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)

EAST DIVISION

• 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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CENTRAL DIVISION

• 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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WEST DIVISION

• 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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NORTH DIVISION

• 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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    Hughes has first NHL hat trick, Devils beat Capitals 5-1

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    NEWARK, N.J. – Jack Hughes had his first career NHL hat trick, Vitek Vanecek made 38 saves against his former team and the New Jersey Devils beat the Washington Capitals 5-1 on Saturday for coach Lindy Ruff’s 800th victory.

    “It’s exciting,” Hughes said. “Couple of two-goal games in my career, so nice to cap it off with the third one tonight.”

    Ruff became the fifth NHL coach to reach the 800-victory mark. The former Buffalo player won 571 games with the Sabres from 1997-2011. He had 165 wins in five seasons with Dallas and has 64 in two-plus seasons with New Jersey.

    “It means I’ve been around a long time,” Ruff cracked. “Great to win the game. Again, you got to do a lot of right things, have good teams, and the way our team is playing I have to give them a lot of credit for getting me there.”

    The Atlantic Division-leading Devils have won two in a row after seeing their franchise-record 13-game winning streak snapped by Toronto.

    Devils captain Nico Hischier and Fabian Zetterlund also scored.

    John Carlson scored for Washington and Charlie Lindgren made 24 saves.

    “Not scoring goals, not capitalizing on our chances,” Carlson said. “We’ve had our chances, especially today, but we only walked away with one goal. We could have had five or six. It’s just not going in right now.”

    Vanecek, meanwhile, was hoping for the shutout against a familiar foe.

    “That would have been nice, but that’s hockey,” Vanecek said, “For sure you’re trying, but not every time; the win is more important.”

    Hischier opened up the scoring with his 10th goal of the season midway through the first period on a power play after Alexander Ovechkin was called for slashing.

    Hughes wrapped the puck around goalie Lindgren’s right leg and the goal post to put the Devils up 2-0 5:59 into the second period. Hughes appeared to have lost his angle on the goal when he ripped a shot off Lindgren’s face mask and into the net midway through the period for his 10th goal of the season to give New Jersey a 3-0 lead.

    The 2019 No. 1 overall draft pick added his third midway through the third period as hats rained down on the ice with New Jersey up 4-0.

    “You want to continue to play the right way, but if an opportunity comes you want to definitely put it in the back of the net with authority,” Hughes said. “So tonight, I was able to cap it off and it was nice.”

    Fabian Zetterlund capped the scoring for New Jersey late in the third period.

    NOTES: The Devils improved to 16-0-0 this season when Hischier has a point. New Jersey’s Nathan Bastain (upper body) did not return after the first period. . Ovechkin is still nine goals away from 800 and 11 from passing Gordie Howe for second place on the NHL goals list.

    UP NEXT

    Capitals: At Vancouver on Tuesday night.

    Devils: At the New York Rangers on Monday night.

    Bruins set NHL record with 12 straight home wins to start season

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    BOSTON — The Boston Bruins set the NHL record for most home victories to start a season with their 12th straight, topping the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime with a power-play goal from David Pastrnak.

    The Bruins broke the mark of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

    “That felt awesome,” Bruins first-year coach Jim Montgomery said. “We talked about it after the second (period) going into the third. There’s been a lot of great teams in this league and you’re able to set a precedent, break a record. It’s pretty special and it doesn’t happen if those guys don’t believe in themselves like they do.”

    Boston, which trailed 2-0 late in the second period, tied it with 9:33 left in regulation when David Krejci scored his second of the game on a shot from the right point.

    “It’s never fun being down going into the third, you’re sitting in here (in the locker room) trying to figure it out,” Krejci said. “You want to come out and do the job, something special on the line. It’s hard to win in this league. To get 12 in a row at home is pretty special.”

    In overtime, Carolina was playing shorthanded after being called for too many men on the ice when Pastrnak one-timed a pass from Brad Marchand inside the far post from above the left circle.

    “It was a big win for us, obviously, coming from behind,” Pastrnak said.

    Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Stefan Noesen each scored a power-play goal for Carolina, and Pyotr Kochetkov made 38 saves. The Hurricanes lost their fifth straight.

    In a rematch of last spring’s opening-round playoff series that the Hurricanes won in seven games, Carolina shutout the NHL’s highest scoring team for nearly two periods and jumped ahead a pair of power-play goals in the opening period.

    “We took too many penalties. That’s hurting us right now,” Kotaniemi said. “I think 5-on-5 we’re doing a really good job. We started good tonight and couldn’t keep that up.”

    Boston’s tying goal was originally disallowed because of goaltender interference on Nick Foligno but overturned on a coach’s challenge after it was ruled that he was nudged into the crease by Carolina defenseman Brett Pesce.

    Boston starting goaltender Linus Ullmark made 28 saves but had to leave with 13:03 left in the third period with an undisclosed upper-body injury. Teammate Connor Clifton had jumped on him to block a shot during a scramble. Jeremy Swayman made six stops in relief.

    Carolina’s Noesen scored at 6:34 in to make it 1-0. And with five minutes left in the period, Kotkaniemi collected the puck near the side of the net after Seth Jarvis‘ shot bounced off the back glass and slipped it inside the post at 15:05.

    Krejci scored for Boston with 31 seconds left in the second.

    Boston came in with a league-high 82 goals in 20 games (4.10 per game), but it was held to relatively few chances despite getting a 5-on-3 power-play advantage early on.

    TAKE NOTE

    The Bruins honored captain Patrice Bergeron, who recorded his 1,000th career point when the team was on the road against Tampa Bay, with a message on the Jumbotron. The crowd gave him a standing ovation.

    Bergeron became just the fourth Bruin to reach the mark, joining Hall of Famers Ray Bourque (1,506), Johnny Bucyk (1,339) and Phil Esposito (1,012).

    UP NEXT

    Hurricanes: Host the Calgary Flames.

    Bruins: Host the Tampa Bay Lightning.

    Predators postpone 2 games due to Nashville water main break

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    NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  The Nashville Predators postponed two home games because of a water main break that soaked their downtown arena.

    Hours after the Predators decided they couldn’t play against the Colorado Avalanche, the team announced it also postponed the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Makeup dates for the two games will be announced later.

    The NHL said the water main break that occurred “significantly impacted the event level” of Bridgestone Arena. Team locker rooms and the ice surface are on the event level.

    Predators President and CEO Sean Henry told reporters that the water in the event level ranged from 3 inches to 3 feet.

    “We’re assessing it right now. We’re remediating it,” Henry said. “The good thing is, the water got shut off, the city responded in a pretty fast manner. I don’t think anyone is ready for things like this the Friday after Thanksgiving.”

    Video posted by a WTVF-TV reporter shows the water puddled up on the main floor’s concourse area and the team store. The team was forced to close the store until further notice, pointing shoppers online for Black Friday specials.

    The Predators’ next home game is now scheduled for Tuesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

    The water issue also resulted in a switch to a different venue for a college hockey game between Northeastern and Western Michigan. They also had been scheduled to play at Bridgestone Arena, a game that was moved to Ford Ice Center Bellevue.

    Rangers trade Ryan Reaves to Wild for 5th-round pick in 2025

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    ST. PAUL, Minn. — The New York Rangers traded enforcer Ryan Reaves to the Minnesota Wild for a 2025 fifth-round pick.

    Reaves had been a healthy scratch for eight of the past 12 games for the Rangers. He gives struggling Minnesota some extra muscle and a veteran presence.

    The 35-year-old is signed through only the rest of this season at a $1.75 million salary cap hit. He has no points and 12 penalty minutes in 12 games of his second season with New York.

    Reaves has played in 869 NHL regular-season and playoff games for the St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights and Rangers. He was with the Golden Knights during their inaugural season in 2017-18 when the reached the Stanley Cup Final.