Senators To Play in Sweden, Toronto League Under Investigation, and Playoff Updates
Thursday's Edition of the Links, News and Notes
It may be one of the most exciting off-seasons we've had for a while but it's been so quiet so far on the most important topic of all. However, there's still some exciting news in Sens land, around the league, and of course a playoff update.
- Growing the game has been one of the league's missions for the past few years and they have been have had many exciting initiatives including the Global Series. To make it better, the NHL has announced that the Ottawa Senators alongside the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, and the Minnesota Wild will be headed to Sweden in November for 2 regular season games each. The Senators will face the Detroit Red Wings on November 16th and the Minnesota Wild on the 18th.
- The Ottawa 67s had a great season and many were hoping they would go far in the playoffs. They had a fantastic first round and a second round to be proud of but unfortunately, they were eliminated this week by the Peterborough Petes.
- The Greater Toronto Hockey League is being investigated for possible tax evasion allegations in which NDP leaders are calling upon the Ontario government to look into the suspicious sale of teams for large sums of money.
- Christian Ehrhoff is a name we haven't heard of in many years, that is because he retired in 2018. However, the 40-year-old seems to be missing the game too much and has opted to come out of retirement to join Krefeld Pinguine of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga 2 (DEL2).
Florida Panthers 4 @ Boston Bruins 3 - BOS leads 3-2
Patrice Bergeron made his debut for the Bruins but it wasn't enough to stave off the hungry Florida Panthers. The Panthers started off the series on some good footing but they seemed overwhelmed by the Bruins. However, on the brink of elimination, they found a way to survive another game as Matthew Tkachuk buried a fatal goalie giveaway in overtime after the Bruins tied the game late in the third. The Bruins were one inch away from winning the series with Brad Marchand on a breakaway in the dying seconds only to face some magical work from Sergei Bobrovsky to save the season.
Seattle Kraken 3 @ Colorado Avalanche 2 - SEA leads 3-2
The Krakens have been quietly impressing many people. While the Colorado Avalanche have not been the threat they were last season, they are still the Cup champions and all eyes are on them in this series. They haven't been a disappointment by any means but they haven't played like a Champion either and the Kraken have earned their series lead so far. We'll see how well the Kraken can hold on to this lead and if we will officially have a new Champion as of the next game. The highlight of the game had to be the goal by Kingstonian Tye Kartye who scores his first goal in his first NHL game to give his team a chance to advance to the second round at home; in the franchise's first playoff appearance.
Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs - TOR leads 3-1
The end of the first-round jokes could happen tonight. The Toronto Maple Leafs haven't exactly dominated this series but they've annoyingly found a way to come back as the Bolts have been careless and sloppy in the past 2 games. It will be interesting to see if the Bolts desperation will be stronger than the Leafs good fortunes but it should be a good game that hopefully ends up in the series going back to Tampa Bay.
New York Rangers @ New Jersey Devils - Series tied 2-2
I suspected this series to go to 7 games and so far I think that may be the case. Both teams have exchanged good and bad games and it'll be interesting to see what show we get tonight.
Winnipeg Jets @ Vegas Golden Knights - VGK leads series 3-1
It's going to take a miracle for the Jets to come back from this series. Nothing has gone their way so far and the Knights have been capitalizing on every opportunity they get. Now, the Jets have to face elimination without both Mark Scheifele and John Morrisey. Nikolaj Ehlers may be able to make his debut for Game 5 which would be a huge boost for the Jets who will need to really channel deep to see a Game 6.