Let’s catch up on two of Thursday’s smaller moves.
- First, “Big” Ben Bishop will tend nets for the Ottawa Senators’ AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, according to The Ottawa Sun. Promising prospect Robin Lehner is likely to push Bishop for starts with the Baby Sens, which makes sense since the two could very well battle for the backup job (or better) in the future.
(One would assume that Bishop has the inside track to be Craig Anderson’s No. 2, but goalie situations often change rapidly.)
- Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko looks like he’ll stay local rather than opting for a European tour. The Arizona Republic passes along word that he’ll play for the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs during the work stoppage.
This hasn’t been the best night for St. Louis sports fans.
Obviously, the MLB’s Cardinals getting bounced from the playoffs is a bigger deal, but the Blues face bad news, too.
While they’re currently leading the Calgary Flames by a score of 4-3, they’ll need to hang on without Kevin Shattenkirk, whose night is over thanks to a lower-body injury.
There’s no word yet on how severe the issue might be.
Naturally, the Blues must hope that it’s minor, as Shattenkirk is one of the NHL’s truly underrated assets on the blueline.
Stephanie (@MyRegularFace) tracked down a moment when the injury may have happened:
It’s not all rosy for the Flames, either, as Lance Bouma suffered an injury as well.
In some ways, it really felt like their first-round series.
For all the talent on both ends of the rink with the Detroit Red Wings and Tampa Bay Lightning, each squad can really smother opponents defensively when things go that way.
Through two periods, the two teams were very quiet. Things really picked up when Justin Abdelkader unleashed a big hit, a moment that injected enough life into the proceedings for the Red Wings to eventually build a 3-1 win.
Maybe they’re slipping under the radar a bit compared to previous iterations of the team, but it’s interesting that the Red Wings are now undefeated in three games.
They’ve been impressive at times, too, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 11-4.
Call it a refreshing time after Mike Babcock or merely carryover from a subtly solid run last season, but either way, the Red Wings may just be able to keep up their end of a brewing rivalry.