Ramblings: MacKinnon, Hoffman, Boeser & Gourde Return; First Goals by Mercer Raymond & Lundell (Oct 19)

Alexander MacLean

2021-10-20

Lots to talk about after a busy Tuesday night in the NHL, but before we get to that, if you're a Pavel Buchnevich owner then you're going to have him stapled to your bench for the next few days as he received a two-game suspension for head-butting. This isn't his first offence either, and he appears to have an anger streak. Something to keep in mind for future, as those suspensions could start to pile up.

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Brock Boeser returned to the Canucks' lineup and was immediately slotted in on Elias Pettersson's wing, as well as on the top power play unit. He's now a threat for career highs in points (60+) and goals (30+), as long as he can stay healthy – though as a band-aid-boy trainee, that may be too much to ask for.

Speaking of injury returns, Quinn Hughes is due back very soon, and it could be as early as Thursday.

Also, the Buffalo Sabres are… good? Not quite, they're still going to be a terrible team, regardless of how well they start the year. Might be time to sell high on anyone not named Rasmus Dahlin or Dylan Cozens. They should also not pose great threats to opposing goalies, but keep in mind they haven't been easy outs so far.

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Someone you might want to look into buying before he heats up is Mike Hoffman. Rick has more on him in today's "Goldilocks and the Three Skaters" column, but I do just want to mention that he should be in line for more offensive minutes in Montreal than he was seeing in STL. The Blues also stifled his shot rate a little, but he should be able to bump it back up over the 10 shots per 60 minutes mark this season. Generally, that would mean over 2.5 per game.

Otherwise though, Montreal did not look good last night, letting San Jose walk right in and take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission, and only putting three shots on net themselves.

There was one take about Nick Suzuki that I saw on Twitter which would concern me as a fantasy owner, and the more I watch him the more I agree with Jack here. Go read the whole thread and then come back: