San Jose forward Logan Couture has been fined $5,000 — the maximum allowable under the CBA — for slew-footing Detroit’s Brendan Smith on Thursday night, the NHL has announced.
The incident occurred at the 16:03 mark of the third period, as shown here:
Couture was given a tripping minor on the play while Smith was whistled for hooking.
Smith, who appeared to be shaken up after landing on the ice, didn’t play for the remainder of the contest. Wings GM Ken Holland later updated Smith’s status as “fine, day-to-day, nothing serious,” per MLive.
This is the third slew-footing offense the NHL has punished this season. Ryan Garbutt was suspended three games for his on Dustin Byfuglein back in early December, and Brad Marchand was suspended two games for his on Derick Brassard in mid-January.
Goalie nods: With Rask ill, B’s make emergency recall
Here’s the latest out of Bruins camp prior to tonight’s game against New Jersey: Tuukka Rask has fallen ill, head coach Claude Julien won’t say if backup Niklas Svedberg will get the start and, just a short while ago, the club made an emergency recall, bringing up Jeremy Smith from AHL Providence.
Smith, 25, got the call ahead of Malcolm Subban, the highly-touted prospect that struggled in his NHL debut against the Blues last week. A veteran of the American League circuit, Smith is 14-8-4 with Providence this year, posting a 2.08 GAA and .931 save percentage. He’s previously spent time in the Columbus and Nashville organizations, but has yet to make his NHL debut.
If we had to guess, Svedberg will get the start tonight — he was the only goalie present at this morning’s skate. For the Devils, Cory Schneider will be in goal.
Flames at Isles: Karri Ramo vs. Jaroslav Halak
Caps at ‘Canes: Braden Holtby vs. Anton Khudobin
‘Hawks at Bolts: (No word on a Chicago starter) vs. Ben Bishop
Avs at Stars: Semyon Varlamov vs. Kari Lehtonen
Kings at Ducks: (No word on a Kings starter) vs. John Gibson
The L.A. Kings look like a team on a mission right now.
And of course, it’s all happening just prior to the trade deadline and with the playoff race in the Western Conference heating up. On Tuesday, the Kings recorded their eighth straight victory, defeating the visiting Detroit Red Wings 1-0.
They move back within three points of the Vancouver Canucks, who sit second in the Pacific Division and were also victorious on Tuesday.
Jonathan Quick posted his 35th career shutout to guide the @LAKings to their 8th straight win, tying the longest streak in NHL this season.
Detroit captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss his second straight game when the Red Wings play the Kings tonight in Los Angeles.
Given the “symptoms” Zetterberg is experiencing, there’s speculation the 34-year-old may have suffered a concussion on Saturday in Dallas, courtesy a gloved shot in the head from Stars captain Jamie Benn.
But in a refreshing turn, Zetterberg decided to let Benn off the hook.
“I don’t think it was that bad,” he said, per the Wings’ website. “He just got me in a bad spot. … We had a battle on the face-off and I think both me and him have done worse things than that on the ice.”
Naturally, Red Wings fans have been somewhat less understanding. But like Zetterberg says, “It is a battle sport, so you are in battles all the time.”
The Wings play Thursday in San Jose and Saturday in Nashville before returning home.