Byfuglien on Keith: He plays weird

Byfuglien.jpgTim Sassone of
the Daily Herald has some great stuff today
from Dustin Byfuglien of
the Blackhawks, who has been converted to a defenseman after Brian
Campbell was lost to a broken collarbone. If you’re a team with Stanley
Cup aspirations and you have to put a forward back on defense, then
pairing him with Duncan Keith is not exactly the worst choice you can
make.

Of course, it’s made the pair into what Byfuglien calls ‘an
odd couple’.

“We just go out and play together,” Byfuglien said. “He
likes to play different in a real weird way and I’m kind of the same
way. I guess we just kind of talk to each other and just read off each
other more or less than sit there and try to figure each other out. Just
read and whatever you see go to that spot and hope it works.

“We’re kind of an odd couple, I think so. It’s fun and I
enjoy it. He keeps me on the happy side back there. I can always come
off and smile and kind of forget about what happened and just wait for
the next (shift).”

It certainly helps that Byfuglien was originally drafted
as a defenseman, so it’s not like he’s having to learn a completely new
position. But if given the choice of calling up an unproven blueliner
from the AHL and converting a forward with 178 career NHL games, you
choose the vet anytime.

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    Video: Mika Zibanejad’s check to Tyler Bozak’s head

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    Saturday’s been unkind to the Toronto Maple Leafs, and not just on the scoreboard (where it’s 3-0 early on against the Ottawa Senators).

    The Maple Leafs lost Tyler Bozak to an apparent upper-body injury thanks to a questionable hit by Sens forward Mika Zibanejad.

    You can judge that check (which drew a minor penalty for illegal check to the head) in the video above. Again, Bozak will not return to tonight’s game.

    It’s unclear if Bozak will miss time beyond this contest.

    Malcolm Subban hospitalized after taking puck to throat

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    Scary stuff on Saturday: multiple reporters (including the Maine Hockey Journal’s Chris Roy) note that Malcolm Subban was taken to a hospital after a puck struck his throat during warm-ups.

    There’s no word yet on Subban’s condition beyond that he was taken away in an ambulance.

    The AHL’s Providence Bruins seem like they’ve been left scrambling for a backup goalie in Subban’s absence.

    Subban stated days ago that he’s taken some significant steps forward during the 2015-16 season.

     

    Senators get Kyle Turris back on Saturday

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    The Ottawa Senators cannot pin all of their troubles on missing their No. 1 center, yet it probably feels like a huge relief to get him back.

    After missing six games with his latest injury, Kyle Turris is in the lineup as the Senators take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    Again, it’s not all a matter of missing Turris, but the Senators went 1-5-0 during his six-game absence. They’ve really been falling since late December, to be honest.

    Will Turris be enough to stop the bleeding? Perhaps to an extent, but the Senators are in for a serious battle if they hope to fight through the East bubble.

    Habs’ win was a showcase for P.K. Subban, Connor McDavid

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    Times have been tough for Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers fans lately, even if they’ve been frustrating in different ways.

    Saturday’s 5-1 Habs win highlights a few things, but the most tantalizing thought for those fans is that it’s likely that we’ll see more great things from P.K. Subban and Connor McDavid … sometimes against each other.

    Perhaps this will be a confidence booster for Montreal. More than anything else, it directed attention to Subban, who’s quietly been absolutely fantastic for the floundering Canadiens.

    Consider how much of an offensive burden he’s currently carrying:

    From one current All-Star to someone who could be a perennial one: McDavid certainly seemed to grab Subban’s attention.

    Then again, when you make moves like these, who won’t notice?

    The Oilers did lose, mind you, so it’s not surprising that Todd McLellan mentioned that the team can’t depend upon McDavid for everything.

    That said, the funny thing about that quote is that McDavid might just carry the Oilers for two decades, at least if health and other factors go the right way.

    If that’s true, Subban vs. McDavid could be a fun matchup to watch a few times per season for a long, long time.