You know it’s a slow news day when…
The Globe and Mail is reporting the Toronto Maple Leafs will attend today’s football game between Dallas and Miami at Cowboys Stadium.
Jonas Gustavsson likes the Mavericks by a home run.
“It’s been a while since I’ve seen an NFL game,” Toronto coach Ron Wilson said. “I haven’t been in this stadium. I saw a few 49er games when I was [coaching] in San Jose and that was always fun. This will be neat.”
Wilson actually had a pretty funny line about forward Mikhail Grabovski attending the game: “That’s a Belarusian tradition – sitting down and having turkey and watching the Dallas Cowboys play. So now he gets to do it live.”
The Leafs play the Stars Friday, then finish their four-game trip Sunday in Anaheim.
James Reimer practiced for the first time today since suffering his non-concussion-with-concussion-like symptoms, but Wilson says his starting goalie is still “probably 10 days or so away.”
Then, in typical Wilson fashion, he added, “This is the last day I’m going to talk about it until he’s ready to play. When we want him to go in there, we want him to be 100 per cent in terms of stopping the puck.”
Tune in tomorrow when Wilson says, “I thought I told you I wasn’t going to talk about Reimer anymore. Why do you keep asking me about him?”
Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.
Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.
While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”