The Daily: Markstrom’s Starts, Big Trade Looms For Canucks
The Calgary Flames face the Philadelphia Flyers and start goalie Jacob Markstrom again. Trade talk is heating up in Vancouver.
The Calgary Flames are in Philadelphia tonight to take on the Flyers, and reports from the rink suggest Jacob Markstrom is starting again. Meanwhile, there are some major NHL trade talks surrounding the Pacific Division rival Vancouver Canucks that could impact the Flames one way or another.
Head coach Darryl Sutter said earlier this year that he wanted to start Dan Vladar once a week. Later he said there's a difference between what you want to do and what's realistic and said Markstrom needs to play a lot. Well, Markstrom's playing a lot. He's been puzzling this season with moments of spectacular saves and others that look like a meltdown in concentration.
We'll see what happens in Philly tonight as he's expected to start for the fifth straight game.
He battled through the adversity of a mistake behind his net that led to a goal against in Florida and was stellar in the shootout.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Washington Hockey Now: Bo Horvat is on the NHL trade menu. But what about Erik Karlsson to the Washington Capitals?
The Province: Jim Rutherford's team is in a death spiral despite being pretty talented. (I had the Calgary Flames rival pegged as a potential playoff team). That means a big name is likely out the door, according to Rutherford. But who will the Canucks put on the NHL trade market?
Vegas Hockey Now: The Vegas Golden Knights are rolling, but they also need forward depth. Here are the players to watch in the NHL trade rumours.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders are doing well enough in the standings, even as the roster is showing cracks. Josh Bailey has been a healthy scratch for several games, and his replacement has been benched in games. Stefen Rosner writes that Lou Lamoriello can’t wait until the NHL trade deadline to add a forward for the New York Islanders.
Montreal Hockey Now: In honour of the Calgary Flames game in Philly tonight, here's Torts reacting to Montreal's Cole Caufield scoring one of his silly goals to tie things with almost no time left in regulation. The Philadelphia Flyers head coach John Tortorella's smile might be mistaken for joy in a fancy play but we all know he hates skill. The Montreal Canadiens snipe was a doozy.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins locked it down against the Winnipeg Jets.
San Jose Hockey Now: Who are the San Jose Sharks?
Boston Hockey Now: They tied the record — 11 straight wins on home ice. And the Boston Bruins don’t plan on stopping.
Oh, and an NHL executive believes that Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane would make a ton of sense on the Boston Bruins.
Detroit Hockey Now: Teams in a playoff position on Thanksgiving most often make the playoffs. Does this mean the formerly hapless Detroit Red Wings pull it off? By this equation, the Calgary Flames have some work to do — they're currently on the outside looking in at a wild card.