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Keeping up with the Metropolitans: Week 3

Your weekly dose of Metropolitan action!

NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

With most teams in the Metro approaching double digits (Keep up, Carolina!) in the games column, the high-powered New Jersey Devils(?!?) have the most goals and wins with a 4-0 road record as well. Cory Scneider went down last game, but is said to be ready when the Devils pick up action again on Friday or Saturday. The Devils are off for 6 days, and only a back-to-back with Ottawa and Arizona this weekend and rest for 3 more days. That could be a good or a bad thing in New Jersey. The Devils are looking last year’s Toronto Maple Leafs. Can they keep this up?

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been an absolute roller-coaster to begin this season. Whether it’s Sidney Crosby being 4th in the NHL in PIM - behind other future HOF’ers Derek Dorsett, Ryan Reaves, and Cody McLeod - or the team’s current 4.33 GAA while still in 2nd place in the Metro as of this morning, words really can’t explain what’s happening. The good news is that there’s no lack of offense at the moment. The Pens are scoring enough to win games, but haven’t been able to stop enough of goals from going in at the same time. The new season has started, it’s time for the Pens to right the ship. I have complete faith in Mike Sullivan to do just that.

On the other side of the Keystone State, the Flyers are off to a red-hot start to this year. Their big guns are being just that behind the offensive output of Giroux, Gostisbehere, Simmonds, and Voracek. Val Filppula is looking pretty good to begin this year in Philly. He’s not your stereotypical Flyers player, and Nolan Patrick has yet to uncork yet as well. Michal Neuvirth has looked good in his games and Brian Elliott has put together one dud and otherwise pretty solid performances. The Flyers could be for real this year.

It was a slightly bumpy week for the Blue Jackets, but all seems to be well in Columbus at the moment. I said it last week as well, the Jackets are playing like last year’s team. The Islanders have won 3 out of 4 and are being a little too quiet for the norm in Brooklyn. I’m not sure what to make of them just yet. However, Josh Bailey did score quite an impressive goal last week.

The Capitals are feeling the losses this year. From off-season departures, to in-season injuries, the Capitals have given up more goals than they have scored, despite Ovechkin playing like he’s in his 20s again. They’re headed to western Canada, and don’t play again until Thursday. There’s a possibility that the Caps could be in 7th place in the Metro when the puck drops in Vancouver.

The Rangers are still finding ways to lose games, and have only 2 wins early this season. Luckily for the Rangers, they’re playing two teams this week who are also struggling as much as them in the Coyotes and Canadiens. Rick Tocchet is missing the Penguins as much as they’re missing him at the moment. The (currently 0-7-1) Coyotes will be facing the (2-5-2) Rangers on Saturday in a surprise game of bottom feeders at The Garden.

And the Hurricanes are finally going to be making up in the games column this week. The Canes have a tough week ahead of them starting with the Lightning coming to town and then traveling to Toronto for the first half of a back-to-back with the Blues waiting for them back in Raleigh. The Ducks will then take them on in a Sunday evening game to end the Ducks’ 4 game trip to the East that started in Philadelphia but managed to avoid Pittsburgh.

It’s been a weird year to begin this season in the NHL. Looking forward to seeing what this week brings.

Pittsburgh Penguins

5-3-1, 11 pts; 30 GF / 39 GA
2-1 record last week

NYR: 4
Penguins vs. Rangers Recap: Malkin wins it in OT

PIT: 4
FLA: 3
Penguins vs. Panthers Recap: High octane hockey. Pittsburgh outguns Florida 4-3

PIT: 1
TBL: 7
Penguins vs. Lightning Recap: Oof

Week Ahead:

Tuesday October 24 - vs EDM, 7 PM ET

Thursday October 26 - vs WPG, 7 PM

Saturday October 28 - @ MIN, 8 PM

Sunday October 29 - @ WPG, 7 PM


  • 10/16/17, D Matt Hunwick - IR; Concussion
  • 10/21/17, RW Carter Rowney - Day-to-day; Hand

New Jersey Devils

6-2-0, 12 pts; 31 GF / 24 GA
2-1 record last week

TBL: 4
New Jersey Devils Pull Out a 5-4 Shootout Win Over Tampa Bay Lightning

OTT: 4
Moore Wins: New Jersey Devils Complete Comeback Win in OT Over Ottawa Senators

SIS: 3
NJD: 0
Slow, Impotent, and Flustered: New Jersey Devils Fall 3-0 to San Jose Sharks

Week Ahead:

Friday October 27 - vs OTT, 7 PM

Saturday October 28 - vs ARI, 7 PM


  • 10/18/17, G Cory Schneider - IR; Lower-body injury

Philadelphia Flyers

5-3-0, 10 pts; 28 GF/ 18 GA
2-1 record last week

FLA: 1
PHI: 5
Recap: Flyers tame Panthers in dominating 5-1 win

NSH: 1
PHI: 0
Predators 1, Flyers 0: Nashville grounds Flyers’ hot offense

EDM: 1
PHI: 2
Flyers 2, Oilers 1: All aboard the Wayne Train!

Week Ahead:

Tuesday October 24 - vs ANA, 7 PM

Thursday October 26 - @ OTT, 7:30 PM

Saturday October 28 - @ TOR, 7 PM


  • 10/3/17, G Anthony Stolarz - IR; Knee
  • 10/3/17, RW Colin McDonald - IR; Lower-body injury
  • 10/18/17, C Jordan Weal - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury
  • 10/20/17, LW Taylor Leier - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury

Columbus Blue Jackets

5-3-0, 10 pts; 25 GF / 21 GA
1-2 record last week

CBJ: 5
WPG: 2
Jackets Get Five for Win No. 5

TBL: 2
CBJ: 0
Game Recap: Power Outage

LAK: 6
CBJ: 4
Game Recap: Goals For Everybody In Columbus but Jackets Fall

Week Ahead:

Wednesday October 25 - vs BUF, 8 PM

Friday October 27 - vs WPG, 7 PM

Saturday October 28 - @ STL, 8 PM


  • 10/13/18, D Gabriel Carlsson - IR; Upper-body injury

New York Islanders

4-3-1, 9 pts; 24 GF / 24 GA
2-0 record last week

NYR: 3
Islanders 4, Rangers 3 (SO): A night of firsts led by Pulock, Barzal

SJS: 3
NYI: 5
Islanders 5 (EN), Sharks 3: Lee, Tavares and a Bailey jawdropper

Week Ahead:

Tuesday October 24 - vs ARI, 7 PM

Thursday October 26 - @ MIN, 8 PM

Saturday October 28 - @ NSH, 8 PM

Washington Capitals

4-4-1, 9 pts; 28 GF / 31 GA
1-2 record last week

TOR: 2
WSH: 0
Capitals vs. Leafs Recap: Andersen Zips Washington

DET: 3
Capitals vs. Red Wings Recap: Ovechkin’s Goal Lifts Caps in OT

FLA: 4
WSH: 1
Capitals vs. Panthers Recap: Reimer and Recidivism Stifle Washington at Home

Week Ahead:

Thursday October 26 - @ VAN, 10 PM

Saturday October 28 - @EDM, 10 PM

Sunday October 29 - @ CGY, 9 PM


  • 10/13/17, D Matt Niskanen - IR; Upper-body injury
  • 10/18/17, C Tyler Graovac - Day-to-day; Upper-body injury

Carolina Hurricanes

3-2-1, 7 pts; 17 GF / 16 GA
2-1 record last week

CAR: 5
EDM: 3
Carolina Hurricanes Defeat Edmonton Oilers 5-3 to Earn First Regulation Win

CAR: 2
CGY: 1
Recap and Rank ‘Em: Hurricanes Top Flames 2-1

CAR: 3
DAL: 4
About Last Night: Stars Victorious as Canes Rally Falls Short

Week Ahead:

Tuesday October 24 - vs TBL, 7 PM

Thursday October 26 - @ TOR, 7 PM

Friday October 27 - vs STL, 7:30 PM

Sunday October 29 - vs ANA, 5 PM


  • 10/2/17, RW Lee Stempniak - IR; Hip

New York Rangers

2-5-2, 6 pts; 24 GF / 32 GA
1-0-2 record last week

NYR: 4
Rangers Vs Penguins: Not Good Enough

NYR: 3
Rangers Vs. Islanders: Rangers Rally Late But Fall To Islanders In Shootout

NSH: 2
NYR: 4
Rangers Vs. Predators: Rangers Finally Snap Losing Skid, Defeat Predators 4-2

Week Ahead:

Monday October 23 - vs SJS, 7 PM

Thursday October 26 - vs ARI, 7 PM

Saturday October 28 - @ MTL, 7 PM

  • Standings via as of 10/22/17
  • Injuries via TSN as of 10/22/17


Which Metropolitan game is the most intriguing? Note: Most teams are playing Western Conference opponents, so not many hyped-up games this week.

This poll is closed

  • 75%
    10/24/17 - EDM @ PIT
    (51 votes)
  • 4%
    10/26/17 and 10/29/17 - Home-and-home w/ PIT and WPG
    (3 votes)
  • 16%
    10/28/17 - PHI @ TOR
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    10/28/17 - WSH @ EDM
    (2 votes)
  • 1%
    (1 vote)
68 votes total Vote Now