Ebene News – CA – Morning Coffee: Matthews Hart Trophy Conversation Begins – TSNCalifornia

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A friend of mine posted our fantasy hockey league group chat, claiming Auston Matthews as the Hart Trophy favorite

Matthews, who entered the season with the fifth shortest odds to win the Hart at 1400, was still hovering around that price at one particular spot

His case for Matthews was simple: elite numbers on a team with one of the best NHL records

Twelve hours later, Craig Button joined Darren Dutchyshen on SportsCentre to argue that Matthews will be part of the Hart Trophy conversation

It was weird, because I hadn’t really thought about it until Wednesday, and now I could hear Craig breaking it down on SC after the morning texts

His case for Matthews was also simple: an elite production in a team with one of the best records in the league

Matthews added to his ridiculous pace with his 14th goal in 16 games as the Toronto Maple Leafs (-320) beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night

Continuing a career trend that began in his very first NHL game in October 2016 when he scored 4 goals, Auston Matthews’ scorer against the Senators tonight added to what has already been a very productive career when his @MapleLeafs plays OTTTwittercom / BSbypWks37

After Brady Tkachuk answered for Ottawa, Alexander Kerfoot scored his third of the season, and the game winner, just after halfway through the third period

As the season approached, Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, Artemi Panarin and Leon Draisaitl were the four players who had less chances of winning the Hart Trophy than Matthews

“I watch Auston Matthews like I watch Alexander Ovechkin when he was scoring the same way” @CraigJButton & @dutchysc on the case for Matthews to be in the Hart Trophy conversation: https: // tco / M6dhSC4Qh2 # TSNHockey picTwittercom / OzOyZWAwNa

Given Matthews’ remarkable pace and the fact that his production propelled Toronto to one of the league’s best records at 12-3-2, it would be ridiculous to say that any of those other five players still deserves a better chance of winning the award than Matthews at the moment

Longtime Maple Leafs fan, there was absolutely no panic less than 48 hours after that epic meltdown against rival Senators on Monday night

He said he was convinced Toronto would have no problem bouncing back and Matthews would continue to lead the way

It was pretty cool to see Matthews pick up where he left off with another goal in the win over Ottawa

Hearing Craig and Dutch talk about Matthews in the Hart conversation after the game brought that group conversation full circle

For the record, Matthews is my favorite Hart right now for the same simple reasons: an elite production on a team with one of the best records in the NHL

Jacob Markstrom gave up five goals on 29 shots before getting the hook as the Vancouver Canucks (140) beat the Calgary Flames 5-1 on Wednesday night

Brock Boeser scored one goal and had two assists JT Miller and Bo Horvat each had one goal and one assist

Beating Jacob Markstrom in a puck run and bringing it home for the deciding goal in the 2nd period of his team’s 5-1 win over the Flames on Wednesday night, Bo Horvat moved up on his own to 6th rank of this list in career mark primary centers in franchise history @Canucks picTwittercom / 6Xi1hoQAjz

It was a desperate victory for a Vancouver team who had lost seven of their last eight games

The Canucks will now look to build on the win with a four-game home stand that includes two games against the Winnipeg Jets and Edmonton Oilers

Meanwhile, the Flames will be thrown back into a tough game with the final editions of the Battle of Alberta in a back-to-back Friday and Saturday night

The Oilers should be a confident squad after winning seven of their last nine games before their two-game set with Calgary

McDavid scored his 500th career NHL point with an assist on a goal from Jesse Puljujarvi at 3:45 of the first period

McDavid and Crosby needed the same number of games to reach 500 points 🤯
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He added another on Leon Draisaitl’s second goal of the night at the end of the second period, which turned out to be the match winner

Mike Smith stopped 33 of 35 shots he faced to go 3-0-0 this season

The Oilers are still 1,600 to win the North Division – making them the fifth pick on the board

The Oilers will need to continue playing against one of the teams they are fighting for a playoff berth in the Flames this weekend

Wednesday marked another milestone in promoting the legalization of single match sports betting in Canada

Bill C-218, which would legalize single game sports betting, has passed second reading and will be referred to the justice committee

Three hundred and three of the 318 votes in the House of Commons were in favor of the bill, which has yet to be approved at third reading before being sent to the Senate for a final vote

For a long time, it seemed inevitable that one day single-game sports betting would be legal in Canada

We hope we can take Wednesday’s vote as a sign that it is only a matter of time before that happens

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