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Mailbag: Capitals' Ovechkin Goal Totals, Jets Core Future

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Alex Ovechkin 114 goals away from Wayne Gretzky’s record, he scored 50 last season. How many goals has he scored this season so that he’s getting closer to the record? — @nyrprpokemon

Ovechkin turned 37 on September 17th. Only Gordie Howe and Johnny Basik in NHL history have he scored 40 or more goals in one season after turning 37. Ovechkin became the oldest player to score 50 goals last season. Why would he slow down now? he is in great shape. He’s spent a long offseason training since the Capitals were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season. He had it before last season as well, scoring 50 goals. I have no doubt that he can do it again. But to put it mildly, Ovechkin has 45 goals this season.

Ovechkin has 780 goals in the NHL. I believe he will be his third player to reach his 800. He will achieve it by his January 1st. That means he would score his 20th goal in his first 39 games for Washington. The Capitals have a good schedule, with three straight sets (Oct. 12-13, Nov. 25-26, Dec. 22-23) with 30 of 39 games played in the Eastern time zone. Ovechkin picks up the pace as the playoffs progress. This means he can score 25 goals in the last 43 games. Catching Gretzky would require an average of 28.5 goals per season over the final four years of his contract. If he scores 45 goals this season, he’ll be 69 goals behind him, meaning an average of 23 goals per his season.

Ovechkin retires as the NHL’s all-time leading goalscorer.

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Will this be a game year for the core of the Winnipeg Jets? — @punmasterrifkin

It has that feeling, especially with the Jets stripping the captain from the front Blake WheelerIt could work for the Jets to give the forward more responsibility Kyle Conner, Nikolai Ehlers When Pierre-Luc DuboisConor, 26, is under contract for four more seasons, including this one. Ehlers, also 26, has a contract for three seasons. Dubois, 25, could become a restricted free agent after this season. If all goes well, it will be his three big pieces in the Jets’ current and future plans. Wheeler, 36, is under contract until next season. He’s a big part of what they can do this season, but not a big part of their future, and that’s one of the reasons why he’s the difference between success and failure for Winnipeg’s current core. is.

If the Jets miss the playoffs this season, or if they make it and are eliminated in the first round, it’s fair to assume that big changes will follow.wheeler forward Mark Shaifel and goalie Connor Herebuick With one year left on each of their contracts after this season, unrestricted free agency is on the horizon for them all. The Jets may try to get ahead of things and trade everything, especially if DuBois doesn’t re-sign. But if the Jets have a special season, it becomes a realistic possibility to bring them back next season, even with Wheeler, Sheifel and Hellebuick’s contracts expiring.

Which will be more successful this season, the Detroit Red Wings or the Ottawa Senators? Both seem dangerous Cam Talbot Stay healthy for the next few weeks. — @theashcity

The Senators are close, but neither will make it to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Ottawa wins offseason by signing forward Claude Giroud forward acquisition Alex Devlincat and Talbot in separate deals. Senators announced Monday that Talbot will be out for five to seven weeks due to an upper body injury. Excellent, and dangerous without Talbot early in the season. Anton Forsberg 917 save percentage in 46 games last season. Until Talbot returns, he can do his best work. Red He also signed a forward for the Wings and had a strong offseason. Andrew Copp When David Peron,Counsel Ben Kiarrot When Ori Martagaining a goalkeeper Ville Fusso in trade with the St. Louis Blues.

But the Senators have more advanced skills and could score more goals, especially with Devlin Catt, who scored 41 goals for the Chicago Blackhawks last season. Red his wings he is without a 40 goal scorer. Senator Tim Stutzl. Josh Norris, drake bazzarson When Brady Tkachuk As forward of one power play unit. This leaves Giroux and DeBrincat in other units. This is the depth of power play that should be better than the 19.3% that ranked him No. 20 in his NHL last season.Red Wings are doing better up front with Kopp and Perron joining Dylan Larkin, lucas raymond, Tyler Bertuzzi When Jakub Vrana Should be a top 6 forward group. However, the Red Wing’s firepower is no match for the Senator’s firepower.

The biggest question for senators concerns defense. But I would argue that it is also the biggest problem for Red Ottawa Thomas Chabot Leading that backend.Detroit is Moritz SeiderEach is better, but Chabot is a 25-year-old veteran with 313 NHL appearances. He has been the number one defenseman over his four seasons and leads his NHL in ice time per game for the past three years (26:09). Saider won his trophy last season over Calder as the NHL Rookie of the Year. But at his 21-year-old, it’s his first time being No. 1. Jake SandersonNo. 5 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.Detroit Simon Edvinsonwas selected sixth in the 2021 NHL Draft, but Sanderson is close to being an influential NHL player and will help Ottawa even more this season.

Can the Buffalo Sabers rock the Eastern Conference this season? — @pdressel72

If they can establish a baseline of consistency that has been their biggest struggle in recent seasons, they’ll make a fuss.But I have reservations about goaltending tandems Eric Comrie When Craig AndersonThe Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs should be the top three teams in the Atlantic Division barring disaster. This time Comrie and Anderson go up against Ottawa’s Talbot and Forsberg tandem and Detroit’s Husso and Alex Nederkovic tandem. it doesn’t match. That’s the number one reason the Sabers can’t find their way to the playoffs. But make no mistake, they’re going to rumble, and Buffalo fans should be optimistic about where their hockey team is headed. The Sabers should be better than his 75-point team last season. The gap between the top eight and bottom eight teams in the Eastern Conference has closed, meaning they don’t need 100 points to advance to the postseason like they did last season. But the Sabers don’t get there with goaltending when they need it in the mid-1990s.

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Which three teams do you think have (more or less) aging cores and a looming cup-winning chance? — @TrishTheMiddle

Let’s amend your question to say “close the window on the chances of them winning the cup again”. Because my answer is Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, and Boston Bruins. Together, the two have won his five Stanley Cup championships since the Penguins won one of his three wins in 2009. Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and Chris Letang.

Center is the only remaining player from Boston’s core when they won the Stanley Cup in 2011 Patrice Bergeron37, David Craig36, and Brad Marchand34, but they make up the aging part of the core Bruins with championship pedigree.The Bruins have players in their mid-to-late 20s like forwards David Pastanak26, and Jake Debrasque25, and Defenseman Charlie McAvoytwenty four, Brandon Carlo25, Matt Guzerik, 28, and Hampas Lindholm, 28, is a vital part of the core, but it’s hard to imagine the Bruins being the same without Bergeron. He is playing on a one-year contract and is already considering retirement after last season.

The Penguins are built on the backs of three players: Crosby, Malkin and Letang. These three of his players have participated in all three of his recent Stanley Cup championships (2009, 2016, 2017). Crosby and Letang are each 35, and Malkin is 36. Letang signed him to a six-year deal in the offseason and Malkin signed him to a four-year deal. Crosby even signed him to a three-season deal and is the window for the Penguins to win the Cup again.

non-forward Tom Wilsonis 28, but Washington’s core players are all 30+.Add to that 34-year-old center Niklas BackstromWith his playing future uncertain due to hip problems, the window for the Capitals to win the cup again after winning in 2018 seems barely open.