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Game recaps plus latest on Steven Stamkos, Carey Price and more in your NHL morning coffee headlines.
NHL.COM: Connor McDavid collected three assists and Cam Talbot picked up his 100th career victory as the Edmonton Oilers downed the New Jersey Devils 6-3, snapping the latter’s three-game winning streak. The Devils were playing without forward Marcus Johanssen, who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion.
Pekka Rinne made 35 saves and Roman Josi had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Earlier in the day, the Ducks placed goaltender Reto Berra on waivers.
TSN: Tampa Bay Lightning forwards Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn and New York Rangers forward Kevin Hayes were each fined $5,000.00 for unsportsmanlike conduct during their game on Thursday. Hayes sprayed Killorn with water from the Rangers’ bench before a faceoff, prompting Killorn to jab Hayes with his stick. Stamkos sprayed water in the direction of the Rangers bench after Killorn received a slashing minor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Childish behavior in the NHL can be costly, though considering how much these players make, those fines are more of a minor irritant. Kinda like if the average fan got a $50.00 fine.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is suffering from a “minor lower-body injury” and won’t play in tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets. Price has a history of knee problems, which could explain his poor start to this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price hasn’t looked good since backstopping the Habs to their season-opening win over the Buffalo Sabres a month ago. That’s prompted speculation over why he’s struggling this season. A nagging injury would explain why his side-to-side movement has slowed.
THE NEWS & OBSERVER: After 11 seasons as the Carolina Hurricanes’ starting goaltender, Cam Ward is adjusting well to being Scott Darling’s backup.
NBC SPORTS: Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser was diagnosed with “an incurable form of cancer call essential thrombocythemia, a rare chronic blood disorder.” Fraser is treating his condition with blood thinners to prevent a blood clot causing a heart attack or stroke.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My best wishes to Fraser. Here’s hoping he can successfully deal with this condition.
SPORTSNET’S Elliotte Friedman reports the Winnipeg Jets have traded left wing Andrew Ladd, defenseman Jay Harrison and forward Matt Fraser to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for right wing Marko Dano, a first-round draft pick plus a conditional pick, reportedly a third-round pick in 2018 if the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year. (more…)
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