NHL 2017-18 Recap Week 5 – Ducks vs Kings Round 1, Charlie Lindgren time in Montreal, Oilers up and down week, Golden Knights first misstep
The freeway face-off series is one of the best in hockey. Even if it’s between markets not associated with traditional hockey ones. You know you are always going to get a great game between the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings. Even if one team is missing most of its star players. Such as the Ducks were with the losses of Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler and Cam Fowler. But the games go on anyway and what a game it was. Comeback win, overtime, injuries, goalie change, overturn goals, blood and 51 penalty minutes. What else could you ask for?
Josh Gibson played well in net before leaving after his mask was knocked off and he was hit in the head. Ryan Miller ending up coming in and making some great saves. Miller’s addition to the team is an interesting one, as he was told he would compete for the number one spot. We all know it’s Gibson’s but it’s nice to motivate both men. Still, he is on the downside of his career and his last starting playoff performance was not one you want to remember.
One goal was waved off when Gibson mask was knocked off and another when Drew Doughty was off-sides. A Ducks goal should have been overturned when Corey Perry interfered with Jonathan Quick but they never explained why they didn’t. You can say Perry was pushed into Quick but I don’t really buy it. Despite their valiant effort, the Ducks had to many injured players to hold on to their lead. The Kings Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown each had a goal and an assist. Proving once again how vital they are to their team.
This was just the first of five games between these two, so make sure you watch the next one on November 25th.
Things I like
1. Carey Price hasn’t been playing well, and is injured, so in steps Charlie Lindgren. Lindgren is still technically a rookie, since he played in less than two games the previous two seasons. But he is making the most of his opportunity. He has a shutout and three wins in four games. And he’s been tested too. Having seen 30 plus shots in all his games so far. He’ll be seeing more time with Price and, now, Al Montoya injured. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when Price gets back, if he’s still playing well.
2. The Oilers had an up and down week with more than just wins and losses. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl took turns assisting on and scoring overtime game winners this week. But this was after their coach benched McDavid for much of the game against the Red Wings, a team that demolished them. McDavid saw just under 16 minutes of ice time then, which is quote low for someone who averages about 22 a game. The Oilers are apparently unhappy with the play of Ryan Strome, whom they acquired in exchange for Jordan Eberle. Strome has just five points while Eberle has thirteen. They are so unhappy it’s unlikely he will be resigned. Of course I don’t know what they were expecting. They moved Eberle to clear up cap space. Strome makes half what Strome makes. So expect half the production, which is pretty much what they are getting.
Things I don’t
1. Even though the Vegas Golden Knights are playing well you never want to see bad things happen so early to a young franchise. Yet they’ll always have the Vadim Shipachyov debacle to remember. Shipachyov had to play twice in the AHL. Once because of his waiver exempt status and another time because they felt he was struggling to adjust to the NHL game. Shipachyov decided to take the low road and label everyone a liar and warned KHL players not to come to the NHL. There’s blame to go around on both sides. The Knights waited to long to finalize their roster so they stashed him in the AHL so no one could take him. There’s probably a good chance he didn’t understand what was going on by the move. Then he gets called up and plays in three games and scores one goal. After three games they deem he needs more time to adjust to the NHL style of game and rink. I’m not going to sit here and tell you I analyzed every shift of his three games, because I didn’t, but three games isn’t that much of a sample size. Plus he’s probably already annoyed he was already sent down once and now he is being sent down again. That would annoy me too, especially when I came all the way over there to play. But he could have done a much better job of leaving than he did. He is young, and naive, but it’ll be interesting to see if he ever does come back to the NHL.
Fights of the Week
Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.
Josh Gorges vs Jordie Benn
More of a grapplefest but still entertaining.
Patrick Maroon vs Tom Wilson
A really long one that was also more about grappling.
Goat of the Week
Couldn’t find one this week
Stat Line of the Week
11/12/17 New Jersey 7 vs. Chicago 5
Miles Wood is in his second season playing for the Devils. Against the Blackhawks he recorded his first career hat trick and added an assist. Wood is part of the new high flying and scoring Devils. This is a far cry from the trap days. Wood now has nine points on the year. I’m sure he’ll become a bigger part of the offense as the season progresses.
10 – Overtime game winners for Max Pacioretty, a Canadiens franchise record
2 – Great breakaway saves by Sergei Bobrovsky in overtime against the Red Wings. First a 2 on 0 and then just the normal breakaway
200 – Career wins for Braden Holtby already, the second fastest to do so
455 – Career wins for Roberto Luongo, good for 4th all time in the NHL
22 – Assists for NHL leader Steven Stamkos, already almost half of his career high. If you would have told me he would be leading the league in assists, I never would have believed you
This Week in Hockey History
Special thanks to the Hockey Hall of Fame site for making this section a little easier to do.
November 06, 1951 Detroit goalie Terry Sawchuk and Bruins’ Jim Henry dueled to a 0-0 scoreless tie, in a game played at Boston. It was the 15th career shutout for Sawchuk and the 6th for Henry.
November 07, 1987 Bernie Nicholls became the 5th player in franchise history to score 200 goals as a member of the Kings. The milestone came when Los Angeles won 5-4 over the NY Rangers.
November 08, 1971 The state of New York received its third NHL club, as the New York Islanders were awarded the rights to a new NHL expansion team, to begin play in 1972-73.
November 09, 1974 Flyer Orest Kindrachuk scored the first penalty shot goal in Flyer’s history (on the team’s second attempt in 7+ seasons). He beat Washington’s Michel Belhumeur and the Flyers beat the Caps, 6-2 at the Spectrum.
November 10 1974 Gil Perreault scored twice and added three assists to lead the Sabres to an 8-3 win against the Penguins, at the Aud. The win increased the Sabres’ undefeated streak to 8 games (7-0-1).
November 11, 1998 Steve Yzerman had a goal and an assist to give him 1,426 career points, moving him past Bryan Trottier for 10th place on the NHL career point list as Detroit won 6-2 against the visiting St. Louis Blues.
November 12, 1988 Detroit’s Steve Yzerman scored his 6th career hat trick and Gerard Gallant had four assists to lead the Red Wings to a 5-4 win at Philadelphia.
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
1. Tampa Bay
2. St. Louis
3. NY Rangers
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.