SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14: Ondrej Pavelec #31 of Czech Republic looks on in the first period against Latvia during the Men's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group C game on day seven of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 14, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Czech Republic will stick with Pavelec on Saturday

The Czech Republic started the Olympic tournament with a shocker by listing the team’s only NHL goaltender, Ondrej Pavelec, as a healthy scratch against Sweden.

They went with KHL standout Jakub Kovar instead, who ended up allowing three goals on 10 shots before being yanked early in the second period. After enduring that 4-2 loss, the Czechs decided to go with Pavelec versus Latvia.

The Winnipeg Jets netminder wasn’t challenged often, but he did turn aside 18 of 20 shots in the Czech Republic’s 4-2 victory. With the team now 1-1, they will stick with Pavelec for Saturday’s match against Switzerland, according to the Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless.

This will be a key game for positioning for both countries ahead of the single elimination portion of the tournament. The Czech Republic will be seen as the favorites going into this match, but the Swiss are a legitimate threat.


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Dropping like flies: Johnson, Killorn hurt in Bolts’ exhibition

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game One
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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.

Raffi Torres gets match penalty for being Raffi Torres

Raffi Torres

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?