There are three conditions for the NHL to bring a team to a new market. The first is that it’s a market in which they feel a hockey team could thrive. In the most recent round of expansion that yielded a team in Las Vegas starting next season, Seattle met the first condition.
Plenty of noteworthy starts on a busy night — 11 games! — but let’s focus on the situation in Boston. Yes, again. Malcolm Subban will make his first start of the season and second of his NHL career when the Bruins host the Wild at TD Garden. Guaranteed he’s hoping this one goes better than the last. Subban lasted half a game in a loss to St. Louis last February, allowing three goals on just six shots before getting hooked. This test against Minnesota will be a tall one, especially given how Subban’s brief time in the AHL has gone — the former first-round pick is 0-3-1 with Providence this year, posting a 4.50 GAA and .846 save percentage. As we wrote earlier, both Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin
OK. So, Brian Elliott isn’t off to a good start in net for the Calgary Flames. He has lost all three of his starts. He’s allowed 14 goals with a save percentage of only .839. Not good. Not good at all, especially considering the Flames acquired Elliott with the hopes of addressing their goaltending concerns from previous seasons. Chad Johnson has instead started three of the last four games for Calgary. Whether it’s Elliott or Johnson in net, the Flames have given up the most goals against in the league, while giving up 30.2 shots against per 60 minutes at five-on-five. That puts them 18th in the league at even strength. But despite Elliott’s difficult start, a former Blues teammate of his has