Week 9: November 27 – December 3, 2017

End of an era

Late this week, the New Jersey Devils traded Adam Henrique, Joseph Blandisi, and a third-round 2018 draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Sami Vatanen and a conditional draft pick. The trade shook the world of Devils fans, considering the legacy that Henrique in particular has left on the New Jersey community. The forward was drafted by the team in 2008 and has been with the organization ever since, but scored his first goal as a Duck on Saturday night against Nashville.

Injury report

Corey Crawford (CHI) – The Chicago goalie was placed on injured reserve on Friday due to an undisclosed injury following an OT loss to Dallas on Thursday night. While the team does not expect their starter to be gone for long, his absences still serves as a large blow to the team morale. Crawford has undisputedly contributed to much of the team’s sparing success so far this season, putting up a .930 save percentage and 2.29 goals allowed average amongst 21 games played.

Un, deux, trois… dix!

The Montreal Canadiens offense took a big piece out of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, scoring 10 goals against. For a team that’s been showcasing a brutally shallow performance in the offensive department this year, the Habs came out in full force against a weak-looking Detroit. They kicked off the scoring frenzy five minutes into the first period, to which the Red Wings responded, but it was nothing but Montreal from then on, which included Paul Byron registering a hat trick by the end of the second. Allez Montréal.

Cast your ballots

This weekend, voting was opened for the 2018 Honda NHL All-Star Game, in which fans can have their say in who will captain each division during the 3-on-3 tournament. All-Star weekend will be taking place in Tampa at the end of January, where the top players of each division will partake in the tournament as well as other skills performances. Get your votes in here, and may the best “captain” win.


Off-ice honorable mentions

While MSG may be one of the most iconic venues in the world, even the New York Rangers can get bored of the everyday routine at the office. The team switched things up this weekend and decided to hold public practice at Central Park. They even ditched cushy cars for public transportation, with Jimmy Vesey, Kevin Hayes, and Brady Skjei pictured taking the subway in full gear.

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Photo via NHL.com

Viktor Arvidsson recorded his most important assist of the season thusfar when he made a couple of fans’ engagement extra special. During the team’s pregame strut onto the ice, Arvidsson delivered a ring to onlooking Morgan Landsberg, who turned around to see her boyfriend on one knee. Unsurprisingly, she said yes!

League Leaders (Pts.)

Players

1. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (38)
2. Steven Stamkos, TBL (37)
3. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (36)
4. Phil Kessel, PIT (33)
5. Jaden Schwartz, STL (32)
6. Mark Scheifele, WPG (32)
7. Connor McDavis, EDM (32)
8. Blake Wheeler, WPG (31)
9. Brayden Schenn, STL (30)
10. Jakub Voracek, PHI (30)

Teams

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (38)
2. Winnipeg Jets (36)
3. St. Louis (36)
4. Nashville Predators (35)
5. Los Angeles Kings (35)
6. Columbus Blue Jackets (35)
7. Toronto Maple Leafs (35)
8. New Jersey Devils (34)
9. Pittsburgh Penguins (33)
10. NY Islanders (32)

What you may have missed this week on Puck It Up:

Coyotes Recall Strome, Assign Kempe
Where Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Land?
Trade Robbery? Or Addressing Issues?
It’s More Than Just a Game
Winnipeg Jets: The Team No One is Talking About


Check back every Sunday to catch up on the week’s happenings around the league. Catch up on past Weekend Updates here. Follow us on Twitter: @puckitupblog.

 

-Alyssa O’Brenski

Email: alyssaobrenski@gmail.com
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