Tuesday was filled with action as the NHL is entering the last week of the first month of play. Everyday is filled with news, but it is days like today that frustrate NHL fans the most perhaps. As the NHL slated 11 games yesterday and now one game today and 13 games tomorrow, where is thought process here? Anyways enough ranting. There is some minor/major news.
Torey Krug activated off the IR: Krug was injured during the preseason with a left foot injury, he has been dealing with ankle/foot injuries for a decent amount of time now but, after sitting out the Bruins first 11 games Krug drew into the line up for the first time this season vs Carolina Tuesday night. Krug logged 18:13 time on ice with one assist on the power play. Krug has made his way into the Bruins top three defenseman now after solidifying his role as a offensive-defenseman, Krug has been one of the Bruins best offensive minded defenseman. Playing power play one minutes and top d-line pairing minutes, Krug when healthy is a sure 40 assist guy and continues to do it year in and year out now.
Joe Thornton off the IR vs New York Rangers: When the news broke about Thornton’s knee injury everyone held their breathe as they thought the 39-year-old veteran forward was about done with his time in the NHL. But luckily it was a minor knee infection which caused him to miss nine games. Thornton was slated next to Evander Kane and Joe Pavelski at the end of last season therefore he is expected to still have a major role in the teams success. Thornton played just 14:19 Tuesday night vs NYR, logging a -1 rating, 1 shot on goal and 1 block. Thornton seems to be back and it is fair to say he is good to plug in your line ups now.
Alexander Radulov back vs Montreal: What a perfect game for Radulov to come back as he came out before the game and said he still has hard feelings for Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. There is no holding back for the Russian forward it is obvious things did not go well in Montreal. Radulov was sent to Dallas last offseason after signing as a unrestricted free agent. Radulov hit the IR with a lower body injury only causing him to miss four-games. Radulov had a night against his old team, scoring an empty net goal, 2 hits, 2 penalty minutes and two shots on goal. After the game Radulov did not talk with Montreal media and was booed by Montreal fans leaving the ice.
Pekka Rinne activated off IR: Juuse Saros time may be up in Nashville as 2017-18 Vezina winner is back off the IR after missing five games due to Kevin Fiala colliding with him. Now it is unclear if Rinne will play vs Tampa Bay Thursday night but he is back. Since Rinne’s exit Saros has filled in well posting a 6-2 record in 8 games, 2.49 goals against and .917 save percentage. Clearly there should be no conversation as to if Rinne will get his job back but for the first month he is back easing him into play is what the Predators may do since Saros is playing so well.
Mike Condon placed on waivers: What a quick turn around, as Mike Condon let up a goalies worst nightmare vs Arizona Tuesday night. The Senators quickly cut the 28-year-old back up goaltender. Condon has struggled greatly in his only two starts this season allowing 8 goals in 75 minutes. Condon allowed 3 goals on 11 shots and was pulled immediately once he allowed the third goal to Derek Stepan from the opposing blue line. Condon has not been a terrible back up, in 2017-18 he posted a 19-14-6 record with a 2.48 goals against and .914 save percentage. We will see where the back up lands now.