NHL Flame-o-Meter: No one is hotter than Alex Ovechkin and the Golden Knights – CBSSports.com

As the NHL embarks on its second full week of the 2017-18 season, a handful of teams — and one specific player — have lit up the headlines.

In honor of their efforts, which will inevitably either be forgotten by season’s end or precede a descent into mediocrity the following week, here’s a look at our NHL Flame-o-Meter, your one-stop shop for hot and not-so-hot faces of the league:

White hot: Alex Ovechkin

Somebody get the oven mitts. Did he finally help the Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins this week? No. But that doesn’t matter. If you’re looking for the hottest thing — team or player — in the NHL right now, it is most definitely our beloved Olympics enthusiast Ovi.

With eight goals in four games, Alex Ovechkin has already cemented his name in the record books. USATSI

His production is astounding because of how so-so he looked at times in 2016-17, but it’s also astounding because, well, eight goals in four games is darn near historic — no, it is historic. Back-to-back hat tricks to start the year were a wakeup call for Ovechkin critics, and with his score against the Pens on Wednesday, he became just the third player in the past three decades to light the lamp that many times in four games. Think about this: Ovi needs 25 goals over the final 78 games to match his total from a season ago. Who said he was slowing down?

Piping hot: Vegas Golden Knights

Yeah, they’re sizzlers. It’s kind of a league-wide cliché already that Vegas is exceeding expectations. But really, this team has looked, you know, like a real NHL team. And this is coming from someone who has already

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Hockey News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.