Nightly recap – Monday, November 1

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While the season started on October 7 so it’s technically not a “full” month, it’s still something of a mini-milestone that the NHL regular season is in its second month of operation. It’s still too early to make permanent judgments of any team – in fact, it will be until very late in the season since late surges seem to happen multiple times per year – but it might be safe to turn small samples into sincere trends.

Anyway, let’s take a look at how tonight’s three games went, in case you were distracted by the last game of the World Series or Monday Night Football (or “Dancing with the Stars” … we won’t judge you out loud).

Philadelphia 3, Carolina 2

Chew on this goofy stat for a second: since cutting his hair for charity, Scott Hartnell is scoring at a point-per-game pace (three goals and three assists for six points in six games). Hartnell scored the game’s first and also earned the GWG on a tip-in. Claude Giroux scored Philly’s other goal, continuing a hot start that pushes his season total to seven. Joe Corvo and Bill Dwyer scored for the Hurricanes.

Justin Peters did a solid Cam Ward impression, stopping 34 out of 37 shots, but Sergei Bobrovsky earned the win for the Flyers by setting aside 26 out of 28. Philadelphia is now on top of the Atlantic Division with a four game winning streak while Carolina is slipping, as they’ve lost two in a row.

NY Rangers 3, Chicago 2

The Rangers scrapped this one out, as Henrik Lundqvist stopped 33 shots while his teammates blocked 33 more. (Read more about Lundqvist’s outstanding play here.)

Brandon Dubinsky scored two goals while Erik Christensen notched the game winner for New York 28 seconds after the game was tied 2-2 while Tomas Kopecky and Patrick Kane scored for Chicago. Marty Turco didn’t exactly put together his greatest game for the Blackhawks, allowing three goals on 23 shots.

Vancouver 3, New Jersey 0

Take one more “silver lining” out of an increasingly cloudy season for the Devils, as the team was blanked for the first time in 2010-11 tonight. Roberto Luongo earned that shutout, stopping 30 shots while this day was a bad one for guys named Martin/Marty (Brodeur allowed three goals on 23 shots, just like Turco).

Raffi Torres and Ryan Kesler scored to give the Canucks a 2-0 nothing lead, then Henrik Sedin scored a beauty on a penalty shot to clinch it 3-0.

I’ll probably break down some of the horrific numbers for the Devils tomorrow, but this paragraph from the Associated Press recap is a pretty good summary of their miseries.

Martin Brodeur finished with 20 saves for the Devils, who are off to their worst start in 27 years at 3-9-1 and last in the NHL with just seven points.

Yeah, things are looking pretty bleak for New Jersey, whose best player Zach Parise could miss a significant amount of time with a knee injury. (He’s about to undergo exploratory arthroscopic knee surgery in the near future.) Ouch.

Video: Crosby to Dan Patrick – Subban fight ‘wasn’t as bad as it looked’

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Listerine, the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, and a growing rivalry. Sidney Crosby and P.K. Subban battled it out at the highest level not so long ago, but some of that action looked worse than it actually was.

At least, that’s the message Crosby sent on “The Dan Patrick Show,” as you can enjoy in the clip above.

As a bonus, Crosby also discussed his favorite Stanley Cup traditions – hey, there can be traditions when something happens three times – and how Mario Lemieux inspires some especially creative ideas:

Rebuild on hold? Red Wings reportedly eye Girardi, Hainsey, Daley

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For the first time in ages, the Detroit Red Wings missed the playoffs. To some, the sliver lining was that this might send a message to management to truly commit to a rebuild.

Perhaps GM Ken Holland & Co. aren’t quite ready for that.

Look, one or even a couple of potential free agent signings won’t disqualify the Red Wings from going younger. Still, the rumored defensemen they’re targeting aren’t exactly spring chickens.

Three names floating out there are Trevor Daley, Dan Girardi, and Ron Hainsey.

Daley was mentioned by The Athletic’s Craig Custance, MLive.com’s Ansar Khan, and the Detroit Free-Press’ Helene St. James. Khan and Custance both mention Hainsey and Girardi, too.

Even in one-case mentions, the “veteran” theme continues, with Brian Campbell‘s name coming up while forward Thomas Vanek seems like at least a remote possibility to return to Detroit.

Let’s look at the ages of the defensemen mentioned, noting that Daley is older than some might have expected.

Daley – 33
Girardi – 33
Hainsey – 36
Campbell – 38

In the case of Daley and Girardi, you could also argue that each blueliner also has a lot of “mileage” for their age. Girardi, in particular, plays the sort of grinding, shot-blocking style that might have accelerated his troubles with the Rangers.

As great as experience might be, even for a “final push,” this sends a troubling signal. In Mike Green (31), Jonathan Ericsson (33), and Niklas Kronwall (36), the Red Wings already have an aging group of defensemen. Kronwall and Ericsson are dealing with injuries that may hinder them for the remainder of their careers, too.

When you also note that Holland exposed 25-year-old goalie Petr Mrazek instead of 33-year-old Jimmy Howard, the picture isn’t especially pretty.

Maybe the Red Wings can have their cake (push for a playoff rebound) and eat it too (start to transition to youth), yet it’s not necessarily the aggressive move toward a rebuild that many likely hoped to see.

At least there’s time for Holland to prove these early worries wrong.

Note: In other Red Wings news, the team signed Ben Street to a one-year extension.

Blue Jackets sign Schroeder after trading for him

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Not long after acquiring him in a minor trade from the Minnesota Wild, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed Jordan Schroeder to a two-year contract.

The team confirms that it is a two-way deal for 2017-18 and then becomes one-way in 2018-19.

Schroeder is guaranteed $350K for the first year of that contract and then $650K in 2018-19, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

The 22nd pick of the 2009 NHL Draft receives a fitting contract: he’s been a “tweener,” bouncing around the NHL and AHL. He hasn’t been able to make much of an impact, Schroeder at least provides some organizational depth.

That could come in handy, as Portzline indicates that Sam Gagner – not so surprisingly – is expected to garner a lot more attention this time around in free agency. Perhaps Schroeder could serve as insurance for Gagner?

NCAA star Spencer Foo chooses the Flames

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NCAA standout forward Spencer Foo decided to sign with the Calgary Flames, as The Sports Corporation and team confirmed. The signing might not be official until free agency kicks off on Saturday, July 1, but he apparently made his decision.

After managing 25 points in each of his first two seasons with Union College, Foo exploded in 2016-17, racking up 26 goals and 62 points. You can see some of his highlights in the video above.

He didn’t go drafted, so this could be a case of another scorer blossoming late.

Foo is an Edmonton native, so playing close to home in Calgary likely factored into his decision. He was connected to the Edmonton Oilers in earlier rumors while MLive.com’s Ansar Khan indicates that his final choice came down to the Flames or the Detroit Red Wings.

Calgary is already classifying him as a RW. Perhaps he’ll be that long-desired fit for Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan? There’s another positive aspect for the Flames, as this might help to soften the blow of giving up a bundle of assets in the Travis Hamonic deal.

The Sports Corporation tweeted out a photo of Foo, 23, in a Flames jersey: