Aaaaaand we’re back with another round of ProHockeyTalk staff picks! Round 1 was good for some (Brough and Yerdon went 7-1), OK for others (me, O’Brien and Tucker went 5-for-8)… and then there was Dadoun (4-for-8. Hard lines, Ryan.)
That being said, there’s good news for PHT’s resident keyboard monkeys — our Stanley Cup picks are all still alive! Not sure we should be celebrating how teams we picked to win four playoff rounds merely made it past the opening one, but here we are. Live with it.
As for the comments section — plenty of people submitted their picks, but one set stood out: Comeonnowguys’ Western Conference predictions of Ducks in 6, Kings in 7, Wild in 6 and ‘Hawks in 6. Nearly a perfect game, save Minnesota winning in 7. Well done, Comeonnowguys. I’d offer you a prize but based on what’s available in front of me right now, you’d be getting a day-old Starbucks cup with some grinds floating at the bottom. Yours if you want it though.
Onto Round 2 we go…
Anaheim vs. Los Angeles
Halford: Kings in 7
Brough: Kings in 6
Yerdon: Kings in 6
O’Brien: Kings in 5
Dadoun: Ducks in 7
Tucker: Kings in 7
Chicago vs. Minnesota
Halford: ‘Hawks in 6
Brough: ‘Hawks in 5
Yerdon: ‘Hawks in 5
O’Brien: ‘Hawks in 5
Dadoun: ‘Hawks in 5
Tucker: ‘Hawks in 6
Boston vs. Montreal
Halford: Habs in 7
Brough: Bruins in 7
Yerdon: Bruins in 7
O’Brien: Bruins in 6
Dadoun: Bruins in 6
Tucker: Bruins in 7
New York vs. Pittsburgh
Halford: Pens in 6
Brough: Pens in 7
Yerdon: Rangers in 7
O’Brien: Rangers in 6
Dadoun: Rangers in 6
Tucker: Rangers in 6
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?