Here’s what I’m thinking as we approach Hump Day of the week before Super Bowl week:
*The Penguins suffer their first loss on home ice since November in a 3-0 loss to a St. Louis team that desperately needed the two points.
*The Islanders are 9-3-3 in their last 15 games after a 4-2 win over Columbus, extending their point streak to five games (4-0-1).
*John Tavares has eight goals and 11 points in his last seven games.
*Here’s Elliotte Friedman’s weekly 30 thoughts, profiling Bobby Carpenter the marathoner.
*Another beauty of a goal by Andreas Anathasiou in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime loss in Boston. My heart goes out to any defenseman that sees this guy carrying the puck through the open ice.
*Hand Jack Eichel that distinction as well. His overtime goal in Nashville wasn’t half-bad.
*Whatever offensive struggles the Bruins might have, don’t blame it on the top line of David Pastrnak-Patrice Bergeron-Brad Marchand, which is among the top three or four forward lines in the NHL. With a combined 49 goals, the trio accounts for 39 percent of the B’s goal scoring and with 105 combined points accounts for 32 percent of the Bruins offense this season.
*The Bruins are 10-5-1 against the Red Wings since Detroit moved to the Eastern Conference prior to the 2013-14 season, in addition to Boston’s five-game defeat of the Wings in the 2014 Eastern Conference quarterfinal. The B’s are 9-2-1 against Detroit over the last three seasons.
*Sam Bennett’s goal with 1.1 seconds left in Calgary’s 5-1 loss to Montreal was the only thing that separated the Flames from being shutout for the third time in nine games.
*498 goals for Patrick Marleau, his 97th game-winning goal, which ties him with Jarome Iginla and Guy Lafleur for sixth all-time.
*Brent Burns seems to score every night. He’s tied for seventh in the NHL with 21 goals. The next-closest goal scorers to him among defensemen are Kevin Shattenkirk and Shea Weber, with 11 apiece.