Mixed Results On Saturday For The NHL Canadian Teams
Ugly Losses & Early Slate For Ottawa And Edmonton
The Oilers and Senators were involved in afternoon matinees on Saturday and both didn't go well in the end. Ottawa was able to at least get a point in the standings with a 3-2 OT loss, but losing to a team like Arizona when you are at home is a bad loss no matter the method. That makes it two losses in a row for the Senators since returning from Sweden - both were at home - and to turn things around they'll have to do it on the road this week with three contests away from the nation's capital.
Edmonton was in a tougher spot with an earlier start, especially early for them, and on the road against the Islanders. A 6-3 loss to Dallas was a big hit to their defensive play that was slowly improving, and the steady onslaught (two goals allowed in each period) speaks to a whole game of defensive lapses. Edmonton may have more problems then most realize at the moment, but if they can fix them in a hurry, some short ML prices may be on the horizon with this team in their coming outings.
Winnipeg Keeps On Rolling
Winnipeg was a Canadian team that had no quarrels about playing a matinee game on Saturday as they used a 2nd period offensive onslaught to beat New Jersey 5-2. All five of Winnipeg's tallies came in the middle frame and the Jets have now won four in a row. With that dreaded trek through Southern California on deck this week (LA, San Jose, Anaheim) after opening up the week on the road against the defending Western Conference Champs from Nashville, the Jets winning ways will be severely tested soon.
Explosive Leafs Offense Comes Out Of Hiding With Auston Matthews Return
Thanks to Toronto continually finding ways to win last week they were able to take the cautious route with Auston Matthews nagging injury and it appears to have paid off. Matthews returned to the lineup for the game in Montreal on Saturday and tallied two goals en route to Toronto's 6-0 win. It took some time for Toronto to find their groove during a scoreless 1st period, but once the floodgates opened up in the 2nd, Toronto's speed and skill took over to help them win their sixth in a row.
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