Coach Ken Hitchcock added more veterans after a more inexperienced group lost 5-1 to the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday. Jason Spezza, playing his first preseason game, also scored his first preseason goal, with Dan Hamhuis, Remi Elie and Mattias Janmark finding twine as well.
Find the full write-up here. [Dallas Stars]
Meanwhile, take a look at this power play goal and feel free to swoon.
The puck movement, the feed from Shore and the finish from Hamhuis. That is a fine looking power play right there. pic.twitter.com/bYUGXYTO66— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) September 24, 2017
ICYMI, Martin Hanzal started practicing with the team yesterday. It’s his first practice since he sprained his ankle before the start of training camp. [Stars Inside Edge]
The NHL Network is hinting around at tonight’s Top 50 Players reveal with this Jamie Benn video. Is the Captain part of the #20-11 list? (Who knows, they used John Klingberg highlights to sell the Top 20 defenders and he wasn’t even on it, but try watching anyway.)
Around the league(s)
Well, the NHL experiment in calling every penalty, on every player, every time, is already undergoing some, ahhhhh, adjustments.
Meanwhile, the Washington Capitals’ Tom Wilson gets the first suspension of 2017-18 with a two-game sit for interference on the Blues’ Robert Thomas.
Washington’s Tom Wilson suspended two preseason games for interference on St. Louis’ Robert Thomas. https://t.co/fX3mEQgEyU— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) September 23, 2017
Antti Niemi lost his glove, but that didn’t keep him from stopping a shot with his bare hand. Ouch! https://t.co/5yG7Xlep3A— SB Nation NHL (@SBNationNHL) September 23, 2017
Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson was back on the ice yesterday for the first time since a major offseason ankle surgery.
Say it with me: It’s never too early to start thinking about the NHL Draft. Mackenzie Liddell takes a look.
As you finish your 2017-18 fantasy roster, you might want to compare your picks with Matt Larkin’s final top 200 fantasy list. [The Hockey News]
You know it will happen, and the Arizona Coyotes have decided not to be coy about it: No one else will ever wear Shane Doan’s number 19, although they’re not sure yet when the formal retirement will take place.
The Chinese market has enough perceived value that the NHL presumably will not skip the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. But hockey legend Phil Esposito says the league fell down hard on promoting last week’s China Games.
Meanwhile, the PyeongChang controversy continues as NBC reveals that the NHL will go dark across every platform during the 2018 Winter Games – a move Larry Brooks interprets as “a symbolic middle finger” to Gary Bettman and Co. [New York Post]
Minnesota-born Blake Wheeler is the first NHL player to weigh in on the social-media battle between the Golden State Warriors and the White House.
Meanwhile, in NHL18, I’ll just leave this here.
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
It’s also never too early to start planning for February’s Pink in the Rink breast cancer benefit, and this Jason Dickinson goal from 2016 is here to remind you why.
Twenty-five years ago yesterday, 20-year-old goalie Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game, as a preseason invitee of the Tampa Bay Lightning. This week, she discussed her moment in history with Sportsnet’s Kristina Rutherford. Enjoy.