Other news about the NHL this week includes the Wild and Rangers making a deal and the Hurricanes extending a rookie goaltender.
The St. Louis Blues are back. After losing eight straight games in regulation and falling bottom of the Central Division, they have now won seven straight and moved up to fourth. She’s 10-8 on the season good for first wild card position in the West.
This team was always too good to be at the bottom, but no one expected them to bounce back so quickly. Playing Jordan Pennington between the pipes was a big reason for her quick turnaround.
He started six of the seven games in this winning streak and only lost more than two goals once. His SV% for this period is .940.
Jordan Cairo finally arrived too. He has scored three goals and six assists over the last seven games after scoring just four points in the team’s first 11 games.
This has never been one of the weakest rosters in the league so it’s crazy to think they’d drop near the bottom of the standings. They must continue to push for a break point.
They are the first team in NHL history to follow an eight-game losing streak with a seven-game losing streak. They are now only five points off the top spot in the midfield.
Deville continues to win
Are the New Jersey Devils a legitimate Stanley Cup contender? Obviously at this point they look like one of the favourites. They are undefeated in the month of November and have not lost since October 24thThe tenth versus Washington.
Their 13-game winning record is a franchise record. They will try to break it against the depleted foliage tonight. They are basically a lock in the playoffs now. Some people thought they were a bubble team, but I don’t think anyone saw that coming.
This is just one of those years for the Devils where everything goes wrong. The ups and downs of their lineup nearly every player walks through a career year. If they keep shooting and stay healthy, they’re going to be very tough going into the postseason.
For the second year in a row, the Wild’s general manager, Bill Guerin, was traded for an outlet. Last season it was Nick Deslauriers, this time it was Ryan Reeves. He sent a fifth-round pick to the New York Rangers in exchange for Reeves earlier today.
Now in his fifth team, the 35-year-old Reeves has played 12 games this season, scoring zero points and grabbing 12 penalty minutes.
Four-year-old Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Pyotr Kochetkov stretched the 2-yard out this morning. The Hurricanes’ third guard has played well in his limited opportunities with the Cannes in the past two seasons.
In four games this year, the 23-year-old net guard has been 2-0-2 with a 0.914 SV% and a 2.00 GAA.
Fredrik Anderson and Antti Ranta were both UFA Football Association Finalists of the Year. Kochetkov should be guaranteed to be NHL-listed throughout the 2023-24 season and this contract would be a massive steal if he was even in a Type 1B role.