A lot went on during November in the NHL. Here are the 25 takeaways for the season’s second month (stats through Nov. 30):
1. The Anaheim Ducks still aren’t right. They have only won four of their last 11 games. Our assumption was that they simply were off to a slow start. But what if the Ducks aren’t as strong as we thought they were? They are 25 games into the season, and rank 29th in scoring at 2.00 goals per game. This is a team that needs to put together five or six wins in a row to show they can still be a factor.
2. Cory Schneider is New Jersey’s MVP. Coach John Hynes is rightfully receiving plenty of credit for the high level of competitiveness the Devils have had, but New Jersey’s ability to contend for the playoffs centers on Schneider’s consistency. His 2.03 goals-against average is better than Henrik Lundqvist’s 2.05 and his .928 save percentage is better than Braden Holtby’s .926.
3. Ryan Suter is having his best year since he came to the Minnesota Wild. With three goals and 20 points, he is likely to set…