Another week is in the books and it’s still all about the Vegas Golden Knights. The past few weeks have been about the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche and it still is as well.

The Golden Knights beat the Lightning in a possible Stanley Cup preview rather easily. This is the second time they have beaten the Lightning. What made this win more impressive was the fact that they did it on the road. Even more impressive is the Golden Knights almost set the record for wins by an expansion team before the All-Star game. But they’ll have to settle for the best record in the NHL instead. The Golden Knights are also 4th in goals for and 6th in goals against. Not too shabby.

The Bruins continued their domination. They are now 12-0-4 in their last sixteen games. They are now only three points back of the Lightning. The depth on this team is scary good too. Brad Marchand has 16 points in his last eight games. Patrice Bergeron has 14 points in his last nine games. David Krejci has 7 points in his last five games. David Pastrnak has 11 points in his last nine games. They’ve given up the least amount of goals in the NHL too.

The Avalanche continued their red hot and somewhat logic defying play. Hard to believe they have won nine in a row. Nathan MacKinnon has literally been on fire with a nine game scoring streak and 19 points in those games. Colorado has now muscled their way into a wild card spot. If you would have told me that Colorado and Vegas would be in playoff spots halfway through the season and Anaheim, Los Angeles, Chicago and Edmonton wouldn’t be, I never would have believed you.

Things I like

1. The Toronto Maple Leafs had lost four in a row, although three were in overtime, and their grip on second place in the division. They really needed a win against the Senators on Saturday night. But in the second period they unraveled to give up three straight goals including a short handed goal. Even coach Mike Babcock look miffed. But the Maple Leafs rallied back for three straight goals of their own in the third period and quieted the raucous crowd in Ottawa. It felt like a playoff game and these are the kind of games the Maple Leafs will need to win in the playoffs. This was a good omen for them.

2. One of the Bruins overtime losses came at the hands of the Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin. In overtime, on a delayed penalty, Seguin dekes three Bruins and then outlasts the goalie for the game winner. Seguin always plays his best in Boston and I’m sure he relishes these games even if he won’t admit it. Seguin will always be the one that got away from the Bruins. Courtesy of then GM Peter Chiarelli. Speaking of Chiarelli…

Things I don’t

1. That Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson trade looks worse and worse by the day, Hall has 48 points in what will end up being his best season ever. He also scored the game winner in overtime against the Capitals. Meanwhile, Larsson has just six points an is on pace for his worst season ever. Now I know he is a defenseman but still. He is hitting people and blocking shots at least and he did just play well against the Canucks. But neither of Chiarelli’s trades involving the top two picks in the 2013 draft are looking very good right now. If you are going to trade an All-Star straight up, at least trade him for another All-Star. Like the P.K Subban for Shea Weber trade was.

2. The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens played each other three times in the span of a week. I think they did that last season too. Or it might have been another set of teams. In any case, the NHL needs to stop it and spread out the rivalry games more.

Fights of the Week

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Nicolas Deslauriers vs Tom Wilson

A pretty long back and forth fight.

Goat of the Week

None this week

Stat Line of the Week

1/19/18 Montreal 3 vs. Washington 2








M. Pacioretty







Max Pacioretty figured into all the Canadiens goals in their win against the Capitals. One of them was an empty net goal but the Canadians will take it, as they only have three regulation wins in their last ten games. Pacioretty has points in seven of his last eight games,

Numbers, Numbers

800 – Career NHL points for Patrick Kane
13 – Point differential between third and fourth place in the Atlantic division
56 – Shots on goal for the Canadians against the Islanders in a losing effort
24 – Shots by the Islanders in the same game
12 – Points for Matthew Barzal in his last six games
13 – Straight seasons with at least 20 wins for Henrik Lundqvist, an NHL first

This Week in Hockey History

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January 15, 1949 Canadiens’ Maurice Richard scored his 15th career hat trick to become the 4th player in franchise history to score 200 goals. The milestone came as Montreal won 7-1 against the Black Hawks, at the Forum.

January 16, 1926 Clint Benedict became the first goaltender to record 25 career NHL shutouts, when he led the Montreal Maroons to a 1-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

January 17, 1987 Edmonton’s Jari Kurri scored two goals and five assists to give him 700 career NHL points, as the Oilers beat the Maple Leafs 7-4, for their eighth straight road win, tying an NHL record.

January 18, 1975 St. Louis goalie Ed Johnston recorded his 200th NHL career victory as the Blues won 5-4 over the visiting Minnesota North Stars. Johnston became the 16th goaltender in the NHL to get 200 wins.

January 19, 2004 Colorado’s Milan Hejduk became the third player in NHL history to score an overtime goal on a penalty shot when he scored at :59 of OT, for a 5-4 victory against the Lightning at Tampa Bay. Hejduk finished the night with two goals and two assists.

January 20, 1989 Mario Lemieux became the the Penguins all-time leading scorer when he scored his 637th NHL career point (with his 50th goal of the year) in just his 336th game (a 7-3 loss at Wpg). Lemieux replaced Rick Kehoe, who had 636 points in 722 NHL games.

January 21, 1986 Dennis Potvin tied Bobby Orr’s career record for defensemen with his 270th NHL goal. His goal was the game winner in a 7-3 Islanders’ win over the Flyers, in New York.


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

Top 5

1. Boston
2. Colorado
3. Nashville
4. Vegas
5. Philadelphia

Bottom 5

30. Buffalo
29. Vancouver
28. Arizona
27. Carolina
26. Los Angeles

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 currently plays goalie in ice hockey at San Diego Ice Arena.

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Another week is in the books and it's still all about the Vegas Golden Knights. The past few weeks have been about the Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche and it still is as well. The Golden Knights beat the Lightning in a possible Stanley Cup preview rather easily. This is...