Carolina could prove to be one of the more intriguing teams to watch at the NHL Draft next weekend.
Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer says GM Jim Rutherford could be looking to move out of the fifth overall spot in the first-round and move down if the player they’re looking for is gone. He adds the team also isn’t looking to move up to get said player. That’s a bit of ambivalent way to look at the draft, but unless you know who they want, the door is open for teams to pitch an offer.
The Hurricanes are in dire need of top-level defensemen. Dangling the No. 5 pick to a team with a defenseman to spare that’s looking to move up in the draft could be the plan here. With top-pair blue liners coming at a premium, finding a team lower in the draft with one to spare that’s looking for a potential future elite forward is the key.
Hey, isn’t Kris Letang maybe available? Pittsburgh and Carolina sure did nice business last summer.
The NBC Networks quadruple header of NHL action on Hockey Day In America continues on Sunday afternoon in Pittsburgh when the Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings.
The Penguins enter the game coming off of an overtime loss in Columbus on Friday night and continue to play through some injuries with Conor Sheary, Bryan Rust, Olli Maatta and Justin Schultz all sidelined at the moment.
They remain in second place in the Metropolitan Division and have not lost a game in regulation since Jan. 26. They have gone 6-0-3 since, collecting 15 of 19 points in the standings.
On Sunday afternoon they get a Red Wings team that was a 3-2 shootout winner over the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The Red Wings beat the Penguins in Detroit more than a month ago.
Game time is 3 p.m. ET. You can catch all of the action on NBC or on our Live Stream.
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With wins in seven of their past nine games the St. Louis Blues seem to be getting back on track after a mediocre start to the season that saw them fall to the Western Conference playoff bubble and make a mid-season coaching change.
They might be getting some additional good news on Monday night before their game against the suddenly surging Florida Panthers when forward Paul Stastny could be making his return to the lineup.
Stastny has been sidelined for the past four games due to a lower body injury.
The Blues were hopeful he could return on Saturday — the Blues ended up losing to Buffalo, snapping what had been a six-game winning streak — but he was not quite ready.
“He’s getting there,” Coach Mike Yeo said on Saturday, via the St. Louis Post Dispatch. “We were hopeful for today but that’s obviously not going to happen and Monday is a real possibility.”
In 54 games this season Stastny has 15 goals and 20 assists for the Blues while mostly playing alongside Alexander Steen.
He was injured against the Toronto Maple Leafs back on Feb. 9. The Blues said at the time it was not expected to be a long-term injury but it has still sidelined him for the past four games.
His injury happened around the same time that the Blues lost Robby Fabbri for the season due to an ACL injury, but they have still managed to turn things around in their absence.
Ty Rattie is back in the St. Louis Blues organization.
As you’ll recall, the Blues waived Rattie in January. He was claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes, had two assists in five games with that club and was then put back on waivers Saturday.
According to reports on Sunday, the Blues re-claimed Rattie, the 24-year-old forward with 10 points in 35 career NHL games. He’s originally a second-round pick of St. Louis from the 2011 draft.
He has since been reassigned to the Chicago Wolves in the AHL.
The Blues sit third in the Central Division, eight points behind Chicago and five points ahead of Nashville. They host the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Meanwhile, Sabres defenseman Taylor Fedun has cleared waivers and has been reassigned to Rochester in the AHL.
Sunday is Hockey Day in America and it features a quadruple header of games on the NBC networks. All of the actions kicks off with a huge Metropolitan Division showdown in New York with the Rangers taking on the NHL leading Washington Capitals.
The Capitals, coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss in Detroit on Saturday afternoon, have earned at least a point in 21 of their past 23 games (19-2-2) to put themselves in a great position to win the Presidents’ Trophy for a second consecutive year. Saturday’s game was their first game back from their bye week and snapped what had been a six-game winning streak where they scored at least five goals in five of the games.
On Sunday they visit a Rangers team that has won six of its past seven games but can not seem to gain any ground in a division where everybody seems to keep winning and collecting points.
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