There are no playoff games tonight, so instead we’re taking a look at the news around the league in Thursday’s morning skate.
Corey Crawford might not be regarded as an elite goaltender, but he’s been a big part of the Blackhawks’ recent success. For the second straight year, he has a sub-2.00 GAA and a save percentage over .930 in the playoffs. (Associated Press)
Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown isn’t too worried about the Honda Center crowd when Anaheim hosts the Kings in Game 7. “Quite honestly, San Jose is probably one of the loudest buildings in the whole league and we’ve battled them in the playoffs,” he said. (LA Kings Insider)
A couple of the Detroit Red Wings’ top prospects — Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha — will compete against each other in the Memorial Cup championship. (Detroit Free Press)
Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara felt his team was hesitant with the puck early in Game 7 against Montreal last night. That ultimately proved to be fatal for the Bruins’ playoff run. (Boston Globe)
The Pittsburgh Penguins playoff shortcomings might be impacting fan interest. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Here’s an early preview of the upcoming Montreal Canadiens-New York Rangers series. (Newsday)
Finally, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s tweet might open some old wounds in Toronto and Vancouver:
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?