It was a wild turn of events in the Metropolitan Division last night. The New Jersey Devils continue to roll. They’re 6-1 in their last seven, and more importantly, since captain Nico Hischier’s returned. However, the New York Rangers dropped a matchup they probably should have won. The Carolina Hurricanes, despite holding playoff position, are sputtering and held a closed-door, player-only meeting following their loss. And, the New York Islanders have turned things around going from “fire Lane Lambert,” to snapping the Los Angeles Kings’ 11-game road win streak. In the midst of it all, the Philadelphia Flyers continue to collect points, sit in second place in the Metro, and beat the juggernaut Colorado Avalanche last night. It’s certainly not how most predicted this season would go. It’s the Wild Wild East out here.
Elsewhere, how are some bold predictions holding up? Will Philly sell? And what’s going on in Pittsburgh?
Let’s do that hockey.
New Jersey Devils
New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils are now 3-for-3 on the road following a solid defensive victory in which Vitek Vanecek turned in a strong performance. Read up on the takeaways here.
The Athletic: Staff at The Athletic turned in some bold predictions before the start of the 2023-24 regular season. Where do those predictions two-plus months into the season?
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The confidence in Pittsburgh is broken despite their star-studded roster. Their power play is seemingly unable to fix itself and the mistakes their making are mounting. Here are four players who can help right the ship.
Colorado Hockey Now: More good news in Colorado. The Avs captain will be around the team full-time as he continues a season-long recovery. Additionally, head coach Jared Bednar provided an exact timeline for Arturi Lehkonen’s recovery.
New York Islanders
NYI Hockey Now: Robert Bortuzzo only played four games this season with the St. Louis Blues. He’s feeling refreshed in his new opportunity with the Islanders.
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Hockey Now: Filip Zadina has had his good moments and his bad moments in his fresh start with the Sharks. The 24-year-old winger is still trying to find his way in San Jose, and the NHL.
Philly Hockey Now: TSN has released its first trade bait list of the season. It’s filled with Flyers defensemen despite the season they’ve put together thus far.