Wednesday NHL Roundup

  1. Well, I’ve tried not to succumb to blatant Homerism but here it is – The Toronto Maple Leafs are the best team in the NHL. Auston Matthews is crushing the NHL with his juicy 50% shooting percentage. The Leafs Powerplay has been steamrolling at about a 50% clip too. I couldn’t be happier, more invested or more engaged right now.

 

  1. Speaking of young NHL phenoms, Matthews threatened some records for goal streaks to start a season but came up short. He’ still got a chance at the record book, he’s tied with Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky for most multi-point games to start the season. One more and he’s made history. Similarly, Connor McDavid broke Adam Oats record being in on all of his team’s first 9  goals to start a season. I don’t think anyone minded when Darnell Nurse popped the unassisted overtime winner,  History never gives Mike Bossy the credit he deserves.

 

 

  1. Conversely, the Leafs arch rivals in Montreal and Ottawa are performing far better than many (Especially me) predicted heading into the new season. Carey Price didn’t fall so low as to be available on the waiver wire, but Craig Anderson did. Poolies smarting from an early injury to someone like Roberto Luongo might want to take a flyer on Anderson, or even better red hot Keith Kinkaid in New Jersey. Justin Schultz, Paul Stastny, and Brady Tkachuk are some of the league’s latest fantasy-relevant casualties. Vancouver’s big win last night without Elias Pettersson has all the supposedly weak Canadian teams off to admirable starts.

 

  1. Was Elias Petersson’s injury at the hands of Mike Matheson dirty play by Matheson? Or was it Pettersson being a boy (with high-end NHL caliber talent!) playing with fully grown men? The Oilers have a pretty fugly history in recent years of getting their recent high draft picks maimed by sending them out too young. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was WAY too skinny to be playing top line minutes the first time he had his shoulder broken…and then the second time that same season. Looks like backup goalies and supplementary discipline may be a running theme throughout the year.

 

  1. I don’t care for Gritty. The whole thing is just weird.