Tonight’s hot preseason action features 14 games and 26 teams in action. Fuzzy math, right? No, the Coyotes and Sharks have a split-squad affair going on in San Jose and Phoenix later tonight. As for the other games, here’s your taste of tryout greatness. All times are Eastern because we’ve got an insufferable eastern bias.
Carolina @ Atlanta: Eric and Jared Staal on the same ice together tonight. Dustin Byfuglien makes his Atlanta debut.
Columbus @ Pittsburgh: Crosby and Malkin to suit up for the Pens.
Florida @ Boston: Wonder if these two teams are sick of each other yet?
Montreal @ Ottawa: Carey Price rides again for the Habs. At least the booing in Ottawa will be natural.
NY Rangers @ New Jersey: Henrik Lundqvist is slated to play the full game. Johan Hedberg for the Devils.
Toronto @ Buffalo: Toronto does not rest. Ever.
Detroit @ Chicago: These two rivals dance once again after Detroit won last night 3-2.
Philadelphia @ Minnesota: Two teams with injured goalies. Awesome, right?
St. Louis @ Dallas: Brent “Wrath of” Krahn plays the full 60 tonight for Dallas.
Washington @ Nashville: Nashville’s Anders Lindback to get another look tonight in goal.
Tampa Bay @ Calgary: Tampa Bay breaks out almost all their stars against a lightly-veteran Calgary team.
Anaheim @ Vancouver: Perhaps Anaheim won’t be as punchy as they were last night. Canucks fans are eager for tomorrow’s game with Cody Hodgson set to play.
San Jose @ Phoenix: Split
Phoenix @ San Jose: Squad
Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp
It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.
Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.
He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.
Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.
The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.
Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.