This Week in the NHL

Welcome to The Hall

The Hockey Hall of Fame is welcoming six new legends into their hallowed group. Of the six being inducted, four of them are players: Martin Brodeur, Martin St. Louis, Alexander Yakushev, and Jayna Hefford. The other two, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree will be inducted as builders. Willie O’Ree was the first black player in the NHL.

The Turtleneck Calls It Quits

Tomas Plekanec retired from the NHL Friday at the age of 36. He played 15 seasons in the NHL all of which were with the Montreal Canadiens. The veteran center hasn’t drawn into the Montreal lineup much at the beginning of this year. A back injury has been holding him out of the teams last nine games. Plekanec decision to retire was to make sure he would retire as a Montreal Canadien which was always his final goal.

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Penalty Kill-ing It

The Arizona Coyotes scored two more short-handed goals on Thursday night in Philly, 24 seconds apart on the same kill. The Coyotes led the NHL with nine short-handed goals while allowing just 4 PPG, 14 games into the season. This is the first time a team has been +5 on the penalty kill at any point in a season since 1977-78 (the 83-84 Rangers were able to reach +4).


Three Stars of the Week


Eastern Conference

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning – 4 game winning streak, outscoring teams (17-8)
  2. Toronto Maple Leafs – 3 game win streak without Auston Matthews
  3. Max Domi MTL – 6 points in his last 3 games (2G/4A)


Western Conference

  1. Nashville Predators – 4 game winning streak
  2. St. Louis Blues/ Minnesota Wild – 2 in row
  3. Arizona Coyotes PK – 1/7, 2 SHG’s (+1)


Johnny Clements – Contributor – WTF Sports

Editor – Scott Neville

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