James O'Brien

Patrick Marleau would reportedly accept a trade to these three teams …


Remember those murmurs from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman about Patrick Marleau possibly being on the trade market?

It’s all still very much off-the-record, but CSNCalifornia.com’s Kevin Kurz reports that Patrick Marleau would accept a trade to three teams: the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

(Everyone wants to play at MSG, right?)

On one hand, San Jose Sharks fans would probably have a conniption if Marleau relocated to one of the other California teams.

On the other, it certainly makes sense, as the life-long Shark probably would prefer not to uproot his family.

Interestingly, it’s possible that Marleau may have asked for a trade.

PHT’s own Jason Brough and Mike Halford discussed why it might make sense for San Jose to move their former captain in the video above.

Quick thought: the Ducks may prove to be the most suitable partner of the three, as they boast bountiful cap space compared to the Kings or Rangers.

Eichel towers as Buffalo blasts listless Lightning


Tuesday’s game between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning sure felt like two teams going in opposite directions.

The Buffalo Sabres managed an impressive 4-1 win, and it wasn’t by luck or accident. They often took it to the Lightning, ending a seven-game losing streak against the Bolts.

Ryan O'Reilly continues to be a bit of an under-the-radar force for the Sabres while Jack Eichel manages to please fans both casual and hardcore.

Eichel grabbed the opening goal and assisted on the game-winner by Cody Franson. Beyond that, he just looked like the beyond-his-years force many were hoping for.

Andrei Vasilevskiy suffered some rough moments, including a Marcus Foligno tally that more or less deflated the already-quite-flat Lightning.

Speaking of the Bolts, they’ve now lost two in a row to fall to 7-8-2, only scoring one goal during this two-game skid.

Most worrisome is their longer struggles: they’re just 2-6-1 in their last nine games.

This is still the time of year where we constantly mutter “it’s early,” but the Lightning have to be worried that their offense remains in hibernation.

Dan Bylsma admits it’s  significant for the Sabres.

Jake Allen: Still on fire

Jake Allen,

Has Jake Allen “arrived,” so to speak?

That still remains to be seen, but he’s clearly on a hot streak at the moment.

PHT went into greater depth on Sunday, and Allen didn’t allow that praise to jinx him tonight, as he’s now the owner of a two-game shutout streak. His St. Louis Blues blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0 last night, with debuting Martin Havlat’s goal serving as the game-winner.

After stopping a whopping 45 shots for his last shutout, Allen had a lighter night, but the bottom line is that he’s on a roll. Beyond those two shutouts, Allen’s also on a three-game winning streak, allowing a single goal in that span.

He’s also 6-1-0 in his past seven appearances, notching three shutouts and allowing just five goals overall.

Again … he’s on quite the run.

Shutouts are pretty widespread in general tonight, by the way, with Reto Berra and Henrik Lundqvist also notching goose eggs so far.

Roman Josi smokes Erik Karlsson, scores beauty


Hey, you know how people sometimes ignore a player’s strong moments when they make a mistake?

Erik Karlsson brings a ton to the table – it’s fitting that he just recently scored a goal – but his critics will just want to marinate in the goal Roman Josi scored at his expense.

It’s not difficult to see why in this case, as Josi made a beautiful move to go by him and score a highlight reel tally, which you can watch above.

Let’s be honest, though: Josi really isn’t that far behind Karlsson from an offensive skill standpoint. Maybe that should be the takeaway as much as it is a takedown on Karlsson’s supposed shortcomings?

Either way, it’s been part of a high-scoring contest between the Ottawa Senators and Nashville Predators on Tuesday, and it’s a highlight to remember.

Update: This was a true shooting gallery of a game, with the Predators edging the Senators 7-5. That’s the highest scoring game of this young season.

Video: Chad Johnson’s outrageous sprawling save

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Business really started to pick up between the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning in the second period.

Steven Stamkos and Cody Franson traded goals mere moments apart, with Buffalo taking a 2-1 lead in the process.

It looked like the Lightning would tie it up 2-2, but Chad Johnson made an outstanding, diving save to maintain Buffalo’s lead. Bask in its glory in the video above.