NBCSN presents quite a treat on Saturday night, as the New York Islanders host the Montreal Canadiens.
While Montreal made it to the 2014 Eastern Conference finals, one could argue that the two teams are still trying to establish themselves as perennial contenders in this conference. In fact, a win could put one of the two squads atop their respective division.
There’s plenty of star power on hand, from John Tavares to Carey Price to P.K. Subban. You can watch the action on NBCSN as well as via NBC Live Sports Extra:
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Hey, that Joe Thornton guy has really been flying under the radar lately, right?
Amid all the distractions as he seemingly bickers with San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson through the media, “Jumbo Joe” remains a force on the ice, including this very Thornton-esque goal:
In case you couldn’t tell, it was a fitting goal because the puck went off someone else’s stick (Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was in the wrong place at the wrong time for Chicago) and went in.
There’s a chance that Brent Burns may actually have tipped it, too, as the official score has flip-flopped in that regard. Either way, Thornton is productive even if things remain pretty weird between the Sharks and their former captain.
Retiring is rarely easy for professional hockey players, especially when they’re just 32 like Dallas Stars forward Rich Peverley.
It’s unclear what lies ahead as far as Peverley’s on-ice options go a year removed from a scary “cardiac emergency,” but as this Puck Daddy story illustrates, he’s getting a taste of the management and coaching sides of the sport.
He already seems to be making a difference as a mentor with his team’s AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.
“It’s great to have him out on the ice,” Texas Stars center Taylor Peters said. “He has such a wealth of knowledge from playing in the league. He knows what the guys are going through and I think he really has an eye for coaching.”
Like most people involved in the situation, Stars GM Jim Nill doesn’t seem to know what is in store for Peverley. Even so, Nill mentions that he’s conversed with the forward about staying involved with the sport whenever it’s time for him to hang up the skates.
To read more about this situation, click here.