James O'Brien

Yeah, luck isn’t going Nail Yakupov’s way, who’s out for the night


Life’s been tough for Nail Yakupov since Connor McDavid went down with an injury, but he was wrong if he thought things couldn’t get worse.

The Edmonton Oilers continue to see a disturbing pattern of draft lottery luck and then poor luck for many of those high-end picks, as Yakupov was shaken up during a truly unusual set of circumstances.

Watch this GIF as an official gets tangled up with him following a faceoff during tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes:

Update: It’s at least a bad enough injury that he needed help to get off the ice and won’t return to the game. Yikes.

Video: Mike Fisher ends Nashville’s nasty goal drought

No, the Nashville Predators did not forget how to score goals … or at least they were lifted from that amnesia on Wednesday.

Mike Fisher lifted the curse 13:52 into the first period of tonight’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. You can watch that rare beast in the video above.

They had been shut out for three straight games and pretty close to four in pure game time.

On this subject, PHT’s Jason Brough asked Predators GM David Poile if he was considering moving a defenseman to improve in another area earlier today.

Update: The Predators already chased Linus Ullmark from Buffalo’s net as they stormed out to an early 3-0 lead.

Nashville suffered a significant shot disadvantage, yet managed a 3-2 win.

Struggling Sabre Tyler Ennis out with upper-body injury

Tyler Ennis, James Wisniewski

Tyler Ennis can probably relate with the Buffalo Sabres’ opponent on Wednesday, as he’s struggling almost as much as the Nashville Predators.

Perhaps some of that has to do with health?

Whether that’s the case or not, Ennis is out for the Sabres tonight, as the team announced that he’s dealing with an upper-body injury.

The Buffalo News discussed Ennis’ struggles in this article.

“I’d say he’s pressing too much. You can’t make those plays in every situation and in every point you touch the puck,” Dan Bylsma said to the Buffalo News. “ … He’s just got to simplify his game. He is a special player who can make those plays, but he can’t be trying to do it every time he touches the puck.”

He’ll need to wait a while to start getting things together, anyway.

Update: It doesn’t sound particularly positive for Ennis.

WATCH LIVE: Wednesday Night Rivalry (Flyers-Islanders; Blackhawks-Sharks)

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You can check out tonight’s Wednesday Night Rivalry doubleheader on NBCSN, and you can also stream them online.

Here are the handy links for the two contests.

First, the New York Islanders host the Philadelphia Flyers.


After that, the Chicago Blackhawks visit the San Jose Sharks.


Holtby halts hungry Oilers in Caps’ shutout win

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The Washington Capitals haven’t asked Braden Holtby to steal a bunch of games this season, but he reminded us that he can do just that on Monday.

Granted, it may have been fairly even at times, although the Edmonton Oilers pressed quite a bit early on in Washington’s 1-0 win.

Holtby turned aside all 33 saves, making some dazzling ones including this stop that prompted relatively saucy language from the NHL’s official feed.

Holtby is now on a four-game winning streak, improving his overall record to 12-4-0 with nice individual stats.

Dmitry Orlov was the only player to score a goal in a competitive contest.