Officiating is a funny thing in all sports. It’s based on someone’s opinion and what they did or did not see. In the Bruins vs Islanders game, however, it was plain as day to see Ryan Strome slash and break David Pastrnak stick right before a face-off. Yet nothing was called. One wonders how that could possibly be. You could argue because it wasn’t during play but I think that’s even worse; as there’s no logical reason for him to be doing that when he obviously isn’t making a play for the puck since the puck isn’t in play. I wonder what would happen if players just started doing that all the time before play started. Although it would serve no benefit, as they would just skate over and get a new stick. But the point of my ramble is a penalty should have been called.

Around the rinks: Buffalo finally cracked a 100 goals scored as a team, Toronto finally won and scored some goals, Detroit just keeps right on rolling at 9-1 in their last 10 games (yet they still aren’t in first in their own division) and Anaheim still has no one goal regulation losses with a record 23-0-7 record in one goal games.

Things I like

1. Although they have lost a few games, The Washington Capitals have been on a roll lately. They’ve been playing great defense, creating turnovers, their passing is really crisp and they are checking well too. I haven’t seen them played this good in forever. Barry Trotz is exactly what the team needs. He excels at getting the most out of the talent he has to work with. Braden Holtby has also posted a few shutouts lately. I didn’t even think they would make the playoffs but with everything that was mentioned above rolling, they will be a tough out.

2. Despite being in the NHL for 10 seasons, Trevor Daley is not really a well known name. But he has played his whole career for the Dallas Stars and after 48 games he’s only two points away from setting his career high in points. He’s already obliterated his career high in goals with 13, which is tied for 3rd on the Stars. He’s also on pace for a career high in blocked shots at just under 200. Despite Tyler Seguin’s and his career year the Stars won’t be making the playoffs.

3. The insert goalie and have him play well machine has starting up again in Minnesota. Devan Dubnyk, of all people, is 7-1 since joining the Wild with three shutouts. Three shutouts in eight games is not too shabby. In fact he’s tied for the team lead in shutouts now already. His current SV% is .943. It’ll be interesting to see if the can continue at this high level of play. Minnesota is one of several teams just a few points back of the final playoff spot.

Things I don’t

1. With 30 games left, there’s not much drama as to who the eight teams in the Eastern Conference will be. Of course the order is another story. But it’s so bad that all the teams not making the playoffs all have a minus goal differential. Florida is about 7 points out but they don’t really have much of chance. Boston has the lowest of the Eastern playoff teams with a +8.

2. The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t had the best month of January. They had a franchise record 11 game losing streak, and they scored a measly 1.23 goals a game for the month, also a franchise worst record. They were outscored 41-16, Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri combined for five goals and Jonathan Bernier posted a 1-7-1 record with a SV% of .896. They also tumbled way out of the playoff picture. Seems like it was just yesterday when they were up 4-1 against the Bruins in Game 7 of the 1st round.

Fights of the Week

Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a lot easier to do.

Matt Martin vs Ryan White

A fairly decent back and forth fight.

Anthony Peluso vs Derek Dorsett

In between the refs, players and the bad camera angles there’s a somewhat decent fight in there.

Ryan Strome vs Torey Krug

Not a bad fight from two of the smaller guys in the league.

Goat of the Week

Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles Kings

The lowly Kings had two turnovers to seal their fate against the Panthers. But the 1st one (game-tying goal) was worst than the 2nd (game-winning goal). Jake Muzzin just casually spins away and passes it right to Nick Bjugstad. For the ridiculously easy goal.

Stat Line of the Week

2/03/15 Anaheim 5 vs Carolina 4

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

C. Perry

18:30

2

1

2

7

0

0

Corey Perry has had a relative quiet season by his standards but he’s still averaging about a point a game. I this game he had the opening goal, the game tying goal and assisted on the game winner. He was, as usual, active in the crease throughout the game. This was a big comeback win, as the Ducks haven’t had the best stretch as of late.

Numbers, Numbers

400 – Career goals for Patrick Elias
46 – Shots for the Predators, to the Ducks 26, but they still lost 5-2
5 – Goals scored by the Maple Leafs against the Oilers, but it was the Oilers so…
9 – Points in his last five games for John Klingberg
8 – Shutouts for Marc-Andre Fleury this season, a franchise record

This Week in Hockey History

Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.

February 02, 1928 Senators’ Alex Connell recorded the second of his NHL-record six consecutive shutouts, with a 1-0 win over the Montreal Maroons, in Ottawa. It was Connell’s 43rd career shutout.

February 03, 1968 Boston’s Phil Esposito scored his 100th career NHL goal. It came against the Rangers’ Eddie Giacomin, in a 3-3 tie in Boston.

February 04, 1991 Montreal’s Mike McPhee scored his third (and final) career hat trick, and added an assist, as the Canadiens won 5-3 against the Minnesota North Stars, at the Forum.

February 05, 1999 Patrick Roy earned his 400th career NHL victory as the Avalanche extended their winning streak to a franchise-record 11 straight, with a 3-1 victory at Detroit. At age 33 Roy was the youngest 400 game winner in NHL history.

February 06, 1981 Edmonton’s Wayne Gretzky scored a natural hat trick (the 4th of his career) and added three assists for his 100th point of the season (for the second straight) year as the Oilers won 10-4 over the visiting Winnipeg Jets.

February 07, 1998 Devils’ captain Scott Stevens recorded his 600th career NHL assist and Doug Bodger scored his 100th NHL goal in a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders.

February 08, 1934 Montreal Canadiens’ Aurel Joliat was honored at the Forum for playing in his 500th NHL game. But the Canadiens then lost the game, 3-2 to the Montreal Maroons.

Rankings

The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.

Top 5
1. Detroit
2. St. Louis
3. Calgary
4. Minnesota
5. Tampa Bay

Bottom 5
30. Toronto
29. Buffalo
28. Los Angeles
27. Arizona
26. Winnipeg

Alex Mueller

Author: Alex Mueller

Alex Mueller graduated from Temple University with a minor in journalism over a decade ago. He’s been writing about NHL hockey, on and off, since the Fall of 2009. He’s written for Pucking Awesome, the Checking Line and now Hockey Recaps. He played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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Officiating is a funny thing in all sports. It's based on someone's opinion and what they did or did not see. In the Bruins vs Islanders game, however, it was plain as day to see Ryan Strome slash and break David Pastrnak stick right before a face-off. Yet nothing...