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Didn’t take long for things to get nasty between the Flyers and Rangers.
Midway through the opening frame of the Thanksgiving Showdown at Wells Fargo, Rangers forward Brandon Pirri drilled Brandon Manning into the boards, and was quickly challenged to a fight by Manning’s Flyers teammate, Travis Konecny.
Both were given five-minute fighting majors, with Pirri getting two for boarding and Konecny two for instigating. The Philly rookie also received a 10-minute misconduct.
As the New York Post’s Larry Brooks notes, this was the Blueshirts’ first fighting major of the year.
The Rangers currently lead 2-0 on goals from Derek Stepan and Matt Puempel. Pretty nice Blueshirts debut for Puempel, who was claimed off waivers from Ottawa earlier this week.
These are not the best of times for Arizona in goal.
Mike Smith was yanked from Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Canucks — a performance he called “awful” — and was replaced by Louis Domingue. Domingue, in turn, suffered a lower-body injury and is now day-to-day, forcing the Coyotes to recall Justin Peters from AHL Tucson on an emergency basis.
Peters will back up Smith tonight, when the Coyotes host the Oilers.
Goaltending has been a major issue in Arizona this season. Smith missed almost an entire month of action with a lower-body injury of his own, forcing Domingue into No. 1 duties. The 24-year-old fared well at times, but also struggled with consistency.
“Some good games this year and some not so good,” head coach Dave Tippett said of Domingue, per the Arizona Republic.
Peters, who’d previously spent time with Carolina and Washington, has been used sparingly by Tippett. The 30-year-old has made just one start and two relief appearances, and currently sits with a 3.16 GAA and .900 save percentage.
Matt Carle‘s time as a Predator was brief, and soon it will be over.
On Friday, Nashville placed Carle on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contract, per The Tennessean. The move comes after the Preds waived Carle earlier this week, and he went unclaimed.
The 32-year-old defenseman was signed this summer after getting bought out by the Lightning. Inked to a low-risk deal (one year, $700,000), the hope was that Carle could replicate some of the form shown earlier in his career — a two-time 40-point scorer, Carle was a good offensive defenseman in his prime (which is how he landed a six-year, $33 million deal from the Bolts in the first place).
But things didn’t work out in Nashville. Carle appeared in just six games, averaging a shade over 13 minutes per, and hasn’t been in the lineup since Oct. 26.
Update: Turns out Carle is hanging up his skates, having announced his retirement via the Preds…
“It has been an honor to be a player in the National Hockey League and play for four great organizations over the past 12 seasons,” Carle said. “At this time, I have decided to retire as a National Hockey League player. I want to thank the San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators for the opportunity to play for each organization. I would also like to thank all the fans that I have met throughout my career for the support that you have given me.
“Most importantly, I want to thank my family for all the sacrifices they have made on behalf of my career. My Parents, brothers, and wife Clancey allowed me to focus on the pursuit of playing the best sport in the world, in the best League in the world and I will always be grateful.”
Assuming the tryptophan has kept you from leaving the couch and trampling someone for a discounted waffle maker, we’ve got something for you to watch! It’s the annual Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
Today, the Flyers will host the Rangers at 1 p.m. ET, at Wells Fargo. You can catch the game on the tube, or watch online via NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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You can read the preview for today’s game here. The Rangers have announced that Henrik Lundqvist will be getting the start in goal, while the Flyers appear likely to go with Steve Mason.
Calling the Black Friday matinee will be Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk, with Pierre McGuire providing analysis from between the benches.
Per Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland, longtime NHL defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has signed on with German League side Adler Mannheim.
It’s a significant change for Colaiacovo, who has bounced around the league over the last few years, yet always managed to secure some type of contract. He spent the ’15-16 campaign in Buffalo, scoring five points in 36 games and, the year prior to that, scored eight points in 33 games for the Flyers.
Colaiacovo has also logged time with the Blues, Red Wings and Maple Leafs — Toronto originally took him in the first round (17th overall) of the 2001 draft.
In Germany, Colaiacovo will join a Mannheim club featuring a number of ex-NHLers, including Marcel Goc, Aaron Johnson, Danny Richmond, David Wolf and Jamie Tardif.