While there wasn’t a whole lot on the line – in the grand scheme of things, the two teams were jostling for qualification round positioning – the victory highlighted how dangerous Michael Grabner can be on international ice.
The speedy New York Islanders winger didn’t score as Canada blanked his team on Feb. 14, but it seems like he’s on a hot streak nonetheless. He nabbed a hat trick while Finland blew out Austria 8-4 on Feb. 13 and added two goals and an assist on Sunday.
In other words, he’s been a part of six of Austria’s seven goals so far in this tournament (and nearly added a hat trick goal late in today’s game).
Michael Raffl collected Austria’s other goal while Per-Age Skroder was the only Norwegian to find the net.
The two teams will get a better idea of how their next games will play out as the standings become clearer.
The Los Angeles Kings lost one of their most veteran defensemen on Tuesday, as the club announced Matt Greene would be out indefinitely following shoulder surgery.
Greene, 32, had only appeared in three games this season, missing extensive time with the ailment. He had recently resumed skating with teammates and looked to be on the way back to a return, but never got to the point where he was participating in drills, or taking contact.
If Greene misses extensive time, L.A. could be in the market for a defenseman come trade deadline day, like they were last year before acquiring Andrej Sekera from Carolina. Greene is one of the most playoff-tested players on the L.A. roster, with 79 games and two Stanley Cups on his resume (and another Stanley Cup Final, with Edmonton in 2006).
Looks like the Canucks will have an interesting lineup tonight
But hold on, that doesn’t necessarily mean Pedan will make his NHL debut tonight. This morning, the Canucks announced they’d called up d-man Alex Biega from AHL Utica. Theoretically, inserting Biega could allow the offensively inclined Yannick Weber to move up to forward. Biega and Weber both shoot right. Pedan shoots left.
But wait, there exists another possibility — that both Pedan and Biega could play. That will depend on Chris Tanev‘s status. He got banged up yesterday as well, though he was able to skate this morning.
Weber likely to skate as a forward tonight. Biega may play instead of Pedan. If Tanev can't go, both will play. #Canucks