When word surfaced that the Columbus Blue Jackets made James Wisniewski a healthy scratch, it only seemed natural that trade rumors would percolate. It sounds like such rumblings were unfounded, however.
It’s been a highly disappointing season for Colorado Avalanche sophomore Nathan MacKinnon, who many believed was only destined for bigger things after an impressive rookie campaign.
He scored his 10th goal of the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday, and while that’s a big letdown of a total, he at least provided quality over quantity. It was a remainder that he’s still really fast and really dangerous:
He came into today with just a five percent shooting success rate, so it’s obvious puck luck hasn’t gone his way. If that wasn’t obvious with that stat, he also hadn’t collected a goal since Jan. 17.
Whether the bounce back comes soon or in 2015-16, you get the impression that this slow second season will just be a bump in the road.
Update: MacKinnon did not take long to turn it into his first career hat trick. He didn’t even need three periods to do so:
Boy, has puck luck shifted his way tonight, too:
Great Nate's shooting percent: 1.000 (3-for-3) #Avs
The Vancouver Canucks could have a worrisome injury on their hands, as Ryan Miller suffered a lower-body injury colliding with teammate Jannik Hansen during Sunday’s game against the New York Islanders:
No word yet on how serious it is, but Miller was replaced by Eddie Lack at least early on. The Canucks couldn’t help but joke about injury issues:
Anyone else thinking the #Canucks injury bug is more like an injury Tyrannosaurus Rex?
It’s been quite the day of pucks on NBC and NBCSN, so it makes sense to wrap things up with a natural rivalry.
The Minnesota Wild (and especially their fans) have an inherent beef with the Dallas Stars – aka the franchise that became of the Minnesota North Stars – so their games are usually that much more interesting. It doesn’t hurt when there are some playoff hopes on the line, too.
You can watch the game on NBCSN and also by streaming it via NBC Sports Live Extra:
“It felt like everything that could go wrong did go wrong for us,” Toews said. “We have the ability in this room. We’re not going to let these last couple of games snowball in the wrong direction for us.”
Niklas Hjalmarsson admitted that the home loss was “pretty embarrassing” and that times like these prompt a team to show its true colors. Head coach Joel Quenneville said that it was a game that “definitely gets your attention.”
No one was really sharing what was said after the game, but multiple outlets noted a longer wait than usual to get in the locker room and that GM Stan Bowman stepped in to have a word.
The thing is, this hasn’t just been a smaller lull for Chicago, even if this three-game losing streak is especially glaring. The Blackhawks are now 10-10-3 since Jan. 1.
In other words, sometimes a shocking loss can serve as an alarm for a team that might be in snooze mode for too long. Assuming they have the ability to snap out of this, of course.
Patrick Kane: "Hopefully we’re at a point where a couple months from now we look back on this and say this made us stronger." #Blackhawks