NHL 2019-20 Recap Week 8 – Bill Peters saga, Sharks get hot, Taylor Hall on the trading block, Bobrovsky benched
After a week of allegations of past conduct, Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters has resigned. While it’s good he’s doing the right thing now, it doesn’t excuse any of his past behavior. Including using racial slurs and abusing players. He sort of apologized for using one slur in reference to music that Akim Aliu played but there’s probably more. His abuse of players is more concerning. According to former Carolina Hurricane Michal Jordan Peters kicked and punched players for four years. I don’t even know what to make of that. Then Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said he took immediate action by briefing ownership, whatever that means, and that no other incident occurred. Sure buddy. Because that’s how that works. The fact that nobody really did anything about this and nobody else said anything is alarming. I have to imagine several players saw it at one time or another. I’ve seen abuse of power firsthand to know how disgusting and traumatizing it can be. I’m sure even more things will soon come out. Even things about other coaches. Such as Sean Avery saying former Kings coach Marc Crawford kicked him. It’s going to get ugly.
Things I like
1. The hottest team outside of the Boston Bruins is surprisingly the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks are 11-2 lately, which is pretty darn good. Ironically, the Sharks are first in penalty kill but 29th in GAA. Martin Jones has been playing better but I still wonder about his long term viability. This is now his fifth season in San Jose and it doesn’t look like he’s the guy. Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture have now made the Sharks their team. They had five and seven game point streaks respectively during their run. But they still lack much depth beyond Evander Kane and Timo Meier. I figured the Sharks would struggle this season and they started out that way. I’m not entirely sold on the Sharks being able to sustain this but it’s working for now.
Things I don’t
1. Apparently the New Jersey Devils are listening to offers for Taylor Hall. That’s disappointing and surprising to hear. Mostly because they went out of the way to say Hall would be the centerpiece of the franchise. That was when he first got there, a mere three and a half years ago. This season has been a disaster so far but you shouldn’t blow it up after one bad half season. They should have a long term plan in mind. More draft picks isn’t the answer when your current top picks are struggling to develop. You’ll need a veteran like Hall there, even if he’s also struggling. There’s a chance they won’t move him but I can’t imagine this will make Hall happy, considering how irked he was when he was traded from the Edmonton Oilers. Funny enough, there’s also an off chance he’ll end up back in Edmonton. But it’s unlikely the have the cap space for him.
2. The Florida Panthers have played well and Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t but benching him isn’t the way to go. Sure Chris Driedger pitched a shutout in his first start but that’s obviously not going to always happen. You don’t give a guy 10 million a year to start 20 games and then bench him. Now it might just be to send a message to ignite a spark but if it’s anything more than that, that’s a problem. I believe it’s the former and I trust Joel Quenneville knows what he’s doing. The rest of the team is playing really well and I love their scoring depth. But they’ll need a goalie to try and fend off the surging Toronto Maple Leafs.
Fights of the Week
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Ryan Graves vs Andrew Shaw
Graves had this until Shaw got in some beauts at the end.
Dylan McIlrath vs Wayne Simmonds
This isn’t really my kind of fgith but some of you may enjoy it. Simmonds gave it a good go despite the size disadvantage.
Goat of the Week
Calle Jarnkrok – Nashville Predators
Calle Jarnkrok’s pass wasn’t terrible but you need to be extra cautious in overtime and he wasn’t. His pass was picked off by Nate Schmidt who passed it to Paul Stastny on the 2-0 and the Vegas Golden Knights completed their epic comeback. They tied the game with about a half second left in the third period on a goal by Max Pacioretty with four players in the way.
Stat Line of the Week
11/27/19 Pittsburgh 8 vs Vancouver 6
This game was a wild one. Penguins scored the first two goals before the Canucks scored four. Then the Penguins scored one and the Canucks added two more. And then the Penguins reeled off five unanswered. Evgeni Malkin always raises his game when Sidney Crosby is injured and he does so again in this game. He assisted on the first two goals and then he had a power-play goal, assist and empty net goal. His power-play goal was a thing a beauty. He just waited up high and then threaded it in the corner where Thatcher Demko never had a chance.
602 – Career NHL points for Brad Marchand
19 – Shots in the first period by the Kings against the Jets
8 – Goals scored by the Bruins against the Canadiens
25 – Goals for David Pastrnak, he’s on pace for 76
1.97 – GAA for Darcy Kuemper, still the only goalie under two
This Week in Hockey History
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November 25, 1948 Goaltender Turk Broda recorded his 43rd career shutout, and Bill Ezinicki scored a goal and added an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs won 2-0 at Montreal. 10 major penalties were assessed in the game, a new NHL record.
November 26, 1983 Hartford’s Blaine Stoughton scored the winning goal at 4:52 of overtime to lead the Whalers to a 4-3 win over the Rangers. It was the Whalers’ first NHL overtime game.
November 27, 1960 Detroit’s Gordie Howe became the first player in NHL history to score 1,000 career points as the Red Wings won 2-0 over Toronto. Howe’s 1,000th point came in his 938th NHL game.
November 28, 1954 Boston’s Leo Labine scored three goals (in a span of 4:22) and added three assists in a 6-2 win over Detroit, at Boston Garden. Labine picked up five points in the second period to tie an NHL record.
November 29, 1997 Theoren Fleury became the Calgary Flames all-time leading goal scorer, when he scored an unassisted shorthanded goal in a 3-2 overtime win over thme visiting Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. Fleury’s 315th career goal moved him ahead of Joe Nieuwendyk.
November 30, 2001 Mike Ricci scored shorthanded to give him 200 career NHL goals. The milestone came in a 5-2 win at Anaheim.
December 01, 1940 Toronto Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to win each of their first six road games of the season, with a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings, at Detroit. (They extended the streak with an additional victory two weeks later.)
The rankings are based on how the teams are currently playing.
2. San Jose