Big night for Ryan Getzlaf as he was 1+3=4 in a comeback win for the Ducks over the Canucks... this coming after donuts in his first three games and having some people in a panic that they wasted a pick on the big center... not to worry, he'll be fine.
It was a relative night off for Jonas Hiller last night as the Ducks only allowed 39 shots against the Canucks... Hiller stopped 36 of them to pick up the win. Slight improvement for the team's defense but still troubling for Hiller owners.
We told people yesterday that we would probably avoid Predators rookie goalie Anders Lindback in his first ever NHL start, on the road, in Chicago... well hopefully you didn't listen to us as he only had to face 25 shots and stopped 23 of them pick up the win. It sounds as though Rinne will be back from his knee injury soon but this might earn Lindback a few more starts and with Barry Trotz you just never know what that could lead to???
More after the jump on O'Reilly, Crawford, Comrie, Nino, etc...
Interesting note from the Predators game as Cal O`Reilly played 18 minutes centering the top line with Hornqvist & Sullivan while big free agent signing Matt Lombardi played less than 13 with Dumont & Wilson. O'Reilly is also getting the call on the PP as he held the advantage over Lombo 3:27 to 0:48. O'Reilly's been a prolific setup man in Jr. & the AHL and it looks like Trotz might finally give him a chance.
Corey Crawford got the call for his second straight start for the Hawks but he couldn't hold a third period lead and a late penalty by Boynton gave the Preds a chance to add the winner on the PP. Two pretty solid starts for Crawford though and an encouraging sign for those that are gambling on him taking over the #1 job from Turco eventually.
Well that was fast... Mike Comrie started the season for the Penguins playing on a line with either Crosby or Malkin but for game #4 he found himself in the pressbox as a healthy scratch. This is likely just a wakeup call from Bylsma and we'd expect Comrie to be back in there shortly as the Pens don't have a lot of guys with his skills so they need to utilize his talent.
Nino Niederreiter scored his first NHL goal last night... he only played 13 minutes and it doesn't look like the Islanders are going to give him too much responsibility too quickly and so while he's likely going to stay in the NHL all year, we're not expecting much production.
Clarke MacArthur potted two goals for the Leafs last night and he's off to a flying start with four through the first three games. This isn't totally surprising as MacArthur has been a good point producer in the WHL & AHL but just hasn't been able to show too much at the NHL level yet. What is a little surprising is that everything he shoots is going in as he's usually more of a setup guy than a sniper.
The Rangers have sent Tim Kennedy to the AHL... further proof that the kid is at rock bottom right now. Fortunately for him he only signed a one-year deal with the Rangers, so maybe after a good year in the AHL (with some spot duty in the NHL) he can try to resurrect his career in a different location next year.