Ryan Spooner won just 4-of-16 draws in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Detroit.
He was also given a penalty for a faceoff violation and the Red Wings ended up scoring on the power play. "I wasn't great on my faceoffs tonight, trying to cheat a little too much," Spooner said. "I think maybe I need to bear down a little bit more, maybe not try to win them clean but just tie up a little more. I just tried to cheat a little more and it didn't work." Spooner did manage to assist on Austin Czarnik's lone goal of the game for the Bruins in the second period. He wants to play center but he'll have to show improvement between now and the start of the season for that to happen.
Patrice Bergeron may get more opportunities in the offensive zone in 2016-17.
David Backes started 41.1 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone, according to Corsica Hockey, which was the second-highest among forwards with 1,000 minutes or more. The Bruins can give him more of those responsibilities this year and deploy Bergeron on the attack after he started 34.6 percent of his five-on-five shifts in the defensive zone last season. Bergeron and Brad Marchand will be key offensive players for Boston, so more time spent on offense should help the team if Backes can handle the defensive zone.
Peter Budaj turned away 14 of 14 goals for the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night. Tom McCullom gave up one goal on 13 shots en route to a 6-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
It helps when the puck spends most of the night at the other end of the rink. The Kings outshot the Ducks 48-27 in the preseason rout and gave up the single point well into the third period when it no longer mattered.
Brandon Montour scored 8:05 minutes into the third period to save the Anaheim Ducks from a shutout. They lost a 6-1 contest to the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.
Montour found the back of the net 12 times for the AHL San Diego Gulls last year and had 45 assists, but he failed to get any assistance Wednesday night. His wrist shot goal went into the Kings’ net unaided.
Dustin Tokarski and Yann Danis gave up three goals apiece in Wednesday night’s 6-1 loss of the Anaheim Ducks to the Los Angeles Kings.
The losing goalies had a busy night. Tokarski fended off 25 shots with Danis turning away 17. Neither netminder was able to crack the 900 mark in save percentage, but Tokarski came closest with a 0.893. At that, he was slightly more productive than last year with the Montreal Canadiens where he netted only a 0.878.
Nic Dowd scored two goals in a 6-1 rout of the Anaheim Ducks by the Los Angeles Kings Wednesday night.
Dowd scored the first goal at the 8:22 minute mark and buried his second puck in the net 18:02 minutes into the second to put the game essentially out of reach. Devin Setoguchi, Justin Auger, Dustin Brown, and Andy Andreoff also got in on the action.
The Edmonton Oilers’ Jonas Gustavsson gave up three of five goals in Wednesday night’s 5-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks.
Gustavsson’s 24 games with the Boston Bruins last year showed a lot more promise. He won 11 and had a save percentage of 0.908. Wednesday night, he could save only 0.824 percent of the shots. The netminding duties were shared with Nick Ellis, who gave up one goal.
Troy Stecher scored the first of three goals in the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 losing effort Wednesday night against the Vancouver Canucks in preseason play.
Stecher is moving up from the University of North Dakota where he scored eight goals and had 21 assists last year. The other goals scored by the Canucks in Wednesday night’s contest belonged to Brendan Gaunce and Griffin Reinhart.