Author: James O'Brien

Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

Leafs make Robidas a healthy scratch

The Toronto Maple Leafs will face a challenging game against the Tampa Bay Lightning with Korbinian Holzer in the lineup instead of Stephane Robidas, as TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports.

Siegel points out that this is the third time Toronto made Robidas, 37, a healthy scratch. It’s also another instance in which the team held out the physically battered blueliner from the end of a back-to-back set.

One can understand the Maple Leafs trying to preserve Robidas, although if this is a sign that they’re not happy with what he can offer, they’re stuck with his $3 million cap hit through 2016-17 since his deal is a 35+ contract.

U.S. readies for junior showdown vs. Canada by blanking Slovakia

USA Hockey Juniors v Boston
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The United States looks like it will enter the traditional (and always-fascinating) New Year’s Eve world junior matchup against Canada on a high note.

They beat Slovakia 3-0 on Monday, and much like their win against Germany, it wasn’t particularly close. It did take the U.S. until the second period to score, but with another significant shot differential (42-17 this time), it was clear that they were in control of the action.

Sonny Milano’s 1-0 tally stood out as one of the more impressive moments, while Dylan Larkin and Tyler Motte also found the net. Thatcher Demko generated a shutout for the United States, his second straight goose egg.

Here are some highlights from the game:

In case you were wondering, high-end prospect Jack Eichel was unable to score a point today, although he did fire four shots on goal.

WATCH LIVE: Red Wings at Bruins (7 p.m. ET)

Gustav Nyquist, Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins hope to shrug off some struggles as they host the Detroit Red Wings on Monday.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can also watch the game (not to mention the pre-game show, which is on now) via NBC Sports’ Live Extra stream.


Here are a few links to get you ready for the action:

Game notes

NHL on NBCSN preview

Boston hopes to shake off struggles

Gustav Nyquist’s magical goal