Sidney Crosby isn’t the only person who won’t be around for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Raleigh, North Carolina. Injuries will also keep two Edmonton Oilers from the festivities, according to NHL.com. Concussion issues will force out Ales Hemsky from the standard game while Jordan Eberle won’t be able to take part in the SuperSkills Competition because of an ankle injury. (Eberle wasn’t voted to the actual All-Star Game, but would have been among the rookies playing in the skills competition.)
This will leave Taylor Hall as the team’s only representative during the weekend, as the rookie will take part in the skills competition.
Hemsky scored 29 points in an injury-riddled 32 games so far this season while Eberle has missed 10 games and counting with the ankle problems. Eberle has 23 points in 37 games.
Marner’s brilliant passing powers uplifting night for Leafs
Devan Dubnyk already showed signs of having a hot start to 2016-17, but Thursday made that point abundantly clear.
For the second straight game, Dubnyk generated a shutout, with the Minnesota Wild beating the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 in this instance.
It’s not as if Dubnyk is just leisurely turning aside the occasional chance, either; he made 38 saves to blank Buffalo and needed to stop 65 shots on goal considering the 27 he turned aside in a 5-0 win vs. Boston.
There are plenty of differences between Alex Ovechkin and Patrik Laine, including obvious things like one being from Russia and the other from Finland.
Still, there are moments when Laine inspires comparisons to his idol, even this early in his rookie season.
Thursday presented one of those moments. It wasn’t just that Laine fired a 3-0 goal home for the Winnipeg Jets against the Dallas Stars with such moxie; it was also that he showed some swagger with a celebration afterward.
This GIF captures the moment brilliantly, while you can also watch the goal in video form.
Early this season, Dmitry Orlov delighted onlookers and angered Matt Duchene with a mind-blowing, throwback hip check. People really seemed to enjoy it.
While you’d struggle to top that hit, Philadelphia Flyers forward Sean Couturier must have sensed the void in checks that almost seem to flip opponents, doing so against Anthony Duclair during Thursday’s contest.
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