The Edmonton Oilers changed their head coach, but they will only go as far as Connor McDavid takes them, and on Monday night, the best player in the NHL finally woke up.
With the Colorado Avalanche, the team got a big win on the ice, but the architect of two of their Stanley Cup rosters was rightfully inducted into the Hockey Hall Of Fame.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s NHL Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
It didn’t look pretty for 30 minutes, but once the Avalanche found their game, it wasn’t even close. They’re officially done playing the Seattle Kraken this season, which might be worthy of a celebration in itself.
First round pick Calum Ritchie returned to action on Sunday, and picked up two points in his debut this season.
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Pierre Lacroix Enters The Hall Of Fame
On Monday night, Pierre Lacroix, the architect of two Stanley Cup rosters for the Avalanche, officially entered the Hockey Hall of Fame. He’s more than deserving of the honor, and his grandson Max did one hell of a job on his induction speech. Here’s a few clips of the speech. Not bad for a 19 year old.
Pierre Lacroix's grandson, Max shares what his players meant to him.❤️ pic.twitter.com/w8AE0ZmGzq
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) November 14, 2023
— AltitudeTV (@AltitudeTV) November 14, 2023
Congratulations to the Lacroix family on the honor, and also, congratulations to Pierre Turgeon and his family. Let me tell you, Turgeon still has it. I’ve played against him in a few Avalanche alumni games, and he’s still as competitive as ever.
Around The NHL
The Edmonton Oilers changed their coach over the weekend, but it doesn’t matter who is coaching your team if your best player is underachieving.
On Monday night, the best player in the league woke up, scoring his first goal in nine games, as the Oilers won Kris Knoblauch’s debut as a coach in the NHL.
The McDavid drought is over. 🌊 pic.twitter.com/EEzKExbaZo
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 14, 2023
National Hockey Now
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins finally figuring things out?
Sam Reinhart might be pricing himself out of Florida, as he was the #1 star of the week in the NHL and is off to a tremendous start.
The Montreal Canadiens might have found a gem in Kaiden Guhle.
Where does Philip Tomasino stand with the Nashville Predators? (+)
The New Jersey Devils might be getting Jack Hughes back soon.