NHL Headlines 10/19

Kempe who?: 21 year old Adrian Kempe recorded his first career hat trick in the Kings’ 5-1 win over the Canadiens last night. Adding to the scoring, ageless wonder Mike Cammalleri scored 2 goals and 2 assists propelling the Kings to a 5-0-1 start. The Kings are now the only team left in the NHL without a regulation loss. A team I expected to finish near the bottom is off to debatably the best start of any NHL team and do not look lost out there. Jonathan Quick stopped 36-37 Montreal shots and so far, this season is 4-0-1 with a .950 Save Percentage. If he stays healthy and continues strong play, who knows what the ceiling for this team may be.

4th Line Marns: Mitch Marner once again played on the 4th line for the Leafs, and their offense still did not slow down. It is just funny how the once named, “Maple-Laughs” are now laughing on their opponents as they put up 4-7 goals each night at will. In 2 games taking Marner’s spot, 20-goal scoring Connor Brown has scored a goal in each of the 2 games, and the Hyman-Matthews-Nylander line is just absurdly good and no one this season has shut them down. Their 6-3 win over the Red Wings showed off their immense depth with 6 different players, on three lines, and aid from the defense potted ones tonight. The Leafs are at 6 wins this season in 7 games, last season they did not reach 6 wins until their 14th game. Watch out NHL, the new kids on the block have a new swagger.

Jaden’s Trick: Jaden Schwartz came out hot last night scoring 5 minutes into the first frame. He continued the whole evening and finished with the first of two hat tricks on the evening. Schwartz is now up to 11 points in 7 games for a Blues team without a real offensive identity aside from Tarasenko, who also scored in this one. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 5-2, and that is now their record on the season, 5-2. Jake Allen has stayed strong between the pipes and if the Blues can keep up the secondary scoring, still may be in cup contention come May.

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