Toronto Maple Leafs v St. Louis Blues

Ben Scrivens gives Toronto hope

Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ brass can put down their phones for at least one night. Ben Scrivens justified Ron Wilson’s gut decision to start him by stopping 38 shots in a 3-2 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues.

In the span of one game, Scrivens strengthened his chances of at least being the backup in Toronto and gave Ken Hitchcock his first defeat as the Blues’ bench boss.

It probably wasn’t designed this way, but it really was a great test for Scrivens, as the Maple Leafs seemingly sat back on a 2-0 lead. After out-shooting St. Louis 14-8 in the first period, the Blues fired 32 shots during the next two periods and overtime. Jason Arnott and Patrik Berglund were the only ones able to get a puck by Scrivens, who didn’t allow a single shootout score either.

Sure, it’s just one game, but this a promising sign for just about everyone in Toronto not named Jonas Gustavsson.

One could argue that it’s a promising sign for Hitchcock as well – his team clearly responded to something during the first intermission – but we’ll have to wait and see if that’s really the case.

Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

James Wisniewski, John-Michael Liles, Elias Lindholm
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Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

From the club:

Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.

Jordan Weal to make NHL debut for Kings

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Two days after an uninspiring performance versus San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings will be getting an injection of youthful enthusiasm tonight versus Arizona.

Coach Darryl Sutter confirmed today that Jordan Weal will make his NHL debut at Staples Center.

A 23-year-old center, Weal is expected to replace Andy Andreoff and skate between Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan on the fourth line.

“It’s really exciting,” Weal told LA Kings Insider. “A lot of work has gone into getting to this part of my career, and the hard work’s just going to continue. It’s going to keep going, and I’m trying to do as much as I can in this game and keep improving from this game moving forward in trying to solidify a solid spot in the lineup.”

The 70th overall pick in 2010, Weal had 69 points in 73 games last season for AHL Manchester.

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