It is an Original Six Club, which torments the most popular ice hockey team every spring, won a championship title in June last year and is currently in first place in the NHL overall ranking.
If you're not careful, you can still overlook the Boston Bruins.
Despite a setback on Sunday afternoon against the humble Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, the Bruins – who have already taken six wins after a 4-2 win against the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday – occupy the NHL penthouse. Boston has the highest team rescue rate in the NHL. gives up fewer goals per game than any league squad; has the second best power game and the fourth best penalty shootout. David Pastrnak has a real chance at the Rocket Richard Trophy and an outside shot at Art Ross.
Most of the recent Atlantic Division talks centered on the mobilization of Tampa Bay Lighting, which has been 18-2-1 in the past 21 games since December 23. Boston, however, finished 13-4-3 in the same range that allowed him to maintain a five-point advantage over the hard-charging bolts (which hold two games in mind, of course).
Every team that includes Pastrnak has a certain amount of high-end flash by nature. But with the possible exception of the St. Louis Blues Club, which has won seven games against Boston last year, I'm not sure if another NHL team comes close to the Bruins at all when it comes to that Whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk, the top players in Boston, finished 14th overall. The other Eastern Conference teams in Boston's stratosphere are littered with top-notch choices, as Pittsburgh, Washington and Tampa Bay each have at least a first place overall and several top 4 drafted players. The Toronto Maple Leafs Club, which keeps losing to the Bruins in the playoffs, has two top picks.
The brain further confuses the fact that so many of the top picks from Boston of the last or second generation are playing elsewhere. I haven't looked through the GM's manual lately, but I'm pretty sure the road to constant clashes isn't often through trading in top 5 talents like Joe Thornton, Blake Wheeler (designed by Arizona, from Boston) signed) and Phil is trodden Kessel and Tyler Seguin. (Don't tell me I'm the only one who hopes Boston – looking for a minor secondary offense – will patrol Thornton again for a cup run 14 years after he traded.)
What can get you there is potentially the biggest free agent contract ever in Zdeno Chara, which scares a divisional competitor to a goalkeeper like Tuukka Rask (they really have the Leafs number) and the draft home runs destroyed late in the first round and beyond. This fearsome first line is built with a 25-place finish in Pastrnak, as well as the second rounder Patrice Bergeron and the third rounder Brad Marchand. If you sign an undrawn gem like Torey Krug, you can take part in the races.
Unfortunately, for oppressed teams, I am not sure whether blueprints can be emulated. At the same time, everything that these superstar teams have to offer is needed.
Other weekend takeaways
• We can't talk about the Bruins weekend without mentioning that Jeremy Lauzon gets a two-game ban against Arizona Stepan for this headshot.
• I was willing to throw the towel on the Winnipeg Jets recently, but they literally fought their way back into a positive position. The Jets won both home victories and prevailed on Saturday against the Ottawa Senators and a team from Chicago Blackhawks, with whom they will fight for a wildcard spot on Sunday.
Nathan Beaulieu dropped the mittens on both issues and embodied the spirit that Winnipeg has shown recently. A positive thing for the Jets is the fact that they won these games on home ice, where they were only 12-12-3 at the beginning of the season at the weekend. backup Laurent Brossoit defeated the Sens for his first win since December 10th and the support team continues to attack when Andrew Copp scored the winner against the Blackhawks.
After losing seven of eight goals in January and scoring no more than two goals in the last five games, Winnipeg won nine out of ten possible points in February when he competed in top-level competitions such as Boston and St Louis (twice) and teams like Chicago and Nashville try to stay ahead.
• Speaking of junk, do you remember when Matthew Tkachuk wanted nothing to do with fighting? He pulled a 180 in this position and builds on his battle for Alberta with Zack Kassian by wearing gloves with J.T. Miller on Saturday night 35 seconds after Calgary's 6-2 win over the Canucks. In the meantime, Brady Tkachuk had giggled with Jets captain Blake Wheeler on his knuckles that day in Winnipeg. That's four fights for the playful Tkachuk boys in about two weeks.
• If you have a season like the New Jersey Devils, get your little wins wherever you can. Successive failures for MacKenzie Blackwood, who scored 37 saves against the Kings on Saturday, are sure to qualify as a win. It will be interesting to see how the 23-year-old behaves while building New Jersey to find out what he is doing and what is not in his organization.
Red and white rankings
1. Toronto Maple Leafs (29-19-8) – Terrible third periods against Anaheim on Friday and the Habs on Saturday prevented the Leafs – now with Jack Campbell in goal – from getting all four available points for them on the weekend ,
2. Winnipeg Jets (28-23-5) – Patrik Laine had a weekend scoring a hat-trick against the Sens, scoring another goal 24 hours later against Chicago and earning a total of five points.
3. Vancouver Canucks (30-21-5) – The Canucks won 14-4 after losing three straight, including the Drubbing Calgary they played in Vancouver on Saturday.
4. Edmonton Oilers (29-20-6) – Digging out a 2-0 hole against Nashville on Saturday night was huge for the Oilers. Hopefully we can take coach Dave Tippett's word when he says that Connor McDavid's injured knee doesn't mean anything.
5. Montreal Canadiens (27-23-7) – With Captain Shea Weber on the shelf, another defender – Montreal-born Marco Scandella – experienced a moment that he will never forget when playing with the Leafs a big slap against the third. The fact that his team won extra time is the cherry on top.
6. Calgary Flames (28-22-6) – The Flames' win over Vancouver – after coach Geoff Ward's win – was their first win in regular time after nine attempts and exactly what they needed to Score a crucial four game roadie on the west coast.
7. Ottawa Senators (18-26-11) – There are five L in a row after the setback in Winnipeg. Ottawa has scored no more than two goals in their last four games.
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The week before
• Alex Ovechkin gets his next goal in the 700-goal club on Monday evening when the islanders are guests in the capitals. "The Great 8" sits on 698.
• Can we name Columbus the best surprise of the season so far? The Blue Jackets visit Tampa on Monday evening in a battle of fervent teams.
• Jacob Trouba returns to Winnipeg on Tuesday for the first time since he was delivered to the Rangers last June. Trouba has 23 points in the season compared to the 37 points set by Neal Pionk, who took the opposite path with this move.