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Evening Line- Ed Willes
... love the spin coming out of Toronto that Mike Babcock will charge over to the Leafs following this season. Yes. MLSE can make him rich but, for pity’s sake, he’d be inheriting a team that is chaotic in the boardroom, directionless ...
The Los Angeles Kings Are Playing For Home Ice Advantage
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
“They were very effective,” he said. “I’ve said it lots, right? You need everybody every shift to make the playoffs. Kopi’s line was a little off last night. Basically, all it ...
The Slumping Chicago Blackhawks Are Now A Wildcard Team
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
The Hawks have lost three of four games, all to teams outside of the playoff picture, to fall to fourth place in the Central. They have two games in hand on the Wild (and on first-place Nashville, w...
Vincent Lecavalier Just Wants To Play
from Stephen Whyno of the CP at Yahoo,
"Maybe it's just a better opportunity I need," Lecavalier said. "It happens to a lot of guys. Sometimes you just have to get out of it, try to get out of it and work hard through it and maybe another opp...
Flashback- Ed ‘Sock’ Hatoum
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
For a guy who played just 26 games with the Vancouver Canucks during the team’s initial season in the NHL, Ed Hatoum is as well known as any player from that era.
Imagine the im&sh...
Kris Letang Has A Concussion
via Sam Kasan of the Penguins' website,
Head coach Mike Johnston had a few updates on the game...
Johnston confirmed that defenseman Kris Letang has a concussion. He's been released from the hospital, but will not be in the lineup ton...
NHL Short Notes
DUCKS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH, TAKE OVER FIRST IN LEAGUE STANDINGS
Knotted at 1-1 after 20 minutes, the Ducks scored a pair of second-period goals – including the eventual winning marker by Andrew Cogliano – to clinch their thi...
The Minnesota Wild’s Run To The Playoffs
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Back on Jan. 27, the Wild was buried in 12th place and 16 points behind the Chicago Blackhawks. This morning, at least for one day, the Wild kicked the Blackhawks into a wild-card spot, leapfrogged the ...
Unsafe Hockey Helmets
from Steve Fainaru of ESPN,
More than a quarter of all helmets worn by hockey players, from the NHL to youth leagues, are unsafe, according to an independent study provided to "Outside the Lines" that ranked hockey helmets based on their abil...
Good Goal Or Bad Goal
via Dave Hodge of TSN,
Thumbs down to the ongoing confusion about what constitutes a "good goal" that is propelled into the net by a skate.
The first goal in yesterday's 4-2 win by the Boston Bruins over the New York Rangers was a deliber...
The Great Connor McDavid
from Matt Higgins of the New York Times,
For Connor McDavid, an 18-year-old center for the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League and the most anticipated N.H.L. prospect in decades, compliments accrue as steadily as goals and assists.
Prepare For A Long Playoff Run In Tampa
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Tampa Bay will be in the playoffs. The biggest question that remains is how far it can go once it gets there.
In one word: deep.
This team is noticeably better — and more playoff-ready &mda...
The Play Of Jimmy Howard And A Dougie Hamilton Offer Sheet?
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
- Cam Ward, Mike Smith, Kari Lehtonen, and Antti Niemi are examples of well-paid goalies who are not doing enough to earn their salaries. At his current pace, Jimmy Howard may join that group. The ex-M...
More Goals Needed
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
So, how to bring back the scoring? Cutting down the size of goalie equipment would be the place to start, but that has become a fool’s discussion. The league has talked about it for nearly 20 ...
Sunday Hockey Topics And Notes
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
- There is one way to avoid the sad spectacle of dumping teams playing dump games at this time of the year, and that is to freeze the standings relating to lottery seeding at the trade deadline.
Video- Recap Of The 13 NHL Games Played On Saturday
It will take you 5 1/2 minutes to watch the highlights....
On Al Arbour and his St. Louis legacy
These kinds of articles are so superb that you can only begin at the beginning, and this one from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Dan O'Neill is a helluva read:
The way Scotty Bowman sees it, three components turned the St. Louis Blues into Sta...
Sabres, Coyotes’ tanking could yield change in draft lottery
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch offers his usual amount of rumors in a Sunday column discussing scoops from around the league, but on an evening that even the New York Times profiled Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Garrioch's most interesting tidb...
Saturday Night Hockey Talk
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
- The Leafs don’t care to share their wish list for a future head coach but here’s a decent guess of where they’re heading: 1. Mike Babcock; 2. Todd McLellan; 3. Bruce Boudreau; 4. Dave...
Video- Alexander Steen Out With Lower-Body Injury
Steen has a lower-body injury and won’t return to tonight’s game. #stlblues #OurBlues
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 29, 2015
Video- Coach’s Corner Tonight
Topics discussed tonight by Don Cherry and Ron MacLean include....
Don Cherry was not happy with the refs in the first period of Toronto/Ottawa.
Next up was Cherry pointing out to young players to make sure you keep your stick on the ice, usin...
Waiting On Mike Babcock
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
While the spotlight entering the final two weeks of the NHL regular season is focused squarely on the enticing playoff races in both conferences, there are a handful of general managers and coaches who...
Video- Tanner Glass Fined For Butt-End Hit
NY Rangers' Tanner Glass has been fined $3,897.85, the maximum allowable under the CBA, for butt-ending Boston's Adam McQuaid.
— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 28, 2015
Watch the incident below...
GIF- Cedric Paquette Injury
Paqueette was helped off the ice and no update yet on the injury.
and a GIF of it in case you weren't already horrified pic.twitter.com/VrdBsgTITF
— Steph (@myregularface) March 28, 2015
added 5:13pm, Video o...
Video- Shane Doan Hit On Kris Letang
No penalty on the play...
Kris Letang just can’t catch a break this season after a big check from Shane Doan caused the Penguins defender to fall awkwardly tail-bone first into the boards.
Video- Five Minutes For Boarding And A Game For Blake Comeau
Blake Comeau may get a call from the Department of Player Safety after a careless check from behind on Andrew Campbell in the first period on Saturday.
Video- No Goal, Then A Goal For Milan Lucic
via the NHL Situation Blog,
At 1:41 of the first period in the Rangers/Bruins game, video review determined that the puck deflected off Milan Lucic's skate and into the net in a legal fashion. According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into...
Afternoon Line- David Poile
“I’ve been rooting for a Nashville-Washington [Stanley Cup] Final since the first day of the season,” “Things worked out really good for all of us. We’re happy with where we are in Nashville and Barry has done a great...
NHL Short Notes
THIRD-PERIOD SURGE POWERS WILD TO FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN
Knotted at 1-1 after 40 minutes, the Wild scored three third-period goals to sweep their three-game season series with the Flames and pick up their fourth consecutive victory overall.
A Learning Year For The Colorado Avalanche
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Complacency, even short-lived and subconscious, and even when not obvious, is a fatal flaw in the NHL.
"All my years, and it's not been 100 years, but the last 10 years as a coach and a coaching staff, ...
What Happened To The San Jose Sharks?
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
So what went wrong? How did a team that finished with 111 points last season -- tied for fourth best in the NHL -- fall so far?
"We can't look at a single faction of our team, whether it's the youth ...
Evgeni Malkin On The Recent Play Of The Pittsburgh Penguins
from Jenn Menendez of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Evgeni Malkin did not mince words Friday in a frank assessment of the Penguins.
“We play so bad right now. It’s true. Not just one guy, the whole team,” said Malkin. &ld...
Morning Line- Bernie Miklasz
The playoffs have been an eternal, unsolved mystery for this franchise. But you have to like where the Blues are standing right now.
-Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch where you can read more on the Blues.
Video- Recap Of The Three NHL Games On Friday
It will take you just over 2 minutes to watch the highlights...
Tough call. But we want to try to limit the amount of reviews.”
“I saw the broken stick incident, tough call for the ref. In my opinion this should be another call for the guys in the war room. It’s no different than being ki...
Nick Bjugstad Had Back Surgery Today
via the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers Executive Vice President and General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that F Nick Bjugstad underwent successful surgery on his lower back today at the Mayo Sports Clinic in Minneapolis, Minnesota....
Who Is The Fake Sean Monahan?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The creative force behind the fake Sean Monahan Twitter account (Boring Sean Monahan) remains an unsolved mystery in the Calgary Flames dressing room, though the suspect list has generally been narr...
Using Advanced Stats In The Scouting Process
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Will the age of enhanced statistics one day change the way NHL Central Scouting goes about its business in evaluating the top players eligible for the NHL Draft?
There's no denying the fact enhanced stats...
Auston Matthews Another Example Of Hockey’s Growth
from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,
Once again, there’s a seismic shift going on in the hockey world.
The last major one, you could argue, came in the late 1980s and early 1990s when European players started coming overseas in large numbe...
More ‘Tanking’ Teams?
from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,
If you’re Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche, for example, you’re now in a position to draft 10th overall in June, with a 3.5 percent chance of winning the McDavid lottery. If you can...
Tom Wilson Fined For Diving/Embellishment
NEW YORK (March 27, 2015) – Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been fined $2,000 as supplementary discipline under NHL Rule 64 (Diving/Embellishment), the National Hockey League announced today.
Wilson was issued a Warnin...
Morning Line- Wayne Gretzky
The commissioner wanted parity in the league and he's got that whole-heartedly. There are 16 teams that get into the playoffs and legitimately any one of them could get out of their conference this year. That's what the league wanted and they did ...
Make Or Break Road Trip Starts For The Calgary Flames
from Aaron Vickers at NHL.com.
With eight games remaining in the regular season, Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley isn't concerned about his poker face.
A critical five-game road trip facing the Flames, one that could have serious implicat...
NHL Short Notes
RANGERS SOLVE HAMMOND, ARE FIRST TO CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH
Even at 1-1 midway through the first period, the Rangers scored four unanswered goals – highlighted by 2-1—3 from Chris Kreider – to improve to 9-2-1 in their la...
All Max Pacioretty
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
What follows is a very lightly edited transcript of our conversation that evening, from beginning to end. So join us now for dinner, but without the calories and the restaurant background noise.
Dallas Stars Activate Valeri Nichushkin
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has activated forward Valeri Nichushkin from injured reserve and loaned him to the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the A...
Notes From The Games Last Night
Florida's finisher, the Jets have a hot goaltender, Landeskog, lineup news and more in Scott Cullen's Statistically Speaking.
Brandon Pirri - The Panthers centre scored a pair of goals in a 4-1 win at Toronto. Pirri has 11 goal...
The LA Kings Are Winning On Their Eastern Swing
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
We always refer to the trip Eastern Conference teams make through Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim as the "California gauntlet", but the swing through the New York metro area isn't exactly a cake walk for Western...
The Sabres Lose, Or Did They Win?
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
There was an overtime winner scored Thursday night in First Niagara Center that sent tons of folks home happy. It was accompanied by loud cheers with fans leaping out of their seats, many with arms in...
The Slumping New York Islanders
from Stephen Lorenzo of the NY Daily News,
With just three wins in the Islanders’ last 12 games and no home wins in March, one must seriously wonder if it’s time for the Isles to press the panic button.
The Isles dropped anoth...
The Numbers On Alex Ovechkin
from lJay Palansky of the Toronto Star,
To be fair, Ovechkin has had a good season and there really aren’t any forwards that have stepped up and separated themselves from the pack. Still, giving Ovechkin the MVP would be a travesty.
The Winnipeg Jets Are Closing In On Post-Season Play
from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,
They have not wilted. No fade and no quit. And if they can manage to get into the post-season, the Winnipeg Jets just might prove to be a tough out.
With each passing day, the Jets appear to b...
The Latest On The Las Vegas Ticket Drive
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
"There will be a formal announcement soon," is how prospective NHL owner Bill Foley responded when asked if his group is moving closer to expansion to Las Vegas.
Foley won't divulge specifics, but says he hopes ...
Video- Claude Julien Wanted Goalie Interference On Corey Perry’s Game-Tying Goal
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
The Bruins had their closers on the ice with Chris Kelly, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg playing in the final minute, but Corey Perry managed to tip a Ryan Getzlaf shot past Tuuk...
Video- Recap Of A Busy Thursday Night In The NHL
Catch the action from the 11 NHL games played last night.