James O'Brien

No fine or suspension for Nathan Beaulieu


The Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins engaged in a testy affair, and at least one of the hanging threads has been taking care of.

People were wondering what might come of Nathan Beaulieu‘s match penalty for the hit above on Zac Rinaldo.

Apparently it will stop there, as no fine or suspension is coming for Beaulieu, according to both TVA’s Renaud Lavoie and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

If the league announces otherwise, this post will be updated.

Apparently Duncan Keith won the Conn Smythe while injured

Duncan Keith

The Chicago Blackhawks seem like they’re getting a lot healthier going forward.

Most immediately, Marian Hossa and Artem Anisimov are back in the mix against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, according to CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers. (Ryan Garbutt may also be in the lineup.)

The more interesting aspect of the morning skate was Duncan Keith‘s presence, his admissions about his injury issues and the possibility that he may return fairly soon.

In fact, the ideal situation would be him returning as soon as he can for IR reasons: next Saturday.

The most startling – if not surprising – revelation was that Keith was injured during the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

Yes, that time he played about half of every game and rightly won the Conn Smythe Trophy.

/waits for you to add this to your “hockey players are tough” files.

Keith expands on that situation, which you can read about from these sources.

“It’s just one of those things where you kind of deal with a lot of different little injuries and pains and you don’t think too much of it, really,” Keith said, via the Chicago Sun-Times. “When all of a sudden you get back on the ice [and] it’s not better, you’re kind of wondering what the heck happened.”

Even with Keith possibly getting back, the Chicago Tribune reports that the Blackhawks are shopping for defense.

Are the Ducks turning it around?

Corey Perry, Frederik Andersen

So, the Anaheim Ducks might have saved Bruce Boudreau’s job. At least for now.

Saturday’s slim 1-0 win against the San Jose Sharks gives the Ducks four straight wins, continuing a resounding start to the month of November. Just compare this stretch to the horrifying start of their season.

October: 1-7-2

November: 4-0-0

A few things stand out during the Ducks’ better days.

Most obviously, their goaltending has been absolutely fantastic. It says a lot that as great as Frederik Andersen has been, Anton Khudobin was the one who grabbed Saturday’s 31-save shutout.

It also says a lot that Corey Perry‘s first goal of the season came in the dying moments of Wednesday’s comeback win against the Florida Panthers. Perry’s swagger is back, and his teammate Ryan Getzlaf if back from surgery, so it doesn’t hurt to get the dynamic duo back together.

There are a lot of things that strongly argue against the Ducks getting too ahead of themselves. They can’t lean on their goalies this often, and their possession stats leave something to be desired.

Looking forward

Playing three of their first four games in November came at home. Saturday’s contest was in San Jose. Going forward, there’s three straight home games.

That’s a great opportunity to stack up points, right? Best-case scenario, they could win all three and even their current 4-7-2 record.

Things get rougher in mid-November, and that’s the real message.

The Ducks are showing signs of turning things around, but they’re far removed from other bumps in the road.

Yes, Robby Fabbri is sticking with the Blues this season

Clayton Stoner, Robby Fabbri

The St. Louis Blues are keeping Robby Fabbri with the big club for the 2015-16 season.

That’s the announcement that came through on Sunday morning, not that far removed from last night’s 4-0 win against the Nashville Predators.

The 19-year-old isn’t getting a ton of ice time and has only generated modest production.

It’s easy to see some of the lure of keeping him, even ignoring the Blues’ rash of injuries.

Fabbri brings something the hard-working Blues need: creativity.

Apparently he’s well-liked too, at least judging by this frankly adorable video of Fabbri getting the news on the team flight.

Could he develop into the missing ingredient by that elusive playoff time?

Red Wings place Quincey on IR, recall Athanasiou


With a game against the Dallas Stars just hours away, the Detroit Red Wings announced some lineup tweaks.

For one thing, Andreas Athanasiou (pictured) is expected to make his NHL debut after being recalled from the AHL.

Perhaps to make room for Athanasiou, the Red Wings also placed defenseman Kyle Quincey on injured reserve. Then again, maybe it was really to make room for Mike Green, who’s reportedly ready to jump back in the mix.

The Red Wings face a difficult task in trying to contain the Stars … unless they think they can go toe-to-toe with Dallas’ dynamic offense?