The NHL was on its annual holiday break this past weekend, but both the Flyers and the Oilers (yes, even the Oilers!) are in a solid playoff position as of the stoppage. Meanwhile, the beginning of the World Junior Championships has Rachel excited as no fewer than nine Flyers prospects are playing in the tournament for various nations. It’s the last Hockey Feels episode for 2016! Happy holidays! And Happy New Year!
The Flyers winning streak finally came to an end at a staggering ten games this past week, but it was an impressive feat. However, thanks to the Columbus Blue Jackets’ own nine-game winning streak, and to the fact that the Metropolitan Division is the best division in hockey, the Flyers are still only fifth(!) in their division. The Oilers are still in the top three in the Pacific, which in the middle of December is quite astonishing given recent history. Coming soon: the holiday break! And the World Juniors!
The Flyers are red hot. Winners of eight straight games going into recording, Rachel’s favourite team made Steven’s Oilers one of their victims this past week, winning 6-5 in a tense and entertaining affair. But thanks to the rest of the Metropolitan Division, particularly the incandescent Columbus Blue Jackets(!), the Flyers are still only good enough to be tied for fourth in the division. The Oilers, meanwhile, have treaded water as of late, but are still just a point out of first in the Pacific, and Connor McDavid is running roughshod through the league. All this and more on today’s Hockey Feels!
What a week for the Flyers! Five straight wins, and an NHL 1st Star of the Week award for goalie Steve Mason. The Oilers, while slightly less impressive in style, still managed to take five of six points from their last three games. including a rare win over Anaheim on the weekend. But this is all setting the table for this season’s first Oilers-Flyers matchup later this week…