Ramblings: More Pettersson Magic, Chabot Channels Karlsson (Oct 7)

Ian Gooding

2018-10-07


More Pettersson Magic, Chabot Channels Karlsson, plus more…

The season is now underway for all of the NHL’s 31 teams. Let’s take a tour around the league on the first busy Saturday of the NHL season, which featured numerous underdogs (Ottawa, Montreal, Dallas) knocking off some of the league’s top teams (Toronto, Pittsburgh, and Winnipeg, respectively).

Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac each scored two goals in the Devils’ 5-2 win over the Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden. Miles Wood assisted on both of Zajac’s goals. Palmieri will be owned in the majority of leagues since he plays on the top line with Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier. The two-goal effort will likely vault Zajac to the top of the rankings of many unowned player lists, but Zajac has not scored more than 14 goals in each of the past four seasons. So I’m not really paying much attention here.

In a losing cause, Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal and added an assist. Why does that matter? In spite of being a preferred first-unit power-play option last season, Lucic scored just 3 PPG and 7 PPP last season. To boot, all of those power-play goals occurred before Christmas. But when you have five years left on a contract that pays $6 million, you’re going to receive plenty of rope in terms of opportunity. By the way, Lucic scored just one goal of any kind after Christmas.

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It might only be two games, but the Montreal Canadiens haven’t looked that bad. After taking the Leafs to overtime on Wednesday, the Habs walked into Pittsburgh and defeated the Penguins 5-1. With the “A” on his jersey still fresh, Paul Byron scored two goals and added an assist to lead his team to victory. Artturi Lehkonen continued his strong start, assisting on both of Lehkonen’s goals. I mentioned Lehkonen recently as my dark horse, so I won’t reiterate on him. The slight, speedy Byron could also be a player to watch, though, as both he and Lehkonen form a line with newly acquired Max Domi.

In that same article, I mentioned Matt Murray as my bounceback. So far that prediction hasn’t looked so good, as he’s already allowed 11 goals over two games. Again, too early to press the panic butt