I think we can all use a bit of levity after this week in hockey and luckily Arpon Basu of the Athletic came in clutch with a story that reminds us of the little things we love about this dumb sport.
Basu caught up with Phillip Danault, the now Los Angeles Kings forward, who was part of last summer’s Stanley Cup Final Montreal Canadiens team. Danault had a lovely life update: he’s going to be a dad, as he and his wife are expecting a little girl.
Of course, family planning as a professional athlete is serious business, so the Danaults were certainly hyper-aware of when they conceived, and well ...
Danault, after signing with L.A., had previously called that game against Vegas his best memory in a Canadiens uniform. We all thought it was because it was on St-Jean and he set up the OT winner by Artturi Lehkonen. Now we know the real reason, I guess.— Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) October 29, 2021
I guess he did score in the playoffs after all.
That opened up the opportunity to talk family planning in hockey and Lexi Brown — PhD, mom, Twitter legend and I guess Seattle Kraken analyst J.T. Brown’s wife — gave this glimpse into the erm, work, that goes into making sure that due date falls at a convenient time:
Ahhh yes, hockey family planning. Lily was conceived during training camp. JT was putting in two-a-days on and off the ice. https://t.co/V05LwQxfAz— Lexi Brown, PhD (@lexilafleur) October 29, 2021
Congratulations on all the sex, everybody.
News & Notes
- Kane’s whereabouts unknown to Boughner amid suspension [NBC Sports Bay Area]
- Sharks need more from Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino lines to stay competitive [The Athletic]
- Sharks assistant coach Madden was interviewed as part of Blackhawks’ sex assault probe [The Mercury News]
- Sharks Find Both Success & Struggles Early in 2021-22 [The Hockey Writers]
- Sharks Install PixMob’s Nova Pro Immersive LED Technology in Arena [NHL.com]
- Speaking of families, Logan Couture is about to become a wife guy:
my favorite sharks girlfriend is upgrading to a sharks wife!! pic.twitter.com/iEXsPwFb6J— spooky SIEzn ✨ (@nowyousieme) October 29, 2021
Blood in the Water
- Chicago Blackhawks owner asks to have name of convicted sex offender removed from Stanley Cup [ESPN]
- NHL, Hall of Fame agree removing Aldrich’s name from Stanley Cup is ‘appropriate’ [Sportsnet]
- Jets GM Cheveldayoff won’t be disciplined by NHL in Blackhawks case [NHL.com]
- Amid SafeSport investigation, NHL backs Wild GM Bill Guerin [The Athletic]
- Who Are the Fastest NHL Hockey Players of All Time? [NBC Chicago]
- What’s the Deal With NHL Goaltending Right Now? [The Hockey News]
- Ranking the Top 7 Defensive Pairings in the NHL Today [Bleacher Report]
- Ovechkin closing in on Hull for fourth on NHL goals list [NHL.com]
- Minnesota man charged with illegally streaming MLB, NFL, NHL and NBA games for profit [The Verge]
Scores & Recaps
- Chicago Blackhawks 3, Carolina Hurricanes 6
- Columbus Blue Jackets 0, New York Rangers 4
- Arizona Coyotes 0, Washington Capitals 2
- Florida Panthers 3, Detroit Red Wings 2 (OT)
- Anaheim Ducks 4, Vegas Golden Knights 5 (SO)
- Ottawa Senators 4, Dallas Stars 1
Click on a team name to find a recap on their SB Nation site!
On the Schedule
- New York Islanders at Nashville Predators, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on NHLN, SN, BSSO, MSG+
- Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings, 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET on BSW, TSN2, RDS, ESPN+
- Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on NHLN, SN360, CITY, NBCSCA
- Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on TVAS, NESN, BSFL, ESPN+
- Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs , 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on CBC, BSDET, ESPN+
- New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET on ATTSN-PT, MSG+, ESPN+
- Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues, 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET on BSMW, NBCSCH, ESPN+
- Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche, 6 p.m. PT/9 p.m. ET on ALT, BSN+, BSWI+, ESPN+
- Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on CBC, ESPN+
- Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames, 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET on SN360, SN1, CITY, TVAS, NBCSP+, ESPN+