Ramblings: Sunday Night Hockey Was Definitely A Thing That Happened – October 16

Michael Clifford

2017-10-15

There were just three games in the NHL on Sunday night and most of the important news surrounded the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Not only did they finally add Vadim Shipachyov to the roster, but 23-year old Malcolm Subban, claimed off waivers at the start of the season from Boston, made his third career start in the stead of Marc-André Fleury. Fleury was placed on the injured reserve with a concussion. Jonathan Marchessault was added to the injured reserve as well.

This was the play that injured Fleury:

The Flower will miss at least seven days due to being placed on IR, though how long he’ll actually be out is another matter. We all know how fickle concussions can be. Let’s just hope he’s back and healthy soon.

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Shipachyov was put on a line with Brendan Leipsic, and those two were slotted on the top power-play unit alongside James Neal and company. Even when this team’s roster is full, this is where Shipachyov is likely to end up for their power plays. That, alone, will give him relevant fantasy value in fantasy leagues that aren’t shallow. Let’s hope they run top-heavy PP minutes.

He did manage to score his first NHL goal, banging home a rebound in the waning minutes of the second period. But that one wasn’t gif-worthy. What was gif-worthy was Vegas’ first goal against the Bruins from winger Alex Tuch. It was a snipe:

Don’t encourage Steve’s propensity for puns.

Now that Vegas has their lineup rounded out with mostly NHLers, it makes them a deeper team (despite the earlier wins). It’ll be fun to watch Shipachyov especially, seeing if he can grow into an impact player in his first season.

It’s worth noting that they appear to be easing Ship into the lineup. Despite scoring his first NHL goal, he played just 10:26 on Sunday night, including just 1:26 in the third period. Only William Carrier and Tomas Nosek played less in the game as a whole. If this trend continues, it’s hard to slot him into fantasy lineups – unless it’s a deep league – game in and game out. Just something to keep an eye on for now.

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Subban nearly had a shutout against Boston, as the team had a 2-0 lead going into the final minute. A centering pass from