When the NHL realigns for the 2012-13 season, the New Jersey Devils will be in a conference with six other American teams. As a result, their new regular-season schedule will feature just one trip to each Canadian city, a fact that doesn’t make Patrick Elias very happy.
“I’d rather come here (to Canada), to be honest,” Elias told the Star-Ledger from Toronto, where the Devils will play the Leafs tonight. “I’d rather play in the Canadian cities more. It’s a lot more fun. The people here are more into hockey. They understand hockey better. Plus it’s fun to play here.”
Considering Elias makes his home in the United States and the people that buy Devils tickets are primarily American, maybe he shouldn’t have said that. It’s just poor PR.
I mean, obviously he’s right, but still.
/drinks a maple-syrup smoothie
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.