Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates a goal against the Seattle Kraken during the first period at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Tue Jan 17, 2023 (Canadian Press/via AP photo)
On the NHL podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 How does any NHL team beat a team like the Edmonton Oilers (27-18-3) who have now won six straight games and are getting their offensive strength from Zach Hyman, Leon Draisaitl, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent Hopkins they’re just clobbering everybody of late.
#2 The San Jose Sharks Timo Meier has become a NHL commodity and the subject of trade rumors. The New Jersey Devils (31-12-4) according to a source says that they are interested in obtaining Meier’s services and he could help New Jersey who has scored 28 goals in 49 games and is on a 47 goal pace.
#3 Pittsburgh Penguins (24-15-8) goaltender Tristan Jarry is out for the NHL All Star game slated for Feb 4th. Jarry also is going to miss the next two games against the Washington Capitals Thursday and the Sharks on Saturday due to a upper body injury. It might be Jarry some extra time as the Pens don’t play again until Feb 7th.
#4 Len, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said during a pre game press conference before the Boston Bruins and the Montreal Canadiens at the Belle Centre in Montreal that nobody tanks in the NHL referring to losing games deliberately so that they can get a better draft position in the NHL draft.
#5 Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau said that he was very sure of his firing coming back on Oct 8th but he just didn’t know when it was coming. Was this firing the fault of Boudreau he can’t skate, defend and shoot the puck or was it the Canucks organization who overhauled in the off season going into this season and they didn’t have the guys to win enough with a current record of (19-25-3) and Boudreau was made out to be the scape goat?
The San Jose Sharks are hoping to forget all about last Fri Jan 13, 2023 game against the Edmonton Oilers and hope to turn it around today against the New Jersey Devils at SAP Center in San Jose (photo from nhl.com)
On the Sharks podcast Charanbir Mahal:
#1 Last game last Friday night at SAP Center in San Jose a touch conclusion for the San Jose Sharks (12-23-8) who got blasted 7-1 by the Edmonton Oilers 28-12-3.
#2 The Oilers Connor McDavid who turned 26 on Friday scored two goals as the Oilers can always rely on McDavid.
#3 McDavid was unstoppable against the Shark. McDavid extended his point streak against San Jose to 12 games.
#4 Tough game for the Sharks goaltender Kappo Kahkonen who allowed all seven shots and saved 34.
#5 Sharks hosting the New Jersey Devils who are a force in the NHL on defense and offense. The Sharks have lost seven of their last ten games. Charanbir talks about what are their chances for today’s game at SAP Center.
The San Jose Sharks Oscar Lindblom scored the only goal of the night for the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center in San Jose against the Edmonton Oilers on Fri Jan 13, 2023 (San Jose Sharks photo)
By Len Shapiro
SAN JOSE–The Edmonton Oilers (28-18-3) Connor McDavid gifted himself on his 26th birthday scoring two goals to lead the Oilers to a 7-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks (13-23-8) at SAP Center in San Jose on Friday night. McDavid picked up an assist in the contest and now has 25 points with ten goals and five assists for this road trip it’s his longest scoring total for the road.
McDavid now has scored in six straight road games with 37 goals and 45 assists for a total of 82 points McDavid has accomplished it in 44 games. McDavid is scoring Hall of Fame numbers and accomplishments his 80 plus in 44 games since some of the best players in hockey have done it in 44 or less games, Mario Lemieux (31), Jaromir Jagr (37), and Ron Francis (44) all doing it with the 1995-96 Pittsburgh Penguins.
McDavid gave credit to teammate Leon Draisaitl who passed the puck to him that helped him get the scores, “Two pretty good passes from him (Draisaitl) there, so that helps,” McDavid said “I feel pretty good, but it’s about our group in here. We’re continuing to try to lay good games down one after another and take it one day at a time, kind of like our second half last year.”
The Sharks got their only goal of the night from Oscar Lindblom who scored in the third period. The Sharks hardly made any noise against the Oilers offensively and Sharks goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen looked like one of the goalies from the movie the Mighty Ducks getting pelted all night facing 41 shots and saving 37. Kahkonen stayed in the whole game and Sharks head coach David Quinn didn’t pull him out saying he was the only player on the ice doing his best.
Quinn said the team stunk the whole game not being to execute the shots in the Oilers end of the ice, not taking advantage of the power play, and not giving Kahkonen enough protection up front that saw a volley of goals to light the lamp before you could even turn around. “We just stunk. We stunk on the powerplay. We stopped on the penalty kill. We stunk 5-on-5. Our forward’s stunk, (and) our defensemen stunk,” Quinn said. “The only guy that didn’t stink was our goalie. And that hasn’t happened all year, and over 82 games, something like this is going to happen. You can move past it pretty quickly.”
The Sharks after Friday’s loss are sinking further in the Pacific Division to seventh place losing four of their last five games. The Sharks with the loss to the Oilers opened a three game homestand and have struggled at home this season and can’t seem to get it together on home ice. They host the New Jersey Devils (27-12-3) who are hot bringing in a three game win streak to San Jose on Monday for Martin Luther King Jr day a 1:00pm face off at SAP Center.
Los Angeles Kings center Quinton Byfield, left, scores on San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer, right, as defenseman Matt Benning, second from left, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, center, and center Anze Kopitar watch during the first period at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Wed Jan 11, 2023 (AP News photo)
On the Sharks podcast with Len:
#1 The San Jose Sharks (13-22-8) couldn’t hold their own on Wednesday night at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles going into the third period with a 2-1 lead Timo Meier tied it 2-2. The Los Angeles Kings (24-14-6) got scoring help in the third period with goals by Gabriel Vilardi and Drew Doughty scoring 53 seconds apart for a 4-3 Kings win in the last meeting with the Sharks.
#2 The Kings Quinton Bayfield scored a goal and got an assist for the Kings who have now won three straight games.
#3 The Kings Phoenix Copely stopped 26 shots and is one of the winningest goaltenders in the NHL with a 12-2 record.
#4 The Sharks Timo Meier scored his first power play goal of the season and an assist. They were playing the second of back to back games after playing in Arizona on Tuesday night.
#5 The Sharks host the Edmonton Oilers (22-18-3). The Oilers having a pretty good run right now having won five of their last ten games and winning their last game convincingly 6-2 over the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday. Tell us how you see this match up between the Sharks and Oilers Friday.
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kumper puts a stop on a shot in front of the net during game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers on Tue May 31, 2022 at the Ball Center in Denver. Question is who will start in goal for Colorado on Wed Jun 15 for game 1 of the Finals Kumeper or Paul Francouz? (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Finals podcast with Len:
#1 Len, how stunning is it that the Tampa Bay Lightning can come back the way they did down 2-0 to eliminate the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals with four straight wins.
#2 The Lightning’s Steven Stamkos scored twice in game six in Saturday’s elimination game how crucial was Stamkos for the Lightning in this series?
#3 Stamkos said looking back on the series that this is a special group here because of the way they’ve played and they way they’ve rebounded winning four straight in a series like this.
#4 Len it’s been nine days since the Western Conference Champion Colorado Avalanche have played a game on Mon Jun 6th when they advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. Will having nine days off be an advantage for the Avalanche in terms of lots of practice and rest or a disadvantage not seeing live action all this time?
#5 Avalanche’s goaltender Darcy Kuemper had to leave the series against the Edmonton Oilers and was replaced by Paul Francouz. Kuemper has had time to recover who do you see starting Wednesday for the Aves in game 1 of the Finals.
Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon (29) and Gabriel Landeskog (92) celebrate a third period goal that gets by Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith (41) and Cody Ceci (5) couldn’t stop the puck in game four of the Western Conference Finals at Ball Arena in Denver on Mon Jun 6, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Mary Lisa:
#1 Tampa Bay Lightning picked up their first win of the series after being down two games to one. The Lightning came back after being down 2-1 with two goals in the third period scored by the Lightning Steve Stamkos and with just 42 seconds left by Ondrej Palat for a 3-2 win.
#2 The New York Rangers in the first two games won by four goals in game one 6-4 and in game two by one goal 3-2. The Lightning knew their backs were to the wall and couldn’t afford to lose game 3 on their home ice in Tampa Bay.
#3 Tampa Bay head coach Jon Cooper knew that the Lightning had to regroup how surprising knowing not only the talents of the club but they have Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy. It was a surprise for the Lightning and Vasilevskiy when they lost those first two games to the Rangers.
#4 The Colorado Avalanche came away with a 6-5 overtime win over the Edmonton Oilers at Ball Arena in Denver to sweep the Oilers four games to none. The Avalanche’s Artturi Lehkonen scored the game winning goal at 1:19 in the overtime stanza to get the Avalanche into the Stanley Cup Finals.
#5 For the Avalanche Cal Maker, Devon Toews, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen all scored a goal each for the Aves. Colorado goaltender Pavel Francouz saved 30 of 35 shots.
The Colorado Avalanche’s TJ Compher (37) scores on Edmonton Oilers goaltender Mike Smith (41) as only the Oilers defender Leon Draisaitl (29) can look on in game 3 of the NHL Stanley Cup Western Conference Finals at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Sat Jun 4, 2022
On the NHL Stanley Cup Conference Finals podcast with Len:
#1 Len, the Colorado Avalanche have a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals and can put about to put it away on Monday night in Edmonton.
#2 The Aves TJ Compher scored the tie breaking goal in the third period at Rogers Place in Edmonton as the Avalanche went onto win it 4-2 in game five.
#3 There hasn’t been an NHL club that has come back from being down 3-0 since the 2014 Los Angeles Kings when they won four straight against the San Jose Sharks.
#4 Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored the game winning goal to help the Bolts get by the surging New York Rangers 3-2. Palat scored with the score tied at 2-2 and 42 seconds left in the third period.
#5 The Lightning who have lots of post season experience were on the ropes going into game 3 down 2-0 made the best of home ice advantage and just came back on the Rangers with two third period goals. Steve Stamkos scored on a third period power play goal at 1:22 and Palat’s for the game winner.
New York Rangers left wing Alexis Lafrenière (13) and Carolina Hurricanes center Seth Jarvis (24) chase the puck during the second period at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sat May 28, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs podcast with Len:
#1 Len, The Tampa Bay Lightning have had a good week off waiting to see if they’re going to face the New York Rangers or the Carolina Hurricanes which should be decided in game 7 on Monday in Carolina. Each game has been won by the home team in this series.
#2 The Rangers and Hurricanes dueled it out in game six and the Rangers came away with a three goal win 5-2 with Ranger goaltender Igor Shesterkin who stopped 37 shots. The Rangers Filip Chytil scored twice for the Rangers. How difficult will it be for the Rangers to win a game in Carolina or after a game like this does this build confidence.
#3 The Hurricanes have been getting some strong offense in their wins and getting key goals from Andrei Svechnikov, Teuvo Teravainen, and Vincent Trocheck. How important will these players be going into game 7 against the Rangers.
#4 The series that is ready to get underway is the Edmonton Oilers and the Avalanche on Tuesday night in Colorado. The Oilers just dominated and took out the Calgary Flames 4-1 and the Avalanche took out the St Louis Blues 4-2 do you see these two teams equal or one team has the ability to advance to the Finals.
Colorado Avalanche left winger JT Compher (37) reaches for the puck against the St Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington (50) during game 3 of the Western Conference second round playoffs at the Enterprise Center in St Louis. This would be Binnington’s last game for this round due to an injury on Sat May 21, 2022 (AP News photo)
On the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff podcast with Len Shapiro:
#1 St Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will miss the rest of the Western Conference second round with a lower body injury rumored to be left leg against the Colorado Avalanche. Binnington got hurt during game 3 when teammate Calle Rosen and Aves Nazem Kadri knocked Binnington over. How is the loss of Binnington going to impact the Blues the rest of the second round?
#2 Also Colorado’s Samuel Girard is out for the rest of the playoffs with a broken sternum in game 3 in the first period at 1:42 on Saturday he was checked hard by the Blues Ivan Barbashev.
#3 In the battle of Florida The Tampa Bay Lightning are in the driver’s seat with the series lead 3-0 and their getting some great scoring not to mention great goaltending from Andrei Vasilevskiy in their game 3 win today 5-1.
#4 The Carolina Hurricanes lead the series 2-1 against the New York Rangers and played game 3 today at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won a crucial game 3-1 how did home ice pay off for the Rangers today?
#5 The Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers are battling it out in Edmonton the Flames had Oilers came back on the Flames in game 1 only to lose the lead 9-6. The Oilers bounced back in game 2 with a 5-2 win and goaltender Mike Smith stopped 37 shots.
Carolina Hurricanes’ Brendan Smith, center, celebrates his goal with teammates Sebastian Aho (20) and Teuvo Teravainen (86) in second period action at PNC Arena in Raleigh in game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Fri May 20, 2022 (AP News photo)
#1 The Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Antti Raanta stopped 21 shots on his way to a 2-0 shutout Friday night his first playoff shutout in game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The win puts the Hurricanes up 2-0 over the New York Rangers.
#2 After watching the first two games of this series how concerned does the proposition of going down in the first two games have to be for Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant and can the Rangers consider going back to MSG for the next two games a chance to get back into this thing?
#3 Last Wednesday the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames battled to a 9-6 Flames win. The Flames had to breath a sigh a relief in that one up 3-1 they gave up four goals in the second period to the Oilers but came back to win game 1.
#4 In game 2 on Friday night the Oilers had an opportune moment when the Oilers Zach Hyman took advantage of a break away in the middle of the third period with the score tied at 3-3. Hyman got a shot over the glove of the Flames goaltender Jakob Markstrom to put the Oilers ahead 4-3 at 10:14.
#5 A thriller in Denver the Colorado Avalanche get a big win taking it to the St Louis Blues with a game 3 win the Blues were up front but the Avalanche came back to overtake the Blues 5-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. The Avalanche got two goals from Artturi Lehkonen.