Only three games on Wednesday, but there was a decent element of quality over quantity. If you disagree, just tune in tomorrow, where there will be PLENTY of recaps.
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BLACKHAWKS 4, OILERS 3 (OT)
-- Patrick Kane is now on a 14-game point streak where he has a ridiculous 10 goals and 14 assists. He now leads the NHL by three points, and it's looking more and more like only Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin stand a chance of keeping pace with him (at least if all three stay healthy).
-- Artemi Panarin's enjoying the ride on his line, as his six-game point streak bumped him to 21 points this season, tying him with Taylor Hall and Blake Wheeler for fourth overall in scoring. Crazy stuff.
-- Corey Crawford made a crazy save on Hall in OT, stopping 34 overall on Wednesday for the win. He's now 9-5-1 with a .918 save percentage.
-- Marian Hossa is really heating up, too. He has two goals and two assists in a three-game point streak, scoring the last two GWG for Chicago. This run accounts for half of his production so far in 2015-16.
-- Leon Draisaitl already has career highs in goals (six), assists (8) and naturally points (14) during these nine games. He's currently on a four-game point streak (three goals, four assists).
As unlucky as the Oilers were to lose Connor McDavid, King of Leon gets some time in the sun, and Edmonton's that much closer to being dangerous whenever the wunderkind comes back.
Would management have the courage to risk their latest lottery ticket for Hamonic? Could be a fun thing to follow.
CAPITALS 2, RED WINGS 1 (OT)
-- Alex Ovechkin has really been foiled by Petr Mrazek. That’s 15 SOG that weren’t successful last time and six this time around, so 21 SOG, and that’s not counting missed shots. He’s also on a four-game pointless streak since tying Sergei Fedorov’s Russian goal-scoring record at 483 career tallies.
He’s probably pressing a bit, but honestly, Ovechkin is still making sharp plays and unleashing that impressive shot, and the Caps are still playing pretty well. Stinks for his fantasy owners,
-- Barry Trotz is now 10th all-time on games coached. Here's his career record: 614-509-172, which leaves him 12th all-time in wins. That's a .540 point percentage.
A few random comparisons as food for thought (Going just with percentages because ties make certain records look like a credit card number or something).
Ken Hitchcock: .606 for his career.
Peter Laviolette: .580 for his career.
Bruce Boudreau: .656
Randy Carlyle: .574
Todd Richards: .525
Paul Maurice: .510
Kind of interesting to look at a few names like those, right?
-- Evgeny Kuznetsov's OT winner was awfully impressive, as I'm really surprised he was able to power to the net and get his shot through while dealing with some serious pressure in multiple directions. He's a heck of an offensive talent, and credit to Trotz for breaking from his old ways a bit to let a talented young player grow on the job and accept the mistakes for the good (Filip Forsberg grumbles).
-- Two assists for Matt Niskanen, continuing a three-game point streak in which he has four points.
-- Pavel Datsyuk finally got his first point of the season by assisting on Dylan Larkin's tally, Detroit's lone goal in this game. I like that Datsyuk is shooting often, as he has 11 SOG in these four games.
JETS 4, CANUCKS 1
-- Winnipeg carried a six-game losing streak into this one, so this has to be heartening for the Jets. They were 7-3-1 in October (a home-heavy schedule) and then 2-6-1 so far in November, which has been road-leaning. If they remain dependent on home-cooking, I think they could go on a good run in March.
So maybe put that note somewhere if you're the planning type. I try my best to make note of big chunks one way or another in various Doses, anyway, and Michael Finewax's week ahead is another great resource.
Sometimes schedule can make for a tie-breaker for those fringe roster spots. Naturally, that comes down to how obsessed you are with making a LOT of tweaks. The Dose aims to help everyone from casual players who don't make a lot of moves and people who micromanage their rosters.
-- Earlier this week, I wondered if we were merely seeing "the real" Boston Bruins amid their struggles.
The same may be said of Vancouver, as they've only won twice (2-5-2) in November.
Let's not be too hard on them beyond just admitting that they're an OK but not great team. Beginning on Oct. 29, they've only played two of their last 11 games at home, and this just wrapped up a seven-game road trip.
-- Mark Scheifele continues to grow as a player and a go-to guy for Winnipeg. He enjoyed a two-goal, one-assist performance. Winnipeg really needs the Scheifele, Mathieu Perreault (three assists) and Drew Stafford (two goals, one assist) combo to give Little - Wheeler some more room for error.