Evander Kane faces a sexual offense investigation, Carey Price name Canadian male athlete of the year, updated injury report and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
Check out NHL.com for highlights of last night’s action, including the latest in the Battle of Alberta, the Florida Panthers winning their sixth in a row and Eddie Lack backstopping the Carolina Hurricanes to victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.
Notable NHL Headlines
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sources report Buffalo Sabres winger Evander Kane is the subject of a sex offense investigation by Buffalo police regarding an incident that allegedly occurred in a Buffalo hotel on Sunday. “Kane has not been charged with any crime, and law enforcement officials would confirm only that there is an ongoing investigation by officers from the department’s Sex Offense Squad.” The Sabres released a statement saying they’re taking the allegation against Kane “very seriously”, but will make no further comment until more information becomes available.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As with the Patrick Kane sexual assault investigation earlier this year, we must avoid leaping to conclusions regarding Evander Kane and his accuser. Some pundits and bloggers did themselves no favors last summer by passing judgement on Patrick Kane before his investigation was completed and all the facts were revealed. Here’s hoping we see few instances of folks leaping to conclusions in this case.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price won the Lionel Conacher Award as The Canadian Press male athlete of the year.
ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: As the Anaheim Ducks continue to struggle, captain Ryan Getzlaf acknowledged this is the first time in his NHL career he’s felt he’s let his teammates down at the start of the season. “I haven’t been able to do the things that I’m used to doing and they’re using to seeing from me. And that affects our hockey team. There’s no doubt about it.” Getzlaf said he’s focused on improving his play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Getzlaf’s performance has improved of late, but with only two goals in 30 games (along with 20 assists), his production is well down from where it was over the past three seasons.
MIAMI HERALD: For the first time since 2012, the Florida Panthers are in first place in their division. Since the American Thanksgiving weekend, the Panthers have won 12 of their last 15 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Keep an eye on the Panthers, they’re my dark horse to clinch a playoff berth in the Eastern Conference this season.
SI.COM: Among Allan Muir’s 16 NHL predictions for 2016: the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen kiss and make up, the Tampa Bay Lightning trade Steven Stamkos, the Edmonton Oilers win the draft lottery (again!) and the Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup.
ESPN.COM: The American Hockey League (the NHL’s long-time farm league) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this season.
CBS SPORTS: Shannon Szabados made history over the weekend, becoming the first woman to record a shutout in men’s pro hockey with a 3-0 victory for the SPHL’s Columbus (Georgia) Cottonmouths.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While not an NHL headline, it is a notable hockey one and definitely worth acknowledging. Well done, Shannon!
NHL Injury Report.
BOSTON HERALD: Bruins center David Krejci left yesterday’s game against the Ottawa Senators with an upper-body injury. On Saturday, the Bruins also lost defenseman Torey Krug to a lower-body injury.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Mark Scheifele (concussion) will be sidelined least the next seven days.
NBC SPORTS: The Pittsburgh Penguins held defenseman Kris Letang (undisclosed) out of the lineup in yesterday’s game against the Jets.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Kings center Jeff Carter (upper body) is listed as day-to-day.
TSN.CA: The New York Islanders placed goaltender Jaroslav Halak (upper body) on injured reserve.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (upper body) was sidelined from yesterday’s game against the Anaheim Ducks. He’s listed as day-to-day.