Jonathan Toews had a ridiculous night on Friday. Combining his three goals and two assists, the young captain outscored Vancouver “by his lonesome.” Of course, he had plenty of help from his friends, but it was still an amazing performance. The tricky-last-named star scored his first career hat trick last night, helping the Chicago Blackhawks put the Canucks on the brink of yet another second round elimination against their budding rivals. Is this feud starting to turn into a “hammer and nail” relationship?
And this is why we listen when Bob McKenzie says something.
The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenceman Dion Phaneuf, forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey, and Ryan Rupert and defenseman Cody Donaghey from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Jared Cowen, forwards Colin Greening, Milan Michalek and Tobias Lindberg, plus Ottawa’s second-round pick in the 2017 draft.
No salary will be retained by either team.
More to come.
“Hearing lots of Dion Phaneuf trade chatter,” McKenzie tweeted this morning. “Starting to think he could actually be dealt before the deadline.”
Phaneuf has three goals and 21 assists in 51 games this season, while logging an average of 22:02 in ice time. The big factor in trading the 30-year-old is his contract — he’s signed through 2020-21 for a cap hit of $7 million.
In the past, Detroit has come up as a potential destination for Phaneuf, though the Wings reportedly withdrew their interest in June.
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2015-16 campaign tonight when the Minnesota Wild host the Dallas Stars at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.
If you’re a fan of the Minnesota Wild, the last few weeks probably haven’t been pleasant.
The team has been slumping badly since the beginning of the new year, and late January/early February has been no different.
The Wild come into tonight’s game having dropped five straight decisions to the Sharks, Coyotes, Islanders, Rangers and Blues.
Minnesota has just 10 goals during the losing streak, which means their top offensive players aren’t producing.
After playing their last three games on the road, Minnesota hopes to get a boost from their home crowd.
“One thing for sure, [there are] mixed feelings about coming back home,” Yeo said on Monday, per the Star-Tribune. “Right now, obviously, a little home cooking would be nice for us. But I’d be lying if I wasn’t a little nervous for tomorrow. Certainly I think our fan base is a little restless — more than a little restless right now. And they expect more from us. And they deserve more of us.”
Things haven’t been as bad in Dallas, but the Stars are coming off an embarrassing 5-1 home loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
“It was a huge game,” forward Vernon Fiddler said, per the Morning News. “We talked about it before the game, what it means, and then we lay an egg. It’s unacceptable. There’s a lot of disappointed guys in here.
“After a big loss like that, you want to respond. We all have to be better and take a look in the mirror and expect more of ourselves.”
Prior to Saturday’s loss, the Stars had won three straight games.
Could this be a trap game for Dallas?
They won’t have to wait long to get another crack at the Blackhawks, as they’ll be shipping out to the United Center on Thursday, but they have to take care of business in Minnesota first.
The Stars are five points behind Chicago for top spot in the Central Division. Dallas has three games in hand.
The Montreal Canadiens will be without a key piece of their defense on Tuesday when they take on the Lightning.
Petry missed the last half of the third period of Montreal’s win over Carolina on Sunday, which could be related to the injury in question. He finished with just 16:03 TOI, well off the 21:21 he averages per game.
The loss could be a big one for the Habs, who’ve won two straight for the first time since November. Petry often played on a pairing with Alexei Emelin and was on the club’s second power-play unit.
With Petry out, it’s possible that Nathan Beaulieu could draw back into the lineup.