• In case you missed it, the Seattle Kraken hired former Sabres GM Jason Botterill as their assistant GM. Should we take this as a sign that the Kraken might not be as analytics-leaning as originally expected? We’ll see. [NHL.com]Vancouver Canucks Team NHL Face Coverings
Between a blistering power play and a keyed-in Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks appeared ahead of schedule during the regular season. Seeing Quinn Hughes fall just short of a Calder Trophy only cemented the notion that the Canucks’ young players might drive them to bigger things. Seeing J.T. Miller exceed even the most optimistic expectations only added a cherry on top.
''As a player, I feel like I've always been a guy that kind of just tries to better myself and try not to worry too much about other people's jobs or what the next step is as a franchise,'' Kane said. ''I think as a player, you want to win now. You want to compete now. And I think we can do that with this group. I think we can surprise some people.''Montreal Canadiens Team NHL Face Coverings
Marc Staal scored with 1:42 to go for the Red Team, but play continued to give the coaches a chance to get a look at 3-on-3 play. That afforded Danny DeKeyser a chance to score for Team White with less than a minute to go.Arizona Coyotes Team NHL Face Coverings
Detroit's first four games are at home, starting with a two-game visit from the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 14, to potentially help get off to a desperately needed strong start to begin the sprint of a season.
Janmark, who went to the Stanley Cup Final with the Dallas Stars last season, and Wallmark, who played with the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers last year, are both strong defensive forwards that signed one-year deals with the Blackhawks in the offseason. Pirri, who also scored in the scrimmage, played with the Hawks from 2010-2014 and has been up and down with multiple organization's NHL and AHL clubs the last few seasons. It's hard to picture this line remaining intact and catching fire, but each player could take on a role in the lineup, especially in the bottom six, on a different line in the future.