Ramblings: Vegas Wins At Home… Again; John Gibson Excels; Gudas Suspended – November 20

Michael Clifford

2017-11-20

We had five games in the NHL on Sunday night so let’s get right into the games.

Carolina’s top line continued it’s tear by helping down the New York Islanders 4-2. That makes three straight wins, including a back-to-back this weekend, and a 5-2-2 record overall for the Hurricanes in November.

Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, including the game-winner on the power play in the second period. He added an assist, six total shots, two blocked shots, and a hit. Line mate Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists, four total shots, and a hit. Somehow, Jordan Staal ended up pointless. C’est la vie.

Elias Lindholm tallied the other marker.

The Hurricanes' blue line had fine fantasy performances in this one: Justin Faulk had two assists, three shots, two blocks, and two penalty minutes; Noah Hanifin had an assist and three hits; Jaccob Slavin had three shots and seven blocks.

Cam Ward got the start for Carolina and saved 27 of 29 for the win. Jaroslav Halak took all four goals in the loss.

Nick Leddy had a great fantasy night putting up a goal and an assist with two total shots, two blocks, two penalty minutes, and two hits. John Tavares had the other goal for the Islanders and he had six shots himself. Yes, Tavares is shooting 23.8 percent and that will keep coming down, but he’s still over halfway (15) to his goal total from last year (28) and over one-third of the way (23) to surpassing his point total (66) in 2016-17. A very nice rebound season is on its way even though he won’t keep up this pace through March.

Both teams are off until Wednesday when each of them have a home game against a Metro opponent.

Of note to fantasy owners is that Victor Rask was scratched in this game. Coach Bill Peters said he wasn’t happy with his play and thought some time in the press box would help. He does have just five points this year and his play-driving numbers aren’t very good either. Hopefully this is the wake-up call he needs.

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I know coaches have their reasons for doing things. They’re trying to win games, send messages, etc. I get that. But I can’t say I wasn’t furious when I saw that Jeff Blashill put