Heading into this evening’s action, here are the day’s top NHL storylines:
No hearing for Malkin for hit to head in Pens’ loss at Caps
Evgeni Malkin will not have a disciplinary hearing for his shoulder to the head of T.J. Oshie during the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ recent 2-1 loss at the Washington Capitals. With Pittsburgh on the power play early in the third period, Malkin passed the puck and lifted his right shoulder into Oshie’s head and kept skating. The officials conferred before deciding to give Malkin a five-minute major penalty for an illegal check to the head and eject him from Wednesday night’s game. [More]
Is Milan Lucic the last of the enforcers?
NHL Mailbag: How ‘for real’ is Thomas Chabot?
Matt asks: “What’s your take on Chabot? Is this dude for real or what?”
All of Thomas Chabot’s numbers before he got to the NHL suggested that he was really good. And he’s only 22 years old. But his 5-on-5 PDO is currently 102.2, so the idea that he’s going to keep scoring at better-than-Erik-Karlsson levels (right now he has 4-16-20 in 15 games) is silly. [Full Mailbag]
Game of the night
Their three-game winning streak snapped by a shootout loss in Detroit Tuesday night, the Vancouver Canucks go for a sweep of their two-game season series with the Bruins when they visit TD Garden. They defeated the Bruins 2-1 in overtime Oct. 20 and now go for the sweep. Vancouver faces an 8-4-2 team that is having trouble putting the puck in the net but coming off a 2-1 OT win over Dallas Monday night. Thursday marks the return to TD Garden of Tim Schaller, who played the last two years in Boston before signing with the Canucks. He has three assists in 14 games. [Full preview]
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