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INSIDE THE NUMBERS: GOALIES STEAL FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT
Minnesota’s Darcy Kuemper established a franchise-record shutout streak and three veteran goaltenders -- Vancouver’s Ryan Miller, Florida’s Roberto Luongo and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne -- posted shutouts on a night highlighted by goaltending performances.
* After posting consecutive shutouts in Minnesota’s first two games, Kuemper had his season-long shutout streak snapped at 4:02 of the third period at Anaheim. His stretch of 163:46 is the longest individual single-season shutout streak in Wild history (he was off the ice for 0:16 in MIN's opening two games). The team shutout streak of 164:02 fell short of the franchise record (169:20) by just 5:18.
* Kuemper stopped the first 66 shots he faced this season and 70 of 72 overall for a 0.67 goals-against average and .972 save percentage. At age 24, he became the youngest goaltender in NHL history to post shutouts in each of his team’s first two games of a season.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Now it's a five alarm fire.
Five games. Five losses.
Worst start in franchise history.
It was one of those “other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?” type of nights.
A lot of things which were wrong with the team in their first four games were right this night....
“It's always about the points,” said coach Dallas Eakins of the standings.
“But we're certainly not going to be kicking ourselves in the face after a game like that.
“It was an even battle. I thought we had a lot more gamesmanship tonight.”
Eakins didn't look like the captain of a sinking ship.
Randy Carlye said post-game Kozun has a possible high-ankle sprain but an MRI today will reveal the damage.
Miss any of the action from Friday's games?
Here is a quick way to catch up on them and all is good except for mentioning the Leafs/Wings game was at the JLA.
from Rich Chere of NJ Advance Media,
Is there reason for Devils fans to be excited about their team now that the home opener is just hours away?
The players think so.
“Yeah. I think we have a good foundation here, starting with the back end,” goalie Cory Schneider said. “There are the young guys on the blue line and myself. Hopefully I’ll be here for a long time.
“I think it is something to look forward to. We made a couple nice additions up front. Cammi (Mike Cammalleri) has been hot at the start and we’ve needed every single one of his goals so far.
“We liked our team last year. We just didn’t quite get the breaks. I think we really feel we’re a better team and we’re better for having gone through what we did last year.”
via Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
... at the end of the game, Ryan Kesler, being Ryan Kesler, took a gigantic long run at Mikael Granlund and creamed him along the boards. Parise immediately jumped to Granlund’s defense.
Kesler got a major for charging and Parise a major for cross-checking and a game misconduct. We’ll see if anything comes of that Saturday.
“Game’s over. It’s stupid,” Parise said of the Kesler cheap shot at Granlund.
from Greg Cohen,
With the Boston Bruins currently on the road, they will return home on Tuesday when they will welcome the San Jose Sharks at the TD Garden in a East vs West matchup. The Bruins are coming off a very successful regular season campaign in 2013-14 as they earned the President’s Trophy by finishing the regular season with league’s best record with 54 wins overall. However, the Bruins after dispatching the Red Wings in five games in the first round of the playoffs, were upset by the Montreal Canadiens in a hard fought seven game series. Boston Bruins tickets on the secondary market will be below the season average for both of the week’s upcoming games.
As selected by the NHL Network,
from Cory Wright at the Islanders website,
John Tavares and the New York Islanders woke up Friday morning as the only 4-0 team in the NHL and as the first Islanders team to start a season with four straight wins since 2001-02.
The Islanders humble captain insisted that it’s only been a week - that the team needs a bigger sample size to gauge themselves - but admitted he sees the potential of something special if the Islanders can build on their good start.
“I think we see what the potential could possibly be if we do the right things, understand the way we need to play and everyone understands their role individually,” Tavares said.
There is a lot to like about the Islanders fast start. They toppled one of the league’s best teams, the San Jose Sharks; they are 3-0-0 against the Metropolitan Division, 2-0-0 at home and are getting scoring up and down the revamped lineup.
Take this for what it is worth. Bob McCown, a well connected sports talk personality on Sportsnet's Prime Time Sports just mentioned he has heard the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers and Little Caesars are up for sale, stating the Ilitch's have made this known.
This all came about during a discussion with a caller discussing the Babcock to Toronto rumors.
The Babcock to Toronto was brought up again and the panel which inclueded John Shannon and Elliotte Friedman lean towards Babcock leaving the Wings for the Leafs and maybe assuming the GM position too.
The question remains will the Wings pay Babcock what he wants but he won't get the power he wants with Holland as the GM.
McCown brings up again that the Ilitch Family has put their enterprise up for sale and making retirement plans. Can't say how long it will take.
update 7:35pm, Turning this over to George of The Malik Report where you can listen to McCown.
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