Vegas Strikes Again
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💴Vegas Strikes Again: According to sources at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino, Sharks forward Evander Kane blew $500,000 that he never paid back to the casino. Ouch.
🇺🇸ICYMI: Our affiliate brand Tag the Flag has partnered with the Kyle Palmieri Foundation in honor of Military Family Month and Veteran’s Day. $1 for every person that signs up for Tag the Flag will be donated to the Devils forward’s foundation.
🔊Call Radar: Speaking of Veteran’s Day, we are excited to welcome Billy Christopoulos, a United States Air Force graduate who is playing professional hockey after earning a spot in the World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) as he looks to play for the United States at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Read more on Billy’s story here, and be sure to join us on Monday at 5 p.m. EST for this patriotic LIVE conference call.
On the Road Again
What’s Happening: ESPN polled 50 NHL players, asking them questions relating to their actual lifestyle. Here’s what they had to say…
Tell Me More: When asked which city is the worst to play in, 42% named Winnipeg. According to one player, “Winnipeg is just depressing. You don't even want to leave the hotel to get a cup of coffee.”
And the worst showers? That would be the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins according to 76% of the players polled. Apparently Edmonton has the best visiting locker room—one player said that “it’s like a penthouse.”
Poutine Please: We asked New Jersey Devils forward Kevin Rooney which road city was his favorite to play in, and he said Montreal because of the restaurants and the in-game atmosphere at the Bell Centre. Rooney also mentioned his excitement to play in Vegas for the first time.
Which NHL rink is the toughest to play in?
Coyote Ugly No More
What’s Happening: The Arizona Coyotes defeated the Oilers Monday, continuing their recent stretch of wins. They lost to the Flames in OT the following night but have now earned points in seven straight games.
Tell Me More: The Coyotes 1-2 punch in goal has been essential to their early season success. Darcy Kuemper has shouldered the bulk of the load, amassing a 7-3 record to go with his 1.69 goals against average. Kuemper has given up less than three goals in all but one of his ten stars.
Kessel Update: The trade bringing Phil Kessel to the desert was a big one, and he’s had some early season success with 10 points through 15 games. Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz have been the biggest surprises, as they have accounted for a combined 11 goals and 24 points.
The Bigger Picture: The Coyotes currently find themselves in a playoff position, although it is still early in the season. Clayton Keller has just two goals on the year, so Arizona could be even better if the young All Star starts to score more.
And There’s This: Yotes forward Michael Grabner was forced to make an escape plan after locking himself in his home gym.
One Game to Watch: Penguins vs. Islanders
When: Thursday, November 7th @ 7 p.m. EST
Watch: MSG+, ATTSN-PT
The Matchup: The Penguins last played on Monday, losing a hard fought, offensive battle to the red hot Bruins. The Islanders built on what has been an impressive three weeks by defeating the Senators Tuesday, closing the gap between them and the first place Capitals in the Metropolitan Division.
More Links from the Rink
These two Washington Capitals (one of which is a Stanley Cup champion) were cast aside after training camp, but they remain determined to get back to the NHL.
The Canadiens defeated the Bruins Tuesday, ending their winning streak at six games. The game was Zdeno Chara’s 1,500th—he’s just the 21st player to reach that mark. Despite the loss, the Bruins top line is setting a pretty high standard for the rest of the league.