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pjcas18 : 9/27/2019 8:23 am
most teams have just 1 or 2 more pre-season games then the regular season starts.

thought I'd start a discussion thread.

Found this USA today record prediction and I think it's way off. I mean, way off.

but I'll share this and then add my commentary.

can't wait for the season to start.

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RE: Roman Polak  
Scott in Montreal : 10/4/2019 7:48 am : link
In comment 14611223 pjcas18 said:
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Was watching the Habs vs Canes.

What an entertaining game. Back and forth action with solid goalie play, tight checking, and tons of skill.

two fun teams to watch.


Was a great game to watch, although IMHO the game was not as close as the score suggested. Price was amazing once again and kept the Habs in the game. The Canes dominated for two of the three periods. They shut down the Habs speed for most of the game except for a couple of times where they got caught with tired lines.

As for the scoring. Two of the three Habs goals were on lazy mistakes that I think would not have been made if it wasn't the first game of the season. The Canes will not be that undisciplined. The way that they came out for the third after that second period, I am sure that Brindy tore them a new one.

Mrazek looked good and the defence for the most part looked solid. The new guys seem to fit into the system well. Jake Gardiner more than makes up for Faulk.
RE: RE: Roman Polak  
pjcas18 : 10/4/2019 8:22 am : link
In comment 14611398 Scott in Montreal said:
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In comment 14611223 pjcas18 said:


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Was watching the Habs vs Canes.

What an entertaining game. Back and forth action with solid goalie play, tight checking, and tons of skill.

two fun teams to watch.



Was a great game to watch, although IMHO the game was not as close as the score suggested. Price was amazing once again and kept the Habs in the game. The Canes dominated for two of the three periods. They shut down the Habs speed for most of the game except for a couple of times where they got caught with tired lines.

As for the scoring. Two of the three Habs goals were on lazy mistakes that I think would not have been made if it wasn't the first game of the season. The Canes will not be that undisciplined. The way that they came out for the third after that second period, I am sure that Brindy tore them a new one.

Mrazek looked good and the defence for the most part looked solid. The new guys seem to fit into the system well. Jake Gardiner more than makes up for Faulk.


Isn't that the Canes MO though, last year they led the NHL in shots on goal and Corsi by a lot IIRC, but gave up goals on defensive lapses.

Either way, it's also the MO the Canadiens will need, stout Price covering for bad D.

I do think though for much of the 2nd period the habs dominated. The Drouin, Kotkaniemi, and Armia line especially.

I loved the game Fleury had for the Habs (other than the breakaway miss), and Kotkaniemi who is so poised for a 19 year old. KK even did well on the dots.

Weber looked like he was still in pre-season mode.

Ilya Samsonov  
pjcas18 : 10/4/2019 11:30 am : link
makes his debut tonight. He's the "other" in the Russian goalie trio along with Sorokin and Shesterkin.

And many say the best of the three.
RE: Ilya Samsonov  
Jay on the Island : 10/4/2019 8:01 pm : link
In comment 14611711 pjcas18 said:
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makes his debut tonight. He's the "other" in the Russian goalie trio along with Sorokin and Shesterkin.

And many say the best of the three.

I think this kid is going to be the next young star goaltender. IMO he will allow Washington to move on from Holtby.
No post from  
pjcas18 : 10/6/2019 5:18 pm : link
5bowls?

I usually get a patronizing, condescending post after any habs loss to the leas (and many losses in general).

Losing a 3 goal lead at home, giving up 3 SH goals to the rival habs and crickets? lol.
Some interesting games tonight  
pjcas18 : 10/8/2019 10:43 am : link
in an active day

DAL @ WAS - for those who haven't seen him, Roope Hintz is a burgeoning star. Fun to watch.

FLA vs CAR - Alexander Barkov - a little ahead of Hintz but already a star and CAR (undefeated) has a fun team to watch.

EDM @ NYI, undefeated EDM and McDavid visit the Isles (who got hammered in the press for lack of attendance, maybe the best player in the league gets fans in the door).

WIN @ PIT - two teams with disappointing starts meet in PIT - where Malkin just got injured - long-term - along with Letang. The end is near for the Pens.

ANA @ DET - two surprise undefeated teams square off in Hockey Town. I don't think either team is that good but Anthony Mantha is off to a ridiculous start.

SJS @ NSH - two teams with cup aspirations, but look sluggish to start. I always forget how old Rinne is, he's close to or same age as Hank.

LAK @ CAL, two teams I like to see play, CAL more than LAK, but LAK have Kopitar - one of my all time favorites and Doughty and Tkachuck rivalry is real - they hate each other.

BOS @ LVG - night wraps up with another battle of unbeatens. The Bruins can't lose enough and badly for me. So, of course they win.



Great night of hockey  
pjcas18 : 10/9/2019 8:55 am : link
James Neal, 4 goals, puts him close to his SEASON TOTAL from last year.

I know Lucic is not going to outperform that contract he has.

And the low point was the Bruins with 4 goals in the 1st.

MTL @ BUF tonight, Dahlin is the real deal, fun player to watch. Kotkaniemi and Suzuki bringing the youth with the habs.

NJD @ PHI, See if Hughes can respond to last game with some success to take some pressure off.

LAK @ VAN, Drew Doughty in peak form to start the season. VAN has youth of their own to watch with Pettersson, Boeser, and Hughes - among others.
Canes start 4-0-0 for only the 2nd time in their history  
Jints in Carolina : 10/9/2019 11:14 am : link
I'll be at the game vs Columbus Saturday night.
RE: No post from  
5BowlsSoon : 10/9/2019 11:36 am : link
In comment 14615192 pjcas18 said:
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5bowls?

I usually get a patronizing, condescending post after any habs loss to the leas (and many losses in general).

Losing a 3 goal lead at home, giving up 3 SH goals to the rival habs and crickets? lol.


Iím here pj.

That was a GREAT win for your boys over my boys. Down 4-1 in the third and score 4 goals. Typical leafs, Habs game....fun to watch.

I wonít even make excuses like we played the night before or we had our backup goalie in there.....no, we lost and your boys deserved to win coming from 3 back.

I did walk away from that game shaking my head though....our big three superstars looked anemic in the shootout. Carey didnít even look challenged. That soured me.

And then we lost to St Louis. No doubt our HC will be hearing the boo birds very soon if we keep losing.

Good luck against Buffalo tonight. Should be another great game. I believe Buffalo had your number last year. Letís see this year.....
I was just busting your balls  
pjcas18 : 10/9/2019 2:30 pm : link
5bowls.

And I've never been a babcock fan even when he won a cup with DET, but the Leafs team is loaded - other than D.

If they get off to a bad start, he should probably be fired.
For those thinking  
pjcas18 : 10/10/2019 2:24 pm : link
about 2020 draft.

Top 31 from one scout. Seems close to what I'm reading elsewhere, except Askarov.

if you can read it

Watched BC vs WIS  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2019 11:56 am : link
at Conte Forum.

Cole Caufield is the real deal, 2 PP goals in the losing effort.

Not a great game for K'Andre Miller or Alex Turcotte (though he made a nice pass on one goal).

Matt Boldy and Spencer Knight (for BC) both looked good.
RE: Watched BC vs WIS  
Anakim : 10/13/2019 11:59 am : link
In comment 14626489 pjcas18 said:
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at Conte Forum.

Cole Caufield is the real deal, 2 PP goals in the losing effort.

Not a great game for K'Andre Miller or Alex Turcotte (though he made a nice pass on one goal).

Matt Boldy and Spencer Knight (for BC) both looked good.


Nonsense. K'Andre always looks good
RE: RE: Watched BC vs WIS  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2019 12:01 pm : link
In comment 14626495 Anakim said:
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In comment 14626489 pjcas18 said:


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at Conte Forum.

Cole Caufield is the real deal, 2 PP goals in the losing effort.

Not a great game for K'Andre Miller or Alex Turcotte (though he made a nice pass on one goal).

Matt Boldy and Spencer Knight (for BC) both looked good.



Nonsense. K'Andre always looks good


I stand corrected.
RE: Question for pj  
5BowlsSoon : 10/13/2019 12:19 pm : link
In comment 14626489 pjcas18 said:
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at Conte Forum.

Cole Caufield is the real deal, 2 PP goals in the losing effort.

Not a great game for K'Andre Miller or Alex Turcotte (though he made a nice pass on one goal).

Matt Boldy and Spencer Knight (for BC) both looked good.


I still canít believe Cole Caulfield dropped into your lap. When do you think Habs May bring him up to play in the NHL?
RE: I was just busting your balls  
5BowlsSoon : 10/13/2019 12:22 pm : link
In comment 14620103 pjcas18 said:
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5bowls.

And I've never been a babcock fan even when he won a cup with DET, but the Leafs team is loaded - other than D.

If they get off to a bad start, he should probably be fired.


I agree with you about Babcock....he is walking a fine line here. I donít have any love for him so I wonít shed a tear if and when he is released. When you have that many super stars, the expectations are much higher. By the way, it was nice to see our 3/4 lines do all the scoring last night v Detroit. The big boys just showed up.

Congrats on beating the champion Blues.
RE: RE: Question for pj  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2019 12:31 pm : link
In comment 14626518 5BowlsSoon said:
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In comment 14626489 pjcas18 said:


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at Conte Forum.

Cole Caufield is the real deal, 2 PP goals in the losing effort.

Not a great game for K'Andre Miller or Alex Turcotte (though he made a nice pass on one goal).

Matt Boldy and Spencer Knight (for BC) both looked good.



I still canít believe Cole Caulfield dropped into your lap. When do you think Habs May bring him up to play in the NHL?


I think he'll be in the NHL once the Wisconsin season ends.
What a weekend  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2019 6:35 pm : link
for Caufield.

4 goals and an assist in two games (L to BC and a W over Merrimack)

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Wisconsin Hockey
@BadgerMHockey

2h
It's never been done before.

First Badger in the modern era (since 1963) with multiple goals in his first two games. @colecaufield
RE: What a weekend  
5BowlsSoon : 10/13/2019 7:29 pm : link
In comment 14626919 pjcas18 said:
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for Caufield.

4 goals and an assist in two games (L to BC and a W over Merrimack)



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Wisconsin Hockey
@BadgerMHockey

2h
It's never been done before.

First Badger in the modern era (since 1963) with multiple goals in his first two games. @colecaufield



How did he get ignored by 16 teams? Sheesh.....

Oh well, good for your boys. Everyone keeps saying your team lacks stars, so here he is...in a small package, but does that even matter?

For the record, I think if Drouin continues to play like this, you have 3 stars....Gallagher (love him), Domi, and Drouin.

Suzuki, Kotkaniemi, and Colefield coming up....

Leafs v Habs will be fun for the next 10 years......
pjcas18  
Jay in Toronto : 10/13/2019 7:41 pm : link
What's the basis of your review of Miller? (Not a challenge, honest question).

Has the reason for his suspension ever been revealed?
RE: pjcas18  
pjcas18 : 10/13/2019 8:11 pm : link
In comment 14627126 Jay in Toronto said:
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What's the basis of your review of Miller? (Not a challenge, honest question).

Has the reason for his suspension ever been revealed?

I watched the game. Seemed to be hesitant to activate, didn't really show off his skating ability, wasn't physical.

All I heard about the suspension is it was not a huge deal, he broke a team rule and Granato suspended him for a meaningless exhibition game.

He had two goals vs Merrimack (on short-handed) so I'm sure it was just an off game vs BC.

Some day hockey  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 8:58 am : link
on this Columbus Day.

Ducks @ Bruins 1pm
Wild @ Sens 1pm
Panthers @ Devils 1pm
Blues @ Isles 1pm
Stars @ Sabres 3pm
Avs @ Caps 5pm

then the night cap: your unbeaten EDM Oilers @ the B-hawks 8:30 Pm

Islanders  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 9:46 am : link
call up Wahlstrom.

Might watch that game if he's in the lineup tonight.
RE: What a weekend  
Jay on the Island : 10/14/2019 10:36 am : link
In comment 14626919 pjcas18 said:
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for Caufield.

4 goals and an assist in two games (L to BC and a W over Merrimack)



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Wisconsin Hockey
@BadgerMHockey

2h
It's never been done before.

First Badger in the modern era (since 1963) with multiple goals in his first two games. @colecaufield


I still can't believe he fell to Montreal.
RE: Islanders  
Metnut : 10/14/2019 10:39 am : link
In comment 14628068 pjcas18 said:
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call up Wahlstrom.

Might watch that game if he's in the lineup tonight.


It's a day game today.

Shows you how much Josh Ho-Sang shot himself in the foot. If he had reported to BPT and played reasonably well in the first 3-4 AHL games, this would be his call up.

I think both Eberle and Cizikas are out for NYI, so I wonder if Wahlstrom gets a chance with Barzal and Lee today.
If the Devils lose tonight  
Jay on the Island : 10/14/2019 10:41 am : link
I hope they fire Hynes. This team is too talented to play this bad. It's hard to watch right now because they are so sloppy.

After the Oilers game Hynes said "If you look at the way we competed and the way that we played 5-on-5 we played a lot to our identity." That blew my mind because they were a mess nearly that entire game.

My two biggest fears going into the season was the goaltending and coaching. Schneider has looked solid so far but it is clear that Hynes is not the right coach for a team with playoff expectations. They need to make a move early, they can't afford to do what they did with John MacLean.

Pj, in your educated opinion who are the best coaching options for the Devils. I wish they could lure Darryl Sutter out of retirement but that'll never happen.
RE: If the Devils lose tonight  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 11:06 am : link
In comment 14628162 Jay on the Island said:
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I hope they fire Hynes. This team is too talented to play this bad. It's hard to watch right now because they are so sloppy.

After the Oilers game Hynes said "If you look at the way we competed and the way that we played 5-on-5 we played a lot to our identity." That blew my mind because they were a mess nearly that entire game.

My two biggest fears going into the season was the goaltending and coaching. Schneider has looked solid so far but it is clear that Hynes is not the right coach for a team with playoff expectations. They need to make a move early, they can't afford to do what they did with John MacLean.

Pj, in your educated opinion who are the best coaching options for the Devils. I wish they could lure Darryl Sutter out of retirement but that'll never happen.


early indications are the experts knew more than the fans with the Devils. Though obviously a ridiculously SSS.

I just got my level 4 coaching certification and one of the speakers (a college coach I won't name) referenced Hynes many times. He really was not a fan of Hynes, when compared with Mike Sullivan, for example.

anyway, I am not great at predicting coaching success. I never would have thought Bruce Cassidy would have success after his Capitals stint.

but the name I keep hearing people mention as the "next" coach in waiting is Sheldon Keefe. He's the HC of the Leafs AHL team, the Marlies.

the other name is Jay Leach, current Providence Bruins coach.

but reality IMO is if they make a change this early it's probably someone already on the staff or in the Devils system (and I'm not familiar with them) or a veteran HC who can step in easily - someone like Michel Therrien - which would be ironic reuniting him with Subban, since allegedly he is a big reason Subban was traded (Therrien denies).



Eberle is day to day so I think they will play Wahlstrom  
Eric on Li : 10/14/2019 11:12 am : link
I don't think they called him up to ride the bench and Kuhnackl sucked the other day (not his fault, he's not a top 6 F).

I expect it will only be a handful of games for Wahlstrom but I really hope he sticks and you're right about him PJ. Anything like Tkachuk's debut last year would be a huge boost, assuming they can continue getting back into the habit of playing defense like they did vs. FL.
RE: RE: If the Devils lose tonight  
Mike in NY : 10/14/2019 11:12 am : link
In comment 14628193 pjcas18 said:
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In comment 14628162 Jay on the Island said:


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I hope they fire Hynes. This team is too talented to play this bad. It's hard to watch right now because they are so sloppy.

After the Oilers game Hynes said "If you look at the way we competed and the way that we played 5-on-5 we played a lot to our identity." That blew my mind because they were a mess nearly that entire game.

My two biggest fears going into the season was the goaltending and coaching. Schneider has looked solid so far but it is clear that Hynes is not the right coach for a team with playoff expectations. They need to make a move early, they can't afford to do what they did with John MacLean.

Pj, in your educated opinion who are the best coaching options for the Devils. I wish they could lure Darryl Sutter out of retirement but that'll never happen.



early indications are the experts knew more than the fans with the Devils. Though obviously a ridiculously SSS.

I just got my level 4 coaching certification and one of the speakers (a college coach I won't name) referenced Hynes many times. He really was not a fan of Hynes, when compared with Mike Sullivan, for example.

anyway, I am not great at predicting coaching success. I never would have thought Bruce Cassidy would have success after his Capitals stint.

but the name I keep hearing people mention as the "next" coach in waiting is Sheldon Keefe. He's the HC of the Leafs AHL team, the Marlies.

the other name is Jay Leach, current Providence Bruins coach.

but reality IMO is if they make a change this early it's probably someone already on the staff or in the Devils system (and I'm not familiar with them) or a veteran HC who can step in easily - someone like Michel Therrien - which would be ironic reuniting him with Subban, since allegedly he is a big reason Subban was traded (Therrien denies).




I am surprised Keefe wasn't hired this offseason unless he had assurances from Toronto's brass that another one and done in the playoffs means Mike Babcock will be fired and that job will be his. He has been successful everywhere he has coached even when Toronto was calling up all of his best players because of injuries with the NHL club.
RE: Eberle is day to day so I think they will play Wahlstrom  
Mike in NY : 10/14/2019 11:14 am : link
In comment 14628202 Eric on Li said:
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I don't think they called him up to ride the bench and Kuhnackl sucked the other day (not his fault, he's not a top 6 F).

I expect it will only be a handful of games for Wahlstrom but I really hope he sticks and you're right about him PJ. Anything like Tkachuk's debut last year would be a huge boost, assuming they can continue getting back into the habit of playing defense like they did vs. FL.


I would like to see them call up Otto Koivula especially with Cizikas out. Being forced to play Komarov at C and Kuhnackl or Johnston at W really hurts our already limited offense.
I think Otto is hurt  
Eric on Li : 10/14/2019 11:16 am : link
but I actually don't have a huge problem with Komarov right now - he's good defensively, he's been good on the PK, and he's even created a few chances. He's been better this year than last year so far while the rest of the 4th line has been a lot worse. I think a few of those guys may be hitting their expiration dates.
RE: I think Otto is hurt  
Metnut : 10/14/2019 11:19 am : link
In comment 14628210 Eric on Li said:
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but I actually don't have a huge problem with Komarov right now - he's good defensively, he's been good on the PK, and he's even created a few chances. He's been better this year than last year so far while the rest of the 4th line has been a lot worse. I think a few of those guys may be hitting their expiration dates.


IMO, it shows how much Cizikas drives that line. He's been either out or hobbled this year and the other two guys can't drive the play without Cizikas out there near 100%.
RE: RE: I think Otto is hurt  
Eric on Li : 10/14/2019 11:22 am : link
In comment 14628215 Metnut said:
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but I actually don't have a huge problem with Komarov right now - he's good defensively, he's been good on the PK, and he's even created a few chances. He's been better this year than last year so far while the rest of the 4th line has been a lot worse. I think a few of those guys may be hitting their expiration dates.



IMO, it shows how much Cizikas drives that line. He's been either out or hobbled this year and the other two guys can't drive the play without Cizikas out there near 100%.


That could be it. Between the 3 of them I'd take the under on 50 games played together this year and rotating them through to keep them fresh may be the best thing for all of them (Zeke included) so they don't get hurt.
Devils  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 1:14 pm : link
playing like they want to get Hynes fired.
Hall ties it up.  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 1:22 pm : link
hockey overload on a workday right now.

it's awesome.

Bruins power play is ridiculous. Pasta rips one past Gibson off the Bergeron feed.
Devils  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 2:11 pm : link
now righting the ship.

ended the 1st period better than how it started. and have added two 2nd period goals. Up 4 - 1 5 min in to the second.
I can't remember a game  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 2:43 pm : link
with more early/late goal scoring.

Panthers score 16 seconds into the game
Devils score with under a min left in the first

Devils score 32 seconds into the second
Devils score 36 seconds later, 1:08 into the second
Panthers score with 8 seconds left in the second

those goals drive coaches absolutely crazy.

And the Panthers  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 2:59 pm : link
tie it up at 4, 30 seconds into the 3rd. Unreal.
Pasta  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 3:11 pm : link
lighting the Ducks on fire.

4 goals today (so far). he took a lot of shit here in Boston during the playoffs, but he's their best player.

Panthers keep  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 3:12 pm : link
pushing, take a 5 - 4 lead on the Devils.

Blowing a 4 - 1 lead would be back in the column of trying to get your coach fired.
Was excited for this Devils season  
Oscar : 10/14/2019 3:16 pm : link
But boy are they terrible. Hynes might not make it out of the building with his job this afternoon.
Hynes should be fired tonight  
Jay on the Island : 10/14/2019 3:29 pm : link
There is no excuse for these horrible performances. They have blown a 4-0 and 4-1 leads in their first 6 games.
Isles have had an ugly uneven  
Metnut : 10/14/2019 3:32 pm : link
game but Wahlstrom looks great and they've rallied to force OT.
RE: Isles have had an ugly uneven  
Metnut : 10/14/2019 3:36 pm : link
In comment 14628635 Metnut said:
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game but Wahlstrom looks great and they've rallied to force OT.


They score in OT and win. Big comeback in a game vs the Stanley cup Champs that they looked completely dead in with 6 minutes to go.
RE: Isles have had an ugly uneven  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 3:37 pm : link
In comment 14628635 Metnut said:
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game but Wahlstrom looks great and they've rallied to force OT.


another game with late scoring. I love NHL OT.

Quinnipiac alum, Devon Toews wins it.

RE: RE: Isles have had an ugly uneven  
BlueHurricane : 10/14/2019 3:40 pm : link
In comment 14628640 Metnut said:
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game but Wahlstrom looks great and they've rallied to force OT.



They score in OT and win. Big comeback in a game vs the Stanley cup Champs that they looked completely dead in with 6 minutes to go.


Huge win. Great goal for Toews from Barzal! Really needed this.
Rumors  
pjcas18 : 10/14/2019 8:50 pm : link
Devils and Kings talking trade.

Quick?

I didn't click to see details.
RE: RE: Islanders  
Mike in NY : 10/14/2019 10:34 pm : link
In comment 14628160 Metnut said:
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call up Wahlstrom.

Might watch that game if he's in the lineup tonight.



It's a day game today.

Shows you how much Josh Ho-Sang shot himself in the foot. If he had reported to BPT and played reasonably well in the first 3-4 AHL games, this would be his call up.

I think both Eberle and Cizikas are out for NYI, so I wonder if Wahlstrom gets a chance with Barzal and Lee today.


JHS didnít report because Islanders brass asked him not to. They were trying to work out a trade and didnít want him to screw up what they were doing in Bridgeport.
Looks like you were right about Wahlstrom PJ  
Eric on Li : 10/14/2019 11:04 pm : link
just looks like a pro scorer. Depends on how many games he gets until Eberle is healthy, but I'm not sure he'll ever go back down to the AHL.
RE: Rumors  
Anakim : 10/14/2019 11:10 pm : link
In comment 14628915 pjcas18 said:
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Devils and Kings talking trade.

Quick?

I didn't click to see details.


Didn't see this anywhere
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