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New Stanley Cup Favorite Odds
Odds to win the Stanley Cup
St. Louis Blues 13/4
Pittsburgh Penguins  ...
Video- You Can’t Replace Steven Stamkos With Nikita Kucherov
via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,
Tampa Bay Lightning VP Dave Andreychuk says Nikita Kucherov has the attitude to become a superstar, but Steven Stamkos would be irreplaceable as the face of the franchise.
The Leafs Are “Trending In The Right Direction”
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
“It’s been a good week for the Leafs,” Babcock said Tuesday. “We’re in a way better situation than we were a year ago — night-and-day different.
Winning While Losing
from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
If it’s possible to gain control of an NHL playoff series by losing a hockey game, the Washington Capitals might well have done precisely that in Game 3 Monday night.
Nobody in the v...
Get The Call Right, The First Time
from Dave Hodge of TSN,
The NHL needs to start at the beginning and make sure the original calls are the right calls, and although video review and the way it is implemented is part of the problem, it just might be necessary to add more of it...
The Nashville Predators Win A Game They Badly Needed
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
The difference between falling behind 3-0 in a series and closing it to 2-1 is like the difference between getting a jolt of energy and a taking a trip to the electric chair.
And there was no wa...
The Dallas Stars ‘Schooled’ In St. Louis
from Rick Gosselin of the Dallas Morning News,
The Stars left Tyler Seguin, Patrick Eaves and their A-game back home in Dallas.
What the Stars brought to St. Louis for Game 3 of the conference semifinal was a goaltending tandem in tatters...
NHL Short Notes
BLUES CRUISE TO HOME-ICE VICTORY, TAKE SERIES LEAD
The Stars jumped to an early 1-0 lead but the Blues scored six unanswered goals – powered by Vladimir Tarasenko (1-2—3), David Backes (2-0—2), Ale...
Video- Highlights From The Three NHL Playoff Games Played On Tuesday Night
If you missed the games last night, here is a good way to catch up.
Video- Jack Capuano Upset With Brain Boyle Hit Which Lead To OT Goal
from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post,
...moments before Boyle scored, the big-bodied winger had clipped Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey with a big hit at the offensive blue line.
“It’s a direct shot to the head,” ...
Video- Thomas Hickey Hit On Jonathan Drouin
Clean solid hit, Drouin to the room.
Open Post- Tonight’s Second Round NHL Playoff Games
Tampa Bay @ NY Islanders 7:00 PM ET. NBCSN (Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher), CBC and TVAS
San Jose @ Nashville 9:00 PM ET USA (Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti) SN360 and TVAS2
Dallas @ St. Louis 9:30 PM ET NBCSN (John Fors...
Your NHL Foundation Player Award Finalists
NEW YORK (May 3, 2016) – Defenseman Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames, forward Matt Martin of the New York Islanders and defenseman P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens are the three finalists for the 2015-16 NHL Foundation Player Award, ...
Afternoon Line- Dan Steinberg On NHL Discipline
Would the Washington Capitals be better off if forward Marcus Johansson had been unable to return to the ice during Monday night’s loss to the Penguins? No one would seriously hope for such an outcome. And yet the NHL’s disciplinary pr...
Bill Foley’s Dream Team
from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
His vision for a Las Vegas team: Think the New England Patriots....
Foley would encourage an atmosphere of discipline and accountability, with quotes from Patton about how perseverance, stud...
Boston Bruins Announce Successful Surgery For Three Players
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Bruins announced today, May 3, that forward Matt Beleskey (left hand), forward David Krejci (left hip) and defenseman Torey Krug (right shoulder) have all undergone successful surgeries and are expected to make full r...
Video- Kris Letang Suspended For One Game
Here is your explanation...
Video- Brad Treliving On Dismissing Bob Hartley
GM Brad Treliving outlines the Calgary Flames decision to fire head coach Bob Hartley, saying there’s much blame to made throughout the organization, but Bob taken this team as far as he could at this time.
Bob Hartley Fired By The Calgary Flames
CALGARY, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have relieved Head Coach Bob Hartley of his coaching duties. Additionally, Associate Coach Jacques Cloutier has been informed he will not be returning to the club.
Kris Letang Will Have A Hearing Today
Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang will have a hearing today for interference on Washington’s Marcus Johansson.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 3, 2016
The New York Islanders Need To Find “Another Level” Tonight
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Only eight teams have a shot at winning the 2016 Stanley Cup and the Islanders are one of them. The Blackhawks are out, so are the Kings and so are the Rangers, those three teams that combined to produc...
Down 0-2 The Nashville Predators Need A Win Tonight
from Jim Rexrode of The Tennessean,
“We’ve got to get ourselves on the board,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said after the long flight from San Jose, after the excruciating 3-2 loss in Sunday’s Game 2 that featured...
Video- Mike Sullivan On The Kris Letang Hit
Penguins coach Mike Sullivan comments on the Kris Letang hit on Marcus Johansson in Game 3.
FYI- Barry Trotz basically said let the league handle it.
If you missed the Letang hit, watch it here.
The Pittsburgh/Washington Series Turning Nasty
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The hits keep on coming in a series loaded with skill but dominating the headlines for the wrong reasons.
A game after Brooks Orpik leveled Olli Maatta with a high, late hit that garnered the Washington Capital...
NHL Short Notes
MURRAY STEALS SPOTLIGHT IN GAME 3 WIN
With starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury dressed for the first time since March 31,Matt Murray made a career-high 47 saves – including 19 in the third period – to help the Penguin...
Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
Ron & Don talk about Alex Ovechkin needing to pick up his game, Joe Thornton playing well for the Sharks and the Blues physical play.
Video- Kris Letang Hit On Marcus Johansson
Two minutes for interference.
Your Calder Memorial Trophy Finalists
NEW YORK (May 2, 2016) – Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers, forward Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and forward Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks are the three finalists for the 2015-16 Calder Memorial Tr...
Bruce Boudreau Had A Feeling His Job Was On The Line
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Given that his team was expected to seriously challenge for the Stanley Cup and was knocked out in the first round, the veteran bench boss was not surprised that General Manager Bob Murray cut him loose....
Open Post- Game 3 Washington Capitals Against The Pittsburgh Penguins
Series is tied 1-1.
Washington @ Pittsburgh 8:00 PM ET NBCSN,CBC & TVAS
Calling the game for NBCSN will be Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire.
Feel free to discuss the game as it plays out tonight.
Two Veterans For The Dallas Stars Chasing The Stanley Cup
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Ales Hemsky’s Edmonton Oilers turned out to be a flash in the pan back in 2006. Meanwhile, the only fluke out East that spring was that Jason Spezza and his Ottawa Senators didn’t meet the Oilers in...
Why The ‘Decline Of Hockey’ Talk In Canada?
from Lawrence Martin at the Globe and Mail,
Picked up the sports section of a newspaper the other day and was greeted by an irritating headline: “The Year that Hockey Died.”
Increasingly, we’ve seen these doomsday storie...
Marc-Andre Fleury May Be Close To A Return
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
As much as Fleury was the spine of the team during the regular season, how does it make sense for coach Mike Sullivan and the rest of the Pittsburgh braintrust to disrupt the run their team is on by ba...
What Exactly Did Barry Trotz Mean When Discussing The Orpik Suspension?
Trotz said he wasn't surprised on length of suspension based on #Caps' opponent. Asked to clarify: "Take it for however you want."
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 2, 2016
So Barry Trotz thinks the punishment wa...
Brooks Orpik Today
via Tom Gulitti tweets,
Orpik said he spoke to Maatta after the game Saturday. Called him a "good friend"
Orpik called the hit "a bad decision". "There's no denying it was late.'
"Hopefully across the League they'll start punish...
New York Rangers Agree To A New Contract With Antti Raanta
NEW YORK, May 2, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Antti Raanta on a new contract.
Raanta, 26, appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this past season, post...
Martin Jones Is A Stabilizing Influence For The San Jose Sharks
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
“He’s just very composed, especially for a young goalie,” defenseman Paul Martin said. “He relies heavily on his position and being in the right spot and making the right read. ...
The Bad Hit By Brooks Orpik
from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
I couldn’t believe Orpik — one of the great teammates in any sport — letting down his Washington Capitals guys. He will miss the next three games of the Penguins-Capitals playoff...
The Nashville Predators Played Well But Bounces Didn’t Go Their Way
from Adam Vingan of the Tennessean,
To learn an opponent requires playing them. It's self-explanatory, but important nonetheless.
The Predators received a crash course on the Sharks in their series-opening loss Friday, taking the appropri...
Videos- Marc-Edouard Vlasic And Brian Elliott Survive Hard Shots To The Head
via Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,
With the Predators on the power play, Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, whose shot has been clocked at more than 108 mph, took a slap shot from the point; Vlasic blocked it with his visor and cheek.
"I think it...
NHL Short Notes
BACKES (AGAIN) PLAYS OVERTIME HERO AS BLUES EVEN SERIES
The Stars erased a 3-1 deficit in the third period, but David Backes (1-1—2) scored at 10:58 of overtime to help the Blues even their Second Round series at 1-1.
Video- Highlights From Sunday’s NHL Playoff Games
The St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars in OT to tie the series at one while the Nashville Predators lost to the San Jose Sharks which puts the Predators in a 0-2 hole.
Video- Brooks Orpik Suspended Three Games
Patrick Burke explains...
Your NHL Draft Lottery Conspiracy Theory
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
We here at Monday Morning Quarterback Central might not subscribe to the theory that the fix was in on the NHL draft lottery.
Why would the NHL want to arrange the result? Sure, Rogers paid a bazill...