Last Night’s News 📰
HERE WE GO AGAIN: Totally over COVID? Well, the Ottawa Senators, unfortunately, are not, as the NHL announced the postponement of the next three Sens games with 10 players currently in COVID protocol. As of now, they are scheduled to return in time for their Nov. 22 game against the Colorado Avalanche.
AVALANCHE AILMENT: Colorado announced that forward J.T. Compher will be out for a month after sustaining an upper-body injury during Saturday’s game against the San Jose Sharks. Compher’s five goals on the season are tied for the team lead for the Avalanche, who are shorthanded with Nathan MacKinnon on injured reserve and Bowen Byram in concussion protocol.
HALL OF FAME HIGHLIGHTS: On Monday, the six members of the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2020 were inducted in front of a small crowd in Toronto. Check out the highlights and key moments from Monday’s ceremony.
OVECHKIN LEADS STARS: Alexander Ovechkin recorded eight points in four games (2 goals and 6 assists) to earn First Star honors for the week. Charlie McAvoy of the Boston Bruins (2g, 5a, 7 points) and Troy Terry of the Anaheim Ducks (3g, 3a, 6 points) rounded out the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 14.
How well do you know newly retired Braydon Coburn?
- How many different teams did Coburn play for in his career?
- The Atlanta Thrashers selected Coburn eighth overall in which NHL Draft?
- Coburn was part of the 2019-20 Tampa Bay Lightning. Which teammate passed him the Stanley Cup?
- Victor Hedman
- Ryan McDonagh
- Alex Killorn
- Zach Bogosian
Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.
By the Numbers: What the Duck
Life is imitating art out in Anaheim right now, as a ragtag bunch of misfits facing low expectations has banded together to go on a surprise win streak. Sound familiar? Yep, the 2021-22 Ducks are basically forging the path set by their source material—the original, not the Disney+ follow-up that cast the Mighty Ducks as the villains.
The script to date has been matched to a T, as the real Ducks started predictably by dropping seven of their first nine games. Since then, however, even in the face of off-ice controversy, Anaheim has reeled off seven straight wins, riding Troy Terry’s 14-game point streak to second place in the Pacific Division as the league’s hottest team. Let’s break down this unlikely hot streak pulled out of a Hollywood movie:
1: Number of one-goal games during the seven-game streak. Anaheim isn’t squeaking out fluke victories to keep the wins coming. Just one game—a 3-2 overtime triumph in Vancouver a week ago—didn’t feature any cushion (the OT hero in that game? Terry). In fact, they’ve won by an average of 2.7 goals during the streak.
31: Games required by the Ducks to get their ninth win last season. Thanks to the win streak, they’ve now hit the nine-win mark in game No. 16, needing roughly half as many games this year.
16: Assists by captain Ryan Getzlaf this season. There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding Terry over this stretch—and rightfully so. But Getzlaf, an active Ducks’ legend whose next point will be his 1,000th, has quietly enjoyed an offensive boon of his own. The 36-year-old currently sits tied for third in the league in the assist department.
20: Career-high point total for Terry, which he’s already matched through 15 games played this season. The 24-year-old came into the year with 48 career points in 129 games, meaning that he is well on track to more than double his career point total this season.
1.66/.943: John Gibson’s goals-against average and save percentage during the win streak. Let’s not forget about the role of Gibson, who has a 28-save shutout and 34-save performance as part of his six starts during the team’s run.
999: That’s not only Getzlaf’s career point total but also the Ducks’ franchise win total. If they can make it eight in a row when they host the Washington Capitals tonight, they would earn win No. 1,000. Getzlaf hitting 1,000 points the night the Ducks reach 1,000 wins would make for the perfect Hollywood ending!
- Today’s newsletter was edited by Kyle Knopp, with contributions by Ben Fisher, Kristy Flannery, and Jordan Jacklin.
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