The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov from his conditioning assignment with AHL Hershey.
Orlov, who’s missed the entire NHL season with a wrist injury, played three games for the Bears and registered three assists.
“Every game I feel better,” he told The Patriot-News. “I hope everything will be good. In the next days we’ll see how it goes. I hope I will play with the Caps this season.
“It’s not my decision to put me in the lineup. Of course, I want to play. But we’ll see what’s going to happen.”
Orlov is reportedly expected to join the Caps on their three-game road trip that starts tonight in Montreal; however, the club noted in the press release that he’ll return to the long-term injury list.
Related: Orlov (wrist) headed to AHL for three games
Simple task here. Take the power-play goals each team has scored with the man advantage and subtract the power-play goals it’s surrendered while shorthanded.
A team is going to have a positive ranking if:
— It scores on a high percentage of its power plays and/or kills a high percentage of its shorthanded situations.
— It draws a lot of penalties and/or doesn’t take many penalties.
Note: this doesn’t take into account shorthanded goals.
— Carolina at the top may surprise some people. But the Hurricanes have an excellent penalty kill, plus they don’t take many penalties. That’s a good combination. It’s even strength that’s hurt the ‘Canes this season. Only three teams — Edmonton, Buffalo, and Arizona — have a worse 5-on-5 ratio.
— If the ultra-disciplined Flames (fewest times shorthanded in the NHL) make the playoffs and the undisciplined Jets (most times shorthanded in the NHL) don’t, what you see above is a big reason why.
— Not a good ranking for the Panthers either. For a bubble team like Florida, special teams can be the difference between making and missing the playoffs.
— Case in point, Vancouver. Not great 5-on-5, the Canucks have had an effective penalty kill (4th) all season, and their much-maligned power play has climbed up to 11th with a recent run of goals.
Related: The Jets should probably knock it off with all the penalties
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forward Nikolay Goldobin to AHL Worcester, the club announced today.
Goldobin had 21 points (11G, 10A) in 38 games this season for HIFK in Finland. He then added five points in seven playoff games.
It was thought Goldobin could make an appearance for the big club once his European season had ended; however, his NHL debut will have to wait.
The 19-year-old was the 27th overall selection in the 2014 draft.
The New York Rangers are the new favorites to win the Stanley Cup, according to online bookmaker Bovada.
The Rangers have replaced the Chicago Blackhawks atop the board, the Blueshirts’ odds going from 12/1 on March 3 to 13/2 today. (Chicago’s odds went from 15/2 to 7/1 over the same period.)
The Wild’s odds also improved (for them, not for bettors) a fair bit, from 14/1 to 8/1.
Meanwhile, a couple of teams whose odds moved in the opposite direction were the Predators (from 9/1 to 14/1) and Islanders (from 12/1 to 18/1).
Here’s the full new list:
New York Rangers: 13/2
Chicago Blackhawks: 7/1
Minnesota Wild: 8/1
Anaheim Ducks: 9/1
Montreal Canadiens: 10/1
St. Louis Blues: 10/1
Tampa Bay Lightning: 10/1
Nashville Predators: 14/1
Pittsburgh Penguins: 14/1
Los Angeles Kings: 16/1
Boston Bruins: 18/1
New York Islanders: 18/1
Detroit Red Wings: 20/1
Vancouver Canucks: 20/1
Washington Capitals: 22/1
Calgary Flames: 33/1
Winnipeg Jets: 40/1
Ottawa Senators: 50/1
Florida Panthers: 300/1
Related: Why the Lightning are serious Stanley Cup contenders
About a month and a half ago, we wrote about the Anaheim Ducks and how their underlying possession numbers left quite a bit to be desired.
So it’s only fair that we point out that those same numbers have dramatically improved since then.
In the Ducks’ last 20 games, their score-adjusted Fenwick ranks seventh in the NHL. In their last ten, it’s fourth. That compares to 14th in their first 58 games, and 26th in the month of February alone.
Oh, and the Ducks have also won seven of their last nine. (In case you believe wins and losses are a worthwhile statistic, too.)
To be sure, this team still has a lot to prove. Anaheim has only won two playoff series since winning the Stanley Cup in 2007; the Ducks’ two goaltenders are capable, but inexperienced; and their 20th-ranked goals-against is a potential red flag, given the success of elite defensive teams in the playoffs.
But having a solid score-adjusted Fenwick is a promising way to go into the postseason. Just consider recent history. The Kings ranked first in their final 20 games last year. The Blackhawks were second the year before. The Kings were first the year before that.
We all know how things ended for those teams.
Related: Ducks felt their success was a ‘bit of a mirage’