This Dose is massive, so grant me patience in not drumming up a lead.
BLUE JACKETS 3, DEVILS 1
-- Columbus is unstoppable, everyone. They’ve now won two games in a row.
-- The Devils probably deserved a win here, as they controlled the puck and managed a 24-14 shot advantage.
-- Two straight wins for Sergei Bobrovsky, too. This was probably the first time that he stole one in 2015-16, though.
-- Ryan Johansen missed another one, but the word is that he’s improving. So that’s good. Still a pretty disturbing week or two in his career (and months behind the scenes, it seems).
-- New Jersey had been on a four-game winning streak, all of those victories coming by one goal. Honestly, I still think they’re better off losing (and often).
-- That said, the trio of Michael Cammalleri, Adam Henrique and Lee Stempniak has been pretty impressive lately. For Devils fans, they might be one of the only things that might make this team a little bit less miserable to watch.
Still pretty miserable, though.
BRUINS 6, COYOTES 0
-- With two goals, David Krejci (briefly) moved into first place in NHL point scoring with 14. He’s no longer at the top at this moment, but with seven goals already, he matched 2014-15.
Krejci sure seems healthy, and is also reminding people that he wasn’t healthy last season.
-- After missing two games with an injury, Matt Beleskey returned and generated two assists. He wasn’t the only Bruins player to cash in - no surprise when you win by six - as Jimmy Hayes generated three points (goal, two helpers) and Loui Eriksson also managed two assists.
-- In stopping 24 shots, Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of 2015-16.
-- Mike Smith is 4-3-1 with a .908 save percentage on the season after Tuesday. In other words, order is restored.
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STARS 4, DUCKS 3
-- This one stings for Bruce Boudreau & Co., and I wouldn't be shocked if he gets a pink slip after I publish the Dose.
The loss itself couldn't get much worse.
For one thing, the Ducks were up 3-0 to end the first period, so it was four unanswered goals.
It also seemed like the Ducks might at least salvage a standings point. Antoine Roussel scored the 4-3 goal with about 1:28 left in the third period, making for a real heart-breaker.
Oh yeah, and Ryan Getzlaf's out for "4-12 days" on top of all the other gloom.
-- It was pretty obvious that the Ducks ran out of gas here, even if it sounded like Boudreau rejected that description.
To start, the Ducks were on the end of a back-to-back and gave up that 3-0 lead.
Most obviously, the Stars generated a ridiculous 17-2 shot advantage in the third period. It's really no surprise that Frederik Andersen couldn't hold the high-powered Stars off.
-- Remember that bit about Krejci briefly leading the NHL in scoring? Jamie Benn moved ahead of him with three assists, giving him the lead with 15 points overall.
-- Antti Niemi won despite only making 17 out of 20 saves.
CANUCKS 5, CANADIENS 1
-- Hey, the streak had to end sometime.
To play Debbie Downer for a minute, I wonder how long it would have lasted if Montreal’s schedule featured a heavier helping of West teams?
The beat-up St. Louis Blues were the only West team Montreal beat. The Buds also beat up on Toronto twice and Buffalo once.
HURRICANES 3, RED WINGS 1
-- Niklas Kronwall was a -3 on the night, so yes, he was on the ice for all of Carolina’s goals.
-- Strong night for people with the last name Rask, as Victor Rask scored his third goal of the season.
-- The game was closer than it appears because Eric Staal scored an empty net goal.
-- Again, not sure why anyone would be eager to re-sign Cam Ward. Even with that win, his numbers are as pedestrian as ever: 3-4-0 with a .908 save percentage.
-- After starting the season on a three-game winning streak, the Red Wings' positivity has dissipated. They've only won one game out of their last six (1-4-1).
SABRES 4, FLYERS 3 (OT)
You know what? Let's make it Brotherly Love Night, anyway.
-- Cody Franson collected his fourth helper of 2015-16. All four of those assists have come in a three-game streak, so perhaps the solid blueliner is comfortable now in Buffalo.
PANTHERS 4, AVALANCHE 1
-- All four of Florida's goals came on special teams on this one, with three coming on the PP - representing all three of those chances - and one shorthanded. Colorado went 0-for-5 on its PP opportunities, so quite obviously the Avalanche's specialty units need to do a little soul-searching.
-- Jaromir Jagr suffered a lower-body injury in this one and did not return. Hypotheses indicated that it may either be groin or hamstring-related, but either way, reports say that it may not be serious.
-- I'd be really, really surprised if Colorado managed to make the playoffs. They're wasting time with Patrick Roy's strategies - and possibly Joe Sakic's theories - and firing those two could be awkward whenever the Avs decide to do so.
-- Francois Beauchemin didn't score a point in this one, but still provided some fantasy value with four PIM. He has six assists and six PIM overall in eight games. Not bad.
Note: call him Frenchy if you want to exponentially increase your chances of getting punched.
WILD 4, OILERS 3
In that span, the Oilers are ... 3-3-0, with three straight losses. That feels "so Oilers," does it not?
-- Ryan Suter scored two goals here, representing both of his tallies for the season. His first one was really something else.
I wouldn't take this as a sign of things to come as Suter is pretty reluctant to shoot, generally speaking.
-- Taylor Hall is heating up in his own right, with a goal and an assist last night That gives him two goals and two assists in his past three games and eight points on the season.
KINGS 4, JETS 1
-- This one was closer than it appeared, as the Kings didn't just score an empty-netter, they actually potted two of them. Tyler Toffoli's already having a great start, and he got to pump up his one assist (first of the season, too) with an ENG. Meanwhile, Trevor Lewis found the net for his first of 2015-16.
-- Nikolaj Ehlers seems very much legit, scoring Winnipeg's lone goal.
-- The Kings are now on a six-game winning streak.
-- Milan Lucic is on a nice run in his own right, including his second G of the season. With that, he now has 2G, 3A for 5P in a four-game streak representing almost all of his scoring this season. Remarkably, he still only has 11 SOG in nine GP, so wait a little while before you throw any confetti.
BLUES 2, LIGHTNING 0
-- Maybe I was wrong about the curse of NBCSN games being lifted. This was a real stinker, even if the teams seemed to at least try SOME of the time.
-- Troy Brouwer factored into both goals, grabbing an assist on that Gomez marker and managing an ENG for his troubles.
-- Jake Allen got his first shutout of the season, stopping 26 shots.
-- That's two straight shutout losses for the Lightning. Is Jon Cooper too satisfied with low-octane hockey considering the talent on hand in Tampa Bay? Conventional pace-killing wisdom says no, but my heart says yes please open things up seriously the Lightning shouldn't be boring.