Hockey Daily Dose

Hawks Clinch Playoff Berth

Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

It came out yesterday that Nail Yakupov requested a trade prior to the deadline, per Igor Eronko of Sport-Express.  Edmonton did give him permission to talk to other clubs and he claims around eight teams were interested, but nothing materialized before the deadline passed.


Still, this might be an indication that Yakupov will be dealt over the summer, which to be fair was a decent bet even before we knew about the trade request.  The 2012 first overall pick hasn't worked out in Edmonton, but at the age of 22 there's certainly still reason for hope.  He might not turn into a star, but perhaps a different franchise can set him on a path to become a solid top-six forward.  Just don't expect the Oilers to get a ton for him at this point, although he might end up being packaged into a much bigger deal.


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Scott Wedgewood suffered his first regulation loss in four career starts.  The Devils rookie goalie had allowed two goals in three contests going into this match, but turned aside 20 of 23 shots on Sunday.


Hurricanes forward Victor Rask was the principle thorn in Wedgewood's side as he found the back of the net twice.  Rask is on a three-game goal scoring streak and now has 20 this season.


Ron Hainsey accounted for Carolina's other goal.  He has five goals and 18 points in 75 games in 2015-16.


New Jersey's Travis Zajac found the back of the net in the second period.  It was his 40th point of the season.


Cam Ward stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn his 21st victory of 2015-16.  He has a 2.43 GAA and .907 save percentage in 48 contests.




The Rangers got a consolation point, so it wasn't a total loss for them, but the Penguins are now just three points behind New York in the battle for the second seed in the Metropolitan Division.  Pittsburgh has seven games left to the Rangers' six.


Phil Kessel followed up Saturday's five-point game with a goal and an assist on Sunday.  He has 23 goals and 54 points in 75 games this season.


Sidney Crosby also found the back of the net, giving him at least one point in 14 of his last 15 games.  Crosby has 32 goals and 78 points in 74 contests.


Henrik Lundqvist saved 29 of 32 Penguins shots.  Over his last eight games, he has secured just two victories, although the silver lining is that only three of those six losses were in regulation time.


Eric Staal hasn't been particularly productive with the Rangers since being acquired from Carolina, but that certainly wasn't the case Sunday night.  He scored both of the Rangers' goals, giving him 13 markers and 38 points in 77 contests this season.




With Sunday's victory over Vancouver, Chicago has clinched a playoff berth.  This will be the eighth straight season that the Blackhawks have advanced to the postseason.  In their previous seven campaigns, they've captured the Stanley Cup three times and reached the Western Conference Final an additional two years.


Andrew Ladd continued to shine since making the move from Winnipeg to Chicago.  He scored a goal on Sunday, giving him six markers and nine points in 13 contests with the Blackhawks.


Another in-season acquisition for Chicago, Tomas Fleischmann, also scored for Chicago on Sunday.  He has four goals and five points in 13 games with Chicago and 25 points in 70 games overall.


Canucks forward Emerson Etem assisted on both of Vancouver's goals.  Over 51 games this season, Etem has three goals and seven assists.


Ryan Miller surrendered three goals on 32 shots.  He has now dropped four straight games, though in his defense he's limited the competition to a reasonable 10 goals over that span.

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