COVID-19: the biggest losers in the NHL

COVID-19: les grands perdants de la LNH

If ever the pandemic coronavirus comes to the end of the campaign 2019-2020 in the national hockey League (NHL), many players and teams have reasons to grumble. Here are a few.

Boston Bruins

Forwards David Pastrnak (right) and Brad Marchand

Since the beginning of this campaign, the Bruins dominate. Before the cessation of activities in the circuit Bettman, the formation of the Massachusetts sat at the top of the overall standings with 100 points, and this, under a sheet of 44-14-12. The “Cubs” had a lead of six points over their closest pursuers, the Blues of St. Louis. The Bruins are a power in the NHL for a few years already, they who have reached the Stanley Cup final last season.

Boston bet, however, on a team of aging players in key are more small youths. Patrice Bergeron (34 years), David Krejci (34), Brad Marchand (31 years old) and Zdeno Chara (42 years old) will not be able to have the same impact on the rinks to the resumption of hostilities.

Alexander Ovechkin

The captain of the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin

More than ever in 2019-2020, the possibility that the attacker’s Washington Capitals Alexander Ovechkin to beat the record for the most number of goals scored in the history of the NHL has been mentioned. The brand belongs to the legendary Wayne Gretzky, who threaded the needle to 894 times. “Ovi” claims 706 successes so far.

This season, the “Tsar” has scored 48 goals and he had 11 games of the regular schedule to play. We’re betting he would have been able to add half-a-dozen nets to his list. Already 34 years, the grip tightens on the skater is Russian.

Auston Matthews

The attacker of the Maple Leafs Auston Matthews

With 47 goals in 70 meetings, the center player of the Toronto Maple Leafs Auston Matthews was on track to break a record for concession for the greatest number of goals scored by a team representative of the Queen City in a single season. The record is held by Rick Vaive, who had raised 54 nets in 1981-1982.

“To be honest, I feel bad for him, had also indicated Vaive in the newspaper “Toronto Sun”. Actually, I know how difficult it is to manage that. Who knows if they will play all of these games that are cancelled or that they will begin the series on-the-field? And that is if they return to play simply.”

Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux and Sean Couturier

Before the start of the season 2019-2020, the Flyers have carried out a large household in the coaches. They have hired Alain Vigneault as head coach, while Michel Terrien and Mike Yeo have been chosen to be his assistants.

This important change has borne fruit, and in the second half of the season, the Flyers were the team of the time in the NHL. Since the beginning of the year 2020, the formation of Pennsylvania has won 19 of his 29 outings. She also had an excellent sequence of nine consecutive wins. Moments of grace like this are very rare in professional sport and there is no guarantee that Flyers will be able to replicate these successes.

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