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Edmonton, Carolina, Buffalo and Anaheim — the 4 groups that stand atop the league getting into the third week of regular-season motion. Everyone thought this may occur, proper?
The Oilers and Hurricanes shortly rose to the highest with historic begins, and the Sabres aren’t far behind after securing factors in every of their first 5 video games. There’s no have to panic in case your group stumbled by the primary two weeks, although. It’s nonetheless early, however with over 50 video games developing in Week 3, issues might start to alter shortly.
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Game of the Week
Wednesday, Oct. 16 — Philadelphia Flyers at Edmonton Oilers
Edmonton will return house for a sport against the Flyers on Wednesday, who might be coming off a sport against the Calgary Flames the evening earlier than. So far, the Flyers have relied closely on 21-year-old goaltender Carter Hart, who earned his first profession shutout against the Devils final week. But how will head coach Alain Vigneault handle Hart and backup goalie Brian Elliot on the brief journey to Alberta?
Philadelphia will present their true mettle against forces of nature Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid in a benchmark test, whether or not Hart or Elliot performs between the pipes at Rogers Place.
Tuukka Rask reaches 500 video games performed with simply two extra appearances in web for the Bruins this upcoming week. Rask already holds Boston’s franchise report for many video games performed by a goalie.
Steven Stamkos is 4 objectives away from 400 in his profession. The Lightning play three video games in the upcoming week — a lot of alternatives for No. 91 to succeed in his mark.
Patrice Bergeron wants simply 5 extra assists to succeed in 500 in his 16th NHL season.
Both Mike Smith and Brian Elliott nonetheless want two shutouts for 40 complete in their careers. Neither netminder has established themselves as begins on new groups this fall, although, making it unlikely — however not inconceivable — they put collectively two extra shutdown efforts in the following week.
In his subsequent look, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will tie Gump Worsley (860) for 11th on NHL’s all-time video games performed listing amongst netminders.
Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice wants only one extra win to be part of the 700-win membership amongst coaches.
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each stay tied with Jari Kurri (7) for essentially the most time beyond regulation objectives in Oilers’ franchise historical past.
The Rocket Richard race is on, and James Neal (7), Auston Matthews (6) and Anthony Mantha (6) might be the primary skaters to attain 10 objectives this season in the event that they preserve their present scoring tempo.
Few unbeaten groups stay
Four groups stay unbeaten in regulation: the Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche and Philadelphia Flyers. The Sabres misplaced their Oct. 7 sport against the Blue Jackets in time beyond regulation. Edmonton has performed essentially the most video games of the remaining undefeated groups, whereas the Flyers solely performed their third sport of the season Saturday.
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The solely query that continues to be: who’ll stay standing after this week’s matchups?
Week Three reactions
There has been quite a bit of speak in regards to the season’s early successes, however the New Jersey Devils nonetheless lack a profitable effort. Head coach John Hynes’ group — regardless of being one of the league’s most improved golf equipment on paper — has gone 0-3-2 by its first 5 video games; New Jersey has misplaced thrice in regulation, together with twice in blowout trend, in addition to two occasions in the shootout. Also, Jack Hughes nonetheless stays with out his first NHL level 5 video games in and the group ranks 28th in objectives for, however each group under them has performed at the very least two fewer video games.
Could Hynes find himself on the hot seat quickly? It’s nonetheless early, however the Devils might want to decide up their tempo of play shortly to proper the ship.
Rangers rookie Kaapo Kakko scored his first profession objective on Oct. 12 on a nifty backhand shot previous Henrik Lundqvist. If you are searching for an early Calder Trophy candidate although, look elsewhere. Buffalo’s Victor Olofsson, Toronto’s Ilya Mikheyev and Colorado’s Cale Makar are tied for many factors amongst rookies with 5 every.
Shining stars from week of Oct. 7
McDavid and Patrik Laine led the league in scoring with two objectives and 5 assists every during the last week. McDavid’s playmaking has boosted the Oilers’ total play (3.60 objectives per sport) and included a last-minute objective against the Devils that allowed Edmonton to win one in time beyond regulation.
Laine might be shedding his status as a shoot-first participant a tiny bit this fall — seven of his 10 factors to date have come as assists.
Four gamers — Draisaitl, Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak and Mark Scheifele — scored six factors during the last week. Neal‘s high-flying week additionally noticed him rating 5 objectives in simply three video games.
In Patrick Marleau’s return to the Sharks’ lineup, he is racked up two objectives and three factors, contributing in each appearances. San Jose can be 2-Zero with Marleau again in the tank.
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