Ramblings: Blackwood Leaves Game, Murray Continues Hot Play, Pirri Sent to AHL (Jan 5)

Ian Gooding


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As I mentioned more than once, I’m writing about the second-half goaltending situations for all 31 teams. There’s been a lot that’s happened goaltending-wise recently, and Friday night was no different.

Rookie sensation Mackenzie Blackwood left Friday’s game in the first period with a possible groin injury. Keith Kinkaid took over and eventually led the Devils to a shootout victory. Before the game, Kinkaid was announced as Sunday’s starter, so Blackwood will rest until at least Tuesday.

Here’s a hot take for you: The way goalies have been dropping like flies, not only will Flyers’ recent waiver-wire acquisition Mike McKenna suit up again in the NHL this season, but he’ll become somewhat fantasy relevant at some point. It may be with the Flyers, but it could just as well be with another team. If you don’t believe me, then I bet the injury-ravaged (at least in net) Leafs would have picked him up off waivers had the Flyers passed on him. And if you haven’t already, take a peek at McKenna’s Hockey DB page. It is truly a journey through the ECHL, AHL, and NHL. The 35-year-old netminder is a hockey lifer. His wife’s recent Twitter thread may even pull at your heartstrings.

Speaking of the Leafs, it’ll be Michael Hutchinson again on Saturday. The good news is that Frederik Andersen participated in a full practice; the bad news, Garret Sparks has a concussion. For more goalie starts, don’t forget to check out Goalie Post.


I guess six goals and nine points in seven games isn’t enough to keep you on an NHL roster anymore. At least it wasn’t for Brandon Pirri, who was sent to the AHL on Friday. No, it doesn’t make sense on the surface. But Max Pacioretty returned from injured reserve on Friday, and Pirri was waiver-exempt (had not been on an NHL roster for 10 games or 30 consecutive days) while other options for demotion weren’t. That’s the cap world for you, and maybe even an example of the di