Latest on the NHL All-Star Game, the league’s lousy tracking of advanced stats, the Islanders poor attendance at Barclays Center and more in your morning coffee headlines.
Check out the video below for highlights of Tuesday’s NHL action, including Evgeni Malkin leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to victory, Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau lift the Sharks, and the Dallas Stars become the first NHL team to reach 15 wins this season.
NHL Injury Update.
CBS SPORTS: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure after being checked into an open door on the Minnesota Wild bench during last night’s game between the two clubs. No word yet as to the severity of his injury.
STLTODAY.COM: Blues center Jori Lehtera was taken to hospital for observation after taking a stick to the jaw from Brandon Saad during last night’s games against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers backup goalie Michal Neuvirth is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Notable NHL Headlines.
CANADIAN PRESS (via TORONTO SUN): A three-on-three mini-tournament will replace the traditional game format at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. “Two teams from the Eastern Conference will face off and two teams from the West will face off with the winners meeting for the championship.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another attempt by the league to jazz up an otherwise meaningless game. It’ll be interesting to see how this latest change pans out.
YAHOO SPORTS: The NHL is garnering criticism over its tracking of advanced stats. TSN’s Travis Yost called them inaccurate and misleading.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders attendance numbers at Barclays Center are next to last overall in the league.
TRIBLIVE.COM: Joe Starkey believes Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Johnston could lose his job if the club keeps struggling to score.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The normally high-scoring Penguins are 27th overall in goals this season. For a team carrying offensive superstars like Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Kris Letang, that’s a shockingly low statistic.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Cam Talbot has lost the starting goalie job on the Edmonton Oilers.
MIAMI HERALD: Former NHL goaltender John Vanbiesbrouck was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame. “Beezer” was with the Florida Panthers for five years, backstopping them to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final.