NHL 2018-19 Recap Week 17 – In the Box with Pierre McGuire and Kendall Coyne Schofield, Flyers hot, Sabres Not
Pierre McGuire is an interesting man. He sits in the box between two teams in every NHL game and then adds commentary. Personally, I don’t find his commentary all that enlightening or necessary. But I do find his obscure random facts interesting. As for his incident with Kendall Coyne Schofield, like a lot of things it was blown out of proportion. Especially since they’ve known each other for well over a decade. Did he say a lot of dumb things he shouldn’t? Of course. But I really hate the word mansplaining. From now on, whenever a man talks or explains something to a woman it’s always referred to as mansplaining. It’s not. Going out of the way to point out it’s a man saying something to a woman just furthers illustrates the problem and makes it worse. They are people. Don’t bring up their gender, ever. As for what he said, I really think “We’re paying you to be an analyst, not be a fan tonight.” was meant in good taste. Meaning he was excited she was watching the game as an analyst instead of a fan and making history. As for pointing out where each team was, that was pretty dumb. Unless he was trying to point out she was actually sitting between two NHL teams. I know that would make me excited. But it obviously didn’t come across that way. But if he was genuinely excited for her, that’s a good thing. But stop overreacting to everything internet, you make things worse not better.
Things I like
1. The Philadelphia Flyers are the hottest team in the NHL right now. It’s surprising mainly because they’ve been so bad this season. But it shouldn’t be because they are a top ten team based on pure talent. If they can continue rolling like this, there’s no reason to think they can’t nab a wild card spot. Seven points back with 30 games to go is not that big of an obstacle to overcome. They would likely be doing even better if they could improve their power play and penalty kill. Carter Hart hasn’t hit the wall yet but I still think he will eventually. Nolan Patrick, the second overall pick in 2017, scored the game winner in overtime against the Oilers. That is good to see because Patrick hasn’t really taken off in his second season. But he’s still got plenty of time.
2. Speaking of picks from the 2017 draft, Nico Hischier, the first overall pick, had his own overtime game winner against the Canadiens. Hischier has been one of the few bright spots in the Devils very disappointing season. He continues developing in his second season and seeing an increase in his playing time. Only one player on the Devils, Kyle Palmieri, has reached 40 points this season and only Taylor Hall has an over a point per game scoring average.
Things I don’t
1. As the Flyers climb up, the Buffalo Sabres continue their slide out of the playoffs. Only two months ago they were in second place in the division. That seems like forever ago. Roughly half of the Sabres games are one goal games and they win about half of them. Except for when they are being blown out by the Blackhawks. This young team isn’t quite ready for prime time but learning how to win one goal games better and dealing with blowouts will make them better in the long run. Jeff Skinner continues to impress though. He’s only six goals away from his career season high.
Fights of the Week
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Brandon Tanev vs Trent Frederic
Frederic pummels Tanev in his first game with his proud parents watching.
Matthew Tkachuk vs Brooks Orpik
After the melee, Tkachuk and Orpik square off in a sloppy but decent fight.
Goat of the Week
Zach Bogosian – Buffalo Sabres
Even though they are along the boards, Bogosian passes it right up the middle where no Sabre is present and the Stars take it from there. This was the only goal in the game.
Stat Line of the Week
1/31/19 New York 4 vs New Jersey 3
Mika Zibanejad had a hat trick and and assisted on one other goal to account for all the Rangers scoring in their win over the Devils. Zibanejad is only one point away from matching his season high in points. He has already matched his career season high in assists.
904 – Career NHL points for Patrick Kane
4 – Points by Jack Roslovic in the Jets 9-3 win over the Ducks
6 – Unanswered goals by the Jets in the first period in that game
253 – Wins by Tuukka Rask, the most in Bruins franchise history
This Week in Hockey History
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January 28, 2003 Martin Brodeur recorded his 61st career shutout as the Devils outshot the visiting Detroit Wings 29-16 in a 1-0 victory.
January 29, 1983 Edmonton’s Glenn Anderson scored his 100th career NHL goal and added an assist as the Oilers won 5-4 over the visiting Calgary Flames.
January 30, 1968 Rookie Rogie Vachon recorded his third career shutout as the Montreal extended their team-record winning streak to 10 straight games, with a 3-0 win over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.
January 31, 1971 Boston’s Bobby Orr scored twice, to give him 100 career NHL goals (2nd defenseman in team history) and added an assist in a 6-0 win over the Blues. Eddie Johnston recorded his 18th career shutout, as the Bruins won their 17th straight home game.
February 01, 1983 Washington’s Dennis Maruk assisted on Mike Gartner’s goal to become the first player in Capitals’ history to record 350 career assists. Capitals won 5-2 over the visiting Detroit Red Wings.
February 02, 1991 Luc Robitaille became the L.A. Kings’ all-time career leader in goals scored by a left winger when he scored his 223rd goal to pass Charlie Simmer, in a 9-1 Kings’ win over Vancouver.
February 03, 1968 Boston’s Phil Esposito scored his 100th career NHL goal. It came against the Rangers’ Eddie Giacomin, in a 3-3 tie in Boston.
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
4. NY Islanders
5. San Jose