The St. Louis Blues will look to improve their cushion in the Western Conference playoff race when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
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NHL On NBCSN: Blues look to slow down Blackhawks
Blues extend Berglund — five years, $19.25 million
Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson ‘day-to-day,’ will not play on Sunday
The L.A. Kings have made a move aimed at bolstering their goaltending for the stretch drive, acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
That is according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie on Sunday. The Kings have since officially announced the deal. Also going to the Kings is a fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Meanwhile, going back to the Lightning is goalie Peter Budaj, defenseman Erik Cernak, a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft and a conditional pick this year, as well.
Per hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the Bolts will retain some of Bishop’s salary in the move, although there wasn’t a specific amount in the report. Bishop, who was injured in last year’s Eastern Conference Final, is a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, in the final year of a two-year, $11.9 million contract.
Despite impressive play in each of the last three seasons for Tampa Bay, his future with that organization had been uncertain for a while. This season, Bishop has a record of 16-12-3 with a .911 save percentage.
The news comes one day after Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings crease after a 59-game absence due to a groin injury and was solid in a big win versus the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings are, at least right now, three points out of the final wild card spot in the West.
Meanwhile, Budaj has been solid in net for the Kings, having taken over the starting duties when Quick was injured in October. He has a 27-20-3 record and a .917 save percentage. The Bolts are seven points out of the final wild card spot in the East.
Connor McDavid once again had that blazing speed of his on display. The latest victims? The Nashville Predators on Sunday.
The sophomore star scored his 21st goal of the season and league-leading 70th point thanks to a beautiful individual effort, putting his Oilers back into a tie game at the time.
McDavid picked up the puck just outside his blue line, accelerated to beat Roman Josi in the neutral zone, beat Ryan Ellis with a move and immediately snapped his shot home for the goal.
There was good news and bad news for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, as the club deals with an outbreak of the mumps.
First, the bad news: Head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed that forward Anton Rodin, defenseman Ben Hutton and trainer Brian Hamilton are now experiencing symptoms of the mumps.
Initially, five players — Troy Stecher, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund — had been affected.
The good news? Stecher, who had the first confirmed case of the mumps, was back on the ice Sunday for an optional practice, per the Canucks.
The Canucks, nine points out of a playoff spot in the West, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
The following day is the trade deadline, and the Canucks could be busy, with at least three players — Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller — all mentioned as possible targets for other teams.
Speaking to TSN 1040 radio on Friday, GM Jim Benning didn’t believe the mumps outbreak would impact his plans leading up to the deadline.
The AHL’s Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves engaged in a brawl that eventually spilled out into a hallway at the Allstate Arena on Saturday — the same day the cult classic movie ‘Slap Shot’ apparently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its release.
Talk about timing.
A line brawl (4:15-mark of the video) broke out on the ice between the Wolves and Wild with less than three minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday’s game. But the fighting didn’t end there. Video highlights show several players, still in full gear, involved shortly after in an altercation off the ice.
Video shows Vince Dunn of the Wolves and Kurtis Gabriel trading punches off the ice before Gabriel is knocked to the ground and more players — and staff in the arena — intervene.
It looked like Dunn was on his way to the dressing room when Gabriel came over, leading to their off-ice bout.
The incident is sure to result in supplementary discipline from the AHL.
These teams, which combined for 70 penalty minutes Saturday, meet again Sunday. So, that could be interesting — to say the least.