Much has been made lately about Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin’s lack of goals this season and yet he still ranks seventh in the NHL’s scoring race.
Malkin might not be finding the back of the net often, but he’s only been held off the scoresheet once in the Penguins’ last 11 games. It’s hard to say he’s truly slumping because of that, especially when he gives performances like he did yesterday.
The 27-year-old skated from one end of the ice to the other, beating every Montreal player on the ice in the process, except for goaltender Carey Price. Instead he fed the puck to James Neal, who collected the goal.
You can watch that play below:
Malkin hit his tailbone, but he’s fine, according to the Penguins. Unfortunately for Pittsburgh, Montreal still won 3-2.
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.
Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.
Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.
Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.
Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.