NHL News: Vezina Finalists, Injury Updates, and Leafs-Canadiens TV Numbers
Vezina Trophy finalists announced. Tuukka Rask dealing with nagging injuries. Tomas Nosek didn't travel. Maple Leafs-Canadiens TV numbers.
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Vezina Nominees

NHL.com: The three finalists for the Vezina Trophy for the best goaltender are Marc-Andre Fleury (Golden Knights), Philipp Grubauer (Avalanche) and Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning).

NHL Injury Updates

Joe Haggerty of Boston Hockey Now: Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy on goaltender Tuukka Rask.

“He’s been dealing with some injuries all year, obviously good enough to play. They’re nagging. It’s not unique to just Tuukka for that position, but obviously it’s going to be brought up.

I’ll have a better update on if there were a potential issue down the road, but right now he’ll go get his treatment and be ready to go unless I hear differently. And right now, I don’t believe there’s any reason to think he won’t be able to go .”

Rask missed about a month of the regular season with a suspected back issue.

Tracey Myers of NHL.com: Carolina Hurricanes forward Vincent Trocheck left in the second period last night with an unspecified injury.

“It doesn’t look good,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said after a 2-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home.

“I don’t know exactly the extent of it at this point, but he obviously couldn’t continue, so that’s never good. He would play if he could. That’s another challenge we’re going to have to overcome, but I’ll know more tomorrow, hopefully.”

Sarah McLellan: Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin said that he suffered a sprained left shoulder. He’ll rest for a couple of weeks and then he can start up training again.

Joe Smith: Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that they are trying to manage defenseman David Savard‘s injury. He could be back as early as next game, sometime in this series at least.

SinBin.vegas: Vegas Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer said that Tomas Nosek is progressing but didn’t travel with the team.

Maple Leafs – Canadiens Game 7 TV numbers

Adam Seaborn: Game 7 for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens drew Sportsnet 4.8 million viewers. That was the hight rated game for Sportsnet since they got exclusive rights.

Game 7 between the Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins in 2013 drew 5.1 million views.

  • Adam Seaborn: The Game 7 numbers were just for Sportsnet/CBC. TVA would likely come in with 1.1 to 1.3 million viewers.

Patrick Johnston: “For comparison’s sake, Canucks/Bruins game 7 averaged 8.76 million viewers for CBC. Peaked at over 11.2 million.

Supposedly 18.45 million people watched at some point. 2010 gold medal game averaged 16.6 million.”