Three things happening in the NHL that aren't about William Nylander


1. The Buffalo Sabres have won 10 games in a row.

A lot of people most likely expected the Buffalo Sabres to be a better team than they were last year, considering they finished dead last in the NHL. But if somebody told you that they would have been leading the league just passed the quarter mark of the season you would have thought they were crazy. Well, joke's on all of us. 

The Sabres are currently riding a 10 game win streak and sit first place in the NHL with 36 points. Nashville and Tampa Bay are hot on their heels with 35 points each. 

Nine of the 10 wins have been by one goal during this streak, so the games have been close but the Sabres are still getting it done. 

Fun Fact: The Buffalo Sabres are the only team in NHL history to lead the league after the 25 game mark after finishing last the previous season. 
Everyone has watched their team struggle, so we all know how it feels. Sabre fan or not, it's good to see a team that's had some rough years be doing this well so early on in the season and maybe, if you're lucky, your team can be the one to end the win streak.

2. The Flyers are cleaning house.

Philadelphia Flyers president Paul Holmgren fired GM Ron Hextall on Monday and now head coach Dave Hakstol's job is on the line. 
I hate to keep kicking the can down the road but that's what I'm going to do. That's up to the next GM. I hate to say Dave Hakstol's fate is in the next GM's hands, but it is. I'm not going to make that decision. That's the next GM's job. -Paul Holmgren
The Flyers have allowed 3.57 goals per game, have the worst penalty kill with 69.7 percent and are 25th on the power play with 15.7 percent.

It's no secret that the Flyers are having some issues right now, but the biggest one is their goaltending problems. Anthony Stolarz started the game on Tuesday, making him the fifth goalie to start for the Flyers this season. Brian Elliot and Michael Neuvirth are expected to play most of the games this year, but both of them are on the IR. Calvin Pickard who was claimed on waivers from the Toronto Maple leafs has a 4.01 GAA in 11 games this season.

A stressful time for the Flyers organization and it's fans but the hiring of a new GM and possible coaching staff could be the beginning of a brighter future and potentially a turn around season.

The Flyers currently sit 29th in the league with 22 points and have a 10-12-2 record. They are 4-5-1 in their last 10 and have lost two games in a row. 

3. Matt Duchene has caught fire in Ottawa.

Remember when the only thing anybody was talking about was what was going to happen with Matt Duchene? He was eventually traded and then it was silence. Then some Senators players took an infamous Uber ride and now Duchene is lighting it up.

Duchene leads the Senators and is in seventh place for points with 31. With 10 multipoint games he is on pace for 101 points and has never felt better about his offensive game.
The nice part is I'm being given the opportunity with the situations I'm being put in to feel that way. I know what to expect every night coming to the rink, and if I put my gear on and give it my best, I know I'm going to have a chance to have success. That's something I've been looking for for a long time and I'm really happy about it. 
Duchene is in the final year of a five-year contract extension and can become an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, 2019. Ottawa has some promising young talent so it will be interesting to see if Duchene decides to sign with the team or if he will try and go to a team with a better shot at the Stanley Cup.


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