Both the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators will have something to play for in Sunday’s postponed game, which is the last contest of the NHL’s 2013 regular season.
Saturday’s results made it certain that tomorrow’s game will matter. The Boston Bruins lost to the Washington Capitals 3-2 in OT while the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-1.
That victory gives the Habs a temporary lead for the Northeast Division title. They now have 63 standings points and hold the regulation/OT win tiebreaker.
With that, the Bruins’ goal is clear: Boston needs any kind of win against Ottawa to take the division title (and the second seed in the East). The Northeast Division runner-up will have home ice advantage against the Maple Leafs, who clinched the fifth seed.
Ottawa still has something on the line. The Senators are currently in eighth place in the East but only trail the seventh-ranked New York Islanders by one standings point.
Depending upon how things shake out, today’s Montreal-Toronto game and tomorrow’s Ottawa-Boston scuffle could very well serve as a pair of playoff previews. Plenty can change, however.
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.
The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.
Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.
The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.
Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.
DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.
The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.
Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.
Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.
As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.
“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”