Author: James O'Brien

Stephen Weiss

Dinged-up Detroit scratches Weiss for Jurco, Gustavsson undergoes concussion protocol


The Detroit Red Wings are making some adjustments amid a challenging run of three games in four nights (having lost the first two in that span).

For one thing, it appears as if Jonas Gustavsson to be going through concussion protocols (GM Ken Holland said he’s day-to-day and feels a little “off”). He may have be injured thanks to a second-period collision with Milan Lucic in Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, according to the Detroit Free-Press. Petr Mrazek was recalled as Gustavsson is on the shelf.

That same report indicates that two blunders explain why Stephen Weiss is exiting the Red Wings’ lineup for Tomas Jurco.

Here are the two goals Mike Babcock pointed to in order to explain why Weiss (pictured) is taking a seat:

The Red Wings try to avoid a three-game skid as they host the Edmonton Oilers tonight.

Pens prospect sets new AHL shutout streak record


Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins goalie Matt Murray set a new AHL shutout streak record with a remarkable run of 304 minutes and 11 seconds.

Occasional NHLer Dana Tyrell was the player to end that streak. Murray, the 83rd pick of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, bested the previous mark by a wide margin; Barry Brust previously set a record at 268 minutes and 17 seconds back in 2012 for the Abbotsford Heat.

Those numbers might seem a little hard to put into context, so think of this way: Murray’s run would last a little more than five regulation games.

The 20-year-old has nice numbers overall in the AHL this season, going 17-8-2 with an impressive .939 save percentage. He already has nine shutouts, so it’s not as if this streak is out of the ordinary for his first AHL season.

(Photo via the AHL.)

Brassard scores lone goal as Rangers blank Blackhawks

Rick Nash, Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello

A game between the Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers seemed like it had the potential to be full of fireworks, but it was instead largely a goalies’ duel. Maybe it makes sense that it was ended by Derick Brassard – a guy who’s had troubling scoring goals – then.

Brassard’s 14th goal of 2014-15 (and his first in 15 games) ended up being Sunday’s only tally, as it was the 1-0 overtime-clincher.

Cam Talbot stopped all 29 shots he faced for his fifth shutout of 2014-15 while Corey Crawford may have been even more impressive, making 35 out of 36 saves. This was quite the spree by Crawford, in particular:

Talbot will rightfully get the headlines for this one, and he deserves them. Talbot has 10 wins and two shutouts in the 15 games he’s played since Henrik Lundqvist went down with what seemed like a troubling injury for the Rangers.

There were some positives for Chicago – Teuvo Teravainen almost looked like Patrick Kane at times wearing No. 86 – but the power play is far from a source of optimism:

As Kenny Albert noted during the NBCSN telecast, this was the first time the Rangers shut out the Blackhawks since 1969. It might not have been the prettiest win, yet it’s the sort that can empower a Rangers squad that looks more and more like it can stick with the NHL’s best … even out West.