The Columbus Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals might not seem to scream “rivals,” but they’re exchanging enough pleasantries on Tuesday that there should be plenty of distaste between the two teams going forward.
Through two periods of play, the two teams have combined for 60 penalty minutes. There have been three fights, at least one injured player (Michael Latta), one player receiving a 10-minute misconduct (David Clarkson), some blood being scraped off the ice and someone even got … butt-hammered.
Savard just butt-hammered Glencross as he carried the puck into the #CBJ zone.
The New York Islanders acquired Tyler Kennedy from the San Jose Sharks on Monday, but apparently he’s not going to be able to provide depth scoring for his new team just yet.
Kennedy is dealing with an upper-body injury that will keep him out of tonight’s contest against the Dallas Stars, the Islanders announced. It was not revealed when, exactly, he was injured.
It hasn’t been that uncommon for teams to grab injured players lately, anyway. The Buffalo Sabres won’t see Evander Kane play until next season, for one example. That said, it’s unclear if the Isles knew he was injured when the trade was made (assuming he didn’t get hurt afterward, of course).
The Vancouver Canucks will have to face the San Jose Sharks without winger Zack Kassian on Tuesday, as the team announced that he’s suffering from the flu.
The 24-year-old has been on a nice run riding shotgun with the Sedin twins. Seven of his nine goals from 2014-15 came in the month of February alone.
This is a fairly significant game for the Canucks, too, as the Sharks aren’t that far behind them in the West’s run for playoff spots. Vancouver looks relatively safe with 75 points (good for second in the Pacific at the moment), yet 10th-ranked San Jose is only five points behind them.
(The Canucks have two games in hand, so the gap is still notable, but still.)
It’ll be interesting to see if Vancouver puts Radim Vrbata back with the Sedins in Kassian’s absence or if they go with a different option tonight.
Elias says Devils never approached him about a trade
“No. I was never asked, so I don’t know if anybody called,” Elias said. “He (GM Lou Lamoriello) never talked to me about it.”
It’s not a shocker that New Jersey held onto Elias, a longtime figure on a team stretching back to much better days. He’s already produced some offense tonight, too, as he assisted on one of New Jersey’s two early goals against the Nashville Predators.
Some players might want to move to a contender, yet when you’re comfortable on a team with past success, it’s reasonable to want to stay put. It’s interesting to wonder if Elias would have at least considered caving to a request, though.
Even with wildly different expectations, Tuesday serves as an awkward-yet-interesting experience for both the Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Sabres sold off key components for the future while the Lightning (mostly) loaded up to be a more dangerous playoff team. We’ll see if the two teams play those parts on NBCSN or if there’s an upset in store.