After bailing Nashville out of a potentially disastrous goaltending situation, Marek Mazanec has been named the NHL’s rookie of the month for November.
Mazanec, 22, was projected to back up Carter Hutton after Hutton inherited Nashville’s No. 1 goalie gig from the injured Pekka Rinne. But when Hutton proved incapable of carrying the load, Preds head coach Barry Trotz gave Manzanec a shot — and the rookie delivered.
Mazanec, who made his NHL debut on Nov. 8, posted a 5-4-1 record with a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage last month. What’s more, he posted a pair of shutouts and kept Nashville in the playoff picture, as the Preds currently sit just five points back of Phoenix for the second and final wild card berth.
The Czech netminder edged out a number of worthy rookies for this month’s award, including Chris Kreider (13 points in 15 games, including his first career hat trick), Tomas Hertl (10 points in 13 games) and Torey Krug (nine points in 15 games).
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.
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?