NHL Horoscopes Week 12: Gemini Mars continues to make an impact

There’s a lot of chaos between it just being Aries season in general, a Gemini Mars cycle that has knocked around two of the best teams in the league, and a potentially dramatic Pisces Mercury.

It’s another week of the NHL and horoscopes where anything can happen, including Leo teams going on a hot streak out of nowhere.

Stat Leaders

Connor McDavid: 63 points, 42 assists (Capricorn)
Auston Matthews: 31 goals (Virgo)
Brendan Lemiuex: 59 PIM (Pisces)
Andrei Vasilevskiy: .930 Save % (Cancer)

EAST DIVISION

• Boston Bruins: Highest concentration in Taurus

Several Bruins players remain on the Covid protocol list.

Horoscope: They need a cosmic intervention to get some scoring.

Do: Score a five on five goal Don’t: Spread Covid

• Buffalo Sabres: Highest concentration in Sagittarius

Woof.

Horoscope: I remain speechless.

Do: Win a game maybe Don’t: :/

• Washington Capitals: Highest concentration in Taurus

Virgo Alex Ovechkin is still producing.

Horoscope: We’re a couple of weeks away from a Taurus Venus, but the Caps have had things together for a while anyways.

Do: Best players Don’t: Suspensions

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• New York Rangers: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Aries Mika Zibanejad is on a roll.

Horoscope: The further away we get from Aquarius season, the better the Rangers seem to play?

Do: Get it together David Quinn Don’t: Get away from best players

• New York Islanders: Highest concentration in Aquarius

The Isles might need to add a scorer to keep their roll going.

Horoscope: Suddenly they’ve lost two in a row. Aries season has not been kind to the Islanders scoring.

Do: Offense Don’t: Complacency

• New Jersey Devils: Highest concentration in Scorpio

Sagittarius Mackenzie Blackwood is playing at another level.

Horoscope: This has felt like a big week for Scorpios already so it’s no surprise a Scorpio moon on Tuesday is fueling that.

Do: Mackenzie Blackwood x3 Don’t: Lose to the Bruins, apparently

• Philadelphia Flyers: Highest concentration in Taurus

It’s getting ugly for Gemini goalie Carter Hart.

Horoscope: Something isn’t working, and panicking isn’t the answer but it’s really not going well.

Do: Beat the Sabres at least Don’t: Negative scoring margin

• Pittsburgh Penguins: Highest concentration in Leo/Taurus

Taurus goalie Tristan Jarry being out would not be good.

Horoscope: They’re on a hot streak, the stars be damned.

Do: Top offense Don’t: Panic in net

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CENTRAL DIVISION

• Detroit Red Wings: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Scorpio Filip Hronek has been their best player.

Horoscope: The Blue Jackets wins were nice!

Do: Power play Don’t: Let a defenseman be your best scorer

• Tampa Bay Lightning: Highest concentration in Gemini

Is this another Norris run for Scorpio Victor Hedman?

Horoscope: Suddenly they have just a one point lead on the Hurricanes. Gemini Mars can be a fickle time.

Do: Win some key games Don’t: Fall behind out of nowhere

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• Florida Panthers:  Highest concentration in Virgo

Aquarius Aaron Ekblad missing the rest of the season is rough luck.

Horoscope: Last week’s Virgo moon kept the Panthers playing the way they have all season.

Do: Selke watch Don’t: Drop off

Carolina Hurricanes: Highest concentration in Cancer

Gemini Dougie Hamilton has points in 14 straight games.

Horoscope: The Libra full moon was supposed to have a big effect on Cancers, and the Hurricanes are playing like one of the best teams in hockey.

Do: Goalies Don’t: Lose focus

• Nashville Predators: Highest concentration in Gemini

Suddenly the Predators are in it?

Horoscope: Scorpio Pekka Rinne remembered how to goalie and the Gemini Preds are on a role.

Do: Goalies Don’t: Listen to me apparently.

• Dallas Stars: Highest concentration in Gemini and Cancer

They are lucky to have so many games in hand.

Horoscope: The games in hand are going to be huge for this utterly confusing team.

Do: Young players Don’t: Miss this opportunity

• Chicago Blackhawks: Heaviest concentration in Aries

They have a favorable schedule during Aries season.

Horoscope: Aries season is not helping the Blackhawks at all it turns out.

Do: Goalies Don’t: Spiral

• Columbus Blue Jackets: Heaviest concentration in Cancer

Scorpio David Savard could be the first guy gone at the deadline.

Horoscope: Like any good Cancer, the Blue Jackets are emotional and don’t know what to do.

Do: Trades Don’t: Lose to the Red Wings imo

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WEST DIVISION

• Minnesota Wild: Highest concentration in Virgo and Cancer

Taurus Kirill Kaprizov is a legitimate star.

Horoscope: The Minnesota Wild vibe train is not stopping any time soon.

Do: Home success Don’t: Falter with late schedule

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

Things aren’t going to get easier for the Blues with their schedule.

Horoscope: The Blues have slumped here at the end as they are finally getting a bit healthier. Not very Aries of them.

Do: Health Don’t: Fall out of playoff positioning.

• Arizona Coyotes: Highest concentration in Leo

Capricorn Conor Garland would be a great get at the trade deadline.

Horoscope: The Coyotes have won some nice games here, keep creating that momentum.

Do: Goals Don’t: Inconsistency

• San Jose Sharks: Highest concentration in Aries

Capricorn Brent Burns is not having a good year.

Horoscope: Not great, Bob!

Do: Next season Don’t: Sharks

• Vegas Golden Knights: Highest concentration in Leo

Taurus Mark Stone is not slowing down.

Horoscope: There really isn’t too much to say about a team that’s dominated on the ice despite a really quiet time period for Leos.

Do: Good goalies Don’t: Lose on the road

• Anaheim Ducks: Heaviest concentration in Aquarius

They should probably see what they can get for Taurus Rickard Rickell.

Horoscope: They do a lot of weird personnel things but that’s being an Aquarius for you.

Do: Play Danton Heinen Don’t: Be reluctant to make moves

• Los Angeles Kings: Highest concentration in Libra

Scorpio Dustin Brown might be on the move if this keeps out.

Horoscope: The Libra full moon didn’t help a Kings team that’s now lost three in a row.

Do: Good trade deadline Don’t: Slump

• Colorado Avalanche: Highest concentration in Scorpio 

Scorpio Cale Makar, still ridiculous.

Horoscope: No regulation losses in 10 games during a peak time of year for Scorpios.

Do: Keep rolling Don’t: Forget to tell everyone Cale Makar should win the Norris

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NORTH DIVISION

• Vancouver Canucks: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

Doesn’t look great folks.

Horoscope: They’ve actually played well lately but it still feels impossible for them to climb back

Do: Keep fighting for it Don’t: Have a -20 scoring margin

• Calgary Flames: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

This season is slipping away real fast.

Horoscope: Pisces Mercury is a lot about the vibe, how you feel mentally about what’s ahead, and the Calgary vibe isn’t great.

Do: Trade deadline? Don’t: Keep falling

Edmonton Oilers: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

Capricorn Connor McDavid something something.

Horoscope: Pretty good run for the Oilers in the middle of a Libra moon cycle.

Do: Keep rolling Don’t: Rely only on stars

• Winnipeg Jets: Heaviest concentration in Aries

Here come the Jets?

Horoscope: Aries season has been real good to the Jets. Have to enjoy what they’ve been doing the second half of the season.

Do: Keep offensive pace Don’t: Drop off

• Ottawa Senators: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

Capricorn Tim Stützle continues to have an impressive season.

Horoscope: Pisces Mercury could be nice to the Senators, in the sense they can keep causing trouble.

Do: More than 94 goals Don’t: Awful scoring margin

• Montreal Canadiens: Heaviest concentration in Leo and Taurus

Scorpio Eric Staal really adds to a Habs team that succeeds with its fixed signs.

Horoscope: The Habs are making moves and creating their own vibe, Leo style.

Do: Cole Caufield soon Don’t: Drop off

• Toronto Maple Leafs: Heaviest concentration in Gemini

Taurus Mitch Marner is on a tear.

Horoscope: A bit of a rough run during a Gemini Mars cycle that’s hit every Gemini pretty hard, but they seem to be a bit back on track.

Do: One game at a time Don’t: Leafs being Leafs

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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    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.

    Toronto’s Morgan Rielly placed on long-term injured reserve

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    TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs placed defenseman Morgan Rielly on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.

    Rielly was hurt in a collision with with New York forward Kyle Palmieri early in the third period of Toronto’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Islanders at home.

    Rielly has no goals and 16 assists in 20 games this season and is averaging 23 minutes of ice time.

    Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said following practice that the 28-year-old Rielly doesn’t need surgery, adding there’s no firm timeline for his return beyond the minimum 24 days and 10 games required for going on long-term injured reserve.

    Toronto’s defense is also missing Jake Muzzin with a neck injury and T.J. Brodie with an injured oblique.