After watching the Vegas Golden Knights comeback in two of their three wins on their current road trip, I’m convinced they will be the first expansion franchise to win it all in their inaugural season. Against the Flames, the Knights were down one goal in the third period and then proceeded to score three goals in a minute. One of which is highlights in the goat of the week section below. Against the jets, they gave up a game tying goal late in the third period but they ended up winning on overtime. Against the Capitals, the Knights were down one again in the third period when they scored two goals in the last ten minutes. The game winning goal is also highlighted in the goat of the week section below.

The Golden Knights just seem to have it. Luck is one of those many things. They never give up, they get the bounces and they take advantage of your mistakes. They almost never lose at home and they aren’t bad on the road either. They have great goaltending and they can score from almost anywhere. They also have six players in double digits in goals, tied with a few other teams for that distinction. Only the Maple Leafs and islanders have more with seven. They just broke the record for wins by an expansion team this week and that’s just the start of the major records that will be broken.

Things I like

1. Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby have all been on fire. Malkin has 18 points in his last ten games, including a hat trick and two four point games. Crosby has 15 points in his last ten games and just had his 12 game point streak snapped. Kessel has 16 points in his last ten games. Not surprisingly, the Penguins have the best power play in the NHL. The Penguins are now, just barely, in third place in their division. In order for the Penguins to make the playoffs, they will all need to continue playing at this pace. It’s certainly possible for them to do so but that’s a lot to ask just to sneak into the playoffs.

Things I don’t

1. I really took offense to the sequence of events in the Penguins vs Devils game this weekend. Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid was accidentally slashed near his neck and then his head and collapsed to the ground. Now because refs don’t give a crap about the goalies, play went on. Sidney Crosby, he of multiple concussions in his career, proceeded to shoot the puck from the corner of the rink off of Kinkaid’s head, on purpose mind you, and into the goal. The goal was waved off to due to goalie interference. Now this should never have happened because play should have been called to begin with. But Crosby should have gotten a penalty for deliberately shooting at someone’s head. I know it was on purpose because Crosby is one of the smartest players in the league and he knew the only way he could score from that angle was by bouncing it off of his head. I can’t believe a guy who had multiple concussions would shoot at someone’s head. And he didn’t even look sorry about it, as he raised his hands up in celebration of the goal. As a goalie, the whole sequence makes me sick.

Fights of the Week

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

Tyler Bertuzzi vs Maxim Mamin

This was a slow fight but it was still the best fight of the week.

Goats of the Week

Michael Frolik – Calgary Flames

Frolik attempts to pass backwards to, I guess, T.J. Brodie who doesn’t want it and instead it goes to Mike Smith, who isn’t really ready for it. Erik Haula puts home the rebound. Really not a good decision to pass back up the middle like that. This was the game tying goal and the start of three goals.

Philipp Grubauer – Washington Capitals

Grubauer tries to make the save but ends up pushing the puck in his own net. I know how hard it is to see and judge things with all that goalie crap on but Grubauer needs to do a better job here. This was the game winning goal.

Stat Line of the Week

2/01/18 Florida 4 vs. Buffalo 2

Skater

TOI

G

A

+/-

SOG

PPG

K. Yandle

26:16

1

2

0

4

1

The Florida Panthers have put together a three game winning streak and Keith Yandle is one of the reason why. Yandle had a power play goal and two assists in the Panthers win over the Sabres in a game filled with multiple game misconducts. Yandle has a three game scoring streak currently with six points in his last three games. His on pace for one of his best offensive seasons of his long career. The Panthers are still 15 points back of the Maple Leafs for third in the division but they do have four games in hand.

Numbers, Numbers

43 – Saves on 45 shots by now journeyman Antti Niemi against the Ducks in the Canadiens win
87 – Combined shots on goal in the Blue Jackets vs Islanders game
1400 – Games played by 40 year old Zdeno Chara
19-3-2 – Home records for both the Golden Knights and Jets, somehow the Jets get overlooked with their home success

This Week in Hockey History

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

January 29, 2004 Steve Yzerman picked up an assist to move past Mario Lemieux into 6th place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list with his 1,702nd career point as the Red Wings won 5-2 over the visiting New Jersey Devils.

January 30, 1990 Mario Lemieux extended his point-scoring streak to 40 straight games (second longest in NHL history) with three assists in the Penguins’ 6-3 loss to the Flyers. Tony Tanti added his 11th career hat trick (and the first with Pittsburgh).

January 31, 1928 Senators’ Alex Connell recorded the first of his NHL-record six consecutive shutouts, with a 4-0 win over Toronto, in Ottawa. It was the 42nd career shutout for Connell.

February 01, 1969 Montreal’s Jean Beliveau beat Ranger goalie Ed Giacomin for the 450th goal of his NHL career. Canadiens won 6-2 at the Forum.

February 02, 1964 Detroit’s Gordie Howe recorded his 700th NHL career assist during a 2-2 tie against Toronto in Detroit.

February 03, 1966 Detroit’s Alex Delvecchio became the third player in team history to score 300 goals. The milestone goal came as the Red Wings won at Boston, 4-2. Delvecchio became the 9th highest scorer in league history.

February 04, 1987 Winnipeg Jets’ Dale Hawerchuk scored twice to become the second youngest player (23) in NHL history to score his first 600 points, in a 5-3 win over Philadelphia. Gretzky set the record as the youngest (22) when he scored 600 points.

Rankings

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

Top 5

1. Boston
2. Nashville
3. Pittsburgh
4. Vegas
5. Winnipeg

Bottom 5

30. Arizona
29. NY Rangers
28. Buffalo
27. Chicago
26. Ottawa

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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