James O'Brien

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Report: Ryan Johansen went to hospital (heart rate issues) in off-season


Ryan Johansen‘s readiness for the 2015-16 season has been a hot topic lately, yet there are reasons to monitor his health that go beyond curious ice time.

At some point during this past off-season, Johansen was hospitalized because of an accelerated heart rate, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline and Shawn Mitchell.

The phrasing is interesting in their report: particularly that it happened “at least once.”

Feel free to parse through the deeper details here, but things get a little fuzzier when you ponder how this may correlate to recent events.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that the hospital trip did happen, but Johansen’s current issues aren’t related to his heart.

The Blue Jackets star seems to be day-to-day at the moment, yet it’s difficult not to be a little worried about his future … both in the short and long-term.

Stay tuned on this troubling situation, which is yet another difficult headline for a Blue Jackets team swamped by tough breaks.

Related: People claim that John Tortorella said Johansen’s out of shape; Torts denies it.

Exactly as advertised: Connor McDavid keeps scoring


Connor McDavid is already making an argument that he’s a star.

Not a guy who’s doing well and came in with a lot of hype; McDavid seems like the real deal, right now. The Edmonton Oilers’ wunderkind is using his speed and skill to make opponents miserable, tonight included.

In the video above, you can see McDavid use his speed and shot to create havoc (and a rebound), helping Benoit Pouliot score a 1-0 goal against the Los Angeles Kings.

That assist gives McDavid nine points in as many games … with plenty of time to add to that total tonight.

All of that production came during this latest streak:

He’s already turning heads. Just note what Kings head coach Darryl Sutter had to say:

This GIF from the Oilers captures McDavid’s burst in that Pouliot goal maybe better than the video itself:

McDavid still has to fight certain forces – fatigue in playing a long season, for one – but so far, so very, very good.

Rangers extend point streak to five games by … scoring a lot of points


The New York Rangers are on such a solid run, they’re probably bummed out that they won’t play again until Friday.

After a slow start tonight, the Rangers exerted control over the Calgary Flames, ultimately winning 4-1.

Arguably the most exciting moment came from Kevin Hayes‘ astounding pass to Oscar Lindberg – see the goal above – but either way it was a reminder that the Rangers can light up the scoreboard when they’re clicking.

That they are, too; they’ve earned at least one point in the past five games, going 3-0-2.

For the Calgary Flames, it’s all another reminder that they have a long way to go if they want to prove that last season wasn’t some Cinderella fluke.

It’s not a great time to be the only other team in a stat with the Columbus Blue Jackets, after all:

While Antti Raanta played nicely once again, the Rangers chased Jonas Hiller from Calgary’s net. New York’s really taking care of business at Madison Square Garden, in particular:

This contest sure made it easy to go with Joni Ortio on Monday.

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.