* Ryan Getzlaf has clawed his way back to, and past the point-per-game mark (nine in eight games) with a goal and three assists for four points against the Dallas Stars. You know if he had a big night his linemate did too - Corey Perry had two and one for three points, and managed a whopping eight shots on goal.
* Big night for not-yet-big-name goaltenders. The Columbus Blue Jackets started Curtis McElhinney against the Canucks, who managed to stop 37 of 38 shots sent his way for a .974 save percentage. Carter Hutton got the nod for the Predators, and he blew McElhinney’s stats out o the water, stopping 38 of 39 for let’s call it a “similar” save percentage.
* Seth Jones played 26:23 against the Jets, with only Shea Weber seeing more ice time. Oh hey, y’know what I found interesting, ice-time wise? Unrelated, but the Anaheim Ducks (who’ve quietly won seven straight games, no big deal) didn’t have a single player who played less than twelve minutes against the Stars. Even the guys who played the most for them, Cam Fowler and Francois Beauchemin, barely eclipsed 20 minutes. Bruce Boudreau be spreading that ice time around, boy. (Note: Dustin Penner played 8:14, but left in the second period with an injury).
* Ryan Johansen and RJ Umberger both had one-and-one for two against Vancouver. That same stat line belonged to Shawn Horcoff of the Stars…who now has one-and-one for two on the year.
* Teemu Selanne scored in his third straight game. What a man what a man what a man what a mighty good man. Yes he is.
Ryan Garbutt delivered an illegal blow to the head of Dustin Penner
Ryan Garbutt has had an interesting career. He played college hockey, which lead to some time in the CHL, where he started climbing the ladder to the bigs. He’s there now, but at 28 he doesn’t exactly have a huge NHL history, so it’s tough to know if this was completely out of the blue or not for non-Stars fans.
Still, there’s no denying that this single action was wrong: Dustin Penner makes a great play to pull the puck from the boards to a trouble area, which creates a chance. Garbutt comes from his blindside, leaves his skates, and catches brain first. Penner tweeted something to the affect of “good for the boys for rallying to win,” but I’m guessing it’s going to be awhile before he’s able to help them do so.
DAL’s Ryan Garbutt has in-person hearing with NHL for hit on ANA’s Dustin Penner. In person hearing gives NHL option of 6 or more games.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 21, 2013
It’s a hit that’s ripe for a big number: less-than-household name with a lot of the defining elements of an illegal hit to the head early in the NHL schedule. He has no history that I’m aware of, so I’m guessing 5 or 6 games are our minimum here.
Chris Higgins had a rough third period
I’m a fan of the Canucks’ forward, but it’s safe to say he played a sizeable role in their loss last night. In a 1-1 game in the third period, he was covering for a pinching defenseman and found himself defending a 2-on-2. For forwards, this is monkey-humping-a-football territory. This happened:
Higgins is put out on the ice in the final minute when the Canucks yank the goalie, and golly-gee-gosh did he get himself a nice scoring chance. He doesn’t get it up (you can tell he’s trying to, but the rolling puck just doesn’t cooperate). The Blue Jackets score off a faceoff moments later, and they cut to Higgy on the bench (yeah, we’re calling him Higgy now).
I took this terribly shaky Vine of the sequence:
Things are getting awfully Jets-y in Winnipeg
The Nashville Predators were on the tail-end of back-to-backs, having made the long trip from Nashville to Montreal for a game the night before. Ripe for the picking, the Jets had them yesterday…and they were behind 3-0 before the game was 15 minutes old. They’re now 4-5, which isn’t great considering they’ve played seven of their nine games to date in the friendly confines of the MTS Center in Winnipeg.
* If you missed it over the weekend, Mike Smith scored a goal. If you didn’t know, Mike Smith is a goalie. If you didn’t know, goalies scoring goals is rare (only 11 have ever done it):
* Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon meet for the first time tonight. The battle of Cole Harbour, or whatever!
* And finally, Trevor Gillies is still a criminal, only he’s being one in Finland now. The police are apparently investigating this punch he threw at Jarkko Ruuttu on Saturday: