Things You Might Have Missed:
- Toews’ goal Saturday was the first shorthanded OT goal by a Blackhawks player in a regular-season game.
- Paul Stastny (Blues) isStastny is out week-to-week with a shoulder injuryout week-to-week with a shoulder injury
- Eric Staal (Hurricanes) skated alone this morning, could return during the road trip vs. Vancouver.
- Canes’ Sekera somehow escaped serious injury after a violent collision with the end boards last Tuesday against Buffalo. He has skated with the team since Thursday in New York.
- Canes’ Liles left last Tuesday’s game late with a lower-body injury, and he was back on the ice today in a yellow, no-contact jersey. Peters expects him to be cleared for contact come Monday.
- Jeff Skinner (Hurricanes, concussion) has been skating with the team for close to a week.
- Per Bob McKenzie: CGY’s extension with T.J. Brodie expected to be finalized Monday. It’s believed to be for five years with an AAV in the $4.6M range.
- Speaking of Brodie, he extended his point streak to 6 games tonight.
- Ben Scrivens (Oilers) got a new mask today!
- Viktor Hedman (Lightning) to miss the rest of the road trip with upper body injury.
- Dallas Stars recall Jyrki Jokipakka from the Texas Stars. Valeri Nichushkin placed on injured reserve.
- Canes recall forward Patrick Brown.
- Jonathan Drouin & Luke Witkowski (Lightning) recalled.
- Dan Girardi & Kevin Klein (Rangers) left the game & would not return tonight. They both received stitches after the game and are considered day to day.
- Bo Horvat (Canucks) assigned to Utica for a conditioning assignment.
This is The Mason Raymond Appreciation part of this post.
LOOK AT THAT. THIRD STAR OF THE ENTIRE NHL RIGHT NOW.
Second (okay, sample size, hush) in the NHL in goals? You don’t say. Averaging a point a game? (Yeah, okay, that hattrick had something to do with it, but still.)
Yeah, okay, a 25% shooting % is unsustainable, but this is looking good for my favorite player. He may crack that 20 goal mark this year, something that he hasn’t done since pre-back injury (although he did come close last year. 19!)
And I’m just going to drop this here for comparison. Keep in mind that all other years are a full season. So sample size sample size sample size. Comparatively, he’s still not quite where he was pre-injury, but he’s getting there. It’ll be interesting to see where he ends up at the end of the season.
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