The Eastern Conference is very crowded. Seven teams have six or fewer losses. Ten have seven losses or less. Five teams had a three games or more winning streak until two lost. Surprisingly, the New Jersey Devils are one of the six loss teams.

The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple Leafs are starting to break away from everyone else, including surpassing early favorites the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers.

I’m beginning to believe this is not the New York Islanders’ year. They are now 0-4 at home and have lost eight in a row. They are capable of going on a long streak after the All-Star break, but the East is so tough this year, I don’t think it’ll matter, especially with the hole they dug themselves in.

At the bottom of the standings, the month of November was not kind to the Ottawa Senators. They missed three games due to COVID, lost 11, and won one.

If I had to guess, I’d say the top seven teams stay, and the Boston Bruins replace the Columbus Blue Jackets for the final spot.

Things I like

1. The Colorado Avalanche are starting to break out. Winners of seven of their last eight, they are thumping their opponents by a score of 42-17. They have seven players in the top ten in scoring over the last ten days. Cale Makar and Nazem Kadri are leading the way with 10 points. They’re going on a road trip where they struggle a bit. There’s a big game against the Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

2. I never thought I would live to see Tyler Seguin on the third line, but it happened. The Dallas Stars are winning propelled by their first line of Joe Pavelski, Roope Hintz, and Jason Robertson. I don’t know many teams that would demote All-Stars like Seguin and Jamie Benn for someone like Hintz. I’m still surprised the San Jose Sharks let Pavelski go. He was supposed to be the guy to lead the team after Joe Thornton, and Patrick Marleau left. But Hintz has earned his spot with his performance.

Things I don’t

1. Matt Murray cleared waivers, a huge fall from grace from someone who helped lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cups. But he’s so far away from his peak it’s sad. Another player on waivers is Evander Kane. The San Jose Sharks have decided to move on after all the drama surrounding Kane. I wrote about all that a few months ago, but another new item is that his ex-wife was pregnant and then had an abortion, but Evander never knew and thought she was still pregnant for four months. What a pair. I hope he gets a chance to play somewhere. He needs an escape outlet.

2. The Vancouver Canucks are still disappointing. Their younger players like Elias Pettersson, and Brock Boeser aren’t stepping up. But their biggest problem is their dreadful penalty kill. They are the worst in the NHL at 62%. They took a 2-1 lead into the third period against the Boston Bruins Sunday night. Only to take two bad penalties. One wasn’t really their fault because the Bruins player turned at the last minute. But they, of course, gave up two power-play goals, including one where they lost track of the puck. Hard to win if your penalty kill sucks.

Fights of the Week

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

Kirby Dach vs Blake Coleman

A bit of a hot mess but still fun to watch.

Kurtis MacDermid vs Nicolas Deslauriers

A couple of big boys going at it. It takes a while to get going, but it’s worth it.

Goat of the Week

Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins

Crosby had one of the worst passes of his career. A pass to no one. Jonathan Drouin takes it the other way for a breakaway. This was the first goal of the game. The Canadiens won by three, but two were empty-net goals. This mattered.

Stat Line of the Week

11/26/21 Washington 4 vs. Florida 3

Skater TOI G A +/- SOG Blk
A. Ovechkin 22:30 3 0 1 5 1

Alex Ovechkin is not slowing down any time soon. Ovechkin notched the 28th hat trick of his career. He has 11 points in his last five games, and his 37 points puts him second in the NHL in scoring. I really thought he and the Capitals would take a step back, but he’s having his best season at 36.

Numbers, Numbers

25 – Game point streak by Connor McDavid snapped dating back to last season, tied for 18th longest all-time – courtesy of Stathead
16 – Game point streak by Troy Terry snapped
200 – Wins by Andrei Vasilevskiy, the second most in 318 games behind Ken Dryden and one ahead of Braden Holtby
11 – Wins by the Florida Panthers and zero losses at home, snapped by the Seattle Kraken of all teams
0 – Points by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in an Edmonton Oilers win over the Vegas Golden Knights, the first time they’ve both been scoreless in a game this season
47 – Saves by Jake Allen against the Pittsburgh Penguins

Rankings

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

Top 5
1. Washington
2. Toronto
3. NY Rangers
4. Tampa Bay
5. Dallas

Bottom 5
30. Arizona
29. Ottawa
28. Vancouver
27. NY Islanders
26. Montreal

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The Eastern Conference is very crowded. Seven teams have six or fewer losses. Ten have seven losses or less. Five teams had a three games or more winning streak until two lost. Surprisingly, the New Jersey Devils are one of the six loss teams. The Washington Capitals and Toronto Maple...