Tuesday presents a great example of why you should always check Rotoworld’s injury section.
Let’s hop right in.
OILERS 4, FLYERS 2
-- Man, what a bummer.
Connor McDavid’s injury (collarbone-related, most likely?) has already been labeled long-term.
I’ll leave that sentence by itself, because it’s the bummer of the week/month/hopefully not beyond that.
As far as what to do, it comes down to your IR spots. My impression is that the Oilers will place him on IR - I saw one tweet about LTIR, even - pretty soon. Maybe even sometime on Wednesday.
Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a ton of players I’d stash on IR over McDavid.
-- Things definitely get trickier with Nail Yakupov. He really had a new lease on life riding shotgun with McDavid, so will he be able to produce anywhere near at the same level with the quick-starting phenom out of action?
I wouldn’t kick him to the curb right away, but I’d beef up that watch list all the same.
-- Oilers fans probably need some good news, so here it is: Jordan Eberle is expected to return sometime this week. It can’t hurt matters, right?
-- Credit the Oilers for soldiering on when McDavid went down, as they powered back from a 2-1 deficit to win the game 4-2 (score inflated by a Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ENG).
Edmonton absolutely deserved this one, as they clobbered the Flyers to the tune of a 49-22 shot advantage (most glaringly edging them 19-2 in the first period).
-- Michal Neuvirth really kept Philly in the game. He's now down to 2-2-0, yet his .939 save percentage says it all. I'd say give him a few more reps before going back to Steve Mason, but that's just one (sweaty) man's opinion.
-- McDavid mania has really taken some of the spotlight away from the line of Taylor Hall (one goal, two assists), Leon Draisaitl (two helpers) and RNH (two goals). Obviously, that won't be the case any longer, as they'll need that trio to remain productive.
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STARS 5, BRUINS 3
-- Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick against his former team, which almost breaks the ouchies scale. He’s the quickest to 300 points of anyone from a draft class he shared with Taylor Hall, although Seguin did get an edge by not getting hurt all the time (as Oilers No. 1 overall picks are sadly wont to do).
-- Not to be too embarrassingly outdone for at least one night, Loui Eriksson scored a pair of goals for the Bruins.
-- John Klingberg, Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn compiled two assists apiece in this one, as the Stars share the distinction with the Los Angeles Kings as being a team that really managed to shine despite being the squad finishing up a back-to-back set.
-- Torey Krug is quietly enjoying a very nice start to his season, as his two helpers give him 10 assists already. No goals yet, but they are likely to come being that he scored 12 last season and 14 in 2013-14.
-- OK, one big difference between the Stars and Kings was that the Stars’ opponent featured a goalie on an off night while the Kings took on a Blues netminder who was often playing out of his net-mind.
KINGS 3, BLUES 0
-- Jake Allen made some amazing saves as the Blues played like the team that didn’t get much rest, even though they were cozy and home while the Kings should have been limping in.
Fittingly enough, St. Louis travels to Chicago on Wednesday while the Kings fell to the same Blackhawks squad on Monday.
-- Allen’s best save came against Anze Kopitar, who was legitimately stunned by the stop. Unfortunately, that was far from the worst moment of Kopitar’s night, as a Ryan Reaves hit left him with an “upper-body injury” that ended his game early. Not sure how bad it is just yet.
-- Jeff Carter scored his second game-winning goal in three contests, giving him five tallies and 12 points in 12 games so far in 2015-16.
The Kings have now won seven of their last eight games.
-- It was Jhonas Enroth who enjoyed a rather low-impact shutout rather than Jonathan Quick. Imagine how much happier Enroth is after suffering in Buffalo all those years? It must feel like working 10 hours a week after a decade of graveyard shifts.
-- Great to see Tanner Pearson score a very nice goal, his second of the season. If Kopitar's out for a bit, Pearson is one of those guys who might enjoy an elevated role. We'll see how all of this pans out.
-- The Blues might be able to score a little more if they get a guy like Robby Fabbri out on the ice a little more often. Just 7:22 TOI for the crafty young player while mostly useless pest Steve Ott nearly doubled his reps (13:15 for Ott).
-- Just one goal in 12 games so far for Kyle Brodziak, so don't feel bad about forgetting that he joined the Blues recently. I wonder if the Blues forget sometimes.
ISLANDERS 2, DEVILS 1
-- New Jersey is clearly where offense goes to die. I tried to flip on this game, but my cable box refused.
-- Travis Zajac picked up the lone goal for the Devils. It was his fifth of the season. The top two lines for New Jersey surprisingly keep producing.
-- Devils beat guy Tom Gulitti spent a somewhat amusing amount of time wondering if John Hynes was angry after the game. I’m guessing Gulitti just wanted to find some bread crumb of intrigue it what has to be a cripplingly bland start to the season.
-- Imagine being a casual fan saying “Ugh, the Devils, well at least John Tavares gets to beat up on them …” and then you realize that Tavares is still out with his “illness” and you might not have been able to see much of him from your obstructed seat anyway.
(Jeez, the Barclays Center seems like a nightmare for hockey. What a bummer, because a good team in Brooklyn is a great idea on paper.)
RANGERS 5, CAPITALS 2
-- There was a hubbub about Marc Staal “spearing” Alex Ovechkin in the crotchety area (scientific terms), but Ovechkin seemed fine. Ovechkin got a measure of revenge with his sixth goal of the season, yet the Rangers clearly got the last laugh.
-- Kevin Klein just keeps popping in goals. We might even be able to count on him as a 10-ish goal per season type of guy.
-- Derick Brassard continues to produce at a nice clip with very little praise.
With seven points during a four-game streak, Brassard now has 10 points in 12 games played. The other Derek (Stepan) only has five points and hasn't generated a goal or an assist in his past four contests.
-- The win marks Henrik Lundqvist's 630th game with the Rangers. The Swede is now in sole possession of seventh place in career appearances for one team among NHL goalies.
-- Are we going to see another playoff series between these two teams in 2016? I might cry.
SENATORS 2, CANADIENS 1
-- Dale Weise scored a power play goal. What is with that guy? It was the lone goal for Montreal. It was his SEVENTH goal of the season. I’m not even sure I can make fun of him any longer.
-- Andrei Markov picked up his 12th assist of the season. Maybe he stinks possession stats-wise or there’s some other way to downgrade him, but from where I stand, he’s off to an outstanding start.
-- This game went to overtime where Kyle Turris ended the game. His game winning goal was assisted by Mike Hoffman. It was Hoffman's first game back since sustaining an injury. The duo of Hoffman and Turris were without fellow linemate Mark Stone. Stone was serving the first of a two game suspension.
-- I wouldn’t sleep on Ottawa as a team that could be a strong dark horse candidate in the East. Montreal might want to avoid these cats if they can help it.
RED WINGS 2, LIGHTNING 1
-- The lone tally for the Lightning came on the power play in the middle frame. Kucherov picked up his fourth goal of the season.
-- Is Jon Cooper guilty of dumbing this group down offensively speaking? There were times during the playoffs where I wondered why Lightning games were so boring, but I generally didn’t say much because a) they usually snapped out of it and b) it worked. Is playing typical, yawn-heavy NHL hockey the best way to leverage the talent on hand? You look at the Stars and can see that there’s room for SOME offense-heavy teams, and are the Bolts really that far behind Dallas from a personnel standpoint?
-- Man, Dylan Larkin is really good. He scored the GWG, his fourth overall tally in an impressive start to his career.
-- Jonathan Drouin remains out of the lineup for Tampa Bay. Cannot help matters.
AVALANCHE 6, FLAMES 3
-- Jarome Iginla was the Calgary Flames forever (yes, he was the team), but he's bounced around enough that it's not an especially spicy storyline when he generates three points (2G, 1A) against his old cronies. Still, pretty cool to see him play so well at 38, especially considering his reputation as a slow-starter.
-- Matt Duchene scored more goals in this one (two) than he previously generated this season (one), giving him three so far. That just seems wrong for someone as talented as Duchene.
-- I was going to make a joke about Corsi, but then I saw that Colorado blocked an absurd 30 shots in this game. So, even when the Avs generate a 42-25 SOG advantage, they're still not necessarily winning the fancy stat battle.
-- Erik Johnson is good for quite a few things (including jokes about him being the top pick of his ridiculous draft year), but shorthanded goals aren't something you expect to see from the American blueliner. He got one on Tuesday, however.
BLUE JACKETS 5, SHARKS 2
-- Ryan Murray showed some glimpses of what could be, scoring a nice goal and adding an assist. This game really got away from San Jose in the final 90 seconds of the second period, as Boone Jenner pounced on a misplay to score his seventh (!) goal of 2015-16 and then Murray made it 4-2 about a half minute later.
-- Sergei Bobrovsky certainly isn't out of the woods yet, but perhaps he's at least rebuilding his confidence. He stopped 41 out of 43 shots and is now 3-2-0 in his last five games, which is astounding work if you only compare it to his horrific 0-6-0 start.
-- Apparently Logan Couture is taking steps again (literally, just steps), so that's something for the struggling Sharks to smile about. They weren't able to capitalize on four power-play opportunities in this one. It almost always seems wrong when teams like the Sharks fail on the PP, even if it probably means that my expectations are a little unreasonable.
-- Columbus got away with sitting on the lead, as San Jose failed to score in the third period despite an 18-3 shot advantage.
-- Scott Hartnell is on a nice run. With a goal and an assist on Tuesday, he now has five points in his past four games.
Aside: how is he just 33? It feels like he's been around forever.