Perhaps the most meaningful thing about the American Thanksgiving in Canada is that it marks the quarter-point of the National Hockey League season. Though there is still lots of hockey left to play, it’s a significant point of no return for many teams and players. Over the last five seasons, a remarkable 77.5 per cent (62-of-80) of teams that hold a playoff spot at American Thanksgiving have gone on to clinch a berth in the postseason.
Question: What or who has been the biggest surprise of the NHL season so far for you?
Seeing the Vancouver Canucks and the Buffalo Sabres actually doing pretty well this season.
I think the Toronto Maple Leafs are actually going to do really well this season.
How many points (Ottawa Senators forward) Matt Duchene has got so far.
I think I’m surprised at how good the Montreal Canadiens are. I don’t like them, but, yeah.
I thought Las Vegas was going to be a lot better in their second season. They had a really good first season, so it’s surprising they’re losing as much as they are now.
I don’t know, aren’t the Leafs up close to first place? That’s surprising.
Wade Mullins Jr.
I was surprised the Canadiens traded Max Pacioretty.