NHL preseason: Day 1 thoughts
Devils 5, Bruins 0. There weren't a lot of positives here for the Bruins, other than Wade Brookbank cracking Michael Rupp in a first-period fight. Hannu Toivonen let in four of the goals, all while his team was down a man. The Devils goaltending situation is interesting as well, with last year's backup, Scott Clemmenson, in camp without a contract and battling against Frank Doyle, who spent last season in Albany. Neither allowed a goal yesterday. (Of course, whoever wins the preseason battle will only see about 10 starts behind Martin Brodeur.) Defenceman Johnny Oduya, who I'd never heard of and was playing in the Swedish Elite League the past three years, had three assists for the Devils. With Paul Martin still unsigned, perhaps Oduya will make the team as a low-cost option.
Blue Jackets 2, Predators 0. Looks like it was a snoozer in Ohio.
Flames 3, Panthers 1. Mostly known names contributing in this one, as even Miikka Kiprusoff saw a period for the Flames (and was scored on by fellow Finn Olli Jokinen). Jean-Marc Pelletier and Ed Belfour split duties in goal, as Alex Auld has some sort of freak eye infection. Picking up one of the goals for the Flames was Dustin Boyd, who potted 48 last season for the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL).
Oilers 5, Coyotes 0. In front of 15,000 or so rabid Winnipeg Jets fans, former Kamloops Blazers' netminder Devan Dubnyk — still wearing his Blazers bucket — played all 60 minutes and picked up the shutout. (Dubynk has his detractors, but given his size and athleticism, I have no problem saying he'll be a full-time pro.) Huge Russian prospect Alexei Mikhnov, drafted over six years ago, impressed here with a goal and two assists. Stephane Goulet, who looked great with the Moncton Wildcats at the Memorial Cup, had one of the other Oiler goals. For Phoenix, David LeNeveu is the early frontrunner in the battle to backup Curtis Joseph.