Playoff goalies, Denisenko signs, Puljujarvi news, who to take second overall in cap league draft (July 16)

Tom Collins

2020-07-16

Editor’s note: This week we have two pinch-hitters for the Ramblings. Rick Roos subbed in with a beauty on Monday (read it here). Today, Tom Collins steps up to the plate…

The last time I wrote a rambling, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 700th goal and emergency backup netminder David Ayres defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs, which helped make this Twitter feed a must-read:

Even though there aren't games at the moment, there is still plenty of hockey news, so let's get to it.

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The NHL announced on Tuesday that all 24 postseason teams will play an exhibition game from July 28-30 before the postseason begins. To get more into the action, the NHL tried to schedule as many rivalry games as possible (Pittsburgh plays Philadelphia, Toronto plays Montreal, Edmonton plays Calgary, the Islanders play the Rangers, etc.).

While the exhibition games won't count for stats, it will be a good chance for both the players and the fans to get used to games inside empty arenas.

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According to NHL.com, Marc-Andre Fleury missed his third straight day at training camp on Wednesday. Vegas coach Peter DeBoer wouldn't give a reason except to say it had nothing to do with a positive COVID-19 test.

Probably the bigger story was this quote from DeBoer in the same story: "We have two starting goalies (Fleury and Robin Lehner) and we’re going to play them both."

As Vegas has a three-game round robin before the playoffs start, this could be considered a tryout to see who will be the main guy once the playoffs begin. Fleury has struggled this year while Lehner was excellent in three games for Vegas.

The Golden Knights aren't the only team that still has to decide on a starting netminder for the postseason. At least six othe