Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last Night in the NHL (12/22)

Last night in the NHL (12/22) there were four games on the slate. It was a good night to teams down in the standings. Both of the league’s bottom dwellers, Arizona and Buffalo were able to seize victory on Friday. Arizona took down Top 5 team Washington Capitals in overtime and Buffalo took down Philly behind the firepower of Jack Eichel.

2 – Philadelphia Flyers (15-13-7)

4 – Buffalo Sabres (9-19-7)

In Buffalo, the Sabres notched a win against the Flyers behind Jack Eichel’s twelfth and thirteenth goals of the season. The Sabres are now one game away from earning double-digit wins this season.

Robin Lehner took home the victory between the pipes for the Sabres.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • None

3rd Period

  • Buffalo (1-0)
    • Ryan O’Reilly (9)
      • Evander Kane
  • Buffalo (2-0)
    • Kane (15)
      • Josh Gorges
      • Kyle Okposo
  • Philadelphia (1-2)
    • Michael Raffl (6) (PP)
      • Claude Giroux
      • Jakub Voracek
  • Buffalo (3-1)
    • Jack Eichel (12)
      • Marco Scandella
      • O’Reilly
  • Philadelphia (2-3)
    • Shayne Gostisbehere (7)
      • Giroux
      • Voracek
  • Buffalo (4-2)
    • Jack Eichel (13)
      • Scandella

2 – Minnesota Wild (18-14-3)

4- Florida Panthers (14-16-5)

It’s official, the Florida Panthers are on a winning streak. Almost a month has passed since the last time Florida was able to string together two victories. In his eighth straight start for the Panthers, James Reimer earned his fourth victory over that span (4-3-1). He can thank Jonathan Huberdeau’s two third period goals for Thursday’s victory.

Just when you think the Wild are becoming respectable, this happens. If you take a lead into the third, you must win. The Wild didn’t. That’s why they are the epitome of NHL mediocrity.

1st Period

  • Minnesota (1-0)
    • Ryan Suter (5) (PP)
      • Matt Dumba
      • Mikael Granlund
  • Florida (1-1)
    • Vincent Trocheck (14)
      • Alex Petrovic
      • Denis Malgin

2nd Period

  • Minnesota (2-1)
    • Daniel Winnik (3)

3rd Period

  • Florida (2-2)
    • Jonathan Huberdeau (10)
      • Aleksander Barkov
  • Florida (3-2)
    • Connor Brickley (3)
      • Keith Yandle
  • Florida (4-2)
    • Huberdeau (11)
      • Barkov

3 – Montreal Canadiens (16-15-4)

2 – Calgary Flames (18-15-3)

Carey Price continues to carry the Canadiens. Since returning from injury, Montreal is 8-3-1. Last night’s victim: Calgary. For the first time in 22 months, Byron Froese scored a goal, a deflection in the first. Calgary added two goals in the third to keep the game close, but it wasn’t enough. While Calgary seems to be treading water, Montreal is on the move to make up the games they lost without Price.

1st Period

  • Montreal (1-0)
    • Byron Froese (1)
      • Jordie Benn
      • Alex Galchneyuk

2nd Period

  • Montreal (2-0)
    • Nicolas Deslauriers (4)
      • Froese
      • Daniel Carr

3rd Period

  • Montreal (3-0) 
    • Brendan Gallagher (14)
      • Artturi Lehkonen
      • Tomas Plekanec
  • Calgary (1-3)
    • Micheal Ferland (14)
      • Michael Frolik
      • Sean Monahan
  • Calgary (2-3)
    • Matthew Tkachuk (8)
      • Mikael Backlund
      • Johnny Gaudreau

2- Washington Capitals (22-12-2)

3- Arizona Coyotes (8-24-5)

Final/OT

Despite being one of the worst teams in the league, the Coyotes used a late goal by Christian Fischer in the third period to push the game to overtime. In the extra session, Clayton Keller drained the game-winner to down the Caps in Phoenix. TJ Oshie put home his eleventh goal of the season in the loss. Five of Arizona’s eight wins this season have come in overtime. The Coyotes are 3-24 in games not decided in overtime this season. They are 5-5 in overtime games.

1st Period

  • None

2nd Period

  • Washington (1-0)
    • TJ Oshie (11)
      • Jakub Vrana
      • Evgeny Kuznetsov

3rd Period

  • Arizona (1-1)
    • Christian Dvorak (5)
      • Alex Goligoski
      • Jakob Chychrun
  • Washington (2-1)
    • Kuznetsov (12)
      • Christian Djoos
      • John Carlson
  • Arizona (2-2)
    • Christian Fischer (9)
      • Clayton Keller
      • Jason Demers

Overtime

  • Arizona (3-2)
    • Keller (13)
      • Max Domi
      • Goligoski

 

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

NHL Power Rankings Week 10

It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 10. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Nashville Predators (18-7-3) [LW: 1]

  • Last Week: L 3-5 vs VAN, W 3-2 (SO) @ ANA, W 5-3 vs BOS, W 5-2 @ DAL
  • This Week: vs VGS (FRI), at VAN (WED)
  • Rongy’s Star: Craig Smith- 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video

2. Tampa Bay Lightning (19-6-2) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week: L 2-3 at BOS, W 5-2 vs SJ, W 6-2 vs NYI
  • This Week: vs COL (THUR), vs WIN (SAT), at STL (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Yanni Gourde- 2 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Quote: 

3. Winnipeg Jets (17-7-4) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week: W 7-4 vs VGS, W 5-0 vs OTT, L 1-5 @ DET
  • This Week: @ FLA (THURS), @ TB (SAT), vs VAN (MON)
  • Rongy’s Star: Patrick Lanie – 3 Goals, 2 Assists
  • Video:  

4. Los Angeles Kings (18-8-3) [LW: 5th WC]

  • Last Week: W 5-2 @ WAS, W 4-1 @ STL, W 3-1 @ CHI, W 5-2 vs MIN
  • This Week: vs OTT (THUR), vs CAR (SAT), @ NJ (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Anze Kopitar- 3 Goals, 3 Assists, +5 +/-
  • Video: 

5. New Jersey Devils (16-7-4) [LW: 4th EC]

  • Last Week: W 2-1 @ COL, L 0-5 @ ARI, W 4-1 at CBJ
  • This Week: vs CBJ (FRI), at NYR (SAT), vs LA (TUE)
  • Rongy’s Star: Cory Schneider- 2-0, 63/65 Save Attempts (97%)
  • Video: 

NHL Bottom 5 

27. Philadelphia Flyers (10-11-7) [LW: 28]

  • Though the Flyers ended their 10-game losing streak, they could not escape the Bottom Five. If they can build on their now two-game win-streak, Philly could find it’s way out of the B5.

28. Edmonton Oilers (11-15-2) [LW: 29]

  • It was another bleh week for the Oilers. Connor McDavid leads in All-Star voting, unfortunately, that doesn’t add tallies to the win column.

29. Ottawa Senators (9-11-6) [LW: NR]

  • The Sens have lost 9 of their last 10 contest and look to be in complete free-fall mode.

30. Arizona Coyotes (7-18-5) [LW: 30]

  • After a small hot-streak, the Coyotes have gone back to looking like one of the worst teams in the league. 

31. Buffalo Sabres (7-17-4) [LW; 31]

  • They’re going to trade everyone, right? They have to.

NHL Power Rankings Week 10 by Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay

Lightning

19-6-2 40
2 New Jersey

Devils

16-7-4 36 +2
3 Toronto

Maple Leafs

18-10-1 37 -1
4 Columbus

Blue Jackets

17-10-1 35 -1
5 Washington

Capitals

17-11-1 35 +2
6 Pittsburgh

Penguins

15-11-3 33
7 New York

Islanders

16-9-2 34 -2
8 New York

Rangers

15-10-2 32
9 Montreal

Canadiens

13-13-3 29 +3
10 Boston

Bruins 

12-9-4 28
11 Detroit

Red Wings

11-12-5 27 -2
12 Carolina

Hurricanes

11-10-5 27 -1
13 Florida

Panthers

10-13-4 24 +1
14 Philadelphia

Flyers

10-11-7 27 +1
15 Ottawa

Senators

9-11-6 24 -2
16 Buffalo

Sabres

7-17-4 18

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville

Predators

18-7-3 39
2 Winnipeg

Jets

17-7-4 38 +1
3 Los Angeles

Kings

18-8-3 39 +2
4 St. Louis

Blues

18-8-2 38 -2
5 Vegas

Golden Knights

17-9-1 35 -1
6 Dallas

Stars

16-11-1 33 +3
7 San Jose

Sharks

14-10-2 30
8 Vancouver

Canucks

14-10-4 32 +3
9 Chicago

Blackhawks

12-11-5 29 -3
10 Calgary

Flames

14-12-2 30 -2
11 Anaheim

Ducks

12-11-6 30 -1
12 Minnesota

Wild

13-11-3 29 +1
13 Colorado

Avalanche

12-12-2 26 -1
14 Edmonton

Oilers

11-15-2 24
15 Arizona

Coyotes

7-18-5 19

 


NHL Power Rankings Week 9

NHL Power Rankings Week 9

NHL Power Rankings Week 9

It’s still way too early to legitimately rank the NHL teams, but I’ll try anyway. Regardless, check out some of the top plays from the past week and see where your favorite team ranks within their conference. If you have any thoughts, please let us know at contact@quartermastersports.com; subject: NHL Power Rankings Week 9. Your input is always welcome.

NHL Top 5

1. Nashville Predators (15-6-3) [LW: 3]

  • Last Week (3-0-1): W 3-2 (SO) vs MON, W 2-0 at STL, L 3-4 (SO) at CAR, W 3-2 vs CHI
  • This Week: vs VAN (11/30), vs ANA (12/2), vs BOS (12/4), at DAL (12/5)
  • Rongy’s Star: Flip Forsberg – 3 Goals, 1 Assist
  • Video:

2. St. Louis Blues (17-6-1) [LW:1]

  • Last Week (1-1-0): L 0-2 vs NSH, W 6-3 vs MIN
  • This Week: vs ANA (11/29), vs LA (12/1), @ MIN (12/2), @ MON (12/5)
  • Rongy’s Star: Jaden Schwartz – 2 Goals vs MIN
  • Quote: “That’s what we’re going to face all year. We have to be expecting that. Again, if we just stay in the moment and make sure that we are prepared to play and ready to play our game for 60 minutes then we’ll be fine. I think that our intentions were right coming into the game. I think maybe we were a little nervous because we built it up as a big game. We were on our heels. I think we’ve got to be ready to attack the game a little bit more. But again, we gave up one goal. We’ve got to make sure we keep defending and we know that we can be sharper offensively and obviously that will turn things around.” – Blues coach Mike Yeo after the loss to Nashville.

3. Winnipeg Jets (15-6-3) [LW: 4]

  • Last Week (3-1-0): W 2-1 @ LA, W 4-1 @ ANA, L 0-4 @ SJ, W 7-2 vs MIN
  • This Week: @ COL (11/29), vs VGS (12/1), vs OTT (12/3)
  • Rongy’s Star: Nikolaj Ehlers – 2 Goals, 3 Assists
  • Quote: “On the board, we’re the fourth line, but on the ice, we don’t feel like it a fourth line. We feel like we can produce every night and outplay every match we have. It’s a great matchup for us every night.” – Jets Mathieu Perreault on the fourth line’s recent success. The Jets are 5-2 since that line joined forces.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning (17-5-2) [LW: 2]

  • Last Week (2-2-0): W 3-2 vs CHI (OT), L 1-3 @ WAS, L 2-5, L 2-5 @ PIT, W 2-0 @ BUF
  • This Week: @ BOS (11/29), vs SJ (12/2), vs NYI (12/5)
  • Rongy’s Star: Andrei Vasilevskiy – 2 Wins, 98 Saves on 102 Shots (96%)
  • Quote: “Sometimes, in the game it’s hard not to get frustrated. But then you go watch, and say, ‘You know, we actually had some decent chances.’ The play that made me laugh a little bit was when (Namestnikov) fanned on that chance in the slot (Saturday). It was the exact same play we had in San Jose, and if it goes in, everyone is talking about what a great play that was.” – Steven Stamkos on the 1st lines small cold-streak.

5. Toronto Maple Leafs (16-9-1) [LW: 5]

  • Last Week (2-1-1): L 1-2 (SO) @ FLA, W 5-4 @ CAR, L 2-4 vs WAS, W 4-1 @ CAL
  • This Week: @ EDM (11/30), @ VAN (12/2)
  • Rongy’s Star: Frederik Andersen – 2 Wins, Shootout Loss, 104 Saves on 110 Shots (94.5%)
  • Video: 

 

NHL Bottom 5

27. Florida Panthers (10-12-2) [LW: 29]

  • The Panthers won three games this week and still couldn’t escape the bottom five. Do it again, maybe they get it.

28. Philadelphia Flyers (8-10-7) [LW: NR]

  • Three straight overtime losses this week, sheesh. The Flyers can’t catch a break nor stop their free fall in the standings. Overall, they’ve lost nine straight (0-4-5).

29. Edmonton Oilers (10-13-2) [LW: 28]

  • Connor McDavid and the Oilers won three out of four this week, but it’ll take another week of such production to lift them from the bottom of the barrel. If they can sustain this success against the Leafs and Flames in coming games, I’ll be willing to elevate the Oilers from the Bottom 5.

30. Arizona Coyotes (6-17-4) [LW: 30]

  • Arizona found a way to squeak out a victory against the Kings in overtime but lost their other three games this week. After reeling off three straight on a Canadian road swing, the Coyotes have come back down to Earth.

31. Buffalo Sabres (6-15-4) [LW: 31]

  • Their win against Edmonton was their first win in over two and a half weeks. Other than that, they’ve been shutout by Montreal and Tampa Bay their last two skates.

NHL Power Rankings Week 9 by Conference

Eastern Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Tampa Bay Lightning 17-5-2 36
2 Toronto Maple Leafs 16-9-1 33
3 Columbus Blue Jackets 16-8-1 33
4 New Jersey Devils 14-6-4 32
5 New York Islanders 15-7-2 32 +4
6 Pittsburgh Penguins 13-10-3 29 -1
7 Washington Capitals 14-10-1 29 +1
8 New York Rangers 13-10-2 28 +3
9 Detroit Red Wings 10-10-5 25 -2
10 Boston Bruins  10-8-4 24 +2
11 Carolina Hurricanes 10-8-5 25 -1
12 Montreal Canadiens 10-12-3 23 +2
13 Ottawa Senators 8-8-6 22 -7
14 Florida Panthers 10-12-2 22 +1
15 Philadelphia Flyers 8-10-7 23 -2
16 Buffalo Sabres 6-15-4 16

 

Western Conference
    W-L-OTL Pts LW
1 Nashville Predators 15-6-3 33 +1
2 St. Louis Blues 17-6-1 35 -1
3 Winnipeg Jets 15-6-3 33
4 Vegas Golden Knights 15-7-1 31
5 Los Angeles Kings 14-8-3 31
6 Chicago Blackhawks 12-9-3 27 +2
7 San Jose Sharks 13-8-2 28 +3
8 Calgary Flames 13-10-1 27 -1
9 Dallas Stars 13-10-1 27 +2
10 Anaheim Ducks 10-10-4 24 -4
11 Vancouver Canucks 11-10-4 26 -2
12 Colorado Avalanche 11-9-2 24
13 Minnesota Wild 11-10-3 25
14 Edmonton Oilers 10-13-2 22
15 Arizona Coyotes 6-17-4 16

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