James O'Brien

Hectic start to Blues – Blackhawks, to say the least


Want goals, collisions and overall strange stuff? The first period of St. Louis Blues – Chicago Blackhawks gave you plenty of that.

(You can see all seven goals in the video above.)

The Blackhawks enter the first intermission with a 5-2 lead, and there were indeed some odd things that happened in net for St. Louis besides all the pucks entering it.

Brian Elliott was taken out of the Blues’ net as an end-around to essentially use a timeout, as Jake Allen only came in for about 40 seconds … at first.

More goals came after that, and then Jonathan Toews collided with Elliott in a moment that involved a David Backes penalty. Here’s a replay of that collision:

Again, all of this happened in 20 minutes of game time. You can watch the rest of the game on NBCSN and stream it via the link below.


John Tavares aims for Thursday return vs. Habs

John Tavares

The good news is that John Tavares seems to think that he’s ready to return to action.

The slightly less good news is that the New York Islanders actually need to OK it.

Tavares told media members including Newsday’s Arthur Staple that he hopes to face the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

He apparently lost some weight from flu-like symptoms that sidelined him for three games, but he believes he’s “close to that.”

“I want to play,” Tavares said. “I feel good, I felt pretty good on the ice today and I just want to get back out there.”

The Isles went 1-1-1 with Tavares out of the lineup. If Jack Capuano decides he wants to give Tavares a little more time and rest him on Thursday, the Isles’ next game is against the Bruins on Nov. 8.

Alternatively, playing him tomorrow – maybe sparingly? – could be a decent move because of that gap.

Hey, it’s a long season, and the best news may be that his illness seemingly really was an illness … instead of an “illness.”


Dreger: McDavid’s best-case scenario is 7-8 weeks


Darren Dreger spoke with NBCSN’s Liam McHugh on Wednesday, giving more details on Connor McDavid‘s injury situation.

The most direct news for Edmonton Oilers fans: the best-case scenario for McDavid’s return would be a window of seven-to-eight weeks.

Hopefully you note that it’s a best-case scenario, although hockey players – especially ones as devoted as McDavid – sometimes beat even optimistic outlooks.

Still, this is a broken clavicle we’re talking about, so it could be a significantly bigger problem for all we know.

Dreger provides more sensory details in the video above, including talk of a “clean break.”

WATCH LIVE: St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks

Viktor Tikhonov, David Backes

The St. Louis Blues have to hope that they can make like the Los Angeles Kings tonight.

On Tuesday, the Blues were the rested team while the Kings were wrapping up a back-to-back, yet Los Angeles took it to St. Louis.

Now the shoe is on the other foot, as the Blues visit the Blackhawks in Chicago one night after being manhandled by Los Angeles. It’s already a fun Central Division matchup between a Blackhawks team that’s had the Blues’ number, and this context only makes it more of a test for St. Louis.

You can watch the game on NBCSN and also stream it online via the link below.


Blue Jackets put Clarkson on IR, recall Rychel

Cory Schneider, David Clarkson

Updating an item from earlier on Wednesday, the Columbus Blue Jackets placed David Clarkson on injured reserve and recalled Kerby Rychel, as the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

This post goes into deeper detail regarding how Clarkson was hurt.

In a nutshell, he got injured while “tangled up” with Joe Thornton during Tuesday’s 5-2 Blue Jackets win against the Sharks.

Clarkson is likely relieved to be out from under the harsh spotlight in Toronto, yet it’s not as if life has gone perfectly in Columbus, either. He’s been hampered by injuries essentially from day one, and it doesn’t look like things are getting any easier anytime soon.