Publish Date: 04/09/2021
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
The Flames have just not stepped up and are not going to make the playoffs. They didn’t win this week and they can’t score more than three goals a game at best. This is a colossal failure this season.
It is a very scary situation in Vancouver. Up to 21 players in the the have now been diagnosed with COVID. They didn’t play this week and it could be a while before they do again. The most important thing right now is their health though.
Ottawa seems to be losing steam as the teams above them battle for playoff spots. They just don’t have the veteran presence or experience to win consistently when these teams above them are bringing their “A” game late in the season. Still fun to watch and are now the last team in the league to not be shut out this season.
Montreal came back strong from their COVID break and how about that debut for Eric Staal. An OT winner to cap the Habs first win in overtime in eleven tries this season, you can’t write a better script. Tough injury news for Montreal this week as Brendan Gallagher will miss six weeks with a broken finger and Carey Price stayed in Montreal instead of travelling to Toronto. Luckily the Habs are quite deep up front. We will see how these injuries effect the team.
The Jets had a tough week losing to the Leafs twice, once in a shootout. Winnipeg continues to be scary up front though as Dubois had a pretty good week. I don’t think the Jets are too worried about their team. I wonder if they will add a defenceman at the deadline.
Edmonton continues to play well, they just aren’t as good as the team in the one spot this week. Nurse, Smith, McDavid and Draisaitl have guided this team to a comfortable spot in the North Division rankings. Can Mike Smith play at a high level all season? It hasn’t happened in a while.
1.Toronto Maple Leafs: 26-10-3 Overall (4-0-0 In The Last Week) (+1)
The Leafs are back on track to take first in the division and it all starts with Jack Campbell. He has been outstanding this season and going into their game with the Habs on Wednesday he was one win away from tying Carey Price for the most consecutive wins to start a season in goal. Campbell is 9-0-0 in his first nine starts. Matthews is still scoring at a ridiculous pace and their defence continues to be solid.
It was a week with very little movement as we see a playoff picture form in the North. Maybe that will change in the week to come! Thanks for reading!