The best teams in the league are stepping up their efforts, and the big names are making their mark this season. Let’s take a look at some of the story lines from last week:
Connor Murphy and Caleb Jones saw the whole picture of Edmonton
On Saturday night, the Oilers defeated the Chicago Blackhawks by a 5-2 advantage, raising the score to 13-4. That game showed the extent to which Edmonton can dominate a game, as shown in this little tidbit:
Surprisingly, during this time, the Oilers were able to change all four lines, but somehow failed to score in this sequence. With two defensive players trapped on the ice for nearly five minutes, keeping Edmonton away from the scoring list should deserve the Hawks’ sympathy.
Note to the team: Don’t let Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl host the show. But even if you don’t, the depth of the team this season is also significant.
Fierce competition in the Pacific
Most people canceled this department from the beginning, and Edmonton and Vegas seem to be the only real contenders. But currently, the Calgary Flames are at the top of the list, and the Oilers are one point behind. Anaheim and Vegas were less than 5 points behind the lead, creating a fierce battle that could be carried out in any way at the top.
As the year goes on, see if the Ducks’ youth can continue to lead the accelerated reconstruction work, and what impact Jack Echel will have on the Golden Cavaliers when he is finally allowed to play. This will be A very interesting thing.
If you compete for the last three places in the division in the final days of the regular season, it’s not surprising.
Alex Ovechkin did not slow down
In three consecutive games into the weekend, Great 8 may not have scored, but he made up for it in the games against San Jose and Seattle. Ovechkin scored three goals for a total of 745 points.
Ovechkin ranked fourth in NHL career goals. Soon, Ovi surpassed Jaromir Jagr with 766 goals and finished third.
A motivated Ovechkin is a hard thing to stop, and soon we will talk about him catching Gordi Howe—ultimately, the great man.