Ramblings: Demko’s cage; Philly’s second line; Hjalmarsson and Hischier injured; recaps – October 15

Michael Clifford



Jacob Markstrom was granted a leave of absence by the team in order to attend to a family matter. Best wishes to Markstrom and his family He is expected to rejoin the team later this week.

The Canucks have four games this week including a back-to-back this weekend. Now, if Markstrom does rejoin the team this weekend, he should take one of those games, but it does seem like this should be a three-game week for Thatcher Demko. They are at home to Detroit tonight before heading on the road for games in St. Louis, New Jersey, and New York to face the Rangers.


Oliver Wahlstrom was called up by the Islanders for the afternoon game on Monday, with Casey Cizikas injured and Jordan Eberle considered day-to-day. In a small little dig at Josh Ho-Sang, the team gave Ho-Sang’s number-26 to Wahlstrom. I know, Ho-Sang isn’t on the team and is likely just awaiting a trade, but the message is clear here. Lou being Lou.

I only caught a few of Wahlstrom’s shifts but he certainly looked like a guy who was ready offensively for the NHL. Hopefully they leave him up there.


David Pastrnak went supernova in Boston’s 4-2 home win over Anaheim on Monday afternoon. He scored all four goals for Boston, giving him six goals, eight points, and 21 shots in six games thus far in the regular season. He seems just fine!

Though not as important as Pastrnak’s four goals, Brad Marchand trolling this hard in-game is always fun to see: