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A Soggi Perspective: Opening Week in the NHL

Now that the first week of the NHL is behind us, lets take a look at the winners and losers from this week. *Note* This post will be a work in progress, and I will be updating it as the week goes on.

WINNERS

  • Boston Bruins – I really thought they were going to come out flat after last year’s crushing Game 7 Stanley Cup Final loss. However, I was shocked when they scored two quick goals on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead on the Stars in the first period. They held on for a 2-1 win behind a very strong performance by Tuukka Rask.
  • Las Vegas Golden Knights – After being eliminated in dramatic fashion by the Sharks last year, the Golden Knights exacted revenge with a great 4-1 win over their Pacific rivals. Mark Stone and Rielly Smith opened up the scoring for the Golden Knights in the first, and Marc-Andre Fluery held strong with a 21 save performance.
  • New York Rangers – The Breadman has landed in the Big Apple. The Rangers scored 6 on a really good defensive Jets team from the previous season. King Henrick turned out at 43 save performance, which is nothing to sneeze at for a 37 year old netminder at the end of his prime. Does this Rangers team finally have enough to make a Cup Run with Lundqvist at the helm? Probably not. But it’s a fun thought.

LOSERS

  • St. Louis Blues – Man, what a way to celebrate winning a Stanley Cup by losing, in overtime, to the previous Stanley Cup champions. Not a good look for the defending champs. Yes, there is salt in this shitpost. But if I were a Blues fan, winning the only STANLEY CUP BANNER RAISING game in your franchise’s history is a must.
  • Pittsburgh Penguins – Matt Murray was peppered by the Sabres. The top line of the Penguins looked punchless. Although, the powerplay still works, as it should with two of the best centers in the world. Guys, Matt Murray is really not that good. I predict he ends the season with a sub .910 save percentage.
  • Sergei Bobrovsky – He does realize he signed with the Florida Panthers, right? Giving up 4 goals in a debut for your new team is definitely the best way to summon a past-his-prime Roberto Luongo. I think he will continue to retire and resign with the Panthers. I think he likes the pain that comes with playing in South Eastern Florida. Who thought giving Miami a hockey team would be a good idea anyways?

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