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.

Shaw suspended three preseason games for boarding Connor Hobbs

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 02:  Andrew Shaw #65 of the Chicago Blackhawks speaks during Media Day for the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 2, 2015 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The National Hockey League has suspended Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw for three preseason games for boarding defenseman Connor Hobbs of the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game Tuesday.

Shaw was given a major penalty and a game misconduct on the play, as he slammed Hobbs “through the numbers, with speed” from behind into the end glass, as per Thursday’s video from the NHL outlining the suspension.

From the video: “It is important to note that Hobbs is never eligible to be checked by Shaw on this play. From the moment Shaw arrives at the faceoff dot, he sees nothing but Hobbs’ numbers. Hobbs makes no sudden movement just prior to contact that turns this hit from a legal hit into an illegal one.

“The onus is on Shaw to ensure that he can deliver this hit in a legal fashion, minimize the force, or avoid this hit completely. Instead, he hits forcefully through Hobbs from behind, driving him dangerously into the glass.”

In a bid to land a gritty forward to their lineup, the Habs acquired Shaw from the Blackhawks, who had been dealing with a cap crunch, during the NHL Draft. He later signed a six-year contract extension with Montreal.

Despite another concussion, Clarke MacArthur doesn’t plan on retiring

OTTAWA, ON - APRIL 26:  Clarke MacArthur #16 of the Ottawa Senators looks on prior to a face-off in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Canadian Tire Centre on April 26, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Ottawa Senators by defeating them 2-0 and move to the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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Clarke MacArthur suffered yet another concussion after being hit by Patrick Sieloff during a scrimmage over the weekend, but the veteran Ottawa Senators forward doesn’t plan on retiring.

Last season, the 31-year-old MacArthur played in only four games for the Senators due to concussions. According to the Ottawa Sun, he suffered four concussions in an 18th-month span.

Despite this latest concussion, MacArthur is still, at least publicly, planning to work toward a return to game action, saying in a post on Instagram that he was “encouraged” by how his body has reacted following this most recent incident.

“First off, I want to thank the team and its fans for all the support after the unfortunate incident on Sunday. To me, it was simply a hockey play that ended in a hit causing me to suffer a concussion, a play that could happen at any point,” MacArthur wrote on his social media page.

“We have been encouraged by how my body had reacted in the days since the injury and the team has been great to give me all the time I need to rest and recover. I will continue to consult with doctors and my entire support group, but I felt it important to let everyone know that my intentions are to work towards returning to the ice soon.”

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Senators focus on MacArthur’s safety

Schwartz (hand) suffers scare at Blues practice, but Hitch says ‘he’ll be fine’

St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz celebrates after scoring during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
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You couldn’t blame the Blues for freaking out a bit today when Jaden Schwartz left practice after an apparent hand injury, and didn’t return.

It was last October, of course, when Schwartz fractured his ankle during practice, an injury that required surgery and sidelined him for 49 games.

Thankfully for St. Louis, it won’t be deja vu.

From the Post-Dispatch:

Coach Ken Hitchcock said Schwartz was fine but would miss some practice.

“He’ll need a couple days off, but he’s a lot like Fabbri,” Hitchcock said. “He’s probably not going to skate this weekend in any of the games but he’ll be ready to go next weekend.

“He’s day to day. He’ll be fine.”

Signed to a five-year, $26.75 million extension this summer, Schwartz will be a big piece of the Blues moving forward.

He’s coming off a good playoff run — 14 points in 20 games — and the club is hopeful he can build on the goalscoring form shown in ’13-14 (25 tallies) and ’14-15 (a career-high 28).

 

Kucherov won’t report to Bolts until he’s signed

TAMPA, FL - APRIL 16: Nikita Kucherov #86 of the Tampa Bay Lightning is checked by Danny DeKeyser #65 of the Detroit Red Wings in front of Petr Mrazek #34 in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena on April 16, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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Nikita Kucherov will not report to Tampa Bay Lightning training camp until he’s signed. The 23-year-old winger is not currently under contract, though as a restricted free agent he is partially under club control.

From the Tampa Bay Times, which confirmed through GM Steve Yzerman that Kucherov would not be reporting:

Kucherov, the team’s leading scorer last season, could warrant $6 million or more annually. And that makes it difficult for the Lightning, which has between $5-5.5 million of cap space remaining, per CapFriendly.com. It begs the question whether Tampa Bay may need to make another move to create room. With the season opening two weeks from today, no deal appears imminent.

Yzerman said earlier in the month that he can get Kucherov signed without making a trade, but as mentioned, no deal has been reached yet.

Kucherov is one of a handful of high-profile RFAs who remain unsigned as the regular season approaches. The others are Johnny Gaudreau, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jacob Trouba, Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell, and Tobias Rieder, the latter of whom requested a trade yesterday.

Trouba has also requested a trade.

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