Upon realizing that he’d join the Pittsburgh Penguins, David Perron remarked that he grew up idolizing Alex Kovalev. His debut with the team was more like a different memorable Penguins scorer, however, as he scored on his first shot with Pittsburgh (like Mario Lemieux):
Talk about a change of fortune: Perron goes from slumming it with the Edmonton Oilers to skating on a line with Sidney Crosby. It remains to be seen if the 26-year-old will stick with Crosby once players like Patric Hornqvist come back, but either way, he’s likely delighted to be in this situation.
So far, it looks like he might make the most of his opportunity, too.
Here’s Perron’s press conference from before today’s game:
It was expected that Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux would test his leg to see if he could play against the New Jersey Devils on Saturday, but he didn’t even warm up and will miss the game altogether.
CSNPhilly.com points out that Giroux had played 168 games in a row, having not missed a game since April 7, 2012. He suffered a cut from a skate blade via Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday.
Philly will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen against the Devils tonight, as Scott Laughton is also out with an undisclosed injury.
The Nashville Predators’ eventual 7-6 overtime win against the Los Angeles Kings basically had “weird” written all over it.
There were a staggering amount of deflection goals. Jonathan Quick didn’t even make it through 10 minutes of the game on his 10th consecutive start. The Predators held a 5-1 lead at one point.
The oddest stretch came toward the end of the contest, however, as the Predators saw a 6-3 lead dissolve into a 6-6 tie in about a minute-and-a-half of action. That mad rush included two goals as the Kings emptied their net (video will be added soon).
It’s one of those games that make reasonable tweets like these look that much odder in retrospect:
(Now the Kings are 15-1-5 in such contests.)
One would think that this one would really sting the Predators if they lost. Instead, head coach Peter Laviolette has a talking point or six, even if Nashville ended up grabbing the win and the two points.
Maybe more than anything else, it’s a lesson to be careful about when you turn off a hockey game during the 2014-15 season.