The second round of the NHL playoffs has essentially been teams exchanging blowouts, and Tuesday night brought more of that. Vegas didn’t play, but defenseman Zach Whitecloud was forced to address an insensitive joke made by an ESPN anchor the night before. He handled the situation with a lot of class, as you’ll see below.
What should have been a quiet day in Colorado brought the worst news imaginable, even if it wasn’t totally surprising – Gabriel Landeskog is not expected to play in the 2023-24 season.
All that and more in this Wednesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
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On Tuesday, we got clarity on the injury status of the Captain for next season, even if it’s not the news people wanted to hear. Landeskog will undergo cartilage transplant surgery on Wednesday on his right knee, which will likely cause him to miss all of next season.
Both Landeskog and Chris MacFarland met with the media soon after to discuss the surgery, and MacFarland discussed how the team will approach the off-season. He was asked about Valeri Nichushkin, but didn’t say much.
That mailbag that was supposed to come out on Tuesday will be out on Wednesday. The Landeskog news took priority, as you would expect.
After an insensitive joke by ESPN anchor John Anderson, Zach Whitecloud was forced to address the situation to the media on Tuesday. Whitecloud wants the situation to not just be a learning opportunity for Anderson (who he spoke to), but for everyone. Go to Vegas Hockey Now for the full Zach Whitecloud story and video.
On the ice, the blowouts continued. The Stars and Kraken are exchanging wins, as the Stars took Game Four on Tuesday night to to tie the series up.
Carolina gave up the first goal early to the Devils, but it didn’t matter. They answered back with six straight goals, chasing Vitek Vanacek from the net and winning 6-1. They’re now one win away from the Conference Finals.
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