It’s been a month and a week since the puck dropped for the NHL season, so what have you missed so far?
The Canadiens are pretty good with that Carey Price guy in net, but when they put in their back up goalie they get beat 10-0 by the Blue Jackets.
Those Blue Jackets? They scored 18 goals in two games against those Canadiens and the Blues.
Not to be out done in scoring are the New York Rangers who have the best shooting percentage in the league and tend to put up at least 5 goals a game, except when they got beat by the Jackets last night.
A rookie is leading the league in goals. That rookie is Patrik Laine for the Winnipeg Jets and he is better than Wayne Gretzky (but not really).
His teammate, Mark Scheifele, is leading the league in points.
Fellow rookie Auston Matthews hasn’t scored a goal in forever, and neither has Sophomore Star Connor McDavid, and Patrik Laine is better than both of them combined (but, not really).
McDavid’s Oilers were the hottest team in the league, until they realized they were still the Oilers and McDavid really isn’t that good (ok, really not true).
You could build an entire All-Star team with players that are injured. That includes the likes of Steven Stamkos for the Lightning, Taylor Hall for the Devils, and Johnny Gaudreau for the Flames. All three of these players got hurt on the SAME DAY.
Adding to the injury list was the Washington Capitals as they had three guys go down with injuries in a 1-0 win last night against the Red Wings.
Off the ice, there is a threat of another lockout looming and of the players not being allowed to go to the Olympics in South Korea in 2018. The owners offered to extend the current CBA agreement and allow the players to go to Olympics, but the players denied their first proposal and talks have seized for the moment.
The now nameless expansion team coming to Las Vegas next year will finally release their name and colors Wednesday November 22nd and early speculations is they will be the Las Vegas
Dessert Desert Knights.
But most of all, hockey remains the most unpredictable and entertaining sport to watch in the world.
Does that catch you up a little bit?
Tonights action includes some intriguing games on the 11 game schedule.
The Lightning have already polished off the Flyers in their 2nd game without their injured Captain Steven Stamkos.
The surging Devils face the Kings in another matinee match up at 3:00
Five more games will drop the puck at 6:00. Of these five games, the Jets with leading scorers Laine and Scheifele will travel to Boston to take on Tuukka Rask and the Bruins. On NHL Network, Carey Price looks to stay hot and Auston Matthews looks to find his scoring touch again as the Bruins and Leafs go head to head.
Two Central division clashes headline the 7:00 games as the Predators take on the Blues and a rivalry gets renewed when the Colorado Avalanche take on the Minnesota Wild.
The last game of the night starts in Vancouver at 9:00 when the Canucks look to hold on for dear life as they play a Chicago Blackhawks team coming off of a 3-2 comeback win against the Calgary Flames on Friday night
But don’t stay up too late getting Puckin Drunk tonight, as the Capitals take on the hot Columbus Blue Jackets tomorrow at 11:30AM.