James O'Brien

Devils made short work of Craig Anderson tonight

It wasn’t unreasonable to expect the New Jersey Devils to give the Ottawa Senators fits tonight, especially with Kyle Turris out of commission.

Now, to do so in blowout fashion (so far at least)? That’s unexpected.

The Devils – particularly Travis Zajac – made Craig Anderson‘s night miserable (and short) on Thursday, chasing Ottawa’s starter with four goals on seven shots in 13:56 of game time.

You can see that barrage in the video above, with Zajac grabbing a goal and three assists while Kyle Palmieri generated two tallies and a helper himself.

To be fair to Anderson, Lee Stempniak piled another goal on the Senators when Andrew Hammond took over, so maybe it’s just one of those nights.

So, the Blackhawks are playing Rob Scuderi as a winger …


When people were assessing the Rob Scuderi for Trevor Daley trade, few likely noted that, “Hey, Scuderi can pinch hit at as a winger.”

(OK, even Scuderi’s representatives and loved ones probably wouldn’t make that argument.)

In a truly strange wrinkle, he appears to be doing so for the Chicago Blackhawks against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. Note that this Scuderi is subbing in at that spot in a clash between a team that’s on a 12-game winning streak (Chicago) against the Lightning, who have won six in a row.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus enjoyed this lineup oddity, to say the least.

… You get the idea.

Update: Prepare to be shocked: this might be short-lived.

Bruins GM doesn’t deny possibility of trading Loui Eriksson


The Boston Bruins aren’t denying it: there’s a chance they might need to trade Loui Eriksson.

Bruins GM Don Sweeney addressed the rumors during a NESN interview on Thursday, admitting that the two sides have entered in discussions, and the “first priority” would be to re-sign the pending unrestricted free agent.

Yes, there, is a “but” …

Sweeney acknowledged that the Bruins may need to shop Eriksson around if they realize that they can’t find a compromise.

As far as what the Bruins want (beyond the vague “improving our team” note, which may or may not mean that they want a roster player rather than a prospect and/or pick)? Well, that’s left up to your fertile imaginations …

Click here for the initial post about the rumors.

Latest awkward facet of John Scott to 2016 All-Star Game: What he’ll wear

GLENDALE, AZ - NOVEMBER 12:  John Scott #28 of the Arizona Coyotes in action during the NHL game against the Edmonton Oilers at Gila River Arena on November 12, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The John Scott/2016 NHL All-Star Game situation transitioned from “amusing/polarizing” to “just plain uncomfortable” quite a while ago, but new wrinkles continue to ramp up the discomfort.

In this case, it’s about what Scott will wear during the Skills Competition portion, as Scott won’t represent the Arizona Coyotes (nor will anyone else, apparently).

You know, in case it wasn’t awkward enough …

Hoffman in, Turris out for Senators tonight

Ottawa Senators' Kyle Turris celebrates his game-winning goal against the Montreal Canadiens during overtime of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Kyle Turris played through some serious pain so far this season (he immediately bounced back from this), yet he’s sitting out Thursday’s Ottawa Senators – New Jersey Devils game.

The ailment: a lower-body injury.

As the Senators note, this closes off quite the impressive “ironman” streak for Turris, who had played in 307 straight games.

It’s not all bad for the Senators, as it appears to be one top-line player out and one in; Mike Hoffman is able to suit up tonight.

Circling back to Turris, perhaps the Senators should give him a longer, strategic break?