Rocket Richard’s contender, a Calder optimist, and the Bruins proceed to dominate: Across the Atlantic
When you’re not a fan of the Maple Leafs, lots of thrilling developments occurred within the Atlantic Division this week. Sadly for most people studying this, that is not you, however we’ll speak about it nonetheless.
Two snipers within the division owed their names to the Rockets, a Senators participant grew to become a Darkish Horse candidate for Calder, and the Crimson Wings misplaced a participant to suspension. Oh, and the Bruins are simply silly good.
Caufield and Pasternak proceed to gentle the lamp
With three objectives this week, Cole Caufield is second within the NHL with seven objectives, simply two behind Conor McDavid.
He had a small purpose in 30 video games in his NHL profession. Then Martin got here to town of St. Louis and the sniper all of us thought can be coming to Caufield. Since altering Hubs’ teaching final season, Caufield has scored 29 objectives in 46 video games.
He’s on tempo to attain 57 objectives this season, with Austin Matthews on tempo for 21. Will any of those gamers proceed at that price? No means. Nonetheless, it is not possible to not be impressed by Caufield’s manufacturing after such a gradual begin to his profession.
It is secure to say that he shall be a thorn within the facet of the Leafs scoring lengthy runs and should even win a Rocket or two.
Scoring in each sport performed this week, David Pasternak can also be second within the league with seven objectives. He has scored in seven of the Bruins’ 9 video games, regardless of no multiple-goal video games. About that later.
Whereas most of us thought the Atlantic Division participant would take dwelling the Rocket Richard Trophy this summer season, we thought he’d be in blue and white. That stated, the season continues to be very quick and Matthews will transfer on.
Nice begin from Pinto
A second-round decide in 2019, Shane Pinto was promising to affix the Senators late within the 2020-21 season after leaving the College of North Dakota. He was anticipated to be a Calder Trophy nominee final yr, however missed virtually your entire season resulting from a shoulder harm.
He’s again now and higher than anticipated. In eight video games he leads all rookies in objectives with six and is second with seven factors.
Josh Norris shall be there for not less than three months and possibly longer, opening the door for Pinto to maneuver up the lineup. If he can safe the position between Alex Debrincat and Claude Giroux then there is not any motive he cannot proceed to attain this season and Calder cannot be a finalist.
Crimson Wings ahead Michael Rasmussen was suspended for 2 video games for his excessive stick on David Krejci. As he completed the investigation, he raised his stick and got here down with a biting movement into Krejci’s head. He obtained a two-minute penalty for the play.
The 2-game suspension by participant security chief George Parros is one other attention-grabbing choice, provided that Evgeny Kuznetsov was given just one sport final week for his blatant swing of the stick within the face of Kyle Burroughs.
It is arduous to say whether or not Rasmussen had any intentions on the play, nevertheless it actually wasn’t as unhealthy as Kuznetsov’s.
staff of the week
The NHL’s prime staff takes dwelling the staff of the week this time round. After beating Dallas, Detroit and Columbus 12–2, the Boston Bruins went 3–0 to eight–1 and prolonged their profitable streak to 5 video games.
David Pasternak led with three objectives and 4 assists. They now have 17 factors from 9 matches, second within the league.
Patrice Bergeron and Hamps Lindholm each additionally had three factors. Bergeron is on a point-per-game tempo with 9 in 9. Lindholm leads the Bruins’ defenders with seven factors a yr.
Brad Marchand returned on Thursday scoring twice and including an help in opposition to the Crimson Wings. He sat out on Friday as a result of the Bruins did not wish to use him back-to-back simply but.
His scoring skill has additionally been very spectacular. Linus Ulmark blocked 60 of the 61 pictures he confronted this week. He’s now 6-0 with .945 SV% and 1.70 GAA. Jeremy Swimman bowls 28/29 in opposition to Wings.
This staff appears to be a legit Stanley contender and they’re doing all of it with out their greatest defender, Charlie McAvoy. This leaf does not get collectively any time quickly, the Bruins are about to run away with this cut up.