Hockey and Coffee: Week of October 30 – November 5

Vegas 4th String Goalie

After losing talented starting goaltender, Marc-Andre Fleury, due to concussion earlier this season, Knights fans became very worried about what would become of their new and very successful team. Surprisingly, Malcolm Subban proved to be a phenomenal goalie as well; having a save percentage of .936 and GAA of 2.06 in three games played of which he won the previous two. Unfortunately, Vegas isn’t as lucky as it seems. Shortly after Subban took over, he sustained a lower-body injury and was told he’d be out for four weeks. This left Vegas to start their third string goalie. Most teams wouldn’t have made it this far. A lot of teams are uncomfortable with playing even their second stringer. Oscar Dansk filled in for Subban and was very surprisingly a great net-minder. Dansk recorded three wins and no losses as well as a save percentage of .946 and GAA of 1.78 before ultimately injuring himself. Any team in the NHL would be terrified right now, no matter who they are. Twenty-four year old, Maxime Lagace, is now Vegas’ starting goaltender and hasn’t been doing so hot, recording only one win out of four games played. Lagace is backed up by the last goaltender under contract for Vegas, nineteen year old WHL player, Dylan Ferguson. Despite having to start their fourth string goalie, Vegas still holds a record of 9-4-0 and is ranked sixth overall.

Boyle Returns

On September 19, 2017, New Jersey Devils’ forward, Brian Boyle, was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. This diagnosis was very hard on Boyle, his teammates, and his family. After a little over a month of treatment Boyle was cleared for his return to the NHL. Boyle’s season debut was on Wednesday against Vancouver.

Duchene Traded

Despite having thought earlier this week the trade had fallen through, Ottawa, Colorado, and Nashville have shocked us all. Yesterday afternoon, in the middle of a game, Matt Duchene quietly and happily slipped off the ice after hearing word of his trade to the Senators in part of a three-way deal.

To Senators: Duchene

To Predators: Turris

To: Avalanche: Girard, Kamenev, Hammond, Bowers, OTT 2018 1st and 3rd round picks, NSH 2018 2nd round pick

 

Injury Update:

David Backes – Colon surgery

Ryan Getzlaf – Face

Carey Price – Lower-body

Matt Calvert – Upper-body

Brett Ritchie – Upper-body

Radek Faksa – Lower-body

Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Head

Oscar Dansk – Lower-body

A Look Ahead

  • Top teams faceoff – Lightning vs. Kings, 11/9
  • Ovi vs. Sid, 11/10
  • Will Vegas be able to keep a goalie for 5 complete games??

 

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