Toronto Maple Leafs v Philadelphia Flyers

Schenn vs. Schenn in the City of Brotherly Love

In what’s becoming something of a theme this year, another pair of brothers are set to face off in an NHL contest.

Luke and Brayden Schenn — of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Philadelphia Flyers, respectively — will square off as regular-season opponents for the first time at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

Tonight will actually be their second meeting of the year. Back on September 20, the Schenns were one of three sets of brothers that played against each other on the same night, along with Blake and Phil Kessel and Zach and Aaron Bogosian.

But those games were preseason affairs. Tonight, Luke and Brayden will follow in the footsteps of Chris and Anthony Stewart, who met for the first time in the regular season last Friday with Chris’ Blues beating Anthony’s Hurricanes 3-2 in overtime. (It should be noted that the Stewarts had relatively quiet outings: Anthony played just 6:27 while Chris went pointless and finished minus-1.)

As for the Schenns — the last time they met during the regular-season was in junior hockey. Luke was with the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, Brayden the Brandon Wheat Kings and on February 14, 2008, Kelowna whipped Brandon 8-2. Luke registered two assists that night while Brayden went minus-2 — let’s just assume the younger Schenn would like to make amends for that performance.

So, to the video we go. Here’s Brayden talking about the matchup:

And here’s older brother Luke discussing what it means to the family:

Report: Islanders cut first-rounder Barzal from camp

Mathew Barzal
Getty Images
Leave a comment

It seems Mathew Barzal has played in his last game in a New York Islanders’ uniform for a little while.

Barzal took part in the Islanders’ preseason finale against the Washington Capitals on Sunday, but after that contest the Islanders decided to return him to WHL Seattle, per Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

He was taken with the 16th overall pick in 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That selection was well-traveled as it originally belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but was involved in the David Perron trade and then moved to the Islanders as part of Edmonton’s deal to get Griffin Reinhart.

Barzal is noteworthy for his skill and speed, but he may have slipped in the draft due to a knee injury he sustained during the 2014-15 campaign.

The Islanders also reassigned Kirill Petrov, Kevin Czuczman, Scott Mayfield, and Adam Pelech to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.