Feeling out of the loop on the recent developments in the NHL? Here's a cheat sheet of five things you need to know from across the league this week.
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Johnny be back, Johnny be good
After missing less than three weeks with a broken finger, Johnny Gaudreau returned to the Calgary Flames lineup this week. That's earlier than most expected to see him back, as the surgery to repair the finger was initially supposed to keep him out 4-6 weeks.
The quick return hasn't affected Gaudreau's production yet. The 23-year-old winger has two goals and four points in two games since returning to action.
Maybe he'll slow down, but as of right now his return has been a huge injection for the Flames, who are currently working on a four-game winning streak.
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The continued dominance of young stars
We're only a little over a quarter through the season, but there's still plenty reason to be excited about the surge of talented young players dominating this season.
It seems like there's a solid chance that absolutely nobody will outproduce Sidney Crosby this year, but at the moment, 18-year-old Patrik Laine and Crosby are tied with a league-leading 17 goals. After scoring just once over a 10-game span in November, Laine has five goals in his last five games.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Connor McDavid has a comfortable lead in points with 36, seven more than the guy behind him. McDavid is unreal, so it's wouldn't be shocking to see him continue at that clip.
Also worth keeping an eye on is 20-year-old David Pastrnak, who's tied for third in goals (despite missing a chunk of time due to injury and suspension) and emerging as a star for the Bruins.
Maybe it's too early to start talking about the possibility of a player under America's legal drinking age winning the Art Ross or Rocket Richard. But then again, maybe it's not.
Teammates have spoken to Cunningham, who captains the Coyotes' affiliate, and say the the 26-year-old is making progress and in good spirits.
“It was nice to see him smile," said teammate Christian Fisher. "He was cracking jokes just as if he were here the next day. It was pretty funny. He said he wanted us to come pick him up and take him to the rink. He was joking around. Stuff like that.”
Cunningham remains hospitalized, but it's good to hear that he's on the road to recovery.
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We're going streaking
It's been a fun week for surprising win streaks in the NHL. Not only have the Flames ripped off four in a row, but the Flyers are also currently working on a league-best six game win streak that has gotten them back on track a bit in the Eastern Conference.
Interestingly enough, though, Philly's hot streak hasn't been enough to push them past a wild card position, mainly because the Metro is full of parity. The Columbus Blue Jackets have emerged as a surprising competitior in that division so far and have won four in a row themselves. They currently trail the Penguins, who are atop the division, by one point with two games in-hand.
It's still somewhat early to distinguish which streaking teams are for real, but sometimes impressive streaks like these ultimately make the difference between making or missing the playoffs in the spring.
Though he had a relatively lengthy career as an enforcer, the defining moment of Scott's career came last year when he got elected to the NHL All-Star Game (via a hijacked internet fan vote) before being traded in what was potentially a ploy to remove him from the event.
Ultimately, Scott was allowed to play in the game. He captained the eventual-winning team, scoring two goals and winning the MVP award.
In his essay, Scott talks about that experience, as well as a general reflection on his career and some of the common misconceptions surrounding goons in the NHL.