Last Year Still On The Minds Of The Tampa Bay Lightning
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, Jon Cooper calls it the elephant in the room. The shock of last year’s 62-win regular season and subsequent four-game sweep by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs. That’s why the Tampa Bay Lightning coach hasn’t shied away from discussing the heart-breaking 2018-19 campaign — both behind the scenes with his players and during media scrums. He recently told reporters: "I’d be lying if I didn’t think there was a burden carried over." Tampa is off to a ho-hum start: 4-3-1 following Saturday’s 6-2 loss to smoking-hot Colorado. These are still very early days, but the Lightning have been outshot, out-chanced and out-attempted at even strength. They are not nearly as dominant on specialty teams, either, scuffling along at a 70 per cent penalty kill rate after losing trusted soldiers Anton Stralman and Dan Girardi in the off-season. The results don’t scream powerhouse just yet. more plus othet topic which were mentioned on Saturday Headlines, including the Leafs may have cap issues soon...
Hot Goaltending In Vancouver
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province, Opinion: It’s unrealistic to expect this level of goaltending from Markstrom and Demko every night over the next six months. We wake up this morning to find the Vancouver Canucks in a playoff spot and the Calgary Flames not. Speaking of things which should make you happy, here are the Monday morning musings and meditations on the world of sports. • With their 3-2 win over the Rangers in Manhattan on Sunday, the Canucks have now won five of their last six outings and a win in Detroit on Tuesday will send them home from their four-game roadie with a 3-1 record. That’s laudable. But some context is also required as the first three weeks of their season are considered. Three of the Canucks’ five wins have come on the strength of their goaltending. That doesn’t mean their goalies have stolen wins. It does mean they’ve won because they had the better goalie for that game. continued
Video- Keith Kinkaid Is A Save Of The Night Candidate
Stacking the pads and the glove well positioned.
Florida Panthers Sign UFA Brian Boyle
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brian Boyle on a one-year, one-way contract. "With over 700 games played in the NHL and over 100 more in the playoffs, Brian brings a wealth of experience to our club," said Tallon. "He adds versatility and character to our lineup." In 2018-19, Boyle, 34, appeared in 47 games with the New Jersey Devils (13-6-19) and 26 games with the Nashville Predators (5-0-5) recording a combined 24 points (18-6-24) over 73 games played. In the postseason with the Predators, Boyle registered two assists over three games.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive, Eight games into the season, several Detroit Red Wings forwards are seeking their first goal. That’s the main reason the team is averaging fewer goals than it did last season and why the power play has been much worse. The lack offense has contributed to a four-game losing streak following a fine 3-1-0 start. The Red Wings (3-5-0) return home Tuesday to face the Vancouver Canucks (7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit) following a rotten road trip to Western Canada, where they were outscored 12-3. “Three goals in three games, it’s not fun,” Dylan Larkin told media following Friday’s 2-1 loss at Edmonton. “We have to find a way to score dirty goals and we have to get all 12 (forwards) chipping in. … We have to find ways to get in front of the goalie’s eyes and score simple goals.” The Red Wings are averaging 2.38 goals per game, compared to 2.73 in 2018-19. Their power play has converted only 9.5 percent of its chances (2 for 21), compared to 18.1 percent last season. continued
A Video Portrait On Scotty Bowman
CTV with a great look at Scotty Bowman. Scroll to the 23:13 mark of the video for the Bowman feature and lasts about 20 minutes.
Morning Line- Sonny Sachdeva On Skating Coach Dawn Braid
A sport with a history of being set in its ways — hesitant to open its doors to diverse leaders or look outside for ways to improve something as fundamental as skating — is now undergoing a rapid evolution, forcing players to get faster and more precise with each passing season. Coaches like Braid, a national-level figure skater whose transition to hockey made her the first woman in NHL history to coach full-time, have been working behind the scenes to spur that speed-hungry transformation for nearly two decades. But, even though her ability to mesh figure skating’s rigid adherence to technique with hockey players’ insatiable need to advance their skill-sets has made her one of the most valuable resources in the game, bridging those two worlds was no easy feat. -Sonny Sachdeva of Sportsnet on skating coach Dawn Braid. Much more on this topic.
Videos- Drew Doughty-Matthew Tkachuk Battle Continues
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet, Matthew Tkachuk got a few punches in, but Drew Doughty got the last laugh. Again. The fireworks many tuned in to see on Hockey Night in Canada between the two sparring partners came in the final 10 minutes of a game in which the listless Flames were down 4-0. As Tkachuk skated down the left wing approaching Doughty, he essentially let go of the puck with an eye on engaging with the man he’s hated for years. Alas, just before the point of contact Doughty went low, upending Tkachuk in spectacular fashion, sparking a dog pile most defensive line coaches would be proud of. “It was the first time we had a one-on-one all night, so I just kind of let the puck go and was going to go engage with him and he went low on me,” said Tkachuk, whose only other exchange with Doughty was a first period conversation off a faceoff. “Those are the moments you kind of black out and just try to get some punches in, I guess.” continued Below, watch the incident and game highlights.
NHL Short Notes
Hughes nets first NHL goal in showdown against brother Quinn; Fleury blanks Penguins in Golden Knights' 100th regular-season win; Streaks continue in another five-goal outing for Avalanche.
Topics Of Interest
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, - Idiotic NHL scheduling, Take Two: While the Lightning, Sharks, Wild and Panthers each play just four home games in October, the Maple Leafs and Predators are playing nine and the Blackhawks, Penguins and Golden Knights eight apiece. - When you start naming the elite of the NHL, you’d be making a rather significant mistake by omitting Leon Draisaitl. - Taylor Hall, against the Rangers on Thursday, provided a fierce reminder of why he won the Hart two years ago and why he will be able to name his price either in New Jersey or on the open market. And why, if the Devils cannot get him to sign an extension, the contender that acquires him as a deadline rental will become the favorite to win the Stanley Cup. - If everyone in the Rangers organization were doing his or her job as well as Brendan Smith has done his essentially from the first day of training camp, the Blueshirts would be a playoff lock. more topics including the New York Rangers should retire Brad Park's sweater...
Video- Saturday Headlines
via Sportsnet, Chris Johnston and Elliotte Friedman break down the latest news from around the NHL, with the Maple Leafs facing roster decisions as injured players return and the Minnesota Wild struggle.
Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
Tonight Don Cherry and Ron MacLean discussed- every shot you take should be intended to score, go to the net. The Sony Milano recent goal and the play of the St. Louis Blues. And first goals in the NHL. Also, no effort from the dman, still icing. Plus a few more topics including recent fights. via Sportsnet's YouTube page,
Video- HNIC Opening Bruins-Leafs
That will get the blood boiling.
Video- Alex Edler Hit On Blake Coleman
The call was elbowing, then changed to illegal check to the head. Discussion on the hit at Reddit. Watch the hit below. Edler on his illegal check to the head of Coleman: "I haven't seen the video. I was trying to keep my arm in and in going for the puck, I never had any intention of doing anything dirty. I hope he’s OK. He was back after, so it looked like he was." #Canucks — Ben Kuzma (@benkuzma) October 19, 2019
Notes On Hockey
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun, - Mike Babcock’s unyielding insistence about his goaltending rotation is costing the Maple Leafs and undermining Michael Hutchinson’s attempt to stick with the big club. All of this coming at a time when the cash strapped Leafs have next to no financial alternatives regarding a backup goalie. The stubborn Babcock is absolutely certain that back-to-back games should be played with Frederik Anderson starting the first game for the Leafs and Hutchinson, the backup for now, starting the second.... - I would be very upset about Vegas forward Valentin Zykov testing position in the NHL if I had any idea who he was. - Jonathan Quick is struggling and anyone who covered him in his great years won’t give him a break now. At his best, he was a terrific goalie but a big-time pill. more on the first topic and a few additional hockey notes...
Hockey Scout Craig Cunningham
from Matt Porter of the Boston Globe, In his third year on the job, the routine has become pleasantly familiar. He flies into a city in western North America, such as Denver to see pros, or Kelowna to scout juniors. He gets in a workout at the hotel. He arrives at the arena, finds his assigned seat, and pulls out his notebook, critiquing the players on the ice for the benefit of his team. Craig Cunningham is back in the NHL, and he is grateful. The former Bruins winger, who nearly died on the ice after suffering a heart attack before a 2016 minor league game in Tucson, now works as a scout for the Arizona Coyotes. That he is living is a highly improbable outcome, made possible by elite medical care and Cunningham’s tenacity. continued plus more hockey topics...
Video- First NHL Goal For Jack Hughes
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Sergei Bobrovsky’s Slow Start
from Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald, There’s no denying that Sergei Bobrovsky has talent. The 31-year-old Russian goaltender is a two-time All-Star and two-time Vezina Trophy winner. But there’s also no denying his slow start to his first year with the Florida Panthers, who signed him to a seven-year, $70 million contract this offseason. Bobrovsky has just a .872 save percentage through six starts — the third-lowest efficiency among the 32 goaltenders who have started at least four games. He has allowed at least four goals in four of his six starts, including surrendering five in Friday’s overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday. For nearly every breathtaking save Bobrovsky makes, for every scrum in front of the net that he holds off — and there have been a slew of both early on this year — there seems to be an equal amount of frustrating minute-long stretches where the opposing team executes. continued
Joel Quenneville On The Colorado Avalanche
from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, “They’re dangerous off the rush. They’ve got some real high-end talent. They can do a lot of different things,” Quenneville said here Friday. “They’ve got four lines that are dangerous as well, so they’ve got really good balance up front. And some dangerous guys on the back end.” Quenneville won the Stanley Cup as an Avalanche assistant in 1996 and as a head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He was the Avalanche’s bench boss for three years beginning in 2005, and when he left in 2008 amid a power struggle with the front office, Colorado began a dismal 10-year stretch in which it made the playoffs just three times and never got out of the first round. Allowing Quenneville to walk from Colorado following a second-round playoff appearance in 2008 was among the worst moves the club has ever made. It took 10 years for the Avs to get back to where Quenneville took them, while at the same time Coach Q was building a dynasty in Chicago. read on
The Dallas Stars Remain Winless In Regulation
hrom Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News, In the wake of another Stars’ loss — this one a 4-2 defeat to the Penguins on Friday night — as the team searches for answers and finds none, as the standings tell the truth none of them care to hear, as the hockey world turns without Dallas’ involvement, Anton Khudobin stood in the nearly empty Dallas dressing room. He’d just completed a 29-save effort in the loss, one whose pure number of saves masks the difficulty of those he faced. He’d given the Stars a chance to win their second game of the season by carrying them into the third period tied at 1. But he couldn’t save the Stars from a 1-7-1 fate, a record that ties the worst in franchise history through nine games. Then he spotlighted one of the many Stars issues through the first two weeks: They’re not angry enough. “What else can you say?” Khudobin said. “We just got another L, [expletive], I don’t know. We just have to keep going and do something.” The loss was the fifth straight for the Stars, and they remain without a win in regulation. continued
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