Jakub Vrana. Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Max Pacioretty. Niklas Backstrom. Jack Eichel. It seems like the NHL is enduring an epidemic of injured scorers.
Los Angeles Kings’ defenseman Drew Doughty was the latest offensive-minded player to go down, although the extent of his Friday injury has not yet been revealed.
Jakub Vrana (shoulder) won’t be back for four months. Malkin (knee) has a couple of months to go. Eichel’s recovery time depends on when he has surgery and what kind of surgery he has. Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dan Kingerski provided the latest on update about Crosby’s timeline from returning from last month’s wrist surgery. Plus, there’s the story of how the injury occurred.
That’s Crosby, stickhandling at center ice. pic.twitter.com/9jX6qKPuog
— Dave Molinari (@MolinariPGH) October 23, 2021
Down on the Farm
Calvin Pickard made 37 saves, but the Red Wings’ Grand Rapids Griffins’ farm team lost 1-0 to the Manitoba Moose. Detroit prize prospect Jonatan Berggren hit the crossbar on one of his shots.
Around the NHL
Detroit: The Red Wings are in Montreal today without their top scorer, feistiest forward and one of their most popular players. The story of why healthy Tyler Bertuzzi will watch the game from his home.
Boston: Jimmy Murphy of Boston Hockey Now says Linus Ullmark silenced his doubters with his 4-1 win vs. the Sabres.
Calgary: Hockey Now writer Steve Macfarlane writes about how Johnny Gaudreau has become the Flames unheralded on-ice leader.
Colorado: Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now explains how the Avalanche’s defensive breakdowns are happening
Florida: Happy Keith Yandle Day. Florida Hockey Now’s George Richards talks about the Panthers first game against Yandle now that he’s with Philadelphia.
Montreal: Jon Still explains how Jesperi Kotkaniemi answered his critics in Montreal.
San Jose: San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng writes about how Jonathan Dahlen is fitting on the Sharks’ top line
Toronto: Scott Cullen of Toronto Hockey Now has five takeaways from the Maple Leafs loss to San Jose.
Vegas: With Alec Martinez injured, the Golden Knights called up Daniil Miromanov from their farm team