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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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!
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 […]
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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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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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
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.
Videos- The Talk After Today’s Skate
Dennis Cholowski first, Jeff Blashill below. "It's always exciting to be back." Dennis Cholowski is in Minnesota after being called up from Grand Rapids this morning. | #DETvsMIN pic.twitter.com/B6A6sE9lmI — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 22, 2020
NHL Rumors: Flames, Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Ducks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is lots of buzz surrounding the Calgary Flames and Toronto Maple Leafs potentially working on a deal, the Montreal Canadiens were listed as the team to watch by one TSN trade insider and the Hockey News names 30 players worth watching over the next five weeks. Maple Leafs and […]
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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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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.
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.
Hockey Thoughts Before The All-Star Break
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportnset, - As the all-star break begins and teams go through their scouting meetings, a few teams with interesting possibilities are waiting on upcoming performance to decide their path. Included in that group are Chicago, Minnesota, Montreal and the Rangers (back-to-back with Detroit when they return). Those teams will test the value of their players, but hold off on final decisions until closer to the deadline — unless they become convinced they’re out. Pittsburgh continues its pursuit of Jason Zucker, but the Wild aren’t yet ready to concede anything. Nothing is happening with the Blackhawks as long as they’re still in the race, but if they fall out, would Joel Quenneville ask to pitch ageless physical specimen Duncan Keith on the virtues of southeast Florida? - The NHL tried to make the Justin Bieber/Jordan Binnington showdown part of All-Star Weekend. Just didn’t work at this time. Apparently, it is going to happen, though. - The league sent a memo to its officials about the “Michigan”/“Svechnikov” lacrosse-style goal reminding officials that any goal scorer must have his stick below shoulder level when possessing the puck and below the crossbar when putting it home. Otherwise, the stick is in an illegal position. many more Thoughts...
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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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
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...
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.
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.
Dennis Cholowski Recalled
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today recalled defenseman Dennis Cholowski from the American Hockey League's Grand Rapids Griffins. Cholowski, 21, has split his second professional campaign between the Red Wings and Griffins, showing eight points (2-6-8) and four penalty minutes in 29 games with the Red Wings, including five points (1-4-5) on the power play to rank second among the team's defenseman in addition to his first overtime-winning goal in the NHL (Nov. 12 at Anaheim). Since joining the Griffins last month, Cholowski has notched five points (2-3-5) in 17 contests, including goals in two of his last four games with the team. Dating back to his pro debut at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, Cholowski has 17 points (2-15-17) and 14 penalty minutes in 43 regular-season games with the Griffins and two points (0-2-2) and two penalty minutes in six Calder Cup Playoff games. In his two NHL seasons, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound defenseman has recorded 24 points (9-15-24) and 20 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Red Wings.
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 […]
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. […]
The New York Rangers’ Goaltending Situation
The New York Rangers find themselves in quite a situation these days in regards to their goaltending scenario and Henrik Lundqvist is caught in the middle of it. It’s been well documented that King Henrik is taking more of a backseat this year to let the Rangers develop their up and coming netminders Alexandar Georgiev and […]
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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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
Maple Leafs Must Make a Splash Ahead of Trade Deadline
Despite a strong 16-7-3 run since Sheldon Keefe took over behind the bench on Nov. 21, the Toronto Maple Leafs remain exactly where they started when Mike Babcock was let go: 10th in the Eastern Conference, and on the outside looking in. While the team has certainly performed well on the ice – and most […]
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Montreal Canadiens: Who Should Replace Geoff Molson as President?
There have been on-again, off-again calls to replace Geoff Molson as team president of the Montreal Canadiens. Many of the voices making this demand are there to find a way to get another person to oversee the work of current general manager Marc Bergevin, and possibly to have him replaced. Molson also holds the position […]
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Dissecting the Flames’ Lack of High-End Offence This Season
The Calgary Flames relatively poor offensive production in the 2019-20 campaign has left both fans and sports journalists mystified – perhaps rightfully so. Notwithstanding several minor moves in the offseason – namely the James Neal – Milan Lucic swap and the addition of Cam Talbot in a backup goaltending role – last season’s roster has […]
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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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NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Frank Vatrano scored Florida’s fourth hat trick of the season to propel the Panthers to victory in Joel Quenneville’s return to Chicago. * Meanwhile, Mike Hoffman joined rare company with his second point streak of 10-plus games in as many seasons as the Panthers skated to their sixth straight win. * Teuvo Teravainen, one of three Finnish-born players to find the score sheet in the Hurricanes-Jets game, collected his fourth three-point game of 2019-20 and helped Carolina improve to 4-0-1 in its last five home games.
Yzerman Pleased With Givani Smith And Blashill Trying To Make A Point
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Givani Smith has scored two goals in 14 games with the Detroit Red Wings but hasn’t celebrated either, since they came late in one-sided losses. There will be more goals and many more games for the big, abrasive forward. Smith has made a good impression since being recalled from the Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 30. He forechecks hard, grinds down low, plays physical and doesn’t back down. General manager Steve Yzerman likes what he’s seen, telling people in the organization he’s pleased that Smith goes to the net aggressively. continued from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, A little after noon Tuesday, a pair of goaltenders wanted to know where their Detroit Red Wings teammates were. Practice was supposed to be underway, but the only players on the ice were Jonathan Bernier and Calvin Pickard, who went through skating and shooting drills with goaltending coach Jeff Salajko. The question came up because they wanted to face shots. The answer: Detention. Practice was delayed about half an hour because coach Jeff Blashill was adamant players stick around until they understood the assignment regarding systematic play. The Wings, who lost to the Colorado Avalanche, 6-3, on Monday, take a five-game losing streak into Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Wild. “It was a meeting that I wasn’t going to leave until we had it straight,” Blashill said after an optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. “We have to get better at our d-zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everybody understood, we weren’t leaving that meeting, and if it went a little long, it went a little long.” continued
Ducks’ Prospect Will Francis Ready for NCAA Development
We’ve been releasing Anaheim Ducks prospect updates since the start of the season, and one player we’ve routinely checked up on is Ducks’ 2019 sixth-round pick, Will Francis. Francis is playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League. The Ducks have been going to the USHL well several times in the […]
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Key Takeaways from Rangers’ 2-1 Loss to Blue Jackets
After coming off two impressive wins against the New York Islanders, the New York Rangers were looking to ride their momentum to another victory on Sunday night at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately for the Garden Faithful, their team lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds of regulation. It was quite a disappointing […]
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Panthers Land One of NHL’s Best Bargains in Acciari
If you had told Florida Panthers forward Noel Acciari he’d score 18 goals with his new team, he’d probably have believed you. He just would have thought you had meant over the course of the three-year term of his $5 million contract (total). Instead he’s got a career-high 18 just past the halfway mark of […]
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Quenneville Coaches Panthers to 4-3 Win Over Blackhawks
CHICAGO — The Florida Panthers got Joel Quenneville a win in his return to Chicago, using a hat trick by Frank Vatrano to beat the Blackhawks 4-3 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory.
The 61-year-old Quenneville coached Chicago to three...
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Williams Scores Twice, Hurricanes Defeat Jets 4-1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Williams scored a pair of goals in his second game back in the NHL, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. Williams scored the winning goal in a shootout for a 2-1 win over the Islanders in his first game after signing a […]
Krejci Has Goal, Assist for Bruins in 3-2 Win Over Golden Knights
BOSTON — David Krejci scored with 7:42 left to rally the Boston Bruins past the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 Tuesday night. Jake DeBrusk had a tying goal for Boston early in the third period, and Krejci also assisted on Jeremy Lauzon’s first goal of the season. Jaroslav Halak stopped 27 shots as Boston entered the […]
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Bailey, Greiss Help Islanders Hold on to Beat Rangers 4-2
NEW YORK — Josh Bailey had a goal and two assists, Thomas Greiss stopped 40 shots, and the New York Islanders held on to beat the rival New York Rangers 4-2 Tuesday night. Anders Lee, Anthony Beauvillier and Brock Nelson also scored, and Mathew Barzal had two assists to help the Islanders head into the […]
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Elliott Makes 19 Saves to Lead Flyers Over Penguins 3-0
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Edmonton-Calgary Still A Hot Topic
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, George Parros is coming to the game. But he doesn’t want to talk about it? Meanwhile, just about everybody else seems to want to talk about nothing else but Game 787 of the NHL schedule Jan. 29 in Edmonton. It’s a game that has come to stand separately from all the others on the 2019-20 NHL schedule. The renewal of hostilities of the finally-on-again Battle of Alberta following the Oilers recent 4-3 loss in Calgary featuring heels Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian has become the featured game of the entire regular season. Parros, the NHL Director of Player Safety, has decided his presence will be required in Rogers Place to read the riot act to both teams and particularly both players in order to prevent a riot. In all his years as a goon, playing 10 NHL seasons with career totals of 18 goals and 18 assists and 1,092 minutes in penalties, no NHL Director of Player Safety was ever required to show up for any jackpot Parros ever managed to get himself involved. continued
Video- Chicago Welcomes Back Joel Quenneville
They still love Coach Q in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/pUG0hh4vKt — NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 22, 2020 Q’s moment. pic.twitter.com/a0wB2LDU6y — Tracey Myers (@Tramyers_NHL) January 22, 2020
Panthers’ Playoff Hopes Hinging On Goaltending
As the Florida Panthers continue on their quest to qualify for the NHL Playoffs, one major liability is holding the team back: goaltending. Heading into this season, the goalie is the last thing Panthers fans would expect to be the team’s biggest weakness, after signing Sergei Bobrovsky this past offseason. The Panthers find themselves in […]
Bakersfield Condors’ Brandon Manning Suspended for Racial Slur
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — The American Hockey League has suspended Bakersfield Condors defenceman Brandon Manning five games for using a racial slur against Ontario Reign left-wing Bokondji Imama. The AHL made the announcement Tuesday, a day after Manning and Imama were involved in an altercation during Ontario’s 3-0 win over the visiting Condors. The Condors are […]
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The Grind Line: Red Wings’ Options for 4th-Overall Draft Pick in 2020
It is no secret that the 2019-20 NHL season has been difficult for the Detroit Red Wings. They own a 12-34-4 record, which puts them dead last in the league standings by a sizable margin. Thankfully, if the Red Wings wind up finishing the campaign in last place, they would own the best odds at […]
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Should Oilers Explore Terminating Brandon Manning’s Contract?
News broke on Tuesday that Brandon Manning has been suspended by the AHL for a racial slur uttered against an opposing player. There’s not a question as to whether or not Manning did what it’s alleged he did; he was immediately suspended and both he and the Bakersfield Condors released respective statements about the incident. […]
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A Meeting And Injury Updates
from Dana Wakiji of DetroitRedWings.com, Although only 11 players took part in the optional on-ice practice, every player was part of a lengthy meeting beforehand. "It was a meeting that I wasn't going to leave until we had it straight," Blashill said. "We gotta get better. I talked about it last night. We gotta get better in our D zone coverage. So until everybody had a chance to make sure everyone understood, we weren't leaving that meeting. If we went a little long, it went a little long." Bowey said he thought everyone got a lot out of the meeting. "Just right now I think it comes down to structure for us, supporting each other all around the ice," Bowey said. "I think in the D-zone especially, we got to close quicker, make sure it's harder for other teams to get their top players rolling around in our defensive zone and I think just focus on that. I think we have a really good structure put in place by the coaching staff and if we just follow that, do that to the best of our abilities, it puts us in good spots to come away with wins. I think that's certainly a focus now, focusing on doing the little things right, supporting each other all around the ice and knowing who we have to cover and knowing when to shut down plays." more and other topics including an injury update on Anthony Mantha and Andreas Athanasiou, "(Mantha's) still a ways away, a month maybe," Blashill said. "It's not a progress thing. I don't know if I gave you a bad timeline to start. I don't remember the timeline I gave you, to be honest with you. It just is what it is. It's gonna be a long process before he's healed." Unlike Mantha, Athanasiou had started skating before the team left. "His is a healable thing that will be healed. It just depends on when," Blashill said.
Bogosian, Botterill and Buffalo’s Bloated Blue Line
A lack of a bonafide No. 2 center. A glaring lack of secondary scoring. Woeful special teams. There are plenty of reasons why the Buffalo Sabres sit outside of the playoff picture. With all the frustration, there’s a nagging question that seems to be gaining momentum: why is Zach Bogosian still in the lineup? Brittle […]
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Brandon Manning Suspended For A Racial Slur
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today announced that Bakersfield Condors defenseman Brandon Manning has been suspended for five (5) games as a consequence of his actions in a game at Ontario on Jan. 20. Manning was suspended after being assessed a game misconduct under the provisions of AHL Rule 23.9 for use of a racial slur towards an opponent. Manning will miss Bakersfield’s games Wednesday (Jan. 22) vs. San Jose, Friday (Jan. 24) at Tucson, Saturday (Jan. 25) at Tucson, Jan. 31 vs. Ontario and Feb. 1 at Stockton. Statement from Manning is below.
AHL Central News: Playoff Race Intensifies
As we have moved past the halfway point of the 2019-20 season, the top two teams in the American Hockey League’s Central Division have comfortable leads when it comes to a postseason spot. The remaining six teams are just separated by seven points as they duke it out for the final two Calder Cup playoff […]
Avalanche: Predicting André Burakovsky’s Next Contract
Drafted 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in 2013, and acquired by the Colorado Avalanche in June 2019 for a 2020 second-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, and the signing rights to Scott Kosmachuk, André Burakovsky has now settled into a role in the Avalanche’s top six. At the time of writing, Burakovsky is 24 years […]
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An Optional Skate
via Dana Wakiji tweet, Erne, Ehn, Smith and Ericsson on ice for optional practice at Xcel Energy Center. Larkin just joined as well. Anything noteworthy from the optional I will post it here.
Canucks’ Season Could Hinge on Next Road Trip
Although just one point separates the Vancouver Canucks from the four-way tie mayhem between the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights, and Arizona Coyotes for second place in the Pacific Division, the view from atop must look pretty sweet. It’s been eight years since Vancouver last led their division going into the All-Star break, […]
NHL Rumors: Bruins, Maple Leafs, Flames, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on who the Boston Bruins are targeting as their top target at the NHL Trade Deadline, plus who are the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames targeting? Finally, how much of a role will player contracts play in trades made during this year’s trade deadline hysteria? Bruins […]
KK-A2Y- 10,000 Comments. How About You?
I recently received an email from a KK member which included the following. Paul, I have had many milestones in my 63 years. College, 29 years of marriage, 30 years as an attorney and Judge, scaled mountains, sailed seas, flown airplanes, raced my Porsche, and now........ (drum roll please) I just moved above 10,000 posts on your site! Huzzah! Thank you for the hosting the platform for all the shenanigans through the years! Onward!! All the best, I emailed the member back to receive an okay to use this, with the name of the member not included. How about you, does anyone else reach some rare air?
Sportsnet Asks NHL Players on Extending 3-on-3 OT
from Sportsnet, “I don’t know, it’s tough, I mean 3-on-3 is exhausting. We play six forwards and three D for the most part. Guys are usually dead tired, and goalies are dead tired by the end of the five minutes, so, I think extending it would be a little bit tough.” – Vegas’ Mark Stone “You see how much the fans love it, and I think we love it almost just as much. It’s fun. If you went past the five minutes, it wouldn’t take long until there’s a goal because there are so many chances that happen. Once you get to a shootout, it’s kind of like a 50/50. How many two-on-ones are there in five minutes? I think in another five minutes, someone will score.” – Vancouver’s Brock Boeser many more responses...
2010 NHL Entry Draft: 5 Forgotten Picks
The 2010 NHL Entry Draft is notable for producing many of the NHL’s present-day elite, including Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall, who were selected first and second, respectively. It’s also notable for having 11 American-born players drafted in the first round. Perhaps even more interestingly, it’s notable that every player who was drafted in the […]
Who Is This NHL Goalie?
His ideal temperature for a long winter’s nap — seven to nine hours is the goal — runs about 18 Celsius (64.4F), and maybe chillier.... And his environment must be pitch black, which is generally not a problem at home or on the road, when the Leafs stay at high-end hotels like the Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton. “Most rooms have nice blackout curtains.”... “When you’re in a new room, something about your brain stays on a little bit. The fight-or-flight response,” he said. “It’s some kind of instinct. When you’re in a new environment, you’ve got to be aware if there’s any sabretooth tigers coming.” Who is it?
The Scoring Machine Known As Nathan MacKinnon
from Sean Keeler of the Denver Post, “I don’t think I’m gonna get 50,” MacKinnon, the Avalanche all-star, said quietly when the subject of the big 5-0 — Nimble Nate is on a pace for 51 — was broached. “Nah. I don’t think I’m gonna get 50. “I’m a disher. I’m a passer. I’ll get 70 assists but not 50 goals.” Come again? “I’m just joking,” MacKinnon continued, less than hour after scoring twice on the hapless Detroit Red Wings to help Colorado close the first half of the season with a 6-3 win. “I don’t know. We’ll see. “I’ve got to get hot. I’ve only gotten 40 once, so I don’t know. I’m just trying to play my best every night, play at 100 percent and we’ll see what happens out there.” read on
Will The Montreal Canadiens Think Of Trading Tatar And Weber?
from Brendan Kelly of the Montreal Gazette, The big talking point as the Canadiens start their bye week is what Bergevin is going to do with his week off while many of his players are off vacationing in the sun. The Feb. 24 trade deadline day in the National Hockey League is hurtling toward us with frightening velocity and the discussion among hockey opinion-makers and Canadiens fans this week is what the general manager’s strategy should be in the next month. As a good pal of mine, a former stock trader, always says: “sell high, buy low.” That’s true on Wall St. and it’s also true in pro sports. If you believe that, then Bergevin should be dealing assets in the coming weeks. In terms of high value, you don’t get much better than Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber and that’s why he should, at the very least, go out and see what fellow GMs might offer for those two. Tatar is having another great season, with 43 points in 50 games. We all love Tuna — even more so after he scored that beauty of a shootout winner Saturday — but he’s eligible to become an unrestricted free agent in summer 2021 and will naturally be looking for a lengthy high-price contract that off-season, a deal for a 30-year-old that would be silly for Montreal to sign. Weber, 34, is more obvious trade bait. He is also having an amazing season, but this one is just an age thing. He will not be the same kind of player when the Canadiens’ young prospects come to maturity. read on
Dylan Larkin Says It Will Be A Rivalry With The Avs Again
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit Red Wings noticed fans still remember the rivalry, and the competitiveness of the Colorado Avalanche stoked hopes it soon might be revived. The Wings head into Wednesday's game at Minnesota, their last before the break, on a five-game losing skid after dropping a 6-3 Monday matinee at Pepsi Center. There were enough partisan fans to start a few "Go Wings" chants, but many more voiced their disapproval of the Wings, whose rivalry with the Avalanche two decades ago was one of the best in sports. “This rivalry, with the fans, most definitely it’s still there,” Dylan Larkin said. “Next year or year after and in the years following, with the players they have and the players that we have, it’s going to be an exciting rivalry again.” The Wings don’t stack up against opponents most nights, their lineup weakened by injuries (top defenseman Danny DeKeyser is out for the season and top-line winger Anthony Mantha’s return is uncertain) and patched with minor-league call-ups. At 12-34-4, the Wings are on pace to finish with 46 points. continued
Blues’ Top 5 Coaches in Franchise History
In 52 seasons of St. Louis Blues hockey, there have been twenty-six coaches. It took until the 26th coach for the club to reach the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup. The coaching history for the Blues is one of the more interesting ones in the history of the NHL. This franchise has 180 […]
Predators’ All-Star Break Comes at Perfect Time
The Nashville Predators are limping into the All-star break and this year’s midseason time off couldn’t have come at a better time. The Predators are sitting sixth in the Central Division, six points back of the final wild-card spot and seven points from cracking the top three in their division. The Predators’ poor play this […]
Islanders on Pace For Fewest Power Plays in Single Season
It took until the 47th game, but the New York Islanders finally reached their 100th power play this season. The Islanders have spent a league-worst 187:46 on the power play – the next closest team is the Toronto Maple Leafs, who have spent just over 30 minutes more on the man advantage than New York, […]
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Returning Lemieux Is Irreplaceable for Rangers
Brendan Lemieux returned to the New York Rangers’ lineup Sunday after missing just over three weeks with a fractured hand. The Blueshirts missed his unique skillset, and Lemieux was immediately promoted to the team’s top line in his first game back. In two consecutive games against the physical New York Islanders, Micheal Haley filled in […]
Jets in Tough Shape After Losing Lowry Long-Term
The struggling Winnipeg Jets have taken another huge hit as news came out Monday afternoon that centre Adam Lowry will be out a minimum of four weeks with an upper-body injury, which he suffered Sunday evening after taking a questionable blind-side hit from the Chicago Blackhawks’ Drake Caggiula. The long-term loss is not one that’s […]
Goalies You Can’t Spell Stealing the Blue Jackets’ Show
Let me give you a couple of names to think about. Joonas Korpisalo. Elvis Merzlikins. Matiss Kivlenieks. If you’re a Columbus Blue Jackets or a die-hard hockey fan, you know who these players are. If not, you’re now seeing three reasons why the Blue Jackets are on a roll. Imagine that I walk up to […]
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Stars Of The Week
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2020) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Jan. 19.
Bad, Bad, Bad
At what point do we just stop watching the Wings? All of the beat writers have finally anointed the Wings as "Bad". Tell us something we don't know. As a team, at what point did it become acceptable to just give up? Losing has now become the norm, and, that is going to be the hardest obstacle to overcome. The longer the Wings continue to lose, the easier it becomes, and it's looking all too easy from where I stand. It's a matinee Live Blog!
Quick Update- Detroit-Colorado For Those Not Watching The Game
added 5:42pm, Detroit stats way below. Since some of you are probably working during the game and since this is the only NHL this afternoon, well as I get Detroit goals and/or highlights, I will post them. Follow Kate's Live Blog for all the ongoing comments during the game and check back here for videos during and after the game. 1-0 Detroit Bertuzzi.
Videos- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Game And Highlights
Coach first, highlights below. added 6:32pm, Larkin below. added 6:58pm, group video below.
Another ‘Wearing’ loss
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, The Red Wings mustered three goals Monday — they’ve only scored eight goals in the last five games, all losses — but didn’t do enough defensively to quiet the Avalanche. “A lot of chances and goals were from us not coming back into our zone, it’s not good enough,” forward Dylan Larkin said. “We knew coming in, a team like this, we were going to have to defend a lot. But we didn’t come back (defensively) and sort it out enough.”... “The second period, we couldn’t get out of our end and all of a sudden you’re spending a whole bunch of time defending,” coach Jeff Blashill said. “We lost (Nielsen, Green) … and it just taxed our guys a lot. “There’s a whole bunch of defending and suddenly we didn’t have our skating legs — and that’s a hard team not to have your skating legs against.”... Losses wear on you, and it starts to hurt your energy a little bit,” Blashill said. “We have to be real careful of that, we have to find a way to have great energy in our last game before the break and get ourselves rejuvenated coming back out of the break.” more
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * No strangers to wild comeback wins this season, Florida rallied past Minnesota at Xcel Energy Center via a go-ahead goal scored in the dying seconds of regulation by Noel Acciari. * In his final game before captaining the Central Division at the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, Nathan MacKinnon tallied twice and became the fourth player to reach the 30-goal mark this season. * Cale Makar matched the single-season franchise record for points by a rookie defenseman, reaching the mark in nearly half the games required by the Nordiques blueliner who did so nearly 35 years ago.
Revisiting Bruins’ 2019 Deadline Deals
The NHL trade deadline is on Feb. 24, just over a month away. Contenders for the Stanley Cup will try to upgrade their rosters in an attempt to dethrone the defending champion, St. Louis Blues. One team that needs an addition or two is the 2019 Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins. They need a forward, […]
THW’s Goalie News: Player Poll, KHL All-Star Moments & Week in Review
It’s Monday and that means we will take a look back at the week that was in National Hockey League goaltending. Also, nearly half the players in the league were polled about who the best netminder in the league is. And finally, the Kontinental Hockey League held their All-Star Game over the weekend and gave […]
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Quenneville Returns to Chicago With Florida Panthers
CHICAGO — In some Chicago circles, certainly every one that includes a hockey rink, it’s just “Q.” Only one letter is necessary for a man so revered there is a Twitter account for his moustache with more than 40,000 followers. Q returns Tuesday night. Joel Quenneville leads the Florida Panthers into Chicago to take on […]
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Islanders: Right Time to Make a Trade?
Despite the (NHL) .500 play from the New York Islanders as of late, there’s still an 80.1% chance they make the playoffs, according to Hockey Reference. They’re fifth in the Eastern Conference and sixth in the league in points, more than respectable. But as the playoff race heats up and the Islanders’ historic winning streak […]
Maple Leafs Are Allowing Dion Phaneuf to Visit: Is It All It Seems?
In a recent THW Rumors Report, Jim Parsons shared a report from hockey insider Bob McKenzie that former NHL defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is shadowing Brendan Shanahan in the team’s front office and has been for the past week. McKenzie noted that Phaneuf has not retired from the NHL and would […]
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Chasing Gretzky: Who Stands in Ovechkin’s Way?
On Saturday, Jan. 18, Alex Ovechkin continued to climb up the all-time goal list. He entered the game against the New York Islanders with 689 goals, one short of Mario Lemieux for 10th all-time. He went onto record a hat trick in the 6-4 win. Ovechkin opened the scoring in the game to tie Lemieux […]
Kadri Scores Twice, Propels Avalanche Past Reeling Red Wings 6-3
DENVER — Nazem Kadri and Nathan MacKinnon scored 1:54 apart as the Colorado Avalanche were propelled by another second-period spurt in a 6-3 win over the reeling Detroit Red Wings on Monday. The Avalanche also pulled away from the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues with a middle-period flurry over the weekend. Leading 2-1 […]
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Acciari Scores Late to Give Panthers 5-4 Win Over Wild
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Noel Acciari scored with 5.6 seconds left in the third period and the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 Monday night for their fifth straight win. Acciari tipped a shot from the point by Mark Pysyk that was first tipped by Aaron Ekblad. A video review upheld the goal and […]
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Is Hockey Living Dr. King’s Dream?
Today, much of the United States will enjoy a holiday – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Many will celebrate the legacy of the slain civil rights leader in parades. Some will attend services commemorating Dr. King and his work. Others will ponder “the dream” that still resonates from his famous speech given at the Lincoln […]
Hurricanes Have Trade Options to Fill Hamilton Hole
After suffering a fractured fibula on Jan. 16, Dougie Hamilton underwent surgery and will be out indefinitely. With just about two and a half months remaining in the regular season, it’s safe to say that Hamilton won’t return before the playoffs begin. Should the Carolina Hurricanes look to the trade market to replace him before […]
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Bolts Breakdown: Still Winning Heading into the All-Star Break
In three games this week, the Tampa Bay Lightning picked up four out of a possible six points against Western Conference teams. They defeated the Los Angeles Kings 4-3 in a shootout on Tuesday, then fell flat against the Minnesota Wild in a 3-2 loss. However, they bounced back with a 7-1 win over the […]
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Takeaways From Justin Williams’ Heroic Return to Hurricanes Lineup
In hindsight, we all should have seen this coming. It would be crazy to think Justin Williams’ first game back with the Carolina Hurricanes would end any other way. With the Hurricanes and New York Islanders deadlocked 1-1 after 60 minutes of hockey, five minutes of overtime and seven undecided rounds of the shootout, Williams […]
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Video- A Look At The Detroit Red Wings Rivalry With The Colorado Avalanche
Just a reminder, the puck drops against the Avs at 3:00pm ET today. It will take you close to 27 minutes to watch.
Rangers & Islanders Rivalry Reignited with Grit & Intensity
The New York Rangers are in the midst of a nine-day span in which they play their state rivals, the New York Islanders, three times — twice at home at Madison Square Garden and once at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. It’s an oddity in the schedule and yet it’s built excitement in the New […]
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Beauts Maddie Norton Making the Most of Her Opportunities
Buffalo Beauts rookie forward Maddie Norton is looking to make the most of her opportunities this NWHL season. Used sparingly throughout Buffalo’s first 18 games, Norton made her first back-to-back appearances of 2019-20 when the team was on the road in Minnesota. Though she debuted earlier in the season when the Beauts hosted the Boston […]
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Weekly Prospect Report: Bokk, Rafferty, Quinn & Foerster
Welcome to the Weekly Prospect Report. Here, we’ll take a look at some key names over the past week that are a big part of the next wave of NHL stars. This column will dive into both NHL-affiliated and draft-eligible prospects, focusing mainly on those outside the NHL. Related: Weekly Prospect Report: Suzuki, Shestyorkin, Byfield & […]
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NHL Player Poll
The Athletic with their poll of the players with question like best player, game 7 SCF goalie and more. I will concentrate on this... Who is the dirtiest player in the league? Now we come to the first question players were a little hesitant to answer. Some took issue with the concept of dirty players altogether. “Nobody’s dirty,” a Pacific Division player said. “I know guys who are cheap. There are a lot of rats in the league. (Matthew) Tkachuk’s a rat. Brad Marchand’s a rat. But I wouldn’t call them dirty.” Others disagreed and had lots to say about Marchand, in particular. Let’s go with a sampling from all four divisions. “Marchand can do some shady shit.” — a Pacific Division player. “Let’s go with Brad Marchand. He’s a little prick.” — a Metro Division player. “It’s disgusting what the league lets Marchand get away with. He’s got no respect for anybody. Makes me sick.” — a Central Division player. more ($$$) and 9 more categories...
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Patrick Kane found the score sheet to register his second 10-game point streak of the season and become the 90th player in NHL history to collect 1,000 regular-season points. * Sidney Crosby factored on two of four unanswered Penguins goals to lead Pittsburgh to its third three-goal comeback win of 2019-20 (also Nov. 7, 2019 at NYI and Nov. 27, 2019 vs. VAN). * In his first game back with the Hurricanes after signing a one-year contract with the club on Jan. 7, Justin Williams helped Carolina climb back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.
Video- Patrick Kane Now Has 1000 Points In The NHL
Patrick Kane (31 years, 61 days) became the youngest U.S. player to reach 1,000 career regular-season points, eclipsing Jeremy Roenick (32 years, 13 days) who spent eight seasons with the @NHLBlackhawks from 1988-89 to 1995-96. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/Mne1TH6bvF — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 20, 2020 Video below.
Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News on all the losing with the Detroit teams but I am just going to try to highlight the Wings. We knew it’d be bad. We signed up for bad. But at some point, a pointed question: How long before it’s bad enough to do something about it? The Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons have been in various stages of rebuilds for about four years.... If you happen to coach in Detroit right now, you can’t win. Also, you can’t lose. Because the Wings and Tigers are in full teardowns, Jeff Blashill and Ron Gardenhire get some slack, despite historically awful records.... The Wings have the worst record in the NHL, by far, and will have the best shot at the No. 1 pick. Blashill is 148-178-51 in five seasons, incredibly the third-longest-tenured coach in the ax-happy NHL. He’s on the thinnest ice, pun intended, although Steve Yzerman has strongly supported him. It’s not just that the Wings’ well-compensated veterans — Frans Nielsen, Jimmy Howard, Mike Green, Justin Abdelkader, etc. — have failed, it’s that the touted young players — Dylan Larkin, Anthony Mantha, Tyler Bertuzzi, Andreas Athanasiou — have either been hurt or stagnant. Gerard Gallant, recently fired by Las Vegas, could be the next guy in charge, whenever that is.... The lack of urgency to fire coaches here is not about management being lazy, detached or cheap (although we can revisit those charges). It’s about owners — Chris Ilitch, Tom Gores, Martha Ford — who have mapped out plans of patience and aren’t ready to blow their covers with showy firings.... Would Scotty Bowman or Mike Babcock win more games with these Wings, who have lots of injuries, no defensemen and no goaltending? Not before their heads exploded (literally!).... ’m not letting the coaches off the hook. (Yes you are!) (No I’m not!) I’m suggesting talent acquisition is a much larger issue than talent development.... That’s where Blashill, 46, has to show more, and you wonder if a few young players have stopped getting the message. It wouldn’t be a surprise, considering they’ve heard his voice since he coached some of them in Grand Rapids. more
Williams Returns, Gets Shootout Goal in Hurricanes’ Win
RALEIGH, N.C. — Justin Williams returned to the lineup and scored in the shootout to lift the Carolina Hurricanes over the New York Islanders 2-1 Sunday. James Reimer stopped six shots in the tiebreaker for Carolina, the last against Anders Lee to lock up the win. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen also scored in the […]
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Bjorkstrand Scores Twice, Rallies Blue Jackets Over Rangers 2-1
NEW YORK — Oliver Bjorkstrand scored his second goal of the game with 26.5 seconds left to lift Columbus Blue Jackets over the New York Rangers 2-1 Sunday night for their fifth straight win. Bjorkstrand was playing for the first time after 13 games with an oblique injury. He tied it 6:08 into the third […]
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Kane gets 1,000th point, Blackhawks beat Jets 5-2
CHICAGO — Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 on Sunday night for their season-high fifth straight win. Kane became the 90th player in NHL history to reach the milestone with 5:46 left. The All-Star winger […]
Capitals Strike the Right Deal With Backstrom
There are certain molds of players in the NHL that are quite rare and hard to come by. A franchise goaltender, or an elite D-man make great examples. But there’s another staple for every team that will always remain a focal point — the versatile, two-way center. Nicklas Backstrom is just that and was rewarded […]
Kings’ Stadium Series Jerseys Harness Los Angeles’ Aviation History
There is something utterly fascinating about flight and what it has meant to U.S. history and the protection of our land from coast to coast. It’s easy to picture those early pilots with goggles and a scarf fluttering off to the side in the wind as well as those who came later and braved the […]
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Jared Bednar Has Been Where Jeff Blashill Is
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Jared Bednar is sympathetic toward coach Jeff Blashill and the Detroit Red Wings — by far the NHL’s worst team. It wasn’t that long ago when Bednar coached “that” team. In 2016-17, Bednar’s first season behind the Avalanche’s bench, Colorado finished with league/franchise lows in victories (22) and points (48). It was the league’s worst season since the Atlanta Thrashers won just 14 games in 1999-2000. The Red Wings take a league-low 12 wins and 28 points in Monday’s matinee against Colorado at the Pepsi Center and are on pace for just 47 points. “It’s horrible. Pure misery,” Bednar of coaching the NHL’s worst team. “The morale in your room, you’re trying to get guys back in the right mental state to go win your next game, and there’s a lot of nights where you play hard, do everything you can, (but) you maybe just don’t have the horses to win the games.” continued
Canucks News & Rumors: Horvat, Pettersson, Hughes & Markstrom
As the Vancouver Canucks move into the All-Star break, they’ve accomplished something few hockey people – or even their most optimistic fans – might have predicted. They’re in first place in the Pacific Division. Their 4-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 18 moved the team one point over the team’s four closest […]
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Flyers: Getting to Know Tyler Pitlick
When Philadelphia Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher traded for forward Tyler Pitlick, he was bringing in a tough, rugged, bottom-six forward who could also contribute point-wise every so often. Rugged toughness is something that has been in the DNA of the Flyers for pretty much their entire existence. They weren’t called the Broad Street Bullies […]
5 Takeaways From Maple Leafs 6-2 Loss to Blackhawks
It was a rough night on Saturday for the Toronto Maple Leafs and their faithful fanbase, as the team was handed yet another blowout loss at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks jumped ahead to an early 3-0 lead in the first period and didn’t look back, finishing the game 6-2 and leaving […]
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Rangers’ Top 5 Moments Against Rivals of the Past Decade
It is difficult to determine exactly what causes teams to become rivals. In this list, I consider all of the teams in the same division as the New York Rangers before the NHL made changes to the divisions in 2013-14 rivals. These teams included the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils, and New York […]
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Rust, Johnson Help Pittsburgh Rally Past Bruins 4-3
PITTSBURGH — Jack Johnson and Bryan Rust scored third-period goals as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to defeat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Sunday. Pittsburgh trailed 3-0 in the first period before scoring four unanswered goals. Johnson scored a short-handed goal and Rust added his 21st of the season. Dominik Simon and Teddy Blueger also scored […]
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Surging Oilers Beat Coyotes: 4 Questions Worth Asking Now
As the Edmonton Oilers head into their bye week and then the All-Star break, the 7-3 victory for the Oilers has the team feeling pretty good about their current run. 6-1-1 in their last eight, they’re now in a playoff spot and just a couple points out of first place in the Pacific Division. That […]
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Video- Jeff Blashill After Today’s Practice In Detroit
A little over 6 minutes to watch. Coach Blashill looks ahead to tomorrow's matchup against the Colorado Avalanche following today's practice at the BELFOR Training Center inside Little Caesars Arena. #RedWings pic.twitter.com/YFd8le8Kk0 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 19, 2020
Wings Are Practicing Before Flying To Denver
via Ansar Khan tweet, RedWings rare practice after back-to-back nights, due to early game Mon. at @Avalanche (3 ET). Lines: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Zadina Erne-Glendening-Fabbri Abdelkader-Ehn-Smith Helm-Perlini Filppula, injured, and Nielsen not skating. Nemeth-Green Ericsson-Hronek Biega-Bowey No Daley
THW’s Goalie News: Unstoppable Merzlikins, Stalock’s Lockdown
It was just over two weeks ago that the Goalie News covered the first win of Elvis Merzlikins’ NHL career. Now, we’ll talk about him as the hottest goalie on the planet. Plus, the Minnesota Wild got a shutout, but not from the usual source. Merzlikins is Unbeatable When Joonas Korpisalo suffered a serious injury, […]
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No. 14 Sun Devils Continue Strong Season, Sweep RIT
On Saturday night at in Tempe, AZ, the Arizona State Sun Devils erased an early 3-1 deficit and came from behind to defeat the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Tigers by a score of 5-3 at Oceanside Ice Arena. The win was the Sun Devils’ 15th of the year, and brings their record to 15-8-3 […]
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Maple Leafs, Hurricanes Fighting For Their Playoff Lives
The end of January is coming into sight. With that comes the fun part of the season for fans. With the NHL’s Trade Deadline only 36 days away, teams start the process of seeing what they might do come Feb 24. For some teams, it’s easy to know what they’re going to do. The Red […]
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The Defensemen Society
from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet, Dan Hamhuis is seated on the baseline of a slightly busted semi-circle. The 16-year NHLer is one of seven Nashville Predators defencemen participating in a group chat about all aspects of the position they play. It’s early December, post-practice, and backwards hats, hoodies and athleisure rule the day. The sweaty jerseys and socks have been whisked away, equipment staff are busy toiling in other areas of the team facility and the dressing room has pretty much cleared out apart from the blue-liners when Hamhuis, speaking to the idea that defencemen belong to their own little tribe, suggests that if he walked into a room full of hockey players he didn’t know, he’d eventually be able to sort out who else is part of the brotherhood without having to ask. “I think there’s a personality thing,” Hamhuis says. “I don’t want to blanket it, but I think you kind of can.” He opens it up to the room: “What do you guys think?” Ryan Ellis, plunked on a chair facing Hamhuis, senses his opportunity. “It’s like we’re more win-oriented,” he says, igniting a round of chuckles. That’s not exactly how Hamhuis was framing things, but you can see why the joke plays well. Whether it’s a bunch of blueliners skating in today’s green-light game or retired guys from more staid eras past, you don’t have to probe very hard to discover a common pride. “You’re not out to get goals and points as much as forwards,” says Hamhuis. “We’re more under-the-radar kind of guys, doing things that maybe don’t get the glory.” continued
Gerard Gallant On His Firing And His Future
from Jason Simmons of the Journal Pioneer, Gerard (Turk) Gallant admits he never saw the Vegas Golden Knights’ coaching change coming... “I was quite surprised actually when it happened,” Gallant told the Journal Pioneer on Saturday night. “You don’t see something coming like that when you have 2 ½ years in. “I was disappointed and surprised, but I understand the hockey business and things have to change sometimes. They made a tough decision and I’m sure it was tough on them, but that’s the way hockey is.”... “I’m far from done,” said Gallant, 56. “I enjoy coaching. “If an opportunity comes up I will definitely look at it – myself and Mike. Mike is a big part of what I do too and sometimes people forget about the assistant coaches. read on
The First Place Vancouver Canucks
from Iain MacIntyre of Sportsnet, It has been a jaw-dropping news week in British Columbia. Harry (the Royal formerly known as Prince) could move to the West Coast with his wife, rare snowfall ended rain’s winning streak, the Vancouver Canucks moved atop the Pacific Division, and the Supreme Court ruled the provincial government can’t restrict what flows here by pipeline from Alberta. Shocking but true: the Canucks lead the Pacific Division heading into their National Hockey League bye week. The Canucks! And it’s not fake news. The Canucks, who have lost more games over the last four years than anyone other than the Buffalo Sabres, beat the San Jose Sharks 4-1 Saturday to move alone atop the tightest division in hockey. Actually, they didn’t just beat the Sharks but dominated them. Shots were 27-7 after 40 minutes. continued Catch the game highlights below.
Stars Fans Make Case for Coaching Change
Saturday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild gave Dallas Stars fans looking for a reason to dismiss coach Rick Bowness plenty of ammunition. The Stars were outclassed in every phase of the game as the Wild cruised to a 7-0 victory. It was the first game with defenseman Miro Heiskanen missing after an injury. Most […]
The Lightning Should Pursue Rangers’ Alexandar Georgiev
As the Tampa Bay Lightning approached free agency in 2019, it was clear that they needed to add goaltending depth to their organization. Due to players not working out with the organization, the Lightning had no depth at the position, leaving them with only Andrei Vasilevskiy and Louis Domingue. To rectify this, general manager Julien […]
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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Oilers, Maple Leafs, Canucks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, the Carolina Hurricanes are expected to get Justin Williams back. How is he feeling about his return? Did one NHL scribe release accurate terms for Zack Kassian’s potential new deal in Edmonton? Is a former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman trying to work his way into a management role with the […]
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Islanders’ Last Week Key to Season Success
The New York Islanders played a slew of games this week. In the dying seconds of the last game against the New York Rangers, the Islanders shot themselves in the foot and depressingly lost both matchups. Even though the Derick Brassard cross-checking penalty was a questionable call at best, the Isles should not have been […]
Thornton & Marleau Still Going Strong, Four Decades Later
23 years ago, the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks had the first two picks in the 1997 National Hockey League Entry Draft at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh. It was a draft that turned out high-end NHL talent and the success from the top-two picks is still being felt in 2020. The Bruins used […]
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Blues’ Top 5 Jerseys in Franchise History
The St. Louis Blues have been in the National Hockey League for 52 seasons now, and over the years, they have come up with some very interesting jersey designs. The blue note has been a mainstay every year, but the way it is presented with some of these designs is odd. It really isn’t that […]
Key Takeaways From Rangers’ 3-2 Win Over Islanders
Heading into Thursday night, the New York Rangers were coming off of an impressive 6-2 victory against their long-time rivals the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Just three days later, the two squads were scheduled to meet again, but this time it was at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Rangers were […]
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The Columbus Blue Jackets Remain Hot
from Jeff Svoboda of BlueJackets.com, The Blue Jackets ran their hot streak to 14-2-4 in the last 20 games with a 5-0 win against New Jersey on Saturday night in Nationwide Arena.... Quote of the Game Head coach John Tortorella: "That score at the end of the second period could have been lopsided the other way. We had one guy play. As a team, we played the first six minutes and then we watched Elvis play for the rest of the first period and the rest of the second period. We played better in the third ... but don't kid ourselves on how this team played. We were not good, and Elvis deserves a tremendous amount of credit as far as finding our way tonight." CBJ Notables - Merzlikins was superb yet again, finishing with a career-high 41 saves -- including 21 in the first period -- on the way to his fourth straight win and eighth in 10 games. - Atkinson continued to be on fire, notching his second and third goals in two games since returning from injury while adding an assist. He has eight goals in his last 10 games, 40 career game-winning goals and 16 games of at least three points in his CBJ tenure. - Wennberg had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to four games (3-2-5). He has a 3-6-9 line in his last 10 contests. more
Compete Level Up, Power Play Remains Cold
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, If you’re going to lose, don’t go down without a battle. That has been the message from Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill. His team lost again Saturday, 4-1 to the Florida Panthers at Little Caesars Arena, but Blashill was glad players competed and scrapped in a chippy, physical, penalty-filled game. “It was physical and lots of jawing and lots of stuff behind the play and a lot of emotion,” Blashill said. “I’m 100 percent good with that. We could have had ourselves a line brawl and it would have been even better. “I’m just kidding.” The problem, nothing new, was the Red Wings’ failure to capitalize on the power play, going 0 for 7, wasting more than 12 minutes on the man-advantage. They squandered Jimmy Howard’s second solid outing in as many nights, a 34-save performance. continued from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Video- Hockey Players
Paul Stastny picking at his chicklets.
NHL Short Notes
HREE HARD LAPS * Alex Ovechkin scored his second hat trick in as many games to move ahead of Mario Lemieux (690) and into a tie with Steve Yzerman (692) for ninth place on the NHL’s all-time goals list. * Elvis Merzlikins became the seventh rookie goaltender in the NHL’s modern era (since 1943-44) to register three shutouts in a span of four starts. * Blackhawks forward Dominik Kubalik became the first rookie to 20 goals in 2019-20, while his 14 tallies since Dec. 1 trail only Toronto’s Auston Matthews (18) among all players in that span.
Video- Corey Perry Being Corey Perry
Alex Stalock on Corey Perry incident late with the #mnwild up 6 goals pic.twitter.com/KknfhgX9r5 — Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) January 19, 2020 Watch the play below in two versions, one edited for langiage, the other one raw.
Stalock Shuts out Stars, Wild Win 7-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Alex Stalock posted his second shutout of the season, and Jason Zucker had a goal and two assists for the Minnesota Wild in a 7-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night.
Stalock, playing his second straight game in place of De...
Canucks Use 4-1 Win Over Sharks to Move Into First Place in Pacific Division
VANCOUVER — It was a good way for the Vancouver Canucks to head into the NHL All-Star break.
Tanner Pearson scored on the power play and had an assist as the Canucks outshot the San Jose Sharks 39-18 during a 4-1 victory Saturday night.
The win was the...
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Video- Saturday Headlines
The panel discussed Zack Kassian close to signing an extension, the play of Ilya Kovalchuk and are the Habs buyers or sellers. Also Gerard Gallant wants to get back into coaching quickly if the right fit, Robin Lehner wants a fair contract and at the ASG, the boards will be digitally advanced. via Sportsnet,
Quick Recap- Detroit-Florida
General recap of Detroit's 4-1 loss to Florida. In games like this, the lack of offensive weapons on the Detroit team shows. I would say the Wings had more chances than Florida but no finish. They still remain offensively challenged. Plus going 0-6 on the power play doesn't help. Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider interviews plus Detroit goal and stats are below. Next game is in Denver on Monday with a 3pm ET drop on MLK Day. added 10:03pm, added the stick work by Biega below the stts...
Video- Frederik Andersen On The Bronx Cheers Aimed At Him
Frederik Andersen on Bronx cheers from #Leafs fans tonight: “I think it’s easier for players to play well when they have support. Sometimes you don’t get it. But you also have to work and play well to get that kind of support.” Prefers the other kind of cheers he’s used to. — Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) January 19, 2020 Below, watch the Bronx cheers. The Leafs lost 6-2 to the Blackhawks.
Videos- The Detroit Prospects Talk
Besides Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider (posted in tonight's game recap), Fox SportsDetroit spoke with Gustav Lindstrom and below, Michael Rasmussen and Evgeni Svechnikov. Added Jeff Blashill below too after the loss to Florida. added 10:53pm, Larkin, group talk and highlights below.
Video- Not The Way The Leafs Wanted To Go On Their Bye Week
via Sportsnet, Sheldon Keefe addresses the media following the Toronto Maple Leafs loss to the Chicago Blackhawks, stating that the team is 'immature' and that they need to be more disciplined and responsible defensively. added 11:17pm, Post-game talk below.
Video- Elvis Mania Has Hit Columbus
At the end: "Thank you, thank you very much." #CBJ https://t.co/gKJLRPlERR — Jeff Svoboda (@JacketsInsider) January 19, 2020
Video- Brian Burke With The Topics Of The Day
Some good, flashback video cuts included. via Sportsnet, Brian Burke talks about the league stepping in to deal with the Tkachuk and Kassian feud and the process of hiring a coach with a remaining term.
Toews, Blackhawks Thump Maple Leafs 6-2
TORONTO — Jonathan Toews scored twice to go along with two assists, Patrick Kane set up one to reach 999 career points, and the Chicago Blackhawks downed the listless Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday. Dominik Kubalik added two goals and an assist for Chicago (23-20-6), while Drake Caggiula, with a goal and an assist, and Brandon Saad provided the rest of the offence. […]
Merzlikins Leads Blue Jackets’ Rout of Devils
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Elvis Merzlikins made a career-high 41 saves in his third shutout in his last four starts, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the New Jersey Devils 5-0 on Saturday night for their fourth straight win. Cam Atkinson had two goals and an assist, helping the Blue Jackets improve to 14-2-4 in their […]
Panthers Beat Red Wings 4-1 for Season-High 4-Game Streak
DETROIT — Evgenii Dadonov and Mark Pysyk scored late in the first period and the Florida Panthers went on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night. Florida’s Aleksander Barkov restored a two-goal lead with 6:55 left. Sergei Bobrovsky had 27 saves for the Panthers, who have won a season-high four straight. Detroit […]
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Cousins Scores Twice, Canadiens Edge Golden Knights 5-4
MONTREAL — Tomas Tatar scored in the fourth round of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens held on for the dramatic 5-4 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night. Nick Cousins, with two, Ilya Kovalchuk and Joel Armia scored in regulation for the Canadiens (22-21-7), who have won four of their last five […]
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Sheahan’s 4 Points and McDavid’s 2 Goals Powers Oilers Past Coyotes
EDMONTON — Riley Sheahan had a goal and three assists and Connor McDavid had a pair of goals as the Edmonton Oilers rode a strong start to a 7-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. Josh Archibald, Sam Gagner, Kailer Yamamoto and Joakim Nygard also scored for the Oilers (26-18-5) who have gone 6-1-1 […]
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Hogberg’s 40-Save Performances Helps Lift Senators Past Flames 5-2
OTTAWA — Marcus Hogberg made 40 saves for the Ottawa Senators in a 5-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday. The Senators (17-23-8) were outshot 42-21 and if not for Hogberg’s performance, they would have likely seen a different outcome. This marked the 25-year-old’s second NHL win in 13 career starts. The victory also allowed Ottawa to snap its nine-game […]
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Avalanche Ride 3-Goal 2nd Period to 5-3 Win Over Blues
DENVER — Cale Makar and Andre Burakovsky scored 22 seconds apart in the second period to chase All-Star goaltender Jordan Binnington from the game and the Colorado Avalanche held on to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-3 on Saturday. The Avalanche used a three-goal middle period to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. […]
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Ownership In Charge
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Ray Shero’s dismissal after 4¹/2 seasons as Devils general manager wasn’t as much a commentary on his and his team’s performance as it was a story about lines of authority and autonomy within the hierarchy. Make no mistake. This is an owner-driven operation. If you didn’t recognize that David Blitzer and Josh Harris were calling the shots, then you might have missed the summer trade for PK Subban that was hatched in the owners’ suite. Not that New Jersey was alone on this, as another Eastern Conference team beaten to the punch on No. 76 was also holding talks above the GM level with the Predators, sources reported at the time. There has been previous reporting by CBC’s redoubtable Elliotte Friedman about the “collaborative” process favored by ownership in decision-making. George Steinbrenner once favored a collaborative process, too. Slap Shots has been told New Jersey features an organizational chart in which all lines on the hockey side lead to ownership rather than the general manager and that the influence the analytics department had on ownership was an issue, with VP Tyler Dellow reporting to Blitzer/Harris rather than Shero and with reports from the analytics department awarded prominence in weekly meetings between ownership and the hockey department. continued
Red Wings: Jimmy Howard’s No Good, Very Bad Season
Any way you look at it, the Detroit Red Wings have been atrocious this season. Whether it’s their position in the standings or their performance on a game-by-game basis, they definitely look the part as the league’s worst team. On a player-by-player basis, most are having their worst seasons in one way or another. One […]
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Back To Back
I think these back to back games are a lot harder on the 19 than they are on the Wings. Just sayin...... It's a Live Blog!
Henrik Lundqvist Watching Just Like Eli Manning Did
from Peter Botte of the New York Post, “They’re not easy discussions, but Hank and I also have had good conversations regarding the situation we’re in,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “It’s about players adapting in their careers, and as their careers evolve. “[Lundqvist] is in a situation where he’s obviously not playing the amount he’s played in the past. That doesn’t mean he’s not a really good goalie. We have faith in him. But our organization feels that we’re gonna have three goalies here as of right now, and it’s just kind of the way it’s evolved and the situation we’re in.” The Rangers (23-19-4) have won four of their past five games, with Shesterkin and Georgiev notching two wins apiece, sandwiched around a 5-2 loss Jan. 11 in St. Louis in Lundqvist’s lone appearance between the pipes during that stretch. “It’s a bit of a challenge, for sure. In the end, you want to play. If you’re in this room, you want to play games,” said Lundqvist, who has one year remaining on his contract at a $8.5 million cap hit with no indication he’d be willing to waive his full no-trade clause. “I understand the big picture here, and at the same time, [Georgiev and Shesterkin] are playing well, both of them. I’m trying to focus on the things I can control, and that’s the way I practice and prepare. “It’s important for me not to overthink it too much, and I’m sure it was the same for [Manning] when he went through it. I know I can play well when I get the next opportunity to play and get my chance.” more
Ovechkin Ties Yzerman for Career Goals; Capitals Top Islanders 6-4
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals to tie Steve Yzerman for ninth on the career goals list Saturday, and the Washington Capitals rallied with five goals in the third period for a 6-4 victory over the New York Islanders. Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 2:30 left after the Islanders turned over […]
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Maple Leafs’ Backup Goalie ‘Situation’ Simply Doesn’t Matter Much
Toronto Maple Leafs writers are engaging in exceedingly earnest conversations about who the team should trade to solve its backup goalie issue as the team works to make the playoffs. The narrative goes something like this: Michael Hutchinson doesn’t inspire confidence and the team needs someone better. That story is then followed by a myriad […]
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Maple Leafs’ Defense Troubles Signal Alarm Bells
Many fans and critics alike often criticize the Toronto Maple Leafs as being a poor defensive team. With star power like Auston Matthews and John Tavares constantly at the forefront, the group’s defensive follies become often overlooked by the pure talent and goalscoring put on display by the forwards. However, when these forwards don’t show […]
Stars Activate Stephen Johns, Clear Way for Return From Long Absence
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Dallas Stars activated Stephen Johns before their game Saturday night in Minnesota, clearing the way for the defenceman’s first game in almost 22 months. Forward Radek Faksa was placed on injured reserve to make room for Johns on the active roster. Johns has been out since late in the 2017-18 […]
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Video- Jeff Blashill Before Tonight’s Game Against The Florida Panthers
Coach Blashill ahead of the game. #FLAvsDET #LGRW pic.twitter.com/0iDHc609z6 — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 18, 2020
Hockey Notes In Mid-January
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun at the National Post, - If you were a hockey scout and you’d never seen Tyson Barrie play before this season, what would you tell your team about him? And would you recommend signing him? I’m not sure I would … Leafs are still trying to figure Barrie out. He looked lost playing for Mike Babcock, scored three goals in his first three games under Sheldon Keefe, but has just one goal in 22 games since. - How much will Dougie Hamilton’s broken fibula injury hurt the Carolina Hurricanes? He was having a terrific season. Carolina is a tight playoff race. Four teams – Canes, Philadelphia, Florida and Columbus – for two spots and two points behind them all … The West could go down to the final weekend. Right now, it’s Arizona and Calgary at 57, Vancouver and Vegas at 56, Edmonton at 55, Winnipeg at 54. It’s hockey’s version of musical chairs. Six teams, five playoff spots, someone will be left standing … And who do you like in the Atlantic – Boston or Tampa Bay? The Lightning are again playing the best hockey in the league. They have a +38 goal differential. Since December 1st, the Lightning are 17-7-1 and the Bruins are 10-13-7. more
Nick Suzuki Is the Canadiens’ Future
This has been a rollercoaster of a season for Montreal Canadiens fans. One part joyful and two parts painful. But the beautiful thing about hockey is that losing doesn’t necessarily mean a team is bad. The nature of hockey puts a lot of a team’s fate in the hands of the hockey gods, or luck […]
Montreal Canadiens Need to Sell High at Trade Deadline
The Montreal Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin approach the 2020 NHL All-Star break facing a difficult decision. Do they look to add pieces in the hopes they can make the playoffs or do they sell off pieces to add picks and prospects to continue the retool ahead of the NHL draft being held in […]
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Revisiting the Islanders’ 1979-80 Team?
As the New York Islanders get set to honor their first Stanley Cup-winning team on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers, we take a look back at what the team was able to accomplish during the 1979-80 season. The team consisted of seven future Hockey Hall of Famers in Mike Bossy, Bryan Trottier, Clark Gillies, […]
Detroit At The Trade Deadline
Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press answers some fan mail. The first question is regarding the Wings at the trade deadline, Yzerman has said he wants to add more picks to the eight the Wings hold in the 2020 draft, but he may be hard pressed to do so. Mike Green, Trevor Daley and Jimmy Howard are among veterans on expiring contracts, but they’ve all struggled this season. Maybe a contender inquires about Green because he has been successful especially on power plays in the past on good teams, but he isn’t going to yield much in return. Daley is a mobile puck mover but he has struggled to stay healthy the past two seasons. Howard has struggled too much to draw interest. More: Detroit Red Wings' Jeff Blashill: NHL coach firings 'a bit crazy in the league' Forward Andreas Athanasiou scored 30 goals last season, but this season has been dismal — at the time he suffered a lower-body injury Dec. 29, Athanasiou had 5 goals, 14 assists and a minis-35 rating in 36 games. That has tarnished his trade value, and there’s no sense in moving a 25-year-old with his skill set — explosive speed, soft hands — unless the return is something that really boosts the rebuild. He should still draw interest, though. Maybe the Penguins consider him, since they lost Jake Guentzel to shoulder surgery on Dec. 31. more and two more questions...
Blackhawks’ Roundtable: Ideal Top-Six, Quenneville’s Return & More
It’s a little over halfway through the 2019-20 season, and the Chicago Blackhawks can’t afford to lose many games to stay relevant in the playoff picture. It’s a tough spot to be in, with virtually no room for error. How they handle the next handful of games will determine where they stand moving forward, and […]
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Panthers Down Another Goalie, Injured Driedger to Miss Weeks
SUNRISE, Fla. — Florida goalie Chris Driedger will miss several weeks with what’s believed to be a groin injury, the latest health issue at that position for the Panthers. The Panthers announced the diagnosis Saturday, calling it a lower-body injury. Driedger was hurt midway through the first period of the Panthers’ 4-3 win over the […]
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Bruins Waiving Backes Was a Tough but Correct Decision
The professional sports world is an unbiased and often cruel place that never stops moving forward. This is a tough pill for many players and fans to swallow. One day, an athlete can be among the best players in their respective league and the next they can be phased out as if none of their […]
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Can You Cheat In The NHL?
from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, At a hockey game today, everything is under review. Look no further than a Bruins game at TD Garden. To capture the on-ice action, NESN has access to 17 cameras, shooting different angles. They’ve got center-ice overheads, wide-angle side views, iso-cams, and ankle cams. There are lenses focused on the stars, the scrubs, the goalies, coaches, and management. If Cam Neely sneezes, it’s probably on film. All this video has seemingly made everyone a little more sincere. If a player dares to skate into the zone a few snowflakes ahead of the puck, the NHL’s video review system will catch him. And anyway, hockey’s an honest game, right? All that free-flowing action makes it hard to cheat. It’s a game of quick thinking, not sign stealing. A playbook isn’t much help when Connor McDavid is racing toward you, or David Pastrnak is lining up a slapper. You can’t deflate solid rubber, and if anyone’s banging on a trash can, it’s an overserved fan. Honest game, right? Not quite. “I played with an illegal stick my entire career,” offered NESN analyst Andy Brickley.... All in all, fairly benign. But here’s the question: Could an NHL team pull off a true cheating scam? read on plus more topics...
THW’s Goalie News: Vasilevskiy Stays Hot, Fleury’s Tribute & More
Friday night saw the National Hockey League’s hottest goaltender continue his remarkable play as his team continues to surge up the standings. We also have a touching tribute in Las Vegas, a big return in Edmonton as well as a look back at some goaltending history. Vasilevskiy’s Streak Hits Double Digits The Tampa Bay Lightning […]
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Many Heroes Helping Blue Jackets’ Cause
The Columbus Blue Jackets were feeling very down about themselves at the beginning of December. On the last day of November, they were shutout by the New York Islanders 2-0. That wasn’t the worst of the news. Zach Werenski had to leave the game due to a shoulder injury. He was expected to be gone […]
Flames Have Legitimate No. 1 in All-Star Goalie Rittich
Don’t believe the hype that there’s a Calgary Flames goaltending controversy. The only controversy should be how analysts refuse to give David Rittich the respect he’s earned as the team’s undisputed No. 1 in front of Cam Talbot. Rittich’s Path to the NHL There are a lot of theories as to why hockey fans outside […]
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The NHL Trying To Increase The Latino Fan Base
from Jack Harris of the LA Times, “There’s this momentum across the league and the hockey industry itself,” said Alicia Chin, an NHL senior manager of social impact and growth. “As demographics of North America are changing, we know that we need to be relevant.” The traditional cold-weather sport has never found much of a foothold in Latin America. In many cities across the U.S. Sun Belt states, it still remains mainly a niche activity. Latino players, such as the Kings’ Alec Martinez and Toronto Maple Leafs All-Star forward Auston Matthews, have always been in the minority on NHL rosters. And unlike football and baseball, French is hockey’s de facto second language, not Spanish. The potential, however, is promising. Teams across the league, especially those in the country’s southern footprint, are envisioning an increasingly diversified future for their sport. more
The Carolina Hurricanes Without Dougie Hamilton
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer, There’s no replacing Hamilton, who picked up where he left off last season as an offensive dynamo, not only creating chances for others but finishing them himself, and doing a far more credible job in his own end at the same time. Jaccob Slavin and Brett Pesce were already shouldering a heavy load as part of the defensive foundation with Hamilton; their nights aren’t going to get any shorter. Slavin played 25:23, third-most this season, in Friday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks. Pesce played 25:34, second-most for him. That’s the new normal for both in the post-Hamilton reality. The Hurricanes are hoping the way they played isn’t. Hamilton’s absence alone doesn’t excuse a dismal performance against a Western Conference bottom-feeder after Sebastian Aho staked the Hurricanes to the lead in the first four minutes. “That’s a huge part of our team missing,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said. “But we have a lot of guys in there. I don’t think we were sharp. That was clearly evident.” The Hurricanes were in the market for a top-four capable defenseman before Hamilton went down, but that quest was upgraded from “if possible” to “by all means necessary.” Unfortunately for them, everyone else in the NHL knows it. Whatever the prices they saw before were, they just went up. Fortunately, they have the salary-cap space to do it, and maybe even add a veteran depth guy as well. Ideally sooner rather than later. more
The 2020 Calder Trophy Race
As the NHL season began, many expected the discussion for the 2020 Calder Trophy to be dominated by one of the top three picks at the 2019 Draft. With Kaapo Kakko, Kirby Dach and Jack Hughes looking ready to take on a big role with their respective teams, it seemed likely that one of these […]
Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck: From Fifth-Rounder to Shutout Leader
With a 41-save shutout against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday night at Bell MTS Place, Connor Hellebuyck became the Winnipeg Jets’ all-time leader in shutouts with 18, surpassing Ondrej Pavelec. In recognition of the milestone, here’s an look at Hellebuyck’s progression from a fifth-round pick to the Jets’ franchise goaltender and at his play during each […]
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Video- Give The Rebuild A Few Years
Then... Mickey Redmond tells us so.
Rangers’ Dilemma: Deadline Trades or Playoff Push?
The New York Rangers’ approach to the trade deadline could perhaps be summed up by three words at this point: “We’re not sure.” It’s just too early for the rebuilding Blueshirts to decide whether to engage in a third straight deadline selloff. Coach David Quinn would desperately like to get his youthful group the experience […]
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St. Louis Blues: Edmundson-Faulk Trade Revisited
The reigning Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues did very little to alter their roster over the summer. Most of the news out of Mound City was focused on local hero Pat Maroon signing a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Then, late into the preseason, came the “Joel Edmundson for Justin Faulk” trade. […]
Junior Hockey News & Rumors: Jan Mysak & Raising Kane, Little to the Rafters
In today’s edition of the junior hockey roundup, we have an all-OHL lineup of news including two jersey retirements, a draft pick commitment to Hamilton and a positive drug test resulting in a suspension in the Forest City. Jan Mysak Commits to Bulldogs After some not-so-happy news out of Hamilton the last time we checked […]
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NHL Rumors: Trade Delays, Oilers, Devils, Blackhawks, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, despite talk of NHL teams wanting to take action, one GM believes it will be some time before any real action takes place. There is news that one Chicago Blackhawks’ forward will be back sooner than expected and in New Jersey, there is already a short-list of GM candidates forming. […]
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NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Andrei Vasilevskiy recorded his second double-digit win streak in as many seasons to join elite NHL company and help the Lightning (29-15-4, 62 points) strengthen their grip on second place in the Atlantic Division standings. * Sidney Crosby scored the overtime winner and is averaging two points per game since returning the Pittsburgh lineup earlier this week. * Sam Steel also tallied an overtime goal, with the Ducks and Penguins continuing the trend that 60 minutes is not enough in the NHL.
Quick Recap- Wings-Penguins
Final score Pittsburgh 2 Detroit 1 OT An entertaining game to watch and good goaltending from both sides. Crosby wins it in OT on a power play goal from Crosby. Detroit goal and stats below. Next game is tomorrow night with the Wings hosting the Florida Panthers at 7pm ET.
Videos- Game Highlights And Post-Game Talk
Highlights first, below in one video are Dylan Larkin, Jimmy Howard, Filip Zadina and Jeff Blashill. added 10:53pm, just Blashill below.
Sam Steel’s OT Goal Lifts Ducks Over Hurricanes 2-1
RALEIGH, N.C. — Sam Steel scored on a breakaway 1:36 into overtime to lift the Anaheim Ducks over the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 Friday night. Erik Gudbranson also had a goal and Ryan Miller stopped 25 shots for Anaheim, which enters a nine-day break following consecutive wins. Sebastian Aho scored and James Reimer made 35 saves […]
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Crosby Scores in OT, Penguins Beat Red Wings 2-1
DETROIT — Sidney Crosby scored a power-play goal 1:33 into overtime to lift the Pittsburgh Penguins over the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 Friday night. It was Crosby’s third goal in three games since returning from a 28-game absence because of a core muscle injury. Bryan Rust also scored for the Penguins in the third period […]
Anthony Cirelli Scores First Career Hat Trick, Lightning Beat Jets 7-1
WINNIPEG — Anthony Cirelli scored his first career hat trick and Nikita Kucherov added a pair of goals as the Tampa Bay Lightning routed the Winnipeg Jets 7-1 on Friday. Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 30 saves to record his 10th straight victory, matching the longest win streak of his NHL career. He had 10 consecutive wins […]
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Kings’ 3rd Period Rally Is Too Little, Too Late
Two one-goal losses in a row on the road would drive most coaches mad. And while Los Angeles Kings coach Todd McLellan appears to have retained his sanity, he nonetheless is frustrated. McLellan loves the comeback they made in Thursday’s 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers, but it’s how things began that was irksome. For […]
Will the Wings man up, play the game, and respond to the utter humiliation of the debacle on the Island? Pittsburgh is on a three games in four days schedule, tonight being game three, and, the second of a back to back. Normally, this should provide an opportunity for some semblance of a response from the Wings. No one expects miracles, just some kind of effort. Man up..... It's a Live Blog!
Hurricanes Roster Facing Big Test With Hamilton Injury
Watching the replay, you could tell immediately it was serious. Carolina Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kevin Stenlund got their skates tied up chasing a puck along the boards Thursday night, causing Hamilton to fall back awkwardly on his left leg. He immediately called for the referee, who stopped play, […]
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Oilers News and Rumors: Kassian, Jones, Benson, More
In an Edmonton Oilers news and rumors update, there is news on Zack Kassian’s extension talks, Caleb Jones gets a new deal but a ribbing from his brother and one of the Bakersfield Condors makes the AHL All-Star team. Plus, are the Oilers looking at the Toronto Maple Leafs for top-six forward help? Benson Makes […]
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Dougie Hamilton Had Surgery Today To Repair A Broken Leg
RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton today underwent successful surgery to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg. The procedure was performed by Dr. Kevin Logel at Raleigh Orthopaedic, and Hamilton is out indefinitely. Below watch how the injury occurred.
Ready For The Bye Week
from Eric Duhatschek of The Athletic, All the bye weeks are scheduled around the 2020 All-Star break – which takes place Jan. 24-25 in St. Louis. Seventeen teams will have their bye weeks going into the All-Star weekend and 14 teams will have their bye weeks coming out of it. Tampa and Anaheim play their final games before the break this Friday (Jan. 17). Most teams have either seven or eight days off. Colorado has the longest stretch without games.... According to Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland, it took the league time to get the bye-week scheduling correct, but he believes the new, revised schedule is “perfect” – because it maximizes the benefits to players and staff, but minimizes the disruption to the NHL regular season schedule. “It’s trial and error,” said Holland. “When we went into those first manager meetings (to discuss how to implement bye weeks), I looked at those Olympic years, when everybody had 10 or 11 days off, and everyone seemed to enjoy a 10-day mid-winter vacation. If you were in the Olympics, you loved being part of the tournament. If you didn’t play, you loved taking a break. But everyone was on a level playing field. “To the credit of the schedule maker and the people at the league, they came up with this idea of, half the league shuts down pre-All Star and half the league shuts down after. So, you continue to have games – because it’s important to have the league on TV on an every-night basis.” much more (paid) on this topic plus other, in-depth topics, take some time and read them all...
Black Hockey History Tour Visiting Detroit
from Ryan Patrick Hooper of WDET, The NHL’s “Black Hockey History Tour” will visit 14 cities in total including two stops locally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History and the Little Caesars Arena for the annual Hockeytown Winterfest. You can find a full schedule of events here. African-Americans have a history with hockey that dates back to the late-19th century with the Coloured Hockey League — an all-black ice hockey league founded in Nova Scotia in 1895. But less than 5% of the NHL is made up of players of color — that’s 43 players out of more than 700 in the league. Three of those players — Givani Smith, Trevor Daley and Madison Bowey — currently play for the Detroit Red Wings. That’s a first in the history of the franchise. “That’s a real milestone for the Red Wings and that organization,” says Kim Davis, the executive vice president of social impact, growth initiatives and legislative affairs at the NHL. more
Video- Ryan Lindgren Fined For Interference
NY Rangers’ Ryan Lindgren has been fined $2,486.56, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for Interference on NY Islanders’ Jordan Eberle. — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) January 17, 2020 Watch the play below.
Bruins Waive Backes, Send Him to Minors
BOSTON — The Boston Bruins have waived 14-year veteran David Backes. Backes has scored 245 goals with 309 assists in 944 NHL games, spending the first 10 years of his career with the St. Louis Blues and the last four in Boston. A two-time U.S. Olympian, he was an all-star in 2011, and the following […]
Hurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton Breaks Bone in Left Leg
RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes all-star defenceman Dougie Hamilton has a broken bone in his left leg.
The team announced Friday that Hamilton had suffered a broken fibula in Thursday night’s loss at Columbus. He was hurt in the second period while...
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Next Coach To Be Fired
from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News, in a year that has been among the most coach-unfriendly in NHL history, here are five candidates to be next in the firing line: Jeff Blashill, Detroit Red Wings Blashill has the remainder of this season and the entirety of next on his contract, but it’s almost impossible to imagine a scenario in which he’s back behind Detroit’s bench to finish out his pact. The truth is that there’s not much about this season that is solely Blashill’s fault. His roster is among the worst in the league, the Red Wings lack depth at all positions, the veteran players they do possess are on the back-nine of their respective careers…the list goes on. Those are all the failings of past management, areas that current GM Steve Yzerman has been tasked with addressing. That said, it’s impossible to believe any coach, particularly one who’s not a first-year bench boss with the organization, is going to be able to survive a season that has been this abysmal. The Red Wings are on pace for the lowest point total of any team in an 82-game season in the post-lockout era. Detroit only recently scored its 100th goal of the season. The Red Wings have a minus-81 goal differential. If we wanted to keep piling on here, we definitely could. Let’s just leave it at this: Blashill appears to be a sitting duck and it’ll be legitimately surprising if he’s coaching the Red Wings next season. four more coaches...
Five Topics On Friday
from Frank Seravalli of TSN, Welcome back for another edition of the Friday Five, where we point out quirks, quips and questions that pop up throughout the week in the NHL season. Should NHL veterans be given an All-Star waiver? The NHL has a little bit of an attendance problem when it comes to All-Star weekend. opted for rest and bailed for a second year in a row. This time, goaltender and joined him. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly admitted in a recent podcast with colleague Pierre LeBrun that their absences are “concerning.” So that got us thinking: Should the NHL have some sort of length of service waiver? For example: Ovechkin has attended seven previous All-Star weekends. How many should he have to attend before he is free and clear to take off without penalty? It doesn’t make sense to continue to penalize fans – let alone impact the competitiveness of a regular-season game – to have a star like Ovechkin sit out for one game before or after the All-Star break just because he’d like to rest when he’s been a mostly faithful servant. Before 2019, Ovechkin only missed twice in his career, once for injury (2016) and once because he was suspended (2012). The idea of a waiver is at least up for consideration. “I don’t know what we will do yet, if anything,” Daly said via email Friday. “No need to rush any decisions. We have time.” more plus 4 other topics...
Video- Viktor Arvidsson Fined For Diving-Embellishment
NEW YORK (January 17, 2020) -- Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today. Arvidsson was issued a Warning following an incident flagged by NHL Hockey Operations during NHL Game No. 586 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 27. His second Citation, which triggered the $2,000 fine, was issued for an incident at 0:14 of the first period during NHL Game No. 671 against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 7. Arvidsson (embellishment) and Bruins forward Brad Marchand (cross-checking) received coincidental minor penalties on the play. I believe the incident is in the video below.
NHL Rumors: Maple Leafs, Wild, Oilers, Flames, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, we have confirmation the Toronto Maple Leafs have inquired into the availability of a New York Rangers goaltender. What is the asking price? The Minnesota Wild are ready to make trades and an interesting defenseman is available. Finally, are the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames looking for the exact same […]
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3 Reasons Seattle Needs Gallant
Surprisingly the Vegas Golden Knights fired head coach Gerard Gallant on Wednesday. The decision sent significant ripples into the hockey world, as he was not someone thought to be on the hot seat. Now that he is essentially a free agent, teams will definitely be lining up for his services. As reported by THW’s own […]
Canucks Team News: Markstrom, Eriksson, Virtanen, Pettersson & Horvat
Led by Jacob Markstrom and Jake Virtanen, the Vancouver Canucks skated to a 3-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 16. It was the team’s 10th win in the last 13 games. With that win, the Canucks inched closer to the top of a tight Pacific Division race. The Coyotes and Calgary Flames are […]
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Videos- Before The Puck Drops Tonight Against The Pittsburgh Penguins
Trevory Daley first, Jeff Blashill below. "They're going to get their chances, we just have to do a good job of limiting them to the outside and try not to give them those grade-A's." Trevor Daley | #PITvsDET pic.twitter.com/TPj2isz8fq — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) January 17, 2020
The LA Kings Sweater For The Stadium Series
Portland, Ore. / New York (January 17, 2020) — adidas, the NHL® and the Los Angeles Kings® today introduced the special-edition ADIZERO Authentic Pro NHL® jersey specifically designed for the 2020 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series™ outdoor game. adidas journeys ahead of time with a sleek, futuristic design, which pulls inspiration from the Air Force Academy’s angular architecture and aircraft.
2013 NHL Entry Draft: Where Are They Now?
With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft passing its sixth anniversary during the 2019 offseason, let’s look back at the top picks to see how their careers are progressing. So, have the top-10 picks managed to live up to expectations, or have they struggled to establish themselves in the NHL? Note: The 2013 Draft took place […]
Most Games Played By A Goalie in One NHL Season
Marc Denis can proudly say that he etched his name into the hockey history book somewhere. He’s earned a spot on this list of most games played by a goalie in one NHL season. As research and skepticism seems to grow on the topic of goalie fatigue, it sure seems like many of the names […]
Gallant Sacked in Vegas as Golden Knights Search for Answers
Shock waves reverberated through the Las Vegas Valley on Wednesday morning when most of us woke up to the news that the Vegas Golden Knights had relieved head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly of their coaching duties. As we all know, that’s fancy speak for, they were fired. And in the next […]
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Wings Held An Optional Skate Today
Jimmy Howard first goalie off the ice at optional skate, so he’s staring tonight for #RedWings against @penguins at @LCArena_Detroit Calvin Pickard backing up. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) January 17, 2020
Video- Dylan Larkin With A Special Friend
Dylan Larkin befriended a 14-year-old cancer survivor named Michael this summer at the Rocket Mortgage Classic. He invited Michael to Red Wings practice for a first-class experience.pic.twitter.com/UXxXmJ2yAq — Brad Galli (@BradGalli) January 17, 2020
What Makes Jack Eichel Unique: An Inside Look
Jack Eichel has taken his game into a new stratosphere this season. In his fourth year in the league, Eichel has put all the tools together, making him one of the most unique players in the NHL. Eichel’s Toe Drag The toe drag is one of the most common moves attempted in hockey. For the […]
5 Candidates Who Could Replace Devils’ Shero
It was nothing short of shocking when the New Jersey Devils announced Ray Shero was no longer their general manager on Sunday evening. While he did good things for the team, they’re no closer to being a playoff team five years after he took over for Lou Lamoriello. And that was enough for Josh Harris and the […]
Golden Knights’ William Karlsson Top-3 Performances
William Karlsson has been a staple in the Vegas Golden Knights lineup ever since the team acquired him at the expansion draft. Being a throw-in put a chip on his shoulder to show the Columbus Blue Jackets that he should have been kept. The next season he shocked the league with 43 goals as he […]
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Looks Like Ken Holland Will Be Kicking Some Tires At The Trade Deadline
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun, When it comes to the trade deadline, Ken Holland has a philosophy. “When your team plays at a high level to put themselves in a position to get into the playoffs, as the general manager I want to help out. “I like to make a move that sends a message to your team, a message that says ‘You guys have played great to get us to this point, I’m going to try to help out.’ ” In a one-on-one interview with your correspondent Thursday, Holland revealed his intent to be a player at the trade deadline if his hockey club keeps itself in position to warrant it. Having taken over the job as Edmonton Oilers GM with the team in salary cap jail, all Holland could do was sign a bunch of low dollar one-year deals with veteran European and North American players, hoping a few of them would help build a bridge to next year. continued
Edmonton Oilers’ 2006 Stanley Cup Run – A Look Back
Expectations weren’t very high for the Edmonton Oilers coming into 2005-06 campaign – they looked like they were fairly average, but nothing special. At the beginning of the season, there definitely weren’t very many people who predicted that we would see the team compete for the Stanley Cup in June. At the beginning of the […]
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Niederreiter for Rask Trade Revisited
One year has passed since the Carolina Hurricanes acquired Nino Niederreiter from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Victor Rask. One-for-one swaps are rare in today’s NHL, but it was one month prior to the trade deadline and both players were in need of a change of scenery. Niederreiter and Rask were both having down […]
Heiskanen Injury Puts Stars on Red Alert
With about 14:40 left in the second period, Dallas Stars defensemen Jamie Oleksiak and Miro Heiskanen were battling along the boards with Buffalo Sabres forward Curtis Lazar. Heiskanen began to fall after a bump from Lazar and that’s when Sabres forward Rasmus Asplund came flying in with an unintentional cross-check. The blow went straight to […]
Winning A Must For Peter DeBoer In Vegas
from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Breaking: Peter DeBoer didn’t wear a red nose and big floppy shoes in his debut as coach of the Golden Knights on Thursday. But you can bet there exists a majority of fans who would have thought it a good look. They certainly will be content with first impressions, the Knights having snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Ottawa Senators 4-2 at Canadian Tire Centre. But the part about welcoming a guy with open arms from the most passionate (obsessed?) followers of the Knights will take time, DeBoer having last directed the NHL team that Las Vegas has come to loathe before he was fired by the San Jose Sharks in December. It was more surreal than anything else, seeing DeBoer wearing a Knights sweatsuit and hat when addressing the media a day after he replaced the fired Gerard Gallant. continued from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Morning Line- Steve Conroy
Can this city truly embrace a Bruins’ team that can’t beat its opponent to a pulp if all else fails? Well, my guess is if this team had buried any of the 8-10 quality scoring chances that the Big, Bad Blues allowed in the first period of Game 7 last June, the parade would have been just as big as it was in 2011. Taking a pound of flesh while winning feels great, and it’s a nice balm for your fans when you lose. But playing a granite-fisted style doesn’t isn’t an option for this team right now. It’s best the B’s try and win on skill and talent and work ethic. And, by the trade deadline, go out and get some more. -Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald where you can read more on the Bruins.
Ducks’ Early 2020 Draft Dreamin’
The Anaheim Ducks stink again. It’s not entirely unexpected, although the team seems to have regressed over the last couple of weeks. Once again, Ducks fans must look to the future for excitement and potential as the team drops further down the standings. It’s never too early to speculate about the NHL Draft Lottery – […]
THW’s Goalie News: Brodeur’s Future, Grubauer Perfect, and More
The New Jersey Devils just fired Ray Shero. But a franchise legend is stepping into an expanded role to relieve him. Also, today marks the anniversary of an incredible goaltending accomplishment. Brodeur’s Future The Devils’ decision to fire Shero came seemingly out of nowhere, just weeks after they allowed him to organize the vital Taylor […]
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New York Islanders 2019 Draft Picks Impress
When it comes to a draft in any sport, the quality of the picks is much more important than the quantity of the picks. The New York Islanders’ five picks from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft are impressing in their first season after being drafted. Of those five picks, two were in the first two […]
NHL Short Notes
THREE HARD LAPS * Alex Ovechkin scored his 25th career regular-season hat trick to tie Cy Denneny for the ninth-most in League history and reach the 30-goal mark for the 15th time in as many campaigns. Hat tricks wasn’t the only all-time list Ovechkin climbed on Thursday, as outlined below. * Several of Ovechkin’s countrymen also shined Thursday, including Capitals rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov. * The Bruins kept pace with the League-leading Capitals in the NHL standings, thanks in part to a Boston veteran recording his 11th career 20-goal season.
A “Ballsy” Win For The New York Rangers
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, It was the first word out of David Quinn’s mouth after the game, and the Rangers coach hardly needed to say more about his team’s effort. “Ballsy,” Quinn said after a power-play goal from Chris Kreider with 24.6 seconds left in regulation gave his team a second straight win over the Islanders, this one 3-2 on Thursday night at a raucous Coliseum. “Just a real gutsy effort by our guys.” This was quite a bit different than the 6-2 shellacking the Rangers (23-19-4) put on the Islanders (28-14-4) on Monday night at the Garden. That was an offensive whirlwind led by Artemi Panarin, and this was a physical and mental grind that gave the Blueshirts their fourth win in the past five games since coming back from western Canada. It also felt like a rivalry game, played to the soundtrack of alternating chants from the split crowd of 13,917. And it turned when old buddy Derick Brassard got called for cross-check when he upended Jesper Fast with 54 seconds left in regulation, setting up Kreider’s game winner on a rebound. continued Watch the game highlights below.
Stars Should Keep Bowness as Head Coach
The Central Division is now between two teams, the Dallas Stars and St. Louis Blues. After the Stars swept the season series against the Colorado Avalanche in Denver Tuesday night, Dallas finds themselves 10 points behind the Blues in the standings. They are also ranked seventh in ESPN’s power rankings, which ultimately means nothing, but […]
Virtanen’s Second-Period Goal Helps Lift the Canucks Past the Coyotes 3-1
VANCOUER, B.C. — Jake Virtanen scored midway through the second period to reach a career-high 26 points in a season as the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 Thursday night.
Bo Horvat and Tanner Pearson, into an empty net, also sco...
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Parise, Suter Score as Wild Beat Lightning 3-2 to Snap Skid
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored his team-leading 17th goal and Ryan Suter added his seventh as the Minnesota Wild beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 on Thursday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Parise has three goals in the past two games. Joel Er...
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Dahlin Breaks Tie, Ullmark Helps Sabres Beat Stars 4-1
DALLAS — Rasmus Dahlin scored a tiebreaking goal in the second period, Linus Ullmark made 28 saves and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Dallas Stars 4-1 Thursday night.
Dahlin took a pass from Henri Jokiharju and sent a wrist shot from the top of the right ...
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Grubauer Has 27 Saves, Avs Blank Sharks, 4-0
DENVER — Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season and the Colorado Avalanche got goals from four different players in a 4-0 win over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night.
It was Grubauer's third shutout since joining Colorado...
Kovalchuk, Price Lead Canadiens past Flyers 4-1
PHILADELPHIA — Ilya Kovalchuk scored twice and Carey Price recorded 40 saves as the Montreal Canadiens avoided a season series sweep with a 4-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Tomas Tatar scored his 17th goal of the season and Artturi Lehkonen added his 11th for the Canadiens, who find themselves six points […]
Rittich’s 35-Save Performance Powers Flames Past Leafs 2-1 in a Shootout
TORONTO — Matthew Tkachuk scored the only goal of the shootout as the Calgary Flames defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Thursday. Derek Ryan scored in regulation for Calgary (26-18-5), which got 35 saves from David Rittich through 65 minutes of action. Rittich stopped Jason Spezza, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner in the shootout. William Nylander knotted the […]
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Ovechkin Hat Trick Helps Capitals Beat Devils
WASHINGTON — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two […]
Foligno Scores Late to Push Blue Jackets Past Hurricanes 3-2
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nick Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:41 left in the game, Elvis Merzlikins had 32 saves and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Thursday night. Foligno grabbed the loose puck in the slot and fired it past Petr Mrazek’s glove for his first goal in 23 games. […]
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Bergeron Scores 20th, Bruins Beat Penguins 4-1
BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron scored his 20th goal, Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak both had two assists, and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-1 Thursday night. Sean Kuraly and Par Lindholm also scored for the Bruins and Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal in the final minute. Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins […]
Stone Returns to Ottawa as Golden Knights Double up Senators 4-2
OTTAWA — Mark Stone’s return was a memorable one as he scored a goal and picked up an assist in the Vegas Golden Knights’ victory over the Ottawa Senators 4-2 on Thursday night. Stone was playing his first game in Ottawa since being traded to Vegas last February. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Knights […]
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Kreider Scores Late to Lift Rangers Over Islanders 3-2
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds left to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the rival New York Islanders on Thursday night. With the Islanders’ Derick Brassard off for cross-checking earlier in the final minute, Kreider was at the right side of the net and knocked […]
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Video- Dougie Hamilton Injury
Hopefully not as bad as it looked.
TSN Insiders Tonight
The TSN Hockey Insiders discuss why Jake Virtanen wasn't suspended by the NHL for his elbow on Jets forward Mathieu Perreault, the fallout of Matthew Tkachuk and Zack Kassian's feud, the latest on Dion Phaneuf, the Oilers and Flames' search for a top six forward, and more. Watch at TSN.
Devils Dynamic Duo of Coleman & Zajac Open Up
They aren’t the Dynamic Duo that Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier were two seasons ago when the New Jersey Devils made their lone playoff appearance in nine seasons but Travis Zajac and Blake Coleman have been two of the more consistent performers this season. They have been linemates for quite some time now and with […]
Jets’ Mathieu Perreault Lashes out at NHL for Not Punishing Canucks’ Virtanen
Winnipeg Jets forward Mathieu Perreault is livid after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety decided not to hand out any discipline to Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen following a controversial play Tuesday. Virtanen’s elbow got up in the head of Perreault away from the puck during the first period of their game in Winnipeg. No penalty was […]
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Coyotes Weekly: All-Star Break Promises Much-Needed Health
28 days have passed since the Arizona Coyotes lost starting goaltender and Pacific Division All-Star Darcy Kuemper to a lower-body injury in a Dec. 19 loss to the Minnesota Wild. The ‘Yotes have played 12 times since then, and, after recording a 20-13-4 record through the first 37 games, they’re just 6-5-1 in those 12 […]
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Topic Of The Day Is Jeff Blashill
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Coaches generally bear the brunt of the blame in bad times, so it’s no surprise many fans are calling for Jeff Blashill’s ouster with the Detroit Red Wings on pace for their worst season in 34 years. Media has speculated whether he might be replaced by former Red Wing Gerard Gallant, who on Wednesday became the seventh coach fired this season when Vegas replaced him with Peter DeBoer. Blashill is blocking it out and continuing to search for solutions to improve this team. “I learned right away, in this league especially, not to pay any attention -- especially when it’s not going well, to any of that stuff,” Blashill said. “Certainly, I appreciate the passion of our fanbase 100 percent. I think our fanbase overall has an idea of where we’re at in the building process, more so than when I probably first got the job. I think they understand if you have a salary cap and a draft, then the nature of pro sports is cyclical, and they understand where we’re at in the cycle.” continued from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, Replacing Blashill with former Wings’ player and Yzerman teammate, Gerard Gallant, who was fired Wednesday as Vegas’ coach, is a popular notion right now. But Larkin, who has had no other NHL coach other than Blashill, fully backed Blashill after Thursday’s practice and highlighted Blashill's strengths. “We’ve grown together in this league and I have a lot of respect for him,” Larkin said. “He’s a great guy, a great dad, and great coach and he’s well respected in the room. “He’s my coach, and I’m his player, and that’s about as far as it goes.” more
What Sarah Casorso’s PTO Can Do for the Beauts
The Buffalo Beauts had a very familiar face in the lineup when the team flew to Minnesota for a pair of games against the Whitecaps. Former defender Sarah Casorso – an Isobel Cup champion and a Beaut from 2016-17 into 2018-19 – signed a professional tryout offer to rejoin the team for at least the […]
Brent Burns Like His Food Home Grown
from Gabe Conte of GQ, Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks prefers to do things his way. On the ice, he excels as a hybrid, elite-level defenseman and point-scorer. Off the ice, his diet is hyper-specific: When he eats meat, he likes it from his own ranch that he and his family maintain in Texas. Burns says he feels healthier when consuming leaner and fresher game, and enjoys the oversight he has over the process of preparing his own meals, a luxury he doesn’t get on the road. Many professional athletes find and maintain unusual (and expensive) hobbies, but when Burns gets going about how he populated his land with game including white-tailed deer, antelope, and wildebeest—yes, wildebeest—it becomes clear this is more than a hobby. Burns hunts and farms his own food because, he says, he has a genuine love for nature and wildlife. It took a while to find the right plot of land—roughly two years, in fact—but Texas was always going to be the spot, given that Burns’s wife is from there. “We wanted to get a place where we can go to when everything’s said and done,” he says. “We finally found this place where there was enough space for what we wanted to do. I’m a huge animal lover, and I’ve been collecting all types for a while. I just love them, and I wanted animals to be a part of my kids' lives too.” continued
Afternoon Line- Mathieu Perreault
"I'm not surprised to the honest...player safety my ass. This is literally an elbow to the face to a guy that didn't have the puck. "I see him coming, I brace for a hit, it was a late hit, I never had the puck and he puts an elbow to my face and they're not going to do anything about it. Now I’ve got to take matters into my own hands. Next time this happens and I get to swing my stick across his forehead and I shouldn’t get suspended then." - Mathieu Perreault of the Winnipeg Jets on no action from Player Safety on an elbow from Jake Vitranen. TSN has more (video is geo-blocked) or watch the incident below.
NHL Rumors: Ducks, Devils, Capitals, Maple Leafs, More
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news that the Anaheim Ducks are willing to help out cap-strapped teams financially, the Toronto Maple Leafs will have to offer up a ready-to-play forward if they want a certain goaltender, Gerard Gallant has coaching options and why was Ray Shero really fired? Ducks Willing to Take Money […]
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The Hockey Pests
from Greg Wyshynski of ESPN, In full disclosure, I love Pests. The first jersey I ever owned had Claude Lemieux's name on the back. As a Devils fan, I secretly loved that Sean Avery stick wave in front of Martin Brodeur that necessitated the NHL to change its rulebook on the fly to cover his antics. No, I can't condone the knees and spears and slew foots and other injurious cheap shots doled out by decades of miscreants like Bryan Marchment. But, if I'm being honest, I'm sometimes in awe of that level of depravity. Is Matthew Tkachuk the NHL's best agitator? He has many of the essential traits of the NHL Pest. And here they are: Know your role The Pest is a role, no different than a penalty killer or a backup goalie, only with more trash and insults thrown at you from the stands. The role entails disruption, agitation and disturbance, by any means necessary. The role asks for brutality, intimidation and mockery. If performed correctly, the Pest is a vital role, because it changes the dynamic of a game, either through becoming a magnet for ire or, from a tactical standpoint, the removal of another team's player from the ice. more
Video- Tuukka Rask Placed On IR With A Concussion
via NHL.com, Tuukka Rask was placed on injured reserve by the Boston Bruins on Thursday The goalie left Boston's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday because of a concussion. The injury came when he was elbowed in the head by Blue Jackets forward Emil Bemstrom, who was skating by the crease and was cross-checked into Rask by Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo. "He's concussed. He got elbowed in the head," coach Bruce Cassidy said after the 3-0 loss. Bemstrom said the contact was accidental. "It's not my purpose for that at all," Bemstrom said. "I tried to come back and backcheck. I got a little cross-check in my side and that probably turned my skate a little bit. It wasn't on purpose, of course." Watch the incident below.
Greenday Will Be Performing At The NHL All-Star Game
NEW YORK (Jan. 16, 2020) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and GRAMMY Award-winning rock band Green Day will build on its multiyear partnership with the band’s headlining performance at the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Game on Saturday, Jan. 25, in St. Louis. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees will perform outside Enterprise Center shortly before they take the stage inside during the second intermission presented by Ticketmaster. The performance will be televised as part of the live All-Star Game broadcast on NBC in the U.S. and on CBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT.
THW’s Goalie News: Crawford’s Dominance, Brodeur’s New Role & More
Wednesday night was a very light schedule in the National Hockey League with just two games, but we did see more dominance from a hometown boy in Montreal. Also, we have a new All-Star goaltender and one of the all-time greats has a new role in New Jersey. Crawford Loves Coming Home Every player loves […]
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Practice Time For The Detroit Red Wings
via Ansar Khan tweet, lines at practice: Bertuzzi-Larkin-Fabbri Glendening-Filppula-Zadina Erne-Nielsen-Helm Abdelkader-Ehn-Smith Perlini D-pairs: Nemeth-Green Daley-Hronek Biega/Ericsson-Bowey In goal: Howard Pickard
NHL TV Blackouts & Why They Happen?
Picture a scenario. Your local NHL team is playing a nationally-televised game. It’s on NBCSN, which you access through an app because you don’t have cable or satellite. You’re excited to watch it, but when you turn it on, you’re denied because of a tv blackout based on your location. Another scenario. You live in […]
Windsor Spitfires’ Weekly: Post Trade Deadline and NHL Radar
With the 2020 OHL Trade Deadline in the rearview mirror, the Windsor Spitfires can now re-focus on important business. Being near the top of the Western Conference standings after the trade deadline isn’t easy but it’s a welcomed challenge. Getting some good news never hurts, either. General manager Bill Bowler was quiet during Friday’s deadline. […]
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Colorado Avalanche Sweater For Their Stadium Series Game
They will be facing the LA Kings on February 15th at Falcon Stadium, U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. NHL announces the #Avs Stadium Series sweater goes on sale Jan. 20: pic.twitter.com/n3LKBiiuss — Ryan S. Clark (@ryan_s_clark) January 16, 2020
From the Dub: Hangover Cure
Here in the Western Hockey League, the holiday season is synonymous with the World Junior Championship. It’s the Stanley Cup of junior and college hockey. Flash forward to January 6 and the hangover from non-stop tournament hockey hit like a ton of bricks.The cure? The NHL Central Scouting Midterm Draft Rankings and the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. Fifty-one WHL players are ranked and 14 of those will play in the game.
Jets May Need to Trade to Bolster Battered Blue Line
The Winnipeg Jets have persevered with a patchwork defence and a bunch of journeymen for most of this season. However, with the number of injuries they have right now, they may not be able to address their battered blue line internally and may have to seek outside assistance. Injuries Abound on Back End Winnipeg Jets […]
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Rangers Need Panarin, Shesterkin & Defense for Playoff Run
The 2019-20 New York Rangers are at a crossroads. They face some tough decisions in the next six weeks before the Feb. 24 trade deadline. Considering the recent play of Artemi Panarin, the promise of (2-0) Igor Shesterkin, and a fresh defensive mentality, they may just be primed for a serious playoff run. Either way, […]
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Devils’ Longest Winning Streak Revisited
It was hard to believe, but the New Jersey Devils earned a three-game winning streak for the first time in 2019-20 after defeating the New York Islanders, 2-1, on Jan. 2. The victory over the Islanders also marked consecutive Devils wins against current playoff contenders for the Eastern Conference. Back-to-back wins alone have even been […]
Bruins: 3 Takeaways From a Frustrating Road Trip
Three games in four days on the road is tough for any team. Throw in an overtime game, a shootout and a red-hot opponent on the second night of a back-to-back, that can test any team. Unfortunately for the Boston Bruins, it was a test they couldn’t pass. What started out as a promising trip […]
Capitals’ Mid-Season Report Card
Everyone remembers the dreaded days of receiving their school report card. It was a combination of emotions from amazement that you haven’t learned your lesson by now to fear in trying to assess how you can hide the grades from your parents. For the Washington Capitals players the story is a little different so far […]
Michael Rasmussen Back On The Road To The NHL
from Max Bultman of The Athletic, Not many specifics of his injury had been publicly revealed, but Rasmussen said Tuesday he had been dealing with a back injury. He didn’t want to go into much detail, but said it was “just a nagging thing” that he’s over now. “It was tough,” he said of sitting out. “Definitely never want to be out, never want to be out that long. But (I) wasn’t feeling right, so just had to get better, get healthy and just excited to be back.” Rasmussen can’t get that time back, and at this young age (he is 20), it’s a tough point in his career to be losing two months of a season. But fortunately for both him and the Red Wings, the 2017 first-round draft pick does still have time to make the most of the remainder of his second professional hockey campaign. Prior to his injury, Rasmussen had jumped out of the gate in Grand Rapids with nine points in 10 games, including five in his first three. That was eye-catching after Rasmussen had faced a whole new level of challenges last season as a 19 year old in the NHL, where he played largely because the franchise felt he wouldn’t learn as much by going back to the WHL, which he had already dominated. more (paid subscription)
Sabres’ Lazar Seeing Surprising Success
He entered the organization with little fanfare. When Curtis Lazar was signed on July 1 by the Buffalo Sabres, it was considered a move of little consequence. Lazar was tabbed by most to be nothing more than a depth signing for the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans to help groom the next crop of Sabres’ […]
Vegas Golden Knights Hire DeBoer – If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Hire ‘Em
On Wednesday morning, Gerard Gallant was fired as head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights, and was replaced by Peter DeBoer. Also out of the mix was assistant Mike Kelly. This was just another head coach being fired in a topsy-turvy NHL season, which has seen teams like the Dallas Stars and Calgary Flames, among […]
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Maple Leafs’ Rasmus Sandin Has Little Choice But to Become a Star
Had Toronto Maple Leafs young defenseman Rasmus Sandin fallen on his face in his return to the NHL, the narrative would have been different. However, far from playing poorly, Sandin played extremely well. In fact, after the team’s 7-4 win over the New Jersey Devils, Sandin had played well enough that – using blue circles […]
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Flames Relying Heavily on Top Dogs
After starting the New Year with five straight wins, the Calgary Flames are sitting just two points back of the Arizona Coyotes for the top spot in the Pacific Division. The Flames’ recent win streak, which was snapped by the Montreal Canadians in a 2-0 loss on Jan. 13, was fueled by the success found […]
Islanders’ Out-of-the-Box Trade Deadline Ideas
With the New York Islanders sitting between contention and contender status, it comes as no surprise that they will be big players at the trade deadline. Many names have been tossed around, but fans and analysts alike have lacked originality in coming up with trade targets. Guys like Tyler Toffoli and Jean-Gabriel Pageau are not […]