Ramblings: Duclair Douses Hurricanes, Another 4-Pointer for Bertuzzi, Another Markstrom Shutout, Coyotes Win! (Nov 7)

Ian Gooding

2021-11-07

As has been rumored for the past couple weeks, the Blackhawks have pulled the plug on Jeremy Colliton. For more on what it means, you can check out the Fantasy Take that I wrote earlier today.

One other stat that I found out after I posted the article: The Blackhawks actually have the fifth-best penalty killing (87.5%) and are about a middle-of-the-road power-play team (thank you to my father for those stats). As you'd expect, they've been one of the worst 5-on-5 teams in the league (45.09 CF%) and will need to shore up in that area in order to be more competitive.

Aleksander Barkov was a last-minute scratch for Saturday's showdown with the Hurricanes because of a lower-body injury. As a result of Barkov's absence, Anton Lundell was moved up to the first-unit power play and also played on Jonathan Huberdeau's line, scoring a goal while playing 19 minutes. Since the Panthers play four games next week, Lundell could be a built-in replacement for you should Barkov miss further games next week. Lundell has six points in his last five games (interrupted by a recent injury), so he's a bona fide option even though he's a rookie.

Barkov's absence didn't matter for the Panthers, who fired in four first-period goals. Frederik Andersen, who has been dynamite otherwise as a Hurricane, was pulled after the first period. However, he was forced to return after Antti Raanta was injured in a collision with Ryan Lomberg. Raanta should already be on the Band-Aid Boy all-star team, but just about anyone would get hurt after getting run over like that.

Anthony Duclair was the scoring star for the Panthers, scoring a power-play goal and adding two power-play assists in the first period alone. Duclair w