In some very good timing, the Winnipeg Jets tweeted out their top five hits of the season on the same night when Dustin Byfuglien did this to Ottawa forward David Legwand:
(H/T to SB Nation)
Though temporarily shaken, Legwand didn’t miss any time and return to the game shortly thereafter.
And now, here’s the video we mentioned off the top — in which Byfuglien represents the No. 3, No. 2 and No. 1 hits of the year for Winnipeg:
Bad, bad man.
All the latest from the blue paint…
No more timeshare in Winnipeg
Altering starts between Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Hutchinson looks to have gone the way of the dodo, as Hutchinson will get his fifth straight — and seventh in the Jets’ last eight games — tonight against Ottawa.
Hutchinson is coming off three solid performances: 18 saves in a 5-2 win over L.A., allowing just one goal on 29 shots in a shootout loss to St. Louis and stopping 26 of 28 in a victory against Dallas. With the Jets in a playoff position and not wanting to give up any ground, it’s no surprise head coach Paul Maurice is leaning on Hutchinson, who’s 19-7-5 on the year with a .919 save percentage and 2.28 GAA.
For the Sens, Andrew Hammond will start — his seventh consecutive nod.
Rangers at Wings: Cam Talbot (probable) vs. Jimmy Howard
Pens at Avs: Nothing from either team yet.
Habs at Ducks: (Nothing from Montreal yet) vs. John Gibson
All the latest from the blue paint…
Vancouver goes with Markstrom
There’ll be plenty of eyes on the crease in Vancouver tonight as Jacob Markstrom makes his season debut against the Sharks.
Markstrom, a former touted prospect with Florida that came to the Canucks as part of the Roberto Luongo trade, has spent all of this season in AHL Utica and revived his career, going 17-7-2 with a 1.95 GAA and .932 save percentage, earning a spot in the All-Star Game.
Markstrom was recalled last week after Ryan Miller went down to injury, and served as Eddie Lack’s backup. Tonight, he’ll play in his first NHL game since April of 2014.
No word yet on who’ll start for San Jose. Alex Stalock played last night and shut out the Habs, so the Sharks could turn to Antti Niemi.
Preds at Devils: Carter Hutton (probable) vs. Cory Schneider
Flames at Flyers: Karri Ramo vs. Steve Mason
Caps at Jackets: Braden Holtby vs. Sergei Bobrovsky
Sabres at Bolts: Anders Lindback vs. Ben Bishop
Leafs at Panthers: Jonathan Bernier vs. Roberto Luongo
Sens at Wild: Andrew Hammond vs. Devan Dubnyk (probable)
Isles at Stars: Jaroslav Halak vs. Kari Lehtonen (probable)
Ducks at Coyotes: Frederik Andersen (probable) vs. Mike Smith
Kings at Oilers: Jonathan Quick (probable) vs. Ben Scrivens (probable)
Ottawa’s Andrew Hammond, Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin have been named the NHL’s three stars for the week ending March 1, the league announced on Monday.
Here’s more from the release:
Hammond went 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average, .978 save percentage and two shutouts to backstop the Senators to a trio of victories.
Subban paced the NHL with five assists and shared the league lead with six points. His 48 points are five shy of his best single-season performance (set in 82 GP in 2013-14).
Malkin finished tied with Subban collecting six points during the week. The Pens’ forward had two goals and four assists as Pittsburgh won a pair of games.
Hammond earned his first career shutout making 25 saves in a 3-0 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Feb 25. The next night he blanked the L.A. Kings 1-0 with a 35 save performance. Hammond became just the second goaltender in NHL history to record consecutive road shutouts of the Ducks and Kings (Steve Mason, Dec. 29-31, 2008). Hammond capped the week off with a 28-save performance in a 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 28.
The NHL named New York Islanders forward Anders Lee the rookie of the month for February.
He topped all rookies with 15 points in 15 February games, finishing comfortably ahead of the likes of Ottawa Senators forwards Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone (who generated 12 points apiece).
Lee, 24, has really taken advantage of his opportunity to play as one of John Tavares’ wingers, as he’s found some nice chemistry alongside Josh Bailey. As of this moment, his six game-winning goals is the most of any rookie this season.
Considering his status as a sixth-rounder (152nd overall in 2009), this is quite the accomplishment, especially on a team as loaded with young talent as the Islanders.
Check out some stats from his breakout month:
Date Opponent G A PTS Result
Feb. 3 FLORIDA 2 0 2 4-2 loss
Feb. 5 at Philadelphia 0 0 0 3-2 win (SO)
Feb. 7 at Boston 0 0 0 2-1 loss
Feb. 8 at Buffalo 1 0 1 3-2 win
Feb. 10 EDMONTON 0 1 1 3-2 win
Feb. 12 TORONTO 2 0 2 3-2 win
Feb. 14 COLUMBUS 0 4 4 6-3 win
Feb. 16 NY RANGERS 0 0 0 6-5 loss
Feb. 17 at Carolina 1 0 1 4-1 win
Feb. 19 NASHVILLE 0 1 1 5-2 win
Feb. 21 at Washington 0 1 1 3-2 loss (SO)
Feb. 22 VANCOUVER 0 0 0 4-0 loss
Feb. 24 ARIZONA 1 0 1 5-1 win
Feb. 27 CALGARY 0 0 0 2-1 win
Feb. 28 CAROLINA 0 1 1 5-3 loss
Total 7 8 15 9-5-1