Nashville Predators netminder Pekka Rinne may be the best goaltender in the NHL. Last season, he led the league in goals saved above average, and so far this year, his goals against average is tops in the league at 1.96, with a .931 save percentage to boot. Rinne is incredible at his job, in short, but when he’s facing Vancouver Canucks wonderkid Elias Pettersson on a penalty shot, he might as well be a vending machine worker.
Sportsnet's Dan Murphy joins James, Rick and Perry to preview the Canucks' game against the New York Islanders. Murphy expects Jacob Markstrom to start in net even on the second night of a back-to-back. He also says Nikolay Goldobin is playing well, but still needs to cut back on some bad mistakes. Plus, Murphy talks about the Islaners' season so far, and says that the Canucks power-play is missing some important pieces.
The dream was tugging at him. So many of those in his draft class -- the Florida Panthers' Aaron Ekblad, the Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak, the Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl -- were stars in the making in the NHL by 2016-17, starting to fulfill their promise. And here he was, the No. 6 pick of the 2014 NHL Draft, sitting in then-Utica Comets coach Travis Green's office.
Elias Pettersson's overall shooting percentage is bound to come down, sure, but it's maybe not as doomed to regression as you first think. Plus, what is William Nylander's value against the cap and what should the Leafs be able to get for him in trade?
Bo Horvat had two goals and two assists and the Vancouver Canucks earned an impressive 8-5 road victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night. Loui Eriksson added two goals and an assist and spurred a five-goal outbust in the second period for Vancouver.
Sportsnet's Brian Burke talks about the sensational start to Elias Pettersson's career. He says Pettersson gives the Canucks a chance to win every night, and he's the kind of player that changes the future of a team.
Jim Benning listened to owner Francesco Aquilini’s state-of-the-union address on Thursday, but he didn’t have to. The Vancouver Canucks general manager said he's already heard the same message from his owner himself.