Today’s 5: Crosby’s scoring pace, Sabres losing pace, Tim Thomas’ positive influence, and more.

1. Crosby is a beast.

Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

The NHL season is only three weeks old, and already Sidney Crosby is running away with the scoring lead, again. The Kid has 17 points in 8 games, as I’m sure you already know. Pretty incredible start for number 87, who has bolted out of the gate in each of the last three NHL seasons.

According to Fansided.com, Crosby is on pace for an astounding 72 goals and 103 assists, totalling 174 points. Read full article here.

IF, Sidney Crosby plays 82 games in 2013-14 and records 174 points, his numbers will stand as the 8th most successful single season point total in NHL history. For full list of the single season top 50 point scorers check out this list courtesy of My NHL Trade Rumours dot com.

2. How bad can the Buffalo Sabres be this season?

After ten games played, the Buffalo Sabres are 1-8-1. If you believe Crosby’s current pace is attainable, you might want to also consider the Sabres are on pace to win a mere 8 games this year.

In 1974-75, the Washington Capitals set an NHL record that still reigns in the record books when they won 8 times over the course of an 80 game schedule. To be fair to the Caps, it was the franchise’s first season in the NHL. The 2013-14 Buffalo Sabres are not an expansion team, so that excuse holds no weight.

Winning so few games is probably impossible. The Sabres are rebuilding, icing a lineup of kids on most nights. However, winning a lowly total of 8 games through 82 opportunities seems unfathomable in today’s NHL. However, if pending UFA’s Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek are traded for future pieces, eight wins becomes a more realistic possibility.

The Sabres play the Boston Bruins, Wednesday night.

3. Roman Hamrlik announces retirement from the NHL.

Roman Hamrlik and Joffrey Lupul fight for the puck. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Roman Hamrlik and Joffrey Lupul fight for the puck. Image Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

A day after goaltender Martin Biron hung up the skates, defenceman Roman Hamrlik follows suit. The Czech Republic native is a veteran of twenty NHL seasons as a member of seven different NHL clubs.

Hamrlik was drafted 1st overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning back in 1992. His 638 points rank him 31st all time in defencemen scoring. See the list of highest scoring NHL defencemen here, courtesy of Quant Hockey.

Hamrlik is one of only two Czech born players to be selected 1st overall in the NHL entry draft, the other being C Patrik Stefan who was chosen by the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999.

4. Tim Thomas gives young Florida Panthers confidence.

Florida Panthers’ goaltender Tim Thomas is not having his best NHL season, that’s for sure, but he is making an impact on his new club. In an article by George Richards of the Miami Herald, Panthers GM Dave Tallon speaks very highly of Tim Thomas’ competitive nature and winning attitude.

Tallon expresses his opinion of Thomas’ positive influence on the team, telling the Miami Herald, “He’s a difference maker and he gives our guys some confidence out there. He’s a champion. He’s what we need.” To read the full article entitled “PANTHERS CONFIDENT IN GOALTENDING: Dale Tallon, Panthers teammates Praise Tim Thomas … Florida Penalty Killers Bringing It” by Richards of the Miami Herald, click here.

5. San Jose Sharks face tough challenge as they try to keep their streak of no regulation losses alive.

The San Jose Sharks visit The Joe tonight in what will be a difficult challenge against former conference rivals the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks are the only team in the NHL that is yet to lose a game in regulation.

San Jose will be without defenceman turned forward Brent Burns who sustained an upper body injury over the weekend. Read about the injury here, courtesy of San Jose Mercury News.

The Wings are still without number one defenceman Niklas Kronwall who suffered a concussion last week against the Colorado Avalanche. Kronwall is listed day-to-day.