Thoughts are my own: Mumblings from the Weekend

*Where would the Dallas Stars be without the services of Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn? Of the 112 points recorded by the Stars this season, the duo accounts for 30 of them, a rate of 26.7 percent.

*Eight goals put up by the the Blue Jackets on the Blues on Saturday night. How about that? And let us not forget the Jackets hung 10 on Montreal last week.

*Meanwhile, the Blues we all gushed about in the early weeks of the season is 3-5-2 in its last 10 and looks like the club many were concerned we’d witness following an offseason of roster turnover.

*The Bruins, out to a 10-6 start, are 7-4 in games David Backes has played this season.

*The Canadiens have outscored opponents 51-20. They have a five-on-five goals-for percentage of 66.67. This team lost a game, 10-0.

*Battle for supremacy in the cage is shaping up to be a fierce Boston-Montreal battle. Check these numbers out; Tuukka Rask: 10-1, 1.54 GAA, .945 save percentage, three shutouts; Carey Price: 10-0/1.40/.957/2.

*Carolina is tops in the league when it comes to young talent. Sebastian Aho joined in the fun Saturday night by recording his first two career goals. This team is going to be really, really good in a few years.

*Speaking of the ‘Canes, 2015 fourth round pick Nicholas Roy could turn some heads. After 90 points in 63 games last season for Chicoutimi in the QMJHL, he’s got 30 in 17 for the Sagueneens this year. A big centerman a 6-4, 209 pounds, Roy brings a lot of brawn to the ice, and is heavy around the net.

*Maxime Fortier had 10 points in two games this weekend for Halifax, including a six-assist outing on Friday night. The undrafted right winger, who turns 19 in December, has 35 points – 25 of which are assists – in 21 games.

*Mathieu Joseph and Bokondji Imana, both Lightning prospects, had three and four goals, repsectively, for Saint John on Saturday night, a 7-2 win over Sherbrooke.

*J.J. Piccinich had a season-high four points for London on Friday night, followed it up with a two-assist performance on Saturday. He has 20 points in 16 games this season, seven coming in the last three games. The Maple Leafs prospect had 66 points in his rookie OHL campaign in 2015-16, joining the Knights after a season at Boston University.

*Good weekend at the office for Niagara netminder Stephen Dhillon, turning aside 85 of 87 shots that came his way this weekend. He followed up a 41-save performance on Friday against Barrie with a 44-save outing against Sudbury on Saturday. He’s made 38 saves or more in seven of his last eight games, in which he’s gone 3-2-1-2, allowing 21 goals but stopping pucks at a .941 rate.

*Exciting night in Moose Jaw on Saturday, in which the WHL’s Rebels of Red Deer and the Warriors combined for 15 goals in an 8-7 Red Deer overtime win.

*Cody Glass, a forward for Portland and a 2017 draft prospect, potted three goals and five points on Saturday night. He has 10 goals and 30 points in 21 games.

*Just five NCAA players have 18 or more points this season. Three play for Union; the top two scorers in the nation in Mike Vecchione (26) and Spencer Foo (21), followed by Sebastian Vidmar (18).


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