Time to catch up on news for the newest team, player of the week, former NHL players, and other stats for the league! Here we go!
Introducing the Laval Rocket (or Le Rocket de Laval)
The Montréal Canadiens will move their affiliate closer to home next year after being in St. John, New Brunswick for a couple of years. The IceCaps were only a temporary team as Laval had to get their new stadium ready for the upcoming seasons ans St. John is also 919 km away from Montréal which made sending players back and forth harder.
For more updates on how this team is coming along, follow @rocketlaval on Instagram!
Last Week's Player of the Week:
How are some former NHL players doing?
Jhonas Enroth (SD) - Former Sabres, Stars, Kings, and Leafs goalie is doing well after being traded to San Diego from Toronto. He is 9-1, with a Goals Against Average of 1.20, 2 Shutouts, and .954 Save Percentage. Enroth's arrival has also sparked the 12 game winning streak for San Diego.
Jesse Puljujärvi (BAK) - Oilers first round pick and fourth overall last draft was sent down earlier this season to learn the NHL playing style after playing the European style of hockey his whole career. His assignment is definitely working out for him righr now because in 13 games, he has 10 points (4 G, 6 A) and is starting to develop more by learning and retaining the skill that got him drafted so highly in 2016.
Jaroslav Halak (BRI) - Remember when this guy was the goalie for the Islanders? Yep. It's been almost 10 years since Halak has played in the AHL and he is doing well with what was handed to him. Pretty similar statistics-wise to Enroth above, but Halak has a .933 SV% in 12 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He also lead them to victory 9 times already, so maybe a reunion? Maybe?
Remember hearing about Al Ali, the awesome player that was discovered in the United Arab Emirates for her awesome skills? Well, she finally got to meet the Capitals after they offered to fly her out there to practice and watch their games. She is still in Washington right now and will drop the puck at tomorrow's game vs. Detroit (7 pm ET). Check out the timeline of her awesome experience!
February is Hockey is For Everyone Month, a tradition that I am proud that this sport has.
Hat trick! Patrik! Point! The point leader! And more! Check out this week's amazing rookies!
Mantha had a great week of assists including his 12th assist against New Jersey on Tuesday. He scored his 12th goal and netted his 13th assist on Friday against the Islanders and then tallied another assist last night vs. Nashville, making his point total at 26.
Detroit still remains in the middle of the Atlantic standings and is trying to keep the streak alive right now, so these next couple of months will be crucial to watch as they try to fight to maintain a legacy. Detroit will most definitely look to Mantha and others as they use their youth to keep the team alive.
On Thursday, Perlini had a productive night against Chicago as the Coyotes made a late surge that faltered as Chicago held onto their 4-3 win. Perlini assisted Christian Dvorak's goal, that made it 4-2, and then scored the last goal of the game. In last night's shootout win (and upset!) in San Jose, Perlini scored the first of the two shootout goals that fooled the Sharks into losing.
Perlini now has 8 goals and 3 assists in 26 games.
Werenski had a great January, finishing up with a +/- of +7 and then adding 2 last assists on Tuesday to his total of 5 for the month. The Blue Jackets' record for January was 7-6 and they remain tied for second in the Metropolitan.
Someone could not handle Matthews being on top for rookie goals and decided to change that-- by being his awesome self and tying him! Laine scored his 23rd vs. St. Louis on Tuesday and then took second place for points (43) on Thursday vs. Dallas.
The first place holder for rookie points is later in the report... Guess correctly and you will feel happy about who it is!
Where do I even begin to talk about Aho's week? He still remains third in goals for rookies but his week skyrocketed him even further. Aho had a 4 point night that included an assist and a HAT TRICK on Tuesday in Carolina's 5-1 rout of Philadelphia. Aho then returned to goal scoring with the game sealing goal against Edmonton on Friday where Carolina won 2-1.
Carolina is third in the place for the last wild card spot after winning all 3 games this week.
Point has been heating up these past three games with 2 goals from Tuesday and Thursday and scored a shootout goal in Tampa's win over Anaheim last night. Point's 4th shootout goal ties him at the top among shootout goals in the league.
Point is doing well after being out for 14 games with an upper body injury.
Maybe Point needed that time off because he has almost tied his goal total from when he played 27 games and scored 3 goals. Keep your eye on him as the Lightning shift closer to making the playoffs.
Nylander scored his first career hat trick last night in Boston for the Leafs' 6-5 win. Nylander's big game moves him up to 4th in goals (13) and 5th in points (34) for the team. He previously held the 3rd spot (21) for assists.
If you guessed Marner as the leader in rookie points, you are correct! Marner was named Rookie of the Month after a stellar January of 11 assists that placed him among some of the league's best in the assists leaderboard at 31 this season. Marner ended his January with a game of 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and then kept it going in the beginning of February with a goal vs. St. Louis and two assists vs. Boston last night.
Toronto now is ONE point away from reaching Boston's third spot in the Atlantic Division. This would not be possible without Marner's play-making ability.
Standings (from today):
Scores from the All Star Classic:
Congrats to the Central Division on their win!
One century of this game and League is a wonderful milestone to celebrate. Let's hope to do this in the next century!