Ramblings: Point’s spectacular return; Neal and Mantha rolling; giving thanks – October 11

Michael Clifford

2019-10-11

 

Tampa Bay looked… ok?… through their first few games. And then Brayden Point returned, slotting on the top line with Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov. I think most people would expect Point to have at least a little bit of rust to his game, not being sure how he and the line would fare in his return. This was the damage in their win over Toronto:

Anthony Cirelli had three assists of his own. It’s almost as if having a top pair of Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci, and playing them exclusively against a line of Stamkos-Point-Kucherov, is a bad idea. Who knew?

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Well, James Neal scored his seventh goal of the season last night, matching his total from last year. Like, the whole year.

It was obviously a horrific trade when it happened – who trades for Milan Lucic at $6M a season? – but there’s no way anyone saw this coming. Neal has already scored more goals than Lucic will probably get this season and the only thing the Flames can hang their hat on is Lucic got in a fight in a game they lost.

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Speaking of guys who just cannot be stopped right now,