James O'Brien


Is Byfuglien’s boarding hit on Pominville suspension-worthy?


The Winnipeg Jets flexed their offensive muscles at times on Sunday, and Dustin Byfuglien is a big part of that.

The over-sized blueliner has been using his size for no good quite often lately (ask Jay Bouwmeester), especially if you look back to the later stages of last season.

We saw both sides of Byfuglien in Winnipeg’s 5-4 win against the Minnesota Wild, as he delivered a questionable boarding hit on Jason Pominville.

It only received a minor penalty, yet it might be suspension material.

Until video is available, consider these GIFs via “My Regular Face.”


In other news from the game, it seems like Devan Dubnyk is sore, but not necessarily injured.

Upper-body injuries leave Couturier, Raffl, Neuvirth day-to-day

Upper-body injuries are proving to be a big headache for the Philadelphia Flyers right now.

They’re also making a somewhat murky impact, as three players dealing with the nebulously named injuries are all day-to-day, according to the team: Sean Couturier, Michael Raffl and Michal Neuvirth.

PHT already discussed Neuvirth being placed on IR earlier today, but to reiterate, he may not be as far from returning as it may seem (he practiced on Sunday).

The two forwards are maybe more interesting cases.

Raffl collapsed on the Flyers bench in a scary scene on Saturday, yet he’s currently labeled day-to-day. Perhaps that’s a good sign?

Couturier is banged up after a controversial hit by Zach Rinaldo, which didn’t prompt a suspension from the NHL. (You can see the hit in the video above this post.)

Philly’s next game is Tuesday, so we’ll see if day-to-day means that at least one of these players may return. PHT will keep you updated either way.

Jason Zucker scores quickest goal in Wild history


At the moment, the Minnesota Wild trail the Winnipeg Jets 3-1, and it’s only in the first period.

Let’s transport Wild fans to a happier time … in that same first period.

Jason Zucker scored his first goal of 2015-16 just 10 seconds into the game. That’s the fastest a Wild player has ever found the net, according to the team.

Again, things fell apart pretty quickly … but that was a nice moment for Zucker, right?

Jonathan Quick and Tyler Toffoli are so hot right now

Jonathan Quick

When gray-haired¬†fun-killers try to calm you down while you’re knocking a team on a slow start, they’re usually doing it because of squads like the Los Angeles Kings.

Yes, they missed the playoffs last season.

Still, these guys bounce back from virtual sports death about as frequently – and dramatically – as Jason Voorhees and “The Undertaker” did in their fictional primes.

After causing many to squirm with a Dumpster fire of an 0-3-0 start, the Kings are on a four-game winning streak after tonight’s 3-0 win against the Carolina Hurricanes.

That might sound like a walk in the park considering the Hurricanes’ record/reputation and the score, but it really wasn’t the case.

Instead, the Kings leaned on two guys on serious hot streaks at the moment: Jonathan Quick and Tyler Toffoli.

Los Angeles asked Quick to make 40 saves for his 38th career shutout, while they only managed 28 shots on goal in comparison.

The periodically maligned netminder is now on a three-game winning streak in which he’s allowed two goals total.

Toffoli is almost as impressive, as his two-goal night extended his goal streak to four games (accounting for all six of his tallies this season).

During an 82-game season, just about every team rolls with strikes and gutters. At the moment, the Kings are making their critics feel like turkeys.

Caps’ climb continues with Kuznetsov’s big night


Young talent – particularly at the forward position – was a big reason why the Washington Capitals topped many pundits’ lists this pre-season.

It’s early, but Friday likely made those prognosticators feel pretty smart.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, in particular, emboldened many. He recorded his first career hat trick (see above) and added two assists for a five-point night in the Capitals 7-4 win against the Edmonton Oilers.

He now has 11 points in seven games.

You’d think the Capitals would be a little winded after winning a close game the night before (3-2 victory against Vancouver). Instead, they won an 11-goal contest in convincing fashion.

Washington now gets to rest until Wednesday, which may not be all that welcome with such a streak going.

They’ll need to settle for this stretch for now, which included ending Edmonton’s winning streak at three games.