Rob Scuderi is hearing it in Pittsburgh. The Penguins’ veteran defenseman has drawn the ire of criticism from fans and media for his performance in these Stanley Cup playoffs.
Now, it’s fair to say the entire Penguins team should be put in the spotlight for their effort in a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday. As a result, the series was extended to a sixth game. The Penguins failed this time in an opportunity to advance to the Eastern Conference final.
Scuderi, 35, brings a wealth of post-season experience, having won two Stanley Cups – once with Pittsburgh and once with L.A.
“I don’t really worry about that stuff,” Scuderi told NHL.com. “Certainly, you want to be playing well. You want to be on top of your game, but I don’t worry about outside influences that much. I just try to do what I know has worked for me in the past and what I think will continue to bring me success in the future.”
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?