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NHL Power Rankings: Early season reactions (and overreactions)
We take a look at some early season reactions and overreactions from the first week of the NHL season.Buffalo and Columbus are undefeated. Montreal and Vegas are winless. Pittsburgh keeps winning without its superstars. The Islanders forgot how to defend. Some of these things will continue. Some will not. We take a look at all of that and more.
Top player from Tuesday in the NHL
, Sharks (and several goalies)
Around the NHL on Tuesday, there were strong performances. Then again, there wasn’t one that really towered above the rest.
So you have to split hairs a bit. Tomas Hertl wasn’t the only NHL player to generate three points on Tuesday. However, Hertl scored two goals and one assist while others (, , ) got to three based on a goal and two assists.
There were also several goalie performances of note.(29 saves), (28), (26) and (22) all pitched shutouts. didn’t stop every shot he faced, but he made 38 saves to steal a Predators win vs. the Flames.
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What happened in the NHL on Tuesday, and Wednesday's big story.Truly, take your pick.
— Kent Wilson (@Kent_Wilson)
After scoring two points in his first game of the season, Hertl went cold. He was limited to one goal and zero assists during a six-game slump. With this outburst, Hertl’s generated four points in two contests, bumping him up to seven points in nine games this season.
Being that this is, Hertl’s clearly a player to watch for the Sharks. Frankly, the wiser move would probably be to trade Hertl in hopes of accelerating a rebuild. If ‘s too invested in his big, shaky-looking investments, he might instead try to keep Hertl.
If nothing else, that strategy could help the Sharks be more fun to watch this season.
Highlights from Tuesday in the NHL
It would be sweet ifwas able to just, you know, enjoy playing hockey again. Either way, this is brilliant.
NHL will not discipline Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff
The NHL announced on Friday it will not discipline Winnipeg Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff for his role in the Chicago Blackhawks' handling of the Brad Aldrich situation.Aldrich, a video coach with the Blackhawks during that season, was accused by former player Kyle Beach of a sexual assault during that team’s playoff run. An investigation released this week by the Blackhawks found that when the team’s senior executives were informed by Beach, no action was taken for more than three weeks with the organization deciding to keep the focus on hockey and the team’s Stanley Cup run.
Jeff Skinner knocks it out of the air, off the back of Reimer and in…5-3
— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays)
Last season,was often brilliant — the Canucks’ shabby defense just obscured that brilliance. So far in 2021-22, there’s a risk that happens again. That would be a shame, really, because Demko regularly makes awesome saves. You can’t expect Demko to do this regularly, though.
Video evidence of Mitch Marner being just-fine, thank you:
scores his first goal of the season, and does so in overtime:
KIRILL THE THRILL SEND IT IN!! ????????????
— Bally Sports North (@BallySportsNOR)
rudely spamming the “fake shot” button before this goal — oh hold on, this wasn’t in a video game? Klingberg might want to hold onto this clip .
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Tuesday’s NHL takeaways
Jets’ Cheveldayoff, Chipman show empathy where NHL lacked — but both press conferences left a lot to be desired
and the Blackhawks’ regarding sexual assault allegations toward Brad Aldrich, the NHL’s Gary Bettman and Bill Daly came across as cold. Many believed that legalese resonated instead of empathy.
If nothing else, Jets GMand executive Mark Chipman provided a human reaction on Tuesday. Both got emotional at times in explaining Cheveldayoff’s role in the situation, and .
For some, that press conference.
However, if you dig a little deeper into the content of the message from Cheveldayoff and Chipman, things begin to wobble.
Watch that hour-plus press conference from Cheveldayoff and Chipman below:
Naturally, there’s a lot to digest. One repeated suggestion is that Cheveldayoff seemingly believed that Aldrich was being accused of harrassing Kyle Beach, rather than assaulting him. (Aside: sexual harassment is a big deal, too. Just throwing it out there.)
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What happened in the NHL on Monday, and Tuesday's big story.The past week or so hasn’t just been rough on the Blackhawks as a franchise. Faces of the franchise Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have given, uh, less-than-ideal statements in the wake of the Blackhawks’ internal investigation, and Kyle Beach’s emotional interview.
Cheveldayoff says based on his involvement "It was not clear to me what had fully transpired." He said he did not know the extent of the sexual assault allegations until this year.
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno)
There’s some comfort in an apology that at least looked sincere. But parts of the argument make you furrow your brow.
If I understand Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff properly, the Blackhawks, in the midst of the 2010 Stanley Cup playoff semifinals, convened a meeting of the team's entire executive team to discuss how their video coach had sent a player a few harassing text messages. Ok.
— Rick Westhead (@rwesthead)
Frankly, it would also be nice if the NHL and its teams provided something more concrete than “learning from” what happened. It’s nice to say that you never want something to happen again. Without going further to truly show how you hope to avoid someone going through something similar to what Kyle Beach experienced, you rely on benefit of the doubt.
And, frankly, the NHL, Blackhawks, Jets, Panthers, and NHLPA have a long way to go before they earn that trust.
Winless Coyotes on track for one of the worst seasons in NHL history
Look, the Arizona/Phoenix Coyotes are no strangers to losing, and losing big. And often. It says a lot about their sad history that the Coyotes’ 0-9-1 start isn’t unanimously the worst in team history.
Opinion: Cheveldayoff's Response a Step Forward but Leaves More Questions
Kevin Cheveldayoff offered sincere words of sympathy to Beach for putting his trust in the system that ultimately failed him so many years ago. Those words appeared to carry real emotion. They did, however, ring a little more hollow with each insistence from Cheveldayoff that he knew nothing. © Provided by Hockey News on Sports Illustrated The bar was on the floor. But the Winnipeg Jets stepped over it nonetheless.
Scott Laughton, 2-0 Flyers.
Claude Giroux empty-net goal, 3-0.
The Coyotes are going to fall to 0-9-1, one loss short of the franchise record for the longest winless streak to start a season.
— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan)
Nonetheless, it’s not too early for Coyotes fans to dream of Shane Wright. It’s also not too hasty to wonder where the Coyotes. Some quick facts from some of the worst teams who played at least 70 games in a given season:
- During the time of ties, the 1974-75 Washington Capitals managed just eight wins (8-67-5-0), generating 21 standings points in 80 games. That Capitals team scored a feeble 181 goals.
- The 1980-81 Winnipeg Jets are the other team under 10 wins (9-57-14-0).
- The 1954-55 Chicago Blackhawks scored less than two goals per game (133 in 70 GP for a 12-51-7-0 record).
So, the Coyotes boast a single standings point so far through 10 games. They’ve been punchless with 13 goals during that time, while allowing 42. Brutal.
Overall, these tanking Coyotes are designed to be bad. Still, there are a few reasons to expect some relative relief., indicating some bad luck for Arizona. It also can’t help matters that they’ve played seven of their first 10 games on the road.
And, hey, you could argue the Coyotes deserved to win (or put up a good fight) on Tuesday:
Overall, though? Coyotes fans might want to binge a TV show instead. Maybe “Search Party” could provide the sort of gallows humor Coyotes fans would be looking for? (Probably already heard of “Succession.”)
NHL Rink Wrap: Kings keep winning; Relief for Jones, Blackhawks
What happened on Tuesday, and Wednesday's big NHL story.We’d be remiss if we didn’t show some love to four goalies from Tuesday night. Jordan Binnington, Marc-Andre Fleury, Adin Hill, and John Gibson were all fantastic in helping their teams to wins.
Confidence-boosters for Canadiens, Maple Leafs
Yes, it’s crucial to downplay some of this. The Golden Knights are suffering from a ludicrous array of injuries, making them easy fodder for the Maple Leafs. Also, the Red Wings are showing signs of progress, but they’re not quite evoking the peak of the Sergei Fedorov era, either.
(Few call it the Fedorov era, I know. Hot take: people should take a moment to recall just how great he was every now and then. Fedorov feels too easily forgotten, or lightly mentioned.)
So, don’t necessarily weigh shutout wins for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens too heavily. That said, three-point nights could cool some of the heat on Nick Suzuki and Mitch Marner. A two-goal output fromturns the volume down on complaints, as well.
Wednesday’s big story
Who will end the night looking the hottest?
Undefeated through eight games, the Hurricanes are an easy choice for hottest team in the NHL. Consider, for instance,.
There are teams nipping at the Hurricanes’ heels, however. Particularly if you believe that they’re better despite one fewer win or an extra loss.
The almost-as-hot Oilers and Blues face the Predators and Kings respectively on Wednesday. Could either of those teams end up at the top of the mountain (of perception) after those games? It’s possible, especially if the Blackhawks follow their first win of the season with their first winning streak by upsetting the Hurricanes.
(Uh, don’t bet on that one, though, please.)
Tuesday’s NHL scores
Maple Leafs 4, Golden Knights 0
Canadiens 3, Red Wings 0
Flyers 3, Coyotes 0
Wild 5, Senators 4 (OT)
Jets 4, Stars 3 (SO)
Predators 3, Flames 2 (OT)
Canucks 3, Rangers 2 (OT)
Ducks 4, Devils 0
Sharks 5, Sabres 3
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