Week 8: November 20 – 26, 2017

Injury report

Kyle Palmieri (NJD) – The Devils right winger suffered what was eventually evaluated to be a broken foot during a game against Minnesota on Monday night. The injury could have Palmieri sidelined for up to six weeks, an unsavory outcome to his return after already missing six games towards the end of October for a left foot injury suffered during practice.

Shea Weber (MTL) – Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres marked the third straight game missed by the defenseman after enduring a lower-body injury earlier in the week. Meanwhile, after a 10-game absence, goalie Carey Price made his post-injury return that same night, where he recorded a 36-save shutout to mark his return to the blue paint.

Vintage threads

The New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres both revealed the special occasion jerseys that they will be sporting during the 2018 Bridgestone Winter Classic, taking place on New Year’s day.

Hockey fights cancer

The fight against and awareness for cancer continues its month-long campaign through the league this weekend with some memorable moments. The New Jersey Devils had their awareness night on Friday, honoring cancer survivors that included Brian Boyle, taking the ice with his family for the ceremonial first face-off. The Montreal Canadiens hosted their own awareness night on Saturday, where a young cancer-recovering fan was given the special opportunity to read the starting line-up to the Habs dressing room prior to the game. One of the team’s defensemen Brandon Davidson also shared his own inspiring story about his firsthand battle with the disease.

Perhaps one of the most touching stories of them all was at the Maple Leafs’ awareness night on Saturday against the Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin promised his 13-year-old cancer survivor invitee, Alex Luey, that he would score a goal for him. By the end of the night, Ovechkin had not only delivered on his initial promise, but proceeded to score a hat trick for the young fan. This is the third hat trick Ovechkin has pocketed this season, and undoubtedly the most meaningful.

100 years young

Today (Sunday, November 26th) marks one century to the day that the National Hockey League was first brought into existence. The commemorative moment was honored last weekend with several ceremonious events in Montreal, where the historic establishment of the league occurred. In addition, the NHL will air The NHL: 100 Years, a documentary recounting the most memorable and historical aspects of the league from past to present.


League Leaders (Pts.)


1. Steven Stamkos, TBL (36)
2. Nikita Kucherov, TBL (34)
3. Johnny Gaudreau, CGY (34)
4. Jaden Schwartz, STL (32)
5. Phil Kessel, PIT (31)
6. Brayden Schenn, STL (30)
7. Jakub Voracek, PHI (29)
8. Vladimir Tarasenko, STL (28)
9. Connor McDavid, EDM (28)
10. Josh Bailey, NYI (28)


1. St. Louis Blues (35)
2. Tampa Bay Lightning (34)
3. New Jersey Devils (32)
4. Vegas Golden Knights (31)
5. Columbus Blue Jackets (31)
6. Winnipeg Jets (31)
7. Nashville Predators (31)
8. Toronto Maple Leafs (31)
9. New York Islanders (30)
10. Los Angeles Kings (29)

What you may have missed this week on Puck It Up: 

Coyotes 4, Leafs 1: Leafs Win Streak Snapped
Subban’s Back Just in Time as the Knights Start to Cool Off
Top 5 Underrated NHL Defensemen
Will He Stay or Will He Go?

Check back every Sunday to catch up on the week’s happenings around the league. Catch up on past Weekend Updates here. Follow us on Twitter: @puckitupblog.


-Alyssa O’Brenski

Email: alyssaobrenski@gmail.com
Twitter: @alyssaacorrine
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