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Roman Josi's goal and two assists propel Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Jets.

Roman Josi’s goal and two assists propel Predators to a 3-2 victory against the Jets.

The Canadian Press Mon, November 27, 2023, at 1:03 a.m. EST · 2 min read

In the NHL matchup between the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night, Roman Josi’s stellar performance, contributing a goal and two assists, fueled Nashville to a 3-2 victory. This win marked the Predators’ fifth consecutive triumph, while simultaneously halting the Jets’ five-game winning streak.

Yakov Trenin and Gustav Nyquist also showcased their scoring prowess, with Juuse Saros guarding the net and making an impressive 33 saves.

“We’re capable of winning these tough games,” Saros expressed. “It’s a good sign for the whole team.”

Winnipeg’s Josh Morrissey and Cole Perfetti managed to find the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Predators’ lead. Laurent Brossoit, the Jets’ goaltender, made 24 saves in the effort.

Trenin initiated the scoring with a goal in the final seconds of the opening period. Josi’s shot rebounded off Brossoit, landing perfectly for Trenin to capitalize.

Josi’s tough-angle wrist shot in the second period extended Nashville’s lead, followed by Nyquist’s power-play goal, sealing the score at 3-0.

“I kind of got lucky on that goal,” Josi humbly acknowledged. “I think I had better chances before, but it goes in. I want to produce, but if we’re winning and I don’t produce, I’m totally fine with that.”

Nyquist’s goal also marked his eighth consecutive game with points, showcasing consistent offensive prowess.

Morrissey and Perfetti managed to break through Saros’ defense in the third period, ending the shutout bid in a span of 42 seconds.

“Saros is a good goalie, he made some big saves,” Perfetti acknowledged. “He’s a top goalie, so you’ve got to tip your cap sometimes. We created lots, and that’s all you can ask for. The puck isn’t going to go in every single time.”

The game’s intensity sets the stage for the upcoming matchups, with the Jets hosting Dallas on Tuesday night and the Predators welcoming Pittsburgh on the same evening.



Avalanche Triumph Over Islanders, Establish New NHL Record for Consecutive Road Victories

Avalanche Triumph Over Islanders, Establish New NHL Record for Consecutive Road Victories

ELMONT, N.Y. — Mikko Rantanen’s outstanding performance led the Colorado Avalanche to a historic 7-4 victory against the New York Islanders at UBS Arena on Tuesday. Rantanen’s goal and three assists showcased his exceptional skill.

This win extends Colorado’s incredible regular-season road winning streak to 15 games, a record in NHL history. Surpassing the Buffalo Sabres’ streak from April 3-November 13, 2006, the Avalanche have set a new standard.

Cale Makar contributed a goal and two assists, while Ryan Johansen netted two goals for the Avalanche (6-0-0). This achievement equals their longest season-opening winning streak since relocating from Quebec in the 1995-96 season, matching their performance in 2013-14. Alexandar Georgiev made 27 crucial saves.

Cal Clutterbuck, with a goal and an assist, along with Noah Dobson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who each had two assists, tried to counter for the Islanders (2-2-1). However, their efforts fell short as they suffered their third consecutive loss. Ilya Sorokin displayed remarkable skill with 35 saves.

Anders Lee managed to tie the game 4-4 at 4:40 in the third period, showcasing his determination.

Rantanen swiftly reclaimed the lead for the Avalanche at 5-4, scoring at 7:47 with a precise shot from the right circle, courtesy of Tomas Tatar’s well-executed cross-ice backhand pass during a rush.

Johansen secured the win with an empty-net goal, making it 6-4 at 19:00. The final goal was credited to Ross Colton after Brock Nelson accidentally redirected the puck into his own net, solidifying the 7-4 victory at 19:29.

Johansen initially gave Colorado a 1-0 lead at 5:19 of the first period, delivering a powerful one-timer from the left circle, expertly set up by Rantanen during a power play.

Clutterbuck swiftly responded, tying the game at 1-1 at 10:03 by deflecting Dobson’s slap shot from the point.

Makar’s remarkable effort put Colorado back in the lead at 2-1 at 12:52. He skillfully maneuvered around Islanders defenseman Ryan Pulock and executed a superb shot over Sorokin with his backhand.

Kyle Palmieri leveled the score at 2-2 at 2:56 in the second period, skillfully maneuvering along the goal line for a power-play goal.

Simon Holmstrom gave New York a 3-2 lead at 5:55, showcasing his precision by beating Georgiev glove-side from the right circle.

Bowen Byram tied it up at 3-3 from the high slot at 19:18, exhibiting his keen sense of opportunity. Nathan MacKinnon then pushed Colorado ahead 4-3 just 13 seconds later, capitalizing on Clutterbuck’s inability to control the puck along the left boards.




Cozens' OT goal secures Buffalo Sabres' 3-2 victory against Tampa Bay Lightning

Cozens’ OT goal secures Buffalo Sabres’ 3-2 victory against Tampa Bay Lightning

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — In a thrilling matchup, Dylan Cozens’ overtime heroics secured Buffalo’s first win of the season as they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Tuesday night, after a tense battle that saw the Sabres relinquish a one-goal lead in the final period.

Cozens, the standout player, found the net just 1 minute and 46 seconds into overtime, redeeming Buffalo after they lost their 2-0 first-period advantage. Brandon Hagel, with two critical goals, tied the game with a mere seven seconds remaining.

Reflecting on the nail-biting match, Cozens stated, “That would be frustrating to lose that game. But those are the type of games we need to win. Low scoring, gritty games and games where we just find a way.”

Contributions also came from Zemgus Girgensons and Jeff Skinner, who added to Buffalo’s scoreline. Rookie goaltender Devon Levi showed his mettle, stopping 21 shots and bouncing back after two initial losses at the start of the season.

Sabres coach Don Granato commended his team’s unwavering confidence, emphasizing, “I love where they were at and just felt confident that they were going to get the job done. And I think that was probably our message, just move on, we’ll win the game.”

The momentum swung in Buffalo’s favor during overtime, with Cozens receiving a pass in the high slot and making a decisive shot from the right circle that ricocheted off the far post and into the net.

Hagel’s crucial game-tying goal salvaged a point for the Lightning, preventing a sweep on their three-game road trip following losses at Detroit and Ottawa. Goalie Jonas Johansson made 28 saves in the process.

Reflecting on his game-saving play, Hagel revealed, “Everything was kind of feeling in slow motion. I’m just trying to get a stick on it, trying to get it at the net and maybe something happens, and something did happen.”

The Sabres started strong with Girgensons and Skinner scoring within 6 and a half minutes of each other in the first period.

Although Buffalo seemed in control through the second period, missed opportunities, including a failed 2-on-1 break, allowed Hagel to seize the moment and score with just 2 minutes and 2 seconds left.

Lightning coach Jon Cooper acknowledged the importance of the early season matchup, stating, “I don’t want to say Game 4s (of the season) are big games, but this is a big one for us.”

Injuries included Lightning’s captain Steven Stamkos, day-to-day after sustaining an injury in a game against Detroit, and C Tyler Motte, who missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.

On the Sabres’ side, D Mattias Samuelsson left the game due to an upper-body injury after one shift in the third period. Granato listed him as day to day. LW Victor Olofsson was a healthy scratch to make way for Tyson Jost’s season debut.

Up next, the Lightning will play their next five games at home, starting with a matchup against the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night. The Sabres will continue their four-game homestand by hosting the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.






Making the Argument: Postseason Prospects for Penguins and Red Wings

Making the Argument: Postseason Prospects for Penguins and Red Wings

Fourteen years ago, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings clashed in the Stanley Cup Final for the second consecutive season. Following the Red Wings’ victory in the 2008 Final, the Penguins secured the Cup the following year.

Since then, much has changed. The Penguins enjoyed an impressive streak of 16 consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff appearances, clinching the Cup in 2016 and 2017, before falling short last season. Meanwhile, the Red Wings haven’t seen postseason action since 2015-16 after an impressive run of 25 straight appearances.

As both teams gear up for this season, they’ll face off at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; MAX, TNT, TVAS). The burning question remains: which team is better positioned to make the playoffs this season?

This is the inquiry presented to NHL.com writers Tracey Myers and Amalie Benjamin in this edition of State Your Case.

Myers: I’m putting my faith in the Red Wings. Yes, it’s true they haven’t seen the playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, but every dry spell eventually comes to an end, doesn’t it? Following several seasons of rebuilding, Detroit now possesses the roster that can break the playoff drought. I’m particularly excited about the additions of forwards Alex DeBrincat, whose scoring prowess shone with the Chicago Blackhawks from 2017 to 2022, and J.T. Compher, a Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche in 2022. Dylan Larkin aims to build on last season’s success, where he notched an NHL career-high of 79 points (32 goals, 47 assists) in 80 games as the Red Wings’ captain. Goalie Ville Husso, who boasted a record of 26-22-7 with a 3.11 goals-against average, .863 save percentage, and four shutouts last season, is bound to find his rhythm soon. The hockey world is enriched with the presence of the Red Wings in the playoffs, and they’ll make it happen this season.

Benjamin: There’s no denying the Red Wings’ progress and the positive direction they’re headed in Detroit. However, my bet is on the Penguins for several reasons. Let’s start with their division. The Atlantic, where the Red Wings compete, is an absolute powerhouse this season. The Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators are vying for a place in the conversation, and don’t forget the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Florida Panthers, along with perennial contenders like the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and Tampa Bay Lightning. On the other hand, the Metropolitan Division, while still challenging, offers a bit more breathing room for the Penguins. They bolstered their offense in the off-season with the acquisitions of defenseman Erik Karlsson and forward Reilly Smith. The latter has already made an impact with three points (two goals, one assist) in three games. When you add these new assets to their seasoned core, something special seems to be brewing in Pittsburgh.

Myers: The Red Wings undoubtedly face a formidable challenge in securing a playoff spot in the Atlantic. However, I remain optimistic about their chances. This extended playoff drought has left them hungry and determined. They possess the talent and drive to mount a significant push this season. Yet, it’s not just about the roster; luck and the performance of other teams also play a crucial role. The Florida Panthers serve as a prime example: a highly competitive team last season that capitalized on the struggles and setbacks of other franchises down the stretch (Pittsburgh’s 5-2 loss to Chicago on April 11 altered the course for a few teams). The Panthers clinched a playoff spot, advanced to the Cup Final, and the rest is history. I believe Detroit absorbed valuable lessons in the latter half of the previous season, and they’re poised to qualify this time around.

Benjamin: Now, let’s circle back to the players who have been the backbone of the Penguins for over a decade. Beginning with Evgeni Malkin, the forward is coming off a phenomenal season where he tallied 83 points (27 goals, 56 assists) in 82 games. He’s kicked off this season even stronger, racking up six points (two goals, four assists) in his first three games. Malkin, along with Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, and the rest of the seasoned Penguins, concluded last season with a bitter taste of missing the playoffs. It’s evident that Malkin is entering this season with an abundance of motivation, and his performance reflects that. If I’m placing my trust in anyone to lead the charge back into the playoffs, it’s the players who not only have the experience and the Cup wins but also understand that their careers have a ticking clock. While the future may belong to the Red Wings, the time is now for the Penguins.



Seider Embraces the Opportunity to Take on Crosby and the Penguins with the Red Wings

Seider Embraces the Opportunity to Take on Crosby and the Penguins with the Red Wings

Moritz Seider understands both the thrill and the pressure of going head-to-head with Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby.

“It’s surreal,” shared the Detroit Red Wings defenseman with NHL.com recently. “You have to keep reminding yourself that you’re here to play a game, but he’s still the player you associate with NHL hockey over the past decade.”

To his credit, Seider, who clinched the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year in the 2021-22 season, has proven himself. In six encounters against the Penguins, Seider has notched three assists, fired 11 shots, delivered 18 hits, blocked 10 shots, and maintained a commendable plus-2 rating, all while logging an average of 23:38 minutes on the ice.

Meanwhile, Crosby has tallied 10 points (four goals, six assists) and taken 17 shots in those six matchups against Seider, with the teams evenly splitting the victories.

“Playing against him is a blast, and you want to be out there in critical moments, especially when he’s on the ice because there’s an undeniable presence when he steps out,” Seider emphasized. “The crowd senses it too. Of course, I aim to try and shut him down as effectively as possible.

“It doesn’t always pan out perfectly, but we always give it our all, and it’s exhilarating to face off against the League’s best players.”

Seider eagerly anticipates his next encounter with Crosby when the Red Wings (2-1-0) welcome the Penguins (2-1-0) on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; MAX, TNT, TVAS).

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Moritz Seider has kicked off the season with an impressive three points (one goal, two assists) in just two games, adding to his tally of 95 points (13 goals, 82 assists) over 167 NHL games. This places him on track to become the third-fastest active European defenseman to reach the coveted 100-point milestone, following John Klingberg of the Toronto Maple Leafs (145 games) and Erik Karlsson of the Penguins (168), and surpassing Rasmus Dahlin of the Buffalo Sabres (180).

Detroit’s coach, Derek Lalonde, exhibits full confidence in the 22-year-old right-shot defenseman, frequently matching him against some of the NHL’s most formidable offensive lines. Lalonde commends Seider’s growth in game management, emphasizing that Seider’s proficiency extends beyond offense. Even without putting up points on the scoreboard, Seider contributes by maintaining a positive plus-minus rating, clocking significant ice time, and minimizing opposition chances.

Seider’s game has evolved to encompass not only his ability to drive the pace and execute precise puck transitions but also his proficiency in shot-blocking and physical play. Since entering the NHL, Seider ranks fourth in blocked shots (361) among defensemen and sixteenth in hits (363).

Reflecting on his development, Seider acknowledges a shift in his approach. He’s refined his positioning to emphasize timely stick play over seeking high-impact hits, demonstrating a nuanced understanding of the game. He also highlights the importance of shot-blocking, emphasizing its role in bolstering the penalty kill unit’s effectiveness.

In his rookie year, Detroit’s penalty kill was the league’s lowest, operating at a mere 73.8 percent. However, last season, Seider played a pivotal role in the Red Wings’ improved performance, as they climbed to the 18th spot with a 78.3 percent success rate.

Seider’s maturation in the league has led to a valuable lesson: the significance of rest. Acknowledging the demands of the lengthy NHL season, Seider emphasizes the strategic use of rest as a crucial asset. He understands the balance between putting in extra work and ensuring ample time for recovery, recognizing that mental endurance is just as pivotal as physical prowess in the competitive world of professional hockey.




Bedard Prepared for Debut Matchup Against Matthews and the Maple Leafs in Toronto

Bedard Prepared for Debut Matchup Against Matthews and the Maple Leafs in Toronto

TORONTO — Connor Bedard has dedicated numerous hours of his young life meticulously studying Auston Matthews’ shot in the video room. He’s scrutinized every detail, from the release to the flex to hand positioning.

Clearly, he’s a quick study, as attested by the observations of Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Matthews.

“He’s got a shot that’s up there with the best I’ve seen,” Matthews praised. “He’s truly something special in that aspect.

“To witness his playmaking ability, his exceptional vision on the ice, his high hockey IQ, it’s really impressive. He’s a highly formidable player out there.”

This only heightens the anticipation as Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks to Scotiabank Arena on Monday (7 p.m. ET; SN, TVAS, NBCSCH) in what promises to be one of the standout early matchups of the NHL season. It’s a matchup that could aptly be described as mentor versus prodigy.

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Bedard Embraces the Hype Following his No. 1 Selection in the 2023 NHL Draft by the Blackhawks

When the Blackhawks chose Bedard with the top pick in the 2023 NHL Draft on June 28 in Nashville, the excitement surrounding him was palpable. Since then, the 18-year-old forward has not only met expectations but exceeded them, registering a point in each of his first three games (consisting of one goal and two assists) as he arrives in Toronto.

On the flip side, Matthews is in the midst of a historic run, becoming only the fifth player in NHL history to kick off a season with consecutive hat tricks. If he manages to secure another against the Blackhawks, he would etch his name in the annals of hockey history as the sole player to achieve three consecutive games with at least three goals at any point in a season.

Bedard is thrilled not only by Matthews’ generous remarks about his shot but also by the opportunity to compete in Toronto, a city he regards as one of the grandest stages in the sport.

“It’s fantastic,” Bedard remarked on Sunday upon learning of the praise bestowed upon him by Matthews. “I mean, I feel like he’s really set the standard for this particular shot, and he’s already got six goals in two games, so he’s clearly doing something right.

“Ever since he entered the League, he’s been someone I’ve admired and looked up to. It’s not just about the shot; it’s how he approaches the game. His completeness on the ice. His prowess in his own zone and his overall play—it’s truly something special. Sometimes, because he racks up so many goals and excels in the offensive zone, other aspects might get overlooked.

“He’s undeniably one of the League’s best, so I’m eager to face off against him

Bedard is on track to make history of his own. According to NHL Stats, he could become the first Blackhawks player since Jonathan Toews in 2007-08 to secure a point in each of his first four NHL games. The last time a No. 1 pick achieved this was in 2005-06, when both Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals accomplished the feat.

Matthews acknowledges that Bedard’s achievements are even more remarkable considering the demanding season-opening schedule facing him and the Blackhawks. They’ve faced formidable opponents like Crosby and the Penguins, Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins, and participated in a high-profile “Hockey Night in Canada” game against the Montreal Canadiens. After their face-off against Matthews and the Maple Leafs, they’ll wrap up their road trip against Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Matthews, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, commented on the rigorous schedule with a smile, saying, “They certainly started him off on the all-circus tour here. It’s a lot, but I think in the end, you just want to play hockey. That’s what’s most important. Being around the guys and having fun playing in the NHL, that’s obviously every kid’s dream to do in hockey.”

Bedard wholeheartedly concurs, stating, “There’s been a lot of media and a lot of attention on it, but I’m just focused on playing hockey. And of course, I’ve just enjoyed the experience of it all. It’s been great.”

Another exciting aspect for Bedard is the opportunity to face off against Maple Leafs rookie forward Fraser Minten. The two shared the ice in minor hockey in the Vancouver area and even lived together in Toronto for a few weeks this past summer.

Minten shared his enthusiasm, saying, “He sent me a text congratulating me when I made the team, which was cool. It’s nice. We grew up together; he’s a big part of my success. I’ve gotten a lot better playing with him for a couple of years. Getting to watch him, his work ethic is contagious. He helped me grow up a lot as a player and I’m thankful for his friendship right now.

“There was a buzz around him in Vancouver already when he was 11 or 12. He was playing a couple of years up. I played against him a couple of times and didn’t know how good he was. But he was dominating everybody. You never knew how good he was compared to the rest of the world who was out there, but locally he was the best player around for sure.”

When asked for advice on containing Bedard, Minten advised, “Give him as little space as possible because give him space and he’s a killer. So, keep the puck out of his hands for sure.”

Up to this point, the opposition has yet to figure out how to achieve that, at least not well enough to keep him off the score sheet.




Jimmies Women's Hockey Tops Colorado, Men Beat NIU

Jimmies Women’s Hockey Tops Colorado, Men Beat NIU

In the current season, the University of Jamestown’s men’s hockey team boasts 17 different goal scorers. Meanwhile, the women’s hockey team extended their winning streak to three games with a 4-2 victory over the University of Colorado at John L. Wilson Arena on Saturday, October 14.

Samantha Mueller of the Jimmies opened the scoring midway through the first period, giving her team a 1-0 lead. Kiran Vugteveen netted her sixth goal of the season, making it five goals in her last two games, extending their lead to 2-0. Crystal Wale added her third goal of the season in the second period, further increasing the Jimmies’ lead to 3-0. Although the Buffaloes managed to score one in the period, Jayden Baker quickly restored the Jimmies’ three-goal lead. Despite the Buffaloes’ lone goal in the third period, they couldn’t complete the comeback. The Jimmies outshot the Buffaloes 47-22 in the game.

The Jimmies will be back in action at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 20, when they face Concordia College.

In a separate event, the University of Jamestown’s men’s hockey team continued their offensive dominance with a resounding 13-0 victory over Northern Illinois University at the Huskies’ Canlan Sports on the same day.

The Jimmies, with a record of 5-2, took an early lead in the first period with Reid Wilson opening the scoring. They added two more goals in the period, taking a 3-0 lead into the second frame. The second period saw two more goals, one of which was contributed by Brad Fortin, making it 4-0. The team exploded in the third period, notching eight goals, including a hat trick by Fortin, his first in his career.

Over their last three games, the Jimmies have outscored their opponents 28-0. In this particular game, they outshot the Wolves 62-15.

The Jimmies will be taking the ice again at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 20, when they host Concordia College.




NHL Rumors Seattle Kraken, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers Buzz

NHL Rumors: Seattle Kraken, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers Buzz

As the NHL gears up for the new season, speculation runs high, and predictions abound. This edition of NHL rumors delves into the prospects of the Seattle Kraken, New York Rangers, and Florida Panthers.

Seattle Kraken: Depth and Playoffs Matty Beniers, Calder Trophy winner, may face a sophomore season challenge. Vince Dunn, with a new contract, aims for consistent high performance. Seattle’s strength lies in their depth, with the ability to roll four strong lines. Playoff contention is expected, even with the departure of Daniel Sprong.

New York Rangers: A Top-Three Finish?

Success hinges on star goalie Igor Shesterkin and a deep forward roster. Notable additions include Blake Wheeler, Nick Bonino, Erik Gustafsson, and Jonathan Quick. Challenges come from the youthful New Jersey Devils and formidable Carolina Hurricanes. Kaapo Kakko’s improvement is crucial, and Blake Wheeler’s addition carries some risk. Wild-card contention may be the Rangers’ best hope.

Florida Panthers: Defensive Woes?

Injuries and missing key defensemen pose challenges for the Panthers. Brandon Montour and Aaron Ekblad are sidelined until mid-December. Matthew Tkachuk’s performance is pivotal, having excelled with 40 goals and 109 points. New defensive additions may not adequately replace Montour and Ekblad. A bold prediction suggests the Panthers could miss the 2023-24 playoffs. Competition from teams like the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, and Detroit Red Wings adds uncertainty.

Stay tuned for more NHL rumors and speculation as the season unfolds.



Vasilevskiy Consensus Choice Among NHL Players as World's Top Goalie

Vasilevskiy: Consensus Choice Among NHL Players as World’s Top Goalie

Tampa Bay Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy has long been considered one of the best goaltenders in the world. However, a recent back surgery is expected to sideline him for the first two months of the NHL season. This setback has opened the door for other top netminders to make their mark, including Nashville’s Juuse Saros and New York’s Igor Shesterkin and Ilya Sorokin. The Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league’s best goaltender, is up for grabs, with players like Linus Ullmark and others looking to stake their claim among the elite.

Vasilevskiy’s impressive career includes two Stanley Cup victories and playoff MVP honors. His imposing size, athleticism, and positioning make him a formidable presence in the net, frustrating even the best shooters. Moreover, Vasilevskiy has excelled in high-pressure situations, boasting an 11-0 record in potential series-clinching games with remarkable statistics.

On the other end of the height spectrum, Juuse Saros, the undersized Finnish goaltender, has garnered praise for his athleticism and ability to cover the net effectively. Saros has drawn comparisons to NHL veteran Craig Anderson for his exceptional play-reading skills. His performance last season earned him recognition as one of the top goaltenders in the league.

Igor Shesterkin, playing for the New York Rangers, has also earned accolades for his impressive saves and consistency. Despite his team’s playoff loss, Shesterkin stood out by making 189 saves out of 203 shots, maintaining a goals-against average below two.

Ilya Sorokin, another standout goaltender on Long Island, has shown remarkable skills that place him in the elite conversation. He finished second in Vezina voting last season and was rewarded with an eight-year contract extension.

As Vasilevskiy faces a lengthy absence, the competition among these talented goaltenders intensifies, with the Vezina Trophy and the title of the NHL’s best goalie up for grabs. Each of these netminders brings unique qualities and skills to the ice, making the race for recognition as the league’s premier goalie one to watch this season.




Can Senators' Joonas Korpisalo Break NHL's Big-Ticket UFA Goalie Curse

Can Senators’ Joonas Korpisalo Break NHL’s Big-Ticket UFA Goalie Curse?

In recent years, signing high-priced NHL goaltenders in free agency has often ended in disappointment for teams. The Ottawa Senators are no exception, and their General Manager, Pierre Dorion, and coach, D.J. Smith, find themselves under immense pressure to deliver results in the upcoming 2023-24 season.

The fate of Dorion and Smith hinges largely on the performance of a player who has yet to play a regular-season game for the Senators: goaltender Joonas Korpisalo.

While the Senators have made significant additions, including veteran forwards Claude Giroux and Vladimir Tarasenko, and defenseman Jakob Chychrun, it is the offseason signing of Korpisalo that could determine their postseason fate. Making the playoffs could secure the jobs of Dorion and Smith, while missing out could lead to their dismissal.

Korpisalo, at 29, brings optimism as the Senators’ starting netminder. He posted respectable individual statistics last season, split between the struggling Columbus Blue Jackets and the Los Angeles Kings. His performance included a .915 save percentage and a 2.87 goals-against average in 39 appearances. Korpisalo excelled with the Kings, registering a .921 save percentage and a 2.13 goals-against average in 11 appearances but struggled in the playoffs with an .892 save percentage and a 3.77 goals-against average. These fluctuations make his performance a critical factor for the Senators.

The Senators wasted no time in signing Korpisalo to a five-year contract worth $4 million annually during the summer. However, there is a real danger that Korpisalo may not deliver at least average-level goaltending, a concern that has plagued other high-priced UFA goaltenders.

For example, in Edmonton, veteran Jack Campbell signed a five-year, $25-million contract in 2022 but struggled with a .888 save percentage and a 3.41 goals-against average in 36 appearances. He lost his starting position to Stuart Skinner, raising concerns about the long-term viability of his contract.

Similarly, the Florida Panthers signed Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year, $70-million contract in 2019, expecting elite performance. However, Bobrovsky failed to live up to expectations, leaving the team with a significant cap hit and limited options to move him.

The Anaheim Ducks signed John Gibson to an eight-year, $51.2-million extension in 2018, but he has struggled despite his high cap hit, leaving the team in a challenging position.

While some teams have successfully signed long-term contracts with goaltenders, there are no guarantees in UFA deals. The Senators have a strong forward group and defense but are heavily reliant on Korpisalo. If he struggles, it could nullify the team’s strengths, as there are limited alternatives available.

The pressure is on for Korpisalo to perform, and his success or failure will have far-reaching consequences in Ottawa. If he excels, the Senators could make the playoffs and surprise their opponents. However, if he falters, it may result in significant changes within the organization, impacting both the coaching staff and management.

The stakes are high, and Korpisalo is aware of the challenge ahead. The upcoming season will reveal whether he can avoid becoming another casualty of the NHL’s high-priced UFA goalie struggles.




Sleeper & Keeper Podcast: NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview - Atlantic Division

Sleeper & Keeper Podcast: NHL Fantasy Hockey Preview – Atlantic Division

Fantasy hockey enthusiasts Jason Chen and Michael Amato dissect the pressing inquiries surrounding NHL’s Atlantic Division teams in the latest installment of their podcast series, The Hockey News Sleepers and Keepers.

Tune in to discover sleepers, keepers, roster updates, hot takes, and more from these fantasy hockey gurus, Jason Chen and Michael Amato.

In this episode, the hosts delve into the Atlantic Division, addressing key questions for each team:

Can Pavel Zacha rise to the occasion as the Boston Bruins’ primary center?

Will the Buffalo Sabres manage to bolster Devon Levi’s fantasy potential despite their defensive struggles?

Is Oliver Ekman-Larsson a reliable power-play quarterback for the Florida Panthers?

With Andrei Vasilevskiy sidelined for eight to ten weeks post back surgery, where should he be drafted in fantasy leagues?

Don’t miss out on the full episode, available for subscription on your preferred podcast platform. New episodes are released every Monday.




Three Unbeaten Teams Leading the Way in the SDHL

Three Unbeaten Teams Leading the Way in the SDHL

Sweden’s premier professional league shines with added star power this season. Historically dominated by Lulea and Brynas, this year sees newly promoted Frolunda join the fray, matching the giants with an undefeated start through three games.

In a weekend clash, Frolunda secured their third consecutive victory, triumphing 5-2 over HV71. Hanna Olsson continued her impressive form with her third goal of the season, also contributing an assist. Kaitlyn Yearwood, Ella Hellman, and Lindsay Agnew each had a goal and an assist for Frolunda.

Five-time reigning champions Lulea showcased their skill with a dominant 4-0 shutout against Linkoping. Finnish national team stars Petra Nieminen, Viivi Vainikka, Noora Tulus, and Swedish national team member Lisa Johansson all found the net.

Meanwhile, Brynas maintained their undefeated status, defeating SDE 4-2. Maja Nylen Persson, leading the league in points among Brynas’ defensemen, scored, alongside goals from Jenniina Nylund, Julia Ostlund, and Hanna Thuvik. In a losing effort, North American rookies Lauren Dabrowski and Shae Demale each notched their second goals of the season for SDE.

Klara Peslarova, one of the world’s top goaltenders, returned to the net for Brynas after an injury-riddled last season. She made 24 saves to secure the win.




As NHL Training Camp Rosters Shrink, Bubble Players Gain Valuable Lessons

As NHL Training Camp Rosters Shrink, Bubble Players Gain Valuable Lessons

With the NHL pre-season in full swing, players outside the regular season rotation are getting opportunities to showcase their skills. However, as training camp rosters start to shrink, the focus shifts to the makeup of teams on opening night. The pre-season is anything but uniform, with varying numbers of exhibition games and locations ranging from neutral sites to distant locales.

Roster cuts occur on different schedules, reflecting teams’ objectives. Many clubs field more NHL-experienced lineups for home games to engage fans and minimize travel for established players.

The Edmonton Oilers recently took a different approach, reducing their roster to 33 players after a 2-2-0 pre-season record. General Manager Ken Holland aims to reach a salary-cap-compliant 21 players by October 9, one day before the regular season begins.

The Oilers’ remaining players, including injured individuals, will embark on a two-game west-coast road trip. While they faced a 5-2 defeat to the Vancouver Canucks, Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft praised the young players for their performance.

For players like Raphael Lavoie, who is fighting for a roster spot, the opportunity to face a fully-loaded Canucks team is invaluable, providing valuable learning experiences.

Other unproven players made their mark despite less-than-optimal lineups. For instance, young players in the New York Rangers’ lineup impressed, and Joakim Kemell stood out for the Nashville Predators.

In Detroit, 25-year-old free agent Matthew Phillips scored his first goal for the Washington Capitals in a 5-2 loss to the Red Wings. Meanwhile, Cross Hanas, a 21-year-old sophomore pro, had a strong game for Detroit.

With more pre-season games ahead, roster cuts will continue around the league. The Edmonton Oilers will focus on team chemistry during a west-coast road trip before facing the Seattle Kraken on Monday night.

As teams make adjustments and finalize their rosters, the regular season draws closer. The Oilers will open their regular season with a home-and-home series against the Vancouver Canucks in October.”