Where Are They Now? 2011 Vancouver Canucks
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NHL.COM: The Winnipeg Jets became the fourth team to clinch a playoff berth thanks to a 5-4 shootout win over the Nashville Predators. Mark Scheifele tallied the game winner while winger Kyle Connor scored a goal and set up two others for the Jets. Connor is also tied with Vancouver’s Brock Boeser for most goals (29) by a rookie this season. Before the game, the Jets announced defenseman Toby Enstrom (lower-body injury) will miss the remainder of the regular season.
Adam Henrique’s game-tying goal set the stage for Hampus Lindholm’s overtime tally as the Anaheim Ducks nipped the Edmonton Oilers 5-4. The Ducks (91 points) move into third place in the Pacific Division. Oilers captain Connor McDavid had a three-point performance. With 99 points, McDavid holds a four-point lead over Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov in the scoring race.
Bryan Rust’s overtime goal gave the Pittsburgh Penguins a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Penguins forwards Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel each collected two points as his club (92 points) moved to within three points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Washington Capitals. The Flyers (89 points) hold the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.
An overtime goal by Brad Marchand lifted the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Wild. Bruins center Patrice Bergeron collected two assists in his return to the lineup after missing a month with a lower-body injury. Boston (104 points) sits two behind the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Eastern Conference standings.
The Dallas Stars’ fading playoff hopes suffered another blow as they fell 4-1 to the lowly Vancouver Canucks. They’ve now dropped a franchise- record eight consecutive games. With six games remaining, the Stars (84 points) sit five points behind the St. Louis Blues for the final Western Conference playoff berth.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin has to score six goals over the next seven games to reach his eighth 50-goal season.
DW.COM: (Stick tap to “Roland”). Former NHL defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has announced his retirement, bringing his 19-year professional playing career to an end. The 35-year-old helped Germany win a silver medal in men’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics and spent 12 NHL seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks.
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TRIBLIVE.COM: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby suffered a concussion during practice on Friday. There is no timetable for his return. The Penguins haven’t revealed how Crosby was hurt during that practice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Crosby, 29, had one of the best seasons of his career in 2015-16, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as he led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup. He recently led Team Canada to victory in the World Cup of Hockey as the tournament’s top scorer and MVP. His absence will leave a significant void on the Pens roster. Given his well-documented concussion history, this will also raise concerns again about his health and his future as an NHL player.
STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen avoided a serious ankle injury during a recent preseason game and could be ready for the club’s season-opening game on Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardin is out four-to-six weeks with a lower-body injury.
TSN/NBC SPORTS/LA PRESSE: Yesterday’s notable waiver wire names include Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, New York Islanders winger P-A Parenteau, Arizona Coyotes defenceman Zbynek Michalek, Detroit Red Wings forward Teemu Pulkkinen, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Gregory Campbell, Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Cory Conacher and Erik Condra, Los Angeles Kings blueliner Rob Scuderi, Montreal Canadiens goalie Mike Condon and Toronto Maple Leafs winger Colin Greening.
The Calgary Flames released forward Chris Higgins from his professional tryout contract, as did the Boston Bruins with defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec and Parenteau were the notable surprises on this list. It was assumed the Jets would demote goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who is waiver exempt. Pavelec reportedly won’t fight the demotion and will report to the Jets farm team if he passes unclaimed through waivers. The Isles brought back Parenteau this summer on a one-year deal to skate alongside former linemate John Tavares. Evidently, that reunion failed to pan out as hoped.
PHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas received a six-game suspension for “a shoulder-to-head hit on Boston rookie Austin Czarnik in the third period Saturday night.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was only a matter of time until Gudas’ recklessness caught up with him. He’ll have to adjust his style of play to avoid future suspensions and much stiffer punishments.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: The Dallas Stars signed forward Lauri Korpikoski to a one-year, $1 million contract.
THE DENVER POST: Rene and Gabriel Bourque (unrelated) signed one-year deals with the Colorado Avalanche.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Forward Devin Setoguchi appears on the verge of starting this season with the Los Angeles Kings. He joined the Kings on a PTO contract in an attempt at an NHL comeback.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a wonderful comeback tale for Setoguchi, whose NHL career was nearly derailed by alcoholism.
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STLTODAY.COM: St. Louis Blues left wing Jaden Schwartz will be sidelined at least four weeks after suffering a left-elbow injury in practice on Thursday. With the regular season starting on Oct. 12, he could only miss the first nine games of the schedule.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the second straight year Schwartz has suffered a significant injury during practice. Last fall, he missed 49 games with a fractured ankle.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Dallas Stars center Mattias Janmark underwent knee surgery on Friday and is expected to be sidelined for five-to-six months. Janmark suffered from a genetic condition called Osteochondritis dissecans, and there’s about an 80 percent chance of a full recovery.
THE BOSTON GLOBE: The Boston Bruins invited defenseman Christian Ehrhoff to training camp on a tryout basis. Ehrhoff had a solid performance in the World Cup of Hockey skating with Team Europe. One of his teammates was Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, who may have had a hand in Ehrhoff getting a tryout offer.
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Center Jarret Stoll is trying to land a job with the Columbus Blue Jackets whilst mourning the recent death of his 17-year-old nephew Jordan Stoll, who was killed in a car accident last weekend.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Stoll and his family.
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL: Former Ottawa Senators chief amateur scout Bob Lowes was hired by the NHL’s Las Vegas franchise as their assistant director of player personnel.
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