NHL Horoscopes Week 7: There’s a full moon and it’s everyone’s problem

We’re in the midst of Pisces season now which is wonderful but there’s more god news ahead.

Venus is finally leaving Aquarius this week and entering Pisces for a time that will be emotionally turbulent but at least without chaos, and Mercury has exited its dreaded retrograde.

This week’s Virgo full moon is one that stresses production, so watch for some teams to make important progress.

Stat Leaders

Connor McDavid: 37 points, 25 assists (Capricorn)
Auston Matthews: 18 goals (Virgo)
Tyler Myers: 35 PIM (Aquarius)
Marc-Andre Fleury: .942 Save % (Sagittarius)


• Boston Bruins: Highest concentration in Taurus

Gemini David Pastrnak notched yet another hat trick in Sunday’s Lake Tahoe game vs. the Flyers.

Horoscope: The Mars Taurus cycle has been a time for building something, and the Bruins have absolutely thrived. 

Do: Pastrnak Don’t: Ignore defensive depth woes

• Buffalo Sabres: Highest concentration in Sagittarius

Libra Jake McCabe will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL and MCL.

Horoscope: Sunday’s full moon in Virgo is likely to affect Sagittarius heavy areas. This will be a time for re-organizing and re-thinking past plans.

Do: Get offense going Don’t: Trade Jack Eichel without an incredible return

• Washington Capitals: Highest concentration in Taurus

Capricorn T.J. Oshie scored two goals vs. the Devils on Sunday.

Horoscope: This Taurus Uranus cycle is all about innovation and avoiding stagnation, something the Capitals should be thinking about long-term.

Do: Trust offensive stars Don’t: Get sloppy against worse teams

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• New York Rangers: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Aries Colin Blackwell has added offensive life with five points in eight games.

Horoscope: Venus will leave Aquarius this week, which should spark a more peaceful time for Aquarius folks.

Do: Take a breath Don’t: Panic

• New York Islanders: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Scorpio Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted a power play game-winning goal on Monday night.

Horoscope: This Venus season in Aquarius has been extremely experimental, no-strings attached style. With it ending, it’s time for more commitments.

Do: Keep improving power play Don’t: Fall into old offensive habits

• New Jersey Devils: Highest concentration in Scorpio

Capricorn Nico Hischier was named captain this week.

Horoscope: A slow period for Scorpios was not so slow this week; keep pushing the pace and challenging things.

Do: Safety Don’t: Ignore poor penalty kill

• Philadelphia Flyers: Highest concentration in Taurus

The Flyers gave up seven goals in their Lake Tahoe loss.

Horoscope: A lot of the Taurus Uranus empathizes self care and the Flyers still have a lot of healing to do.

Do: Health and safety Don’t: Hold young players stagnant

• Pittsburgh Penguins: Highest concentration in Leo/Taurus

Leo Sidney Crosby played his 1,000th career game this week.

Horoscope: It’s a mostly comfortable season for Taurus’ and boring for Leos. Not much room for drama, and yet.

Do: Keep improving defense Don’t: Keep giving up goals x4

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• Detroit Red Wings: Highest concentration in Aquarius

The Red Wings waived Taurus Frans Nielsen this week.

Horoscope: Mercury is out of retrograde but it’s not out of Aquarius. There’s still time to find unique takes on old strategies.

Do: Buy in on your plan Don’t: Negativity

• Tampa Bay Lightning: Highest concentration in Gemini

Gemini Alex Boulet made his NHL debut on Monday night.

Horoscope: This week’s full moon will have an impact on Geminis. Work on the parts that make the whole, not the whole itself.

Do: Goals in the dirty areas Don’t: Get stagnant vs. Hurricanes

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• Florida Panthers:  Highest concentration in Virgo

At some point we all need to sit down and decide if the Panthers are for real.

Horoscope: Florida has taken advantage of all its moon cycles this year more than anyone in the league, so a full moon this week bodes extremely well.

Do: Keep generating shots on net Don’t: Get complacent with goaltending

Carolina Hurricanes: Highest concentration in Cancer

Cancer Vincent Trocheck has had a real solid season.

Horoscope: It’s a slow time for Cancers, but the Canes’ secondary sign in Aquarius is doing a lot of heavy lifting.

Do: Get chemistry going Don’t: Be stagnant

• Nashville Predators: Highest concentration in Gemini

Scorpio goalie Pekka Rinne has played better this month.

Horoscope: Expect big impacts out of the Gemini moon Monday and the full Virgo moon over the weekend.

Do: Hope goaltending stabilizes Don’t: Ignore power play issues

• Dallas Stars: Highest concentration in Gemini and Cancer

Cancer Joe Pavelski is tied for the league lead with seven power play goals.

Horoscope: The Cancer moon on Tuesday should be a calming force with healing potential.

Do: Try to keep pace Don’t: Play catchup.

• Chicago Blackhawks: Heaviest concentration in Aries

Taurus goalie Kevin Lankinen sure is the best news Chicago has had in a long time.

Horoscope: We’re a month out from Aries season. Try to keep long enough to have a burst.

Do: Ride the hot hand Don’t: Lose focus

• Columbus Blue Jackets: Heaviest concentration in Cancer

The Jackets could sure use Taurus goalie Joonas Korpisalo to get going.

Horoscope: This week’s Cancer moon could be what the Jackets need for some serenity but it’s the Blue Jackets so something will happen.

Do: Consistent goaltending Don’t: Create drama

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• Minnesota Wild: Highest concentration in Virgo and Cancer

The return of Virgo Mats Zuccarello is encouraging.

Horoscope: Take this week’s moon cycle, especially the full moon, for getting into a routine.

Do: Heal Don’t: Over-rely on typical steady forces

• St. Louis Blues: Highest concentration in Cancer and Aries

It took a while, but Sagittarius Mike Hoffman has been red hot in February.

Horoscope: A Cancer moon usually brings mood swings, which, is kind of the Blues brand already.

Do: Keep thins fresh Don’t: Get too moody

• Arizona Coyotes: Highest concentration in Leo

Libra Phil Kessel just broke out of a slump.

Horoscope: Pisces Conor Garland has been playing pretty well. This is a rare week without much Leo action, follow the water sign.

Do: New opponents Don’t: Fall into a trap

• San Jose Sharks: Highest concentration in Aries

Aries Logan Couture has continued to be one of the lone bright spots.

Horoscope: The Leo moon coming right after Cancer is going to have all sorts of risky fun. Use this time to take chances, especially on offense.

Do: Creativity Don’t: Get stuck

• Vegas Golden Knights: Highest concentration in Leo

Despite the loss at Lake Tahoe, it’s clear Vegas and Colorado are the true contenders in the West.

Horoscope: There’s a nice little Leo moon trine with Pluto and Mars this week which is a good chance manifest positivity for Leos.

Do: Intention Don’t: Beat yourself up

• Anaheim Ducks: Heaviest concentration in Aquarius

Pisces Trevor Zegras made his NHL debut on Monday night.

Horoscope: It’s Pisces season and Zegras is here, let the Pisces rookie do his thing.

Do: Zegras 5v5 Don’t: Get caught up in the forard logjam

• Los Angeles Kings: Highest concentration in Libra

Sagittarius Drew Doughty has been producing offensively this month.

Horoscope: It hasn’t been an overly active Leo season but apparently the Kings found the fountain of youth anyways.

Do: Take it in stride Don’t: Assume the old guys will carry you forever

• Colorado Avalanche: Highest concentration in Scorpio 

Virgo Nathan MacKinnon tied for the most points (three) in NHL outdoor game history on Saturday.

Horoscope: The Avs used one strong moon last week to their advantage; keep riding that energy in a quiet week.

Do: MacKinnon Don’t: Look behind you

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• Vancouver Canucks: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

The good news is Pisces Brock Boeser is on pace to eclipse his 16 goals from last season rather quickly.

Horoscope: Wednesday’s Cancer moon trine with Neptune is a good indication of an emotional period.

Do: Offensive young guns Don’t: Spiral

• Calgary Flames: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

Another year of everyone thinking the Flames won’t, well, flame out and here we are.

Horoscope: Venus moves into Pisces this week which is a bit rough on the communication side when we’re already in the Pisces sun season.

Do: Find inner potential Don’t: Prove doubters right

Edmonton Oilers: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

Capricorn Connor McDavid continues to impress, notching a natural hat trick on Saturday.

Horoscope: A steady Cancer moon period is a good thing so long as the Oilers keep doing what they’re already doing.

Do: McDavid and Draisaitl, obviously x2 Don’t: Lose direction

• Winnipeg Jets: Heaviest concentration in Aries

Cancer Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his first three points with the Jets this weekend.

Horoscope: The upcoming Aries sun season feels like it’s going to pull the Jets in all sort of directions. Try to use the current calmness.

Do: Keep working on the defense Don’t: Fall into the hole

• Ottawa Senators: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

Another week of Senators hockey where Gemini goalie Matt Murray isn’t the answer.

Horoscope: The Senators can only go up, right? Maybe this Pisces season will be a pleasant surprise for them.

Do: Young dudes Don’t: Forget you’re still the Senators

• Montreal Canadiens: Heaviest concentration in Leo and Taurus

If Taurus Tyler Toffoli wasn’t popping off against the Canucks, would we be looking at the Canadiens a lot differently?

Horoscope: Aquarius season is over so no more excuses; at some point the Habs need to perform well against non-Canuck opponents.

Do: Special teams Don’t: Hit a wall

• Toronto Maple Leafs: Heaviest concentration in Gemini

Virgo Auston Matthews remains the hottest show in town.

Horoscope: This week’s full moon could be huge for the Gemini Leafs and their Virgo contingent.

Do: Matthews Don’t: Take it easy

Marisa Ingemi is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop her a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow her on Twitter @Marisa_Ingemi.

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    Malkin’s late goal lifts Penguins past Ovechkin, Caps 4-3

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    PITTSBURGH — Evgeni Malkin remains a live wire. Even now, 17 seasons into a career that is likely destined for the Hall of Fame, there’s an unpredictability the Pittsburgh Penguins star plays with that can be both endearing and exasperating to teammates and coaches alike.

    The latest proof came against Washington on Saturday.

    An untimely roughing penalty in the third period helped spark a Capitals’ rally from a three-goal deficit. Malkin made up for it by burying a breakaway with 1:20 left in regulation that lifted the Penguins to a 4-3 victory.

    “His care factor and his compete level for me is off the charts and that’s what I love about him and usually when the stakes are high that’s when he’s at his best,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “He gets a huge goal for us tonight at a key time.”

    Malkin’s 25th goal of the season – a low wrist shot to the far post – helped the Penguins avoid a potentially messy collapse. Pittsburgh appeared to be ready to cruise to victory after Jake Guentzel‘s power-play goal 27 seconds into the third period made it 3-0.

    Washington instead stormed back, with Alex Ovechkin right in the middle of it. Ovechkin scored his 42nd goal of the season and 822nd of his career from his favorite spot in the left circle with 6:42 to go in regulation. Washington drew even when Dylan Strome flipped the puck into an open net with 2:44 to go in regulation.

    Yet instead of sagging, the Penguins surged. Malkin stripped Washington’s Anthony Mantha near center ice and broke in alone on Kuemper. Seconds later, the puck was in the net and Malkin was on one knee celebrating while pumping his fists, the kind of display of raw emotion that’s become one of his trademarks.

    “It’s a huge goal for me, and two points for the team,” Malkin said.

    Pittsburgh moved three points clear of Florida after the Panthers lost to the earlier Saturday. Both teams have nine regular-season games left.

    Ryan Poehling and Chad Ruhwedel scored a little over two minutes apart in the second period for Pittsburgh. Jake Guentzel added his team-high 32nd goal early in the third before Washington scrambled back. Casey DeSmith played spectacularly at times while finishing with 31 saves.

    Tom Wilson started the Capitals’ comeback with his ninth goal of the season 5:19 into the third. Kuemper stopped 36 shots, but was outplayed by DeSmith as Washington’s hopes of making a late push for a playoff berth took a serious hit. The Capitals are six points behind Pittsburgh with only eight games remaining.

    “It’s a tough one,” Washington center T.J. Oshie said. “I don’t think that last play was the only thing that lost the game for us. I know that (Mantha) feels terrible about it, but we trust him with the puck. It just wasn’t a good enough 60 minutes against a good hockey team over there.”

    It felt like old times for much of the night for teams that usually enter late March battling for a spot near the top of the Metropolitan Division.

    Not this season.

    While the 35-year-old Crosby is averaging over a point a game as usual and the 37-year-old Ovechkin is steadily making inroads on Wayne Gretzky’s all-time goal record, their teams have spent most of the year skating in place.

    Pittsburgh has been wildly uneven thanks in part to goaltending that has fluctuated between solid and shaky, the main reason a 17th straight playoff appearance is hardly assured. Washington, meanwhile, appears to be pointing toward the future after injuries and a small sell-off at the trade deadline.

    Pittsburgh put itself on slightly firmer footing with DeSmith making a compelling case that he should supplant Tristan Jarry as Pittsburgh’s top goaltender down the stretch.

    DeSmith was spectacular at times, including stoning Ovechkin on a breakaway near the end of the second period in which Ovechkin deked DeSmith to his knees, only to see DeSmith extend his left leg just enough to knock the puck out of harm’s way.

    “I’m not very tall,” the 6-foot DeSmith said. “But I had that one inch that I needed.”


    Capitals: Host the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

    Penguins: Visit Detroit on Tuesday.

    Devils defeat Senators 5-3, clinch playoff berth

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    NEWARK, N.J. — Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist, Mackenzie Blackwood had 25 saves and the New Jersey Devils defeated the Ottawa Senators 5-3 and clinched a playoff berth on Saturday night.

    “It means everything to the group. I went into the dressing room after the game and just said that I was proud of the work that was put in, proud of where we got to clinch tonight to be one of three teams that have an X next to their name,” Devils coach Lindy Ruff said. “All the work that’s been put in, the adversity they face during the year. The adversity they face right at the start of the season to where we’ve got to now.”

    New Jersey could have clinched its first postseason berth since 2018 with a win, but it happened before their first intermission when the Florida Panthers lost to the New York Rangers in regulation.

    “I had a lesser role then,” said Jesper Bratt, who was a rookie for the Devils in 2017-18. “I would say at a younger age, it’s kind of like you think that just because it happened your first year that it might happen every year. And then it goes pretty fast with reality that was not the case and you got to work extremely hard for it.

    “It’s a really tough league. So this feels really good. It’s been a lot of years with struggle, not winning, and it’s just awesome coming out now playing these kinds of games and getting that.”

    Bratt, Dawson Mercer and Dougie Hamilton scored for the Devils and Tomas Tatar scored an empty netter with 42.3 seconds left to put things away.

    Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot and Mark Kastelic scored for the Senators and Dylan Ferguson had 30 saves.

    Tkachuk scored his 33rd goal of the season to give the Senators the 1-0 lead 3:14 into the first period. The Devils responded midway through the first period with Hughes’ 40th goal of the season on a breakaway, going five-hole to tie it.

    Nick Holden gave the puck away and Bratt scored his 31st goal of the season on the breakaway 2:24 into the second period to give New Jersey the 2-1 lead. Mercer’s 23rd of the season came just over a minute later.

    The Senators answered midway through the second period when Thomas Chabot scored his 11th goal of the year to cut the deficit to 3-2. They knotted things up 16:03 into the second when Kastelic scored his fifth of the season.

    “We were confident going into the third period. We felt like the game was there for our taking,” Travis Hamonic said. “They score on their chance, and that’s game.”

    Hamilton scored 3:34 into the third period to give the Devils the lead. His 19th goal breaks the franchise record for goals in a season by a defenseman, surpassing Scott Stevens – the Devils great whose number is hanging in the rafters – record of 18 in 1993-94.

    NOTES: This was the first game for the Devils backup Blackwood since Feb. 19. … Nico Hischier has a six-game point streak after recording two assists.


    Senators: Host the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

    Devils: Play at New York Islanders on Monday night. —

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    Kings tie franchise mark with point in 11th straight game

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    LOS ANGELES — Viktor Arvidsson had two goals and the Los Angeles Kings matched their longest point streak in franchise history with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon.

    Drew Doughty had a goal and an assist and Alex Iafallo netted a power-play goal for Los Angeles, which has earned points in 11 straight games for the fourth time. The last occurrence was 2013-14, when the Kings won their second Stanley Cup championship.

    Joonas Korpisalo stopped 25 shots for Los Angeles.

    Pierre-Luc Dubois scored for Winnipeg and Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves.

    Arvidsson – who has 22 goals on the season – has four in the last four games while Doughty has found the net four times in the last five games.

    Arvidsson’s first goal came 82 seconds into the game. Trevor Moore won the faceoff in the offensive zone and made a backhand pass to Arvidsson, who snapped it into the net from the back of the left faceoff circle.

    He also had an empty-net goal late in the third period.

    The Kings extended their lead to 2-0 five minutes into the second period on the power play. Phillip Danault made a great pass between Jets defenseman Brenden Dillon and Hellebuyck as Iafallo buried it into the short side of the net.

    Doughty extended the lead to 3-1 27 seconds into the third period with a wrist shot from outside the right faceoff circle near the boards after Anze Kopitar won the faceoff.


    Winnipeg got its first power-play goal in seven games with 1:23 remaining in the second period when Dubois took a cross-ice pass from Kyle Connor and scored from the left faceoff circle to get the Jets within 2-1.

    The Jets got a five-minute power play after Los Angeles’ Blake Lizotte received a five-minute match penalty for a vicious cross-check to Josh Morrissey’s face. The goal came with 33 seconds left in the man advantage.

    NOTES: Danault picked up his 300th career point and 200th assist. … Winnipeg’s Connor set a career high for most assists in a season when he got his 47th on Dubois’ goal.


    Jets: Travel to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.

    Kings: Host the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

    Coyotes minority owner suspended by NHL following arrest

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    NEW YORK — Arizona Coyotes minority owner Andrew Barroway was suspended indefinitely by the NHL on Friday following his arrest for domestic violence in Colorado.

    Online court records show Barroway was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of second-degree assault strangulation, a felony, and third-degree assault, a misdemeanor. He appeared in court Friday to be advised of the possible charges he is facing and is scheduled to back in court on April 3.

    Barroway spent Thursday night in Pitkin County Jail after police arrested him at an Aspen hotel, according to a police report obtained by the Aspen Daily News.

    “The National Hockey League is aware of the arrest of Arizona Coyotes’ minority owner Andrew Barroway,” the NHL said in a statement. “Pending further information, he has been suspended indefinitely.”

    The 57-year-old Barroway was arrested after a verbal altercation with his wife turned physical, according to the police report. He is prohibited from having contact with his wife, except when it involves their children, and can’t consume alcohol under a court order.

    A prominent hedge fund manager, Barroway owns 5% of the Coyotes.

    “We are aware of the allegation regarding Mr. Barroway and we are working with the League to gather more information,” the Coyotes said in a statement. “When we have enough information, we will have an appropriate response. Until the investigation is complete, we will have no further comment.”