San Jose Sharks
The Sharks have lost all three games and if you include the Winnipeg where Joe was injured make it 4 losses since the Thornton injury. Go back a little further and you will see the Sharks have lost six of seven given up 25 goals in the six losses. They have yielded five or more goals, four times in that stretch.
Despite the recent swoon, Joe Pavelski is not concerned, “I know we dropped a couple in a row now, but I think our game is definitely going in a good direction,” Pavelski said. “It’s going to have to be that way from here on out, and we understand that.”
Aaron Dell has given up 11 goals on 52 shots in his last two starts, both losses after giving up just seven goals in his previous four games. With that, Pete DeBoer started Martin Jones in back to back games for just the second time this season when Jones played, Tuesday at Pittsburgh and again last night at Detroit.
Jones had missed the four games before the All-Star break
Tuesday’s victory over the Bruins didn’t come without injury. Ducks goalie John Gibson was forced to leave with 7:25 left in the third period. It was the second consecutive game that Gibson was forced to leave early due to injury. Last Thursday Gibson exited the Ducks shootout win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Gibson is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury so Ryan Miller gets the start on Thursday at Ottawa and Reto Berra has been recalled from San Diego.
The Ducks finished January with 15 out of a possible 22 points. It should come as no surprise that it was their best month of the season. The Ducks are finally healthy upfront and are poised to challenge for a playoff spot.
With the Ducks win over Boston on Tuesday they improved their record over the Pacific Division to 14-7-2.
The Ducks are in game two of their five game road swing. The Ducks Power Play which was 1 for 2 at Boston is third best on the road this season at 23.6%
Adam Henrique pushed his point streak to six games with two goals, including his fourth GWG of the season.
Prior to Tuesday’s collapse at home to Vegas, the talk in Calgary was is the team on a 4 game losing streak or an 11 game point streak? The answer to that is both. But with the loss to Vegas, where the Flames imploded, giving up three goals in the final 106 seconds of the game, the talk in Calgary is the fact that the Flames have lost five consecutive games.
The loss on Tuesday to Vegas was the first time in 54 games, the Flames lost in regulation when leading after two periods. In their previous 53 games in this similar position, the Flames were, 50-0-3.
Earlier in the week goalie Cam Talbot made the bold statement that the Oilers would make the playoffs this season. It’s going to take one heck of a run for the Oilers to accomplish this feat. It is likely that it will take 94 points to make the playoffs. That means the Oilers will need 47 points in the next 33 games. That’s a .712 winning percentage. That would match the winning percentage of the Tampa Bay Lightning through the first 50 games of this season. I just don’t see that happening. The Oilers are likely to be sellers at the deadline with likely names on the move, Pat Maroon and Mark Letestu.
Letestu who can kill penalties and play the power play, was a healthy scratch last Thursday versus Calgary has gone 14 games without a point.
The Oilers will be without defenseman Adam Larsson for a second consecutive game. Larsson who missed last Thursday’s game against Calgary will also be out for tonight’s game (Thursday) versus Colorado.
“He’s not going to be available,” said head coach Todd McLellan, who obviously isn’t going into any of the details of his player’s situation.
“He has a family thing going on. This is the last time we’ll talk about it out of respect for Adam’s family and his need for some time and space right now. He won’t play.”
From Bob Stauffer (Edmonton Oilers Radio Analyst) Between Jan. 14th until Jan. 31st the Oilers will have played 3 games in 18 days. From Feb. 1st until April 7th the Oilers will play 33 games in 66 days
Vegas Golden Knights
Brayden McNabb is a game time decision tonight (Thursday) in Winnipeg. McNabb missed Tuesday’s game in Calgary to get checked out by the team’s medical staff in Las Vegas
“He’s a game-time decision,” Gallant said Wednesday after the team went through a 35-minute practice at the Bell MTS Place. “The good news is he’s been cleared to play, but he hasn’t skated with the team for a few days, so we’ll see how it goes.”
If McNabb does not play Thursday at Winnipeg, expect him to play Friday at Minnesota.
By the way, don’t have the numbers in front of me but the Winnipeg/Minnesota back to back usually spells a loss on the back end of the back to backs no matter where the second game is played.
One of the keys to the Golden Knights success this season has been the fact that they have been able to roll all four lines but of late the third line of Cody Eakin, Alex Tuch and Brendan Leipsic has combined for only two points in its last eight games. Coach Gerard Gallant has indicated that he is not going to split up the trio but instead let them work through the struggles together.
“They’re working hard,” Gallant said of his third line. “They’re creating chances. And as long as they’re responsible in the defensive end of the ice, that’s what I want to see,” Gallant told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Los Angeles Kings
Darcy Kuemper earned his second shutout of the season in the Kings 3-0 blanking of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. Kuemper has now turned back 58 of 59 shots in back to back wins over Calgary and Dallas
The Kings finished January with just 8 of a possible 22 points. It was their lost point total of any month this season.
Drew Doughty scored his 100th career goal in Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Dallas and now has points in four consecutive games with one goal and five assists. Doughty is just two assists shy of 300 and two points shy of 400 in his NHL career.
Doughty is first in the league in TOI (27:12).
This is the third and final meeting of the season between the Kings and Predators. The Kings have been on the short end of both the previous meetings by identical 4-3 scores with one of the games going to overtime.
Since the introduction of 3-on-3 overtime at the start of the 2015-16 season, the Kings lead the league with 30 wins in the extra frame
The Canucks have only held a lead after the first period 10 times this season but are 9-0-1 in those 10 games.
It should come as no surprise that Daniel Sedin (23-33-56) and Henrik Sedin (15-41-56) share the team lead for most career points against Chicago
Brock Boeser ranks tied tied for 8th in the NHL goal-scoring race and leads all rookies with 24 goals. Boeser has scored 18.3% of the Canucks 131 goals this season. Boeser has 4 points (2-2-4) over the last 5 games
The Coyotes have earned points in 7 of their last 9 games (3-2-4).
Brendan Perlini enters tonight on a 4-game goal streak, which is tied for his career-high that he set earlier this season (Nov. 20-25).
Perlini is the 1st player in Coyotes history since Travis Green (1999-00) to record multiple 4-game goal streaks in a single season. If he scores a goal tonight he would become just the 7th player in ARI history and the 1st since Yanic Perreault (Nov. 11-19, 2006) to have agoal streak of 5 games or more.
The Yotes seem to have a power outage on home ice. The Coyotes Power Play ranks 31st on home ice and 4th on the road.
Arizona has been outscored 5 on 5 112-76 this season.