TEMPE, Ariz. — The Carson Palmer fumble that led to a Carolina Panthers touchdown on the sixth play of Sunday’s game should have been ruled a forward pass, but a malfunction with the replay feed prevented the replay official from reviewing the play, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was told.
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After an impressive training camp that saw the 16th-overall pick in 2015 stick with the big club, Barzal, 19, has managed to get into just two of the Islanders’ first six games and is back to being a healthy scratch after a game against the Montreal Canadiens in which a Barzal turnover led to a goal. There were also other defensive issues. The Islanders are off to a 3-5 start and coach Jack Capuano told reporters he can’t keep experimenting with his forward lines and needs to find continuity, although he wouldn’t cite Barzal’s miscues as the reason for his return to the press box.
One might have expected the Panthers to struggle, especially offensively, without top six forwards Nick Bjugstad and Jonathan Huberdeau, who are lost long-term to injury. And they have, losing two in a row, giving the defending Atlantic Division champions a 3-3-1 record. In the absence of those players, the Panthers will be looking for their leaders to fill the void. And although former rookie of the year Ekblad leads the team in average ice time at 24:12, playing mostly against opposing teams’ top offensive units, he has struggled on the offensive side of the puck. Ekblad, 20, has one goal and zero assists, his lone score coming on the power play. The Panther power play, by the way, is 22nd in the league.
With stars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin not at 100 percent and a slew of injuries to other key players, the Dallas Stars are up against it early. Plus, the Wild and Ducks are coming out ahead.
Much is expected from defenseman Stecher, 22, after an outstanding training camp, and he’ll get a chance to earn his keep in a prominent role as he gets just his second NHL start Friday, likely playing against the NHL’s leading scorer. Coach Willie Desjardins told reporters in Vancouver that Stecher, who signed as a free agent with the hometown Canucks after three years at the University of North Dakota, will likely be paired with veteran Alexander Edler against the Oilers’ top offensive unit, led by McDavid. A solid showing Friday would put Stecher in line for a repeat performance Saturday against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.
Pederson addressed those comments at his day-after news conference.