Winter is Coming
Rangers Rookies Raising Their Game
🦸♂️OT Hero: Kaapo Kakko was the hero Tuesday against the Penguins, netting the overtime winner after receiving a beautiful feed from fellow rookie Adam Fox.
🐧Speaking of the Penguins, their fearless leader Sidney Crosby might need surgery to repair a sports hernia.
🎯Streak Snappers: The Coyotes defeated two of the NHL’s top teams in back-to-back nights, and both wins came in the shootout. Monday’s victory snapped the Capitals seven game winning streak, and Tuesday’s ended the Blues run of seven straight.
What’s Happening: Don Cherry’s callous remarks about immigrants resulted in his ousting from ‘Hockey Night in Canada.’ The firing leaves an opening in the “Coach’s Corner” segment that takes place after the first intermission of Sportsnet’s Saturday night broadcasts.
Some are naming Brian Burke as the most likely successor, while others have thrown around names like Colby Armstrong and Jeremy Roenick. Whoever takes the seat that has been occupied by Cherry for over three decades must change their discussion topics writes The Hockey News’ Jared Clinton.
Tell Me More: For years, Cherry has provided entertainment during this segment with colorful suits and classic one liners. Fans these days, however, are after a more informative broadcast much like viewers of TSN receive when they listen to Bob McKenzie or Darren Dreger.
The Bottom Line: HNIC viewers will be patiently waiting to see what will fill the airtime after the first intermission this Saturday, but a long term decision on Cherry’s replacement will likely not come in the near future. Sportsnet could even use the rest of this season to test out different candidates and directions for the show.
Cherry showed little remorse even after his firing, saying that he meant every word that he said…
Here’s a list of 16 potential replacements.
Winter is Coming
What’s Happening: The Bruins began the year on a tear, but they have since come back to reality and entered Tuesday’s matchup with the Panthers on a three game losing streak. The B’s seemed to be on their way to erasing these doubts when they jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Panthers came roaring back, eventually winning the game 5-4 in a shootout.
Tell Me More: Tuukka Rask has had an impressive start to the year, but he was not sharp in this one. Rask gave up four goals on 29 shots, and the third was a soft one that allowed the Panthers to have life late in the game.
PK Probz: The penalty kill struggled again, surrendering two goals. The Bruins PK also gave up two in their 4-2 loss to the Red Wings last Friday.
The Bigger Picture: Winter is coming to Boston—is a Bruins cold streak on the horizon as well? Probably not, especially given the fact that two of the four losses have come in overtime or the shootout. With that said, their next game against the Leafs will be an important test after this deflating loss.
Dig Deeper: Tim Rosenthal, Boston.com
One Game to Watch: Avalanche vs. Oilers
When: Thursday, November 14th @ 9 p.m. EST
The Matchup: The Avs are having injury troubles in goal—Pavel Francouz was forced to leave Tuesday’s game against the Jets, and starter Philipp Grubauer remains day-to-day with a lower body injury. Adam Werner did shine in relief of Francouz by saving all 40 shots that he faced to secure his first NHL win. Werner will likely be in goal against the Oilers, who will be looking for a bounce back performance after a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday.
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