Weekly ramblings, musings, and thoughts to ponder about every team in the league.
Anaheim Ducks – The Anaheim Ducks have now lost 8 consecutive games. Before the losing streak, the Ducks had won four in a row and nine of 10. They also tried to kill Connor McDavid… Not great! (If you’re throwing money around on some bets now would be a good time to start betting on the Ducks, they’re getting Cam Fowler back from IR and obviously due for a W).
Arizona Coyotes – Scoring 1 or less goals in 7 of their previous 12 games you knew they were due for an explosion and the Rangers were the unlucky victims with a 5 goal shutout win for the Yotes. If you’re looking for betting trends the Coyotes are average on the road which you may expect, but they are piss poor at home going 8-12-2 on the year.
Boston Bruins – The B’s lead the league in roasting each other on Twitter. Marchand doesn’t tweet often but when he does he makes it count, Krug rolled out the body bag for him this time tho.
Buffalo Sabres – Jeff Skinner is all the way on top of his game right now and the Sabres are embracing it. His 28 goals are 2nd in the entire league and they’re giving him every opportunity look at his offensive zone starts by year…
No he didn’t get picked for the ASG, but maybe he should have just for the skills comp. Here he is in the Sabres team skills comp
He makes his return to Carolina on Friday night. If you can find a prop bet for him to score, book it. Hint, hint MyBookie.AG
Calgary Flames – Cutis Lazar is ready to return to the NHL. A former first round pick of the Senators traded to Calgary who actually ASKED to be sent down to the A at the beginning of the year for more playing time seems to have found his confidence with 27 points in 33 games in the minors. I suspect it has nothing to do with the Flames being tied for first in the West right now either.
Carolina Hurricanes – On a 4 game win streak Carolina is desperately trying to climb back into the wild card hunt. There’s currently a pretty clear separation in the east with Montreal 1 point out at 49 and Carolina leading the also rans at 43 points.
Seems weird but at the same time makes perfect sense.
Chicago Blackhawks – Perfect storm for the Hawks as they continue their dominance of the Penguins. They battled back from a 2 goal deficit, ended Pittsburgh’s 8 game win streak, ended Crosby’s 6 game point streak, Chris Kunitz scored against his former team, and have now won 10! straight against Pittsburgh since losing 4-1 on March 30, 2014.
Colorado Avalanche – Much like Arizona it seems a good cure for what ails ya is a game against the Rangers. The Av’s had lost 6 straight including the Blackhawks (twice) and buried New York 6-1 on Friday night. Rantanen and MacKinnon had 3 points each and should be a good jumpstart to get them rolling again.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Look at this composure from Dubois on the feed to Seth Jones. Once he falls and starts to slide he peeks over and see’s Jones trailing, he doesn’t just take a hack at the puck trying to force it over, he knows he has time so he cradles it and puts a precision pass right through the D mans triangle tape to fucking tape.
Dallas Stars – Everyone thinks this Stars team is all offense but they’ve had two goals or fewer in eight of their past 10 games and still managed to go 6-3-1. Bettors? Stars are 14-5-2 at home. Ride the Stars at home. Money.
Detroit Red Wings – “Lose for Hughes” is starting to gain steam in Detroit. Jack Hughes is set to be the first overall pick in the ’19 draft and with the Wings playoff chances all but dead is it time to start the tank? Thing is even if they start selling players I’m still not sure they’re bad enough to finish last. Better hope those lottery balls bounce their way.
Edmonton Oilers – Highest % of Team Goals Involved in since 2016-17:
1. Oilers – Connor McDavid 46.0%
2. Colorado – Nathan MacKinnon 37.8%
3. Tampa Bay – Nikita Kucherov 36.7%
You expect McDavid to be heavily involved in his teams offensive output but for the love of Gretzky get this guy some damn help!
Florida Panthers – Interesting rumor from George Richards of The Athletic: The Florida Panthers could be looking for a starting goaltender at the trade deadline or during the offseason:
They could be looking to go big with their main target possibly being Columbus Blue Jackets pending free agent Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky owns a condo in downtown Miami already, and there have been rumors already that Bobrovsky and fellow pending UFA Artemi Panarin have interest in playing in the state of Florida.
Los Angeles Kings – Here’s a look at the LA Kings come February…
Minnesota Wild – Zach Parise is quietly having a great bounce back season riding a 5 game point streak with 19 goals, and 38 points in 39 games. They need this guy sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber. Keep him healthy AT ALL COSTS!
Montreal Canadiens – Here are some potentially surprising nerdy stats about the Canadians if you’ve been wondering (Like I have) how they’ve managed to stay in the playoff hunt:
Only three teams produce more scoring chances per 60 than the Canadiens during 5v5 play.
At 3.02 goals scored per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, the Canadiens are ranked fifth in the NHL.
They are beasts at 5v5 but special teams? Their PP is at 13.4 per cent… 29th in the NHL. The PK is 27th.
Nashville Predators – Can you guess the current leading goal scorer for Nashville? Craig Freakin’ Smith. (Forsberg also has 14, but he’s still out). The edge? Smith has 4 ppg and Forsberg has 3. With all the talent on this team, especially on the back end, at a glance you would expect Nashville to have a much better PP. 28th in the league. Getting Forsberg back will help.
New Jersey Devils – Howabout this goal from Ben Lovejoy of all people looking like Jaromir Jagr in his prime using that backside to protect the puck showing all the patience in the world and just snapping it home.
New York Islanders – Was getting rid of John Tavares the best thing to ever happen to the Isles? 9 and 1 lately nd on a 6 game win streak they seem to be playing with a chip on their shoulder every night. Everyone wrote this team off the day JT signed in Toronto but here they are right in the thick of it for the Metro division.
New York Rangers – Things are getting bad. Bad, bad. 3 straight losses all by 5 goals or more. Hank Lundqvist is a proud man and he’s never going to ask for a trade but it may be time to do him a favor and send him to a team with a shot for the last few years of his career.
Ottawa Senators – Absolutely beautiful glove save by Anders Nilsson to keep Ottawa in the game late in the 3rd. Ottawa wasn’t able to tie it up and ended up losing falling to dead last in the East. 1-8-1 in their last 10, the wheels are all the way off.
Philadelphia Flyers – The Philly faithful have another week of Big Dig Nick and the Eagles to distract them from their Flyer woes. But don’t get down Flyers fans, I have good news for you! Forward Jori Lehtera is skipping his court date in Finland for his cocaine bust because officials haven’t been able to serve him papers yet. He gets to keep playing! *Looks at stats* 24 games, 3 points… Yikes
Pittsburgh Penguins – Defenseman Justin Schultz is skating again after a broken leg and is listed as week-to-week. Speaking of injury, Since returning Matt Murray is playing some of the best hockey of his career. He is 7-0 with a 1.27 goals-against average and .962 save percentage. The numbers are outstanding but you can just look at his body language in the net and notice he’s a different guy. He’s got no bad habits right now. He’s not fighting the puck, not going down early, not overcommitting. He’s standing tall when challenging the shooter, limiting his rebounds, and most important, his confidence is sky high. He looks like the young phenom who helped backstop the team to two championships.
Also Matt Cullen scored with his ear.
San Jose Sharks – Statement win for the Sharks taking down Tampa 5-3 who are undoubtedly the class of the league. Granted it was in San Jose on the last leg of a West Coast trip for Tampa but a W is a W. Maybe the most impressive feat of the night? Keeping Kurcherov off the scoresheet except for a big fat -4.
St. Louis Blues – Lots of faith in the Blues front office and coaching right now.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Losing their first game in regulation since fucking NOVEMBER on the last game of a west coast trip is encouraging to say the least. My logical brain says this is the team to beat and it’s not even close, but my sports brain tells me until they show they can beat the Penguins or the Capitals in the ECF they’re just the next great regular season team who couldn’t get it done.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Freddie Andersen is getting close to making his return after being out since mid December with a groin injury. There’s no rush quite like pinning your Stanley Cup hopes on a goalie with a wonky groin. Enjoy the ride Leafs fans.
Vancouver Canucks – Pretty damn good company here and your clear cut Calder winner.
Butttt now he has an MCL sprain. This is a good test for the Canucks to evaluate the rest of their guys when their star isn’t in the lineup.
Vegas Golden Knights – The curious case of Brandon Pirri continues with his call up from the AHL this week. All this guy does is score goals but he can’t seem to stick in any lineup or any team throughout his career. I understand this guy isn’t going to win a Selke anytime soon but he’s an inexpensive depth forward that scores A LOT.
Washington Capitals – What seemed like a minor deadline move last year has turned out to be a high quality pickup in Washington with Michael Kempny who has already set career highs in goals (five), assists (ten), and points (15). He is a career-high plus-24, tied for fifth-best in the league. On the flip side a guy the Caps have counted on in Dmitry Orlov has three points (all assists) in 16 games since December 1st and has not had a goal in 24 games. The two he had against the Minnesota Wild on November 13th are his only two goals this season to date. (via Japersrink.com)
Winnipeg Jets – Nikolai Ehlers is out for a month after a collision with Sidney Crosby. Tough blow for the Jets as he has 15 goals on the year and it was a rather pedestrian looking hit.