462
Sat Feb 4at Shawinigan05:00 AST0.730
Sat Feb 11at PEI04:00 AST0.340
Sun Feb 12vs Bathurst03:00 AST0.520
Wed Feb 15at PEI07:00 AST0.340
Fri Feb 17vs Quebec08:00 AST0.700
Tue Feb 21vs Halifax07:00 AST0.615
Sat Feb 25at Moncton07:00 AST0.500
Sun Feb 26vs Cape Breton03:00 AST0.429
Tue Feb 28vs Moncton07:00 AST0.500

Saint John will play six of their 10 games this month against opponents who currently have winning percentages at or above .500. Only three – Shawinigan, Quebec, and Halifax – sit above .600. Unless something bizarre happens, there is really no reason why the Sea Dogs shouldn’t get 16-20 points this month.

The Dogs will play five road games in February with three of them being in played within the division. They kick off the month with back-to-back contests in Quebec.

As for the standings go, it’s basically coming down to Saint John, Shawinigan, Quebec, and Victoriaville to battle it out for top spot in the league. Working in the Sea Dogs’ favour is that the Cataractes, Remparts, and Tigres all play within the ridiculously tough Telus East Division, meaning their schedules down the stretch will be a lot tougher.

Here’s a look at the standings.

With the division winners being placed first through third, it will take quite a collapse for Saint John not to finish first or second overall.

Photo Credit: Marc Henwood/Station Nation


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