Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
“He came in [on Friday] with some discomfort in the lower body, so he had some work done and didn’t feel like he’d be ready to go today,” said Cassidy of Rask after the Saturday morning skate in Brooklyn. “We had talked about getting Anton [Khudobin] in any way, and that was part of it. Those plans are always subject to change. “So there’s no real surprise in that area, but we’re monitoring it really closely. We expect that he’ll be able to practice on Monday.”It's not the first time Rask has mysteriously missed a big game. Rask missed the final game of the 2015-16 season with a stomach flu and the Bruins lost and subsequently missed the playoffs. There have been other times, writes Puck Daddy's Greg Wyshinski. Anton Khudobin will play for Boston. The Islanders and Bruins are currently tied with 82 points in the standings for the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference. New York has a game in hand.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
According to Garrioch, Senators Coach Guy Boucher was told by the refs that they did not see the slash. Methot has 12 assists and is a plus-13 for the Senators in 68 games. He is Erik Karlsson's partner on the Senator's top defensive pairing.
Marc Methot's finger is shattered and he's "out for weeks" #Sens— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) March 24, 2017
Here's the NHL's explanation of the Ristolainen's offense: A few opinions: First and foremost, Guentzel never touched the puck on the play and therefore was not eligible to get hit, let alone PLASTERED. Second, for those vehemently stating Ristolainen was committed to the hit prior to Crosby's pass to Guentzel being deflected, it doesn't matter. Nobody is saying that Ristolainen is evil for this hit (well, Penguins fans probably are). But he is in violation of the rules and he did come at Guentzel with very little control, making head contact. This was a very dangerous play. Had Ristolainen not gotten Guentzel's head (the rookie is currently out of action with a concussion), the NHL surely would have been more lenient. But the main lesson here is that players need to police their hits, avoid the head and they need to play with enough control to avoid clobbering a player whether or not he actually recieves the pass and becomes eligible to hit. Had Ristolainen been under control, he would have been able to see that Guentzel never got the puck and tailor his reaction accordingly. Because he came in at full speed, flying and skating backwards, he was not able to do so, hence the significant suspension.
Buffalo’s Rasmus Ristolainen suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel.— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 23, 2017
Bjorkstrand has been a key callup for Columbus. The 21-year-old Dane has scored six goals and added four assists in 17 games since being called up from Cleveland.
John Tortorella let Tim Peel have it after Roman Polak boarded Oliver Bjorkstrand out of the game. pic.twitter.com/cXIJYyWdSF— The Cannon (@cbjcannon) March 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Boston wasn't the only team that failed to capitalize on an opportunity to pick up precious points in the standings on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Arizona Coyotes and remain four points out of the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with ten games to play. The Bruins and Lightning will meet in a key Eastern Conference matchup at TD Garden on Thursday. The Flyers fell to Winnipeg at MTS Centre and remain seven points out of the Wild Card. Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers bucked the trend and continued their climb up the standings with a 4-3 win over the Panthers. Carolina has now gone 6-1-3 in their last ten games and closed to within six points of the Leafs for the final Wild Card. The Canes got a pair of goals from Jeff Skinner and have now gone 5-0-3 during their eight game point streak. Skinner now has seven goals in his last six game. He has three multi-goal games in that span. "We're getting contributions from everyone," Skinner said. "When you go on a run, you're going to have to win different ways and have to have guys step up on different nights and get key plays at key times in games." Carolina goes to Montreal on Thursday and New Jersey on Saturday before heading home for a four-game homestand that begins with a rare two-game set against the Red Wings. It may be too much, too little, too late for the Canes, but it will be fun to see what this young, talented team does with its last ten games.
Eastern Conference Playoff Race— Damian Echevarrieta (@Ech28) March 22, 2017
(Games Ending 3/21) pic.twitter.com/vPKFo5KAPg
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Montreal has won four games in a row after starting at 1-2-0 under head coach Claude Julien. Goalie Carey Price has also been running hot again of late. He has gone 3-0 in his last three games with a .965 Save Percentage and a 0.98 GAA. The Canadiens credit some defensive adjustments that have been made since Julien took over for the better team defense. Tonight's test against the Rangers, the third-highest scoring team in the NHL with 209 goals, could be a preview of the first round of the NHL Playoffs. The Rangers currently sit in fourth place in the Metropolitan, two points behind the Penguins. If they finish in that slot and the Canadiens win the Atlantic, the two teams will meet in the playoffs for the first time since the Conference Finals of 2014.
Lineup changes for the Canadiens tonight: S. Ott and A. Martinsen in uniform, replacing M. McCarron and A. Radulov (lower body injury).— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 4, 2017