Wowzers! Gadzooks! What a rollercoaster ride we've been on this season. After the longest summer in living memory, followed by the World Cup of Hockey, and then a disappointing pre-season, our Vancouver Canucks have come flying out of the traps to make NHL history. This is why we love hockey.
Let's take a look at the news from around the league:
CANUCKS WIN AGAIN
- NM's game recap is up, so I won't cover old ground. But let's just consider this:
- While we can, let's look at the league standings...[NHL]
- Game highlights. Of which there were many:
- NHL.com recap of the game. Which makes for some seriously enjoyable reading. If ever there was any doubt that Bo Horvat is this team's next captain, surely it is being eroded away on a daily basis now. [NHL]
- And for all you advanced stats lovers:
Bo Horvat - 58.3% corsi for with 18.1% offensive zone starts— Ryan Biech (@ryanbiech) 19 October 2016
Sven Baertschi - 60.0% corsi for with 20.0% offensive zone starts.#Canucks
- Marian Hossa became the latest inductee to the 500 goal club. No matter your feelings on the guy, he's been a fantastic player in this league for many years, and it's always great to see someone break the 500. Jagr, Iginla and Ovechkin are the only other active players with more goals:
- It's even better when you realize how few of those came against the Canucks:
A breakdown of Marian Hossa's career goal totals against each NHL franchise. pic.twitter.com/SlBCUMl9mm— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) 19 October 2016
- Taylor Hall scored his first two goals for the Devils last night, as they beat the Ducks 2-1. For those wondering, Emerson Etem played his first of the season for the Ducks: 6:24 of ice time with 2 PIMS. Jack Skille's first game for the Canucks saw him earn 10:38 of ice time, and finish +1. Just saying.
- This didn't take long. He's still only 26:
- So Anaheim lost last night. Los Angeles also lost. As did Arizona. There were, however, wins for the Sharks, Flames and Oilers. As we're going to finish ahead of the latter two, last night was another excellent night for this team.
- Vincent LeCavalier was welcomed back in Tampa for a ceremonial puck drop. Great player in his day, even better on the old NHL games:
- Andrew Shaw is playing possum. No, you're not a nice guy, you're a goon masquerading as a chippy winger, who is going to be found out eventually. [TSN]
- In case you don't follow them closely, the Utica Comets played Games 1 and 2 at the weekend, and play again this Friday. They lost both games 5-2 to the Marlies, but saw Jordan Subban feature on all four goals. That's a kid trying to prove a point. [Comets]
Question of the day: Bo Horvat leads the team in goals scored. Does he stay there come April?