We mentioned earlier that Jakob Silfverberg might make his NHL debut tonight. Well now we know for sure: he’s in.
Silfverberg is one of the Senators’ top prospects and the winner of the Swedish Elite League’s most valuable player award. He also led the Swedish Elite League in playoff scoring before joining Ottawa.
He practiced on a line with Milan Michalek and Jason Spezza, so Silfverberg might get some important minutes Monday night.
Sportsnet’s Ian Mendes also pointed out that Silfverberg is the third player to make his NHL debut in this series. The other two are Chris Kreider and Mark Stone.
In a game that was already critical for both Ottawa and the New York Rangers, Silfverberg’s debut will add yet another layer of intrigue.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.