When Sweden plays against the Czech Republic this afternoon, they will do so without the services of Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson or Vancouver Canucks defenseman Alex Edler, reports NHL.com writer Dan Rosen.
Sweden features some imposing lines, including the combination of Daniel Sedin, Nicklas Backstrom, and Loui Eriksson.
The Czechs don’t have a line that looks nearly as good on paper as their top unit is Jaromir Jagr, Tomas Plekanec, and Roman Cervenka.
Meanwhile, Radko Gudas and Phoenix’s Martin Hanzal will be scratched by the Czech Republic. Gudas has been sick and Hanzal might have been kept out of the game for the same reason.
As previously reported, the Czechs will also keep goaltender Ondrej Pavelec out of their lineup. Instead, they’re sending out KHL standout Jakub Kovar to face Sweden. Alexander Salak will serve as his understudy.
This dominant win is a heck of a way for the Kings to begin an imposing seven-game road trip, which continues against the New York Islanders on Thursday. The Bruins probably want to burn the tape on this one themselves, as they’re about to head on a six-game road trip.
Per @EliasSports: @LAKings had 9 different skaters score in a game for 5th time in franchise history. Last: Jan. 21, 1987 vs. PIT (10-5 W).
Some hockey players resist the urge to wear a visor, at least if they’re given that choice.
Perhaps a few will say “Hey, Nathan Beaulieu will just punch it off anyway.”
Maybe not, but Beaulieu provided a rather unique moment in his fight with Cedric Paquette during the Montreal Canadiens – Tampa Bay Lightning game. You can watch that bout in the video above, and see a cut on the Lightning pest’s face from that blow.
That said, it the very specific present, they’ll be watching Tuesday’s game from the press box.
After an unsatisfactory practice amid flailing playoff hopes, Flames head coach Bob Hartley made a big statement tonight, taking Monahan, Gaudreau and Lance Bouma out of the lineup as healthy scratches against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
#TORvsCGY Roster Update: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Lance Bouma will be healthy scratches for tonight’s game vs. the #Leafs.