We have another four playoff contests on Sunday. Nashville and Detroit will play in Game 3 on NBC at noon ET. Philadelphia will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 of their series at 3pm ET. That contest will also be on NBC. NBCSN will televise the two night games, which are New Jersey vs Florida (7:30pm ET) and Vancouver vs Los Angeles (10:30pm ET).
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The Flyers-Penguins series has certainly been the highlight of the first round, but the Canucks-Kings contest is another one to watch. Los Angeles has taken a 2-0 series lead, so the pressure will be on Vancouver to come back and avoid an embarrassing first round upset. One of the big questions in that game is who the Canucks’ starting goaltender will be. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has the answer, but he hasn’t shared it with the world yet.
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)