The Calgary Flames are looking to make it two in a row with a win over the Capitals in Washington, but it won’t be easy to stop Alex Ovechkin. The Flames will look for leaders – like Johnny Gaudreau – to take the lead. Meanwhile, people in Calgary are still hoping for Jack Eichel’s arrival, and the Zdeno Chara signing isn’t looking great in New York – which Nikita Zadorov critics can relate to.
Per sources, Eichel’s camp is meeting with the Sabres for one last attempt to convince them to allow him to have his preferred disk replacement surgery. Emily Kaplan shares the latest on the Buffalo captain. (ESPN)
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Montreal: Winless through five means it’s time to tell the world the Montreal Canadiens are ignoring everything outside the room while also being able to quote every article about them in the press. Dom Ducharme plays Chief Wiggum – Nothing to see here, move along … except that Sami Niku is making his Habs debut.
Toronto: What is it about defencemen with the name Rasmus? In Calgary, Andersson seems to be the powerplay guru on the point. In Toronto, it’s Sandin. Scott Cullen dissects Sandin’s growth for Toronto Hockey Now.
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Detroit: After being shut out by the Calgary Flames, Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said they need more energy. But their best energy guy is staying home for the roadie to Montreal because he’s not vaccinated. It’s the first of nine games Tyler Bertuzzi plans to miss without pay this year.
NYI: Is Zdeno Chara the Islanders’ Nikita Zadorov right now? The feel-good story is souring at the moment because of glaring mistakes made by the big guy. Sound familiar?
Florida: In the NHL rumour mill, Sam Reinhart was a popular Calgary Flames fan target before he signed with the Florida Panthers. He’s given them crazy depth linking up with rookies Lundell and Marchment.
Boston: You know who doesn’t give a honey badger crap about the Buffalo Sabres winning streak? Former Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark and his Boston Bruins. The streak is over and the Bruins snapped Buffalo back to reality.
San Jose: No Evander Kane, no problem. The Sharks have impressive rookie Jonathan Dahlen dancing around the Toronto Maple Leafs. With three goals in four games, the 23-year-old Swede is looking right at home on the top line.
Vegas: The Golden Knights are hurting – literally and figuratively. Another injury and another loss despite scoring three goals. Apparently Peter DeBoer is bad at math.
Pittsburgh: Sidney Crosby’s injury has been lingering for seven years. SEVEN YEARS! But this time rehab wasn’t enough to get him healthy enough for the season. And now we know how the injury occurred. Spoiler alert … it was Ryan Reaves.