The San Jose Sharks have provided another update on the status of injured forward Tomas Hertl.
After announcing earlier on Monday that Hertl is going on the injured reserve list, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson added later in the evening that Hertl has been diagnosed with a right knee sprain and will undergo a “minor procedure” on Tuesday.
It was reported this weekend that Hertl was expected to be out “weeks” and tonight’s news further supports that. However, the Sharks said that a timetable for his return has not been set.
With Hertl out, the Sharks have called up forward Danny O’Regan from the American Hockey League.
You would have to put the Columbus Blue Jackets on the list of pleasant surprises so far in this NHL season.
Goaltending is a big part of that. The Blue Jackets, as a team, have the sixth best save percentage at even strength. So, too, is a youthful but skilled defensive group that is still gaining experience. They entered Monday’s contest on a four-game winning streak, including Sunday’s victory over Washington that had Capitals coach Barry Trotz a little ticked off with Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno.
(By the way, John Tortorella responded in, well, a way you’d expect from Torts.)
Despite a total of 92 shot attempts courtesy a dominant stretch through the second half of the game, per hockeystats.ca, the Blue Jackets’ winning streak came to an end against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday.
Matt Duchene deflected a pass from Erik Johnson to win the game in overtime.
Still, the Blue Jackets were able to gather a single point after a late equalizer from Cam Atkinson with just seven seconds remaining in regulation. That helps them maintain their hold on a Wild Card spot, while keeping the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins within their sights in the Metropolitan Division.
As noted yesterday on PHT, that’s quite a turnaround compared to last season.
The odds in October indicated John Tortorella would be the first NHL coach fired this season. Things have obviously changed in the last month.
John Scott has voiced his support for the NHL’s new All-Star game voting guidelines, which were released Monday.
The new rules are basically to discourage a repeat of what happened last season — or what has become known as the ‘John Scott situation.’
Looked at as an enforcer in hockey, Scott was voted into the 2016 All-Star game as a captain, before eventually getting traded from the Coyotes to the Canadiens and sent to their minor league team.
Despite one of the strangest sagas, Scott decided to play in the All-Star game in Nashville and it turned out to be one of the greatest stories of the season. He scored. He was named the most valuable player. He was hoisted onto the shoulders of his teammates in celebration. He was embraced by the fans.
That said, he spoke in favor of the new rules in an interview with Sportsnet later in the day.
“I expected something to come about,” Scott told HockeyCentral.
“It’s good. I think, you know, something had to happen. I don’t think they wanted a situation like me to happen again. Guys from the AHL, guys who are hurt — I don’t think they should be included anymore. I think it was a one-time thing and … it’s a good rule.”
This season’s All-Star game goes Jan. 29 in L.A.
Wow, what an NHL debut for Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel.
A third-round pick of the Penguins in 2013, Guentzel was recalled to the big club earlier today and inserted into the lineup versus the New York Rangers.
Just 1:02 into the first period, he scored his first NHL goal on his first shot during his first shift.
Here it is:
Great reaction from the family, too.
He then scored again later in the first period. Yeah, quite a debut.
This isn’t the first time a John Tortorella team or a player he coaches has been publicly criticized by the opposition. And it probably won’t be the last time.
On Sunday, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz strongly suggested Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno embellished on a play leading to a high-sticking penalty call on Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom.
The Blue Jackets scored on that ensuing power play, giving them a late winning goal.
A refresher on what Trotz had to say:
“If you look at it … he doesn’t really touch him. And then (Foligno’s head) pops up when (Backstrom’s) stick is already on the way down,” he said.
“That’s just a little bit disrespectful to the game. So, the league will look at that and we have fines for that. I’m sure that will be something they took advantage of. I wouldn’t be too happy if I was a referee.”
On Monday, Torts responded as only Torts could.
“I read it – quit whining,” said Tortorella, per the Columbus Dispatch. “Quit whining, that’s all I have to say.”
If you’ll recall, Torts once told Joe Thornton, through the media, to “just shut up” after the San Jose Sharks forward accused the New York Rangers — Tortorella’s former team — of being a soft team to play against.
Foligno also told the Dispatch that he didn’t expect to hear from the league on this matter.
“I think I was most offended by his remarks only because anyone who knows me and knows the way I play, that’s probably the furthest thing from my mind there,” added Foligno.