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Dose: Matthews to Canada?

by Ryan Dadoun
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Edmonton Oilers lost Friday night, dropping to 25-35-7 this season, but they're not the worst team in the NHL.  The Toronto Maple Leafs are 21-32-10 this season, making them another serious contender for the NHL basement.  The bottom-five also includes Calgary, Winnipeg, and Buffalo.

 

In other words, the odds of the first overall pick - and thus likely Auston Matthews - going to a Canadian club is looking very good.  That's nothing for Canadians to be proud of for obvious reasons, but it is a silver lining in a season that will likely end with every Canadian squad missing the playoffs.

 

Here's a bit of trivia to go along with that: Excluding Edmonton, which was the last Canadian team to select first overall in a draft?  Ottawa, which had the first pick in 1995 and 1996 and used it on Bryan Berard and Chris Phillips respectively.  Ottawa also had the top pick in 1993 and used it on Alexandre Daigle.  Those three aren't exactly what you would hope to result from three firsts in four years, but Phillips did play in 1,179 games with Ottawa.

 

As one more piece of Canadian draft trivia, the Quebec Nordiques were the last team to select the first overall pick three years in a row until Edmonton did it in 2010-12.  Quebec did so from 1989-1991 and took Mats Sundin, Owen Nolan, and Eric Lindros.

 

NEW YORK RANGERS 3 WASHINGTON 2

 

By bouncing back following their 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday, the New York Rangers have now played in 31 games since their last losing streak of at least two contests.

 

Rangers goalie Antti Raanta did a fine job filling in for Henrik Lundqvist (neck) as he turned aside 32 of 34 shots.  He's won his last three starts and has allowed just five goals over that span.

 

His Capitals counterpart, Braden Holtby, has only won one of his last four games.  That might not be much of a slump, but with Holtby chasing the all-time record in wins, even a modest setback like this could contribute to keeping the record out of his reach.  He has 40 wins and the record is 48, set by Martin Brodeur in 2006-07.

 

T.J. Oshie found the back of the net for Washington, bringing him up to 40 points in 64 games.  That was also his 350th career point in 507 contests.

 

Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist, bringing him up to four points in his last four games.  He has 15 goals and 18 assists in 55 contests in 2015-16.

 

COLUMBUS 6 EDMONTON 3

 

As has often been the case since his return, Connor McDavid was a silver lining in the Oilers' loss.  He had a goal and an assist, giving him 34 points in 30 games.  McDavid is on a four-game point streak and is now tied with Anthony Duclair for sixth place on the rookie scoring list, although Duclair has more than doubled McDavid in games played.  McDavid could conceivably continue to climb up the list, although Artemi Panarin has a commanding lead overall with 59 points in 64 contests.

 

The Blue Jackets had 14 different players that recorded at least a point, which was enough to tie their franchise record.

 

Columbus' Joonas Korpisalo has won four of his last five starts, bringing his record up to 13-8-4.  He did surrender three goals Friday night, which is obviously never ideal, but at the same time he made an impressive 33 saves.

 

Scott Hartnell and Boone Jenner each finished the game with a goal and an assist for Columbus.

 

Leon Draisaitl found the back of the net, giving him 17 goals and 45 points in 57 games this season.

 

DALLAS 4 NEW JERSEY 2

 

This game was particularly devastating to the Devils' playoff chances.  Not only did they lose and thus keep themselves five points behind Pittsburgh in the battle for the second Wild Card spot despite the fact that the Devils have played in three extra games, but New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider also left the contest with a lower-body injury.  It's not yet clear if Schneider's injury is serious, but if it is then New Jersey will be much worse for it.

 

Devante Smith-Pelly is now on a three-game goal scoring streak and has two markers and an assist in two games since being acquired by the Devils.  Including his time with Montreal, he has eight goals and 15 points in 48 contests this season.

 

Dallas forward Vernon Fiddler is also on a three-game goal scoring streak.  His marker on Friday was also his 10th goal and 20th point of the season as well as his 100th goal in 802 career games.

 

Valeri Nichushkin turned 21 on March 4 and celebrated that with a goal and an assist.  He now has 26 points in 63 contests this season.

 

Kari Lehtonen snapped a personal three-game losing streak to improve to 17-8-1 this season.  He turned aside 18 of 20 shots.

Ryan Dadoun
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