The winning streak is over at three games. And the already faint hope of making it into the playoffs might be completely lost, too, for the Vancouver Canucks.
The Canucks lost the Colorado Avalanche by a final score of 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night. It’s a single point. But they needed two if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the post-season. The Phoenix Coyotes, despite giving up a two-goal lead to the New Jersey Devils, still won in the shootout to maintain their position as the second Wild Card team in the Western Conference.
It was a far from ideal evening for the Canucks, even though it could’ve easily gone the other way with what was happening between the Coyotes and Devils. But, it didn’t end that way.
The remain 10th in the conference, despite being tied with the Dallas Stars at 79 points. The Coyotes are still five points ahead of both teams. The Canucks, however, have played 75 games. Dallas has three games in hand, while Phoenix has one.
Despite the odds being greatly stacked against them, the coach was still trying to remain positive.
“We’re right there. We’re still in it,” said Canucks head coach John Tortorella, as per the Associated Press. “We’re fine. We’re fine in our room. We’re going to keep on playing.”
Ken Appleby never got drafted, but his efforts during the New Jersey Devils’ training camp have earned him an entry-level contract, per the Bergen Record.
Although no team saw it fit to take him before the preseason, the 20-year-old is coming off of a very strong season. He had a 2.08 GAA and .924 save percentage in 50 games with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He went on to lead them to a Memorial Cup championship and earned the the Hap Emms Memorial Trophy as the tournament’s top goalie.
Appleby is the fifth goaltender the Devils have under contract after Cory Schneider, Keith Kinkaid, Scott Wedgewood, and Yann Danis. He’ll likely begin the season in the ECHL.
Alexandre Goulet and Jacob Sweeney also participated in the Devils’ training camp on an amateur tryout basis, but both of them have been released.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Some of the NHL’s top players discuss Connor McDavid‘s potential and the hype surrounding him. (Toronto Sun)
While we’re on the subject, Wayne Gretzky recalls what it was like for him going into the NHL and what’s in store for McDavid. (Edmonton Sun)
Sam Gagner is about to start a key season in his career. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
It’s time for the Washington Capitals to make some tough calls, particularly when it comes to Derek Roy. (CSN Mid-Atlantic)
With Raffi Torres hearing scheduled for today, here’s a look back at his suspension history. (San Jose Mercury News)
The Chicago Blackhawks have gotten their championship rings. (NHL.com)