Todd McLellan became the second coach to be given his marching orders within the space of 48 hours after being fired by Edmonton Oilers. McLellan became the fourth NHL coach to lose his job this season, alongside John Stevens of the LA Kings, Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mike Yeo. Oilers took drastic action in removing McLellan from his position after the side had lost six out of their last seven games.
Oilers immediately replaced McLellan with the experienced Ken Hitchcok who went on to win on his coaching debut for Edmonton when Leon Draisaitl scored 51 seconds into overtime to give the Oilers a 4-3 victory against the San Jose Sharks.
It wasn’t the end of the weekend that St. Louis Blues Coach Mike Yeo would of wanted either after his side’s 2-0 loss to Los Angeles Kings at Enterprise Centre as he was was immediately fired. Blues have announced that Craig Berube will be put in interim charge of the team until further notice.
Mike Hoffman extended his points streak to 16 games with a late goal in Florida Panthers 7-5 win over the Ottawa Senators. Hoffman is certainly on fire at the moment after picking up 19 points with nine goals and ten assists. It is also the longest streak in the NHL this season and in Panthers history as well.
Filip Chytil scored for the fourth straight game as New York Rangers extended their home winning streak to six games with a 2-1 victory against the Dallas Stars. Rangers, who started the season off slowly, have now put a run together off eight wins from their last ten games.
Patrik Laine scored a hat trick for Winnipeg Jets in their 6-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena on Monday. It was also Laine’s second hat trick this season and sixth of his NHL career.
Justin Williams and Michael Ferland scored in the opening 30 seconds of the first period for the Carolina Hurricanes in a 2-1 win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night at PCN Arena. Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for Canes in his second start since October 20th. Carolina got off to the perfect start with Williams netting just 22 into the game to give Carolina the lead. Ferland doubled Canes advantage eight seconds later. Hurricanes two goals in the opening 30 seconds is the fifth fastest in NHL history.
Buffalo Sabres made it seven straight game victories after scoring four goals in the first period on their way to a 5-2 win against the Philadelphia Flyers at KeyBank Centre on Wednesday. It has now become Sabres longest winning streak since 2006/7, when they started of the season with ten straight wins.
Nathan MacKinnon, Vladislav Kamenev and Colin Wilson each scored a power play goal for the Colorado Avalanche in a 7-3 victory against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Centre on Wednesday.
Tyson Barrie netted a goal and an assist and Alexander Kerfoot picked up three assists for the Avalanche alongside Net Minder Semyon Varlamov who made 33 saves to become the fifth Russian born goalie to amass 200 NHL wins.
Boston Bruins suffered a blow earlier in the week when Patrice Bergeron was ruled out for at least four weeks with a rib and sternoclavicular injury. The 33-year-old picked up the injury in Bruins O/T loss at Dallas Stars on November 16th.