There was some Nashville-on-Nashville crime to open Team USA’s account at the 2015 World Hockey Championships, but Predators fans probably won’t mind.
That’s because their newest signee — KHL goalscoring phenom Steve Moses — opened the American account with a highlight-reel tally against Finland on Friday, scoring this pretty goal against his future teammate, Pekka Rinne:
Moses, 25, signed a one-year, $1M deal with the Preds in early April. The contract came after three years in the KHL with Jokerit, following a four-year career at New Hampshire (and a brief eight-game cameo with the Rangers’ AHL affiliate). Though undersized — 5-foot-9, 170 pounds — Moses is blessed with great skating ability and offensive instincts, which saw him score 70 times for Jokerit over the last three seasons.
“He skates like the wind,” Moses’ former UNH teammate, Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk, told Sportsnet. “He’s really well built. He won’t get thrown around over here.”
The Winnipeg Jets got good news on one of their numerous injured players on Friday, as the club announced d-man Jacob Trouba underwent successful surgery on his broken right hand, and would be ready for training camp this fall.
Trouba, who broke his hand in Game 2 of the Ducks series, will be out the next 6-8 weeks while recovering.
The busted hand was a rough ending to an otherwise successful campaign for the 21-year-old sophomore. Trouba scored 22 points in 65 games while averaging over 23 minutes a night, helping the Jets advance to the postseason for the first time since moving from Atlanta.
As for the other ailing Jets, d-men Tobias Enstrom and Adam Pardy both underwent shoulder surgeries while Captain Andrew Ladd was playing with a sports hernia, Bryan Little and Dustin Byfuglien had dislocated ribs and Mathieu Perreault had an ankle sprain and tore ligaments in his right hand during the Ducks series.
There were a few eyebrows raised when Valtteri Filppula only played 3:47 over the final two periods of Wednesday’s Game 7 against Detroit — sitting out the entire final frame — but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman wouldn’t comment on a potential injury prior to Friday’s Game 1 against Montreal.
From the Tampa Bay Times:
Filppula played just 10 minutes, 24 seconds Wednesday; his last shift was late in the second period. When asked if Filppula was hurt, general manager Steve Yzerman said, “Nothing to report at this time.”
It’s hard to say why Filppula would’ve sat if there was no injury. He seemed to be performing well prior to the decrease in playing time, going 7-of-13 in faceoffs while receiving time both on the power play and penalty kill. That said, he had long stretches between shifts in the middle period and played a mere 130 seconds at even strength.
(It is possible Filppula was hurt on this hit from Pavel Datsyuk.)
The 31-year-old, who averaged over 19 minutes per game during the regular season, did have a bit of a tough time overall in the Detroit series — like several of his counterparts — and saw his ice time drop to 16:27 over the seven games, while finishing with a minus-5 rating.
Calgary looks like it’s making an interesting lineup switch to open its series against Anaheim — Drew Shore, acquired from Florida in January, looks as though he’ll draw in tonight when the Flames take on the Ducks at Honda Center.
Shore, 24, would take the place of Mason Raymond.
The 44th overall pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Shore has appeared in 78 career NHL contests — 11 coming with the Flames this season — but zero in the Stanley Cup playoffs. It looks as though he’ll make his postseason debut on Calgary’s fourth line alongside Brandon Bollig and Josh Jooris, which is an interesting development as Flames head coach Bob Hartley opted not to dress Shore in any of the six opening-round games against Vancouver.
That said, it’s not surprising the team was looking to change things up from Raymond. The veteran winger hasn’t done much this postseason, with just one point in four games; in the series-clinching Game 6 win over Vancouver, Raymond received just 5:39 of ice time and finished minus-1.
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