NHL Mixed Bag: A mad dash for December is on – Sporting News

The Oilers, a trendy pick to contend for the Stanley Cup, are 14 points behind the West-leading Blues after the first month of the season.

Meanwhile, the two-time defending champions have sputtered out of the gate, but the Penguins (and Blue Jackets) are a mere point back of the Metropolitan Division lead after a cool-off from the Devils. 

It just goes to show: everything that’s surprised you might not stay that way for long.

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The NHL standings are, for the most part, condensing quickly and what a coincidence with the Thanksgiving holiday approaching in the United States. Everyone wants to be in a playoff spot at the end of November and every coach is going to do his part to squeeze juice out of a rock and rack up points. 

Get ready for the fun to fade away for a little while. Exciting!

Holy Bobrovsky

Sergei Bobrovsky made what might be the save of the year Saturday night in Detroit.

The Blue Jackets, completely out of gas and at the end of a long shift in 3-on-3 overtime, turned the puck over and sent Andreas Athanasiou off to the races. Athanasiou waited for Anthony Mantha to join him, making it a 2-on-0 rush, and just about everyone at Little Caesars Arena thought the game was in the bag.

Everyone, that is, except Bobrovsky.

He somehow stayed with the play, and though he appeared dead to rights, got enough of his right skate in the way of Athanasiou’s one-touch attempt and kept the game alive. The Blue Jackets went on to win the game in the ninth shootout round, with Jack Johnson finally beating Jimmy Howard.

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