Monday, February 15, 2016

Mike Richards Playing Against L.A. Kings

The Washington Post takes a close look at the fairly recent developments in the career of the Washington Capitals' Mike Richards.  The 31 year-old pivot had been traded from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Los Angeles Kings in 2011, in a deal which sent Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn and a second-round pick to Philly.  And now, with the Kings facing the Capitals on Tuesday, Richards closes the loop on leaving Los Angeles.  The former first round draft pick of the Flyers played his last full season with the L.A. Kings in 2013-14, when he notched 41 points in 82 games.  Playing fourth-line center for the Capitals since early January, Richards is looking for his first points with Washington.  In additional Metropolitan Division updates:

  • Keith Kinkaid earned his first NHL shutout yesterday, against the Kings, as noted on the New Jersey Devils' website.  Kinkaid, who played collegiately at Union College, has been relieving Cory Schneider and getting spot starts when coach John Hynes sees fit.  He has a .918 save percentage and 2.28 GAA in 11 games with the Devils this season.  
  • The New York Islanders have scored in six straight games on the powerplay reports Newsday. In today's contest against the Detroit Red Wings, Josh Bailey scored on the man advantage to put the Islanders up 2-0.  Bailey has three such power play goals this season.   
  • Rick Nash, who has been out of the New York Rangers lineup for about a month with a deep bone bruise on his leg, is scheduled to undergo more tests this Friday, reports Howie Kussoy of the New York Post.  Nash was listed as day-to-day, but has now been moved to a week-to-week status.  The big winger has seen 45 games of action for the Rangers this season, putting in 12 goals and 21 helpers.  

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