The St. Louis Blues have been more like the Black-and-Blues lately with all the injuries they’re dealing with. We’ll see how they hope to keep up with the Tampa Bay Lightning on NBCSN tonight.
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When it rains, it pours.
The Anaheim Ducks are struggling mightily to score goals, and their outlook got a whole lot worse; Ryan Getzlaf will undergo surgery for appendicitis and the Anaheim Ducks expect him to miss 4-12 days.
(That might be the most oddly specific outlook we’ve seen in some time.)
Sportsnet’s Mike Johnson originally reported on the subject, noting that Rickard Rakell is sliding into his No. 1 spot against the Dallas Stars tonight.
Anaheim’s been shut out of two straight games and five times in general this season, and those contests came with Getzlaf in the lineup.
They face a tough haul this week with the Stars tonight, the St. Louis Blues on Thursday and the Nashville Predators on Sunday.
Time will tell if this is a huge blow to the staggering team or one of those rallying cry moments.
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Ladies and gentleman, we have Connor McDavid‘s next welcome to the NHL moment: suffering a gut-busting loss based on a no-goal.
He already continued his impressive scoring streak earlier in the contest with an assist, but McDavid’s would-be tying goal didn’t count, and the Los Angeles Kings ended up beating the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 3-2.
You can look at that situation from every possible angle Zapruder-film style, as many Oilers fans likely will.
Here’s a GIF of it as well:
The NHL’s handy Situation Room blog provides this explanation:
At 19:56 of the third period in the Los Angeles Kings/Edmonton Oilers game, video review was inconclusive in determining if Connor McDavid’s shot completely crossed the Kings goal line. Therefore the referee’s call on the ice stands – no goal Edmonton.
McDavid was pretty diplomatic after the game, even if he seemed appropriately livid on the ice.
Calgary Flames fans may have felt deja vu in watching their rivals lose:
What do you think? Did the puck cross the line? Was it indeed to close to overturn a call?
Either way, the Kings’ winning streak extends to five games while the Oilers continue to take steps toward being a team that may make Los Angeles sweat on a bigger stage.
And yes, people are railing on the NHL for the situation happening:
Ryan Johansen‘s readiness for the 2015-16 season has been a hot topic lately, yet there are reasons to monitor his health that go beyond curious ice time.
At some point during this past off-season, Johansen was hospitalized because of an accelerated heart rate, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline and Shawn Mitchell.
The phrasing is interesting in their report: particularly that it happened “at least once.”
Feel free to parse through the deeper details here, but things get a little fuzzier when you ponder how this may correlate to recent events.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen confirmed to the Columbus Dispatch that the hospital trip did happen, but Johansen’s current issues aren’t related to his heart.
The Blue Jackets star seems to be day-to-day at the moment, yet it’s difficult not to be a little worried about his future … both in the short and long-term.
Stay tuned on this troubling situation, which is yet another difficult headline for a Blue Jackets team swamped by tough breaks.
Related: People claim that John Tortorella said Johansen’s out of shape; Torts denies it.
Connor McDavid is already making an argument that he’s a star.
Not a guy who’s doing well and came in with a lot of hype; McDavid seems like the real deal, right now. The Edmonton Oilers’ wunderkind is using his speed and skill to make opponents miserable, tonight included.
In the video above, you can see McDavid use his speed and shot to create havoc (and a rebound), helping Benoit Pouliot score a 1-0 goal against the Los Angeles Kings.
That assist gives McDavid nine points in as many games … with plenty of time to add to that total tonight.
All of that production came during this latest streak:
He’s already turning heads. Just note what Kings head coach Darryl Sutter had to say:
This GIF from the Oilers captures McDavid’s burst in that Pouliot goal maybe better than the video itself:
McDavid still has to fight certain forces – fatigue in playing a long season, for one – but so far, so very, very good.