Quick Hits: Nichol practices, Don Waddel speaks

  • Atlanta Thashers GM
    Don Waddel on distinguishing between legal and illegal hits:

    Waddell: First, body checking is such a big part of the NHL and
    it’ll continue to be. We need it to be a big part of the game but there
    are a few incidents, every so often, that we don’t like. We have to be
    careful with bringing in rules that prevent players from doing their
    job of banging bodies. Over the next few days here we’ll talk more
    about it and maybe come up with some kind of resolution.

  • Scott
    Nichol is practicing
    — sort of — with the Sharks as he tries to
    return from the shoulder injury he suffered from Maxim Lapierre’s hit
    last week.

    “It’s about the strength coming back and the pain going
    away. It hasn’t been a week yet and it’s much better than I would have

  • Ryan Jones is out four weeks and now we learn that Denis Grebeshkov
    is out for 1-2 weeks himself. The players that Oilers and Predators
    “swapped” have not had that good of luck with their new teams.

    The Preds have lost defen­se­man Denis Gre­besh­kov for one
    to two weeks with a lower-body injury. He appa­rently suf­fe­red the
    injury fairly early in Sunday’s loss to Van­cou­ver, but pla­yed
    through it for a while.

  • Jonas Hiller on putting the puck in the net himself, when he stood
    up and the puck fell over the goal line. The play was never blown dead,
    and the puck was sitting on Hiller’s pads.

    “I thought the puck was slipping,” said Hiller, who made 40 saves in
    regulation and overtime. “He was shooting five-hole and I couldn’t find
    the puck. I thought it was still slipping through so I tried to put my
    skate back so it won’t go in.

    “As I saw on the video afterward, it was on my pad and I put it in
    myself I guess. I don’t even know exactly what the rule is on that. It’s
    a tough one.”

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    Video: Parise becomes third Minnesota-born NHL player to score 300 goals

    DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 08:  Zach Parise #11 of the Minnesota Wild celebrates his goal against the Colorado Avalanche as the Avalanche held a 3-1 lead in the second period at Pepsi Center on October 8, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Zach Parise on Sunday scored his 300th career NHL goal, a milestone that puts him in rare company.

    Parise got the Wild on the board early in the second period versus the New York Islanders, becoming only the third Minnesota-born player to reach 300 career NHL goals.

    As per the Wild, Parise joins Dave Christian, who scored 340 goals and 773 points in 1,009 career games, and defenseman Phil Housley, who scored 338 goals and 1,232 points in 1,495 games.

    Parise added goal No. 301 of his career later in the second period.

    Spoiler alert: Oilers shut out Jets to win the Heritage Classic

    WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - OCTOBER 23:  Darnell Nurse #25 of the Edmonton Oilers beats Connor Hellebuyck #37 of the Winnipeg Jets during the 2016 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic hockey game on October 23, 2016 at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images)
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    There was no miracle comeback this time for the Winnipeg Jets. No heroics from highly touted rookie Patrik Laine.

    Puck drop at the 2016 Heritage Classic at Investors Group Field was delayed due to glare from the sun. When the game did begin, the Jets couldn’t get anything going, falling behind in the second period against the visiting Edmonton Oilers.

    The Oilers leave Winnipeg with a 3-0 victory.

    It started with Mark Letestu opening the scoring with a short-handed goal after a mistake from Dustin Byfuglien at the Edmonton blue line.

    The Oilers continued to ruin the party with a goal from Darnell Nurse — in the box when Letestu scored — just 1:46 later. And Zack Kassian made it that much more difficult for the Jets to come back with another second-period goal for Edmonton. Three goals in just about eight minutes and it was game over.

    The Jets’ record falls to 2-3 — a slow start that puts them at the bottom of a very difficult Central Division.

    And their schedule likely won’t do them any favors, either, with home-and-home sets against Dallas and Washington, not to mention some back-to-back games on the road.

    Meanwhile, the Oilers have had a completely different start to their season.

    A week ago, head coach Todd McLellan blistered his team for a brutal performance on home ice against the Buffalo Sabres. Goalie Cam Talbot wasn’t good at all, allowing a goal from center ice.

    A distant memory, it seems. Talbot stopped all 31 shots he faced for the shut out Sunday.

    The message from that effort versus Buffalo — the lone blemish on Edmonton’s schedule so far — seems to have been received from the Oilers.

    They went on to beat Carolina and St. Louis, and then they took control of Sunday’s contest in the middle period and didn’t give Winnipeg anything from there.

    Wait, what? Letestu’s short-handed goal opens the scoring in Heritage Classic

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - MARCH 03: Mark Letestu #55 of the Edmonton Oilers skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 3, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Oilers shutout the Flyers 4-0.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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    With a power play in the second period, the Winnipeg Jets had a good opportunity to take the lead on home ice in the Heritage Classic.

    But instead, it was the Edmonton Oilers cashing in.

    Mark Letestu opened the scoring with a short-handed goal, beating Connor Hellebuyck on the glove side on a breakaway after Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien whiffed on the puck at the blue line.

    Letestu took advntage. That’s his second goal of the season, both coming on the penalty kill.

    The Oilers were able to further silence the crowd in Winnipeg, as Darnell Nurse, right out of the penalty box, buried a Connor McDavid pass just 1:46 after Letestu’s goal.

    Bylsma: ‘We need to get more’ out of Reinhart

    EDMONTON, AB - OCTOBER 16:  Sam Reinhart #23 of the Buffalo Sabres warms up before the game against the Edmonton Oilers on October 16, 2016 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
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    Sam Reinhart has two assists through four games this season, and Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma has made a move with the hope of getting the 20-year-old forward going offensively.

    As per John Vogl of the Buffalo News on Sunday, Reinhart has been moved to the middle between Tyler Ennis and Zemgus Girgensons, while Matt Moulson was moved to the top line with Ryan O'Reilly and Kyle Okposo.

    Reinhart, a 23-goal scorer from last season, had two assists through the first two games, but has been kept off the score sheet in Buffalo’s last two contests.

    Outside of that six-goal outburst versus Edmonton last weekend, scoring has been an issue for the Sabres early in the season. So adjustments to the forward combinations is to be expected.

    “Sam needs to get a little bit more feet moving, a little bit more speed to his game,” said Bylsma, as per the Buffalo News.

    “He’s made some great plays for us early on – power play and five-on-five for the Okposo goal – but we need to get more out of Sam, moving his feet more, playing a little bit faster, a little bit quicker and providing a little bit more offense for our team.”

    The Sabres, without two key forwards in Jack Eichel and Evander Kane with long-term injuries, which would help explain the team’s early offensive issues, conclude a four-game road trip Tuesday against the Philadelphia Flyers.

    The Sabres also called up forward Hudson Fasching and defenseman Casey Nelson from Rochester in the AHL.