Ramblings: Eichel Four Goals, Barrie a Bust, Makar Rookie of Year? (Nov 17)

Ian Gooding


The NHL schedule was jam-packed with 15 games (only Columbus was not in action), so this Ramblings focus more on quick highlights than deep dives.


Jack Eichel scored all four Sabres’ goals on Saturday to go with a plus-4 and five shots on goal. Eichel had been slumping by his terms, recording just two points over his previous five games. However, this was the second consecutive game in which Eichel had taken five shots. This was the first four-goal game of Eichel’s career.


Jamie Benn goal alert! The slumping Star scored the overtime winner on Saturday and added an assist. He had not scored a goal in his previous 15 games, and the goal is only is second of the season. I wrote more about Benn and the Stars in the Friday Ramblings.

Benn’s linemate Tyler Seguin had a game, scoring the game-tying goal with less than two minutes in regulation and adding two assists while firing seven shots. Seguin hasn’t been spectacular, but he is getting back on track with multiple points in back-to-back games. The Stars mainly play a defensive style these days (aside from Saturday, when Ben Bishop was pulled), but it appears that their skaters are getting back on track after a miserable start.

Connor McDavid had another three-point game, while Leon Draisaitl added another two points. Only 13 points for each in their last four games. I’m getting killed by Draisaitl in one head-to-head league. I’m sure others are feeling the pain too.