Ramblings: Malkin inching closer; Hedman injured; Koivula called up; Four weeks in – October 31

Michael Clifford


There has been some news on the Dustin Byfuglien front.

Bob McKenzie reports he had surgery on his ankle, taking care of lingering effects of a high-ankle sprain from last season. It’s believed the ankle problem was part of what was bothering Big Buff, so what this all means for the future, only Byfuglien knows.


Both Hampus Lindholm and Ondrej Kase are being considered day-to-day for the Ducks right now. Unfortunately, Josh Manson will be out several weeks.


Victor Hedman missed Wednesday night’s game after leaving Tuesday night’s game with a lower-body injury. Pat Maroon also did not play following his fisticuffs the night before. Both were sent to the injured reserve, meaning they’ll be both be out at least a week. Erik Cernak also missed the game with a lower-body injury.   

(just an FYI: Mikhail Sergachev took over top PP duties so he gets a short-term boost in value)

It was a good old-fashioned shootout in New Jersey as the Lightning and Devils took a 6-6 tie into overtime, with Kyle Palmieri scoring the game-tying goal with eight seconds left in the third period, and Tyler Johnson scoring in overtime for the 7-6 win. There were 13 goals and four lead changes that got us to the extra session. That’s some serious entertainment value. Let’s rack up the stats: