Author: Jason Brough

Tomas Jurco

Red Wings send Jurco to AHL for conditioning


DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have assigned right wing Tomas Jurco to Grand Rapids of the AHL for conditioning.

The 22-year-old Jurco has played in only four games for the Red Wings this season. He has no goals and one assist.

He’s scored 11 goals with 23 assists in 103 NHL games over the last two seasons and the start of this one.

Related: Jurco gets new contract

Get a load of the Kings’ upcoming schedule

Anze Kopitar, Jake Muzzin, Dustin Brown, Justin Williams, Drew Doughty

The Los Angeles Kings are about to spend a lot of time in airplanes and hotels.

We’re not talking about one, long road trip either. In the next month and a half, the Kings will play 20 games total, with all but five away from Staples Center.

Tonight, they kick off a five-game trip in Philadelphia. They have a six-game trip in mid-December, then a four-game jaunt right after Christmas.

So far, the Kings have only played five road games (4-1-0), versus 12 at home (7-5-0).

“Yeah, we’ve been at home a lot, so I think it’s good to get on the road,” Jake Muzzin told L.A. Kings Insider. “It’s kind of a different feel going into games, you know you’re coming into a battle. You just want to come in, check in, get your two points and check out. We’ve done well on the road, and we’ve got to continue doing well.”

Report: Kings prospect facing domestic-violence charges

GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 16:  Goaltender Patrik Bartosak #65 of the Los Angeles Kings during the NHL rookie camp game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on September 16, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak is reportedly facing 12 charges related to domestic violence.

From the New Hampshire Union Leader:

A felony charge of second-degree assault alleges Bartosak attempted to strangle his girlfriend early Monday afternoon at 22 Country Club Drive.

Seven domestic simple assault charges allege he grabbed her by the shoulders and pushed her against a wall, put his hand around her neck and choked her, grabbed her right chest and pulled her up off a bed, punched her in the chest twice, slapped her in the face and slapped her three times on both legs.

Three criminal threatening charges allege he told her: “If you don’t have anything to say I’m going to kill you,” “I’m going to punch you in the face if you don’t say anything,” and “I hope you know I’m going to knock you out and put you to sleep before I leave.” 

There are more details in the newspaper’s story.

Born in the Czech Republic, Bartosak was a fifth-round draft pick of the Kings in 2013. He was recently sent to the ECHL’s Manchester Monarchs on a conditioning assignment.

The Kings said in a statement, “This is a very serious matter and these allegations represent a type of behavior we do not stand for. We will continue to gather information and comment further when appropriate.”

The Kings, of course, employed defenseman Slava Voynov before he spent time in jail for domestic violence. Voynov returned to Russia in September.

GM Dean Lombardi has promised to educate his players on domestic-violence matters, and other off-ice issues.

Isles will be ‘aggressive’ in selling more tickets


The New York Islanders drew another modest-sized crowd Monday at Barclays Center, where just 11,841 showed up to watch the Isles beat the Coyotes, 5-2.

After 11 games in their new Brooklyn home, the Isles rank 29th in NHL attendance, with an average crowd of 12,156. Only Carolina ranks lower (11,227), and the Hurricanes don’t have a winning record like the Isles do.

Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center, spoke to Newsday about the attendance situation.

“The area we continue to work at is ticket sales,” he said.

“Am I pleased with playing at 77 percent capacity and at 12.1 [thousand]? I’m fine with that. I’m never satisfied. My personality is I’m relatively a happy person, but never satisfied. I want more, and we’re going to be aggressive in getting more.”

Yormark is optimistic that attendance will improve as the season progresses and more marquee teams pay visits.

The Isles’ next home game is Friday versus Montreal.

Their first home game versus the Rangers is Dec. 2.

Related: Isles attendance once again under the microscope

Goalie nods: Mason gets surprise start for Flyers, Neuvirth ‘unavailable’

Steve Mason

Steve Mason woke up Tuesday not knowing if he was playing tonight.

He learned the answer at this morning’s skate.

From CSN Philly:

As Mason got loose, Flyers goalie coach Kim Dillabaugh waved the netminder down to the other side of the rink and proceeded to whisper something in his ear.

The message was that Mason will start on Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings and that backup Michal Neuvirth will not be available.

Neuvirth has an upper-body injury, according to GM Ron Hextall. The Flyers have called up goalie Anthony Stolarz on an emergency basis to serve as Mason’s backup tonight.

“It was up in the air yesterday and I found out at the skate here,” Mason said. “It’s different circumstances, but it doesn’t really affect me. You prepare every single night as if you’re going to be playing the game regardless of the situation.”

Mason has had a tough season. He’s 3-5-2 with an .895 save percentage. However, he did win his last outing, a 3-2 overtime decision Saturday in Carolina.

Jonathan Quick is likely to start for the Kings.


Martin Jones for the Sharks. Tuukka Rask likely for the Bruins.

Antti Niemi for the Stars. Linus Ullmark for the Sabres.

Brian Elliott for the Blues. Sergei Bobrovsky for the Blue Jackets.

Devan Dubnyk for the Wild. Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins.

Reto Berra for the Avalanche. James Reimer for the Maple Leafs.

— Frederik Anderson for the Ducks. Pekka Rinne expected for the Predators.

Cory Schneider for the Devils. Karri Ramo for the Flames.