In today’s collection of notable NHL morning headlines: Flyers lose to the Jets, lose Schenn…Capitals no longer unbeaten…Malkin scores shootout winner…Three Blackhawks struggling to crack the roster…Two rookies to stick with their NHL teams…Avery missed by MSG fans…Confirmation of date and location of NHL 2012 entry draft.
PHILLY.COM: The Flyers lose a wild one to the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 9-8 last night.
PHILLYBURBS.COM: They’ve also lost center Brayden Schenn for 4-6 weeks to a broken bone in his left foot during the Flyers 5-1 loss to Montreal on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a week from hell for the Flyers. First, they lose captain and top defenseman Chris Pronger indefinitely to an eye injury in Monday’s win over Toronto, drop a stinker of a game in Montreal on Wednesday, suffer a huge meltdown defensively and between the pipes against Winnipeg on Thursday, and lose promising Schenn to an injury. The Flyers actually battled back in the loss to the Jets, battling back from 5-1 and 6-2 deficits to actually take the lead 7-6, but poor goaltending and sloppy “d” did them in.
WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals unbeaten streak to open this season is over, as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Edmonton Oilers. Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin turned aside 34 shots for the Oilers in the victory.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Big win for the Oilers, and another confidence builder for Khabibulin, who is looking like the ‘Bulin Wall of old so far this season.
POST-GAZETTE.COM: Evgeni Malkin scored in a shootout on NY Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro, who replaced an injured Evgeni Nabokov for the shootout, as the Penguins edged the Islanders 3-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tough situation for DiPietro, coming in cold off the bench like that.
SUN-TIMES.COM: Rostislav Olesz, Sami Lepisto and John Scott have seen little playing time thus far with the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One of those players could perhaps be shopped by the Blackhawks at some point this season, though Olesz and his $3.125 million cap hit probably would be the toughest to shop.
DENVER POST: 18-year-old rookie Gabriel Landeskog will be sticking with the Colorado Avalanche.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: 18-year-old rookie defenseman Adam Larsson will be staying with the New Jersey Devils this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there, as Landeskog is second on the Avs in goals (4) while Larsson leads all NHL rookie in ice time (23.52). They both have earned their spots.
SPORTING NEWS: Sean Avery may demoted to the NY Rangers farm team, but he hasn’t been forgotten, as several of his fans hung a huge “16 AVERY” banner in MSG during the Rangers 4-2 loss last night to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Avery wouldn’t have helped the Rangers last night, but it’s nice to see he still has his fans in the Big Apple.
PITTSBURGHLIVE.COM: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed yesterday the NHL 2012 Entry Draft will be held in Pittsburgh on June 22-23, 2012.