Ramblings: Wheeler Wheeling, Andersen Rolling, Primary vs Secondary Points, & xGF (Nov. 10)

Cam Robinson

2018-11-10

 

John Klingberg had surgery on his hand on Friday and will be out four weeks. That’s a huge blow to owners as the 26-year-old was clicking along at nearly a 70-point pace.

 

This opens up a massive opportunity for Miro Heiskanen who will eat up those top power play minutes. The 19-year-old is a freak. If you haven’t watched him play yet, you need to. He makes the right decision on almost every play. He’s confident, creative, and loves to use his wheels. If it wasn’t for Elias Pettersson, he’d be getting a lot more chatter about the Calder.

 

This four-week run should boost his point totals and his league-wide scope. If he’s on the wire, grab him now.

 

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The Maple Leafs took the boots to the Devils on Friday evening. It included a four-goal second period that saw four different Toronto players find the back of the net.

 

Morgan Rielly continued his torrid pace with a goal and an assist. The 24-year-old is up to seven goals and 20 points in 16 games. That pushes him two points back of Thomas Chabot for the league lead amongst defenders. (more on Chabot later).

 

Freddie Andersen kept the door shut for most of the evening and continued his early-season success. His inability to show up in October and November has become routine in past seasons, but he appears to have shaken that habit in 2018-19. Andersen shares the league lead in wins with nine and is sporting a 0.933 save percentage – good for second best amongst starters.

 

Roll him out without hesitation. 

 

Nazem Kadri has seen his production take a nice jump with Auston Matthews out. The former 30-goal man has four goals and six points in those six games. Five of those points have come at even-strength as he’s gotten comfortable with Kasperi Kapanen and Patty Marleau.

 

Expect him to return to grind time when Matthews returns. Ride the hot streak while you can.

 

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The Jets have been out of the limelight for a little while. They had a long break to travel to Finland for the Global Series where they quickly played two games that ran during the day in the middle of the week. They’ve now been off another six days to travel home and reacclimatize. This hasn’t slowed Blake Wheeler down one iota

 

A five-point night on Friday highlighted Winnipeg’s 5-2 victory ove