November 8 — Eastern Entertainers & Personalized Playlists

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BLACKWOOD OUT WITH KNEE INJURY: New Jersey is facing a little adversity after its hot start. Head coach Lindy Ruff confirmed that goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood has a sprained MCL. Blackwood’s injury occurred in the second period of the Devils’ game against the Edmonton Oilers on Nov. 3.

THE DREADED VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Amidst a string of five losses in a row and a disappointing 4-7 record following a thrilling offseason, Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion came out on Monday offering support for embattled head coach D.J. Smith. While strangely speaking in the third person, Dorion said, “Pierre Dorion is very loyal. D.J. has done a good job and he’s shown that he can win. D.J. is our coach, and he’s going to be our coach.”

SINGING THE BLUES: Boston handed St. Louis its seventh straight loss on Monday, defeating the Blues 3-1 to remain perfect at home. Patrice Bergeron scored his 311th power-play point to pass Bobby Orr for fourth on the Bruins’ all-time list with his eventual game-winning goal in the third period.

MARRING McDAVID’S MILESTONE: Playing in his 500th game, Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist to record his 221st multi-point night and tie Orr for fourth-most assists (472) through 500 games. However, penalties against the Oilers led to four power-play goals for the Washington Capitals, ending their four-game skid with a 5-4 victory.

FLUTTERING FLAMES: New York scored three unanswered goals as the Islanders rallied to defeat the Calgary Flames 4-3 in overtime. It was the Flames’ fifth straight loss (0-3-2), who gave up two scores in 59 seconds to allow the Islanders to tie the game. 

Trivia Tuesday

How Well Do You Know Mike Peluso?

Mike Peluso, New Jersey Devils (Photo by Denis Brodeur/NHLI via Getty Images)
  1. Peluso ended his professional career playing for which franchise?
    • New Jersey Devils
    • St. Louis Blues
    • Calgary Flames
    • Ottawa Senators

  2. What kind of injury ended Peluso’s career?
    • Multiple Concussions
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Knee Injury
    • Hip Injury

  3. Which university did Peluso play for before making the NHL?
    • University of Minnesota Duluth
    • Quinnipiac University
    • University of Alaska Anchorage
    • Bowling Green State University

Answers can be found at the bottom of the email.

‘Fun to Watch’ Rankings: Eastern Conference

We’ll admit it, at this point in the season, we’ve watched our fair share of hockey. While it isn’t quite at playoff levels in terms of taking over our lives, there always seems to be a player to see in new surroundings, a juicy storyline to follow, or another chapter of a rivalry to be witnessed. Oh, and it’s also kind of our job.

Within all that hockey, some teams have entertained us while others have left us a little underwhelmed. It isn’t necessarily a reflection of their abilities to win but rather how exciting their brand of hockey is. With the Western Conference coming tomorrow, we present the East’s top-five “Fun to Watch” teams.

5) Montreal Canadiens

Montreal is young, inexperienced, and sure to have some rough nights. So far, the Canadiens have also been a surprisingly fun team to watch as they try to figure out how to play at the NHL level on the fly. Head coach Martin St. Louis is leaning into his youth, benching vets like Jonathan Drouin and Evgenii Dadonov. Meanwhile, Habs fans have had the opportunity to get intrigued by Juraj Slafkovský, enthralled by Cole Caufield, and work on their pronunciation of Arber Xhekaj.

4) New York Rangers

Igor Shesterkin hasn’t discovered last year’s Vezina-winning form, but that hasn’t stopped all the dynamic players in front of him. Artemi Panarin and Mika Zibanejad continue to produce on arguably one of the league’s top lines. At the same time, Adam Fox would be the offensive defenseman everyone talks about were it not for Cale Makar. There’s also Chris Kreider, who has carried his play over from last year’s 52-goal breakthrough.

3) Buffalo Sabres

Does any team have as impressive a collection of young talent as Buffalo right now? That may not lead to immediate success, but there certainly will be some fun nights at KeyBank Center, watching the likes of Rasmus Dahlin, Dylan Cozens, Owen Power, Alex Tuch, Jack Quinn, and JJ Peterka. And you never know when Tage Thompson, a relative veteran presence at 25, might go off for six points again.

2) Toronto Maple Leafs

We know all about the high-end skill that the Toronto Maple Leafs bring to the table in the form of players like Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander. So far this season, however, the fun has come from the club’s drama and unpredictability. Just 14 games in, we’ve seen two goalies get injured and hot-seat speculation heating up around Sheldon Keefe. It also doesn’t get more unpredictable than losing to Montreal, Arizona, San Jose, and Anaheim while beating Dallas, Winnipeg, Boston, and Carolina.

1) New Jersey Devils

These aren’t your father’s trap-happy New Jersey Devils! The surprising Devils rank among the most productive offenses across the league. First-overall selections Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes appear to have the first- and second-line center positions on lock for years to come, thanks to some creative, inspired play down the middle. Meanwhile, Jesper Bratt has found himself in the mix among the league’s top scorers, and Ondřej Palát looked like a power play force before suffering an unfortunate groin injury that required surgery.

Winnipeg Jets Goal Songs

Personalized goal songs may soon become a league-wide norm, as the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets are the latest teams to incorporate individual goal songs for each player. Now, every skater on the Jets has already picked their goal song of choice, but we thought we would choose tunes for some players that suit them better!

Mark Scheifele – Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO

Mark Scheifele is one of the Jets’ leading scorers, meaning fans hear his goal song often. “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO would be a perfect tune for him because of one of the lyrics, “Every day I’m shuffling.” Fans could make the lyrics into, “Every day I’m Scheifele-ing!” Can this be a thing already? Plus, the party beat the song provides is hard to overlook!

Mason Appleton – Low by Flo Rida

“Low” by Flo Rida seems like a fitting song for Mason Appleton. We can’t miss an opportunity for a tune that fits into his last name when the opening part of the chorus includes, “Apple Bottom jeans, boots with the fur.” How do you like them apples, Mason?

Neil Pionk – Hey Brother by Avicii

Defenseman Neal Pionk is on a good run this season with three goals and six points in 11 games and will likely be lighting the lamp some more this season. Why not go with “Hey Brother” by Avicii? Pionk mentioned that he grew up with four brothers: Corbin, Nate, Joe, and Aaron. This song would be a fun ode to his family and hockey brothers. 

Blake Wheeler – Uptown by Prince

Blake Wheeler is from Minnesota, and he is vocal about how much he loves his home state. Wheeler said that outside of hockey, his allegiance is to his hometown teams, as he is a big fan of the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. “Uptown” would be the perfect dedication to his home state, as Prince was also a Minnesota native. Prince also said that “Uptown” was his nickname for Minneapolis and an inspiration behind the song. 

Trivia Answers

  1. Calgary Flames
  2. Spinal Cord Injury
  3. University of Alaska Anchorage

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