There’s a sharp focus on Buffalo these days because of Jack Eichel and curiosity over how this team will develop. What everyone seems to be noticing is O’Reilly’s skilled, edgy game. He’s a hard-working, gritty competitor who is solid defensively. Wouldn’t he be the perfect fourth-line role player for Canada in the World Cup?
4. Colorado Avalanche have awakened in recent weeks: Over the past 10 games, they have the best record (8-2) in the tough Central Division. They have a better road record than Minnesota, Chicago and Nashville. Their plus-5 goal differential is fifth in the division, with the Blues one goal better. Goalie Semyon Varlamov has given up nine goals in his last eight starts. He hasn't had a single-game save percentage of under .944 in that span.
5. Ryan Getzlaf's goal drought is severe: Although Getzlaf is on a pace to record more than 50 points, his goal slump has reached the alarming stage. In 27 games this season, he only has one goal, and that was an empty-netter. He went the last 11 games of the playoffs without a goal, too.
He is not the only reason why the last-place Anaheim Ducks have struggled, but Getzlaf’s reduced production is a major factor. The Ducks need him to lead the way if they want to save their season.