The season of hiring and firing continued in the NHL this week when the Philadelphia Flyers relieved general manager Ron Hextall of his duties on Monday following their 6-0 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Flyers, who sit currently in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division, are on a bad run of form with just one win in their last six games.
From off the ice to on it, Patrik Laine scored an incredible five goals from five shots for Winnipeg Jets in their 8-4 win over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.
Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a brace in Columbus Blue Jackets 7-5 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Columbus looked home and dry when leading 5-1 in the second period, before fending off a late fightback from the Wings who at one stage had reduced the deficit to a single goal. The win continued the Blue Jackets hot spell at the moment, with five wins out of their last seven games.
Chris Kreider scored his 13th goal of the season as New York Rangers handed Ottawa Senators their fourth straight loss with a 4-2 win at Maddison Square Gardens on Monday. The in-form side in the NHL by a distance at the moment just has to be the Buffalo Sabres, who have now won ten games in a row. Sabres were thankful to Jeff Skinner who grabbed the winner in over time against the San Jose Sharks 3-2 on Tuesday. Sabres ten game winning streak was ended on Thursday after suffering a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Lightning won the game thanks to Cedric Paquette’s goal with six minutes remaining in the third period. The win moved Tampa Bay past Buffalo for first place in the Atlantic Division, it also maintained Lightning’s good run of form of late, after producing four wins in their last five games.
Matt Duchene scored with almost three minutes remaining to cap a three-goal third period for the Senators in a 4-3 win against the Flyers at Wells Fargo Centre on Tuesday.
The Vegas Golden Knights won their fourth game in a row after completing an 8-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Centre on Tuesday. The eight goals scored by the Knights is the most the Vegas outfit have scored in a game in their two NHL seasons. Shea Theodore and Cody Eakin each picked up two goals and an assist for the Knights in the romp over the Blackhawks, who also saw forward Dylan Strome score on his debut.
Nikolaj Ehlers scored a hat-trick and Patrik Laine had two goals for the Winnipeg Jets who held on for a 6-5 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Laine, has now become the fourth-youngest player in NHL history to score 100 regular season goals aged 20 years and 224 days.
Arizona Coyotes netminder Adin Hill made 29 saves to pick up his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 victory against the Nashville Predators on Thursday. Hill, making his first start of the season, has taken his opportunity given to him due to both Arizona goalies Antti Raanta and Darcy Kuemper out with lower body injuries.
In the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division, the Blue Jackets sit top of the pile on 32 points with Washington Capitals breathing down their necks, a single point behind.
In the Atlantic Division, only one point separates Lightning, Maple Leafs and Sabres.
Nashville Predators top the table in the Central Division of the Western Conference, with a one point lead over Colorado Avalanche.
In a very tight Pacific Division, Calgary Flames hold a slender point lead from the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights with the Ducks pushing to get into the top three.