WHL teams have played anywhere from eight to 12 games.
The Prince George Cougars are in the middle at the 10-game mark.
The sample size is small to try and get a proper reading of where teams are it, but the early indication is the Portland Winterhawks (8-1) and Victoria Royals (9-1-1) will be the front-runners and the others will be in a large group behind.
The Winterhawks are ranked first in the CHL, while the Royals are fifth, down from first the previous week.
Tri-City (7-4) is the only other Western team that has a record of better than a game over 500.
#CHL Announces Week 5 Top-10 Rankings:
1-POR, 2-SAR, 3-SC, 4-QUE, 5-VIC (W), 6-SSM, 7-BLB, 8-OS, 9-MJ, 10-PBO.
Honours: BDN, BAR, ROU. pic.twitter.com/cgzueI8I5L
— CanadianHockeyLeague (@CHLHockey) October 18, 2017
The 3-5-2 Cougars are ninth in the Conference, but just four points behind fourth and two points back of Kelowna and Vancouver in the BC Division.
The early season performance of the Cougars has been a reflection of most of the other teams…
A large part can be attributed to having half of their 26 players as rookies.
Some of Cougars results have been head-scratchers.
On one hand, they win 3-0 in Portland, the Winterhawks only loss of the season.
On the other, they dropped a pair of back-to-back home games to Kamloops by a combined 8-2 score, which came right after the Blazers started the season 0-9.
The Cougars are pleased they are 2-1 on the road, yet dumbfounded they only have one win in seven tries (1-4-2) at the CN Centre.
Possibly, the Cats will be more relaxed with their next seven away from Prince George.
The season that counts the most doesn’t begin until after the January 10th trade deadline when rosters are finalized.
The next 30 games should determine if the Cougars will be buyers or sellers.
— PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 19, 2017
While it is difficult to predict game to game what the PG Cougars will do, it’s that way with many teams in other leagues.
How was anyone to know the 0-5 New York Giants, a 12-point underdog, would win handily in Denver 23-10?
— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2017
Taking a step further, favored teams were just 5-9 in week six of the NFL season.
After 92 NFL games this year, the home team is just 45-45 (not counting neutral site games).
The total includes that last play Oakland Raiders 31-30 triumph over the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday, in yet another upset.
I’m wondering if anyone is left in a survivor pool?
— OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) October 20, 2017
I was knocked out in week five when Jacksonville crushed heavily favored Pittsburgh.
My survivor pick in week six would have been Atlanta, an 11-and-a-half point favorite, over visiting Miami.
Naturally, the Dolphins trailed 17-0, yet came back to win 20-17.
Aren’t the defending NFC champs supposed to be on a mission?
The so-called hungry Falcons have lost back-to-back home games against the Buffalo Bills and the Dolphins.
Thank goodness we can still rely on the Cleveland Browns to lose each week.
Watch, they will now go out and win Sunday against Tennessee… HAHAHAHAHA no, they won’t.
They are still the Browns, about the only constant left in the league.
Meanwhile, the MLB playoffs in the American League are also nearly impossible to forecast.
How do the New York Yankees erase a 2-0 deficit to eliminate the best team all year, the Cleveland Indians, in the maximum five games?
Furthermore, the Yanks are doing it again against the second best team in the AL.
They trailed the Houston Astros 2-0 in the best of seven, but won three straight at home to take a 3-2 series lead.
We are in an era of unpredictably for game results, which can be perceived as serving the best interest of the fans.
Back to the Browns, they have to win one (like last year) when it’s least expected. Don’t they?
FROM THE QUOTE RACK:
Even if Colin Kaepernick is a distraction, maybe the Cleveland Browns should sign him to distract from their play on the field.
*Comedy writer Janice Hough of Palo Alto, California www.leftcoastsportsbabe.com
A coach for the Miami Dolphins had to resign after a video surfaced of him snorting white powder. Afterwards, the team was like, “So THAT’S why the 50-yard line kept disappearing.
*Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon
A statue of Peyton Manning was unveiled in Indianapolis last week. Football experts say it can almost move as fast as Tom Brady.
*Comedy writer TC Chong of Vancouver
Former boxing champion George Foreman (68) has challenged former action star Steven Seagal (65) to fight him in the ring. And the winner will be our next president.
*Conan O’Brien of TBS
An Indiana stock car race ended with punches, stun guns and arrests. In Indiana this is otherwise known as “date night.”
*Comedy writer Jim Barach of WCHS-TV in Charleston, W.Va., http://jokesbyjim.blogspot.ca/
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:
Today’s Jeopardy answer: It’s the capital of the country of Georgia. If Shakespeare were alive, he’d say, “Tbilisi or not Tbilisi; that is the question.”
*Comedy writer RJ Currie www.Sportsdeke.com
Hartley Miller is the sports director and morning news anchor for 94.3 the Goat.
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