Scary news out of Tuscon, Ariz., tonight.
From the Arizona Daily Star:
Saturday’s game between the Roadrunners and Manitoba Moose has been postponed after Tucson captain Craig Cunningham collapsed on the ice minutes before the scheduled 7 p.m. start.
No make-up date has been announced.
Medics worked on Cunningham, who was lying on his back, and cut away his jersey. They performed chest compressions before moving him off the ice. Both teams returned to their locker rooms.
The Roadrunners named Cunningham the team’s captain earlier this month. Cunningham has played 63 NHL games.
The Coyotes and general manager John Chayka have released a statement: “Arizona Coyotes center Craig Cunningham suffered a medical emergency on the ice prior to the start of tonight’s game between the Tucson Roadrunners and the Manitoba Moose at the Tucson Convention Center. Cunningham was taken to a local hospital where he is receiving medical treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his family. We will provide a medical update once we receive more information.”
Micheal Haley and Ryan White decided to go another round.
After dropping the gloves against each other earlier this month, Haley and White fought again as the San Jose Sharks and Arizona Coyotes met Saturday.
This latest scrap between the two occurred right off a faceoff less than two minutes into the first period, as both landed some serious shots before going to the ice.
Following some desperate times earlier this week, the L.A. Kings have won two games in a row.
Now, an important Pacific Division match-up with the rival Anaheim Ducks awaits them Sunday.
With the exception of goalie Jonathan Quick, things have started to look promising for the Kings when it comes to some of their injury issues. They could certainly use Anze Kopitar, who hasn’t played in eight days due to an upper-body injury, back in their lineup.
Whether that actually transpires tomorrow remains to be seen.
Kopitar skated again on Saturday, per coach Darryl Sutter in his post-game comments following his team’s 4-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.
With their win Saturday, the Kings move into third in the division with a 9-9-1 record. A regulation win Sunday would put them into a tie in points with the Ducks atop the Pacific.
“I mean, I don’t know if it’s ‘learning to play’ without someone,” said Alec Martinez on Saturday, per LA Kings Insider.
“You lose a guy like Kopi, he’s easily one of the best players in the world. You’re not going to replace a guy like that, so everyone’s just got to pick up their own game and pick up a little bit of slack. Obviously we miss him, but hopefully he’ll be back soon.”
Connor McDavid has snapped his scoring drought, which had reached 10 games prior to Saturday. And while it wasn’t the prettiest goal, he’ll take it. So will the Edmonton Oilers, looking to snap a five-game losing skid.
Looking to make a pass in front of the Dallas Stars net, McDavid tried to send the puck across to an open Milan Lucic, who was looking for the one-timer.
The puck never made it to Lucic. Instead, it was deflected into an open net by Stars’ defenseman John Klingberg, giving the Oilers a 1-0 lead early in the first period.
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Drake Caggiula is slated to make his NHL debut tonight for the Edmonton Oilers.
Meanwhile, forward Benoit Pouliot, who doesn’t have a point in his last 11 games and ran afoul of the coaching staff earlier in the season for undisciplined play, is expected to be scratched from the lineup, per the Edmonton Journal.
“His best play came after some penalty problems (earlier this season). We delivered a stern message and he responded really well. He’s given us what he can but the timing, the reading, the reacting, not much is getting done for Benny. He needs to take a breather,” coach Todd McLellan said of his decision to remove Pouliot from the lineup.
“It’s hard putting three players in at the same time but we need a jolt. I think it’s a little much to expect them to lead us to the winning Wonderland but they can have an impact because they’re fresh.”
After a strong start, the Oilers have lost five in a row.
They’re still second in the Pacific Division, but McLellan will provide another shake-up for his team with some lineup changes for Saturday’s contest with the Dallas Stars.
The Oilers also activated Kris Russell and Matt Hendricks from injured reserve. Both will be in the lineup versus the Stars.
Caggiula, the reigning NCAA Frozen Four most outstanding player that signed with the Oilers when his college career ended, has yet to play a game this season due to a hip injury suffered in pre-season.
“It was a more severe injury that we thought,” said Caggiula. “I skated two or three days after it and felt good, but the day before opening night, I fell on the ice and tweaked it. Another look at it and it was worse.”