The Pittsburgh Penguins have one more scrimmage before they pack five tons of equipment and head north to Toronto to join the NHL bubble city. The NHL is also going out of its way to present the amenities and the positives of bubble life to the players. The NHL will have media availability at noon on Friday to answer questions about the quarantined area. The Seattle Kracken was birthed on Thursday, and it took the internet about 30 seconds to name the arena and fans.
The Penguins will need production from their wings in the NHL post-season. Thursday night, Patrick Marleau was flying. Full scrimmage analysis (PHN+)
The Seattle Kraken is here. The organization and GM Ron Francis announced the name on Thursday. ESPN graded the name, colors and whatever else they wanted (ESPN)
It’s a bold, colorful, and powerful name. And some sharp sweaters, too. The Kraken also quickly spawned colorful nicknames. Their fans are Krakheads and Climate Pledge Arena will be the Krakhouse, at least according to fans.
Sometimes the internet is hilarious.
NHL.com writers got to vote on the best coaches in the NHL post-season. Mike Sullivan topped the list (NHL.com)
So, Sullivan tops the coaches list but no Jack Adams nomination for the Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss?
Inside the NHL bubble in Edmonton, players will have access to restaurants, coffee shops, movie theaters, and lounges. Everything. It will be a giant summer camp for the boys (Sportsnet)
The players are preparing for a few awkward moments as they come face to face with rivals, “You’re probably not playing ping-pong.” (TSN)
Mark Pyskyk is getting used to his hybrid role. Yesterday he was a defenseman, today he’s a forward. Tomorrow? (Florida Hockey Now)
Sheng Peng chatted with Chinese immigrant and former Toronto Marlies coach Jack Han about Pete DeBoer and the Sharks. Han wrote a book for fans about hockey tactics; his goal is to make the game more accessible. Godspeed, sir! (San Jose Hockey Now)
Making hockey more accessible and translating Canadian to American has been a goal of PHN. When a fan gets mad or asks “What is jam?” I’m reminded of how far we have to go, but we’ll get there.
Bruins camp lines as some players, not David Pastrnak, return (Boston Hockey Now)
Uh oh. Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon wasn’t on the ice for camp on Thursday (Colorado Hockey Now)
Sidney Crosby is out, MacKinnon and Pastrnak out. This might get interesting.