T minus 3 days until the regular season starts! More importantly, 4 days until that sweet, sweet Colorado Avalanche hockey is back so we can watch Nathan MacKinnon have his way with the league again. In case you didn’t know (which I know you do, but whatever), the Avs will take on the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, October 4th on Altitude. It’s also NHL.com’s free game that day so all of you out-of-staters can catch it on NHL.tv.
The Avs face the Dallas Stars tonight in both teams’ final preseason game. The Stars won 3-1 when they met on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the game won’t be televised. I know right? 2018? Still having to listen to games on the radio? Tell me about it.
In other news, the Colorado Eagles closed out their preseason with a win. Four different Eagles scored against the San Jose Barracuda, winning 4-2. Sergei Boikov, Ty Lewis, Andrew Agozzino, and Michael Joly were the goal scorers. [ColoradoEagles.com]
Tyson Jost looks poised to break out this season. Read Tom’s thoughts about that here.
Down in the OHL, Avs prospect Brandon Saigeon now leads the OHL with 9 points through three games. Check out the nice feed from Saigeon to 2019 first round prospect Arthur Kaliyev:
Around the League
In an interesting turn of events, the Pittsburgh Penguins have started a podcast and their first guess is none other than Sidney Crosby. Definitely give this a listen. It’s the greatest player of his generation talking hockey for an hour straight. What’s not to love? [NHL.com]
The rumor mill has spun up once again and the Tampa Bay Lightning are in its sharp spotlight. Supposedly, the Lightning are actively shopping defenders Slater Koekkoek and Braydon Coburn. [Twitter.com]
According to Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien, the third overall pick in this years entry draft, Jesperi Kotkaniemi will begin his season on the Canadiens roster, rightfully so if I do say so myself. [Twitter.com]
I know we as a community have had our fair share of laughs at the Ottawa Senators expense, but they just make it so easy. Check out the front page of the Ottawa Sun’s website. When I saw this, I thought it HAD to either be a joke or Photoshop. The desperation comes through too bluntly, but when I checked for myself, this ugly, sad advertising was staring me in the face. Oh boy.
Finally, our good(?) friend Matt Duchene is still doing Matt Duchene things by finishing a beautiful goal set up by an absurd play from Brady Tkachuk