Late in the third period of the Detroit Red Wings’ 6-4 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday night, defenseman Mike Green was on the receiving end of a pretty big hit from Ducks forward Ryan Kesler that forced him to exit the game with less than a minute to play in regulation.
After the game Green insisted that he was OK, but on Sunday morning Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Mlive.com’s Brendan Savage that Green is probably considered day-to-day at this point, and that the team will know more about his status on Monday.
The Red Wings have a back-to-back situation on Monday and Tuesday of this week with games at Tampa Bay and Carolina.
Even if it’s nothing long-term losing Green for any length of time would be a problem for a Red Wings team that is already without defensemen Alexey Marchenko and Brendan Smith at the moment.
Green has taken on an increased role on the Red Wings blue line this season and is averaging more than 24 minutes of ice time per game, nearly five minutes more than what he played a year ago in his first year with the team after signing a three-year, $18 million contract in free agency.
That increased ice time has also resulted in an increase in his point production. It is not quite to the same level it was during his peak years in Washington when he was the best offensive defenseman in the league, but his 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) are currently second on the team in scoring and have him in the top-15 among all defensemen across the league. His current scoring rate would put him on a pace for 46 points over 82 games. He has not recorded more than 45 points in a season (mostly due to injuries significantly limiting his availability in recent years) since the 2009-10 season.
Ducks take control of second in Pacific after edging Oilers
McDavid scored a goal and two assists, yet Ryan Getzlaf was right there with him with three assists, helping the Ducks win 4-3.
With that, Anaheim is clearly ahead of Edmonton for second in the Pacific. The Ducks would hold home-ice over the Oilers if the playoffs began today, and better yet for them, a division title isn’t out of the question:
1. Sharks – 91 points in 73 games played
2. Ducks – 89 points in 73 GP
3. Oilers – 87 points in 73 GP
4. Flames – 86 points in 73 GP
As you can see, the Oilers aren’t exactly far ahead of the Flames for third, either.
Going forward, the Oilers have an interesting schedule: a mix of games against cellar dwellers (two apiece against the Canucks and Avalanche) plus two games apiece versus the Kings and Sharks.
The Ducks’ schedule includes two matches against the Flames, one against the Kings and one more match at Edmonton on April 1.
Long story short, the jockeying for position is far from over, but this was a pretty significant win for the Ducks.
Video: Connor McDavid shows off speed and skill (again)
Connor McDavid‘s 26th goal of 2016-17 was a lot like many others: an impressive display of skill and speed. He didn’t blaze past the Anaheim Ducks like has against opponents on other occasions, but his rare wheels still came in handy.
Maybe more than sheer speed, this tally is a reminder that McDavid could do impressive things while losing little or no momentum. It’s one thing to have straight-line speed, but he has the hands and hockey IQ to take advantage of his swift skating.
McDavid already has two points in this one, pushing him to 84 points. He also extended his point streak to five games (three goals, six assists if he stays at one of each on Wednesday).
The goal posts might move from time to time – now they’re chasing the Boston Bruins more than the Toronto Maple Leafs – but the bottom line is that the New York Islanders need to get it done to make the playoffs.
They still have some climbing to do, but Wednesday represented a step in the right direction with a tough 3-2 win against the New York Rangers.
The Rangers built 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the second period as John Tavares struggled with a “hat trick” of penalties, but Tavares & Co. wouldn’t give up. They managed two power-play goals in the third (one by Nikolay Kulemin, the winner by Andrew Ladd) to turn things around for a significant win.
Anders Lee was also a big part of the win, grabbing a goal and an assist. The biggest difference-maker may very well have been Thomas Greiss, who stopped 34 of 36 shots (including all 11 in the third) as the Rangers created a lot of offense.
The Islanders now have 80 standings points, placing them two behind the Bruins for the East’s final wild card spot.
The Rangers’ hold over the first wild card seems quite secure, but they do have to worry ever so slightly about their play at home. With this defeat, they’ve now lost seven straight (0-5-2) at Madison Square Garden.
Video: Rick Nash scores 20th goal in sprawling style