While everyone is talking about Kessel's scoring streak and Chara's big fight, I'm still in awe of Bruin's goaltender Tim Thomas's incredible run to start the season.
I'm not the only one. TSN's player rankings has Tim Thomas not only as the No. 1 goaltender in the NHL, but the No. 1 player overall. Their rankings are a mathematical formula based on statistics meant to weigh the impact each player has. It's basically how important they are to their team.
Meanwhile ESPN shows once again how biased they are in their absurd power rankings. As always seems the case for Thomas, the opinions of the "experts" don't come close to matching his actual performance. He never seems to get the credit he deserves. A perusal of their ranking of the top 15 players in the league shows no sign of Thomas, even though they include two goaltenders with inferior statistics! As far as I'm concerned, ESPN is no longer relevant anyhow. They turned their backs on the game after trying to take advantage of the lockout to screw the NHL.
They do still have some people associated with them whom I respect, and one of those is Barry Melrose. Recently Melrose has spoken glowingly about Thomas, saying that he is "rooting for him" and that Thomas is "what sports are all about."
I could not agree more.