Last Night’s News 📰
PREDS’ MARKETING FOR THE WIN: Anticipating the need for some distance between you and the in-laws over Thanksgiving? The Nashville Predators have you covered! Yesterday, the club introduced a tongue-in-cheek “In-Laws Package” that offers two lower bowl and two upper bowl seats, affording you and your significant other some space and a break from a family-time overdose.
FAULK YEAH!: Justin Faulk scored his 100th career goal on Monday night, stealing the puck from Nicholas Roy at his defensive blue line and racing in on Robin Lehner. Faulk would lift a quick wrister over Lehner’s shoulder in what would be the Blues game-winner over the Golden Knights.
STREAK SNAPPED: For the first time since opening night, Troy Terry failed to record a point for the Anaheim Ducks. Terry, the fourth-year, 24-year-old winger is currently tied with Kyle Connor, Johnny Gaudreau, and Evgeny Kuznetsov with 22 points on the season, trailing only Nazem Kadri, Alex Ovechkin, Connor McDavid, and Leon Draisaitl for the league lead on the season.
HOCKEY FIGHTS CANCER: As the NHL is wrapping up its Hockey Fights Cancer week, the teams continue to pay tribute, increase awareness, and raise money for cancer research.
How well do you know Gabriel Landeskog?
- On September 4, 2012, Landeskog became the ____ captain in Avalanche history.
- Landeskog scored his first NHL goal against which goaltender?
- Martin Brodeur
- Pekka Rinne
- Steve Mason
- Marc-André Fleury
- Who was the only player drafted higher than Landeskog in the 2011 NHL Draft?
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Taylor Hall
- Nail Yakupov
- Jonathan Huberdeau
Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.
It’s getting to be that time. Early season trends have taken hold, while fans are getting a pretty good handle on where their team is at and which players are helping them get there. For some, there’s also a growing sense of just what they’re missing.
As players make their mark on new teams, there’s the other side to consider: former teams left to watch their exes thrive without them. As Olivia Rodrigo sings, “Well, good for you, I guess you moved on really easily.” So, which former players are thriving, much to their old teams’ chagrin?
Look away, Leafs fans, for this is where we remind everyone that Toronto moved on from Andersen this past summer for the right to pay Petr Mrázek $700,000 less to play behind Jack Campbell. That $700,000 is currently the difference between an early Vezina front-runner enjoying a career year in Carolina and an injury-prone backup who has managed just two shaky games all season.
The Montreal Canadiens sport the second-worst goal differential in the league this year, an ugly minus-26 mark that is hardly becoming of a reigning Stanley Cup finalist. It is obvious that the absences of Carey Price and Shea Weber have gutted the Habs’ goal prevention efforts, but the free-agent loss of Danault shouldn’t be overlooked. Now in LA, Danault has fit seamlessly as part of a defensive-minded duo down the middle alongside Anže Kopitar.
It’s been a bumpy first year to date for the Seattle Kraken, but there’s nonetheless some talent on the expansion franchise, most of which the club landed with no return cost. At the moment, no team has felt their Expansion Draft loss quite like the New York Islanders have missed Eberle. Eberle’s nine goals would be tied for the team lead if he were still with the Isles, who rank dead last in league scoring.
It’s hardly a surprise that Reinhart can put up points. The 26-year-old topped 20 goals in five of his past six seasons in Buffalo, so three goals and 11 points thus far as a Florida Panther isn’t a shock. What’s setting this season apart for Reinhart is a plus/minus rating of plus-3, just one year removed from a minus-28 that was among the league’s worst. It’s no coincidence that he’s also on track for a first career playoff appearance with the Panthers.
Buch or Blais
Various NHL teams are now approaching the 20-game mark in the regular season, which means there is enough of a sample size to evaluate player performances. One of the trades that had us intrigued this past summer included the New York Rangers sending Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick. Let’s look at how the two players in this deal are performing on their new teams so far.
Buchnevich Fitting In
Although his tenure with the Blues started with getting suspended for two games for headbutting Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson Crouse, Buchnevich has been pretty productive. He currently has four goals and 10 points in 15 games to start the regular season on the team’s second line. Diving deeper, he now boasts a 56.3 Corsi percentage (CF%), indicating that he is driving the play and generating more scoring chances than the opposition when he’s on the ice.
Blais Out For Season
It was a promising start to his Rangers tenure, as Blais produced four assists in 14 games and was starting to settle in on the team’s bottom-six forward lines. Sadly, his season came to a close after he sustained a torn ACL when he got caught up with New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban. It is pretty evident that while the Blues acquired the best player and are winning this deal so far, Blais’s absence is being felt in the Big Apple. He is a gritty forward who plays a challenging game, and as the Rangers make a playoff push, they will not be able to use him to fill that much-needed role.
- Today’s newsletter was edited by Kyle Knopp, with contributions by Ben Fisher, Kristy Flannery, and Jordan Jacklin.
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