The Maple Leafs are getting ready to host a Powered-Up Buffalo Sabres tonight:
Owen Power hits the ice for his first full practice with the Sabres. Set to debut Tuesday against Toronto. pic.twitter.com/3sLrzv74QW— John Vogl (@BuffaloVogl) April 11, 2022
We’ll have the full list of who is in and who is out of this game in a preview later this afternoon. In the meantime, the news:
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin has been suspended for four games for Cross-checking Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki. https://t.co/rNDNPzkLMw— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) April 12, 2022
Global News has confirmed that Waterloo Region and London are teaming up in a bid to jointly host the 2023 World Junior Hockey Championships.https://t.co/vyLSwQiDYN— 980 CFPL London News (@AM980News) April 11, 2022
The two municipalities will have some stiff competition as Global News has reported that Halifax and Moncton are also teaming up for a bid to host the championships while Saskatoon and Regina have also entered the fray.
In addition, it has also been announced that the Quebec government, the Ottawa Senators and Quebecor are exploring the possibility of Ottawa and Quebec City also entering a joint bid to host the tournament.
The games are currently scheduled to begin on Boxing Day in Novosibirsk and Omsk, Russia, but they were pulled after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The PWHPA’s board has voted unanimously to end any further discussions about collaborating with the PHF, sources tell The Athletic.— Hailey Salvian (@hailey_salvian) April 11, 2022
This comes after a meeting between the two sides and the NHL last month.
On the news and why they reached that conclusion:https://t.co/i9UvjoLg3D
A little light reading on the activities of Yandex related to the above decision:
Defenseman Drew Doughty underwent successful wrist surgery today & will not return this season.— LA Kings (@LAKings) April 11, 2022
He is expected to make a full recovery for next season. pic.twitter.com/vNtgSZ1fS9
Lots of games tonight after an almost dark Monday. The Canadiens inched closer to the bottom with a loss to the Jets in the only game yesterday.
The Bruins play the Blues tonight and the Lightning play the Stars. The Rangers face the Hurricanes in a game that can’t quite put the Rangers in first in the Metro if they win, but the teams would be tied on points.
One interesting note on that, is that the Rangers did a lot at the deadline, and it was smart things. I noted in my deadline roundup that they seemed to have a lot of clarity about how much their goalie was carrying them, something the Jets never seem to have. This caught my eye:
I was curious about the Rangers supposedly dramatic improvement in chance rates since the trade deadline, so I worked it out, and it does look pretty decent: pic.twitter.com/gu1sVF9kOp— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) April 11, 2022
When we talk about deadline acquisitions succeeding, we usually end up talking only about the team that won the cup with a noticeable (aka personal goal scoring) contribution from the new players. This is also deadline success. It’s just hiding behind that goalie.
That’s all for now, see you at gametime.