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Pickard looks to continue hot play
Calvin Pickard will make his sixth straight start Sunday when the Colorado Avalanche visit the Detroit Red Wings. Pickard has stopped 75 of 77 shots in his last two starts (.974) and is 1-0-1 . He’ll look for his second consecutive win against a Red Wings team which has lost five straight.
Petr Mrazek gets the start for Detroit. The 22-year-old is 3-2-0 with a 2.55 G.A.A. and .922 save percentage this season.
Stars at Oilers: Kari Lehtonen vs. Ben Scrivens
Sabres at Bruins: Jhonas Enroth vs. Tuukka Rask
Hurricanes at Rangers: Anton Khudobin vs. Henrik Lundqvist
Maple Leafs at Blackhawks: James Reimer vs. Corey Crawford
Flyers at Jets: Rob Zepp vs. Ondrej Pavelec
There’s plenty of news to sort out on Saturday, but just in case you didn’t see it, Boston Bruins winger Milan Lucic delivered quite the hit to Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele on Friday night:
Lucic received a minor penalty for interference on the play. It doesn’t sound like there will be any threat of any further discipline, yet some might at least find that check noteworthy.
The Jets ended up getting the last laugh with a 2-1 win.
Antoine Vermette will probably be traded.
Keith Yandle could be traded, too.
And Shane Doan? Might the Arizona Coyotes trade him as well?
No, probably not.
“When I made the decision a few years ago to stay with the team at 36 (years old), I said: ‘You know what? This is the bed I’m sleeping in. This is what I want,'” Doan told ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun earlier this week.
Doan, now 38, has a no-movement clause as part of his contract, which runs through next season with a cap hit of $5.3 million. When he re-signed in 2012, he said, “I was drafted by this organization and it means a great deal to me to be able to play with the same franchise my entire career.”
Things could still change, of course. Doan has never won a Stanley Cup, and if he stays with the Coyotes until he retires, that’ll be the way his career ends, barring a miraculous turnaround in the desert.
The Boston Bruins could theoretically covet a big right winger like Doan to skate on a line with Milan Lucic and David Krejci. The B’s know their Cup window is at risk of closing; Zdeno Chara will be 38 when the playoffs start. Heck, maybe they dump some salary and try and get Yandle, too. (According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, “Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli is contacting teams with space, seeing what it will cost for them to take players off his roster, so he can free up room to do what he wants.”)
That’s a long shot though. Doan has stuck with the Coyotes through thick and thin. Hard to see him leaving now, especially with reports that Andrew Barroway’s purchase could go through within the next month, despite earlier reports that the deal was dead.
Related: Could Vermette land in Washington?
Tonight at midnight is the start of the NHL’s holiday roster freeze, which goes until Dec. 27 and keeps teams from trading, loaning, or waiving players.
So if the Boston Bruins are going to add a top-six right winger to play with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, as many believe they will and should, they’ll have to do it today or wait until the freeze ends.
Chances are, they’ll wait. Which is good, because it will give us more time to speculate about who they’ll add.
Buffalo’s Chris Stewart is one name that’s been out there for a while, and Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman named a couple more yesterday on FAN 590 radio.
According to Friedman, “in the right situation, T.J. Oshie is available” out of St. Louis.
This isn’t the first time Oshie’s name has been mentioned by a prominent member of the hockey media. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, among others, has raised the possibility.
Oshie, 27, is signed through 2016-17 for a cap hit of $4.175 million, raising the question of how the B’s would fit him in under the cap.
Which brings us to Vancouver’s Zack Kassian. While Friedman admits this is “a bit more of a longer shot,” Kassian’s $1.75 million cap hit is significantly lower than Oshie’s.
And hey, the Bruins have had success getting young power forwards out of Vancouver in the past, right?
Hockey insider Bob McKenzie discusses the trade rumors that are swirling in the NHL including the players that the Bruins are reportedly looking at. McKenzie notes that Boston has had interest in Sabres’ winger Chris Stewart.