The Ottawa Senators just can’t buy a break, although some of the team’s most cynical fans (and critics) might say they’re better off.
Not long after losing offensively gifted but defensively lacking center Jason Spezza, the Senators will lose one-dimensional forward Alex Kovalev for at least a week with a knee injury, according to the Ottawa Citizen. Not only that, but Mike Fisher is apparently also a little bit banged up after blocking a shot on Saturday, although he’s reportedly likely to appear in Tuesday’s game against the Boston Bruins.
It’s already been a long season for Kovalev, who only has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and a -10 rating in 42 games. It’s hard not to wonder if the talented Russian’s days in the NHL are numbered. On the bright side, he earned his 1,000th point this season so it was an impressive run if 2010-11 ends up being his last season in the NHL.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.