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Here’s the full NHL 2015 preseason schedule, starting Sept. 20

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In just under one month, the 2015 preseason will begin.

The league detailed its 15-day, 104-game slate in this press release.

Before PHT shares the full schedule, here are a few fun facts.

  • The New York Islanders will really get started in Brooklyn.
  • There will be neutral site games in North Saanich, B.C. (Canada’ Kraft Hockeyville game), Johnstown, Pa. (the first U.S. Kraft Hockeyville match) along with ones in Quebec City, Allentown, Pa., Bakersfield, Calif., Halifax, N.S., Las Vegas, Nev., Providence R.I., St. John’s, Nfld. and Saskatoon, Sask.

OK, with that out of the way, here’s your full preseason schedule. (In case you’re wondering, the regular season begins on Oct. 7.)

2015 NHL PRESEASON SCHEDULE (all times Eastern)

SUNDAY, SEPT. 20
Boston vs. New Jersey, at Providence, R.I. (Dunkin’ Donuts Center), 7 p.m.
Florida at Nashville (split-squad doubleheader), 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 21
New Jersey at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (split squad) at NY Islanders (split squad), 7 p.m.
Philadelphia (split squad) vs. NY Islanders (split squad), at Allentown, Pa. (PPL Center), 7 p.m.
Ottawa (split squad) at Toronto (split squad), 7:30 p.m.
Toronto (split squad) at Ottawa (split squad), 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Calgary (split squad) at Edmonton (split squad), 9 p.m.
Edmonton (split squad) at Calgary (split squad), 9 p.m.
Arizona vs. Los Angeles, at Bakersfield, Calif. (Rabobank Arena), 10 p.m.
San Jose vs. Vancouver, at Victoria, B.C. (The Q Centre), 10:30 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 22
Washington at Boston, 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Carolina at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.
St. Louis (split squad) at Columbus (split squad), 7 p.m.
Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Nashville at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Florida, 7:30 p.m.
Columbus (split squad) at St. Louis (split squad), 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Detroit at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at Colorado, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23
Ottawa at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Chicago at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Winnipeg at Edmonton, 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 24
NY Rangers at Boston, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Washington at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Colorado, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25
NY Islanders (split squad) at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
NY Islanders (split squad) at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Florida at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Chicago at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Los Angeles at Anaheim, 10 p.m.
Arizona at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 26
Columbus at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m.
Carolina vs. NY Islanders, at Halifax, N.S. (Scotiabank Centre), 5 p.m.
Edmonton vs. Minnesota, at Saskatoon, Sask. (SaskTel Centre), 6 p.m.
Boston at Detroit, 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
NY Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Dallas, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Anaheim at San Jose, 9 p.m.
Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 27
Carolina vs. Ottawa, at St. John’s, Nfld. (Mile One Centre), 3:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Minnesota, 6 p.m.
Florida at Dallas, 8 p.m.
Los Angeles at Colorado, 8 p.m.

MONDAY, SEPT. 28
Detroit at Boston, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Washington at NY Islanders, 7 p.m.
Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, at Quebec City, Que. (Videotron Centre), 7 p.m.
Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 29
Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay, at Johnstown, Pa. (Cambria County War Memorial Arena), 7 p.m.
Toronto at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Ottawa at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
St. Louis at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m.
Arizona at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Anaheim at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
Vancouver at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30
Boston at NY Rangers, 7 p.m.
Washington at Carolina, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 1
Ottawa at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.
Buffalo at Minnesota, 8 p.m.
Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m.
Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.
Vancouver at Edmonton, 9 p.m.
Colorado at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 2
Boston at Washington, 7 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Jersey, 7 p.m.
Columbus at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Carolina, 7 p.m.
Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
San Jose at Arizona, 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 3
Montreal at Ottawa, 7 p.m.
Detroit at Toronto, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Florida, 7 p.m.
Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m.
Dallas at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Winnipeg at Calgary, 9 p.m.
San Jose at Anaheim, 9 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m.
Colorado vs. Los Angeles, at Las Vegas, Nev. (MGM Grand Garden Arena), 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4
NY Islanders at Washington, 5 p.m.

 

Wild assistant Sydor arrested for suspected drunk driving, child endangerment

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Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk in Fridley, Minn. on Thursday, Dave Aeikens of ABC affiliate KSTP reports.

Sydor, 43, was driving with his 12-year-old son in the vehicle, according to the Fridley Police Department. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol level of .30.

Local police expect Sydor to appear in court today, with the specific charges being a second-degree DUI and child endangerment, the Pioneer Press’ Chad Graff reports.

Sydor has been an assistant with the Wild for the past four years and enjoyed a lengthy NHL playing career, most notably with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning. He has four children.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes Sydor’s struggles with alcohol and decision to seek treatment in the past:

Sydor said in April that he sought treatment for alcoholism last summer. He entered a rehabilitation facility in Canada and had tattoos of the date of his sobriety on each hand between his thumb and index finger (where you would hold a glass). He said, in April, that it was a reminder that he should not drink.

The Wild provided the following statement regarding Sydor:

We are aware of the reports regarding Darryl Sydor. We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.

Update: Sydor was released on $12K bail on Friday; read more about that here.

Under Pressure: Carey Price

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The good news is that Carey Price is coming off a season for the ages. The bad news is that the Montreal Canadiens are basically asking him to do it again.

Let’s make no mistake about it; Price was the reason why Montreal won its division and made it to the second round in 2014-15.

Price wasn’t just great in 2014-15; he was heads and shoulders above everyone else, winning the Hart, Vezina, Lindsay and Jennings Trophies. To make an understatement, he’d be hard-pressed to top 44 wins and a .933 save percentage next season.

P.K. Subban seems to understand that it’s not the kind of season that’s easily replicated.

“If we expect him to play the way he’s played this year every year, it’s unfair,” Subban said following their playoff exit, according to NHL.com “There’s going to be ups and downs, and it’s tough to be at that level every single game. He’s managed to do it this year, but we have to realize our job is to make his job easier, not to make it more difficult.”

Montreal didn’t really do much to boost its offense this summer, so any improvement would have to come from within … or they’ll need Price to pull a rabbit out of a hat once more.

Let’s not forget, either, that being the goalie in Montreal is an inherently pressure-packed job. It’s something Price acknowledged to ESPN way back in 2009.

“It’s impossible not to notice,” Price says. “I’ve gotten used to it, but every day, they’re there.”

And now “they” expect an encore performance.

Related: Montreal needs to be more than just Carey Price

Looking to make the leap: Robby Fabbri

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It feels like change is in the air for the St. Louis Blues, but that doesn’t have to be a (completely) bad thing.

During a fork-in-the-road phase for the Blues, a few young players have a chance to kick in the door, and Robby Fabbri may just lead that charge.

A few weeks ago, head coach Ken Hitchcock went far enough to say that the progress of Fabbri, Ty Rattie and Dmitrij Jaskin may just influence the course of the future for captain David Backes.

Lofty stuff? Sure, but the 19-year-old told NHL.com that a roster spot is exactly what he’s aiming for.

“I like to set my goals high,” Fabbri said. “Getting there as soon as possible is one of my goals. I’ve been here working hard with [Blues strength and conditioning coach] Nelson [Ayotte] and the trainers to make sure I’m ready and to make that possible. Obviously I’d like to (make the team), but it’s a big step.

The 21st pick of the 2014 draft actually made a lot of noise in 2014-15, even generating some preseason buzz.

Nothing about his past season gives much pause about his ability to generate offense, undoubtedly something the Blues seek. He scored 51 points in 30 OHL games for the Guelph Storm and managed four points in three games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.

He’s young, obviously, and most players take more than a year to jump to the NHL. Things could change quickly if Fabbri has a strong training camp.

It’s St. Louis Blues day at PHT

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Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team? The St. Louis Blues day.

Another strong regular season followed by an early playoff exit. Business as usual for the St. Louis Blues, right?

Well, maybe. You get the sense that the 2015-16 season is an ultimatum, with the T.J. Oshie trade being a warning: this might be the last shot for many, perhaps including head coach Ken Hitchcock.

On paper, there’s still a lot of promise in St. Louis.

Vladimir Tarasenko tore onto the scene as a true elite sniper in 2015-16, and he was paid handsomely for it. Jaden Schwartz lacks some of the sizzle, but he’s a blue chip of his own. There’s some uncertainty for the likes of David Backes, but let’s not forget that St. Louis scored 248 goals last season, more than any other Western Conference playoff squad.

Of course, a Hitch-helmed team is expected to be stout defensively, and the Blues boast two fantastic blueliners in Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo.

The two-headed dragon setup remains in net with Brian Elliott and Jake Allen, but hey, at least they like each other.

Off-season recap

As mentioned above, the Blues re-upped with expected cornerstones Allen and Tarasenko. They also parted ways with Oshie and Barret Jackman.

St. Louis actually looks pretty similar heading into 2015-16, but young players could up the ante quite a bit. Could someone like Robby Fabbri and/or Ty Rattie become difference-makers for the Blues? Training camp might help decide that, but their development is one of the more important aspects of this off-season.

If fear isn’t enough of a motivator, there’s also avoiding sights like these in the future: