Your weekly NHL roundup is here including our league-wide awards and updates on Dave’s picks beating the piss out of Mike’s picks.
By: JUST Dave Wallace because Mike hates me. Find me at the twitter website @davewallace94
So like I said, Mike abandoned me to go to Spain this week so I’m going solo with the weekly recap. NEW this week — trade updates! Hopefully we’ll get more in the coming weeks but boy oh boy do we have a Blockbuster. In other news, the New York teams are finally picking up wins and the Central division is still gridlocked from top to bottom. Let’s do the thing.
Talk about a jaw-dropping swap of star power! It has seemingly been a lifetime of rumors about where Matt Duchene would end up after basically screaming “get me out of here” during last year’s nightmare in Colorado. I’m not going to lie, I’m incredibly surprised to see Turris leave Ottawa after building such strong relations there and having relative success. Nevertheless, Turris has made his way to Nashville, Duchene will start a new chapter in Ottawa and Colorado will receive… SEVEN assets including: a first round pick from Ottawa, a second round pick from Nashville, a third round pick from Ottawa, Shane Bowers and Andrew Hammond (from Ottawa) and finally Samuel Girard and Vladislav Kamenev (from Nashville). Colorado has set themselves up with a ton of assets to play with. Now let’s talk Stars.
Josh Bailey: Guess who dropped Josh Bailey a week into the season to add another goalie!! This guy!!!! Josh Bailey has been on an absolute tear lately and that did not change this week. In fact, it only got better for the Islander winger. Bailey posted three multi-point games this week (all assists) to extend his point streak to 9 games with 16 points in that span. 7 assists this week gives Bailey 15 on the season (18 total). Here come the Isles.
Matthew Barzal: More love for the Islanders and more love for rookies in our three stars. Barzal was selected 16th overall in the 2015 NHL draft and has been a prospect that the Islanders have been very excited about. This past week may have been the coming out party that they have been waiting for. With points in all three of his games this week, Yung Matthew extended his point streak to five games. Oh, and the third game was a 6–4 win over Colorado where Barzal contributed FIVE. ASSISTS. FIVE. IN ONE GAME. BY A ROOKIE. Okay I’m done yelling but damn. 7 points for the lad this week.
Nathan MacKinnon: Duchene is gone. It is all people have been talking about for the last 24 hours. All eyes are now to the Alternate captain up in Denver. I, for one, am very excited to see what MacKinnon will do with all of this added pressure on him. This article is about games that have already happened, though and MacKinnon is on this list for a reason. Three games played, three multi-point games, six points, two wins. Keep it up, Mac.
Goalie of the Week
Corey Crawford: This might have been the best week that any goalie has had all season. Crawford was an absolute stone wall in net this week posting two shutout wins to go along with his 0.68 GAA and .979 SV%. Are you kidding me, Corey!? Coincidentally, the Hawks got shutout at home against Montreal to ruin the opportunity for a perfect week by Crawford but that’s not nearly enough to take this award away from him.
Rookie of the Week
Matthew Barzal: I’ve already said enough about Barzal and I know I ripped Mike for using his ROTW as one of his stars but there’s just no denying how well the kid played.
Surprise of the Week
New York, New York! Wow it physically pained me to type that. After an early season struggle that had the Rangers looking like they were dead and gone, the Rags have found life with four wins in their last five games. The Islanders are also on a tear with six wins in their last eight games. I hate you, New York, but I will give credit where credit is due and you surprised the hell out of me this week.
National Game Picks
I went 3–2 and Mike went 2–3 but he’s not around for me to rub it in his face. I hate this week because Mike and I agree on three picks so the margin for victory is small.
Washington Capitals (Mike) @ Buffalo Sabres (Dave) (11/7)
Los Angeles Kings (Mike, Dave) @ Anaheim Ducks (11/7)
Boston Bruins @ New York Rangers (Mike, Dave) (11/8)
Tampa Bay Lightning @ San Jose Sharks (Mike, Dave) (11/8)
Pittsburgh Penguins (Mike) @ Washington Capitals (Dave) (11/10)
Our Records: Check out last weeks picks here
Dave: 13–6–1 (27 Points)
Mike: 9–9–2 (20 Points)
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