Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Alumdate: things are going well and terrible for Sea Dogs alumni in NHL playoffs

Things could certainly be going better for Charlie Coyle and the Minnesota Wild.

The Wild were one of the NHL's best teams for much of the regular season but now find themselves down 3-0 in their first round playoff series against Jake Allen and the St. Louis Blues. Game 4 is on Wednesday in St. Louis.

Allen has been one of the big stories of the series so far, keeping the Wild to just one goal in each of the first three games. Coyle, who had 18 goals and 56 points in 82 regular season games with Minnesota, has been held to just one point (a goal in Game 3) in the series.

Tomas Jurco has not played in this year's playoffs, but things are looking grim for his Chicago Blackhawks as well, who are currently trailing the Nashville Predators 3-0.

Things are going better for Saint John Sea Dogs alumni in the Eastern Conference. Mike Hoffman scored a beautiful goal last night, helping the Ottawa Senators defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 in overtime.

Hoffman now has two goals in three games for the Sens, who lead the Bruins 2-1. Game 4 is Wednesday night in Boston.

Chris DiDomenico has, unsurprisingly, not been in the Ottawa lineup. One person who will likely be in the Senators lineup next season is Thomas Chabot. It's hard to imagine what Chabot and Erik Karlsson will do while playing on the same blue line.

Nathan Beaulieu and the Montreal Canadiens also lead their first round series 2-1 following a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers on Sunday. That series resumes tonight. Beaulieu has been held pointless in the series so far, a series that will likely feature very few goals.

In case you didn't hear last week, former Sea Dogs head coach Gerard Gallant (pictured) - who coached Coyle, Jurco, Hoffman and Beaulieu while in Saint John - has been named the first head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history. The Knights don't have much to talk about at the moment, so their website is basically all on Gallant. The question now is: will Mike Kelly follow Gallant to Vegas?

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