Here are your news and notes covering the NHL for September 27th, 2018…
In preseason action last night, seven contests took place:
- Montreal Canadiens F Jesperi Kotkaniemi has one assist and two shot on goal in just under 14 minutes of ice time. The Canadiens would lose 5-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre Wednesday night. This could have been just enough for Kotkaniemi, the third overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, to make the roster. Kotkaniemi, 18, has three points (one goal and two assists), a plus-5 rating and four shots on goal in five preseason contests.
- The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime at TD Garden. Filip Zadina scored on a one-timer just 24 seconds in the overtime frame, his second goal in five preseason contests. Zadina is also attempting to become the first Red Wing player to play as an 18-year-old since Martin Lapointe in the 1991-92 season. Zadina, who is a native of the Czech Republic, was on loan to QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads last season and as such is eligible for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League.
- The injury to Anaheim Ducks Corey Perry could be an opportunity for Max Comtois to make the Ducks roster. Comtois, the second round pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, scored two goals in Anaheim’s 7-4 win over the Los Angeles Kings at Honda Center. Comtois’ second goal was set up by Isac Lundestrom, the 23rd pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. Lundestrom is also looking to make the Ducks roster with Ryan Kesler unliekly to begin the season as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.
- Ryan Suter looks to be in season form after the Minnesota Wild’s 4-3 victory of the Winnipeg Hets at Xcel Energy Center. Suter registered 21:22 of on-ice time and had two shots on goal in his first action since he broke his right ankle on March 31.
In preseason action last night:
- Detroit 3, Boston 2
- New York Islanders 4, New York Rangers 3 (OT)
- Pittsburgh 5, Buffalo 1
- Toronto 5, Montreal 3
- Minnesota 4, Winnipeg 3
- Dallas 3, Colorado 1
- Anaheim 7, Los Angeles 4
Tonight’s preseason schedule:
- New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers
- Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning at Amway Arena (Orlando, Florida)
- New Jersey Devils at Winnipeg Jets
- Ottawa Senators at Chicago Blackhawks
- Arizona Coyotes at Edmonton Oilers
- Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues Robert Bortuzzo has a hearing today for elbowing Washington Capitals D Michal Kempny in Washington’s 4-0 win Tuesday night.
St. Louis’ Robert Bortuzzo will have a hearing tomorrow for Elbowing Washington’s Michal Kempny.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 26, 2018
After a hearing with the DoPS, Robert Bortuzzo has been suspended for the remainder of the preseason and one regular season game for elbowing Washington Capitals D Michal Kempny
St. Louis’ Robert Bortuzzo suspended for the remainder of the preseason and one regular season game for Elbowing Washington’s Michal Kempny. https://t.co/ZBPTS6Fkx5
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 27, 2018
There is a report of Philadelphia Flyers F Jori Lehterä being a suspect in a Finnish cocaine ring.
— Dave Isaac (@davegisaac) September 26, 2018
TXHT’s and Last Word on Hockey contributor Armand Klisivitch wrote an article about Jesperi Kotkaniemi expecting to start the season with the Montreal Canadiens.
— LastWordOnSports Inc (@lastwordonsport) September 27, 2018
The Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan wrote an article today about Jakub Vrana and his plans to keep his top-six spot but also how the Capitals have a void in high-end prospects that are after him. Washington GM Brian MacLellan also mentions that if given a chance, the team would want to trade prospects for more forward prospects.
Asked about the Caps’ imbalance of young blue-liners vs. forwards, GM Brian MacLellan mentioned that, given the right opportunity, the team wants to trade prospects for more forward prospects https://t.co/xTo9aczn5k
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) September 27, 2018
Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet released his new “31 Thoughts” podcast this afternoon.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) September 27, 2018
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