Author: Joe Yerdon

Braden Holtby

Video: Braden Holtby dazzles with his stop on Wayne Simmonds


Washington’s Braden Holtby has had a strong game throughout the afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers, and forward Wayne Simmonds knows it all too well.

With the Capitals holding a 2-1 lead early in the second period, Simmonds skated in all alone on Holtby and got the Washington goalie sprawled out on the ice. All that did was give Holtby a chance to make a spectacular leg save as Simmonds attempted to tie the game.

Miller, Ott to make Blues debuts against Coyotes tonight

Steve Ott, Ryan Miller

After the big trade between the Sabres and Blues on Friday, St. Louis fans are about to get their first look at their new players tonight in Glendale.

Ryan Miller will start in goal and Steve Ott will open on a line with Derek Roy and T.J. Oshie as the Blues face the Coyotes. Curiously enough, Roy and Ott were traded for each other back in July 2012.

As for what it looks like to see Miller in St. Louis gear, feast your eyes on this:

He sure looks ready to start a new chapter of his career. If you’re wondering if Miller will wear No. 30 with his new team, that’s a definitive “no.”

Ott will wear 29, the number he wore with the Dallas Stars. He was 9 in Buffalo.

Isles activate Nielsen off injured reserve

Frans Nielsen
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There’s been plenty of bad news lately for the New York Islanders, but they get a bit of a pick-me-up today.

The Islanders activated center Frans Nielsen off injured reserve and sent forward Mike Halmo back to AHL Bridgeport. Nielsen had been out with a broken hand he suffered against Colorado when he was slashed by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson. Johnson was suspended for two games for that act of aggression.

Nielsen returns to an Islanders team that is without captain John Tavares for the remainder of the season after he injured his knee in Sochi. He’s had a solid season with 18 goals and 43 points in 60 games this season, but with the team falling further back in the Eastern Conference, it’s not much solace for what’s been a major letdown after making the playoffs last season.