NHL Rink Wrap: Rangers keep rolling; Islanders finally end losing streak

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Top player from Tuesday in the NHL

Artemi Panarin, New York Rangers

The New York Rangers extended their current winning streak to seven games on Tuesday night with a 6-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It was another big game for Panarin, the Rangers’ best player, as he scored two goals and recorded four points against his former team. That performance also put him over the 500-point mark for his career. Panarin is one of the best offensive players in the league and he has been especially dominant during the current winning streak, recording 14 points in the seven games. That includes five multi-point games.

Highlights from Tuesday in the NHL

The play of the night came the Anaheim Ducks in their 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres when Trevor Zegras and Sonny Milano completed this incredible behind-the-net, alley-oop play to open the scoring. What a beautiful play.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were 5-4 winners in Columbus, and the big difference-maker in the game was this seven-second stretch where Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored goals. That is two goals in seven seconds.

The St. Louis Blues overcame an ugly start to get a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night thanks to this outstanding effort from Pavel Buchnevich.

Roman Josi helped the Nashville Predators snap the Detroit Red Wings’ winning streak with this great individual effort to skate through the defense.

Three Takeaways from Tuesday in the NHL

Islanders finally snap losing streak

The New York Islanders are finally back in the win column thanks to their 5-3 win in Ottawa, snapping what had been an 11-game losing streak (0-8-3). Anders Lee scored a pair of goals in the win to help the Islanders get a desperately needed win. If you want to be optimistic as an Islanders fan you can look at the fact they do have a four-game point streak now thanks to the last three losses over the streak all coming in overtime or a shootout. So maybe it is a step back in the right direction. But will it be too little, too late this season? Still a lot of hockey remaining. But they are facing quite the deficit in a tough division and Eastern Conference playoff race.

Could be another busy day for the Department Of Player Safety

After suspending Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Spezza for six games on Tuesday for a kneeing incident, the Department Of Player Safety could have a couple of more players to look at on Wednesday. First, there is Jacob Trouba‘s hit on Chicago Blackhawks forward Jujhar Khalia. The slow motion replay sure makes it appear as if Trouba’s arm makes direct contact with Khalia’s head. He had to be removed from the game on a stretcher, but the early reports from the Blackhawks so far are positive. In Carolina, Hurricanes defenseman Ian Cole was ejected from their game against Winnipeg for kneeing Mark Scheifele.

Lightning stun Canadiens

For 57 minutes the Montreal Canadiens looked like they were on track to steal a stunning win against the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning. Then they allowed two goals in three minutes, including the game-winning goal with less than 30 seconds to play. That is pretty much the story of both team’s seasons at this point. The Lightning keep finding ways to win no matter who is in or out of their lineup, while the Canadiens keep finding ways to lose games no matter the situation.

Wednesday’s big story

The game of the night is in New York where the Colorado Avalanche visit the league’s hottest team, the Rangers. The Rangers will be looking to extend their current winning streak to eight games. It is also a matchup of two of the best defensemen in hockey with the Colorado’s Cale Makar going head-to-head against reigning Norris Trophy winner Adam Fox.

Tuesday’s NHL Scores

Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4
Tampa Bay Lightning 3, Montreal Canadiens 2
New York Islanders 5, Ottawa Senators 3
Nashville Predators 5, Detroit Red Wings 2
Anaheim Ducks 2, Buffalo Sabres 0
St. Louis Blues 4, Florida Panthers 3 (OT)
Carolina Hurricanes 4, Winnipeg Jets 2
New York Rangers 6, Chicago Blackhawks 2
Minnesota Wild 4, Edmonton Oilers 1
San Jose Sharks 5, Calgary Flames 3

NHL Rink Wrap: Yeo can’t end Flyers’ streak; Canucks win Boudreau debut

NHL Rink Wrap: Yeo can't end Flyers' streak; Canucks win in Boudreau debut
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Top player from Monday in the NHL

Jamie Benn helps Dallas Stars extend winning streak

Monday, like other recent NHL nights, brought little relief to teams on losing streaks — like the Flyers. But not every extended streak was a negative one.

Considering how bad the Coyotes have been, the Stars probably weren’t pleased with a 1-1 tie heading into the third period. Jamie Benn took care of that in the final frame.

First, Benn assisted on Jacob Peterson‘s eventual game-winner. Then Benn put the game out of reach with two goals, including a power-play tally.

Generally, the Stars’ winning streak has been about their top line (no longer featuring Benn), among other strengths. Benn carried a personal five-game pointless streak into the NHL games on Monday.

Playing like this (now 12 points in 22 games) won’t justify Benn’s contract. That said, if he can take over games every now and then like Vintage Jamie Benn™ (particularly on off nights for that blistering top line), the Stars could really be scary.

Highlights from NHL games on Monday

Travis Green, somewhere, grumbling: “Might have kept my job if Brock Boeser scored in the past month.”

Not a lot of highlights for the Coyotes this season. Shayne Gostisbehere really provided a nifty one, though.

Somehow, it took until December for Tom Wilson‘s first fight of the season. (And there wasn’t even a COVID/lockout caveat as a loophole for a late start to the season.)

Impressive all-around-effort by Jamie Benn in scoring his second goal of the night.

 

NHL takeaways from Monday

Canucks address firings, Boudreau debuts as head coach

After a dizzying weekend, the Canucks no longer employ Jim Benning as GM or Travis Green as head coach. Despite a short turnaround, Bruce Boudreau debuted as Canucks head coach during Monday’s NHL action, where the Canucks hosted Alexander Edler and the Kings.

Naturally, it’s foolish to read too much into the Canucks winning during Boudreau’s debut. That said, it sure beats … not.

Also, if you need a smile, you can do worse than to watch Bruce Boudreau’s introductory press conference as Canucks head coach. He admits he’s been dying to get back to the gig, and gives the impression that he’ll at least bring some levity to what’s been a grim Canucks team lately.

 

Francesco Aquilini and interim Canucks GM Stan Smyl also addressed the media before Monday’s NHL games. Here’s a link to that press conference.

Flyers fire Alain Vigneault; maybe it’s time to find some new ideas?

Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher, son of longtime hockey executive Cliff Fletcher, maintains a tentative grasp on his job. After a lengthy run with the Wild, this is Fletcher’s second, expensive crack at being an NHL GM. It’s also the second time Mike Yeo’s been his head coach, as Yeo carries that interim title after the Flyers fired Alain Vigneault on Monday.

This was Vigneault’s fourth NHL head coaching gig (1,363 regular-season games over 19 seasons). The Flyers bench was full of NHL head coaching experience. Michel Therrien, also fired, held that role for 12 seasons — including two shots with the Canadiens.

The Flyers mark Mike Yeo’s third chance at being an NHL head coach. Memorably, he gave way to an interim head coach with the Blues — Craig Berube, who went on to win the franchise’s elusive first Stanley Cup.

No doubt, experience is a valuable commodity.

Still, at some point, NHL teams should probably try to … I don’t know, turn over a few other stones? Not just roll through retread after retread to diminishing returns? Should we be that surprised that a Flyers franchise almost dusty with old ideas hit a wall like this?

[At least Jeff Gorton seems willing to consider people outside of the hockey bubble]

So far, it doesn’t seem like teams are that interested in innovating.

This thought resurfaces after some interesting discussion about the Montreal Canadiens’ goal of moving on from GM Marc Bergevin. When word surfaced that the Canadiens would need a GM who could speak French, it sounded like they’d limit their pool of options to an even smaller group. Unless they simply expanded their scope in a simple way that still seems to elude “hockey men.”

The Flyers (with Fletcher or not), Canucks, Canadiens, and other struggling teams could easily find fresher ideas if they considered something beyond cronyism. MLB front offices are light years ahead of the NHL, poaching Ivy Leaguers and Wall Street executives.

And it’s not as though the NHL lacks examples of successes at least a bit off the beaten path.

To be clear, there’s room for a wide variety of voices in any room. For every uninspired retread, there’s a coach with a proven track record of actually improving teams. (As tough as the Canucks job is, Boudreau might nail it. And Darryl Sutter’s been a revelation for the Flames.)

Being the first to do something, or even to do something unusual, can be scary. But being stuck in the same rut for decades is pretty scary, too.

Flyers lose to Avalanche, see their losing streak grow to nine games

After zooming out, let’s zoom back in. In a 12-goal game, the Avalanche beat the Flyers, extended Philly’s losing streak to nine games. Here’s a recap of a funk that partially cost Vigneault his job.


Nov. 18: Flyers’ losing streak begins with 4-3 shootout loss at home to the Lightning.

Nov. 20: After that, they dropped a 5-2 loss at home against the Bruins. Memories of Carter Hart‘s strong start begin to fade.

Nov. 23: Uh oh, those Bolts again. In that case, it was a 4-0 loss to the Lightning in Tampa Bay.

Nov. 24: A back-to-back set in Florida isn’t an easy task. After falling to the Lightning, the Flyers saw their losing streak extend in a 2-1 OT loss to the Panthers.

Nov. 26: Another tough one against a challenging opponent. They dropped a 6-3 loss at home vs. the Hurricanes.

Nov. 28: Never feels great to lose by a nearby rival. That happened in the Flyers’ 5-2 loss to Devils in New Jersey.

Dec. 1: The Flyers dropped a 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

Dec. 5 (Sunday): big loss at home vs. Lightning.

Dec. 6 (Monday): In Mike Yeo’s first game as Flyers (interim) head coach, it was a wild one.


To avoid the losing streak stretching to 10 games, the Flyers need to beat the Devils on Thursday. That contest in New Jersey begins a three-game road trip. Overall, the Flyers play nine of their next 12 games on the road.

So, uh, good luck with that, Mike Yeo.

Monday’s big story

Can the Islanders end their losing streak, or will it go to 12 games?

Hey, at least Barry Trotz conjured so much magic as Islanders head coach that this losing streak probably won’t threaten his job security. Right?

Will the 11-game losing streak serve as too big of a hole for the Islanders to dig out of, overall? Money Puck places their playoff odds at a respectable 25.8-percent. Models from sites like Sports Club Stats (3.2 before Monday’s NHL games), and Dom Luszczyszyn aren’t nearly as optimistic.

Beating the struggling Senators would be a small step for the Isles. But, really, if the Islanders can’t end their losing streak here, will it already be time to panic?

Monday’s NHL scores

Avalanche 7, Flyers 5
Capitals 4, Ducks 3 (SO)
Senators 3, Devils 2 (SO)
Stars 4, Coyotes 1
Canucks 4, Kings 0
Penguins 6, Kraken 1

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: Shesterkin injury scare; Scheifele, Jets wake up

NHL Rink Wrap: Shesterkin injury scare; Scheifele, Jets wake up
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Top players from Friday in the NHL

Mark Scheifele, Jets

Heading into Friday’s NHL games, the Jets were struggling to score, and Mark Scheifele wasn’t immune to those issues. A player who has averaged over a point-per-game since 2016-17 only managed eight points through 16 contests.

This might not signal the end of the Jets’ struggles, but maybe Scheifele is back. He generated a hat trick and an assist for four points as the Jets dismantled the Devils.

In an 8-4 game, it’s not surprising that Scheifele wasn’t the only Jets scorer enjoying a big night. Blake Wheeler (generally even colder than Scheifele) collected three assists. Nikolaj Ehlers scored two goals and Pierre-Luc Dubois nabbed two assists. Obviously, not a perfect game by Winnipeg, but it’s important for them to occasionally win without Connor Hellebuyck being all-world.

Highlights from four NHL games on Friday

Had to feel good for Adam Larsson to score a goal against the Oilers, his former team. Nice moves, too.

That said, Larsson’s own Kraken teammate Colin Blackwell scored an even better goal.

As you can see, Mark Scheifele collected his fourth career hat trick during Friday’s NHL action.

 

From Matthew Tkachuk‘s shootout move to an array of splendid passing plays, there was a lot to enjoy in Flames – Ducks. So why not soak in the full Flames – Ducks highlights, then?

Friday’s NHL takeaways

Rangers get an injury scare with Igor Shesterkin

Despite downright alarming underlying numbers, the Rangers keep cooking this season. They won their fifth game in a row by shutting out the Sharks on Friday. Ultimately, Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev combined for the shutout, however. That’s because Shesterkin caused some nervous sweating at Madison Square Garden when he left with a lower-body injury.

At least the early word is optimistic.

After the Rangers’ win, Gerard Gallant said he was told that Shesterkin’s injury isn’t as bad as it looked. It’s currently viewed as a minor lower-body injury.

Now, that leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Could “not as bad as expected” mean weeks instead of months? Just day-to-day (and in the less torturous way than some day-to-day injuries can play out)? The Rangers may know more about Shesterkin’s injury status sometime this weekend.

Losing the so-far-elite goalie could test the very good thing the Rangers have going.

Was it a trip? A slew-foot? Either way, P.K. Subban was at it again

So, uh, P.K. Subban sure has developed a … uh, habit of this stuff, huh? Nikolaj Ehlers was not happy with this trip/slew-foot/whatever you’d like to call it.

Slew-footing vs. tripping has bubbled up as a topic of debate lately. In Brad Marchand‘s case, he received a suspension for slew-footing Oliver Ekman-Larsson. The league emphasized a couple of things while explaining Marchand’s suspension. One was the speed both players were traveling at. The other is a key distinction (for the NHL) between slew-footing vs. tripping. They believed that Marchand’s use of both his upper and lower-body made the difference.

Meanwhile, P.K. Subban’s skated by with fines instead of suspensions based on that slew-footing/tripping distinction. Will there be any fine or suspension for Subban’s trip (or was it a slew-foot?) on Ehlers? At some point, you wonder if the league might want to more broadly crack down on dangerous trips, even ones that don’t technically qualify as slew-footing. Either way, it’s been dangerous to engage with Subban lately.

Saturday’s big story

Wild vs. Maple Leafs: a showdown of two red-hot teams ranking high in standings

Neither the Wild nor the Maple Leafs have enjoyed much playoff success in quite some time. Judging by their rabid fans, if you’re in Toronto or Minnesota with any regularity, you’ve probably heard all about it.

While the Maple Leafs’ angst has been more operatic, the Wild also might have a “believe it when we see it” feel to most levels of success.

So, maybe these two teams will brush of hype, but Maple Leafs – Wild is hype-worthy on Saturday. Both teams are riding five-game winning streaks. Each team has been hot beyond that (in their last 10 games, the Maple Leafs are 9-1-0, while the Wild are 7-2-1).

In the cases of both the Maple Leafs and Wild, there are some elements of “what goes up, most come down.” Toronto could teeter if Jack Campbell stops performing as the world’s cheapest Vezina Trophy candidate. Minnesota probably can’t keep scoring at this pace.

Yet, from a big-picture standpoint, the Maple Leafs and Wild look legit. Delightfully, these are two teams who are red-hot, but could also keep delivering. It should be a treat to see them duke it out.

Friday’s NHL scores

Golden Knights 7, Coyotes 1
Jets 8, Devils 4
Kraken 4, Oilers 3
Rangers 1, Sharks 0
Flames 4, Ducks 3 (SO)

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: Streaks (good and bad) continue for Islanders, Stars, Wild

NHL Rink Wrap: Streaks (good and bad) continue for Islanders, Stars, Wild
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Top players from Thursday in the NHL

Jonathan Huberdeau, Panthers

No big deal, Jonathan Huberdeau just collected one goal and five assists for the Panthers in their comeback against the Sabres.

To put things mildly, Huberdeau is on a red-hot run. He collected three assists in his last game, so that gives him an absurd eight points in two contests (1G, 7A). This leaves him creeping up the leading scorers’ list with 28 points in 23 games.

While Huberdeau stood out the most in the Panthers’ comeback, others figured into the scoring. Aaron Ekblad enjoyed a strong night, scoring two goals and one assist. In his first game against the Sabres, Sam Reinhart wasn’t far behind Huberdeau, generating a goal and three assists.

Keep scrolling for more on those “Comeback Cats.”

Jeremy Swayman, Bruins

Overall, the Bruins’ goaltending has been up-and-down this season. It only keeps the door open wider for a hopeful Tuukka Rask return. Maybe some of the friction comes from the contract the Bruins gave Linus Ullmark vs. Swayman generally showing more promise?

Either way, Swayman gets the slight nod over Anton Forsberg for the goalie of the night for Thursday in the NHL. Swayman pitched a 42-save shutout for the Bruins, while Forsberg stopped 47 shots to steal the Sens a win against the Hurricanes.

Highlights from four NHL games on Thursday

Some real “NHL 22” video game goal energy to this one.

Honestly, Kirill Kaprizov also scored the sort of goal that would make your friend throw a controller in a video game.

Not exactly how you’d draw it up, but a pretty setup from Timo Meier to Erik Karlsson. The Sharks won, extending the Islanders’ losing streak to nine games. (More on that soon.)

Is a single frame enough to count as a highlight? Or is it just art?

Andrew Mangiapane now has 16 goals on the season. Fifteen of them have come on the road:

Thursday’s NHL takeaways

Islanders’ losing streak slips to nine games (and a single standings point)

In the parity-heavy NHL, a nine-game losing streak can be misleading. What if that team lost a bunch of those games in overtime or shootouts? Sure, it still would be bad, but there are bad slumps, and then there are disastrous one.

You probably already could’ve called the Islanders’ losing streak a disastrous one. During Thursday’s NHL action, the Islanders lost their ninth game in a row. The sad distinction: this time, they finally earned a standings point. The Sharks won, but they beat the Islanders in overtime (see the highlights section if you missed it).

For some time, people doubted the Islanders’ ability to walk the tightrope of low-scoring games. Eventually, they did so so often — and expertly — that most of us shrugged our shoulders, and welcomed our defensively adept overlords.

[See where the Islanders figure into PHT’s Power Rankings]

Injuries, a COVID outbreak, and a challenging schedule featuring a 13-game season-opening road trip conspired to leave the Islanders in this hole. Increasingly, it’s difficult to tell if the Isles can dig out of it.

On paper, the Islanders arguably should have snapped their losing streak against the Sharks. At minimum, they should’ve performed better.

Instead, the Islanders were lucky to escape with a point. The Sharks doubled the Islanders in even-strength high-danger chances (14-7), and comfortably won the SOG battle (35-25). Mathew Barzal opened the scoring 1:04 into the game, but the first goal didn’t make enough of a difference.

Just 18 games into their season, the Islanders still have time to prove that they can recover from this losing streak. If doubters truly powered previous successes … well, they should be back by now.

Stars, Wild keep their winning streaks going

Other NHL streaks continued on Thursday — they were just good ones.

If you want a deeper dive on the Wild before they extended their winning streak to five games, click here. (While their offense may cool down, the Wild bumped their numbers up in extending their winning streak.)

The Stars are that much hotter than the Wild, pushing their own winning streak to six games after squeezing by the Blue Jackets. Unfortunately for Roope Hintz, he couldn’t keep his own point streak going in the Stars’ win. (His red-hot run included a hat trick in his last game.) Hintz’s frequent linemates came up big, though.

Jason Robertson scored two goals, while Joe Pavelski collected two assists.

It says a lot about the ups and downs of the Stars’ season that they’re merely a +2 in goal differential. They’ll accept that, being that their record is now 12-7-2, and coach Rick Bowness seemingly found some answers. (Of course, it’s easier to find answers when Robertson is healthy, completing that underrated top line.)

Leads: they’re not very safe against the Panthers

Apparently the Florida Panthers’ comebacks already received the hashtag treatment (#ComebackCats). In the cases where that’s still a thing, at least.

Anyway, the Sabres continued to be one of the NHL’s feistier-than-expected teams on Thursday, building a 3-0 lead against the Panthers in the first period. Buffalo also answered Florida’s first goal of the night to make it 4-1. Spoiler: those leads didn’t hold up.

By the end of the second, the Panthers narrowed the Sabres’ lead to just 4-3. Then Florida rolled over Buffalo in the third to win 7-4. As you saw with the star of the night for Thursday in the NHL, Jonathan Huberdeau was prominently involved in that rally.

Simply put, the Panthers’ attacking style is difficult to contain. Maybe there’s an inkling of discomfort about occasionally sloppy wins. Overall, though, these comebacks could do the Panthers well. Where other teams might phone it in while trailing, the Panthers can recall coming back from the dead.

Maybe they’re the Zombie Cats, instead?

Friday’s big story

Clash between better than expected Pacific Division foes: Ducks vs. Flames

Whether you picked the Flames to be in the playoff mix or not, few expected them to be in a stronger quarter-mark position than teams like the Golden Knights or Avalanche. Unless you work(ed) for Anaheim, you likely weren’t picturing the Ducks getting off to such a strong start, either.

By underlying numbers, and factoring games played vs. standings points, the Flames have a better shot at the division crown. The Ducks are mainly eyeing a playoff spot.

Both teams likely believe they still have much to prove, so why not keep that going at the others’ expense?

Thursday’s NHL scores

Avalanche 4, Canadiens 1
Lightning 4, Blues 2
Panthers 7, Sabres 4
Blackhawks 4, Capitals 3 (SO)
Senators 3, Hurricanes 2
Sharks 2, Islanders 1 (OT)
Bruins 2, Predators 0
Wild 5, Devils 2
Stars 3, Blue Jackets 2
Flames 3, Kings 2

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

NHL Rink Wrap: McDavid, Oilers win matchup with Crosby, Penguins

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Top player from Wednesday in the NHL

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid and Sidney Crosby did not get to face off very often, but when they have Crosby and the Penguins have mostly gotten the upper hand.

That changed on Wednesday in the Oilers’ 5-2 win that was highlighted by another dominant performance from McDavid.

He finished the night with four points (one goal, three assists) and was a plus-five in the win, while also making several big plays in the defensive zone to help start the rushes that produced several of those goals. That performance moves him into second in the scoring race this season (40 points) just one point behind teammate Leon Draisaitl (he had one assist in the win on Wednesday).

Highlights from Wednesday in the NHL

The Colorado Avalanche had a bit of a defensive breakdown in front of their net, allowing Auston Matthews to be left all alone. He used that opportunity to score an absolutely beautiful goal to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 3-0 lead in the first period.

Chris Kreider‘s 16th goal of the season was the result of some terrific passing by the New York Rangers.

J.T. Miller puts the finishing touches on the Vancouver Canucks blowout win against the Ottawa Senators with this incredible individual effort to effortlessly skate through the Senators’ defense.

Three Takeaways from Wednesday in the NHL

Flyers losing streak continues

Things are looking ugly for the Philadelphia Flyers right now. Their 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday night was not only another ugly performance, it extended their current losing streak to seven consecutive games. It seems every year you can count on the Flyers to either win 10 games in a row or lose 10 games in a row, and right now they seem to be trending toward the latter. With their next four games coming against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Colorado Avalanche, New Jersey Devils, and Vegas Golden Knights things do not look to be getting any easier.

Maple Leafs are rolling

They are the best team in hockey right now. They have won 15 out of their past 17 games and absolutely steamrolled a great Colorado Avalanche team on Wednesday night that was getting Nathan MacKinnon back in the lineup. Auston Matthews had a hat trick on Wednesday (including that beauty of a goal seen above) to help lead the offense in the win. Everything is clicking for the Maple Leafs at the moment.

Senators not showing any progress

This far into their rebuild the Ottawa Senators should be showing some kind of progress. They are not. They not only lost for the 15th time in their past 17 games on Wednesday, they were completely dominated by a last place Vancouver Canucks team that has its own set of issues this season. The Senators had some COVID issues this season that put a dent in their lineup for a while, but even without that there is nothing to like about the way this team has played this season. They are the worst team in the league right now.

Thursday’s big story

The New York Islanders are back in action against the San Jose Sharks after having their past few games postponed, and they are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak that has seen them score just seven goals. They have had a fraction of their roster during that streak with players being sidelined due to COVID protocols and injury. There is still time to turn the season around, but it is going to have to start happening sooner rather than later. The Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference is too good for them to keep losing too many games.

Wednesday’s NHL scores

New York Rangers 4, Philadelphia Flyers 1
Toronto Maple Leafs 8, Colorado Avalanche 3
Vancouver Canucks 6, Ottawa Senators 2
Detroit Red Wings 4, Seattle Kraken 3 (SO)
Anaheim Ducks 6, Vegas Golden Knights 5
Edmonton Oilers 5, Pittsburgh Penguins 2