VANCOUVER, British Columbia — It wasn’t the ending anyone wanted to see in a marquee showdown between Calder trophy contenders Brock Boeser and Mathew Barzal.
Boeser, the rookie Vancouver forward who leads his team offensively, lay face down on the ice in the final seconds of regulation in what would be a 4-3 Canucks’ overtime victory against the New York Islanders on Monday night.
After falling awkwardly into the boards, Boeser was helped to the locker room and taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons.
Ideally, a Van Gundy team features a big man like Drummond surrounded by quality shooters, including one at the power forward spot. Griffin has been a good midrange shooter in his career, but his foray into making himself a 3-point shooter has yielded subpar results. He is making 34.2 percent on 3s this year, well below the league average (36.2 percent). Worse, as he has stretched himself out to the 3-point line, one of his strengths — the midrange shot — has failed him. Griffin is making just 20.5 percent of his 2-pointers from 16 feet and out.
How does Griffin fit with Drummond? Well, he probably doesn’t. And that’s even when he is healthy, which, recent history shows, he won’t be very often. But Van Gundy is in the fourth year of a five-year contract he signed, as coach and chief exec, to clean up the mess the Pistons had become. His clock is ticking.
Taylor Hall and the New Jersey Devils will face off against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers to open the regular season in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6 as part of the NHL’s Global Series.
In the second year of regular games in Europe, the Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will also play Nov. 1 and 2 in Helsinki. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced the games and two exhibitions Tuesday morning.
After losing Chris Paul to the Rockets and a number of valuable contributors to injuries at the outset of the season, Rivers managed to keep the Clippers together behind the steady performances of Williams and Jordan, plus some MacGyver-level rejiggering of the rotation. (How many people are aware Tyrone Wallace is playing significant minutes in LA?)