The big news this week is the Evander Kane deal that sent Kane and Zach Bogosian to the Sabres for a 1st round pick, prospects and Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Although seemingly every pundit has said the Sabres fleeced the Jets, I say not so fast. It’s well noted that Kane didn’t fit in well with the Jets and they didn’t want him so it’s not like they really gave up much with him. He’s pretty much been a bust during his time in Winnipeg and even if he fulfills his potential in Buffalo he wasn’t going to in Winnipeg even if he stayed.

Tyler Myers has pretty much since his career fall off a cliff but it’s possible he could resurrect his career with some new scenery. The key though is what the pick turns into and what Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux develop into. If any of those three become something than the Jets ended up getting the same or the better of the deal than the Sabres did. Lemieux also happens to be the son of Claude Lemieux so chances are, he’ll be decent.

The most interesting thing here is that Kane actually wanted to go to the Sabres. I mean how many times does anyone say that? He’s even excited about it, “The sense I got from Buffalo is that, yes they’re rebuilding but they’re not going to sit around and wait. They’re looking to do something now. It’s nice to go somewhere where you feel wanted and you feel that they want to put you in a situation to have success.”

But let’s pick apart his quote. Isn’t Buffalo always rebuilding? Nobody wants to sit around and wait but generally, when you rebuild, that’s what you do. They put you in a situation to have success? Let’s talk to Dominik Hasek and Ryan Miller about that…. At least he’s positive about that. What he really means to say is he’s excited about getting the puck from Connor McDavid, possibly.

Source: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=752978

Things I like

1. Don’t look now but here come the Kings creep up the standings. They have now won four in a row and they are scoring goals (at least three per game), which means their offense is finally clicking. This spells problems for everyone else. Particularly Anaheim, if they were to meet in the first round of the playoffs. They are still out of the playoff picture but don’t count them out. But they aren’t the only ones doing some major creeping…

2. Seemingly left for dead, the Minnesota Wild are 8-0-2 in their last ten and are now just two points back of the last playoff spot. Which is pretty good considering that they were at the bottom of the standings just a few weeks ago. The talent has been there so it was just a matter of getting everyone to gel together. Devan Dubnyk has been one of the main catalysts for the recent run and let’s face it, we all saw that coming. He is now 8-1 in his last nine games as a Wild. Zach Parise hasn’t really excelled since coming to the Wild but he has points in six of his last eight games. Minnesota has a road trip to Western Canada coming up to face the Flames, Canucks and Oilers. The Flames and Canucks games will be crucial for playoff positioning.

3. The most surprising team this season is the team with the best record in the NHL, the Nashville Predators. They bolstered their unit by acquiring Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli from the Maple Leafs in exchange for a 1st round pick and Brendan Leipsic and Olli Jokinen, two guys who don’t really play. Although Leipsic could develop into something. Defense is their specialty as they are tied for giving up the 2nd least amount of goals in the NHL. Pekka Rinne has regained his form and is leading most of the major goaltending stats. Shea Weber and Roman Josi form a formidable defensive duo and now you can add Franson to the mix. James Neal has fit in well which is surprising since he didn’t fit in well with Pittsburgh and they, clearly, had more talent at center. Go figure. Filip Forsberg should (will) win rookie of the year and he leads the Predators in scoring as well. Of course the main question is can they do anything in the playoffs?

Things I don’t

1. I didn’t care for the low hit on Tyler Seguin. What’s worse is that he will be out of action for 3 to 6 weeks robbing the NHL of one of it’s best young stars. Dmitry Kulikov basically submarined Seguin for really no reason. I also didn’t care for the Stars not really showing any emotion in trying to go after Kulikov. I mean there’s goes your best player maybe try and care just a little bit.

2. I worry about the Anaheim Ducks. Last year they had a phenomenal season just to struggle to beat the Stars in the 1st round and then lose spectacularly to the Kings in the 2nd round. This season they’ve sputtered after having the best record throughout much of the season. They’ve lost to the Panthers, Capitals twice and Lightning. They did, somehow, beat the Predators in Nashville though. This team just seems to miss the same things from last season. Namely: heart, character and experience. If they draw the Kings in the 1st round it’s just not happening. Currently they would face Winnipeg so that wouldn’t be a problem.

Fights of the Week

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

Luke Gazdic vs Chris Neil

A decent fight considering both men were off balance most of the time.

Troy Brouwer vs Brenden Dillon

A great fight with Brouwer getting the best of it and the knockout blow.

Kyle Clifford vs Jared Boll

This fight was boring and entertaining at the same time, if that’s possible.

Goat of the Week

Johnny Oduya – Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks had an extra sloppy game that was highlighted on this play. Johnny Oduya passed it to nobody in particular who was looking, Patrick Sharp had a chance to get it out but didn’t and then the Canucks capitalized on the turnover. The Blackhawks ended up losing in overtime. For more on that see below the video.

Stat Line of the Week

2/11/15 Vancouver 5 vs Chicago 4

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PIM

Hits

D. Sedin

16:02

2

0

2

3

2

0

In reality both Sedin twins should be in the boxscore but I can only fit one so Daniel gets it. As usual, Henrik assisted on both of Daniels goal. But the second goal that came in overtime was a thing of beauty. Daniel and Henrik just worked the puck back and forth down low, for a few cycles, before seemingly knowing when the right time to shoot was. It was a goal that Corey Crawford didn’t have much of a chance on stop and the Blackhawks defense was nowhere to be found.

Numbers, Numbers

500 – Wins for Rangers coach Alain Vigneault
7 – Goals in the last four games for Marian Hossa
1 – Career hat trick for Tyler Toffoli
501 – Career points for Jeff Carter
9 – Shorthanded goals against the Maple Leafs, the Sabres are second with 8 against and nobody else has more than 6 against

This Week in Hockey History

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

February 09, 1932 Boston’s Tiny Thompson became the first goaltender in franchise history to record 100 victories. The milestone came in the Bruins’ 2-1 win against the visiting NY Rangers.

February 10, 2001 Pavel Bure scored four goals and added an assist to lead the Panthers to a 7-3 win against the Thrashers in Atlanta. Bure set a new team record with five points in the game.

February 11, 1994 Wayne Gretzky scored two goals and added three assists to lead the Kings to a 5-3 win over the Mighty Ducks at Anaheim.

February 12, 1984 Hartford’s Ron Francis scored 4 goals (his second career hat trick) and an assist, and Greg Malone also had his 2nd career hat trick and two assists as the Whalers won 11-0 over the visiting Oilers. Greg Millen recorded his 7th career shutout.

February 13, 1984 Goaltender Pat Riggin recorded his 7th career shutout as the Capitals extended their team-record winning streak to 8 straight games, with a 4-0 win over the North Stars, at Minnesota.

February 14, 1960 Boston’s Don McKenney set a new club record with his 41st assist of the season, and Harry Lumley made 27 saves for his 71st (and final) career shutout in the Bruins’ 3-0 win over the visiting NY Rangers.

February 15, 2004 Washington’s Olaf Kolzig recorded his 33rd career shutout, and Peter Bondra and Stephen Peat scored 65 seconds apart early in the second period to lead the Capitals to a 4-0 win against the Blackhawks at Chicago.

Rankings

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

Top 5
1. Minnesota
2. St. Louis
3. Nashville
4. Montreal
5. NY Rangers

Bottom 5
30. Toronto
29. Buffalo
28. Colorado
27. Florida
26. Winnipeg

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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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The big news this week is the Evander Kane deal that sent Kane and Zach Bogosian to the Sabres for a 1st round pick, prospects and Tyler Myers and Drew Stafford. Although seemingly every pundit has said the Sabres fleeced the Jets, I say not so fast. It's well...