It is generally accepted that Mike Babcock, or maybe Joel Quenneville, is the best coach in the NHL. You see all the success they’ve had for years and years, getting winning hockey out of good or even great teams despite immense pressure. The idea there, obviously, is that Boudreau does more with less.
Dave Hakstol’s Flyers returned home from Vancouver on Monday not quite resembling conquering heroes. Sure, they salvaged two points from their three-game trek to Western Canada, but for a team that supposedly sees itself as a wild card, that just ain’t gonna get it done. The Flyers required at least four points — ideally, five — from the trip to give us some proof they’re a legit contender for the wild card. Right now, their wild-card hopes remain on life support. Yes, they’re only two points behind Toronto. Thing is, the field of wild-card contenders have officially caught up and even passed them. When the Flyers left for the trip, they were even in points with the Maple Leafs while holding
As Andre Burakovsky watched the game in his apartment on Saturday, the Capitals forward trio he’d typically be a part of hopped onto the ice with less than two minutes left in the second period in Detroit. Zach Sanford, playing for the injured Burakovsky at third-line right wing, snapped Lars Eller’s pass into the net for his second NHL goal in as many games. Sanford’s quick trigger in that moment even resembled Burakovsky’s. Burakovsky’s hand injury was unfortunate news for a young forward who was playing some of his best hockey this season and for a Washington team that was on a roll. But if there’s a silver lining, it’s that with the trade deadline less than two weeks away, the Capitals can