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Jack Eichel scores his first NHL goal
Jack Eichel scored the Sabres' only goal in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa:
Sabres lose Lehner
Robin Lehner left the Senators-Sabres game with a lower-body injury:
Occupied this eve
Paul is at the doctor's office having some tests done and he will be out for the balance of the evening. I'll do what I can to cover.
Raffi Torres issues statement regarding his 41-game suspension
From the San Jose Sharks:
Statement from Raffi Torres
San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres today released the following statement:
“I accept the 41-game suspension handed down to me by the NHL’s Department of Player Safety...
Chara out for the Bruins due to ‘upper-body injury’
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will not be in the lineup against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.
Bruins coach Claude Julien made the announcement after the morning skate Thursday.
Chara is on injured reserve because...
Breaking Down The First Coach’s Challenge
from Tim Wharnsby at NHL.com,
O'Rourke was the official down low and signaled a goal, but Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock decided to challenge the call on the ice after his assistant in the press box, Andrew Brewer, notified the bench ...
NHL Short Notes
ROAD TEAMS DOMINATE OPENING NIGHT . . .
Road clubs spoiled opening night of the 2015-16 season, with the Canadiens, Rangers, Canucks and Sharks picking up victories in Toronto, Chicago, Calgary and Los Angeles, respectively.
It’s All About Jack Eichel In Buffalo Tonight
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
There are all kinds of fresh faces around the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup and even behind the bench. Optimism is flowing about as much as it can be for a team coming off back-to-back visits to the ne...
A New Style Of Play For The St. Louis Blues
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The club has defined its re-conditioned look as having defensemen that don’t give up much ground in their own zone, pounce on pucks as a five-man unit and initiate quick countera...
Connor McDavid Era Starts Tonight
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
McDavid, we have learned during his first professional training camp, is the under-promise and over-deliver type. After what this franchise has been through for the past 20 years, his approach is identical to t...
Morning Line- Larry Brooks
After being stuck in their room for nearly 40 minutes while the Blackhawks conducted a bodacious Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony in which every suit other than mayor Rahm Emanuel was on the ice, the Blueshirts responded with a three-goal first...
The Vancouver Canucks Impressive In Game One Win Over Calgary
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
It’s one game, chill you maniacs.
The Flames will be fine. I think. The Canucks, no one knows.
The start, however, could not have been better. The Canucks put up 44 shots and after...
The Toronto Maple Leafs Get An ‘A’ For Effort In 3-1 Loss To The Canadiens
from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,
The Leafs may not shock the world in results this season, but if the effort in Game 1 is any indication, it will become a welcome relief to fans who suffered through the miserable, indifferent slide to end...
The Los Angeles Kings Come Out Flat In The First Game Of The Year
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Players were supposed to be rested and refreshed after a season that ended in early April instead of late June, purposeful about this season after not getting a chance to defend their title.
None of th...
Video- Milan Lucic Received A Match Penalty Late In The 5-1 Loss To The Sharks
from Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider,
Milan Lucic, on his altercation with Logan Couture:
Just a little hit. I didn’t like it, so I reacted to it. I don’t know why I got a match penalty. I didn’t cross any line, so obvious...
The NHL On Wall Street Tomorrow Morning
via a release from the NHL...
Who- National Hockey League led by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman; Patrik Elias of the New Jersey Devils; Thomas Hickey and Eric Cairns of the New York Islanders; and Rod Gilbert of the New York Rangers
Video- Carey Price An Inspiration To The First Nation Youth
Watch the inspiring story of how Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is being a role model to First Nations youth, particularly in his hometown of Anahim Lake, B.C.
Eliotte Friedman with the very inspiring feature...
Welcome To Chicago Mr. Bettman
Gary Bettman loudly booed in Chicago https://t.co/iebQBIvyZH
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) October 8, 2015
Video- The Championship Banner Is Raised In Chicago
Video- Your First Coach’s Challenge, Success
After Jonathan Bernier was interfered with, Mike Babcock took advantage of the new coach’s challenge in the NHL and came out victorious.
Martin Jones Plans To Have Some Fun Facing His Old LA Teammates Tonight
from Alex Kinkopf of the Kings' website,
An old friend will be protecting the opposition’s net tonight as the Kings open their 2015-’16 season at STAPLES Center.
Martin Jones, who the Kings dealt to the Boston Bruins on June 2...
Video- Oh Yes, A KK Opening Night Hockey Tradition
Well here we are again, ready to start another NHL regular season.
Who wins the Cup? I have no idea at this point but I do know it will be great to have our game back.
Nothing like watching the NHL, the speed, the skill and the unexpecte...
A Settlement Being Worked On Between Mike Richards And LA Kings
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a n...
Hockey Thoughts On Opening Night
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- A smaller system change in Boston, where the Bruins tweaked how they face an aggressive two-man forecheck. They basically moved one winger from a stationary position along the boards to a more aggressive...
No Captain In Edmonton
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Oilers have named four alternate captains for the upcoming season:
- Andrew Ference
- Taylor Hall
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
- Jordan Eberle
Coach McLellan also stated that with Eberle's injury, Matt Hend...
Video- Gary Bettman On The Cocaine Issue And Expansion
Gary Bettman was on Sportsnet's Hockey Central today...
Part 2 is below...
Scott Gomez Lands In St. Louis
(Oct. 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract.
Gomez, 35, logged 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 23...
Ranking The Coaches
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Just like we do with players and teams in some way shape or form, we’ve decided to rank the NHL’s coaches. Instead of ranking them from No. 1 to No. 30 — who am I to say [insert coach’s...
The KK upgrade is running a bit behind schedule but should be ready to go within two weeks.
It has not been a very healthy summer for me but with a recent change of medication, I feel much better and have much more energy.
Many of you who have...
NHL Short Notes
CANADIENS, MAPLE LEAFS DROP PUCK ON 2015-16 SEASON
The Canadiens and Maple Leafs drop the puck on the 2015-16 season when they meet at Air Canada Centre. This marks the seventh consecutive campaign in which these Original Six rivals will face off...
NHL Center Ice Preview Starts Tonight
Most providers if not all will be offering a free preview of NHL Center Ice starting tonight through October 27th.
I do not use Game Center Live so if you have any information or want to talk about it, feel free to do so in the comments.
Video- Early Storylines
NHL insider Chris Johnston discusses the most intriguing stories heading into the season, namely how the Steven Stamkos situation plays out in Tampa Bay, and what the new era in Edmonton brings.
Plus other topics...
Rankings By Larry Brooks
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
It’s kind of counterintuitive, isn’t it, to hear the preseason raves for 3-on-3 overtime that primarily focus on how quickly it ends?
Anyway, it’s the latest gimmick for the NHL th...
Bob McKenzie Talks 3-On-3
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
"Don't kid yourself," an NHL general manager told me on the eve of the 2015-16 regular season, "the (NHL) coaches will have this dummied down in no time."
"Give us some time," an NHL head coach added,...
The Year Of The Blue Jackets?
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Maybe this is the year. Maybe this is the year when fortune smiles on the Blue Jackets, but it is hard to imagine. The hockey gods have been playing with Jackets fans since they opened the doors to...
Playing The “Right Way”
from Cam Cole of the Vancouver Sun,
“The right way is not cheating,” said Vancouver GM Jim Benning. “When you play the right way, you’re in position defensively to make the proper play. You’re not cheating to go ...
Patrick Roy Still In Learning Mode
from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,
While his status as a legendary goalie is forever, the honeymoon period for Roy as the Avalanche's coach is over.
Another NHL season is here. At age 50, Roy has as much to prove as his young players. W...
Questions Heading Into The NHL Season
from Frank Seravalli of TSN,
Yes, the 114 days bookending hockey's off-season brought meaningful change all around - even for the Stanley Cup champions. Here are 10 questions to ponder heading into the NHL's 98th season:
1. Who will be th...
The McDavid/Eichel Era Begins
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
The hockey world is tilting on its axis as the puck drops on the 2015-16 NHL season, bringing about a collision of stars that comes around less than once in a generation.
Consider it a lunar eclipse even ...
Video- The Puck Drops Tonight
Brendan Shanahan is a very thorough man
Sportsnet's Michael Grange conducted a thorough interview with Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan, and it reflects Shanahan's attention to detail:
The leather-bound appointment book lies in the centre of his desk, the edges perfectly alig...