1 thing every NHL team is thankful for | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

1 thing every NHL team is thankful for |  News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

1 thing every NHL team is thankful for | News, scores, highlights, stats and rumours

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Boston Bruins: The opposites

Not only are the Bruins 17-2-0, which is impressive enough on its own. They are 17-2-0 with a vengeance. They’re crushing opponents, rarely even following through, and they’re having fun.

Many pundits predicted the Bruins would begin their descent into irrelevance this season with last season’s first-round exit, the retirement of Tuukka Rask, a slew of injuries, a fired popular coach and an aging core.

But new head coach Jim Montgomery is getting the younger guys engaged and Patrice Bergeron is refusing to age. And maybe while we were caught up in Bergeron’s return, some of us forgot that David Krejci was also coming back. Krejci has been underrated as a key piece for the Bruins throughout his career, and has 14 points in 16 games so far this season, not to mention his veteran influence on their all-Czech line. Maybe he, his hate-loving teammate Brad Marchand and the rest of the Bruins used the offseason rebuke as bulletin board material. Or maybe they’re still that good.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Shots are just shots

As dramatic as each catch is after big wins and losses, just remember that catches are just catches. They can’t hurt us. If we turn off our phones and go outside for some fresh air, the shots will disappear for at least a moment. When it comes to the Maple Leafs franchise, that’s a very comforting thought.

In all seriousness, the team is really very good to great this season. Once we’ve counted to 10 and benched Mitch Marner, we can sit back and appreciate it.

Tampa Bay Lightning: 30 years of strength

The Lightning turn 30 this season and have a lot to be proud of. Three consecutive Finals appearances and two rings to prove it? Not bad. The Lightning are still relevant despite the inevitable attrition of said playoffs, and Lightning fans should appreciate that.

Detroit Red Wings: In a playoff spot

We still can’t be entirely sure what these Red Wings are, especially after their recent four-game losing streak against pretty bad teams. They have a bad habit of playing against bad teams, and they have to understand that. But no one expects them to win the Cup this year, and even qualifying for the playoffs would be a bit ahead of the Yzerplan plan. With young teams, bouncing back from a three- or four-game losing streak is always interesting, and Detroit responded with wins of 7-4 and 6-1.

They’re in a playoff spot at American Thanksgiving, and something tells me they could hang on.

Florida Panthers: The Best Reverse Throwbacks of All Time

If I had a Florida Panthers fan in my life, I’d jump on any Black Friday deal I got for the Panthers’ Reverse Retros. They absolutely nailed it, and somehow it looks even better on the ice.

Montreal Canadiens: Dare I say, Nick Suzuki’s contract?

Habs up-and-comer Nick Suzuki’s eight-year, $63 million contract has been controversial from the jump — it’s a relatively big change for someone who needs to prove himself as a top center. But the cap will increase in the coming years, and Suzuki leads Montreal with 11 goals and 23 points in 18 games. Patience, people.

Buffalo Sabres: The Bills

Raise your hand if you were fooled by the Buffalo Sabres’ start again. I told myself I wouldn’t fall for it this time, but once again I’m a fool.

I tried to stay the course until maybe the sixth game of their eight-game losing streak. And for the record, no team in NHL history has lost eight straight games and made the playoffs.

We’ve seen this one before, but it still hurts like the first time. You know, it’s not me, it’s you. We are definitely breaking up. The guy on the street may not be perfect, but at least he has a future and would jump over a table of fire for me.

Ottawa Senators: Rumors

The Senators are so bad in such an unexpected way that any rumor that can serve as a distraction is more than welcome. Will The Weeknd own the team? Will Ryan Reynolds own the team? Who will star in your documentary? Who cares, keep speculating.

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