Ramblings: Ehlers to Undergo Surgery, Red-Hot Ruzicka, Buchnevich Back in Business (Nov 20)
The New Jersey Devils won their 12th consecutive game in a Saturday matinee, and they were able to do so without much offense from their three main scoring threats in Jesper Bratt, Jack Hughes, and Nico Hischier (just one combined point). The Devils are firing on all cylinders right now and are a team that you now have to consider a tough matchup.
One of my league members was kind enough to point out that I missed out on a quality start from Akira Schmid. I didn't have time to swap my goalie when Schmid was announced as the starter right before the game, which some of you might be able to relate to. But since I was already ahead in most goaltending categories for the week (W, GAA, SV%), I'm not sweating this one. Regardless, AHL callup Schmid has now posted three consecutive wins and two consecutive quality starts, including a 25-save performance in the 5-1 win over Ottawa. Schmid is at worst a solid streaming option with some outstanding ratios (1.34 AA, .941 SV%) in his limited NHL duty.
The Jonathan Huberdeau/Matthew Tkachuk revenge game lived up to its billing, ending in a shootout win for the Flames. Tkachuk scored the game-tying goal in the third period in those fantastic sky-blue Panthers reverse retros. He also added an assist against his former team.
Huberdeau did not record any points, but he scored an important shootout goal.