Violent (and biting) Saturday of hockey; Canadiens changes

Leading gamers from Saturday in the NHL

Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche

Scroll down simply a bit, and you’ll see how Predators – Avs figured into a violent Saturday in the NHL.

Let’s concentrate on Rantanen’s strong efficiency initially, though. The 25-year-old gathered a hat technique and likewise a help, pressing his season points total to 18 (10 objectives, 8 helps in 15 GP).

No/less Nathan MacKinnon won’t assist, however Rantanen has an opportunity to blow away his career-high of 31 objectives from 2018-19. In a manner, such a forecast seems like unfaithful. Rantanen scored 30 objectives (and 66 points) last season, which is much more excellent given that he handled to do so in simply 52 video games.

My sensation is that these COVID-compromised seasons keep the Rantanens of the world from making the season impression that they usually would. Casual fans may not sign up simply how excellent those 30 objectives remained in a simple 52 video games. Possibly Rantanen can remain healthy after missing out on 3 video games and install the sort of statistics that make his star power indisputable?

(That may be the plus side of MacKinnon missing out on a long time. You can’t simply state it’s all MacKinnon.)

Emphasizes from the NHL on Saturday

A violent night

It practically seems like there’s something in the air this weekend. That thing seems: anger (and very little self control?).

Scroll on for the Brendan Lemieux – Brady Tkachuk biting phenomenon. Click on this link for the quotes and more insight. There were other significant minutes, and some were violent.

Milan Lucic got a five-minute boarding significant for an unsafe hit on Neal Pionk. The Jets weren’t able to profit from that significant power-play chance. Eventually, Winnipeg broke its five-game losing streak nevertheless.

In what was currently a skirmish, Gabriel Landeskog bloodied Mattias Ekholm, who didn’t appear absolutely all set for a battle:

Certainly, Landeskog was alarmed by Mikko Rantanen’s helmet being eliminated. However … you need to believe that will draw examination. For what it’s worth, Landeskog got his 4th profession suspension for boarding Kirby Dach previously this season.

Might be a hectic weekend for the NHL’s Department of Gamer Security.

Emphasizes with less carnage

General, times are plainly not fantastic for the Canadiens. That stated, they beat the Penguins on Saturday, and Jake Allen made this wonderful save:

Include this to Lucas Raymond‘s impressive Calder Trophy resume.

Hold the phone, someone won a stick battle with Mark Stone? Kinda — either way, impressive goal by Zach Hyman.

Here’s video of that Mikko Rantanen hat technique.

Saturday’s NHL takeaways

2 Islanders video games held off

Click On This Link for the rundown on 2 Islanders video games being held off due to COVID.

Gorton, Mellanby, heading what may simply become part of Canadiens’ modifications

While the most significant relocations seem figured out, we’re currently seeing indications of modification for the Montreal Canadiens.

On Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman summed up a few of the possible Canadiens modifications — while acknowledging that crucial figures haven’t resolved them formally.

  • Scott Mellanby, referred to as an essential Marc Bergevin consultant and Canadiens assistant GM given that 2014, resigned. Mellanby resigned, in part, due to the fact that he was informed he wouldn’t end up being Canadiens GM. One extra information is that Bergevin may have discovered of Mellanby “the same time as everyone else.”

  • The Canadiens apparently got consent to speak with previous Rangers GM Jeff Gorton. Most importantly, Friedman keeps in mind that the Habs aren’t talking to Gorton for the GM function particularly. Sportsnet’s Eric Engels just recently believed that employing a president of hockey operations is a “logical first step” in Canadiens’ front workplace modifications.

  • Jeff Marek followed up that Patrick Roy hasn’t (yet?) been called about potentially becoming part of modifications.

In addition to Friedman and Marek, TSN’s Chris Johnston included some possible insight into the Canadiens’ procedure. Particularly, Johnston notes that the Canadiens are most likely to look for a “French GM” when it’s time to change Marc Bergevin.

After hearing that, plenty slammed the Canadiens on social networks. However perhaps there’s an essential tweak that could turn what would look like a minimal search to a relatively extensive one?

Once again, the most significant Canadiens’ modifications are more than likely still to come. These are currently considerable turns, nevertheless, and it looks untidy currently.

Maybe insufficient leftovers for Brendan Lemieux?

When does Brendan Lemieux commemorate Thanksgiving? Does he pass the Canadian October vacation, being that he’s Claude Lemieux’s kid? Or does he go the American method, being that Brendan Lemieux was born in Colorado, and bets the Los Angeles Kings?

Maybe the response is “neither.” That definitely looked like a more sensible response after Saturday’s NHL action.

In a really odd phenomenon, Brady Tkachuk implicated Brendan Lemieux of biting him. Learn more about that, and the Senators likewise waiving Matt Murray on Saturday, in this post. If not, simply gape in wonder at this odd hockey occasion:

A lot for Artemi Panarin showing the strangest little bit of hockey anger today when he chucked a glove at Brad Marchand.

Some history for Joe Thornton, however Panthers miss out on breaking a tie

It’s not simply Alex Ovechkin who’s making history this weekend. With a help on the Panthers’ only objective (by Patric Hornqvist), Joe Thornton reached 1,532 points for his profession. By reaching 1,532 points, Joe Thornton broke a tie with Paul Coffey for 13th all-time in NHL history.

Jumbo Joe isn’t up until now from 12th, either. Mark Recchi presently ranks 12th with 1,533 points. While 12th remains in reach, 11th is even more away. Ray Bourque’s 1,579 points rank 11th all-time.

(Just 14 gamers [Coffey now ranked 14th] have actually reached 1,500+ points. At 15th, Stan Mikita produced 1,467 points. Beyond Joe Thornton, Alex Ovechkin is the leading active scorer with 1,356 points [26th all-time].)

Mentioning history, the Panthers went into Saturday’s video games having actually opened the season with 11 straight house wins, connected for the most in NHL history. They didn’t handle to break that tie, as the Kraken won 4-1.

(Likewise mentioning history: yes, undoubtedly, it’s still a little odd that Joe Thornton is a Panther.)

Sunday’s huge story

Sunday afternoon NHL face-offs (Capitals – Hurricanes, Lightning – Wild)

If you can’t view the NHL throughout the day on Sunday (lame!), you may wish to make time for the “matinee games.”

At 1 p.m. ET, the hot Capitals take a trip to Carolina to deal with the even-hotter Hurricanes. Then there’s Lightning at Wild at 2 p.m. ET. (Can somebody pay off these groups to integrate pre-game events ideal to optimize just how much individuals can view both video games? No? OK.)

Getting to see the packed Hurricanes attempt to decrease Alex Ovechkin (ageless marvel taking pleasure in a season for the ages) need to be a genuine reward.

And, even without a few of their finest gamers, the Lightning simply keep getting it done. That stated, even the repeat champs won’t have it simple versus a positive Kirill Kaprizov (2 four-point video games in his last 5 contests [11 points in five GP overall]).

With video games like Maple Leafs – Ducks, Sunday’s loaded with quality NHL video games. Those early contests look specifically hot, though.

(Plus, who understands if you’ll have some more Montreal Canadiens news to chew on early in the day? Possible Canadiens modifications rank as the most significant off-ice Sunday NHL story … you understand, unless the Canucks wish to take some headings.)

Saturday’s NHL ratings

Canadiens 6, Penguins 3
Red Wings 3, Sabres 2 (OT)
Kings 4, Senators 2
Oilers 3, Golden Knights 2
Kraken 4, Panthers 1
Jets 4, Flames 2
Avalanche 6, Predators 2
Blues 6, Blue Jackets 3
Stars 3, Coyotes 2

More hockey news

Senators’ night: Tkachuk implicates Lemieux of biting, Murray waived NHL holds off 2 Islanders video games amidst COVID-19 break out Rangers’ Panarin fined $5,000 for tossing glove at Brad Marchand

James O’Brien is an author for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

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