Special Teams Blues for the Flames: St. Louis won last night, extending their point streak to 4 games going 3-0-1 in the stretch. Alex Steen was awarded first star honors with a 4-point game (1G, 3A). Calgary’s special teams once again was a difference. In their last contest against the Predators, the Flames went 0-4 on the Powerplay, and 1-3 on the Penalty Kill. Luckily, the Flames found a way to squeak one out in a shootout. Last night against the Blues, Nashville went 0-2 on the Powerplay, and 1-3 on the Penalty Kill again. These numbers will not aid the Flames if they want to make a push for a top 3 spot in the Pacific division. On the other foot, Alex Pietrangelo is looking like a Norris favourite due to his hot start. Not a bad place for an always underappreciated defenseman.
Columbus Blue Jackets Continue: After a magical season by the Jackets, being stifled by the Penguins, I began to think this team could not pull it off again. There is not enough scoring, Bobrovski will not be a Vezina winner again, and how good will Artemi Panarin be without Patrick Kane on his line? I even had them possibly missing the playoffs. Boy, do I have it wrong. This team, after defeating the Buffalo Sabres 5-1 they improve to 6-3-0 this year and look primed to take control of the hard fighting Metro division. This is a fun team to watch, and I am slowly shifting my opinion about this team and their ceiling this year.
The Curious Case of Alex Galchenyuk: Galchenyuk again is caught in a whirlwind of drama and stunting of growth with the Montreal Canadiens. This article written by Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire really sheds light on the whole saga and how a 20 year-old 30 goal scorer is now a winger on the 4th line. http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/analyzing-canadiens-alex-galchenyuk-first-line-centre-depth-line-winger/
Now, what if I were to tell you that drama would surround about 2 of the top 3 picks from the 2012 draft? And those two players were linemates for their junior’s team in the OHL? Alex Galchenyuk and Nail Yakupov have not had it easy in today’s NHL. Even throw in 2nd overall pick Ryan Murray. That was a weird draft, but Yakupov appears to have found a spot in Colorado, Murray is stepping up for Columbus, it is time for Galchenyuk to reach his potential now as he grows into an integral part for this Montreal team.