Week 6: November 5 – 12, 2017

Making headlines

Matt Duchene was traded to the Ottawa Senators as part of a three-team transaction between Colorado, Ottawa, and the Nashville Predators on Sunday, November 5th. The long anticipated blockbuster move occurred mid-game, with Duchene leaving the ice in the first period after less than two minutes of ice time. Duchene requested a trade last Christmas, and after much grief between Duchene and the Avalanche organization, the wait is finally over as he makes his way to be the no. 1 center on a contending Ottawa team.

Injury report

Auston Matthews (TOR) – Suspicions of the franchise player’s health arose after he left practice early Tuesday morning due to “soreness”. Matthews took on a day-to-day status Wednesday, officially missing the first game of his career that night with an upper-body injury. Although he has yet to return to the team, the Leafs have managed to be 3-0 in his absence.

Carey Price (MTL) – The Habs super goalie was officially placed on injured reserve Friday with a lower body injury. While under normal circumstances this would be a major blow to the team, Price’s stats to begin this season have been less than “super”, currently carrying a .877 save percentage through 11 starts. Since Price has been out of commission (unofficially since November 3rd), Montreal has been 4-1.

Desert disaster

Vegas Golden Knights suffer series of unfortunate goaltending events when Marc-Andre Fleury obtained a concussion in mid-October, followed by back-up Malcolm Subban placed on IR soon after, and third-string goalie Oscar Dansk going down with a lower-body on October 30th. Since their number three has been out, the Golden Knight have suffered a 2-4 record, a steep decline from their prior 9-3 record. But things may be looking up as Fleury took the ice Wednesday for the first time since his injury. According to coach Gerard Gallant, “once he gets on the ice, he’s probably at least four to five days away.”

Unlike Vegas, there doesn’t seem to be much hope on the horizon for the Arizona Coyotes. The team suffers another winless week and there doesn’t seem to be any luck in the cards. Dead last in the league with a record of 2-14-3, Arizona’s need to address its many weak spots is beginning its transformation into a hopeless endeavor.

Scoreless struggles

After a shootout loss against the Predators on Saturday night, Sidney Crosby now shoulders an 11-game goal drought. On Thursday, he assured the media he “wasn’t sweating” the bad streak when it was at nine games. If Crosby can’t manage to get on the score sheet against Buffalo this week, he will have matched his longest career goal drought of 12 games.

Luckily for Crosby, dry spells don’t last forever. After a blossoming offensive start to the season, including an opening night hat trick against the Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad landed himself in the muck of a 10-game goal drought. In Saturday’s game against Carolina, Saad put a pretty one past Scott Darling, ending his goalless streak with a game-winning overtime goal.

Growing the game

The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators faced off in an unfamiliar setting as they made their way to Sweden for a two-game duel overseas. This week, the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series took place as the NHL’s way of expanding the league’s exposure, and was shown to be an overall success. Both games housed a sell-out crowd and offered a full NHL experience to the game’s international fans, including big native names on both teams, Erik Karlsson and Gabriel Landeskog. The results of the series were in favor of the Senators, topping the Avalanche 4-3 in each match-up (undoubtedly a satisfying first showdown for Duchene versus his former team).

League Leaders (Pts.)

Players

  1. Steven Stamkos, TBL (30)
  2. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (29)
  3. Blake Wheeler, WPG (23)
  4. Jaden Schwartz, STL (22)
  5. Phil Kessel, PIT (22)
  6. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (22)
  7. Mark Scheifele, WPG (21)
  8. Jakub Voracek, PHI (21)
  9. Claude Giroux, PHI (20)
  10. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (20)

Teams

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (28)
  2. Louis Blues (27)
  3. Los Angeles Kings (24)
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs (24)
  5. New Jersey Devils (22)
  6. Vegas Golden Knights (21)
  7. Winnipeg Jets (21)
  8. Ottawa Senators (21)
  9. Columbus Blue Jackets (21)
  10. Pittsburgh Penguins (21)


Check back every Sunday to catch up on the week’s happenings around the league. Follow us on Twitter: @puckitupblog.

 
-Alyssa O’Brenski

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