The Oilers, as a team, have scored 13 goals. Connor McDavid has 11 points. Meaning McDavid has figured into 85% of the Oilers offense. That’s quite a large percentage. McDavid actually set an NHL record by figuring into the first nine goals the Oilers scored. This number will go down as the season progresses but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up accounting for over 50%. This is still a major problem though. The Oilers have talent on their team. Just like the Penguins, Blackhawks and other teams before them, the Oilers drafted their young core by having a lot of top picks. Then you watch as they slowly progress. The Oilers seemed to have done that, maybe even progressed too fast, when they reached the Conference finals. But now they just seem to be regressing. That is not a good sign. It’s still likely that Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl will have their breakout seasons this season but the rest of the team really needs to pick it up.

Things I like

1. Montreal Canadiens are one of the more surprising teams this season. They’re definitely a very balanced team with seven players having at least five points. But if it seems to good to be true, it probably is. When someone like Paul Byron, a player who has never scored over 50 points in a season, is your leading scorer and Tomas Tatar is your second leading scorer the magic will inevitably run out. But a balanced team is always a hard team to beat. Another positive is Jonathan Drouin appears to be having a much better season. Anything would be better than last season.

2. It’s all about threesomes in the NHL this season. There are currently five teams with a trio of players over ten points. The Toronto Maple Leafs (Matthews, Rielly, Marner), Colorado Avalanche (MacKinnon, Rantanen, Landeskog), Boston Bruins (Bergeron, Marchand, Pastrnak), Washington Capitals (Kuznetsov, Carlson, Backstrom) and Chicago Blackhawks (Kane, DeBrincat, Toews) are all members of this group. It’s not surprising these teams are all near the top of their divisions. Based on history, this bodes well for their playoff futures if they keep it up.

Things I don’t

1. Sidney Crosby has no goals so far this season. But don’t cry for him. Many players and coaches still consider him best player in the NHL. Of course Crosby says McDavid is the best player in the NHL and he’s probably right. As for this season, Crosby is passing really well and the Penguins are still winning. I’m sure he won’t be goalless for long.

2. Another Kings season with Jonathan Quick on the injured reserve. He wasn’t on it for long but it seems like Quick is always injured lately. As a team, the Kings couldn’t be playing anymore poorly. They are 29th in goals for and 28th in goals against. They are also 27th on the power play. Anze Kopitar has only two points. Quick has an .851 SV%. I think you get the point. The Kings had a special meeting to try and address the problem. The Kings still have a lot of talent but hockey is a young man’s game. Unless they get a jolt of some young blood, I’m not sure they can salvage this season for one more playoff run.

Fights of the Week

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

Jamie Benn vs Miles Wood

Although a lot of punches didn’t connect, it was a very fast paced and good fight.

Scott Mayfield vs Barclay Goodrow

More of a grapplefest but still entertaining and long.

Goats of the Week

Colton Parayko – St. Louis Blues

In a tie game, the Blues turn over the puck with literally ten seconds left. Parayko should have just ate it in the corner. What a way to lose the game.

Andrei Vasilevskiy – Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning had a bit of a sloppy game against the Wild and this was one of their turnovers. Vasilevskiy plays it poorly behind the net which leads to an easy goal. The Lightning lost in overtime.

Stat Line of the Week

11/18/18 Colorado 5 vs. New Jersey 3

Skater TOI G A +/- SOG Take
M. Rantanen 20:14 1 3 3 3 2

The Avalanche’s top line has been on fire of late. Mikko Rantanen had a goal and three assists in a win over the Devils. Gabriel Landeskog added a hat trick and Nathan MacKinnon had three assists. Rantanen and MacKinnon both have ten points in their last five games. One of the reasons for the Avalanche’s hot start.

Numbers, Numbers

1000 – Games played for Tomas Plekanec joining Roberto Luongo and Duncan Keith who did it last week
408 – Career NHL wins for Marc-Andre Fleury moving him to sole possession of 10th place all time
7 – Games in a streak row for Auston Matthews scoring at least 2 points before it was snapped
7 – Goals for Kyle Palmieri in his first four games. He’s been scoreless since but nobody could have predicted that start.
50 – shooting percentage of Valtteri Filppula who has four goals on eight shots

This Week in Hockey History

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

October 15, 1992 Luc Robitaille scored twice and Kelly Hrudey recorded his 14th career shutout in the Kings’ 4-0 win against the Calgary Flames, at the Forum. Defenseman Alex Zhitnik scored his first NHL goal and added an assist.

October 16, 2001 Minnesota Wild tied the visiting San Jose Sharks 3-3 to improve their season record to 3-0-3, the best start ever by any second-year expansion team in NHL history. Marian Gaborik led the scoring with a goal and two assists.

October 17, 1992 Calgary Flames defenseman Greg Smyth made NHL history when he became the first player who had previously worn a helmet to take it off due to the league’s new rule. It came in a 6-2 win over San Jose.

October 18, 1988 Penguins beat the Flyers 4-2 at the Civic Arena, for their 600th all time victory (in 22 NHL seasons). Mario Lemieux scored his 14th career hat trick and an assist in the game.

October 19, 2001 Atlanta Thrashers rookie Dany Heatley scored the first goal of his NHL career in a 4-3 loss to the visiting New York Rangers.

October 20, 2001 Patrick Roy recorded his 53rd career shutout and Joe Sakic had three assists in the first period as the Avalanche won 5-0 against the Blue Jackets in Columbus.

October 21, 1979 Goran Hogosta became the first goaltender in Quebec Nordiques NHL history to record a shutout, in a 3-0 win at Chicago. It was the only career shutout for Hogosta.

Rankings

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

Top 5
1. Nashville
2. Colorado
3. Tampa Bay
4. Montreal
5. Chicago

Bottom 5
30. Detroit
29. NY Rangers
28. Florida
27. Arizona
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 played goalie at San Diego Ice Arena. His first novel, Bobby Sterling vs Truth, is available on Amazon now.

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The Oilers, as a team, have scored 13 goals. Connor McDavid has 11 points. Meaning McDavid has figured into 85% of the Oilers offense. That’s quite a large percentage. McDavid actually set an NHL record by figuring into the first nine goals the Oilers scored. This number will go...