NHL 2017-18 Recap Week 9 – Wilson and Carr emerge, Subbans meet, Kings hot, Senators not
It’s not always the big stars that grab the headlines and have long point streaks. Sometimes it’s the guys that have taken awhile to find their groove in the NHL. Daniel Carr and Tom Wilson are two such players. There’s a good chance the average fan has no idea who either of them plays for. Daniel Carr plays for the Canadiens and was just recently called up from the AHL. He played two shortened seasons in Montreal previously. Neither stint was memorable. His latest stint is however. Carr has scored in all five games he has played in so far and has seven points total. There’s a good chance he’s going to stay in the NHL for the rest of the season. Tom Wilson has been in Washington for a while now. But he didn’t have any memorable seasons for the Capitals either. He has seen increased ice time this season though and has seven points in his last three games. He’ll probably never live up to his first round billing but he could make a significant contribution to the Capitals moving forward.
Things I like
1. The Los Angeles Kings are in the mist of another long winning streak. They had one to start the season and now they are back for an encore. The Kings are winners of eight in a row and have regained the top spot in the Pacific division. Anze Kopitar has definitely bounced back from his poor play last season. He has ten points in his last six games and is on pace to score over a point per game for the first time in his career. He is also 4th in the NHL in scoring. Jonathan Quick is still playing well and backup Darcy Kuemper still hasn’t lost. Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli are also playing well. Did I mention this all without the injured Jeff Carter playing at all? Watch out for the Kings in the playoffs.
2. The Subbans had a busy week. Brothers Malcolm and P.K faced off against each other for the very first time when the Predators played the Golden Knights. Malcolm definitely got the better of it as he made a career high 41 saves in the Golden Knights shootout win. P.K has been struggling a bit with no points in his last seven games. The youngest Subban brother, Jordan, was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. He is still in the AHL though.
Things I don’t
1. The rails have come off the Ottawa Senators who are now losers of their last four games and have only one regulation win in their last ten games. It even gets worse, the Senators have been outscored 17-3 in their last four games. Including two 5-0 drubbings. Craig Anderson is having his worst season ever as a Senator and the Senators themselves are not scoring. The Senators are 27th in the NHL in scoring. Mark Stone is the only player with double digit goals. Bobby Ryan has also not been able to capitalize on his strong postseason. In fact, the only thing that has gone right for the Senators is Kyle Turris has played well since he got there. It’s unlikely things will get any better anytime soon.
Fights of the Week
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Chris Stewart vs Kurtis MacDermid
Really good back and forth fight with some blood.
Goat of the Week
Jaroslav Halak – New York Islanders
I always say goalie should never leave the crease and here is just another example. Halak goes way out to play the puck for some reason, gets rushed by the Penguins speed and then has nowhere to play it but up the boards directly to another Penguin. I think you can guess what happened. The Islanders battled back to force overtime at least before they lost.
Stat Line of the Week
12/08/17 Columbus 5 vs. New Jersey 3
Artemi Panarin had one of those games were he contributed to all of his team goals, in this case it was five. Panarin dished out five assists, including a nice no look backhand pass, to help Columbus win the game and take first place in the Metropolitan division. Despite his big day, Panarin is way down in goals this season and will probably not hit 70 points this season either. But he does have ten points in his last five games so if he can keep up that pace, he might hit 70.
1:30 – Approximate time the Oilers had a two man advantage and could not score a goal against the Maple Leafs
83 – Combined points for teammates Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov who are one and two in scoring
31 – Shooting percentage of the Avalanche’s Alexander Kerfoot, first in the NHL, who has nine goals on 29 shots
1 – Regulation home loss only for the New York Islanders
400 – Career goals, and also assists, for Marian Gaborik
This Week in Hockey History
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December 04, 1980 Marcel Dionne became the 16th player in NHL history to score 400 career goals. His goal at 1:30 of the first period helped the Kings to a 3-1 win over Vancouver.
December 05, 2001 Mike Keenan became just the second man in NHL history to coach seven different NHL teams, when he led the Florida Panthers to a 2-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in his first game behind the bench. Roberto Luongo picked up the shutout.
December 06, 1990 Steve Larmer scored twice and added three assists, and Jeremy Roenick picked up four assists to lead the Blackhawks to a 5-2 win against the New York Islanders.
December 07, 1968 John Bucyk became the first player to score 250 goals as a member of the Boston Bruins. The milestone came in 4-1 win against the visiting Detroit Red Wings. Bucyk also picked up two assists in the game.
December 08, 2001 Calgary Flames defenseman Dave Lowry became the 166th player in NHL history to appear in 1,000 NHL games. The milestone came in a 4-0 loss to the visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
December 09, 1978 Philadelphia’s Rick MacLeish scored his 10th career hat trick and added an assist, and Bob Dailey had a goal and three assists in the Flyers’ 9-2 win over Boston at the Spectrum.
December 10, 1967 Black Hawks ran their team-record road unbeaten streak to 10 games (5-0-5) when Denis DeJordy recorded his 8th career shutout in a 3-0 win over the Flyers at Philadelphia.
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
1. Los Angeles
5. Tampa Bay
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.