RedEye

Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Hertl off to quick starts

Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week:

+ A 40-save performance Saturday by Colorado goaltender Semyon Varlamov against Washington — his former team — improved the Avalanche's record to 5-0 for the first time since the franchise moved to Denver from Quebec in 1995. Varlamov's game has been sharpened by goalie guru Francois Allaire and Coach Patrick Roy, a goalie of some note himself.

+ San Jose rookie Tomas Hertl led the NHL through Sunday's games with seven goals, including a spectacular, between-the-legs shot in a four-goal performance against the New York Rangers. Bravo to Hertl for using his talents to show his personality. With eight points in five games he heads an impressive class that also features Calgary's Sean Monahan (four goals, six points in five games) and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon (one goal, six points in five games).

+ New York Islanders captain John Tavares lost a few teeth when he took a shot to the mouth last Friday, but he didn't want to wait to see a dentist. So he pulled a loose tooth out of his mouth while sitting on the bench and handed it to a team trainer. Tavares didn't miss a shift. Of course.

- After a 1-4 start and being outscored, 25-9, the Rangers placed goalie Martin Biron on waivers Monday. His 7.61 goals-against average and .763 save percentage were the worst among goalies who had appeared in two or more games through Sunday. The Rangers are expected to recall Cam Talbot to back up Henrik Lundqvist.

- The New Jersey Devils have yet to win a game, at 0-3-3. As expected following Ilya Kovalchuk's retirement, they're struggling to score. They've produced 11 goals in six games and have been shut out twice.

- The Ottawa Senators, touted as a Stanley Cup contender, are 0-2-2 since a season-opening win over Buffalo. San Jose took 50 shots against them Saturday and the Ducks took 56 on Sunday; the Senators are yielding a league-high 43 shots per game. "I hope these two games are an eye-opener and we tighten things up defensively because you're not going to survive playing like that," team captain Jason Spezza said.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • School's in session as Kings' Ben Scrivens shuts out Panthers, 3-0

    School's in session as Kings' Ben Scrivens shuts out Panthers, 3-0

    Scrivens, nicknamed 'the Professor' presumably because he went to Cornell, gets the attention after his first start in goal for the Kings. Left wing Daniel Carcillo gets his first goal as a King.

  • Chicago beekeepers find mystery, meditation and honey at their hives

    Chicago beekeepers find mystery, meditation and honey at their hives

    You never know what you might find on a Chicago rooftop—a classy lounge, a chill patio, a collection of lawn chairs. But from the Loop to the neighborhoods, there are a few rooftops that are home to a different kind of buzz—the literal buzz of hundreds of thousands of honeybees.

  • Genealogy gold mine: Millions of wills now online

    Genealogy gold mine: Millions of wills now online

    Thousands of amateur genealogists who fantasize about being left a fortune by a distant relative can now get a reality check. Starting Wednesday, upward of 100 million wills written over the last three centuries will be posted to Ancestry.com, the popular genealogical search engine.

  • Northerly Island Park opens Friday on Chicago lakefront

    Northerly Island Park opens Friday on Chicago lakefront

    Twelve years after former Mayor Richard M. Daley's "midnight raid" that shut down the small lakefront airstrip called Meigs Field, a new park will open Friday on the southern portion of what is now called Northerly Island, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday.

  • American recalls French train attack on Jimmy Fallon show

    American recalls French train attack on Jimmy Fallon show

    A California man who was one of three Americans who helped subdue a gunman on a high-speed train traveling to Paris says he couldn't have picked better people to be with that day.

  • Historic Gold Coast rowhouse for $1.375M

    Historic Gold Coast rowhouse for $1.375M

    855 N. Dearborn, Chicago $1,375,000 Listed on May 13, 2015 This historic three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath rowhouse is in the heart of Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. The three-story home has three decks, including a rooftop deck. The home also features hardwood flooring, central air conditioning...

Comments
Loading
85°