Last night was a quiet night in the NHL, with only the Tampa Bay Lightning and Detroit Red Wings taking to the ice. Tonight there will be a number of games around the league, including a big return in the capital of Canada as the Senators are set to welcome Erik Karlsson back into the lineup.
This morning, we’ll take a look at what team the Edmonton Oilers remind one of their beat writers of, look back at last night’s lone contest in the NHL, look ahead to Karlsson’s return and more.
Top Hockey News Of The Day – October 17th
– Before Edmonton’s trip to the second round last spring, the Calgary Flames were the last team from Alberta to get past the opening round, when they defeated Vancouver in the 2015 playoffs. Like Edmonton, Calgary lost to Anaheim in round two and then struggled to start the next season. Those Flames never recovered. Are the Oilers doomed to suffer that same fate? Sportsnet’s Mark Spector has more.
– The Detroit Red Wings, after a dominating win in Vegas on Friday, suffered a setback at the hands of the Lightning last night. The game, a 3-2 Tampa win, also included one of the strangest sequences that I’ve ever seen lead to a penalty shot for the home side. The recap comes courtesy the folks at Wings Nation.
– As mentioned above, the NHL’s best defender is returning to action tonight in Ottawa. When the Sens battle the Canucks for the second and final time this season, Erik Karlsson will take to the ice to lead a surging Ottawa club. For more we turn to Silver Seven Sens.
– The NHL announced their three stars yesterday afternoon, and to the surprise of no one Toronto’s Auston Matthews was involved in the honors. Winnipeg’s Nikolaj Ehlers and Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom were also named as part of the stars of the week. Sportsnet has the full press release.
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