Welcome to a brand new installment of content here on My Mind On Sports! In this series, Chuckie Maggio and Eddie McDonald will take a look back at the week that was in the NHL and give you some of their highlights. The duo will talk about teams, players, surprises and what to look for in the following week.
Team with Best Week
Eddie McDonald: Colorado Avalanche– The Avalanche are off to a hot start this season. Since last Saturday (October 12) Colorado went 3-1 with the lone loss coming at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. The Avs are currently leading the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues in the Central Division.
Chuckie Maggio: Pittsburgh Penguins- The Penguins won all three games they played this week to remain at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Winning 3 games in a 5-day stretch is not to be taken likely in the NHL and the Pens continue to take care of business.
Player with Best Week
EM: Matt Duchene- Colorado Avalanche- In the four game span that I already touched on, Duchene scored four goals and added an assist. He is a big reason the Avalanche are off to the start they are off to. He leads the team with nine points in the early goings of the season.
CM: Sidney Crosby- Pittsburgh Penguins- The main reason for Pittsburgh’s success this week was their captain’s play. Eight points this week, 17 points on the season, and #87 remains the league leader in offensive production.
Surprise of the Week
EM: Goalie Mike Smith Scores a Goal- Chuckie and I agree on the surprise of the week, due to its rarity. Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes scored a goal last week. Why it’s so rare you may ask? Well in the history of the NHL, 11 goalies have scored 14 goals. The last time it was done was March 21, 2013 when Martin Brodeur did it. Brodeur leads all goalies with three career goals.
CM: Goalie Mike Smith Scores a Goal- Coyotes goalie Mike Smith scoring a goal on Saturday night. Only 11 goalies have scored a goal in NHL history, and though the game was decided at that point, Smith’s piece of history cannot be ignored when looking back on the week in hockey.
What We’re Looking Forward to
EM: I am anxious for Monday night’s game between the Avalanche and Penguins, but I’m most looking forward to the Blackhawks squaring off with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Two of the best players in the league (Jonathan Toews of Chicago and Steven Stamkos of the Lightning) will go head-to-head in what should be an exciting matchup.
CM: Avalanche-Penguins on Monday. Can the hottest team in the West beat the class of the East? Can Matt Duchene and Nathan McKinnon outduel Crosby and Malkin? If you’re a fan of the game, you won’t want to miss it.