Canucks forward Mason Raymond is set to take an important step in his recovery from a broken back. Raymond has been cleared for contact for the first time since being checked awkwardly into the boards by Boston defenseman Johnny Boychuk during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final.
Today, Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault told reporters that Raymond was “coming along great.”
“We had Mason off-ice tested this morning, his results were all real good,” Vigneault said. “Even the strength one for his upper body, it was better than what our guys anticipated.”
No word on when Raymond will be able to play again, but once healthy, it will be interesting to see where he slots in. The Canucks aren’t lacking for depth up front. Is this where Cody Hodgson feels the squeeze? Manny Malhotra even?
Despite tough fight, Stars hand Wild their sixth straight loss
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.