Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the
+ Despite losing 223 man-games to injuries, the
+ The season is speeding toward the halfway mark and the
- Maybe there is such a thing as a sophomore jinx. Colorado forward Nathan MacKinnon, last season's rookie of the year, ended a goal drought at 16 games Saturday. Through 35 games he had six goals, 22 points and a minus-nine defensive rating. His award-winning numbers last season were 24 goals, 63 points and plus-20.
- Losing forward