Lightning: Checking in on the Struggling Crunch
Perhaps one of the most impressive aspects of the Tampa Bay Lightning as an organization has been the success of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. As the Lightning were fighting for the Stanley Cup while trying to stay under the cap, the Crunch just kept pumping out young, NHL-caliber players who could […]
3 Takeaways From Bruins’ Win Over Golden Knights
Playing their final game before the start of the All-Star break on Tuesday night at the TD Garden, the Boston Bruins showed some fight and came away with a win that they would not have come away with during their recent play over the last two weeks. Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, the Bruins […]
Flames’ Disappointing Performances Headlined by Gaudreau
The Calgary Flames head into the NHL All Star break in a four-way tie for second place in the Pacific Division standings with 57 points, just one point back of the first-place Vancouver Canucks. Despite being in the midst of a very tight Western Conference playoff race, the Flames are just one year removed from […]
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Connor McDavid Is the Masterton Trophy Favorite
To nobody’s surprise, Connor McDavid looks like he will be adding more hardware to his trophy case this June, most notably the Art Ross Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award, and the Hart Memorial Trophy, but there’s another prestigious award that he could be receiving at the end of the season as well. McDavid could also be […]
NHL Short Notes
* Oliver Bjorkstrand lifted the Blue Jackets to their sixth straight win after he became the first player in franchise history to record a multi-goal performance in three consecutive appearances. * Ahead of making his sixth NHL All-Star game appearance, Eric Staal factored on two of Minnesota’s three third-period goals to lift the Wild to their 13th comeback win of 2019-20. * Starting today, the 2019-20 season will take a four-day break from regular-season games for 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, which will be hosted by the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blues at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
Bjorkstrand Leads Blue Jackets Past Jets for 6th Straight
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice, Elvis Merzlikins stopped 27 shots, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. Bjorkstrand broke the tie with a top-shelf shot over the shoulder of Winnipeg goalie Laurent Brossoit with 5:38 left in the game. Bjorkstrand had his […]
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Staal, Zuccarello Lead Wild Past Red Wings 4-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello each had a goal and assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots as the Minnesota Wild beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 on Wednesday night. Jordan Greenway and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which enters the All-Star break with three wins in four games. The […]
Video- The Future Of Paul Maurice And Teams Who Could Use An Upgrade
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel, Elliotte Friedman joined Tim and Sid to discuss teams that are on the bubble when it comes to adding talent at the trade deadline, and what he thinks of the Jets and Paul Maurice’s standing with the team.
Quick Recap- Wings-Wild
In the first period, Zadina 2, Wild 1. Nice to see the Wings get the bounces. In the second period, Wild 3, Wings 0. After 40 minutes, Minnesota 4, Detroit 2. Not the best period for the Wings but we have seen it before. No scoring in the third. Final 4-2 Minnesota. Below find the Zadina goals and Detroit stats. Now it is break time for the Wings, next game is Friday, January 31 at MSG to face the Rangers.
Video- Game Highlights
Another loss by the Wngs, losing 4-2 to the Wild. Not sure if there will be post-game videos but if they show up soon, I will post them below. added 11:41pm, below, group post-game video is below.
Auston Matthews Replaced by Brady Tkachuk at NHL All-Star Game
TORONTO — Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk will replace Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis this week. The Maple Leafs announced on Wednesday that Matthews is still nursing a wrist injury and thus he will not be “actively participating in any on-ice events” during the festivities at Entreprise Center. However, the team […]
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Junior Hockey News & Rumors: Rychel Fired, Kaluski Captains Broncos & More
Another edition of our junior hockey hook-up, today we discuss a new commit to the North Bay Battalion, the Barrie Colts parting ways with their head coach and the new leadership group in Swift Current. Christian Stevens Commits to Battalion ’Tis the season for players committing to their new junior clubs. In the same week […]
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There’s A Game Tonight, Right?
It’s gotten to the point of actually dreading Wings game's lately. They manage to get worse with each passing game. I understand injuries, lack of elite talent, no D, and yes, bad goaltending. That still doesn't get the coaches off the hook either. Many of us have watched all of the worst of the Wings teams of the past, and this group has some better players than on previous bad Wings teams, but, this is some of the worst hockey in forty years. Bar none..... It's a Live Blog!
Video- Is This The Goal Of The Decade?
Heck, I can't even remembers goals from the games last night, so turning it over to you. from Tracey Myers of NHL.com, In the runup to the unveiling of the NHL First and Second All-Decade Teams on Jan. 24 (6:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN), the NHL will be announcing its best plays, moments, events, coaches and team of the 2010s. One selection, chosen by NHL.com and NHL.com International staff members, will be unveiled each day in the runup to the release of the all-decade teams. Today is Goal of the Decade, which was scored by Patrick Kane in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Philadelphia Flyers. Patrick Kane has scored a lot of memorable goals in his NHL career. But the Chicago Blackhawks forward's goal 4:06 into overtime against the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 6 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final, the one that ended the Blackhawks' championship drought after 49 years with a 4-3 victory, is one he'll never forget. "I mean, obviously it was a great run throughout the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs and you think you're sitting pretty at 3-2 and they tie it up," Kane said of the 4-3 win. "It seems like they have a lot of the momentum going into overtime. We had a couple of chances early, I think [Kris] Versteeg had a chance in the slot." continued Watch the goal below.
Top 50 NHL Players At The Break
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, Five of seven Canadian clubs are represented in the mid-season Top 50. Ottawa and Calgary don’t have any players on the list. The Flames had four on the pre-season list: Gaudreau, , and . Norris Trophy frontrunner is the highest-ranked defenceman at No. 7. Carlson’s teammate fell from No. 7 on the pre-season list to No. 10, staring up at players like Pastrnak - whom he will attempt to chase down in the Rocket Richard race in the second half. Let the debate begin. Here is TSN Hockey’s mid-season Top 50 ranking for 2019-20: the top 3 on the list are McDavid, MacKinnon and Pastrnak...
Today’s Morning Skate
#RedWings in morning skate: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Zadina Perlini-Filppula-Fabbri Helm-Glendening-Erne Smith-Ehn-Abdelkader Nemeth-Hronek Daley-Bowey Cholowski-Biega — Dana Wakiji (@Dwakiji) January 22, 2020
Drew Doughty Is In An Unfamiliar Place
from Lisa Dillman of The Athletic, Drew Doughty knew there would be pain. He realized that last season. But Doughty certainly didn’t anticipate the Kings’ struggles would last this long and run quite this deep. What looks to be their continuing membership in the Lottery Club is difficult to accept for someone with Doughty’s winning pedigree — a two-time Stanley Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist and Norris Trophy winner in 2016. “It’s frustrating. Being one of the top guys, I never expected to be (in this position). I always expected that I would be able to help push my team to a playoff spot every single year,” Doughty said. “But now back-to-back years, being in last place, it’s been stressful and depressing a little bit. “Sometimes you’ve got to sit back and realize you don’t have the team you once had.” continued (paid) Doughty's AAV is $11M through the 2026-27 season. Full contract details.
Anaheim Ducks Prospects: LaCombe Gets First NCAA Goal
We’re finally back with a prospect update! The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships left us hanging for a bit, but it’s time to recap and analyze the performances of the Anaheim Ducks prospects. Here’s the sixth edition of our series updating you on some of the Ducks’ top prospects and picks from the 2019 NHL […]
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Tomas Holmstrom’s Subtle Brilliance
The Detroit Red Wings were a team in flux at the start of the 1990s. At times labeled the “Dead Things,” they had not won a Stanley Cup since 1954-55 and had won just five playoff rounds over the previous 24 seasons. The team did make the postseason in 1990-91, but they bowed out to […]
Serge Savard: Memories of a Hall of Fame Career
On the walls of a small house in Landrienne, Quebec, a tiny rural community in the Abitibi region 645 kilometers north of Montreal, hung three pictures: one of Pope Pius XII, one of Quebec Premier Maurice Duplessis and the other of Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. These iconic personalities not only represented the main areas of […]
Morning Line- Paul Maurice
“There was no f—ng slow start. We played as good in the first as we did in the second as we did in the third. That team played its asses off tonight. “Listen, I haven’t liked some of the games we played but that team played as hard as it could. I got no beef on the effort, the other team played well too.” -Paul Maurice, head coach of the Winnipeg Jets after a 4-1 loss to Carolina. Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun has more on the Jets, who have lost 5 of their last 6 games.
Connor McDavid’s Remarkable Comeback
The fact that Connor McDavid is even playing hockey this season is a minor miracle. The Edmonton Oilers’ superstar has made a full recovery from a major knee injury he suffered when he crashed hard into the goalpost in the final game of the 2018-19 season. What makes this even more unthinkable is that he […]
London Knights’ Luke Evangelista Ascending up the Draft Rankings
In the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), teams under the spotlight tend to change more frequently than the fuel for your automobile. Typically, it’s for good reason. Organizations housing highly touted draft-eligible prospects such as Quinton Byfield are going to garner more attention that year. The same can be said about teams stacked with top NHL […]
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One Simple Question
Two games tonight, Winnipeg at Columbus and Detroit at Minnesota. Then no NHL games until Monday. So a simple question as we head into the All-Star break. Who is your favorite to win the Stanley Cup? Mine, the Blues repeat. Extra credit if you pick the other team in the SCF. Mine is Washington.
St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche: Division Un-Rivalry?
The St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche are now split with two home wins each. It’s quite a different picture from the Blues’ sweep of the Avalanche last season. Although they’re division rivals and should have a heated presence when they play each other, they actually don’t. Neither team acquired a fighting penalty in any […]
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Reshaping the Maple Leafs’ Defense for Next Season
The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t played well of late. Frederick Anderson seems tired and two Maple Leafs defensemen are out with broken feet. Maybe it’s time to take a break from the general sense of euphoria since Sheldon Keefe took over as head coach of the Maple Leafs on Nov. 20 and ask a difficult […]
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Devils 2019-20 Midseason Prospect Update
Not a lot has gone right for the New Jersey Devils this season. From trading away their best player to firing head coach John Hynes and eventually general manager Ray Shero. There’s a lot of uncertainty as to what comes next for the organization. But there are some positives to take away from a turbulent last […]
THW’s Goalie News: Elliott’s Shutout, Markstrom’s New Deal & More
Tuesday night gave us five games as the National Hockey League is nearing their All-Star break. After tonight’s games, there will be no games until Monday evening. Last night, we saw a shutout in Philadelphia and a big performance on Broadway. Plus, an All-Star is looking to get a new contract with his current team. […]
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Islanders Head into All Star Break with a Win
There may have only been two points on the line, but anytime the New York Islanders and New York Rangers face off, the points seem more important. The Islanders are coming off their worst week of the season with two losses to the Rangers as well as losses to the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. […]
NHL Teams Realize Backup Goaltender Is Important Position
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins had it all set up to honour backup goalie Jaroslav Halak on Tuesday night for becoming the 74th goalie in NHL history to play in 500 games. Then something went wrong: Starter Tuukka Rask was injured, Halak became the No. 1 guy and the Bruins decided to postpone the ceremony […]
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Gritty Accused Of Throwing A Punch
from Christian Hetrick of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Chris Greenwell brought his boy Brandon to the Wells Fargo Center one night in November to meet the most famous person on the Philadelphia Flyers payroll: Gritty. The Flyers had invited Greenwell and his 13-year-old son to get a photo and some face time with the fuzzy, googly-eyed mascot, all part of an exclusive event for season ticket holders. But after waiting in line for about an hour behind dozens of fans to get to Gritty, something shocking happened, according to Greenwell. In Greenwell’s telling, Brandon playfully patted the mascot on the head after the photo was taken. As Brandon walked away, Gritty got out of his chair, “took a running start," and “punched my son as hard as he could," Greenwell said Wednesday. Officials at Comcast Spectacor, the company that owns the Flyers, told Greenwell there is no video footage of the incident because the “cameras in that area of the center are focused on other locations,” according to emails between Greenwell and officials. The company claimed it conducted an investigation that included interviews with Gritty, and “Gritty’s handler,” but couldn’t verify Greenwell’s account. continued
How The Columbus Blue Jackets Have Remained Hot
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch, The Blue Jackets are 15-2-4 over their past 21 games. The numbers within are crazy, and we can count the ways. On Dec. 9, when this hot streak started, the Jackets were closer to last place in the conference (nine points ahead of Detroit) than they were to the second wild card (11 points behind Carolina). Heading into a game Wednesday night against the Winnipeg Jets in Nationwide Arena, the Jackets are holding the first wild card. Right now, they’re in. The Jackets are 26-18-6. They have 60 points, their second-best record through 50 games, trailing only the 2016-17 team, which had 71 points through 50 games and ended the regular season with 108. That was a healthy group touched by magic. This is something else. The past 21 games, by the numbers (and the goaltending stats are crazy): Nineteen players have combined to score 63 goals (3.0 a game). Twelve players have scored winning goals. continued
Robin Lehner Deserves A Long-Term Contract Somewhere
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, The Blackhawks should have a pretty good idea of their playoff chances by the time the trade deadline rolls around Feb. 24. They have a gruelling schedule in February, with all but three of their 14 games away from the United Center. But they’ve actually been a better team on the road than at home this season. Not including tonight’s game, they have 11 more games, eight of them on the road. So the picture should become a little clearer in the coming weeks. If the Blackhawks are still in playoff contention, there’s no way they even think of trading Lehner. They might not be able to trade him even if they want to make a deal because as enticing as a top-tier goaltender would be for the playoffs, there are precious few teams that are playoff bound that need a goaltender. The Edmonton Oilers, who are getting good, but not great goaltending, are one of those teams. The last time they made a deadline deal to get a goalie was 2006 and it worked out pretty well. They made a deal for Dwayne Roloson, who carried them to the Stanley Cup final and might have won it for them had he not gotten hurt in Game 1 of the final. Regardless of whether Lehner is dealt by the Blackhawks, it’s impossible to argue that he doesn’t deserve the long-term deal he was seeking from the New York Islanders over the summer. There have been a total of 37 goaltenders in the NHL who have played at least 60 games over the past two seasons and of those goalies, Lehner is second in save percentage to Ben Bishop. more
The St. Louis Blues Still Have Assets To Make Moves At The Trade Deadline
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has aggressively spent long-term assets while in win-now mode. He has the defending Stanley Cup champions atop the Western Conference as a result. Yet Armstrong can step back at the All-Star break and still see solid organizational depth supporting his roster. If he wants to make an upgrade before the NHL trade deadline, he still has chips to play. If he chooses to hang on to them instead, he will have a hedge against spring fatigue and future salary cap challenges. Either way, Armstrong is sitting more comfortably than most of his peers. Even with wingers Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Blais sidelined while recovering from surgical repairs, forwards Jordan Kyrou and Zach Sanford have had to alternate in the lineup and power forward Klim Kostin has remained in development in San Antonio. continued
All About The AHL All-Star Classic
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The 2020 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Ontario International Airport is just days away, and the two-day event will reach millions of hockey fans worldwide through extensive television, internet streaming and social media coverage.
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