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Dose: Lucky Number 13

Monday, October 8, 2018


There were only three games on Sunday in the NHL but it was one wild night and that was without Minnesota even playing.

 

There were a pair of 13 goal games on Sunday which made it awfully tough in DFS to pick the right goalie. (It was Jack Campbell, who at the start of the day wasn't the probable goalie for the Kings).

 

 

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CAROLINA 8 NEW YORK RANGERS 5

 

The Andrei Svechnikov era has begun in Carolina. The second overall pick in the 2018 draft became the first player born in the 2000’s to score an NHL goal and it was the winner as the Hurricanes went to 2-0-1 this season with an 8-5 win over the struggling New York Rangers.

 

Warren Foegele had two goals to give him four in his first five NHL games dating back to last season. He also had an assist while Jordan Staal had a goal and two helpers.

 

An interesting stat for Foegele who wears number 13. He has scored on 33.3 percent of his shots this season after doing the same in the NHL last year.

 

Micheal Ferland and Jordan Martinook each had a goal and an assist for Carolina while Teuvo Teravainen and Lucas Wallmark also found the back of the net.

 

The Rangers put only 24 shots on the Carolina cage but Petr Mrazek gave up five goals in getting the win.

 

Jimmy Vesey and Chris Kreider each had a pair of goals for the Rangers with Pavel Buchnevich also scoring. Jesper Fast, Kevin Hayes and Tony DeAngelo each had a pair of helpers.

 

It was not a great night for Alexandar Georgiev who gave up seven goals on 39 shots. He got his first start of the season in place of Henrik Lundqvist who played Saturday.

 

Calvin de Haan was a plus-five on the night. Jaccob Slavin had six blocked shots.

 

Martin Necas, the Hurricanes first pick and 12th overall in 2017, picked up an assist. It was his first career point in the NHL.

 

TORONTO 7 CHICAGO 6 (Overtime)

 

The stars shined for Toronto on Sunday night in Chicago as John Tavares had the hat trick and Auston Matthews had a pair of goals and two assists, to lead the Maple Leafs to a 7-6 overtime win over the Blackhawks.

 

The Blackhawks got a couple of goals out of Patrick Kane and took a 2-0 lead in the first on goals by Jonathan Toews and Alex DeBrincat. It was Toews fifth goal of the season in the first week of the NHL campaign and he should be among the players to be considered for the player of the week (along with Tavares and Matthews).

 

Coach Mike Babcock then made a bold move as he took Tyler Ennis off the Auston Matthews-Patrick Marleau line and replaced him with Kasperi Kapanen. The move paid off in spades immediately as Kapanen scored at the 14:09 mark of the first on a setup by Matthews and then Kapanen returned the favor to set up Matthews just 34 seconds later.

 

Tavares broke the 2-2 tie in the second with his second of the year, but John Hayden tied it up less than two minutes later. Tavares potted his second of the game and period on the power play to send the Leafs into the third period with a 4-3 lead.

 

Defenseman Brandon Manning, who came over from the Flyers, scored his first of the season to knot the game at 4 and then the goals came fast and furious at the end of the third as Kane tied it at 5 with 1:24 left in the third. Matthews gave Toronto the lead back just 22 seconds later but Kane struck again at the 19:31 mark of the third to send the game into overtime.

 

It took Morgan Rielly only 18 seconds of overtime to give Toronto a road win as Marleau and Matthews set him up. Rielly is off to a hot start with two goals and six points in three games while Matthews has five goals and eight points in the early going.

 

It was not a good night for the goalies as Cam Ward gave up all seven goals on only 34 shots while Garrett Sparks played for the first time this year and made 25 saves. At least he picked up the win.

 

It was a great weekend for Henri Jokiharju who had three assists Sunday to go with the two he picked up on Saturday. He will be picked up in plenty of fantasy leagues as scoring defensemen are always needed. One warning: he has not received a lot of power play time as he had only two seconds on Saturday and 20 seconds Sunday.

 

Duncan Keith also had three assists for the Blackhawks as he and the 20-year-old Jokiharju are on the first pairing.

 

Dominik Kahun, Nick Schmaltz, Mitch Marner and Marleau all had two assists.

 

Jake Gardiner had five blocked shots.     

 

LOS ANGELES 4 DETROIT 2

 

The day did not get off to a great start for Los Angeles as Jonathan Quick was placed on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury suffered at practice Saturday. The move forced Jack Campbell into the starting role as the Kings recalled Peter Budaj to back him up.

 

After a scoreless first period (a real anomaly this night), Anze Kopitar opened the scoring in the second as he beat Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier, a former King teammate, with a nice backhand.   

 

Anthony Mantha tied the game at 1 with a power play goal as he wristed it from the circle past Campbell with Andreas Athanasiou and Dennis Cholowski drawing the assists.

 

Athanasiou had a chance to give Detroit the lead shortly thereafter but in one of the worst attempts during a clear-cut breakaway, Athanasiou lost the puck without shooting and it went harmlessly into the corner of the boards.

 

Paul LaDue gave the Kings the lead before the of the second as his sharp angled shot somehow slid through the pads of Bernier and trickled into the net.

 

Alex Iafallo gave the Kings a 3-1 lead at the 9:15 mark of the third as Kovalchuk stole the puck behind the net and fed it to Iafallo in the slot who whipped it past Bernier and into the net.

 

The Red Wings cut the lead to one with four minutes left in the third as Dylan Larkin grabbed the puck, moved into the slot and shot it past Campbell.

 

Iafallo clinched the game with an empty net goal, his second of the game and the season.

 

Campbell was sensational all night as he stopped 36 shots for the win. Bernier made 21 saves in taking the loss.

 

NOTES: Alex Tuch is recovering from a lower-body injury but his return is unknown at this time…Roberto Luongo has been put on the injured reserve list after suffering a knee injury Saturday night. Florida recalled Michael Hutchinson to take his spot on the roster…David Backes could center the Bruins third line on Monday as coach Bruce Cassidy continues to tinker with his lines…Look for Brady Tkachuk to make his NHL debut Monday as he has recovered from his groin injury…Brandon Dubinsky suffered an undisclosed injury at practice Sunday…The Anaheim Ducks placed Pontus Aberg on waivers…Joe Thornton had some swelling in his right knee and was placed on the injured reserve list. He had surgery on the knee in January.



Michael Finewax is entering his 14th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.
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