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At the age of 17, Connor McDavid is already under constant pressure, being deemed ‘The Next One,’ on the ice he’s living up to the hype, and off the ice he’s in great hands, as he trains under the tutelage of Gary Roberts.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
About 10 days ago or so, with the Edmonton Oilers having started the season winless in their first five games, we're told the team's front office held some intense discussions, looking at all kinds of possibilities for action should their miserable start continue. Another October from hell would not be accepted. Four wins in a row later everyone can take a step back and relax.
The Oilers shut out Montreal 3-0 on Monday night behind Ben Scrivens. The Oilers goalie was shaky early in the season, which provided people like myself a reason to ask whether Edmonton made an error in thinking he could be No. 1 goalie material. But like his team, Scrivens has bounced back well and has been terrific during the game's four-game win streak, the team's first of its kind since the lockout season two years ago.
read on for Burnside and Custance on the Oilers and Strang on the hits in last night's Wild/Rangers game.
RANGERS RALLY IN THE THIRD PERIOD TO EDGE WILD
Trailing 3-0 after 40 minutes, the Rangers scored five third-period goals – including the tying and winning markers 37 seconds apart – to defeat the Wild.
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks just the second time in franchise history the Rangers have overcome a 3-0 third-period deficit to win. Their only previous such victory came on Jan. 4, 1956 vs. DET (also 5-4 final score).
* The last time the Rangers rallied from a three-goal deficit at any point in the third period (regardless of the score) was on Dec. 27, 1992, a 6-5 victory over the Bruins highlighted by a hat trick from Alex Kovalev.
* The Rangers also secured their first three-goal comeback win (at any stage in the game) since April 4, 2011 vs. BOS. In that contest, the Bruins opened a 3-0 lead in the second period before the Rangers scored five unanswered goals (including two in the middle frame) en route to a 5-3 victory.
COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.
Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday and is expected to miss one to two weeks. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has appeared in 187 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, going 99-58-21 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and nine shutouts. The 26-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia went 32-20-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 2013-14.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- The Blues are in an interesting spot. A contender going through some transition. The new setup in goal is well-documented. The defence is reasonably set. What’s getting less attention are the changes up front. Jaden Schwarz is establishing himself as a top scorer. Vladimir Tarasenko is growing from a 15-minute player to a 17-minute player. Once he gets healthy, Paul Stastny will be a major piece. Depending on how this evolves, will Doug Armstrong quietly gauge the market on some of his incumbent forwards?
- Nail Yakupov scored his second of the season in that win. There’ve been a lot of rumours about his future, but I confess I haven’t heard anything substantial. After a week of looking into it, here’s my best guess: he’s not untouchable, but the Oilers asked him to show more commitment in the off-season and on the ice. So far, he has delivered. It sounds like Edmonton wants to reward that. Dallas Eakins is trusting him in late-game one-goal leads, something that never would have happened a year ago.
- Thought Boston and/or Philadelphia, both short defencemen, might look at Buffalo’s Andrej Meszaros. He’s on a one-year deal and has played in both cities, but it doesn’t sound as if either looked at it. He’s at $4.125 million, which may explain the problem for a pair of cap-tight clubs.
- Edmonton’s Jeff Petry’s comes a little more than $1M lower, and the Flyers can’t do that right now for cap reasons, even though they like him. Between the Flyers, Red Wings, possibly the Ducks and anyone else I’m missing, there seems to be a nice little market for him.
much more plus a look at Randy Carlyle...
Dale Tallon was on Florida radio this morning with Steve Goldstein
via tweets from Goldstein...
Dale Tallon on #FlaPanthers offense,"I'd be worried if we weren't getting chances but we are. We know we need to get that top goal scorer."
Tallon, "We are committed, we are going to be a good team for a long time to come. As we improve we will get more people in the building."
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Hindsight being what it is, do you now know why you guys got away from your game last season?
"I think with a new coach coming in you want to buy into the system and all that. Torts never told us to change our game. I think a lot of people think he was the reason we got away from our game, but that wasn't the reason. That was all myself and Henrik. It was our mindset. That was the No. 1 thing. It was more our mindset. The only way for us to be successful is to play the way we always play. It might not always work out, but it's our only way of being successful."
four more questions for Daniel Sedin...
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
National Hockey League security personnel were at the MasterCard Centre on Monday as part of their team-by-team talk on player safety away from the rink.
Years ago, a big part of the lecture had to do with avoiding narcotics, seedy characters and the like, but there has been a shift in recent years to proper protocol on social media, particularly what information a player lets out and avoiding the release of any potentially damaging images.
"When I first came in there was no social media or anything like that," 37-year-old defenceman Stephane Robidas said. "That was a big thing today. When I broke in, there were no cellphones. I got my first one during my first year, but there was no camera on it, no Facebook, no e-mail on your phone. But this is a new era."
The players usually are briefed in these meetings on what to do in any difficult off-ice situation. Where once the league had few brushes with the law compared to other pro sports, that's no longer the case.
read on for some notes on the Leafs...
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
As Schneider gears up for his ninth consecutive start Tuesday night against the Penguins, it is clear that he is getting the work load he craved before agreeing to sign a 7-year, $42 million contract extension with the Devils last summer.
It appears likely that he will play at least 70 games if he stays healthy, but is he prepared?
“I’m very prepared,” Schneider told NJ Advance Media. “You try to take it game by game, or in smaller segments. If you think about it as an 82-game season it gets pretty overwhelming and you sort of lose focus on what’s coming up next. For me it’s more about the next game than trying to figure out what I’m going to feel like 30, 40 50 games in.
“For now I feel good. These last few games I’ve actually felt more like myself in a good rhythm and seeing the puck well. So I have to continue that. Like a lot of guys say, the more you play the better you feel. I’m hoping I can keep it up.”
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
He's drawing on his experience with the Kings as he tries to fortify the Flyers, who missed the playoffs in the 2012-13 season, were eliminated in the first round last season, and are coping with key injuries on defense. He has borrowed bits of philosophy from Flyers icon Bob Clarke, their senior vice president, and Holmgren, the Flyers' president, as well as from Lombardi.
"You've got the two ex-players in 'Clarkie' and 'Homer' and then you get the other side of it. Dean's a lawyer and very analytical, so you tune into some of his thought process and his thinking," Hextall said. "I learned an awful lot from Dean and from being in LA.
"In Philly, things have always been fairly stable. In L.A. we turned over the whole infrastructure of the organization, from trainers to coaches to scouts. I'd never been through a process like that before. I think one of the most valuable things I learned was hiring people and how important it was to hire the right people."...
"We've got some good young pieces coming, and in that sense there's similarities with L.A. We've got a real good young group of forwards here, and we've got some young defensemen coming that we're really excited about. So we've got to have some patience."
more plus a short talk with John Davidson, President of the Columbus Blue Jackets..
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