NHL Horoscopes Week 13: Mercury enters Aries, let chaos reign

Aries season has treated Aries players and teams mostly well (don’t look, Chicago). Now Mercury enters the chaotic Fire sign, so there’s sure to be an uptick in, uh, let’s call it energy.

As always more important than horoscopes or hockey is staying safe.

Stat Leaders

Connor McDavid: 64 points, 42 assists (Capricorn)
Auston Matthews: 27 goals (Virgo)
Brendan Lemiuex: 59 PIM (Pisces)
Andrei Vasilevskiy: .932 Save % (Cancer)

EAST DIVISION

• Boston Bruins: Highest concentration in Taurus

Leo goalie Dan Vladar has been stellar when called upon.

Horoscope: They could just like, help themselves by adding any scoring.

Do: Consistent scoring Don’t: Lose all Covid caution

• Buffalo Sabres: Highest concentration in Sagittarius

There’s still nothing to say here.

Horoscope: They won a couple of games but don’t start planning the parade.

Do: Uhh Don’t: This

• Washington Capitals: Highest concentration in Taurus

Aside from a bad outing with the Islanders, the Caps have been pretty consistent.

Horoscope: Taurus’ haven’t had a quiet time all season but there’s a period of quiet now. The Caps don’t seem to mind.

Do: Depth scoring Don’t: Neglect goaltending

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• New York Rangers: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Aquarius Adam Fox is entering the Norris conversation.

Horoscope: We had an Aquarius moon this week, perhaps that gives the Rangers a spark.

Do: Play like David Quinn isn’t watching Don’t: Get away from best players

• New York Islanders: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Gemini Mat Barzal has had a strong season.

Horoscope: Much like the Rangers, maybe the Aquarius moon will set the Islanders on a good path.

Do: Offense, please Don’t: Lonely at the top

• New Jersey Devils: Highest concentration in Scorpio

Aquarius Kyle Palmieri might be in his last days with the Devils.

Horoscope: We’re approaching a Scorpio full moon a couple of weeks after the deadline, but it’ll be too little too late for the Devils.

Do: Trade Palmieri Don’t: Lose sight

• Philadelphia Flyers: Highest concentration in Taurus

Gemini goalie Carter Hart has kind of been the scapegoat of a bad situation.

Horoscope: Hmmm. They got a couple of wins but the vibe is bad.

Do: Stop being mean to your goalies Don’t: Harass the goalie

• Pittsburgh Penguins: Highest concentration in Leo/Taurus

Taurus goalie Tristan Jarry being out would not be good.

Horoscope: Remember when people were talking about the Penguins trading Sidney Crosby, haha.

Do: Top offense Don’t: Make a reactionary move

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CENTRAL DIVISION

• Detroit Red Wings: Highest concentration in Aquarius

Things still are Red Wingin’.

Horoscope: The Red Wings could be a fun asset for any trade deadline team looking to shed bad contracts, how quirky and Aquarius for them.

Do: Power play x2 Don’t: Shortsighted moves

• Tampa Bay Lightning: Highest concentration in Gemini

Remember, Gemini Nikita Kucherov is on the horizon.

Horoscope: Gemini Mars has not been ideal but at least there is some help on the horizon.

Do: Win some key games Don’t: Look back

• Florida Panthers:  Highest concentration in Virgo

Aquarius Aaron Ekblad missing the rest of the season means it’s decision time.

Horoscope: Quiet week for Virgos. The Panthers should decide if they want to go all out, especially in this division.

Do: Go for it, why not Don’t: Discourage the run

Carolina Hurricanes: Highest concentration in Cancer

Aquarius goalie Petr Mrazek‘s return is a welcomed one.

Horoscope: Mars enters Cancer in a couple of weeks which could just create a firestorm of emotions. The Hurricanes are keeping pace on their own pretty well.

Do: Mrazek Don’t: Underestimate

• Nashville Predators: Highest concentration in Gemini

Gemini goalie Juuse Sarros is on a run.

Horoscope: What to make of the Predators? They are Geminis so it makes sense they can’t decide if they are competing or not.

Do: Goalies Don’t: Take a bad deadline offer

• Dallas Stars: Highest concentration in Gemini and Cancer

They are lucky to have so many games in hand.

Horoscope: Still confused about the Stars tbh.

Do: Jake Oettinger Don’t: Over-extend

• Chicago Blackhawks: Heaviest concentration in Aries

Aries season has not been too helpful to the Hawks.

Horoscope: For Aries’, the sun season can go one of two ways, and for the Blackhawks it has gone a certain way.

Do: Goalies Don’t: This

• Columbus Blue Jackets: Heaviest concentration in Cancer

Aries Patrik Laine is not having a fun Aries season.

Horoscope: It might be time to blow it all up, selling season is here and the Cancer Blue Jackets are not having a fun time.

Do: Deadline moves Don’t: Bench Laine idk

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WEST DIVISION

• Minnesota Wild: Highest concentration in Virgo and Cancer

Taurus Kirill Kaprizov is a legitimate star.

Horoscope: There’s not much in the stars for the Wild this week but they’ve bucked every trend and projection anyhow.

Do: Young guys Don’t: Get too comfortable

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

They’ve lost 12 of their last 14 games.

Horoscope: No one is having a rougher time right now than the Blues, and it being so soon to the deadline, they might just have to move on from this season.

Do: Figure out what’s up here Don’t: Free fall

• Arizona Coyotes: Highest concentration in Leo

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

Horoscope: There’s some offense brewing in Arizona and it’s by way of Tucson. These Leo Coyotes have all sorts of swagger with their young guys.

Do: Offense Don’t: Inconsistent young players

• San Jose Sharks: Highest concentration in Aries

Is…. is Gemini Erik Karlsson leading the Sharks on a playoff push?

Horoscope: Aries is a fickle sign as evidenced by the Sharks suddenly doing halfway decent leading into the deadline.

Do: Ignore me Don’t: Let Karlsson fall off

• Vegas Golden Knights: Highest concentration in Leo

Sagittarius goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has slowed down a tad.

Horoscope: Ho hum the Golden Knights are a powerhouse.

Do: Best offense Don’t: Let goalies slow the roll

• Anaheim Ducks: Heaviest concentration in Aquarius

Pisces Trevor Zegras will take some time in the AHL to become a center.

Horoscope: The most Aquarius thing the Ducks have ever done is sending a press release clearly stating their intentions with a player out of nowhere and will probably never do it again.

Do: Play Danton Heinen x2 Don’t: Make bad deadline deals

• Los Angeles Kings: Highest concentration in Libra

Libra goalie Cal Peterson has been fun.

Horoscope: This week’s last quarter moon was supposed to have an impact on Libras, so we’ll see. Not a great showing with the Coyotes, though.

Do: Make smart moves Don’t: Slump worse

• Colorado Avalanche: Highest concentration in Scorpio 

The Avs have grabbed points in 15 consecutive contests.

Horoscope: No one is slowing down the Avalanche, it’s starting to snowball, if you will.

Do: An Avalanche of goals Don’t: Burn out

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NORTH DIVISION

• Vancouver Canucks: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

Just focus on getting healthy.

Horoscope: None of this matters, all thoughts are with the recovering Canucks making a full recovery.

• Calgary Flames: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

Leo coach Darryl Sutter hasn’t helped even a little bit.

Horoscope: What a disaster in Calgary. This isn’t how they envisioned this season at all.

Do: Move on from key pieces Don’t: Make it worse

Edmonton Oilers: Heaviest concentration in Cancer and Libra

Was going to type “Connor McDavid something something” but apparently did that last week. That’s about all there is to say though.

Horoscope: Rough loss on Monday night, but the Oilers have a decent thing going even with their weird zodiac combination.

Do: Win the games you’re supposed to win Don’t: Rely only on stars

• Winnipeg Jets: Heaviest concentration in Aries

It’s a day that ends in y so Gemini goalie Connor Hellebuyck is still playing great.

Horoscope: If the Jets added like one capable defenseman they might be kind of dangerous.

Do: Pierre-Luc Dubois szn Don’t: Defensive woes

• Ottawa Senators: Heaviest concentration in Pisces

Still the Sens, nothing new.

Horoscope: Pisces Mercury kept the Senators honest but we all know what’s happening here, they’re not expected to like, actually win.

Do: Any offense Don’t: Reactionary deadline moves

• Montreal Canadiens: Heaviest concentration in Leo and Taurus

Sagittarius Jeff Petry has been one of the best defensemen in the league this season.

Horoscope: The Habs are in a good position to make it to the postseason and make some noise when they get there.

Do: Cole Caufield, just do it Don’t: Look back

• Toronto Maple Leafs: Heaviest concentration in Gemini

It’s pretty wild that Virgo Auston Matthews could score 40 goals.

Horoscope: The Leafs had such a quick start it’s going to take a lot to bring their clout down even when they have flaws.

Do: Keep that lead Don’t: Gemini nonsense

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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    Golden Knights captain Mark Stone undergoes back surgery

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    LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone is out indefinitely after undergoing back surgery in Denver, the club announced.

    The Knights termed the procedure as successful and that Stone “is expected to make a full recovery.”

    This is the second time in less than a year that Stone has had back surgery. He also had a procedure May 19, 2022, and Stone said in December this was the best he had felt in some time.

    But he was injured Jan. 12 against the Florida Panthers, and his absence has had a noticeable effect on the Knights. They have gone 1-5-2 without Stone, dropping out of first place in the Pacific Division into third.

    Stone is second on the team in goals with 17 and in points with 38.

    Devils associate coach Andrew Brunette charged with DUI

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    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. — New Jersey Devils associate coach and former Florida Panthers head coach Andrew Brunette was arrested in South Florida while driving home from a bar in his golf cart, authorities said.

    Brunette, 49, was pulled over just blocks from the ocean in the Deerfield Beach area, north of Fort Lauderdale, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report. He was charged with one count of driving under the influence and two counts of disobeying a stop or yield sign. Brunette was released on $500 bond.

    The Devils said in a statement that the team was aware of Brunette’s arrest and gathering additional information.

    According to the arrest report, a deputy was in the process of giving Brunette’s illegally parked golf cart a ticket around midnight when Brunette walked out of a nearby bar and told the deputy he was about to leave. The deputy said Brunette seemed unsteady on his feet and slurred his speech, and when he was joined by his wife, the deputy said he overheard the wife tell Brunette not to drive while the deputy was there.

    The deputy remained in the area and reported watching the couple drive away about 17 minutes later, according to the report. The deputy said he watched the golf cart run two stop signs before pulling Brunette over on a residential street about a mile away from his home. According to the report, Brunette had difficulty following instructions during a field sobriety test before eventually quitting and asking for an attorney. He also declined to take a breathe test to measure his blood-alcohol level, officials said.

    Online jail and court records didn’t list an attorney for Brunette.

    Brunette is in his first season as associate coach of the Devils. He was interim coach of the Florida Panthers last season after taking over when Joel Quenneville resigned for his connection to a 2010 Chicago Blackhawks sexual abuse scandal.

    The Panthers fired Brunette after they lost in the second round of the playoffs last spring despite him leading them to the Presidents’ Trophy as the league’s top team during the regular season.

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    Stars aligned with new coach DeBoer, Nill-constructed roster

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    DALLAS — General manager Jim Nill sensed things were coming together for the Dallas Stars even before the season started with new coach Pete DeBoer and a roster mixed with proven veterans, up-and-coming young players, and even a teenaged center.

    At the NHL’s All-Star break, after 51 games together, these Stars are leading the Western Conference.

    “Every year you start, you put a team together, and there’s always going to be question marks,” said Nill, in his 10th season as the Stars GM. “You have ideas how you think you’re going to come together, but there’s always the unknown. . This year has been one of those years where right from the start, you could just see everything was kind of jelling.”

    The Stars (28-13-10, 66 points) have their trio of 2017 draft picks that just keep getting better: All-Star winger Jason Robertson, goaltender Jake Oettinger and defenseman Miro Heiskanen. The seemingly ageless Joe Pavelski, at 38 and already re-signed for next season, is on the high-scoring top line with Robertson and point-a-game winger Roope Hintz. Wyatt Johnston, their first-round pick in 2021 and half Pavelski’s age, has 13 goals.

    There is also the resurgence of six-time All-Star forward Tyler Seguin two years after hip surgery and 33-year-old captain Jamie Benn, who already has more goals (19) than he did playing all 82 games last season.

    The Stars have a plus-40 goal differential, which is second-best in the NHL. They are averaging 3.37 goals per game, more than a half-goal better than last season when they were the only team to make the playoffs after being outscored in the regular season. They are also allowing fewer goals, and have improved on power plays and penalty kills.

    “Where we sit at this break, I think guys are happy with that,” Seguin said, before being asked the keys to the Stars leading the West and on pace for a 100-point season with their new coach.

    “Our style, our team speed, our puck speed, being predictable. All the clichés, knowing where the puck’s going. Really how we play the five-man unit,” he said. “Our pace this year, it’s been a lot quicker. There’s been some solid depth scoring this year while we’ve got one of the best lines in hockey.”

    The Stars went into the break on their only three-game losing streak of the season, all 3-2 overtime losses at home.

    “Those aren’t real losses,” said DeBoer, who twice has gone to the Stanley Cup Final in his first season with a new team. “I’m happy where we’re at. I like how we’re playing.”

    Plus, Dallas won’t have to worry in the playoffs about 3-on-3 hockey, which has been the only real stain on their season so far. Only one team has more than its 10 losses after regulation.

    “We’ve played a lot of good hockey. We’ve made a lot of good strides in our game,” DeBoer said. “We still have another level we have to get to when we get back, but there are a lot of good things that have happened. They’ve worked to have us where we are right now in the standings. Good spot to be in.”

    The Stars have 31 games left in the regular season. The first four after the break at home, like the last four before their week-long hiatus.

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    Nill said Robertson’s production has improved even with the league adjusting to the high-scoring forward, and that Oettinger is proving to be one of the league’s best goalies. But they are just part of what has been a tremendous team effort.

    “They kind of had that mojo right from the start, and it was kind of this team’s got the right mix,” Nill said. “It’s come together well, and it’s shown in the standings. It’s been good to watch.”

    Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

    Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

    Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

    Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.