In case you need an extra reason to justify the Philadelphia Flyers trading for Simon Gagne, here it is: young forward Tye McGinn will miss at least two weeks with a broken orbital bone, according to CSNPhilly.com.
McGinn, 22, suffered the injury thanks to this rugged fight with Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Mike Brown, which happened during Toronto’s 4-2 win on Monday:
The Flyers have opted to replace hurt youngsters with familiar veterans lately. With Matt Read also out for a while, GM Paul Holmgren brought Mike Knuble back, too.
We’ll see if those moves fill the gaps or even make the team better, but CSNPhilly’s Tim Panaccio doesn’t seem confident:
Video: Marc Staal was no match for Alex Ovechkin on this goal
After being held without a point in his first two games of the season, Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has now scored a goal in three consecutive games.
That includes his goal on Saturday night in the first period against the New York Rangers.
It’s one that will probably make the personal highlight reel for Ovechkin, but it certainly won’t make the highlight reel for Rangers defenseman Marc Staal.
To say that this head-to-head matchup turned out to be a mismatch would be … well … a bit of an understatement.
As Ovechkin crossed the blue line into the Rangers zone he started to toe-drag around Staal, only to stop midway through and just rip it from outside the circle, using Staal as a screen and beating Henrik Lundqvist for the goal.
It is probably not a good sign when the defenseman has his back to the shooter when the puck is released.
When the Dallas Stars take on the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday evening one of their top forwards will be making his 2016-17 debut.
The team announced on Saturday afternoon that forward Ales Hemsky will be activated from injured reserve after missing the first four games of the season due to a groin injury at the World Cup of hockey.
Now 33 years old, Hemsky isn’t quite as dynamic as he was during his prime years in Edmonton, but he is still an extremely skilled playmaker that is a solid fit in Dallas’ system. He is entering his third year with the Stars and has 71 points (24 goals, 47 assists) in 151 games with the team.
With Hemsky now activated and back in the lineup, the Stars also announced on Saturday that veteran forward Jiri Hudler has been placed on IR retroactive to Oct. 15 due to illness.