With Junior Team Eliminated, Kings May Turn to Schenn for Playoffs
An official decision has not been made yet, but Rich Hammond of L.A. Kings Insider alludes to the possibility of Dean Lombardi calling up Brayden Schenn for the playoffs. Schenn’s junior club, the Saskatoon Blades, have been eliminated from the WHL postseason – which opens the door for the former 5th overall pick to join the Kings or the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
Schenn played eight games with the Kings and seven more in the AHL before being returned to junior in the fall. In 27 games with the Blades, Schenn put up 21-goals and 53-points.
Emery Could Start for Ducks on Friday
Randy Carlyle pulled Dan Ellis early in the third period of Game 1 Wednesday night between the Ducks and Predators. Ray Emery stopped the six shots he faced in just over 19 minutes of action on the way to a 4-1 Ducks loss, which he started on the bench because of ongoing lower-body issues. It sounds like Carlyle may have seen enough to award Friday’s start to Emery, via O.C. Register:
”We were going to give him some minutes because there’s always the option of using him. He hasn’t seen the net in a while. …If you ask any goaltender, they’d like to see the net a little bit before they get an opportunity to play. So that gives us another option for Friday.”
Pair of Canucks Top ‘Best Defensive’ List
One of my favourite yearly ranking style pieces out there is James Mirtle’s best defensive defencemen and accompanying defensive forwards bits in the Globe and Mail. Using some advanced stats from BehindTheNet, Mirtle attempts to rank both defencemen and forwards in terms of defensive ability. It’s not a perfect measurement, but it gives you an idea who is tops in the league in terms of shutdown play on the defensive side of things. Dan Hamhuis tops the list of defencemen, while Manny Malthotra sits atop the forward rankings.
Dwayne Roloson Believes Tampa Will Bounce Back
Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette actually singles out Dwayne Roloson’s age and ability to recover as factors in the Lightning’s 3-0 loss to the Penguins in Game 1, but the 41-year old goaltender thinks he and his teammates will have no trouble bouncing back:
“Every guy in this locker room is capable of bouncing back from that. It’s an aerobic sport; you just get a little rest and you get right back out there.”
Hockey is an anaerobic sport, actually – but we get what you’re saying Dwayne.
Rinne’s Incredible Save on Selanne
Pekka Rinne will steal this series.
MAINEiacs Announcer Is, In Fact, A Screaming Maniac
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