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Before 12 o’clock

A friend of mine posted to our group chat in the Fantasy Hockey League and made Auston Matthews a Hart Trophy favorite

Matthews, who started the season with the fifth-shortest chance of winning around 1400, was still floating in a certain spot around that price

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

Twelve hours later, Craig Button joined Darren Dutchyshen at SportsCentre to try and get Matthews into the Hart Trophy interview

It was weird because I hadn’t really considered it until Wednesday and now I heard Craig break it down after the morning text messaging on SC

His case for Matthews was simple too: elite production on a team with one of the league’s top records

Matthews increased his ridiculous pace when he was 14 Goal in 16 games as the Toronto Maple Leafs (-320) defeated the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night

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After Brady Tkachuk answered for Ottawa, Alexander Kerfoot scored his third goal of the season and the eventual winner shortly after halfway through the third half

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

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Given Matthews’ remarkable scoring pace and the fact that his production led Toronto to one of the league’s top records at 12-3-2, it would be ridiculous to say that any of these other five players still do deserves to get better chances of winning the award as Matthews at the moment

As a lifelong Maple Leafs fan, there was absolutely no panic less than 48 hours after that epic collapse of rival Senators on Monday night

He expressed confidence that Toronto would have no problem getting back on its feet and that Matthews would continue to take the lead

It was pretty cool to see Matthews pick up right where he left off with another goal in defeating Ottawa

When Craig and Dutch talked about Matthews after the game with Hart, the circle came full

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

Jacob Markstrom gave up five goals in 29 shots before catching the hook when 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 a goal and a template

Bo Horvat defeated Jacob Markstrom in a race for the puck and tucked it home in the second stage of his team’s 5-1 win over the Flames on Wednesday night to score the crucial goal of the primary centers rating in @Canucks Franchise Story ImageTwittercom / 6Xi1hoQAjz

It was a desperate win for a Vancouver team who lost seven of their last eight overall

Now the Canucks will be looking to build on that win with a four-game home game that includes two games against the Winnipeg Jets and the Edmonton Oilers

Meanwhile, the Flames will face each other in a tough matchup with the latest editions of the Battle of Alberta on Friday and Saturday nights

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

McDavid posted his 500th birthday Career NHL point with an assist for a goal by Jesse Puljujarvi from 3:45 in the first half

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He added another one to Leon Draisaitl’s second goal of the night late in the second period that turned out to be the winner of the game

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

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

The Oilers must play against one of the teams they are battling for a playoff spot in the Flames this weekend

Wednesday was another major milestone on the road to legalizing single-game sports betting in Canada

Bill C-218, who would legalize sports betting for a game, has passed a second reading and is referred to the Justice Committee

Three hundred and three of the 318 votes in the House of Commons approved the bill, which still requires a third reading before it goes to the Senate for the final vote

For a long time it was inevitable that one day sports betting in a game would be legal in Canada

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

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