NHL 2018-19 Recap Week 5 – Blackhawks fire Quenneville, O’Reilly and Chabot streak, Penguins have a bad week
The big story this week was the firing of Blackhawks coach and three time Stanley Cup winner Joel Quenneville. Should he have been fired? Of course not. But, as usual, this is about whether somebody is good at their job or not, it’s just about whether the people above you like you or not. In this case, Quenneville and the front office had been clashing for sometime. I kind of wonder if general manager Stan Bowman purposely didn’t improve the team so he could get rid of Quenneville. Trading Artemi Panarin lends a little credence to that theory. At any rate, Quenneville probably won’t be unemployed for long while the Blackhawks continue to head in the wrong direction. The Blackhawks have now lost seven in a row and I really thought they may have turned things around with Jonathan Toews playing better and getting Corey Crawford back healthy. Making the playoffs this season seem like a pipe dream at this point.
Things I like
1.A defenseman from Ottawa has cracked the top ten in scoring again. But this time it’s not Erik Karlsson. It’s little known Thomas Chabot. Chabot is in his second season in the NHL and he already has almost as many points as he did in the 63 games he played last season. Chabot just had a five game point streak snapped and he also tallied five points in two games this week. Maybe the Senators knew what that were doing when they traded Karlsson. The rest of the Senators are also clicking. Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, more on him below, are right behind Chabot. The Senators are surprisingly the second highest scoring team in the NHL
2.Ryan O’Reilly is having one of the quietest 10 game scoring streaks in NHL history. O’Reilly has racked up 17 points in the last ten games including a hat trick against the Hurricanes. Now in his tenth season, O’Reilly has yet to average over a point per game. This might be the season he finally does it. As for the Blues, they still aren’t very good. But their power play is. That’s something to build on.
Things I don’t
1.After anointing the Penguins as the team to beat a couple of weeks ago, they end up losing five in a row and tumbled down the standings. Some of those losses weren’t pretty either. 5-0 to the Maple Leafs and 5-1 to the Devils. But then they crushed the Coyotes 4-0 and all is well, sort of, with the world again. Sidney Crosby, sporting the hideous mustache again, even had a nifty backhand goal in the win. What makes the slump more interesting is that it came after they crushed the Flames 9-1 and the Canucks 5-0. All teams will have slumps but it’ll be interesting to see where the Penguins go from here.
Fights of the Week
Special thanks to hockeyfights.com for making this section a little easier to do.
Zack Kassian vs Troy Brouwer
Kind of a weird fight but still somewhat decent and there’s not much to pick from this week.
Goat of the Week
Cam Atkinson – Columbus Blue Jackets
Never a good idea to try a no look bounce pass off the boards near the blueline. Atkinson did it anyway which lead to a breakaway and goal for the Rangers. The Blue Jackets lost in the shootout.
Stat Line of the Week
11/10/18 Ottawa 6 vs Tampa Bay 4
The Senators had a big win over the Lightning and they needed a total team effort to do it. Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists giving him, at the moment, a scoring average of over a point per game. Something he has never done over a whole season. Bobby Ryan (remember him?) also had a goal and an assist. Ryan is having a better season after his last two brutal seasons.
6 – Game active point streak for Max Domi
5 – Points for Blake Wheeler in win over the Avalanche
5 – Points for Mark Stone in win over the Devils
4 – Points for David Pastrnak in win over the Maple Leafs
2.87 – Current NHL goals against average, the highest since 2005-06
This Week in Hockey History
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November 05, 1983 Chicago Black Hawks scored the fastest two goals from the start of a period in NHL history. Ken Yaremchuk scored at :12 and Darryl Sutter followed at :21 of the second period, in a 10-5 loss to the North Stars at Minnesota.
November 06, 1986 Philadelphia Flyers set a club record for fastest two shorthanded goals (:32) in a 5-5 tie at New Jersey. Scoring the goals were Murray Craven and Mark Howe, in the first period.
November 07, 1925 NHL officially announced the admission of a new franchise, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and formally dropped the Hamilton Tigers.
November 08, 1942 Montreal Canadiens rookie Maurice Richard scored his first NHL goal in a 10-4 win over NY at the Forum in Montreal. Toe Blake scored twice for the Canadiens, to give him 100 in his NHL career.
November 09, 1933 Toronto’s Charlie Conacher became the first player in franchise history to score 100 goals. The milestone came in a 6-1 win over the visiting Boston Bruins
November 10, 1976 Buffalo’s Gil Perreault became the second player in team history to score 200 goals. The milestone (along with an assist) came when the Sabres won 5-0 over the visiting Blues. Gerry Desjardins recorded his 11th career shutout, with 38 saves.
November 11, 1979 Philadelphia’s Rick MacLeish recorded his 11th career hat trick and 550th NHL point as the Flyers beat Vancouver, 5-4 at the Spectrum.
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
3. Tampa Bay
29. New Jersey
28. Los Angeles
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.