Connor McDavid may be the league’s reigning MVP, but it means nothing if he doesn’t have the cast to support him. In the McDavid vs. Sidney Crosby showdown, Crosby came out on top again, thanks to some some guy named Evgeni Malkin. It’s a tough lesson for the Edmonton Oilers, who are currently in the NHL basement. The only team worse than the Oilers is the Arizona Coyotes, but this week, they finally put a tally in the win column.
Anaheim Ducks (6-4-1)
Patrick Marleau may not be wearing teal anymore, but it doesn’t mean he can’t help the Sharks out. Marleau scored the game winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs last night, his 100th career GWG. The Leafs went on to beat the Ducks 3-1.
After returning from injury, Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf is out again for at least this week. He took a puck to the face during Sunday’s game 4-3 shootout win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Anaheim also topped the league leading Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 on Saturday, but lost to the Florida Panthers 8-3 on Thursday.
In addition to Getzlaf, the Ducks are without forwards Ryan Kesler and Patrick Eaves and defensemen Cam Fowler and Kevin Bieksa.
The Ducks play Friday at 7:00 PST against the Nashville Predators.
Arizona Coyotes (1-11-1)
The Coyotes finally got their first win. Arizona went deep into its goaltending pool to get it, putting in the fourth man on the depth chart, Scott Wedgewood. Wedgewood made 28 saves in Monday’s 4-3 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers. No win streak for the Coyotes though, as the very next night, they lost to the Detroit Red Wings 5-3. Arizona also lost to the New Jersey Devils 4-3 on Saturday and 5-2 to the New York Rangers on Thursday.
Goalie Antti Raanta is still on IR. Defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson is listed as day-to-day, but isn’t expected to play this week. The Coyotes have recalled goaltender Louis Domingue from the AHL.
The Coyotes play tonight Thursday at 7:00 PST against the Buffalo Sabres.
Calgary Flames (6-6-0)
Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan says he needs a lot more from his roster. Aside from Jaromir Jagr, the team is healthy, but can’t seem to find any consistency. Calgary beat the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Sunday, but lost to the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Friday.
Jagr is not expected to be available for tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game time is 6:00 PST.
Edmonton Oilers (3-7-1)
Hard to believe, but the Oilers are occupying the NHL’s basement right alongside the Coyotes. The Oil have lost two in a row — the aforementioned 3-2 loss to the Penguins last night, along with a 5-2 loss to the Capitals on Saturday. The Oilers did beat Dallas 5-4 on Thursday.
McDavid not just making headlines for his puck prowess, but also his choice of Halloween costumes. He’s defending himself after dressing up as Donald Trump.
He says there was no meaning behind it, just good fun.
The Oilers play Friday against the Devils at 6:00 PST.
Los Angeles Kings (9-2-1)
Kings forward Dustin Brown may finally be playing up to his contract. Brown has 12 points (6 G, 6 A) to start the season and is plus-9. The Kings are tops in the Pacific. They lost 4-2 to the St. Louis Blues Monday, but beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in overtime Saturday. Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick shutout the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 on Thursday.
The Kings host Toronto tonight at 7:30 PST.
Vancouver Canucks (6-4-2)
After trouncing Washington 6-2 on Thursday, the Canucks are now struggling to figure out how to score. Vancouver was shutout 2-0 by the Devils last night. They lost 2-1 in overtime to Dallas on Saturday.
The Canucks are still without defensemen Troy Stetcher and Alex Edler, as well as forwards Loui Eriksson and Brendan Gauce.
The Canucks host the Penguins Saturday at 7:00 PST.
Vegas Golden Knights (8-3-0)
Oscar who? Goalie Oscar Dansk is giving the Golden Knights something to think about. He’s 3-0 including a 7-0 shutout of the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. It’s a small sample size, but Dansk currently leads the league, yes the entire league, with a 1.78 GAA and .946 SV%. He took NHL second star of the week honors. A lower body injury took him out of the game against the New York Islanders and they lost 6-3. Without Dansk, they then lost to the New York Rangers, 6-4.
Veteran defenseman Jason Garrison has cleared waivers and is now with the Golden Knights’ AHL affiliate. The team used his roster spot to activate defenseman Eric Haula off of IR.
No word yet on what’s going to happen to Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov. He apparently wasn’t good enough to make the opening night roster and isn’t willing to play in the AHL. TSN reports the Knights are possibly working on a mutual termination agreement that would allow Shipachyov to head back to the KHL, but if that happens, he’ll need to pay back a $2 million signing bonus first.