In the coming month, the NHL plans to employ tranquil views of Lake Tahoe as a backdrop for the two outdoor games. But the 19-day competition in January brought some chaos to the league’s schedule.
Since the season began on January 13, dozens of players have been placed on the COVID-19 protocol-related absence list, which includes players who test positive and who are overlooked due to close contact with someone who tests positive Is being kept.
Despite the format changes and the brief schedule, this season has had its share of constants. Most of the league’s top teams have continued to thrive since last season, and great performances like Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Drysettle continued to increase their momentum to rarely seen levels, continuing their offensive dominance from last season.
All figures and standings have been recorded in Thursday’s game.
The schedule has to be rewritten.
The NHL had a stony path to resume, and the unrest did not end after the 2021 season set the criteria.
The Devils, Buffalo Sabers, Vegas Golden Knights, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche were affected by the virus as the calendar changed from January to February.
The league has adjourned the decision on a case-by-case basis. Unlike the NBA, the NHL has not set a minimum number of players drafted for a game. The NHL has avoided some cancellations by making practice squads available to each team.
For Vegas, only the coaching staff was initially impressed, and the team played its Jan. 26 game against the St. Louis Blues behind its general manager and minor-league coaching staff bench. But after the inclusion of at least three coaches and two players in the COVID-19 list, three games of the Golden Knights were halted.
Earlier this week, the league announced a postponement of the Devils games, at least through Saturday. The team last played on Sunday had 14 players on COVID’s absence list on Tuesday. The Devils Sabers, the Devils’ most recent rival, will not play again until at least Monday. The league postponed Wilde’s game on Wednesday from at least Tuesday. On Thursday night, the league said that on February 11, Colorado’s games would be postponed due to players entering the virus protocol.
The league’s stars are off to a strong start, and two have been traded.
In this season of upheaval, some things are certain. But the most valuable player, and 2016-17 MVP, McDavid, is the Drisital’s two-headed monster Edmonton Oilers once again solidified.
How hard is it tandem scoring? The pair closed out the month with an 11-point combination in an 8-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. In January, he had 43 points in 11 games, with McDavid averaging two points per game and Dresitel falling to a point in that clip. McDavid’s eight goals tied him for the league lead with Brock Boister of Vancouver in January, and his 14 assists were second only to Dreistel’s 15.
To put the Edmonton duo’s feats in context, the Anaheim Duck Skaters produced 41 points in January, meaning Dracitel and McDavid outscored that entire team.
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner and Colorado center Nathan McKinnon were the top five January scorers, but McKinnon is out with a lower body injury to begin February.
A star was also involved in the blockbuster trade, shipping center Pierre-Luc DuBois to the Winnipeg Jets sniping winger Patrick Lyne and former Pierce Jack-Roczyk for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In the net, most teams are more evenly divided between their top two goals. Petr Majek of Carolina, Marc-André Flury of Vegas and Thatcher Demko of Vancouver have thriving in the plague. Mrazek and Fleury posted goals against an average of one or below in January – they also finished in first and second place save percentage – while Demco did the same in their last three matches. Colorado’s Philip Grauber led the league in wins with six.
33-year-old Kings center Eze Kopitar has also returned to the summit, as the 10-month layoffs for nonplayoff teams benefited the 30-Giants of Los Angeles. His 11 assistants were fourth in the NHL in January He Colorado’s wunderkind was another besides defensemen Cale Makar and Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes, who finished first and second in last year’s Calder Trophy voting.
Some of the miscreants have quickly influenced.
Voting for the NHL’s top rookie in this year’s Calder Trophy could dominate the teens of the final couple of drafts rather than players in their 20s.
After Brady Holtby left for Vancouver in free agency, 25-year-old Goeli Vitek Wensack took action for Washington, with backup Henrik Lundkvist announcing that he would miss the season due to a heart condition and starter Ilya Samsonov of the coronovirus Tested positive for. Washington Post. After winning five games, Wensek was the January rogue of the month, topping the rogues.
But the 25-year-old Kevin Lanquinan led all crooks in percentage and goal encounters, having cornered his rivals in the Chicago Blackhawks’ opening call No. 1 goalie.
The top point among the crooks has been creator and nickname-earning Minnesota winger Kirill Kaprizov, also known as Kyril the Thrill and Dollar Bill Kirill. The 23-year-old Russian, Kaprizov, was the fifth round in 2015, who then had a prolific career both professionally and internationally in his home country. He He was the youngest player to win a gold medal at the 2018 Olympics and CSKA was an aggressive leader for Moscow in the Comprehensive Hockey League.
When he arrived in the NHL, Kaprizov became the first player in league history to score three points and an overtime game-winning goal in his game. For an encore, he set up the overtime winner in his second game.
20-year-old Devils defenseman Ty Smith tied Kaorizov for the Ronkey lead in January. 21-year-old Rangers defenseman K’andar Miller leads all rogues with a plus-seven rating, an unusual feat for a player in the last spot with a negative goal difference.
The Rangers excluded Alexis Laffriner, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft, from the World Junior Championship to prepare for the NHL season. But he had just one point, one goal, in the January eight game.
The race starts in the new divisions.
All seven Canadian franchises were relocated to the new North Division, requiring more reshuffling.
Five East Pacific teams were merged with three former Central squads to form the West Division. Former Central Division teams – St. Louis, Colorado and Minnesota – captured the first three spots in the standings before Thursday’s games. Avalanche has one of the league’s best goal differentials in plus-14.
After moving to Central, Florida teams started off strong, despite being affected by Dallas’ postponement. The Panthers set a 5–0–1 record in January, while last year’s Stanley Cup champion, the Tampa Bay Lightning, started 4–1–1.
North is only a seven-team division, yet it has five of the 10 highest scoring teams. Montreal – which finished 24th in the 24-team playoffs last season – leads the league in goals per game and goals. The Canadians rank first, ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs, who outscored their supporting cast during the off-season.
Formerly, the Boston Bruce and Buffalo Sabers were tossed with six former Metropolitan Division teams, including the Devils, Islanders and Rangers. In promises of being a competitive race, Bruce and the Philadelphia Flyers are tied for the division lead.
Veterans have milestones.
Alex Ovchin returned to action on Saturday after his four-game absence due to the league’s coronavirus protocol. He Resumed his pursuit of a career goal-scoring record, and in dramatic fashion. His overtime game-winner against Boston was his 708th goal, tying him for seventh place on the career list with another Capitals great Mike Gartner. Owerkin entered Wayne Gretzky’s record behind 186 goals in Thursday’s game against the Rangers.
Another record that once seemed unavailable is now likely to fall. San Jose further revealed that Patrick Marlu played his 1,731st game last week, taking Ron Francis fourth on the career list. If Marloo finished the season with at least 45 matches, he would overtake Gordie Howe for an NHL record. Howe, however, played an additional 419 games in the World Hockey Association.