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The new 2017/18 season began on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, with four games scheduled.
Let’s take a look at some photos and catch up with what happened this first week in NHL regular season action.
Here’s Volume 7 of comic captions – Week 1 of 2017/18 season
“10.. 9.. 8.. 7.. 6.. 5.. 4.. 3.. 2.. 1… We have ignition! The Pittsburgh Penguins back-to-back championship has been launched!”
In a triumphant celebration, the Pittsburgh Penguins ignited their inauguration towards a three-peat. One thing was missing… a win. The St. Louis Blues went out and ruined the Penguins’ party by taking the first game of the new 2017/18 season from the hometown fans 5-4 in OT. Alex Pietrangelo made the first game towards that goal a little more difficult.
He scored two goals, including the game-winner 1:15 into the extra period to bring the Pens’ fans back down to Earth’s atmosphere.
“What? I’ve FINALLY been traded?! Where’s the nearest exit?”
Duchene probably felt like this all summer, but he is still a Colorado Avalanche, and in his 2017/18 debut, he made the Av’s perhaps think twice about unloading him. He scored a goal and an assist against the New York Rangers with Henrik Lundqvist in the net.
He was on the ice for 13:58 minutes of play, and through the first four Av’s games, he has two goals and three assists. Is his trade value escalating? How do you spell HOCKEY PUCK?
“I’m B-A-C-K, it’s me the Great 8… now deal with it.”
Alex Ovechkin is indeed back. He made his presence known in the season opener for the Washington Capitals. Try an Ovechkin hat-trick. I mean if there were any doubts what his focus will be this new 2017/18 season, his first goal took all those thoughts away when the Zamboni cleaned the ice between periods.
His rocket of a shot wouldn’t be denied as he lined up in his familiar spot where many of his career 566 goals were scored.
The guy is unstoppable, and if the Capitals can ever get past the Penguins, it will be because of goals like his first of the season. With a start like this, he is well on his way to add another 50+ goal season to his running total of seven.
The Great 8 wasn’t done yet as he scored four goals against the Montreal Canadiens and Carey Price.
“Didn’t I tell you bet 18, white? We’re on a roll boys!”
The upstart Vegas Golden Knights are certainly glad that James Neal fell their way in the expansion draft. With five goals in three games, he is well on his way to being Vegas’s go-to guy. Not only did he score two goals in the Golden Knights’ season opener in Dallas, but he did it again in the home opener on October 10, 2017, against the hapless Arizona Coyotes.
This gives his club the best start of an expansion team in the four major pro leagues (NHL/NBA/NFL/MLB) to start 3-0 since the 1969 Padres.
He now has three goals against the Arizona team in two games and literally has been a thorn in the Yotes’ side. He scored the game-winner in Arizona on Saturday night in overtime.
For those who think the Vegas Golden Knights will just be another expansion team pushover… think again.
” I’ve been practicing that shot for years… can’t believe it finally went in!”
The luck of the New York Rangers this young season can be described as mostly bad luck. With a disappointing 1-4 record so far, they need to regroup and find better results before they find themselves in a real hole without a shovel. The New York defense has been non-existent with 18 goals scored against them in five games.
Not only have they lost to the once lowly Colorado Avalanche, they’ve lost two of three home games.
Shouldn’t the addition of Kevin Shattenkirk be helping their defensive showing? Not so far, as he has contributed one goal and three assists, but also has been a poor -6 in the +/- department. Or could it be that Henrik Lundqvist, at 35 is slowing down? He got yanked in the 8-5 drubbing from the Toronto Maple Leafs after allowing five goals.
Backup Ondrej Pavelec didn’t fare much better by giving up three goals in 39 minutes of play. The Rangers’ offense is dismal with just 11 goals in five contests. Mix the two together and you get a 1-4 start to the season.
“It’s a high fly… way back… Fleury’s got it!” Oops, wrong sport.
The Arizona Coyotes may have wished they were playing another sport besides NHL hockey when they drew the unlucky first game for the newest NHL team in Las Vegas. Giving up four goals in 10:42 was not the best way to ruin the Golden Knights’ 5-2 home debut win.
Not only that, the Coyotes’ goalie Antti Raanta was shelled and pulled after looking like he couldn’t stop a beach ball from entering his net.
This game was literally over after the first period of play.
New head coach Rick Tocchet looked disgusted with the lack of effort by his team. The Vegas team was to the puck faster, broke out of their own zone faster and more efficiently, and deserved to win. After the game, Tocchet said, “That’s the one thing that disappointed me, that the effort by five or six guys at some points in the game wasn’t there.”
The slow start by the Coyotes will be tested once again as they face the Boston Bruins on home ice on Saturday night. The Yotes are hoping for their first win of the 2017/18 season and are struggling with injuries. Starting goalie Antti Raanta is battling a lower body injury, and did not play in the 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night.
They also have lost sharpshooting forward Brendan Perlini to an upper-body injury which placed him on injured reserve.
The Coyotes called up Marek Langhamer from their AHL affiliate Tucson Roadrunners just to have a backup goalie if Raanta can’t go.
It’s still early, but here are predictions by USA Today Sports for the new 2017/18 season:
After the first week of play in the NHL, what are your thoughts? Do these predictions agree with yours? Let us know in the comments section below.
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