Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, left, chases the puck after Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard made the save during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Friday, Feb. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2016-17 campaign tonight when the New York Rangers host the Boston Bruins at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.
The Boston Bruins have been without starting goalie Tuukka Rask (lower body) for two games now and things haven’t gone well.
When Rask is between the pipes, Boston is 3-0-0, but when he’s not, they’re 0-3-0.
They dropped Saturday night’s game to the Montreal Canadiens with Anton Khudobin in goal and with him on the shelf too, the Bruins were dismantled 5-0 by the Minnesota Wild last night.
The Bruins turned to former first rounder Malcolm Subban yesterday and he lasted a little more than 30 minutes before being pulled for Zane McIntyre.
“There are some goals — I’m not going to lie — there are some goals that we thought our goaltenders should have had,” head coach Claude Julien said after the loss to Minnesota, per CSN New England.
But Julien wasn’t willing to pin it all on his rookie goalies.
“[I’m] not here to talk about a goaltender — who’s in one of his first few games — because he let in a couple of bad goals,” added Julien. “We were terrible in front of him . . . and that’s the big picture. That’s more important.”
Still, Subban has made two starts in his NHL career and has been pulled both times. He’s allowed six goals on just 22 shots during his two brief stints in the league.
It’ll be interesting to see which rookie Julien turns to tonight.
For the first time this season, the Rangers have strung together back-to-back wins.
Kreider, who has seven points in five games this season, will miss his second consecutive game because of a neck injury, while Buchnevich remains on IR with back pain.
Unlike the Bruins, the Rangers have no question marks in their crease right now. Henrik Lundqvist will make his fourth consecutive start tonight. The 34-year-old has allowed two goals per game in each of his last three outings. That doesn’t exactly bode well for a Bruins team that’s scored four goals in their last three contests.
A 26th straight playoff appearance? It seemed, when this season began, that not many were giving the Detroit Red Wings much of a chance to accomplish the feat.
Time will tell.
Despite their doubters, the Red Wings have now won five straight games, following a pretty uninspiring start with back-to-back losses in Florida to begin the season.
Their latest win came Tuesday, as the Red Wings beat the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. (For Carolina, that wraps up a six-game road trip to begin the season.)
Dylan Larkin, who had 23 goals as a rookie in 2015-16, finally got his first two goals of this season, scoring twice against the Hurricanes.
So far, 11 players on their roster have scored, with Darren Helm leading the way. Nineteen of 20 players have also recorded at least a single point. As a team, they’ve been able to extend leads against the opposition over the course of this streak, which is a welcomed change for coach Jeff Blashill.
“I said that to the coaching staff after the game,” he told the Detroit Free Press. “That’s the biggest difference – we score the fourth goal this year. So now you’ve got a two-goal cushion and if something goes the wrong way, you’re still fine.
“It’s a huge difference.”
As per stats.hockeyanalysis.com, the Red Wings currently have the second best save percentage (95.95) at five-on-five through six games, not to mention the 10th best shooting percentage (9.86).
Howard, who was part of trade speculation last season, has allowed only a single goal on 63 shots.
So far, so good for the Red Wings.
Not many seemed optimistic about this team as the season approached.
Sure, the Red Wings had made 25 consecutive playoff appearances, but they also entered this season with an older Henrik Zetterberg, and the health of Niklas Kronwall (click here) and Jonathan Ericsson (click here) in question.
Pundits and prognosticators, including the overwhelming majority at PHT, said the Red Wings’ playoff streak would be snapped this season.
A winning streak this early might not be enough to make doubters think twice.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
–Four things you didn’t know about the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2016. (HHOF.com)
–How hard is it to coach a young roster? Coyotes coach Dave Tippett tackles that in a Q & A with NHL.com.
–Watch the highlights from last night’s wild game between the Flyers and Sabres. (Top)
–After a couple of tough seasons, the Avalanche are showing some promise. (Sportsnet)
–The Pittsburgh zoo had a little bit of fun with their penguin exhibit:
–That’s an interesting gift to give a former player:
Talk about perfect timing.
Facing off against their California rivals for the first time this season, the Sharks dominated puck possession and on the shot clock. Had it not been for the play of Gibson, this one could’ve been a lopsided win for San Jose.
In relief, Gibson made 24 saves on 25 shots. Vlasic was the only San Jose player to get the puck past him, but not before the Ducks managed to steal a single point.
The Ducks recorded the single point, but did so faced with a short-handed lineup as the game continued. Not only did Bernier leave the game, but so, too, did Ryan Getzlaf, who didn’t play a shift in the third period.
He left with an upper-body injury, as per the Ducks, who at the time listed his return as questionable.