The Minnesota Wild and Devan Dubnyk are walking similar paths: they’re among the league’s best, yet others are hogging the headlines.
In Dubnyk’s case, he’s putting up Hart Trophy-level work together this season, yet he didn’t enjoy Carey Price‘s record-breaking start to a season and he lacks the highlight reel prowess of Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid.
When it comes to acknowledging the Wild’s winning ways, they’re being overshadowed by even more explosive teams like the Columbus Blue Jackets/really the Metropolitan Division in general.
Wherever they figure on the marquee, there’s no denying that the Wild and their goalie are on a tear. Minnesota’s now on a nine-game winning streak after beating the headline-hogging Habs. They beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 tonight.
Oh yeah, Dubnyk also got the best of Price, a comparison the two goalies were aware of.
Much like the Blue Jackets and other hot teams, the Wild’s run has been impressive even if you look back. After falling to 9-7-2 on Nov. 21, the Wild have generated a point in all but one game, going 11-1-3 during that span.
The Chicago Blackhawks still lead the Central Division, but Minnesota could make things really tight considering their games in hand. Chicago’s probably taking notice of Minnesota’s torrid pace, then.
Breaking: the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers don’t like each other.
The stakes might be higher for the Penguins than the Flyers – aside from those who still believe Philly has a shot at a playoff run – their rivalry rarely subsides.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that Sunday featured at least one fight, with Cameron Gaunce squaring off against Brandon Manning in a pretty spirited bout.
Manning isn’t shy about fighting, by the way; this was his seventh bout of the season, according to Hockey Fights.
Higher on the radar for the Penguins is the situation for Conor Sheary, who has been absent from the ice since about midway through the first period. PHT will keep an eye out for updates on what could be yet another injury for the health-challenged Pens.
Life is difficult, complex and confusing. Good thing we have dog videos.
Forgive this video being one night late, but for those of us who watch cute animal clips, time is a furry circle. Or something like that.
Anyway, this golden retriever got a little “ice time” before the Washington Capitals’ game against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday in what would end up being a 4-1 win for the Caps. It’s an excellent video featuring a top-notch, hilarious pooch.
Alternate joke: Now that is some puck retrieval.
Patrik Laine and Auston Matthews are locked with identical goals (34), assists (27) and points (61) on Sunday, which is remarkable since Laine has played in 67 games versus 75 for Matthews. He won’t get a chance to beef up his numbers on Sunday, either.
It looks like the high-scoring rookie is missing the Winnipeg Jets’ contest against the Vancouver Canucks because of an illness, according to TSN’s Sara Orlesky.
The Jets are almost assured to miss the playoffs, so seeing Laine lose a chance to bolster his Calder argument adds a little extra sadness to the night.
The NHL’s Department of Player Safety announced a Monday hearing for San Jose Sharks tough guy Micheal Haley for his “roughing/sucker punch” on Calle Jarnkrok of the Nashville Predators.
The league didn’t specify if Haley will face a telephone or in-person hearing on Monday afternoon. They did, interestingly, use the phrase “sucker punch” in that official announcement.
Haley received a match penalty during the game. Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer was highly upset about the hit that inspired Haley’s actions.
“When you run someone from behind in a game like that, you probably deserve to get a punch in the mouth,” DeBoer told reporters.
In other bad news for the Sharks, CSN Bay Area’s Kevin Kurz reports that Logan Couture‘s situation isn’t looking promising after he was hurt on Sunday.