So far tonight, it’s a matter of good news and bad news for the Edmonton Oilers.
Let’s start with the bad, like pulling a Band-Aid off quickly rather than slowly; Lauri Korpikoski may be injured after a borderline hit by Minnesota Wild defenseman Mathew Dumba.
Dumba didn’t receive a penalty for that check, but Eric Gryba was whistled for roughing in responding on behalf of “The Korpedo.”
You can see the hit in the video above. Dan Tencer discusses the hit:
That’s not great, but Connor McDavid still appears to be. He (and also Nail Yakupov) kept a point streak going with an assist on this Taylor Hall goal.
Update: More good news/bad news for the Oilers.
The bad: Minnesota won 4-3.
Good? Darnell Nurse’s first NHL goal was impressive.
Jaromir Jagr sure doesn’t play like a 43-year-old, but every now and then, we’re reminded that he’s at least human.
The Florida Panthers’ veteran suffered a lower-body injury against the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday, and he won’t return tonight.
Considering his hot start and a bad break for former first-linemate Aleksander Barkov, this is another health setback for the (hopeful upstart) Panthers.
On the bright side, at least the initial word is that it didn’t seem too significant.
Then again, hamstring issues can be a real pain, whether you’re 43 or 20, so we’ll see.
Update: It seems like Jagr’s precise issue isn’t known just yet.
The Panthers persevered without Jagr, winning 4-1 against the Avs.
Not long after honoring Kimmo Timonen, the Philadelphia Flyers tipped their caps to another former player, this time clutch performer Danny Briere.
Fittingly, they’re paying tribute to his NHL career with another team he made a big mark with, the Buffalo Sabres.
It makes sense that Briere thanked Sabres fans as well on Tuesday:
You can see the tribute video above this post.
Buffalo Sabres forward Tyler Ennis overcomes the doubts about his size with some serious skill, something he displayed in the goal you can see above.
Open question: how much of the blame do you place on Steve Mason vs. just acknowledging it as a great display of ability (and a no-quit attitude)?
Either way, the Sabres now have a 1-0 lead against the Philadelphia Flyers on a night where Danny Briere’s career is being celebrated.
Update: The Sabres ended up winning 4-3 in OT.
Watch Briere’s ceremony here.
On paper, this is the sort of situation that should play into the Boston Bruins’ favor.
On one hand, the B’s get a key member back in the lineup, as Matt Beleskey returns after missing two games.
Meanwhile, the Arizona Coyotes are dealing with some significant injury headaches. Connor Murphy, Antoine Vermette and Martin Hanzal are all out with lower-body issues on Tuesday.
NESN flashed an interesting graphic moments ago: the Bruins are 0-3-1 in Boston while the Coyotes are 4-1-1 on the road.
If the B’s want to change that pattern, tonight would – theoretically – be a good time to do it.