Lucic calls tonight’s Habs game ‘our biggest test of the year’ (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:10:03 PST)
“They’re 7-0-1 in their last eight games, and now they’re a point behind us."
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Crosby plays No. 500; Benn on Olympic snub (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:45:00 PST)
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "A fan of the Calgary Flames celebrates after a goal against the Phoenix Coyotes during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 4, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada"
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Preview: San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Rangers at Buffalo Sabres, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Dallas Stars at Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Winnipeg Jets at Florida Panthers, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Boston Bruins at Montreal Canadiens, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Ottawa Senators at Tampa Bay Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Preview: Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: New York Islanders at St. Louis Blues, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Colorado Avalanche at Edmonton Oilers, 9:30 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Sid Plays 500, Malkin Doesn't Play. Evgeni Malkin has a lower body injury, so he'll miss Sidney Crosby's 500th NHL game.
2. Bylsma Puts Over Sharks. Said the Pens coach on San Jose: “With all due respect to Chicago, I think they’re maybe the best team in the league right now in a lot of different areas. Their special teams are in the middle of the pack number-wise, but they have 21 even-strength goals from the Thornton line, 20 from Marleau’s line with Couture and Wingels. The way they come at you and the way they play, they’re certainly, I think, the best team in the league right now. Looking forward to the matchup tonight.”
3. Krug Ready. Claude Julien expects banged up rookie Torey Krug to be in the lineup against the Habs, in the Bruins' first meeting with their rivals this season.
4. Bolts Seek Spark. Outside of an empty netter, the Lightning are scoreless in 135 minutes of hockey. Hurry back, Steven.
5. Benn Possessed. Why yes, Jamie Benn did take his Olympic snub personally.
Bold Prediction : Alex Steen hat trick vs. Islanders.
Lucic: Montreal is Bruins 'biggest test of year' (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 13:04:39 PST)
MONTREAL – If it always seems like the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens are vying with each other for first place in their division, it’s not your imagination. The Thursday night opening meeting of the season between the B’s and Habs at the Bell Centre will also be the fifth consecutive regular season game between the two rivals with first place on the line. That covers all four meetings last season when the two Original Six club members were within a point of each other, and Thursday night’s game with the Bruins heading into Montreal leading the newly constructed Atlantic Division by a solitary point. It’s something that Bruins power forward Milan Lucic most definitely picked up on, but then again he’s a guy that always studies the numbers and the trends within the game.
Krug 'looked good', on track to play vs. Canadiens (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:55:40 PST)
MONTREAL – The Bruins looked loose and relaxed going through Thursday morning skate at the Bell Centre as the Canadiens got a few extra Z’s after returning from a shootout win over the Devils in New Jersey on Wednesday night. Torey Krug was skating in his regular spot among the B’s defensemen, and it appears that he’ll be in the lineup against the Bleu, Blanc and Rouge after missing a couple of practice days at the beginning of this week with an undisclosed booboo. ...
Fantasy Hockey: Why Chris Kunitz is a stud, Drew Doughty is a dud (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:46:04 PST)
Dobber checks in every Thursday to force-feed you the latest fantasy hockey trends. The founder of DobberHockey.com and a columnist for The Hockey News website , he long ago immersed himself into this rollercoaster world and is unable to escape.
Rookie Tomas Hertl had "the four-goal game" and the rooster-petting hype that followed. Dustin Penner has that "man he's killing my fantasy team I'm never drafting him ag- wait, what?" thing. But what does Ryan Johansen have? He's hype-less. A man without buzz. But he's quietly crept up the scoring list and now sits third in scoring among all players making two million or less this season. Poolies in salary-cap leagues are understandably thrilled. And his agent is rubbing his hands with glee.
Here is the expanded list, courtesy of Frozen Pool .
These fellas are wielding a hot stick. Take that into consideration when you go after them in trade talks...
Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh Penguins (8-5-6-11, minus-1, 6 PIM, 21 SOG, and 6 PPPts) - The Penguins have a permanent spot etched into this section. If it's not Crosby, it's Malkin. If it's not one of them, it's one of their linemates. I could just as easily stuck James Neal here, too. Neal has 14 points in his last eight games.
Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings (7-2-7-9, plus-4, 4 PIM, 19 SOG) - Held off the scoresheet Wednesday, Kronwall has nonetheless been on fire. He has been credited with just two shots on goal over his last three games, which is a sure sign that the hot streak will be giving way to the cold soon.
Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes (8-3-8-11, plus-7, 0 PIM, 29 SOG) - Vrbata is having a career season in this, a contract year. But he's been flourishing in Phoenix since being briefly deluded into thinking he could be productive elsewhere when he had that cup of coffee with the Lightning.
Ryan Kesler, Vancouver Canucks (3-4-1-5, plus-2, 2 PIM, 11 SOG and 3 PPPts) - One point in six games to start the year after missing most of last season sounds pretty fair to me. So I don't count those games and consider him the guy who has 21 points in 24 games. That's a pace that puts him in line with his pre-injury numbers from 2009 to 2011.
Somebody wake these guys up – their fantasy owners are counting on them...
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings (7-1-1-2, minus-2, 8 PIM, 13 SOG) - If he had a points-per-game average of 0.47 in 2011-12 and 0.46 the following year, is his current 0.48 for this season off base? If only he played for Anaheim, then I could say "if it walks like a Duck…" and it would be funny.
Pascal Dupuis, Pittsburgh Penguins (14-1-1-2, minus-1, 4 PIM, 26 SOG) - How you can play virtually every even-strength shift with Sidney Crosby for 14 games and come away with two points is beyond me. Who does he think he is, Colby Armstrong? Dupuis is a 'buy low' candidate. His shot percentage, as you can see, is brutal. It will turn around.
Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers (6-0-0-0, minus-2, 2 PIM, 18 SOG) - Also suffering from Armstrongitis is Voracek, who has been on the Claude Giroux line lately yet his already brutal season is just getting worse. It's hard to imagine Voracek's floor being any lower than a 45-point season at this point in his career, but stranger things have happened.
Mike Smith, Phoenix Coyotes (1-3-1, 3.62 GAA, 0.886 SV%) - This is Smith's second cold run of the season, neatly sandwiching a hot streak from late October. In daily leagues, this streakiness can be a good thing if manipulated properly. It's a little trickier in weekly leagues - I myself was burned a couple of times, benching him and activating him during wrong weeks.
Mostly short-term grabs here, but as always some potential steals...
Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers (9-5-5-10, plus-10, 2 PIM, 24 SOG) – Since the Flyers acquired and put Steve Downie on Couturier's line and then moved Matt Read there as well, these guys have been flying (excuse the pun). All three should be owned if they're not already.
Andrej Sekera, Carolina Hurricanes (5-4-2-6, plus-6, 2 PIM, 12 SOG, 2 PPPts) – Here is your new Hurricanes PP quarterback. He showed signs of this in Buffalo, but between injuries and the fact that the Sabres had several other options they were turning to, he never got a chance. Just 11% owned, but other than injuries there is very little risk here.
Jaden Schwartz, St. Louis Blues (7-3-5-8, plus-7, 4 PIM, 15 SOG) – The 21-year-old is not really used on the power play, not yet anyway. But his line (with the Vladimirs - Sobotka and Tarasenko) is hot right now.
Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets (5-4-3-7, plus-3, 2 PIM, 16 SOG, and 4 PPPts) – With 19 points in his last 23 games, Johansen has come a long way since being a healthy scratch for the AHL farm team just six months ago.
Brian Gionta, Montreal Canadiens (4-1-4-5, plus-4, 2 PIM, 8 SOG) – Remember when he scored 48 goals and tallied 89 points? What a crazy aberration, eh? Gionta has settled into a 45- to 55-point range and this latest hot streak is just a market correction. But ride it while you can.
Nick Bonino (7-2-5-7, minus-2, 2 PIM, 10 SOG, and 4 PPPts) – Bonino isn't shooting the puck right now, but he's been an assist (and power-play point) machine. The 25-year-old has always been more of a setup man, so if you're lacking in these categories he'll help, and probably chip in well enough throughout the year. Just 12% owned.
Devin Setoguchi, Winnipeg Jets (4-3-1-4, plus-5, 2 PIM, 6 SOG) – The streaky Setoguchi has 10 points in his last 14 games, after just five in his first 14. Overall, his numbers are about where they've been for the last four years so expect this hot streak to die down in a week or so.
Here's where I'll fire off a few names of players who may be at the very beginning of a nice little run. Just a gut feeling, but worth looking into and/or taking a chance on:
Tomas Tatar, Detroit; Scott Hartnell, Philadelphia; Lars Eller, Montreal; T.J. Brodie, Calgary; Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay.
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B's - Habs preview: Bring on the hate and first place (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 08:29:05 PST)
The Bruins will travel to Montreal for a Thursday night tilt at the Bell Centre with the Habs just a point behind them after taking a shootout win over the Devils in Newark Wednesday night. Newcomers like Reilly Smith will be experiencing the Bell Centre for the first time, while veteran B’s players like Shawn Thornton are looking forward to their blood starting to boil. Boston has enjoyed a stretch of four straight days without a game after playing eight games in 13 days, and really seemed to find their rhythm in wins over the Rangers and Blue Jackets at the end of last week. Despite the layoff, the Black and Gold will be looking to carry that game over into the proceedings at the always hostile, unfriendly Bell Centre.
Memo to Hockey Canada: P.K. Subban should be on your Olympic team (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:57:58 PST)
If P.K. Subban doesn't get selected for the Canadian Olympic team, he should start his own team.
Fill the roster with misfits. A kid with asthma. A girl. Devon Sawa. Get Rick Moranis to coach.
Okay, this is the plot of Little Giants , so it's probably not going to happen. But as for the part where P.K. Subban doesn't get selected to represent Canada in Sochi, incredibly, that's an actual possibility. As TSN's Bob McKenzie suggested on Tuesday, Team Canada is not yet sold on Subban to wear the red leaf.
"I would put P.K. on the team but I don't know if the powers that be would," he said.
This is, in a word, utterly trelopial . That's not actually a word, I know, but if Team Canada leaves P.K. Subban at home, I don't have to make any sense either.
Impossible as it may seem, let us try, for a moment, to understand this potential decision.
Shootout woes costing Devils key points (NBC Sports)
(Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:55:49 PST)
They're 0-for-5 now.
Bruins-Canadiens Preview (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 22:52:16 PST)
The rival Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens head into their first matchup of the season as two of the hottest teams in the NHL and fighting for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Bruins will try to earn their 11th win in 14 games and maintain a slim lead over Montreal on Thursday night. The Canadiens, meanwhile, will seek to take over first place by extending their point streak to nine games and winning their fifth in a row at home. Boston's division lead is due in large part to a 10-2-1 record in its last 13 games, but the Bruins (18-7-2) had that lead cut to just one point with Montreal's 4-3 shootout win in New Jersey on Wednesday.
NHL Three Stars: Couturier has career night; Desharnais helps sink Devils (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:54:44 PST)
No. 1 Star: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
After having been quiet early in the season, Couturier has exploded offensively with six points in his last four games, including two goals and two assists during Philadelphia's 6-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The career night for Couturier helped the Flyers to only their second win in Detroit since 1989.
No. 2 Star: David Desharnais, Montreal Canadiens
Desharnais bailed out the Habs in regulation and the shootout as they edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3. In a wild finish to regulation, Desharnais scored the tying goal 29 seconds after Patrik Elias gave the Devils a 3-2 lead. In the shootout, Desharnais got the better of Elias again scoring the game-deciding goal before the Devils forward was denied by Peter Budaj.
No. 3 Star: Karri Ramo, Calgary Flames
Behind Ramo's 29 saves and goals from four different skaters, the Flames iced the Phoenix Coyotes 4-1. Mark Giordano scored in his first game back in the lineup and T.J. Brodie, Jiri Hudler and Matt Stajan joined him with two points on the night. Hudler earned assist of the night honors on Mikael Backlund's goal:
Honorable mention: Matt Read and Scott Hartnell each had a goal and two assists ... Steve Mason made 32 saves ... The Flyers cashed in on all three power play opportunities ... Tomas Tatar scored twice for Detroit in the loss ... Joakim Anderson was 16-for-17 in the face-off circle for the Red Wings ... Brian Gionta joined Desharnais in the "goal and an assist" club for the Canadiens ... Budaj made 31 saves to improve to 5-1-1 ... Devils rookie Reid Boucher recorded an assist and scored a goal in the shootout in his NHL debut. His shootout tally snapped an 0-for-14 streak for New Jersey ... Quite the scrap between Brandon Prust and Cam Janssen:
Did You Know? Calgary has now won consecutive games for the first time since Oct. 9 and 11. (AP)
Dishonorable mention: The Devils are now 0-5 in the shootout this season ... Detroit went 1-for-7 on the power play.
NHL Wrap: Canadiens rally to top Devils in SO (Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:48:12 PST)
NEWARK, N.J. -- David Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday.
NHL-Highlights of Wednesday's NHL games
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:33:44 PST)
Dec 4 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Hockey League games. - - - Canadiens 4, Devils 3 (shootout) David Desharnais scored the deciding goal in the second round of the shootout to carry the Montreal Canadiens to victory against the New Jersey Devils. The shootout came after a wild third period that saw five goals, including two in the dying minutes. Patrik Elias scored with 1:06 remaining to seemingly put the Devils into a winning 3-2 lead, but Desharnais forced overtime when he netted with 35.6 seconds remaining in regulation. ...
Canadiens top Devils 4-3 in shootout (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:23:21 PST)
The New Jersey Devils struggled to slow down David Desharnais on Wednesday. Desharnais scored the tying goal with 37 seconds left in the third period and added a goal in the shootout and the Montreal Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Devils. ''We're finding ways to win games,'' Desharnais said. (Devils goalie Cory Schneider) opened up his leg and I put it right there.'' Desharnais' tying goal in the third was reviewed by the NHL to see if he had lifted his stick too high in redirecting the slap shot taken by teammate Brian Gionta.
Desharnais comes up big in Habs' win over Devils (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:11:21 PST)
NEWARK, N.J. -- With the Montreal Canadiens on the ropes and less than a minute from their first regulation loss in eight games, one of the NHL's smallest players came up big. Center David Desharnais -- all 5-foot-7 of him -- redirected a shot with 35.6 seconds remaining to tie the score, then delivered the deciding goal in a shootout as the Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center. Desharnais, who only stands taller than the 5-foot-5 Nathan Gerbe of the Carolina Hurricanes among NHL players, had his tying goal reviewed to see if he touched it with a high stick. Not that it was ever in doubt to Desharnais.
Habs edge Devils in shootout after trading last-minute goals (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:16:05 PST)
Montreal gets seventh win in eight games.
Canadiens 4, Devils 3 (SO) (The SportsXchange)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:02:22 PST)
NEWARK, N.J. -- Center David Desharnais scored the deciding goal of the shootout in the second round to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night at the Prudential Center.
Video: Brandon Prust drops huge uppercut on Cam Janssen (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:24:26 PST)
B's Smith ready to step into rivalry in Montreal (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:05:56 PST)
WILMINGTON, Mass. – It seems that there will only be one Bruins player that’s never skated on the Bell Centre ice before the B’s and Montreal Canadiens renew Atlantic Division acquaintances on Thursday night. Bruins third-line right wing Reilly Smith was a rookie with the Dallas Stars last season, but the Western Conference teams never played the East in the lockout-shortended season. “This is my first time playing there,” said Smith.
Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Habs visit Devils; Flyers’ bad history at Joe Louis Arena (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:58:06 PST)
Here is the Puck Daddy Viewing Guide: Spotlighting five things to watch for during tonight's slate of games. Make sure to stop back here for the nightly Three Stars when the games are finished.
Create-a-Caption : "Youppi, the mascot of the Montreal Canadiens pokes the zamboni driver with hockey stick during the NHL game"
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Preview: Montreal Canadiens at New Jersey Devils, 7 p.m. ET
Preview: Philadelphia Flyers at Detroit Red Wings, 8 p.m. ET
Preview: Phoenix Coyotes at Calgary Flames, 10 p.m. ET
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Five things to know about tonight's NHL games ...
1. Stingy Habs. As the Canadiens go for the home-and-home sweep of the Devils, they'll do so with one of the league's best defenses. According to the AP, opponents have failed to score more than two goals against Montreal in 10 of their last 11 games.
2. Jakub No-Score-a-cek. Flyers forward Jakub Voracek is in a scoring rut, not having beat a goaltender since a two-goal performance against the Senators on Nov. 12, a span of 10 games.
3. Joe Louis Arena a house of horrors for Flyers. According to CSN Philadelphia , since Nov., 1989, the Flyers are 1-16-0-2 when visiting Detroit. Let's not forget Games 1 and 2 of the 1997 Stanley Cup Final.
4. Monahan's here to stay. First, he got the news that he wouldn't be going back to junior. Now, Sean Monahan knows he'll be spending his Christmas and New Year's with the Flames after the organization told Hockey Canada they will not release him to participate in the World Junior Championships later this month.
5. Giordano boost?. Captain Mark Giordano is a game-time decision for the Flames after missing the last 18 games with a broken ankle.
Bold Prediction : Voracek scores the game winner as the Flyers edge Detroit 2-1.
McQuaid (groin) won't make trip to Montreal (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:41:14 PST)
WILMINGTON -- The Bruins will be down at least one defenseman headed into Thursday night’s game at the Bell Centre against the Montreal Canadiens. Adam McQuaid will be out of the lineup with a lingering groin injury. It will prevent him from taking the road trip to Montreal with the rest of his teammates. There was no other update on McQuaid, who was not on the ice for practice or in the dressing room following the on-ice session.
Krug back on the ice for Bruins practice (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:08:51 PST)
WILMINGTON -- Claude Julien predicted that Torey Krug would be back on the ice on Wednesday morning for practice, and the Bruins coach’s premonition has come true. The 22-year-old was back on the Ristuccia Arena practice ice on Wednesday morning skate in his usual spot after dealing with a “minor body” issue. He didn’t look any worse for the wear after missing a couple of practice days. ...
On the 'D'-fence: Where to find power-play points (NHL)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:00:00 PST)
Every Wednesday during the season, NHL.com Correspondent Brian Metzer will provide you with an in-depth analysis of fantasy defensemen in our weekly segment: "On the 'D'-fence." From updated defensemen rankings to guys you should keep a close eye on and much more, Metzer will be your fantasy d-man insider all season long.
PHT Morning Skate: Alain Vigneault’s calming influence in New York (NBC Sports)
(Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:10:59 PST)
That and all the links ahead to start the day.
Julien on Canadiens: 'I don't like them' (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:39:17 PST)
WILMINGTON – Claude Julien wouldn’t deny that he worshiped the great Montreal Canadiens teams of yesteryear as a youngster growing up in Ottawa during the heyday of Yvan Cournoyer, Jacques Lemaire, Guy Lafleur and the Mahovlich brothers in the early 1970’s dynastic years of the Habs. Since there was no Senators team in Ottawa, the Bleu, Blanc and Rouge were the team of choice for everyone in Quebec, and the eastern section of Ontario. “I grew up in Ottawa, and they didn’t have an [NHL] team back then,” said Julien. Those days ended when Julien was a member of the Quebec Nordiques as a player, but then got rekindled when the bench boss was himself named the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens 10 years ago.
Former enforcer Gino Odjick admitted to psychiatric ward this past weekend (NBC Sports)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:49:50 PST)
He believes his problems are concussion-related.
Thornton on Canadiens' rivalry: 'I love it' (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:09:20 PST)
The Bruins have taken a long break in-between games, but they'll make up for it with a big game in Montreal Thursday night. Bruins winger and tough guy Shawn Thornton joined Gary Tanguay and Mike Felger on Sports Tonight to discuss the upcoming matchup. The Habs have added some size and toughness in George Parros and Brandon Presley, and look to match the B's in that category better than they have in the past. I love the Montreal Canadiens - Bruins rivalry," Thornton said.
One Timers: Bruins making returns (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:41:24 PST)
Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty is back for his "One Timers", where he touches upon a handful of Bruins-related topics now and coming up in the near future. Finally two months into the NHL season we get to see if the Bruins are in fact road warriors," Haggerty said. They're actually the last team in the Atlantic Division to go out West. They've also played five less game against the Western Conference than anybody else in their division.
Iginla ready for taste of Bruins - Canadiens rivalry (Comcast SportsNet New England)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16:15:44 PST)
WILMINGTON – Jarome Iginla has already enjoyed a slight taste of the Bruins/Canadiens rivalry after playing in the team’s first preseason game at the Bell Centre. But that should pale in comparison to the real thing when Iginla and his Black and Gold teammates travel to the Bell Centre for the first regular season showdown on Thursday night. The Habs sit only three points behind the Bruins in second place in the Atlantic Division, and have taken points in nine of their last 10 games while riding the mother of all hot streaks from Max Pacioretty. The 36-year-old Bruins forward starred in more than his share of the “Battle of Alberta” rivalry games between the Flames and Edmonton Oilers during his time in Calgary, so he has a bit of an idea about what to expect.
Washington Capitals Will Be Fine Without Brooks Laich and Michal Neuvirth (Yahoo Contributor Network)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 13:17:00 PST)
COMMENTARY | Every team gets the dreaded injury bug at some point in the NHL regular season and the Washington Capitals are going through it a bit right now. But no worries Caps fans because the team is well prepared to ride it out. Versatile forward Brooks Laich is expected to miss his third straight game with a nagging groin injury as the Caps get set to face off at home against the Metropolitan Division rival Carolina Hurricanes. Backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth is also out of the lineup with an injured right leg after he stepped on a puck during warmups before a recent game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens-Devils Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 03 Dec 2013 10:26:11 PST)
The red-hot Montreal Canadiens made the New Jersey Devils their latest victims. Montreal (16-9-3) is 6-0-1 in its past seven games after a 3-2 victory Monday. Alex Galchenyuk, Rene Bourque and Max Pacioretty scored for the Canadiens, while defenseman P.K. Subban recorded his team-leading 20th assist, had five blocked shots and made two dramatic goal-line saves. The Canadiens were outshot 22-9 through two periods and 30-17 overall, but continued to roll since a 5-7-2 stretch.