Drake Batherson jumped to the top line in Ottawa with Josh Norris and Brady Tkachuk for Wednesday night's game. Batherson has been a great rookie this year (I think he still qualifies?) with nine goals and 18 points in 28 games, showing some of the offensive promise he was drafted for.
This could be a great situation for both wingers. They are clearly both talented and both get the top PP minutes on the same unit now. It could be a case where they elevate each other's games to a new level. One can hope, anyway.
Great news on Artemi Panarin:
Like they said, he won’t get into a game right away but he’s practicing with the team and they have one contest left on the road trip after tonight. Getting Panarin into a road game on the weekend before going home seems like it would make sense. At least he looks to be ready next week for weekly fantasy players.
A bit of an update on Alex Pietrangelo:
Vegas is good enough to make the postseason without two months of Pietrangelo but they definitely need him if they want to make a Cup run. We'll update when we get more information. Until then, expect more minutes for Alec Martinez and some secondary PP minutes for Nic Hague.
Staying with Vegas, it appears Robin Lehner is off to practice with th