It’s only February and the Edmonton Oilers are already in a place they didn’t think they would be this season, out of playoff contention. Connor McDavid, Leon Draistaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have all played at their regular level. But everyone else on the team has not. Of course the players that are actually on the team and the job of getting those players to perform at a high level falls to two people who don’t put on a jersey every game. They would be Todd Mclellan and Peter Chiarelli. And neither are the right people for those jobs. Mclellan has a history of taking talented teams and under performing with them. He doesn’t deserve all the blame but he deserves enough of it. His level of coaching is like Bruce Boudreau’s. It’s pretty good but it’s never going to get you to where you want to be. As for Chiarelli, well the guy can’t make a decent trade to save his life. After being a general manager for ten plus years, if he hasn’t figured it out by now… he isn’t going to. He’ll always be remembered for his terrible Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall trades. And he should be. At my season recap in the summer, I’ll get into what he should have done instead of what he did do. It’s a shame to see a team that almost made the conference finals last season crash and burn so much this season.

Things I like

1. Five point games by young players reigned supreme this week. Connor McDavid, Mitchell Marner and Mathew Barzal all tallied five point games this week. McDavid had four goals and an assist in a surprising win over the Lightning. Marner had two goals and three assists in a win over the Senators. Barzal had five assists in a wild win over the Red Wings. More on that game below. Considering they are all 21 and under, their performances are quite an accomplishment. Barzal’s is the most impressive however. This was the third time he posted five points in his rookie season. Tying a 100 year old record with one other person for three five point games in a rookie season. Barzal will be a superstar.

Things I don’t

1. Another disappointing team this season is the New York Rangers. Hard to imagine they would be the team in last place in their division. But here they are and I’m not sure it’s going to get better anytime soon. Henrik Lundqvist is now on the downside of his career and he isn’t capable of stealing games anymore for the Rangers. The Rangers are currently 23rd in GAA. I always thought the Rangers defense, specifically Ryan McDonagh, were overrated. The defense could use an overhaul. Offensively, the Rangers have always been a deep team and they still are. But everyone is pretty much on pace for exactly the same stats as last season. That’s not a good sign. Nobody is stepping up their game. Many figured Jimmy Vesey would take the next step this season but that doesn’t look to be the case. Other than underrated Michael Grabner leading the team in goals, there’s not much to see.

Fights of the Week

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

Gabriel Landeskog vs Brayden Schenn

A pretty decent fight between two people who don’t normally fight.

Andy Andreoff vs Micheal Haley

This was a unique fight. There was a lot action but not a lot going on.

Goat of the Week

Pierre-Édouard Bellemare – Vegas Golden Knights

Bellemare makes an extremely stupid pass right to Phil Kessel, setting up a breakaway the other way. And Kessel and Evgeni Malkin are pretty good at breakaways. The Golden Knights lost by a goal.

Stat Line of the Week

2/09/18 NY Islanders 7 vs. Detroit 6








B. Nelson







In a game that featured eight goals in the third period and the Islanders being down 5-2 during that period, Brock Nelson notched a hat trick. He also scored the game winner in overtime assisted by Mathew Barzal. Nelson may just be an average first round pick but he’s on pace to record his fourth 20 goal season in a row.

Numbers, Numbers

401 –Career goals for Sidney Crosby
25 – Shooting percentage of William Karlsson, first in the NHL
18 – Players scoring over a point per game this season
13-13-3 – Home record for the Flames, the only possible playoff team with a .500 or below home record

This Week in Hockey History

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

February 05, 1985 Islanders’ defenseman Denis Potvin became the 4th player (and first defenseman) in franchise history to score 250 goals. The milestone goal (along with an assist) came as New York won 7-5 over the visiting Philadelphia Flyers.

February 06, 1980 In the first NHL game played at the Hartford Civic Center, the Whalers beat the L.A. Kings 7-3.

February 07, 1980 Boston outscored Toronto 4-3 in the third period, for an 8-6 win over the Leafs, in Boston Garden. Bruins’ Jean Ratelle led the scoring with a goal and added three assists, and Ray Bourque tied a team rookie mark with three assists.

February 08, 2003 Mario Lemieux had four assists to become the 10th player in NHL history to pick up 1,000 career assists, and Alexei Kovalev added two goals and two assists in the Penguins 5-2 win against the Bruins at Boston.

February 09, 2002 Roman Cechmanek recorded his 13th career shutout, and Keith Primeau scored a goal and added two assists for his 300th career assist in the Flyers 5-0 win against the Blues at St. Louis.

February 10, 2000 Olaf Kolzig became the Washington Capitals’ all-time leader in career shutouts, when the 15th of his career came in a 1-0 win at Montreal. Kolzig broke the record of 14 set by Jim Carey.

February 11, 1991 Mario Lemieux scored a goal and two assists to become the second fastest NHL player to record 500 assists. (Lemieux recorded his 500 assists in 433 games; Gretzky in 352). Penguins lost the game, 7-5 at Edmonton.


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

Top 5

1. Toronto
2. Tampa Bay
3. Boston
4. Philadelphia
5. Pittsburgh

Bottom 5

30. Chicago
29. NY Rangers
28. New Jersey
27. Columbus
26. Arizona

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.

NHL 2017-18 Recap Week 18 – Oilers done, Rangers falling and five point games were the norm MuellerWeekly Recaps
It's only February and the Edmonton Oilers are already in a place they didn't think they would be this season, out of playoff contention. Connor McDavid, Leon Draistaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins have all played at their regular level. But everyone else on the team has not. Of course the...