Ramblings: Carolina Updates; McLellan in Los Angeles; Pominville; Devon Toews – April 18

Michael Clifford

2019-04-18

 

In a surprise to no one, both Andrei Svechnikov and Micheal Ferland were not practicing with the ‘Canes on Wednesday. The former following his fight against Alex Ovechkin, the latter an upper-body injury. On the bright side, Calvin de Haan was practicing with the team. He was on as an extra meaning he may not be ready for Game 4 but he is cleared, so it’s a comfort level thing for de Haan now.   

With Svechnikov and Ferland out of the lineup, the coaching staff loaded the top line with Teravainen, Aho, and Niederreiter. Staal and Williams were flanked by Warren Foegele.

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The Los Angeles Kings held a press conference introducing Todd McLellan as their next head coach. You can read my take on the hiring here.

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Something that caught my eye in Cam Metz’s article a couple days ago in his Eastern Edge column. He wrote about production against expected production from right wingers in the Atlantic division. One guy whose name stood out: Jason Pominville.

In 837 minutes of five-on-five ice time, Pominville posted 2.01 points per 60 minutes. Among the 252 forwards with at least 800 minutes, only 86 forwards managed at least two points per 60 minutes at 5v5. Pominville’s rate was the same as Brayden Schenn and Joe Pavelski. Pominville accomplished this despite playing only about a third of his ice time with