NHL – The skate (31-01), McDavid on top, Ottawa sinks
Stars on their momentum from last season, Ottawa leaving for a difficult season and Connor McDavid back on top, take a look back at what happened in NHL this week.
It slips for Dallas stars
All is well for the last finalist of the Stanley cup. After a start to the season marred by postponements, the Dallas Stars have finally launched their season and how. After an authoritative victory last week against the Predators (7-0), the holders of the Campbell Bowl followed up with three new hits this week. Thanks to three power-play goals, the Stars have once again disposed of Nashville (3-2) before offering the Red Wings twice, first in overtime (2-1) then in a controlled meeting (7-3). The only downside was this defeat last night against the Hurricanes (4-1) which ended their unbeaten streak and brought them back down to the Central Division.
2min for Ottawa Senators
Things are still difficult on the Ottawa side in 2021. After a complicated 2019-2020 season (record of 25-34-12, 5e worst win percentage in the league), the Senators are going through a nightmare start to the year. If the Canadian franchise won against the Mapple Leafs in the opening – a real upset given the current form of Toronto (7-2-0) – it has not won a single game since. This week, Ottawa has lost three times to Vancouver, scoring just three goals in three games as the Canucks have scored sixteen. The season could once again be very long in the capital of Canada.
Player of the week: Connor McDavid
His franchise struggles to win games, but Connor McDavid is back in top form. Leader of the league in points and third in assists, the Canadian prodigy has left more than ever to win back the Hart Memorial Trophy that he had left to his teammate Leon draisaitl last season. This week, McDavid first delivered three assists in his team’s victory against Winnipeg, before being involved in two goals in defeats against the same Jets and then against the Mapple Leafs (one goal and one assist then two assists ). If Edmonton is not yet dropped in the North Division (or Canadian Division), the franchise can greatly thank its flagship player who was again decisive last night against the Mapple Leafs (Two goals and an assist) with in particular the goal of the victory in overtime.
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– NHL (@NHL) January 31, 2021
Stat of the week: Ovechkin equals Garner
For his return this Saturday after four missed matches (he was positive for Covid-19), Alex Ovechkin continued to write his legend. By giving Washington victory on an overtime goal against the Bruins (4-3), the Capitals captain tied Mike Garner for seventh place on the all-time scoring list. The Russian has healed his return to the ice and will be able to help the Capitals still undefeated in regulation time and who remain in nine consecutive games with points, the best streak of the franchise.
It’s the night of OT winners.
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– NHL (@NHL) January 31, 2021
As a reminder, here are the French who are currently playing in NHL:
- Alexandre Texier (C, Columbus Blue Jackets)
- Antoine Roussel (LW, Vancouver Canucks)
- Pierre-Édouard Bellemare (C, Colorado Avalanche)
Everything is rolling for Alexandre Texier with the Blue Jackets! In a franchise from Columbus currently first in the Central Division, the young Frenchman scored his fourth goal of the season in the loss to the Panthers. The most prolific player of his franchise, he was decisive in their victory in the second leg against Florida where he scored the only goal in the shootout. He ended the week more calmly with the success of Columbus against Chicago, but Alexandre Texier is one of the important links in this collective of the Blue Jackets which has been working well since the start of the season.
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– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) January 29, 2021
Like his franchise, Antoine Roussel has gained momentum this week. In a perfect week for the Canucks (four wins in as many games), the Frenchman had the four games where he spent the most time on the ice (three to 14+ min) and even delivered an assist. – his second of the season – to Brandon Sutter during the river victory of his family (7-1) against Ottawa. What finally to be important with Vancouver?
Colorado is doing well, but Pierre-Édouard Bellemare has had a difficult weekend. After spending more than ten minutes on the ice during the defeat of his family against Anaheim (3-1) and then during the Avalanche victory against San Jose (7-3), where he was on the ice during ‘one goal, he was injured this Thursday against the Sharks. Hit in the knee, he left his partners after two minutes spent on the skates and missed the last meeting of his franchise this week (5-1 victory over Minnesota).
The landmark action
Brent Burns with a dazzling goal to give the Sharks a late lead pic.twitter.com/LiIf56qnQs
– Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) January 25, 2021
- Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 17 points
- Leon Draisaitl (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 15 points
- Mitchell Marner (RW, Toronto Mapple Leafs) → 14 points
- Nicklas Backstrom (C, Washington Capitals) → 13 points
- Nathan MacKinnon (C, Colorado Avalanche) → 12 points
- Brock Boeser (RW, Vancouver Canucks) → 8 goals
- Mikko Rantanen (RW, Colorado Avalanche) → 7 goals
- Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 7 goals
- Four tied players (Pacioretty, Matthews, Toffoli & Draisaitl) → 6 goals
- Anze Kopitar (C, Los Angeles Kings) → 11 assists
- Wedge Makar (D, Colorado Avalanche) → 10 assists
- Quinn Hughes (D, Vancouver Canucks) → 10 assists
- Connor McDavid (C, Edmonton Oilers) → 10 assists
- Nathan MacKinnon (C, Colorado Avalanche) → 10 assists
Goals Against Average (GAA)
- Petr Mrazek (G, Carolina Hurricanes) → 0.99 GAA
- Marc-Andre Fleury (G, Vegas Golden Knights) → 1.00 GAA
- Jaroslav Halak (G, Boston Bruins) → 1.30 GAA
- James Reimer (G, Carolina Hurricanes) → 1.54 GAA
- Jake Allen (G, Montreal Canadiens) → 1.68 GAA
- Petr Mrazek (G, Carolina Hurricanes) → .955%
- Marc-Andre Fleury (G, Vegas Golden Knights) → .951%
- Mackenzie Blackwood (G, New Jersey Devils) → .948%
- Brian Elliott (G, Philadelphia Flyers) → .938%
- Jaroslav Halak (G, Boston Bruins) → .938%
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