‘Don’t be surprised’ if Senators move Erik Karlsson, per report
Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images The Ottawa Senators have been adamant leading up to the trade deadline that star defenseman and captain Erik Karlsson is unavailable. However, a report surfaced on Hockey Night in Canada on Saturday that there’s still a chance Karlsson could move before the Feb. 26 trade deadline. According to Nick Kypreos, we should not “be surprised if Erik Karlson’s traded within the next nine days.” Here is his report on Hockey Night in Canada in full.
© Norm Hall/NHLI Antti Raanta of the Arizona Coyotes GLENDALE, Ariz. - Antti Raanta made 23 saves and the Arizona Coyotes rallied to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Saturday night.
Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Jordan Martinook scored to help NHL-worst Arizona improve to 8-2-1 in its last 11 games.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his second goal in two nights for Ottawa, and Mike Condon made 25 saves. The Senators have lost six of their last seven games.
Condon came off the ice twice in the final moments for an extra attacker, but the Senators couldn't force overtime.
The Senators took an early lead but never scored again. Pageau passed to linemate Bobby Ryan and took off for the net. He was in the right spot to redirect Ryan's shot past Raanta at 3:24 of the first period.
Player grades: Edmonton Oilers turn usual script on its head, still find a way to lose
Player grades: Edmonton Oilers turn usual script on its head, still find a way to loseFor a change the Edmonton Oilers didn’t give up an early goal. For a change, they managed to open the scoring. For a change, their penalty kill didn’t get barbecued in their own backyard. For a change, they stretched their lead to 2-0 which they took to the dressing room after 40 minutes. And for a change, the Oilers blew a second-intermission lead for the first time all season, as the visiting Boston Bruins came all the way back to steal it, 3-2 in regulation.
Pageau raised his goals total to 10, and Mark Stone picked up his 40th assist and 60th point, both team highs for Ottawa.
Condon stopped Jordan Martinook's breakaway attempt at 14:40 of the first, but the Coyotes made good on another shot later.
The Coyotes sent it to the first intermission tied at 1 when Brendan Perlini screened Condon at the same time as Ekman-Larsson's shot zipped toward the net, and Ekman-Larsson scored his ninth of the season with 1:14 to play. The All-Star defenceman ended a streak of 16 games without a goal.
Ottawa got the game's first power play in the second period, and Raanta reached out to catch Alexandre Burrows' shot headed to the far post to help kill the penalty.
Raanta's 12 second-period stops kept Ottawa from taking the lead, and the Coyotes went in front 2-1 at the 14:08 mark when Martinook put in Brad Richardson's backhand pass from behind the net.
Report: Predators 'chatted' with Sens about Karlsson
David Poile, the man responsible for building the deepest defensive corps in the NHL, has apparently looked into adding the game's most electrifying blue-liner. While the likelihood of a potential deal is unclear, the thought of adding Karlsson to a group that already includes P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, and Ryan Ellis - although one of them could possibly go back the other way - is a terrifying proposition for the rest of the league.
Martinook registered his sixth goal of the season.
The Senators' Matt Duchene served four penalty minutes in the third period on two tripping penalties, but Ottawa did not allow a goal on any power play.
NOTES: Senators F Marian Gaborik was scratched with an undisclosed injury for the second straight game. ... Coyotes C Zac Rinaldo was scratched due to an upper body injury. ... C Derek Stepan was credited with an assist on Arizona's first goal, and reached 400 career points. ... The Coyotes are 10-1-1 in their last 12 games when holding opponents to two goals or less. ... Several former WWE superstars attended the game, including The Godfather and Jimmy Hart.
Senators: At Dallas on Monday night.
Coyotes: At Edmonton on Monday night.
Ekman-Larsson, Kuemper lead Coyotes past Canucks, 1-0 .
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Darcy Kuemper bounced back nicely for the Arizona Coyotes. Just 2 1/2 weeks after being acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings — and one night after being worked over in a 5-2 loss at Colorado — the goalkeeper earned his 11th career shutout with a 1-0 victory over Vancouver on Sunday night, his and Arizona's second win over the Canucks in four days. Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored on a power play for the only goal Kuemper needed. Ekman-Larsson is now two shy of 100 career goals.Kuemper, in his fourth straight start for the injured Antti Ranta since being acquired Feb. 21 from Los Angeles, stopped 27 shots.