Jason Brough

Winter Classic forecast: still looks good


The 2016 Winter Classic is scheduled for Friday afternoon in Foxborough, and it doesn’t look like weather will be an issue.

According to The Weather Network, New Year’s Day is expected to be mainly sunny with a high of 39.

As mentioned in a previous post, the forecast could still change. The East Coast has experienced some pretty unusual weather this winter.

But here’s what we’re looking at right now:


Winter Classic schedule (all times ET)

Thursday, 2 p.m.: Outdoor Women’s Classic, Les Canadiennes (CWHL) versus Boston Pride (NWHL)
Thursday, 3:30 p.m.: Winter Classic Alumni Game
Friday, 1 p.m.: Winter Classic, Montreal Canadiens versus Boston Bruins

Trade: Habs send Kassian to Oilers for Scrivens

Scott Darling, Zack Kassian

As rumored, the Edmonton Oilers have acquired winger Zack Kassian from the Montreal Canadiens in return for goalie Ben Scrivens.

Kassian, 24, will report to the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. He cleared waivers earlier this month after being reinstated by the NHL/NHLPA’s substance-abuse program.

Scrivens will go from the minors to the Habs, who have assigned Dustin Tokarski to AHL St. John’s.

For both players, it’s a chance for redemption. The Oilers will be Kassian’s fourth NHL team; this is the second time he’s been traded in less than a year. Scrivens, 29, will join a Montreal team that’s badly missing its injured starter, Carey Price.

Related: Kassian vows to give it all for Habs: ‘As you grow older, you mature’

Denmark upsets Switzerland for first regulation win ever at World Juniors

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 02: Goaltender Georg Sorensen #39 of Denmark makes a glove save against Canada during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship on January 02, 2015 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
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We have our first big upset of the 2016 World Juniors.

Denmark defeated Switzerland, 2-1, today in Helsinki.

From the IIHF:

Soren Nielsen and Mathias From scored for Denmark, which rallied in the third period from a 1-0 deficit. Noah Rod tallied for Switzerland.

Things have only gotten worse for Switzerland after a disappointing and undisciplined 8-3 loss to Sweden to open the tournament. The Swiss played with a shortened bench due to three suspensions from their loss to Sweden.

The Danes, though, have every reason to be happy after their first-ever regulation-time win at the World Juniors.

The victory was met with great enthusiasm by Danish NHLers:

Last year, the Danes won their first ever game in the top flight of the World Juniors with a 4-3 shootout win over Switzerland.

Related: Canada favored to win gold at World Juniors

Could the Oilers be on the verge of making a trade?

Ben Scrivens

With the NHL’s holiday roster freeze expiring tonight at midnight, there’s reason to wonder if Edmonton Oilers are on the verge of making a trade.

The Oilers have reportedly recalled goalie Eetu Laurikainen from HPK Hameenlinna in Finland. That gives them three minor-league goalies on their AHL Bakersfield squad: Laurikainen, Laurent Brossoit, and Ben Scrivens.

Hence, the speculation that Scrivens could be traded to Montreal for winger Zack Kassian.

Buried in the minors, Scrivens does not seem to have a future with the Oilers.

Ditto for Kassian with the Habs.

The Canadiens are 2-10-0 in December, with neither Mike Condon nor Dustin Tokarski providing reliable goaltending in the absence of injured Carey Price.

Related: Habs ask Kassian not to report to AHL affiliate

Isles: Halak on IR, Gibson recalled, Greiss to start versus Leafs

New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) of Slovakia makes a save in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Philadelphia Flyers in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have placed goalie Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.

The move, made Sunday, is retroactive to last Monday.

Halak is 10-6-3 with a 2.09 goals-against average and two shutouts in 20 games this season.

The 30-year-old was 38-17-4 with a 2.43 GAA and six shutouts last season in his first year with the Islanders. He missed most of the preseason and New York’s first four games this year with an undisclosed upper-body injury.

Thomas Greiss will start against Toronto on Sunday night in the Islanders’ first game in nearly a week because of the break for Christmas. Greiss is 9-4-3 with a 2.03 GAA.

New York recalled Christopher Gibson from Bridgeport of the AHL. Gibson was 11-5-3 with a 1.99 GAA for the Sound Tigers.

The Islanders also have Jean-Francois Berube on the roster.