There were 10 games tonight, so no time for silly introductions.
Plus: Brandon Sutter scored both of Carolina’s goals. Both Cam Ward and Ondrej Pavelec put together very nice games.
Minus: You have to wonder about the goal scoring depth of both teams next season. Games like these justify such worries.
Plus: Capitals fans reportedly gave former team captain Chris Clark a nice ovation, who had one goal and one assist in the game. Eric Fehr put up two goals and an assist while Mike Green had two assists for Washington.
Minus: The Blue Jackets might open it up a bit next season, but judging by the 38 shots allowed, it seems like there’s a chance that might come at the expense of their once-stout defense.
Plus: Clear signs this was a preseason game: Brian Boyle had one goal and one assist while Derek Boogaard scored a goal. A bit more normally, Jason Spezza put together a nice two goal, one assist performance. Chris Campoli had one goal and two assists.
Minus: Every time a game is decided by a shootout, a hockey purist loses its wings.
Plus: The Devils’ top players put together another good game, only this time they won. Matt Moulson almost brought the Islanders back into the game, scoring the contest’s last two goals.
Minus: None of those stats count.
Plus: Jiri Hudler scored two goals while the Red Wings went 4 for 7 on the power play. Don’t forget that Hudler wasn’t in Detroit last season, depriving the team of a valuable depth scorer.
Minus: It seems like the Leafs were blown out every game this preseason, but that’s just because they’ve played a bunch of games. And also because they’re not very good. Jussi Rynnas allowed all seven goals in this one.
Plus: Brian Boucher had a great game, stopping 32 of 33 shots in this one. Ryan Miller was solid too, making 21 of 23 saves. The Flyers scored two power-play goals in this game.
Minus: Mike Grier got thrown out of the game in the third period.
Plus: Both goalies were fantastic in this one; Tomas Vokoun went 40 for 42 while Mike Smith went 29 for 30. Simon Gagne was involved in the game’s two goals, scoring the first one and producing an assist on the overtime game-winner.
Minus: The Panthers allowed 42 shots while the Lightning allowed 30. That’s not very good.
Plus: Marian Hossa scored two goals while Patrik Sharp produced a goal and an assist. Brent Seabrook was a +3. Both power plays converted on 50 percent off their chances.
Minus: Brent Johnson allowed three goals on 10 assists.
Plus: Jarome Iginla scored two goals while Mikael Backlund provided two assists. Henrik Karlsson probably won’t get many chances to play real games, but he at least did his job in stopping 20 of only 21 shots.
Minus: Nikolai Khabibulin allowed six goals while the Oilers only put 21 shots on net. Sam Gagner went 5-13 on faceoffs while only having a -2 rating.
Plus: Ryan Kesler scored a goal and added an assist. Vancouver went 2 for 4 on the power play while Anaheim went 1 out of 5.
Minus: Vancouver only had four shots in the first period.