NHL Notebook: Insider says Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland is ‘on the clock,’ Borje Salming dies and more
The Edmonton Oilers had one of the most disappointing teams in the league at the start of the year.
They stumbled out of the gates with a 10-10 record and look nothing like the dominant team that stalled in the Conference Finals last season.
Currently, Daily Faceoff’s The pressure is mounting in Edmonton, Frank Serravalle said, and Ken Holland is on the clock to improve this team.
“I think they were thinking maybe a few weeks ago that they could take their time and get in. But I was already making some calls this morning with the Oilers here on the East Coast just to get a sense of what the temperature is, and it’s creaking.
“I think it was up a few weeks ago before Kane got injured. I thought a win in Tampa would really calm things down, but now they’re in a place — 10-10-0 — they have some work to do. They’re like 10th in the West. They’re an outsider looking at Inside.
“I think everyone has realized that they’ve come into a quarter of their season, they’re still in a somewhat flawed list. You look at the bottom six forwards and it’s very one-dimensional. They don’t get much use out of them, and if they don’t score – which they haven’t done yet – It’s not difficult to play against them, they’re not defensively aware.It’s not a lot of things.
“You look at their background and people point out that Evan Bouchard struggles and has bad handling of pucks and that confidence is an issue. I think the core numbers say he’s been better than that, but what about Jack Campbell in the net? They’ve got a $25m investment A dollar on ice that seems to have been lost in the woods, in the words of my friend Ilya Bryzgalov.
“They’re in a place where I think Ken Holland is working the clock. They need to make some moves to get this team going in the right direction. I don’t know what the answer is. I think they were a team that was interested in Ryan Reaves. They just need a little bit of toughness, And I’m not talking about Reeves fighting and throwing gloves. It’s more of a ‘difficulty playing against perspective’. Not only are they brown and muscular, they need some juice and they don’t have it. They’ll be in a place where they’ll have to figure it out now that they’re getting closer because a team that went to the conference final last year, for a team with Connor McDavid and Leon Dricetel, all seasons all over again, missing the playoffs just isn’t an option.” – Halford and Pro in the Morning, Sportsnet 650
The NHL legend has left us.
The Toronto Maple Leafs announced in a statement the death of Porgy Salming at the age of 71. Salming, appropriately nicknamed “The King,” was one of the first NHL players to come out of Europe.
He made his debut with the Leafs in 1973 and spent the next 16 years with them. Elected to the Hall of Fame in the class of 1996, he appeared in 1,148 games and scored 150 goals and 787 points. His 620 assists remains a Maple Leafs franchise record.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs mourn the loss of Borges Salming,” Leafs president Brendan Shanahan said in a statement. “Börje was a pioneer of the game and an icon of unbreakable spirit and unquestioned toughness. He helped open the door for Europeans in the NHL and defined himself through his game on the ice and through his contributions to the community. Börje joined the Maple Leafs 50 years ago and will forever be part of the family Hockey. Our deepest condolences to his wife Bea, his children Teresa, Anders, Rasmus, Bianca, Lisa, and Sarah, and his brother Stig.”
The Leafs honored Salming during the annual Hockey Hall of Fame game on November 11, and again the following evening.
Detroit Red Wings 23-game home winning streak, 2011-12
Of all the Red Wings teams that have put a streak together like this… who would have guessed it’s the 2011-12 team that definitely can’t be forgotten? They finished third in their respective division and bombed in the first round of the playoffs. However, this team, led by Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Niklas Lidstrom in its final season, was a force in Joe Louis Arena.
No other team has had 20 consecutive home runs since the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers, so 23 is quite the mark. However… the Colorado Avalanche went 18 straight at home last season, while the Boston Bruins went 11 straight during their active home winning streak this season. It doesn’t seem entirely impossible to win 24 in a row at home.
Can not be touched
Montreal Canadiens 10 consecutive appearances in the Stanley Cup Final 1951-1960
Another Habs record, which you’ll see below, got more glory, but Montreal’s reaching 10 straight Finals was overlooked. No other team in NHL history has had more than five consecutive trips to the Final! Spending an entire decade in the Final reflected their family dominance and the fact that they dominated recruiting prospects based in Quebec, but it also reflected the fact that they played in a six-team league at the time. If you finish fourth out of six teams and win one playoff series, the Boom, you’ve made it to the Stanley Cup Final. This record will never be beaten, period. It was much easier to achieve when it happened.
19-game winning streak for the New York Islanders, 1980-1984
The Islands have won four successive cups and reached the 1984 final in their bid to win a fifth successive match. Their record beats Montreal’s five consecutive championships, of course, because you only need to win two series a year over the original six days. The Habs won “only” 10 playoff series during their five-year championship dynasty. Carrots nearly doubled that streak. And I did it in a 21-team stadium.
The Isles’ nineteen consecutive victories are singled out as a hockey team’s greatest streak – and one of the greatest streaks in the history of the professional sport.