NHL Chatter - Tuesday, Oct 16th sorted by time
Review-Journal: GAME DAY: Golden Knights host Sabres to open 5-game homestand
The Golden Knights open a five-game homestand Tuesday when they host the Buffalo Sabres at T-Mobile Arena.
Opening faceoff is at 7 p.m.
"We've had a couple days off here and now we've got a big game against Buffalo," coach Gerard Gallant said. "It's five straight at home with not a heavy schedule. It's over two weeks, so hopefully we'll play real well tonight and get it off on the right foot."
Defenseman Brad Hunt will replace injured defenseman Deryk Engelland (undisclosed) in the lineup and skate with Jon Merrill.
Engelland was injured during Saturday's 1-0 victory at Philadelphia and is day to day, according to Gallant.
- Review-Journal: Full Article
Canucks Hockey Blog: The Wheel of Justice - October 16, 2018
Two games for Mike Matheson, and so the NHL's Wheel of Justice turns. The crew recaps the hit on Elias Pettersson and what it means for the Vancouver Canucks.
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MLHS: Game Review: Toronto Maple Leafs 4 vs Los Angeles Kings 1
It wasn't the most skill-infused game we've seen this year. There was a lot of broken neutral zone play and there were long spells without scoring chances, but they can't all be Picassos. The Kings have stayed true to their brand of hockey, which is north-south, straight lines; deliberate movement up the ice, and a little on the slow/grindy side of things.
Auston Matthews - We're not going to stop adding Matthews as a post-game talking point until he's undeserving of it and that hasn't happened yet. 2 assists on the night for him and obviously a big part in their win.
- MLHS: Full Article
Fear the Fin: Sharks injury update: Thornton likely out against Sabres; Couture hurt in practice
Today at practice, Joe Thornton -- who was placed on IR almost 10 days ago with an infection in his surgically repaired knee-- joked that he was ready to go for Thursday's game against Buffalo. Sharks bench boss Pete DeBoer offered a slightly different take, saying the team wouldn't rush him back before his knee is totally cleared up.
In perhaps a corresponding move, the organization called Dylan Gambrell back up to the mother club. Gambrell has yet to see time in a regular-season game this year, but apparently DeBoer watched him play with the Barracuda and liked what he saw.
- Fear the Fin: Full Article
PensBurgh: Gamethread: Vancouver Canucks @ Pittsburgh Penguins 10/16/2018
Did you read the game preview yet? If not, why not - get to it!
Per Left Wing Lock, here's how Vancouver looked in practice yesterday post-Petterssen injury:
Casey DeSmith in the net for his 3rd straight start due to playing pretty well in each of the first two games. Matt Murray will once again serve as the backup.
- PensBurgh: Full Article
Broad Street Hockey: Flyers vs. Panthers lineups, start time, TV, radio, live stream and discussion
Tonight's game begins at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be:Seen on TV locally via NBC Sports Philadelphia (or via stream on the NBC Sports App)
Seen on TV in Florida via FS-Florida
Heard on radio locally via 93.3 WMMR
Seen or heard elsewhere via Sirius XM, NHL.tv, and NHL Center Ice
It sounds like Corban Knight, who was activated from injured reserve for today's game, may be slotting in for someone in the lineup here. If we learn more on that change, we'll update the below lineup.
- Broad Street Hockey: Full Article
Newsday: Rangers coach David Quinn scratches Pavel Buchnevich against Avalanche
Pavel Buchnevich used to drive former Rangers coach Alain Vigneault crazy with his inability to get the most out of his talent. Now, five games into the season, Buchnevich seems to be having the same effect on David Quinn.
"You don't want to teach people it's OK not to play hard,'' said Quinn, who scratched Buchnevich from Tuesday's lineup. "All these guys think they try hard. It's not like they go out there thinking that they're not trying hard. I think the biggest thing for guys, as they continue to get older, is changing their definition of what trying hard is.
- Newsday: Full Article
Newsday: Lineup changes likely for Islanders as Casey Cizikas returns
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Lane Lambert halted a power-play drill on Tuesday at Honda Center to correct the defensive alignment. The Islanders associate coach pointed out, with some exasperation, it was the same mistake made on a failed penalty kill in the previous game and one identified through video.
The Islanders are likely to alter their lineup for Wednesday night's game against the Ducks, with fourth-line center Casey Cizikas (lower body) expected to be activated off injured reserve after a one-game absence and left wing Ross Johnston and defenseman Luca Sbisa drawing in for Matt Martin and Adam Pelech, respectively.
- Newsday: Full Article
Abel to Yzerman: At This Point, Firing Jeff Blashill Will Not Help
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Sure enough, the emails came in full force, offering suggestions, opinions, and sure-fire trade proposals that will cure the Red Wings in no time flat.
That sort of deluge usually occurs after a bad loss. Funny how that works.
And the way these last two losses occurred, well, plenty of Wings fans had ways for their team to get better....
Blashill is in the final year of his contract. Firing Blashill and moving assistant Dan Bylsma into the head coach's spot isn't going to turn this team around.
- Abel to Yzerman: Full Article
Dallas Morning News: John Klingberg's offense looks a little different for the Stars early this season
NEWARK, N.J. -- John Klingberg has always been an offensive dynamo. Just not like this, he hasn't.
Klingberg, the Stars' top defenseman and Norris Trophy candidate, entered Tuesday night's game in New Jersey with four goals in Dallas' first five games, tied for the league lead among defensemen. Ottawa's Maxime Lajoie scored his fourth during the Senators' win over the Stars on Monday night.
Klingberg is often thought of the power-play magician with the elite vision to be one of the best passers in the league. Last season, he led all defensemen with 59 assists and ranked ninth among all skaters.
- Dallas Morning News: Full Article
ESPN.com: Q&A: Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on the future of his team and the NHL
In 2004, ESPN named the Chicago Blackhawks the worst franchise in all of pro sports. They were losing some $20 million per year while alienating a fan base by refusing to play games on television (not to mention the humiliating attendance figures). And the on-ice product? Let's just say it was a sad state of affairs for a prestigious, Original Six franchise.
Everything changed when owner Bill Wirtz died in 2007.
- ESPN.com: Full Article
Die By The Blade: Overanalyzing Jeff Skinner's First Goal With The Sabres
Arguably the best move Jason Botterill made this past offseason was the acquisition of Jeff Skinner at the minor cost of a decent prospect and a few non first-round picks. In my opinion a steal of a trade for a no doubt top line winger that contributes at 5v5 at an elite level.
Unfortunately, through the teams first four games he had failed to score a goal. That changed Saturday night against the Coyotes in one of the first highlight reel goals of the season for the Sabres.
There's so much that happened on this goal that I feel we should dig in and overanalyze every minute detail involved in making the goal happen.
- Die By The Blade: Full Article
Bruins Daily: Rask-Halak rotation gives Bruins new goaltending dynamic
Don't call it a goaltending controversy between Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak. Call it a fine tandem instead.
Halak and Rask split duties during the Bruins' first five games of the 2018-19 campaign. The former, who signed with the Black and Gold during the summer, is looking impressive having given up just one goal in his first two starts. The latter, despite his lightning rod status from sports radio hosts and angry Twitter mobs, bounced back after a dreadful opening night performance where he allowed five goals on 19 shots against the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals.
So, it came as no surprise when Bruce Cassidy announced his goaltending plans during the Bruins' next two stops in Calgary and Edmonton as part of the team's upcoming four-game road trip.
- Bruins Daily: Full Article
Winnipeg Free Press: Byfuglien still out, Lemieux gets season debut tonight
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Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien (upper-body injury) will miss his second consecutive game, but third-year pro Brendan Lemieux will make his regular-season debut when the Winnipeg Jets (3-2-0) host the Edmonton Oilers (1-2-0) at Bell MTS Place tonight.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Lemieux is expected to slot in on the club's fourth line, replacing rookie Kristian Vesalainen, with centre Jack Roslovic and right-winger Mathieu Perreault.
- Winnipeg Free Press: Full Article
Washington Times: Capitals want all hands on deck to fix faceoff woes
The Washington Capitals concluded Tuesday's practice with a faceoff drill. Teammates cheered each other on as players faced off one-on-one, one at a time. From top center Evgeny Kuznetsov to third-pair defenseman Brooks Orpik, most everyone won a draw.
It's little wonder Todd Reirden built this into the day's itinerary -- the Capitals are 30th in the NHL in faceoff winning percentage.
"Any chance that our team -- a skilled team like our team -- can have the puck, we want to have it," Reirden said.
Faceoffs are one of the main issues the Capitals (2-2-1) can address heading into Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers (1-4-0) at Capital One Arena, where Washington will try to halt a two-game losing streak.
- Washington Times: Full Article
Fansided: Vancouver Canucks: Power rankings after week 2
Following a sluggish 7-4 loss to the Calgary Flames, the Vancouver Canucks rebounded and took two of three in the second week of the 2018-19 season.
Vancouver lost 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes last Tuesday, but pulled off a surprising 4-1 victory over the powerhouse Tampa Bay Lightning. They capped off the week with a 3-2 road victory over the Florida Panthers, though rookie sensation Elias Pettersson suffered a head injury after an ugly hit from Mike Matheson.
The Canucks enter Tuesday with a 3-2-0 record, and they'll try to pick up a third win on the road trip when they clash with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Fansided: Full Article
Fansided: Toronto Maple Leafs: The Marlies Need a Goalie. But Who?
So yeah, that just about sums up the current state of this team's depth in net.
As Marlies' starter Kasimir Kaskisuo appeared to suffer a potentially long-term injury on Sunday, his probable shelving leaves only McAdam as the lone remaining goaltender within the organization signed to an NHL deal.
Suffice it to say, I doubt that Kyle Dubas ever anticipated he'd be relying on Eamon McAdam at all this season, let alone 7 games in. That's bad, not to mention legitimately imposing to the immediate success of either team.
For the Leafs, this is a blow thankfully softened by the imminent return of Frederik Andersen from a minor knee ailment.
- Fansided: Full Article
San Jose Mercury News: Joe Thornton returns to Sharks practice, provides update on health
SAN JOSE -- Joe Thornton returned to practice Monday and suggested that he could be in the Sharks lineup when the team returns to action at SAP Center Thursday.
Head coach Pete DeBoer offered different take on the timetable for Thornton's return.
After participating in the entire 60 minutes of Sharks practice Monday, Thornton indicated that it's possible that he could suit up for Thursday's game against the Buffalo Sabres. Thornton said he's awaiting the results of blood tests to see whether the infection in his surgically-repaired right knee is cleared out. He also needs to see how his knee responds to his first practice since he left the team's road trip on Oct.
- San Jose Mercury News: Full Article