Phoenix Coyotes v Calgary Flames

Coyotes ‘trying to be cute’ in loss to Flames


The Phoenix Coyotes find themselves in a three-way tie in points with the Dallas Stars and Columbus Blues Jackets, but still two points back of the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference playoff race.

The Coyotes secured one point Friday, but not two, losing 3-2 in overtime to the Calgary Flames, who are 3-7-0 in their last 10 games and battling it out with the Colorado Avalanche in the bottom of the conference standings.

Not the desired result, especially after Phoenix jumped out to an early lead less than two minutes into the game. Perhaps they took the struggling Flames a little too lightly.

“We were trying to be a little too lackadaisical, too relaxed with the puck, trying to be cute,” Coyotes captain Shane Doan told the Associated Press.

“Scoring a goal early was big but it almost put you back into the kind of relaxed state instead of being aggressive. We can’t have that happen.”

Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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You probably know the drill: injury updates are murky in the NHL basically from the moment a puck drops.

We’ll learn more once the 2015-16 season begins, but at the moment, Saturday might have served as a costly night for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Both Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn went down with injuries stemming from a 3-2 pre-season win against the Florida Panthers.

“Guys were dropping like flies,” Steven Stamkos told the Tamba Bay Times.

These could be minor situations – just about any ailment will sideline a key asset this time of year – yet one cannot help but wonder if the Lightning might limp into this campaign.

Nikita Kucherov is dealing with his own issues, so that means at least minor issues for one half of the Bolts’ top six forwards.

It’s believed that more will be known about these banged-up Bolts sometime on Sunday.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

With knee issues still limiting him, Raffi Torres isn’t as mobile as he once was. Apparently he still moves well enough to leave the usual path of destruction.

It’s the pre-season, so it’s unclear if we’ll get a good look at the check, but Torres received a match penalty for his hit on Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Most accounts were pretty critical of the San Jose Sharks’ chief troublemaker:

It’s too early to tell if Silfverberg is injured. If he is, that’s a significant loss for the Ducks, as he really showed signs of fulfilling his promise (especially during the 2015 playoffs).

As far as Torres goes, he’s hoping to play in the Sharks’ season-opener. Wherever he ends up, he’ll certainly make plenty of enemies on the ice.

Whether it was because of that hit or just the general distaste shared by those sides, it sounds like tonight’s Sharks – Ducks exhibition is getting ugly, in general:

This post will be updated if video of the hit becomes available, and also if we get a better idea of Silfverberg’s condition.

Update: Bullet dodged?