Week 7: November 13 – 19, 2017
At the beginning of this week, the Montreal Canadiens claimed Antti Niemi off waivers from the Panthers. With Price and Montoya still out, goaltender Charlie Lindgren surely needs a back-up, but there is much speculation on whether or not Montreal will be able to find that in Niemi.
Over in the Western Conference, Edmonton Oilers traded Jussi Jokinen to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Mike Cammalleri, a seemingly fair but mediocre swap of free-agent signings.
Perhaps the most interesting transaction to take place was one between the first and last place teams in the league. On Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Lightning traded Tye McGuinn and Michael Leighton to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for currently-struggling 0-6 goalie, Louis Domingue.
In contract news, the Columbus Blue Jackets officially lock Cam Atkinson down to a seven-year, $41.125 million contract extension. Whether or not Columbus is paying Atkinson what he deserves in respect to his overall contributions to the team is up for debate.
Carolina Hurricane Teuvo Teravainen earned his first career hat trick on Monday night’s game against Dallas. The young forward scored a natural hat trick over a span of a little over seven minutes in the final period of the game to carry the team to a 5-1 victory.
A couple nights later, Artem Anisimov followed suit, racking up his own first career hat trick against the Rangers. After four games without a regulation win for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anisimov’s hatty undoubtedly brought morale back to the group, while also making him the current top goal scorer on the team.
It doesn’t stop there. Anthony Duclair helps the Arizona Coyotes achieve a 3-2 overtime win over the Ottawa Senators with yet another hat trick on Saturday afternoon. After Duclair’s dominating performance and their first regulation win on Thursday, the Coyotes improved their record to 4-15-3 (hey, it’s better than it was last week, right?)
The bad bin
After a series of thrown fists in Wednesday night’s game between Calgary and Detroit, Red Wing Luke Witkowski received an automatic 10-game suspension after responding to a slash on the ankle by the Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk as Witkowski was leaving the ice, resulting in a full-on line brawl. Although Tkachuk’s actions were not enough to warrant a suspension, Calgary’s previous actions and notoriety as a troublemaker resulted in a phone hearing and a one-game suspension.
Court cannot adjourn, however, as Philadelphia Flyer Radko Gudas was offered an in-person hearing on Friday morning after being given a game misconduct versus the Winnipeg Jets after delivering a dangerous slash to the back of the neck of Mathieu Perreault. Similar to Tkachuk’s circumstances, Gudas is a repeat offender. A combination of that factor and the implications of an in-person hearing will most likely result in no less than a five-game suspension.
When the puck luck runs out
But all good things must come to an end. This week, the Nashville Predators snapped their winning streak at five games after a 6-4 regulation loss to the Minnesota Wild. The streak still bodes a promising feat, however, when considering the team did not win more than four in a row last season.
The next night, Alexander Radulov‘s 9-point hot streak came to a halt after blow-out loss against the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning and the very mighty Steven Stamkos, who is currently on pace to beat Joe Thornton’s NHL-best 125-point season.
League Leaders (Pts.)
1. Steven Stamkos, TBL (35)
2. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (33)
3. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (29)
4. Jaden Schwartz, STL (26)
5. Brayden Schenn, STL (26)
6. Connor McDavid, EDM (25)
7. Jakub Voracek, PHI (25)
8. Blake Wheeler, WPG (25)
9. Mark Scheifele (24)
10. Phil Kessel (24)
1. Tampa Bay Lightning (32)
2. St. Louis Blues (31)
3. Toronto Maple Leafs (28)
4. Winnipeg Jets (27)
5. Los Angeles Kings (25)
6. New Jersey Devils (25)
7. Columbus Blue Jackets (25)
8. Pittsburgh Penguins (25)
9. NY Islanders (24)
10. Nashville Predators (24)
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