If Danny DeKeyser were a car, he wouldn’t be flashy like a Ferrari or Lamborghini, or even that awesome car Homer built that played La Cucaracha with its horn.
Which is to say, DeKeyser isn’t P.K. Subban or Erik Karlsson, two past Norris Trophy winners with the ability to both put up points and bring the crowd to its feet. (Nor is he a defenseman that sings La Cucaracha.)
That said, DeKeyser will get you from A to B, and he’ll do it with the minimum amount of hassle.
And as with cars, there’s a lot to be said for reliability.
Per the Detroit Free Press, Wings coach Mike Babcock says DeKeyser “makes the least mistakes of anybody on our back end. He’s an elite skater, he’s got an elite mind, he’s ultra competitive, he comes every day ready to play.”
In the short time since turning pro, DeKeyser has become yet another late-blooming d-man to make an impact in the NHL, joining the likes of current undrafted players Mark Giordano, Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, Chris Tanev, and Torey Krug, as well as past stars like former Wing Brian Rafalski.
Claude Julien wasn’t showing his cards this morning, but after three straight losses — including Saturday’s defeat in Vancouver that featured two “mind-boggling” mistakes, one from Dougie Hamilton and another from Dennis Seidenberg — the Bruins’ coach didn’t rule out the possibility of changing his defense tonight in Calgary.
Julien said any changes would be a game-time decision. The Bruins have seven defenseman on their active roster. That includes Matt Bartkowski, who hasn’t played since Dec. 31.
Though Julien insisted the two mistakes in the Vancouver game were entirely the responsibility of the two individuals who made them, Hamilton suggested the Bruins need to play better collectively if they’re going to have success.
“The D aren’t really working with the forwards, the forwards aren’t working with the D,” he said, per the Boston Globe. “We’re kind of two separate units, not working as a five-man unit. There’s a lot of gaps in the neutral zone. Everything. We don’t come up as a unit, don’t support each other in anything. Obviously, it makes it tougher. There’s guys on islands and it just makes the game a lot tougher.”
Karri Ramo will make his second consecutive start for the Flames tonight when they host Boston at the Saddledome.
Ramo, a surprise starter against Vancouver on Saturday, played very well in his rare appearance, stopping 28 of 30 shots for just his ninth win of the season. The decision to start Ramo came after Jonas Hiller — Calgary’s goalie of record for eight straight games from Jan. 27 to Feb. 12 — had lost two of his last three starts, including a 5-3 defeat in L.A. in which he was hooked in the third period.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is likely to start in goal.
Rangers at Isles: Cam Talbot vs. Jaroslav Halak
‘Canes at Sens: Cam Ward vs. Robin Lehner
Habs at Wings: Carey Price vs. Jimmy Howard
Oilers at Jets: Viktor Fasth vs. Michael Hutchinson
Coyotes at Avs: Mike McKenna vs. Semyon Varlamov
Wild at Canucks: Devan Dubnyk vs. Eddie Lack
Bolts at Kings: Andrei Vasilevskiy vs Jonathan Quick
Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov has been suspended four games for an “excessively low” hit on Stars forward Tyler Seguin during Friday’s game in Dallas.
In reviewing the video, the NHL deemed that Kulikov “bends severely at the waist and throws his body across Seguin’s knees, flipping Seguin dangerously to the ice and causing a significant knee injury. This is clipping.”
The Bruins are in the midst of a Western Canada road swing and the recall would leave Providence short — per the Journal, the club’s strength coach is dressing as the backup goalie for today’s matinee against Manchester — so the timing of Subban’s move is curious.
Especially in light of recent reports.
TSN’s Darren Dreger said B’s GM Peter Chiarelli had received calls on Subban, the club’s first-round pick (24th overall) at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Subban’s played well in the American League this season — posting a .921 save percentage — and, per an earlier report from Friedman, the Sabres inquired about trading for Subban, but were shot down.
Boston has four games remaining on its current road trip, which began with an ugly 5-2 loss in Vancouver on Friday. The B’s play tonight in Calgary, Wednesday in Edmonton, Friday in St. Louis and Sunday in Chicago — four games in six nights, a packed schedule which could give Subban a shot at making his NHL debut.
That said, this recall could be much ado about nothing. Boston could simply be giving Subban a look in place of the struggling Niklas Svedberg, who has been pulled in two of his last three starts.