Ramblings: Four Points for Hall, Sell High on Petry?

Ian Gooding

2018-12-22


A light Friday night of games, so let’s cover the highlights…

Matt Duchene returned to the Senators’ lineup and didn’t waste any time contributing, scoring both of the team’s goals in the 5-2 loss to New Jersey. Duchene had missed the previous six games with a groin injury, yet skated nearly 20 minutes along with his usual spot on the first-unit power play. On a contract year, Duchene is on pace for a career season. Don’t waste any time in getting him back into your lineup, as the Sens are back at it on Saturday against Washington.

The scoring of reigning Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall overshadowed Duchene’s return. Hall scored two goals and added two assists with a plus-3 and six shots on goal to power the Devils to a victory. Hall’s linemates were also able to get in on the action. Kyle Palmieri added a goal and two assists of his own, while Nico Hischier chipped in a goal and an assist. All were a plus-3.

Hall was the runaway winner of his team’s scoring race last season, but this season he has brought Palmieri along with him. Both Devils’ forwards are hot at the moment: Hall with 18 points in his last 13 games, and Palmieri with 11 points in his last eight games. Hall’s four-point game was his second of the season. One concern for Hall owners: His goal total. After lighting the lamp 39 times last season, Hall has scored just 11 this season, which would put him on pace for 27 this season. This goal total was actually his career high prior to last season.

Here’s one of Hall’s goals, which occurred on a sequence that was nearly a Senators goal just seconds earlier:

Here’s another angle of the Sami Vatanen save that began the sequence: