November 3, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Nov. 3

By Jesse Connolly

Tyler Seguin had a five-point game for EHC Biel on Friday. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • TSN explains why the lockout isn’t a bad thing for those hoping to see Canada win gold at the World Juniors.

  • UNH entered the weekend as the only unbeaten team (4-0-1 overall) in Hockey East. UMass stripped them of that distinction on Friday night.

  • Oilers star Taylor Hall, who began playing for the OKC Barons of the AHL last night, had a memorable evening. The No. 1 overall pick in 2010 scored a goal, received a match penalty for a hit to the head and was thus automatically suspended.

  • The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet face-to-face on Saturday for the first time since Oct. 18.

Quick hits

  • Tyler Seguin had a monster game for Biel on Friday, scoring four goals and adding an assist in a 7-2 win over Geneve. Seguin’s squad, which is currently in sixth in the 12-team Swiss National League, will take on HC Davos (Rick Nash, Joe Thornton) tonight before the league’s 11-day break begins.

  • P-Bruins netminder Michael Hutchinson fell to 0-4-0 on the season last night, surrendering three goals on just 20 shots in a 3-2 loss to Worcester. Hutchinson has a 3.75 goals-against average and woeful .838 save percentage.

  • On the flip side, Cam Talbot continues to be lights out in net for the Whale. The 25-year-old goaltender stopped 43-of-44 in a 2-1 win over Albany. He’s now 3-0-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average and .955 save percentage.

Entirely off-topic

  • Last week’s unveiling of the overpriced iPad Mini ($329), combined with the departure of a few big wigs, have caused Apple’s stock to decline sharply. Friday alone saw the company’s share price fall nearly $20 to $576.80. On Sept. 19, a little over six weeks ago, the stock was sitting pretty at $702.10.