The PHT Nightcap – Monday, March 22nd

We put a lot of content on this blog each day, and we understand
it can be a bit tough to keep track of everything. So at the end of the
day we’ll put up a nightly recap of all of that day’s news. Presenting
Pro Hockey Talk Nightcap:

playoffs update: Sharks drowning in San Jose
– The Sharks keep
falling, and falling, and falling…

the Calgary Flames get ToskaLOL’d?
– A reporter wonders whether it
was a smart move to start Toskala over Kiprusoff.

Ovechkin: Alex was “always in motion”
– Ovi’s mum says that he was
always an active child, recklessly knocking the other children into the

succeeding minus Ilya Kovalchuk
– Atlanta actually has a better
record than New Jersey since the trade.

Carter out 3-to-4 weeks with fractured foot
– Flyers fans
everywhere spontaneously combust.

Wings play with fire, put playoff tickets on sale
– Detroit is
pretty certain they’ll make the playoffs, it seems.

Jose Sharks searching for answers
– ….and searching, and
searching, and searching…..

Ovechkin doesn’t plan on changing his ways
– Why should he? It’s
not like he’s getting suspended for illegal hits or anything…

to visit injured HS player in hospital
– Matt Brown is going
through a tough time; Bergeron will be spending some time with him in

proposes ‘band aid solution’ to head shot rule
– You didn’t expect
the players to just accept an off the cuff, arbitrary rule change, did

on the epic Leblond – Janssen fight
– How they kept swinging and
swinging is just amazing to me.

Turco era in Dallas coming to an end
– The Stars are riding Kari
Lehtonen for the remainder of the season. Seriously,

games: Something for everyone
– The big games are tomorrow night.

four cream of the crop for East and West
– I predict San Jose and
New Jersey don’t make it out of the first round.

back at Selanne’s 600 goal career
– Congratulations, sir.

Vote for the second Bertuzzday winner
– How the Oilers aren’t
winning is beyond me.

best and worst in special teams plus/minus
– This is some stat geek
nerdiness at it’s best.

the NHL’s best PP and PK units
– You mean percentage numbers isn’t
the only way?

seems OK after skate blade scare
– Could have been much, much

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    Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev to have season-ending knee surgery

    Ilya Mikheyev
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    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Vancouver Canucks right wing Ilya Mikheyev is set to have season-ending surgery on his left knee.

    Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said Friday night the 28-year-old Russian forward tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the team’s first preseason game Sept. 25. Mikheyev will undergo surgery next week and is expected to be ready for training camp in the fall.

    Mikheyev was originally listed as week-to-week with the injury and played 45 regular-season games, finishing with 13 goals and 15 assists. He scored in his final appearance Friday night, a 5-2 home victory over Columbus.

    Mikheyev signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent last summer.

    Maple Leafs’ Matthews out at least 3 weeks with knee injury

    Nick Turchiaro/USA TODAY Sports

    Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss at least three weeks with a sprained knee.

    The team announced the reigning MVP’s anticipated absence Friday, two days after Matthews was injured in Toronto’s victory against the New York Rangers.

    Matthews is expected to miss at least six games and could be out for a few more. The timing of the injury coinciding with the NHL All-Star break and the Maple Leafs bye week prevents this from costing Matthews more time out of the lineup.

    After being voted an All-Star by fans, Matthews is now out of the event scheduled for Feb. 3-4 in Sunrise, Florida. The league announced Aleskander Barkov from the host Florida Panthers will take Matthews’ place on the Atlantic Division All-Star roster.

    Matthews, who won the Hart Trophy last season after leading the NHL with 60 goals, has 53 points in 47 games this season.

    Caufield opted for surgery with Habs out of playoff race

    caufield surgery
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    MONTREAL — Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield said Friday he wouldn’t be having season-ending surgery on his right shoulder if the team were in playoff contention.

    But with the Canadiens near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, the 22-year-old Caufield said he decided to have the surgery to protect his long-term health. The procedure is scheduled to be performed by Dr. Peter Millett on Wednesday.

    “I didn’t want to stop playing,” Caufield said. “I had a couple tests done to look at it more clearly but, in the end, like it could’ve been one more fall and it could have been even worse.”

    Caufield, who leads the Canadiens with 26 goals in 46 games, had three different medical opinions on his shoulder before concluding that his season was over.

    “I think they’ve seen a lot more than I have and they know the differences and what they like or don’t like about it,” he said about the medical opinions. “Long term, I think this is what’s best but for sure it was tough to sit out that game against Toronto on Saturday night.”

    Caufield initially felt the injury in an awkward fall during Montreal’s 4-2 loss at Dallas on Dec. 23. He said his right shoulder popped, and he replaced it himself.

    Caufield felt it again in the Habs’ 4-3 loss at Nashville on Jan. 12. The club announced on Jan. 21 that Caufield would miss the rest of the season.

    Caufield is nearing the end of his three-year, entry-level contract and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

    All-Star Matty Beniers to miss next 2 games for Kraken

    matty beniers
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    SEATTLE — Seattle Kraken rookie All-Star Matty Beniers will miss the team’s final two games before the All-Star break after taking a big hit from Vancouver’s Tyler Myers earlier this week.

    Seattle coach Dave Hakstol said after morning skate Friday that Beniers would not play Friday night against Calgary or Saturday against Columbus. Hakstol did not speculate on Beniers’ availability for next weekend’s All-Star Game in Florida.

    The team has not specified what kind of injury Beniers sustained from the hit. He was barreled over by Myers away from the play early in the second period in Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over Vancouver. Myers was penalized for interference on the play. Beniers returned briefly for one shift later in the period but did not play in the third period.

    Beniers is Seattle’s lone All-Star selection this season. He leads all rookies in goals (17) and points (36), and is fifth in total ice time for rookies.

    Seattle also placed defenseman Justin Schultz on injured reserve and recalled forward Max McCormick from Coachella Valley of the AHL. Hakstol said Schultz is improving but there’s no timeline on his return.