The 2012 playoffs are where seemingly reasonable prognostications go to die. You can make yourself blue in the face debating which series is the biggest upset, but the Ottawa Senators have to be in the mix if they can win one more contest. The most disturbing part for the New York Rangers might be that the Senators beat them at their own game, winning 2-0 to take a 3-2 series lead.
Let’s get to the questions.
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- Craig Anderson pitched a 41-save shutout. It’s not like Henrik Lundqvist has been bad, but is he being outplayed?
- Also, does this mean we have to hear another round of “Lundqvist can’t get it done” nonsense?
- Jason Spezza scored both goals in the win. Can he carry Ottawa’s offense without captain Daniel Alfredsson being healthy?
- If playoff results counted in Jack Adams voting, would Paul MacLean be a stronger candidate?
- Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik disappoint again. Can the Rangers really win this series if Brian Boyle is the guy stepping up?
The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.
The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.
Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.
The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.
He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.
The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.
The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.
The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.
The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.
Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.
The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.
Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.
Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.
The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.
Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.
Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.