Hello, and welcome to the first edition of Morning Thoughts and the first article on All In Hockey. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Scott Maran. I am the owner of All In Hockey and will be writing all of the content as the website begins to grow. I have been a hockey fan for my entire life and started All In Hockey to create a hockey website that digs deep into the latest NHL news and the numbers and creates an online community where NHL fans can discuss the latest events. I have extensive knowledge on all things hockey and have written for multiple websites such as rotorob.com and dobberhockey.com and I strongly encourage you to register to the site. As a member, you can customize your profile and send messages to all the other members of All In Hockey. You can also join groups about your favorite NHL team and chat with other members about the latest news and your opinions. As for content, articles and different columns will be posted throughout the week and every morning, I’ll be bringing you a recap on the latest NHL games and thoughts on other hockey related news in the Morning Thoughts column. If you have any questions or just feedback in general, feel free to send an email or write a comment. I’d love to hear your opinions. But enough about me and the website. Let’s dive into last night’s action and news with the first Morning Thoughts.
There was a trade that occurred yesterday but nothing that would get you too excited. The Oilers traded the rights to Philip Larsen to Vancouver for a 5th round pick in 2017. Consider this move just the beginning of all the trades that are expected to go down at the trade deadline on the 29th (Make sure you check back here during the day where I’ll be writing my thoughts on the trades throughout the day).
It was announced yesterday that Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, hopes to trade Drouin before the trade deadline. Yzerman has been looking for a trading partner for a while now and both sides would benefit from a trade. However, since Drouin is still on his Entry Level Contract and remains under Lightning control for next year, Yzerman is in no rush to trade him. It’s been know that the asking price for Drouin is quite high and rightfully so. If he does get dealt this week, the team acquiring him is going to have to give up a good amount to get him.
The Canadiens were able to defeat the Capitals last night, squeaking by with a 4-3 victory and handing Washington their 15th loss of the season. The Habs scored the first three goals of the game and even managed to chase Braden Holtby out of net, having him finish the game with only 15 saves on 18 shots. Surprisingly though, the Capitals were almost able to come back, scoring two goals in the third period to make the game 4-3. Brooks Orpik netted two assists in the game, bringing his streak up to five points in the last five games after returning from injury. Also, Andre Burakovsky scored a goal for the Capitals, his 13th of the year and 20th point in the same amount of games. I’ve always liked Burakovsky and he definitely has a lot of potential. He is a first round pick and has been on fire lately, evidenced by his impressive point streak. For the Canadiens, Alex Galchenyuk scored two. Every year we expect Galchenyuk to break out and turn into a superstar, but this year has been far from a great season for him. 36 points in 61 games, a 48-point pace, isn’t bad but it is certainly below expectations. I think in the final 21 games of the season, Galchenyuk will score around 15 points and just barely break the 50-point barrier but I wouldn’t expect much more. The Canadiens as a team are having a down year and Galchenyuk owners should be looking for hope next year. Hopefully next season Galchenyuk can finally put it together and take his play to another level.
The Bruins ended up beating the Penguins 5-1. Pittsburgh may have only scored one goal, but it wasn’t for a lack of trying. They managed to get 42 shots on Tuukka Rask but only saw one hit the back of the net. Speaking of Rask, he delivered a great performance by posting a .976 save percentage. Even though Rask’s stats aren’t where they usually are, he’s still one of the best goalies in the NHL. I would expect a much better save percentage next year from him than his current .915 save percentage. David Pastrnak continued his hot streak with another two goals, bringing his point totals to six in half as many games. I’m a big Pastrnak fan and expect him to have a big season next year. He is only 19 years old and has a lot of potential.
Anaheim shutout the Sabres last night 1-0 and extended their win streak to six games. One of the big reasons for their recent run of success has been their hot offense. In their six wins, they’ve scored 25 goals! It’s crazy to think that in the beginning of this year, this team couldn’t buy a goal. Hampus Lindholm had an assist on the lone goal in the game and has been quietly scoring five points in the last five games. While I don’t expect Lindholm to reach 34 points like he did last year, he does have offensive potential. Lindholm usually sees a lot of minutes each game and gets a good amount of power play time, making him a good player to pick up in fantasy leagues. I added him to my fantasy team and have been reaping the rewards ever since. Frederik Andersen got the 26 save shutout for the Ducks and now has a .920 save percentage for the season. Aren’t the Ducks lucky to have two amazing, young goalies? I like both Andersen and John Gibson a lot but the Ducks can’t go wrong with either one.
Colorado beat the Sharks last night 4-3 in shootout. Shawn Matthias scored in his debut for the Avalanche and Brent Burns scored a goal for the Sharks, bringing his total up to 20 goals on the season. Joe Thornton also remained hot, registering another assist and showing the NHL that he’s not done playing. Nathan MacKinnon broke his scoreless streak with an assist. Before last night, MacKinnon went five straight games without a point. However, there’s not much of a reason to panic as MacKinnon as this may be the start of a streak for MacKinnon. He has had a very good bounce back year this season, tallying 45 points in 63 games.