Despite not having a lot of success as of late, the Ottawa Senators were in the spotlight a lot this week. They played in the NHL 100 Classic against the Montreal Canadiens in TD Place Stadium. TD place Stadium isn’t the biggest stadium but they managed 36,000 fans anyway. Although the attendance record is 51,000 so I’m not sure why they didn’t try and break it, considering the big deal the NHL made out of breaking the record in Michigan Stadium. As for the game itself, it definitely lacked drama or much excitement really. The Senators were up 1-0 and then Bobby Ryan, rising from the dead, forced a beautiful turnover in the final minutes to end the Canadiens comeback hopes. They added an empty netter for good measure. One thing that was great about the game were the uniforms for both teams. I particularly loved the Canadiens uniforms. They weren’t much different than than normal white jerseys but it has less red, which makes them better in my eyes.

What provided the bigger drama was the Senators owner, Eugene Melnyk, threatening to move the team if fans stop showing up. Basically he isn’t happy that his team is consistently ranked as only the 20th most valuable NHL franchise or being 20th in attendance. I can’t help but think there’s a better way to get fans to show up then threatening to take away their team. He has a right to be upset that they struggled to sell out their home games in the conference finals against the Penguins last season though. But they aren’t always the most successful team either. I highly doubt the NHL wants the team to move but now the fans want a new owner. I’m sure things will only get more interesting from here.

Things I like

1. The Philadelphia Flyers have put together a nice little wining streak. The biggest difference is they are now able to win closer games and also win them if they go into overtime. Wayne Simmonds was able to score in four of the six games which is part of the reason for their turn around. Jakub Voracek and Shayne Gostisbehere have also played well. Brian Elliott also has a .945 SV% during the streak. It’s hard to say if they’ll be able to make the playoffs. The Metropolitan is such a dogfight, the Penguins wouldn’t be in the playoffs if they started today. The Hurricanes have an identical record as the Flyers as they are tied for last in the division. But only eight points separate last from first so only one bad four game losing streak can send you down to the bottom.

2. The Vegas Golden Knight are for real and they are making the playoffs. They became the fastest NHL expansion team to hit 20 wins. And they reached that milestone by defeating the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Not too shabby. They also did so at home where they are a blistering 13-2-1. They also got back goalie Marc-Andre Fleury who helped them beat his former team. He is not 1-1 since returning. The Knights also reclaimed the division lead over the Kings. You could say it’s all just working right now for the Knights but it pretty much has all season long.

Things I don’t

1. The Edmonton Oilers are now permanently stuck in a rut. The month of December illustrates just how far this team still needs to go. The Oilers started the month scoring 7 goals in a win, then the next game only 2 goals in a loss, 6 in a win, 0 in a loss, 7 in a win, 0 in a loss and then 3 in a win. So that’s 23 goals in four wins and 2 goals in three losses. Or as I would call it, abnormal and very unusual. It’s no wonder they aren’t above .500. At some point they will need to actually play consistently. They play the Sharks on Monday and based on their pattern they should lose. They did get just Cam Talbot back though and he wasn’t apart of most of that madness. So maybe he can help them end it. Connor McDavid played well during the stretch with points in six of the eight games. He now finds himself in the top five in scoring for the first time all season.

Fights of the Week

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

Aaron Ekblad vs Luke Glendening

Short and sweet but a lot of action.

Jujhar Khaira vs Nick Foligno

A long decent fight but Foligno got in the better shots.

Goat of the Week

Couldn’t find one in a tight game this week.

Stat Line of the Week

12/15/17 Carolina 5 vs. Buffalo 4

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

Hits

J. Eichel

19:57

3

1

1

11

1

I usually don’t highlight someone from a losing team here but I’ll make an exception for Jack Eichel. Eichel had hist first career hat trick in a losing effort against the Hurricanes. It’s hard to believe he had never had one before. But Eichel was also part of the reason the Sabres lost. As he partially screened his goalie on the game winner in overtime. The Sabres still have a long way to go but they get some points for battling back from a 4-2 deficit.

Numbers, Numbers

20,089 – Career saves for Henrik Lundqvist, only the 9th goalie to have over 20,000
26,739 – Career saves for active leader Roberto Luongo, only 2000 shy of Martin Brodeur
6 – Goals scored in about eight minutes of the third period in the aforementioned Sabres vs Hurricanes game
.945 – SV% for Ryan Miller to go with his 1.73 GAA both 1st in the NHL. Not bad for a backup. Miller seems to have reinvigorated his career in Anaheim.
61.5 – Face-off percentage for Ryan O’Reilly, the first time he has eclipsed 60% in his career

This Week in Hockey History

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

December 11, 1955 Rookie goalie Glenn Hall got the shutout in the Red Wings’ 2-0 win over the Rangers, at the Olympia in Detroit. It was the first of three straight shutouts for Hall.

December 12, 1992 Kevin Stevens scored his 8th career hat trick and an assist, and Mario Lemieux scored a goal and three assists to lead the Penguins to a 6-5 win over the Devils at the Civic Arena.

December 13, 1993 Ottawa Senators ended their team-record 11 game home losing streak with a 5-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

December 14, 1980 Mike Bossy scored three goals in the Islanders’ 5-4 win against the Jets, at Winnipeg. It was the 13th hat trick of Bossy’s NHL career.

December 15, 2001 Brent Johnson recorded his 6th career shutout as the Blues outshot the visiting Calgary Flames 35-9 for a 4-0 victory.

December 16, 1990 Buffalo’s Pierre Turgeon scored his 100th career NHL goal as the Sabres lost 5-3 to the visiting St. Louis Blues.

December 17, 2003 Minnesota’s Sergei Zholtok scored his 100th NHL goal, the game winner, as the Wild won 3-2 for its first regular-season victory at Denver (after a winless streak of 0-7-1).

Rankings

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

Top 5

1. Tampa Bay
2. Washington
3. Nashville
4. Philadelphia
5. Los Angeles

Bottom 5

30. Arizona
29. Buffalo
28. Calgary
27. Detroit
26. Florida

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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Despite not having a lot of success as of late, the Ottawa Senators were in the spotlight a lot this week. They played in the NHL 100 Classic against the Montreal Canadiens in TD Place Stadium. TD place Stadium isn't the biggest stadium but they managed 36,000 fans anyway....