It’s a tough time for the Ottawa Senators after another loss last night, this time to the San Jose Sharks. Let’s take a ride into the rest of the league for some fun, right?
- After a disappointing end to the season last year, the Edmonton Oilers spent the first part of this season tearing the competition apart. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl lead the way, as usual. Are these the same Oilers as last year? Kristen Shilton digs deeper into ESPN. It’s clear the Edmonton players think it’s different this year, but I remain skeptical. The money quote for me:
The issue is evenly matched, where the Oilers are pretty much the same team. After 17 games last season, the Oilers had scored 38 goals and dropped 41 in a tie; this season they have scored 37 points and retired 39.
- Meanwhile, another success story is brewing in Calgary as the Flames find themselves atop a surprisingly competitive Pacific division. Justin Bourne told Sportsnet how the Flames implemented Darryl Sutter’s valuable defensive system.
- On Monday, I wrote about how the New York Islanders finally played their games in their long-awaited home arena. Well, that’s about all that has gone well this season for the Islands that find themselves in last place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division. To add COVID to injuries, Zdeno Chara was placed in protocols this week. New York was already without Anders Lee and Josh Bailey due to COVID, and lost Brock Nelson and Ryan Pulock to longer-term injuries. Yes, the season is still young but the hole is getting terribly deep for Lou Lamiorello’s crew.
- Currently, the NHL plans to release its players to compete in the Winter Olympics in February. I’m saying right now because after the Senators’ COVID-19 outbreak caused regular season games to be postponed, there were rumors that the league could be freaking out. Pierre Lebrun digs into the obstacles that will have to be overcome, including the All-Star Weekend in Las Vegas, before participation becomes a reality.
- On Tuesday, Kyle Beach agreed to mediation with the Chicago Blackhawks in an attempt to settle his lawsuit. Mediation is scheduled to start on December 15.
- At some point, and I don’t know when, Alex Ovechkin is going to slow down and the Washington Capitals will no longer be contenders. That day, however, is not today: Ovechkin collected three assists last night in the Caps 6-3 loss to the Habs and now has 15 goals and 18 assists for 33 points. in 20 games. Absolutely unreal stuff for a guy who turns 36 next year.