Lightning fans may have gulped a bit at the news of 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Drouin missing out on Team Canada’s World Junior camp with a sore foot.
Drouin, the third overall pick in this summer’s draft, was held off the ice for the two-day warm up before heading to Lake Placid. As it was, this would’ve been the one chance for him to skate with the rest of Team Canada’s invitees as coach Brent Sutter won’t be bringing any of last year’s World Junior team members (Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly, and Griffin Reinhart) to New York.
As for Drouin’s foot, it’s merely sore and he’s being kept off the ice as a precaution. Team Canada already knows what kind of player they’ve got in him and there’s no doubt the Lightning are happy to see them not pushing him just to practice.
For a little more than a minute, Brandon Saad was going to be the story of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ opener. Instead, his power-play goal merely got the ball rolling on a flabbergasting finish.
The New York Rangers scored three goals in 1:17 of game time to manage a 4-2 win.
They’ve now spoiled home openers for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets to begin their 2015-16 season.
It might be easiest just to show you when the goals were scored, noting that the third period began with a 1-1 tie.
Brandon Saad power-play goal: 16:10 into third period (2-1 Columbus)
Oscar Lindberg: 17:24 (2-2 tie)
Kevin Hayes: 17:41 (3-2 Rangers)
Mats Zuccarello: 18:41 (4-2 Rangers)
Yikes. Zuccarello scored two of the Rangers’ goals, while a beauty by Cam Atkinson is likely long forgotten.
You can see full game highlights above the headline of this post.
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
Here’s video of Abdelkader’s hat trick: