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Name: In the Pressbox
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Practice Report: Ducks Talk Win Streak, Defense Before Matchup With Sharks
By AJ Manderichio AnaheimDucks.com There’s a popular sports cliché that reads “Defense wins championships.” While we’re a long way away from awarding the Stanley Cup to any team, the Ducks defense continues to play stout defense in its own end....

Rick Sadowski: Redmond ready for homecoming after impressive Avs debut
Defenseman Zach Redmond is looking forward to Sunday's game in Winnipeg, where he'll play against his former Jets teammates after making a successful Avalanche debut Friday. Redmond made the most of his opportunity in the Avalanche's 7-3 win against Vancouver. He logged 12:17 in ice time, had an assist on Gabriel Landeskog's third-period goal, took two shots and had three official hits. He's a...

Is Patric Hornqvist's 'tough areas' style sustainable?
NASHVILLE – Is there a better person to compare differences between current Penguins goal scorer Patric Hornqvist and former Pens sniper James Neal than the best hockey player on the planet? No, seriously, Sidney Crosby gave a unique perspective when asked Saturday morning before Hornqvist and Penguins faced off against the Predators and Neal. Both Hornqvist and Neal were traded for each other last summer. “With Patty, he’s probably more of a guy who goes to the tough a...

Sharks vs Sabres Highlights


Hitting the books
MONTREAL – The passion to coach hockey is alive and well in Quebec. Just ask the 700 minor hockey coaches who participated in the annual Tim Hortons Coaching Day on Saturday. For a 12th-consecutive year, coaches from all levels of hockey and all four corners of Quebec filled the Bell Centre to share their passion for the game while also learning how to pass it along to their young players on the ice. In addition to getting front row seats to the Canadiens’ and Rangers’ game day skates...

Game Day (pres. by AAA) #8: Blue Jackets at Kings
SCOUTING REPORT The Blue Jackets will make the short trip to Los Angeles after a rough loss in Anaheim, and hope to get back to their winning ways against another western power in the Kings. The Jackets have made a habit of slow starts durin...

NEUVIRTH STARTS; FOLIGNO MOVES TO CENTER AGAINST SHARKS
SAN JOSE – Some lineup changes are in store for the Buffalo Sabres as they prepare for a 4 p.m. EST faceoff against the San Jose Sharks from SAP Center at San Jose. Michal Neuvirth will start in goal. The goaltending competition seems to be wi...

Wild GM saved lives of management crew from fire
One restless night for Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher ended up saving the lives of his assistant GM, director of minor-league operations and possibly the NHL franchise's owner and coaching staff.

Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson narrowly avoids skate cut to eye
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson is lucky he didn't lose an eye. “I can see,” the he told the Columbus Dispatch. “Thank God I can see”

Eklund: Market Price for a D-man "Through the Roof."
The Flyers, Rangers, Bruins and Sharks are all trying to add defensive help right now via trade and even though the teams are putting some fairly significant players in front of GM's who would appear to have defensive depth, the teams are getting nowhere. I am being told the asking price for even a 5/6 is a first round pick and a roster player. One team rep told me he believed a few teams woul...

Ty Anderson: Life without Z begins tonight vs. Leafs
The Boston Bruins know that life without Zdeno Chara is going to be difficult. No matter the organizational depth, you simply can’t just replace a 6-foot-9 defenseman with a ridiculous wingspan, booming slapshot, and perhaps the greatest net-front power-play presence in the league with a phone call to Providence. The Bruins are going to struggle without their captain, and that’s an undeniable...

Lucas Neilson: Fantasy – What’s on tap tonight?
Follow @lucasneilson84 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The last Saturday of October has arrived and eleven games of NHL hockey are ahead. A few tea...

GARTH'S CORNER: Goalie Controversy In Buffalo?
Thankfully, the Sabres conclude their three game California roadie in San Jose today. Cali hasn't been kind to the Sabres this week. They were shutout in Los Angeles on Thursday night. In the past week, the Sabres have been shutout three times to Florida, Boston, and LA. Are we seeing a goalie controversy brewing in Buffalo? Just when you thought it was safe to assume that Jhonas E...

Tony Dean: MNWild Haula & Niederreiter to Prevent Lightning Strikes Tonight at the X
MNWild Haula & Niederreiter to Prevent Lightning Strikes Tonight at the X The Tampa Bay Lightning's Top Line will Draw a Heavy Dose of Erik Haula and Nino Niederreiter Tonight with the Tampa Bay Lightning in town to play the Minnesota Wild at the Excel Energy Center, I will be focusing in on the matchups between these two squads. The Lightning feature a top line with Jonathan Drouin, Va...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review: Back-to-Backs Are Bad News
Friday October 25 - Colorado Avalanche 7 - Vancouver Canucks 3 As I set up Friday night's game in yesterday's blog, I talked about how the Colorado Avalanche were preparing to come out with guns blazing and how Jarome Iginla loves to do his thing against the Vancouver Canucks. Iginla scored his first two goals of the season and was named the game's second star. Matt Duchene was a speed demon...

Oilers' Eberle, Draisaitl notch first goals of season in win
The Edmonton Oilers hadn't won three games in a row since last January, the Carolina Hurricanes hadn't won a single game all year.

Jets zapped by Lightning
If there's one thing we learned Friday night it's that the Winnipeg Jets have a long way to go to match up with the NHL's elite teams.

Flames' Joe Colborne keeping some heady company
A Hart Trophy finalist. A superstar-in-the-making. And, right there with them, Calgary Flames forward Joe Colborne.

Avalanche show no mercy, rout Canucks
Jarome Iginla had two goals and an assist, centre Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and the Colorado Avalanche routed the Vancouver Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.

Leafs catch break facing Bruins with no Zdeno Chara
Zdeno Chara out of the Bruins lineup until December?

Jason Lewis: Behind the Numbers of the Dreaded California Road Trip
It's a trip that every Eastern Conference team dreaded last year. It was, as Jack Edwards coined it, "The California Death March". After hearing about it time and time again last season and to start this season, I got curious as to just how difficult a trip it was for teams. I went back and revisited the 2013-14 season for the teams that had to make the three game trek through California and...

Mike Augello: Toronto Looking For Winning Formula At Home Vs Bruins; Leafs Prospect Watch
The Maple Leafs look to shake their early season struggles at home, as they take on the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Center on Saturday. Toronto is 3-3-1 through seven games, but are 1-3 at the ACC and put forth their two worst efforts of the season in home losses to Pittsburgh and Detroit. The Leafs are averaging just over two goals per game at ACC and have allowed 15 goals. Jonathan Bernie...

James Tanner: Coyotes Should Trade W/ Bruins, Flyers
The Coyotes play the Panthers tonight and the Panthers are an exciting young team to watch. They may have a bad reputation, but seeing Jonathan Huberdeau and Sasha Barkov should be a treat, as well as Bjugstad and the young defensive trio of Ekblad, Kulikov and Gudbranson. Like the Coyotes, the Panthers are an exciting young team, but only time will tell if the Panther's strategy of actua...

Colin Dambrauskas: Toronto Maple Leafs vs Boston Bruins Pregame Blog
After postponing their game in Ottawa Wednesday due to a shooting at Parliament Hill, the Leafs will take to the ice at home tonight to face the Bruins. In spite of a Chara-less Bruins squad, their rivalry is still alive and fans are in for a good game. The Leafs need to start producing more offensively, especially their 2nd line, and things couldn’t get any easier against the Bruins tonig...

Tim Chiasson: After Losing Three Straight the Sharks Can't Afford To Take Buffalo Lightly
Follow @chiassontb !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Engulfed in a three-game losing skid, the San Jose Sharks play host to the lowly Buffalo Sabres to...

Beating the odds
Linden Vey has always looked up to his older brother Shaun. These days that entails looking down. Shaun, a 27-year-old product lead at Syngenta in Warman, Saskatchewan, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in February 2013; the longtime forward...

Lightning Recall Blunden, Marchessault from Syracuse
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forwards Mike Blunden and Jonathan Marchessault from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Blunden, 27, made his L...

Six #DevilsFacts for tonight's game in Ottawa
Tonight’s contest opens a two-game road trip and will close-out the club’s first of 18 sets of back-to-back games. Last season, the Devils were 10-6-6 in second games when playing on consecutive dates. This is the first of three meetings with O...

Morning Skate Updates: 10/25/14
NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson gets his second straight start after defeating the Boston Bruins 3-2 Thursday night. Head Coach Jack Capuano said number 30 earned another start with a 30-save performance against his former tea...

Ottawa Senators: An Early Season Look at PDO, Corsi, and the Sens' Hot Start
The Ottawa Senators have started the NHL season strong with a 4-1-0 record, grabbing fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. This start is impressive for two reasons. First,...

Gillies Pulled as North Dakota Routs Providence
Exactly two weeks ago, North Dakota laid an egg in its home season opener, losing 5-1 to Bemidji State, a performance labeled by some UND players as "embarrassing." What a difference 14 days can make. UND (4-1 overall) was superb in all aspects of the game Friday in rolling to a 6-1 nonconference victory over Providence (1-2 overall) in a highly-anticipated showdown between top teams. UND junior ...

Ryan Wilson: Know Thy Enemy: Nashville Predators
The Pittsburgh Penguins take their 3-2-1 record on the road to one of the more underrated hockey markets in the NHL on Saturday night when they take on the Nashville Predators. The Nashville Predators are off to an awesome start this year. They have the second most points (12) in the NHL right now, trailing only Anaheim's 14. With a win tonight they will sit on top of the hockey world. How...

Brad Marsh: Thank You for Our Freedoms
FOLLOW BRAD ON TWITTER: @BRADMARSHNHL The blog that I usually write on Wednesday did not get posted. It did not seem right to do so. Whatever I had to say did not seem to matter, and that bllog could wait for some other time. I am 56 years old and I have so much to be thankful for. I have been able to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NHL. I have a wonderful family. I have b...

Todd Cordell: G8 Devils @ Senators: Ending The Slump
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up - New Jersey Devils (3-2-2) @ Ottawa Senators (4-1-0) Road/Home records - 3-1-0 -------------- 2-0-0 TV - SN1, MSG Plus Puck drop - 7:00 p.m. ET Projected starting goalies - Scott Clemmensen/Cory Schneider vs Craig Anderson Projected lines for the Senators: Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone Bobby Ryan - Mika Zibanejad - Alex Ch...

Dan Petriw: Isles/Stars game thread. Grabo returns
It appears that Mikahil Grabovski will return to the lineup tonight pending any setbacks this afternoon. Here are the lines and defensive pairings for tonight's game against the Stars. I'll have more on this game on Monday. Chad Johnson gets his second straight start and after his strong performance against the Bruins why not put him back out there. I hope you all enjoy your weekend. Conacher...

Paul McCann: Game Night in Smashville - Old Home Week?
It’s Game Night in Smashville as the Pittsburgh Penguins come a-callin’. After a tumultuous off season, the Penguins are off to a tepid start, gathering seven points in their first six games. They are being led in goal scoring by a couple of names that are familiar… one to the world, and one to Pred Nation. Sidney Crosby is co-leading the team in points with 4 goals and 5 assists… tha...

Game Preview: Rangers @ Canadiens
RANGERS (4-3-0) @ CANADIENS (6-1-0) After going three straight days without playing a game, Michel Therrien’s troops will be back in action on Saturday night when they play host to the New York Rangers at the Bell Centre. It marks New York’s first visit to La Belle Province since the Eastern Conference Finals last spring. Like the Canadiens, the Rangers haven’t seen game action since Tuesday night when they bested the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in overtime to post their third straight vict...

NHL facing Canadian dollar panic?
What happens when your economic engine begins to sputter? By some estimates, roughly one third of hockey-related revenue is generated by the NHL’s seven Canadian teams. For several years, one of the reasons the League’s been fat and happy was the thriving Canadian dollar; but some claim that it could

Todd Cordell: G7 Recap: Slow Start Buries Blue Jackets In Anaheim
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell After a come-from-behind win in San Jose the night prior, Columbus threw up an absolute dud in Anaheim. The Jackets fell behind 2-0 early and only mustered up one goal the rest of the way en route to a 4-1 loss where they were outshot 34-17. 10 takeaways: 1. It hasn't been as noticeable because the Jackets have fought back on a couple occasions and wal...

Mishkin's Extra Shift: Combination of factors leads to win
The Lightning were able to win this game because a) they received stellar goaltending from Ben Bishop, b) they used high-skill plays (from high-skill players) to build a lead and c) entering the third period with a three-goal advantage, they playe...

Jared Crozier: Game Day: Sens Vs Devils - Keep Emotions in Check, Exit With a W
It will be an emotional start to the game, with the Senators, Habs and Leafs all joining forces for a pregame ceremony and tribute to those affected by the unfortunate actions of the past week. I am sure the ceremony and national anthem will be rousing and create and electric atmosphere, but in the end there is still a game to be played, and an important one at that. The visiting New Jersey D...

Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 10/25/14 @ NYI; Stars-Devils Wrap
MINI-PREVIEW: STARS @ ISLANDERS Looking to earn their fourth straight win on the road and third straight win overall, the Dallas Stars (4-1-2) pay a visit to Long Island to take on the New York Islanders (5-2-0) on Saturday night. Game time is 6:00 p.m. CDT. The game will be televised locally on Fox Sports Southwest. This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. The clubs...

Bill Meltzer: Flyers Gameday: 10/25/14 vs DET, Phantoms and Prospect Updates
PREVIEW: FLYERS VS. RED WINGS Searching for their first home win of the young season, the Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-2) return to the Wells Fargo Center tonight to take on Mike Babcock's Detroit Red Wings (4-1-2). Game time is 7 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised locally on Comcast Sportsnet Philadelphia. This is the first of three meetings between the teams this season, and the first of two...

Post Game: Ducks 4, Blue Jackets 1
THE RUNDOWN Winners of six straight games coming in and firing on all cylinders offensively, the Anaheim Ducks were already set up to be a handful for the Blue Jackets tonight. Add in a back-to-back for Columbus and a quick start by the Ducks ...

Brad Marsh: Giving Thanks: Others Shape Who We Become
FOLLOW BRAD ON TWITTER: @BRADMARSHNHL The other day, as the horrifying events and immediate aftermath unfolded in Ottawa, a thought struck me: Things in life, both good and bad, don't just happen on their own. There are always many people involved directly and indirectly and many more who are affected by it. On Wednesday, I realized how many people I actually knew who were in lockdown mode...

Rick Sadowski: Offense breaks through big time
The Avalanche attack we all expected finally surfaced Friday night with a 7-3 waxing of Vancouver at the Pepsi Center. The start of something big? "I think we’re an offensive team and I think all of us have been point-getters," said Matt Duchene, who had a goal, two assists and six shots on goal. "A lot of us have been point-getters our whole careers, and when those aren’t coming, your conf...

Avalanche Of Goals Helps Bury Canucks 7-3
When it rains, it pours sometimes, and for the Colorado Avalanche the pent up offense that had only shown glimpses in the previous seven games came flowing out like a torrent from high atop the mountain on Friday night in Denver. It’s safe to s...

Postgame Notes and Quotes: October 24 vs. Columbus
POSTGAME NOTES Anaheim 4 vs. Columbus 1 Oct. 24, 2014 Honda Center 7-1-0, 14 Standings Points The Ducks won their seventh consecutive game with a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Their seventh consecutive win mar...

#CBJ Social Awards: Games 6 and 7


Roundup: St. Lawrence Sneaks Past Miami
St. Lawrence scored on three of its first eight shots on goal, and Kyle Hayton made 38 saves to help the Saints survive with a 5-4 win over Miami. The RedHawks finished the game holding a 42-16 shots-on-goal margin, but the opportunistic Saints held on for the win. Second-period goals from Ryan Lough and Eric Sweetman pushed the SLU advantage to 5-1 midway through the second period. Ben Paulides ...

Roundup: O'Connor Saves It for BU
Boston University goaltender Matt O'Connor made 29 saves, including 14 in the third period, to earn his first-career shutout in 1-0 win against Michigan State. The Spartans, unable to sustain any pressure in the first two periods, received two late power plays as they sought a game-tying goal. O'Connor was up to each shot, though. "O'Connor was really strong," BU coach Dave Quinn said. "A lot of ...

Michael Stuart: Drouin Scores First Career Goal as Lightning Beat Jets
Despite being heavily outshot on Friday night, the Tampa Bay Lightning managed to beat the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-2 thanks in large part to a sensational performance from rookie Jonathan Drouin. In only his third career game, Drouin scored his first NHL goal and added an assist. The win moves Tampa’s record to 5-2-1, which puts them squarely in the Atlantic Division’s second spot....

NHL Three Stars: Duchene goes five-hole; Ducks go streaking
No. 1 Star: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche The speedster scored a slick backhand breakaway goal and notched two assists in Colorado’s 7-3 win over Vancouver.

Ducks win 7th in row with Gibson back in net
Corey Perry and defenseman Sami Vatanen scored power-play goals in the first period, and the Anaheim Ducks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1 on Friday night for their seventh consecutive victory.

Leon Draisaitl scores, fist pumps and celebrates
Through seven NHL games there was fear, worry and anxiety that Edmonton rookie Leon Draisaitl should, dare we say it, turn into another Nail Yakupov. After all, the 18-year-old Draisaitl, the No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, had just two points.  Worry no more. In game eight he has scored.  Sarcasm aside, at very least we found out he has the whole celeberation thing down

Cam Atkinson takes a skate to the face from Ryan Kesler
Some scary stuff in Anaheim. Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson took a skate to the face from Ducks forward Ryan Kesler midway through the third period of Friday's contest. Linked is the gif from Gfycat.com. Warning, it's somewhat graphic.  The play clearly looked unintentional from Kesler's end. Atkinson fortunately wears a v...

Game at a Glance - Canucks buried


Roundup: Cowley Stops 30 in DU Win
Evan Cowley made 30 saves, and Denver got just enough to escape in a 3-1 win over NCHC rival Minnesota-Duluth. The Bulldogs outshot UMD, 31-22, but Cowley prevented UMD from cutting into the Pioneers' lead. "I thought it was a great game tonight," DU coach Jim Montgomery said. "UMD is a terrific hockey tea, and they came at us hard." First-period goals from Ty Loney and Joey LaLeggia gave DU a 2-1 ...

Game Preview: Islanders vs. Stars
Two of the league’s top 1-2 punches face off tonight, as John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and the New York Islanders take on Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn and the Dallas Stars at Nassau Coliseum. Tavares and Okposo have asserted themselves as one of the le...

Benn's goal streak at 5 as Stars edge Devils
Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn scored in a shootout, and the Dallas Stars beat New Jersey 3-2 on Friday night, extending the Devils' NHL record for shootout losses to 18 straight.

Jonathan Drouin fires first NHL goal
People in Halifax are used to seeing Jonathan Drouin score points in bunches. That’s because he did so in junior for the Mooseheads.  Maybe it’s time for people in Tampa to start expecting the same from Drouin. The rookie, and third overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft, fired his opening salvo for the Calder Trophy with his first NHL goal as part of a two-point night against the Winnipeg Jets. Below is the score:

Story of Slava Voynov's wife will not be 'radically different'
Some new details have emerged in the case of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, who was recently suspended indefinitely by the NHL under suspicion of domestic violence.  Below is some information our Nick Cotsonika got from the attorney of Voynov's wife. For a frame of reference, this is the interview that occurr...

NHL Franchises That Have Recovered from Crippling Attendance Issues
By now even the most casual hockey fans have seen the pictures of a porous BB&T Center taken when the Florida Panthers took on the Ottawa Senators. The pictures show empty seats in all areas of the building, and many people took to Twitter to mock and sneer at the South Florida franchise. The lowly Panthers—a team that has only made the playoffs once in the last 13...

Paul Stastny Injury: Updates on Blues Star's Shoulder and Return
St. Louis Blues center Paul Stastny suffered a shoulder injury and has been placed on the injured reserve by the team. The Blues' official account passed along the news of Stastny's ailment:   After spending eight seasons with the

Sharks Reassign Eriah Hayes to Worcester
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has reassigned forward Eriah Hayes (@EJHayes25) to the Worcester Sharks. Hayes has played in four games with San Jose this season, posting tw...

B's Week Ahead 10/25 - 10/31
THE BOSTON BRUINS WEEK AHEAD October 25 – October 31 THIS WEEK’S NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS… BOSTON BRUINS TO PARTICIPATE IN MOVEMBER: The Boston Bruins will participate in the Movember initiative by growing and maintaining moustaches during t...

This is not the best time to empty your net late in a game (Video)
When pulling your goalie late in a game (or early in the 2nd period if you’re Patrick Roy), it's best to have possession of the puck past center ice or in your opponent's defensive zone. It’s not the best strategy for your goaltender to leave his crease and head for the bench while one of your players is in your own zone feet from a forechecker. Vita Hästen of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan learned this the hard way on Wednesday. (Warning: unnecessarily long ads)

Habs, Leafs, Senators to hold coordinated tribute to fallen soldiers
Since the tragic events in Ottawa on Wednesday, we’ve seen tributes all throughout the hockey world, including some American rinks

Neal 'blindsided' by trade; Panthers to broadcast in Spanish; Bailey out with broken hand (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

Jersey Fouls: Islanders’ license to ill; Alec Martinez tribute
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com for inclusion in future installment.

SABRES SHAKE UP LINES IN SAN JOSE
SAN JOSE – The Buffalo Sabres left Staples Center in Los Angeles on Thursday frustrated by the lack of goals they’ve been able to score. Buffalo was shut out by the Kings and has scored just one goal in the past four games. When they hit the i...

Barry Trotz fires back at Glenn Healy for comments on Alex Ovechkin's mom
You may rip Alex Ovechkin all you want, but don't you dare talk about his mother! That seems to be the feeling around the Capitals at the moment after former NHL goaltender Glenn Healy ranted about the player, and his mom, on Sportsnet in the video below from Wednesday.  The question surrounds whether Ovechkin is coachable: 

Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette signs with EIHL's Cardiff Devils
After spending the last five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, Paul Bissonnette wasn't re-signed by the Arizona Coyotes, making the 29-year old tough guy an unrestricted free agent. His summer was then spent with some uncertainty about his future, but it appears that he’s found a new home back across the pond.  The

GARTH'S CORNER: Blurred Lines
The Sabres have been shutout three times in the past four games. They have only scored eight goals in eight games this season. Their ninth goal on their goal stat total doesn't count because it was a shootout winner. So, where are Nolan's 20-goal scorers? Moulson, Stafford, Hodgson, ans Gionta have been invisible in the first 8 games of the season. Looking for answers and offense, Ted Nola...

Ed Stein: 6 down, 7 up - Ducks beat Sabres for 6th straight win, take on CBus tonight
Wednesday night's 4-1 win over Buffalo was a real Charles Dickens story. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” On one hand, the Ducks beat an energized Sabres squad by a tidy margin and Corey Perry scored a hat trick. On the other hand, the team kept turning the puck over time and again. If not for another great performance from goalie Frederik Andersen, who bailed the defense...

Tweets of the Game: #KingsFCancer


Blues Recall Jaskin, Place Stastny on IR
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled forward Dmitrij Jaskin from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. In addition, the...

Leon Draisaitl Should Stay with the Edmonton Oilers This Season
The Edmonton Oilers are off to yet another roaring start this season—not so much. Much to the despair of the club's loyal fans, the team is 2-4-1 and must win the majority of its games in the next 30 days if there is to be even a glimmer of hope for meaningful games in January and beyond. Yes, it's come to that. Hoping to see meaning...

Degrees of Separation: Lightning at Jets
The Bolts face the first half of their second back-to-back scenario on the road tonight as they face off against the Winnipeg Jets. The Bolts boast an all-time record of 41-27-4-8 versus the Jets. Last season the two teams split games with the...

Lightning Insider: Bolts near end of Western Canada road trip
With the light at the end of the tunnel in sight, the Lightning play their fourth game of this five-game Western Canadian road trip tonight on the prairies of Manitoba against the Winnipeg Jets. The Bolts will head back stateside after the game t...

Notes: Abby seeks larger role with Wings
DETROIT – Now in his sixth full NHL season, Justin Abdelkader is seeking a larger role on the team. The 27-year-old Muskegon, Mich., native who scored the game-winning goal in Michigan State’s 2007 NCAA national championship, has turned heads w...

SABRES ANNOUNCE SLATE OF ‘KIDS DAY’ GAMES
The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team will offer special ticket pricing for an additional slate of games designated as Perry’s Ice Cream Kids Day. With the purchase of at least one full-price 300 Level II ticket for $50, fans can purchas...

Coyotes Recall Hodgman from AHL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 24, 2014 GLENDALE, ARIZONA – Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled forward Justin Hodgman from the Portland Pirates, the club’s American Hockey League ...

Digital Preview vs. Nashville Predators 10/25/14
Digital Preview vs. Nashville Predators 10/25/14

Jersey Fouls: Islanders’ license to ill; Alec Martinez tribute
Jersey Fouls is our ongoing exploration of the rules and etiquette for proper hockey jersey creation and exhibition. If you spot what you think may be a foul in your arena, email a photo to us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com for inclusion in future installment.

Avs Need To Play Loose and Focused Game
The Colorado Avalanche has been working hard at practice, and there has been much skating, passing and shooting going on as the club looks to simplify its game in the midst of an early-season rough patch. Hard work, attention to detail and focu...

Barry Trotz fires back at Glenn Healy for comments on Alex Ovechkin's mom
You may rip Alex Ovechkin all you want, but don't you dare talk about his mother! That seems to be the feeling around the Capitals at the moment after former NHL goaltender Glenn Healy ranted about the player, and his mom, on Sportsnet in the below video from Wednesday.  The question surrounds whether Ovechkin is coachable: 

Milestone man
BROSSARD – Evolving as an NHL coach since the start of the 21st century, Michel Therrien no longer counts the days spent at the arena on the eve of his 600th game behind the bench – an impressive feat for a coach who broke into the league as a 37-year-old. “When I first started, I had Doug Gilmour as a player on our roster, and he was older than me. If we still had a player who was older than me today, we’d be in trouble,” cracked Therrien, who at 51, admits that the nature of his ...

Frans Of All Trades
Frans Nielsen’s on-ice “to-do list” is one of the longest in the NHL, as the Islanders center has a major role to play in virtually every situation on the ice. Shut down opposition’s top players: check. Play power play and penalty kill: che...

Judge blocks sports gambling in New Jersey
A U.S. District Judge granted a temporary restraining order to the NCAA, NFL and other major professional sports leagues Friday, crushing a New Jersey racetrack's hopes of offering legal sports betting this weekend.

Jan Levine: Game 8: NYR-MTL, Return of Public Enemy #1 and the Duke to Montreal
The Rangers head to their former house of horrors, the Bell Centre, to face the Canadiens on Saturday. I use the term "former" because The Rangers won Games 1 and 2 while defeating Montreal in last years Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals. Both teams come into the game well rested as neither have played a game since Tuesday. Apologies for earliness of the blog, but due to Sabbath, I won't be ab...

Rick Sadowski: Redmond makes debut tonight
Semyon Varlamov will start in goal for the Avalanche and, yes, defenseman Zach Redmond will make his season debut Friday night against Vancouver at the Pepsi Center. Here are the game notes. Maybe Varlamov, who missed the past three games to recover from a groin injury, and an expected sellout crowd can provide the spark the Avalanche need to start turning things around. The Avalanche w...

The Canadiens offer support to the fight against cancer
MONTREAL – As part of the NHL Hockey Fights Cancer Program, the Montreal Canadiens have undertaken several initiatives in the to emphasize the courage of those living with cancer and raise awareness and funds for a cause that affects almost one out of two persons in Quebec. Every year the Montreal Canadiens team up with all NHL member clubs and the NHLPA and participate in this annual event to promote public awareness and raise funds for organizations involved in cancer care and research in...

#CBJ Best of the Web: Oct. 24
After a three-game home stand and a brief swing through Ottawa, the Blue Jackets are duking it out in California against the best int he West. BS Hockey gives us a recap of a college hockey battle featuring two Ohio powers, as #11 Miami of Ohio...

Peter Tessier: Taking Stock: Thoughts on Jets Consistency
Take Stock: Thoughts on Consistency. A week ago I was far away from Winnipeg in a physical and mental sense. It mattered not to me what happened on the ice with the Jets simply because I was not worried about 2 games. Now the fact that from the last 4 games, before the win vs Carolina, the Jets had scored just 1 goal and allowed 10 was only significant because it reinforced what people saw...

Six #ChicoFacts for tonight's game vs. Dallas
Here are #ChicoFacts that you might not have known about Friday's honoree, Glenn "Chico" Resch. Played 14 seasons in the NHL for the New York Islanders, Colorado Rockies, Devils and the Philadelphia Flyers. Traded to Rockies by the Islanders w...

Blue Jackets assign Sonny Milano to Plymouth Whalers (OHL)
COLUMBUS, OHIO --- The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated forward Sonny Milano off the Injured Non-Roster list and assigned him to the Ontario Hockey League’s Plymouth Whalers, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Milano, who ...

Neal 'blindsided' by trade; Panthers to broadcast in Spanish; Bailey out with broken hand (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.

HockeyBuzz Podcasts: 10/24 Buzzcast w/Eklund,Kevin Allen,Ty Anderson,Josh Rimer & Mike Augello
The panel discusses the injuries to Zdeno Chara and to the Flyers blueline on Friday's webcast.

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Review / Game Day: Blues Beaten, Bring on the Avs
Thursday October 23 - Vancouver Canucks 4 - St. Louis Blues 1 Though the St. Louis Blues are a flu-ridden bunch who now sit fifth in the Central Division, I think they still count as a playoff-caliber team. Just like last year, the Canucks beat them again on Thursday. Here are your highlights: The second line got it done on Thursday. Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino and Alex Burrows posted...

William Foley Reportedly Looking to Bring NHL Franchise to Las Vegas
The idea of bringing a professional sports franchise to the gambling mecca of Las Vegas is often discussed but never acted upon. William Foley, a 70-year-old billionaire, is hoping to change that by bringing an NHL team to the city.   Josh Kosman and Larry Brooks

This is not the best time to empty your net late in a game (Video)
When pulling your goalie late in a game (or early in the 2nd period if you’re Patrick Roy), it's best to have possession of the puck past center ice or in your opponent's defensive zone. It’s not the best strategy for your goaltender to leave his crease and head for the bench while one of your players is in your own zone feet from a forechecker. Vita Hästen of Sweden's HockeyAllsvenskan learned this the hard way on Wednesday. (Warning: unnecessarily long ads)

Six #DevilsFacts for tonight's game vs. Dallas
Here are six #DevilsFacts to know for tonight's homestand finale vs. Dallas. 1. Tonight’s contest will conclude the Devils' three-game homestand (0-1-1) and opens the first of their 18 sets of back-to-back games (tomorrow at Ottawa). Last seas...

Paul 'BizNasty' Bissonnette signs with EIHL's Cardiff Devils
After spending the last five seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, Paul Bissonnette wasn't re-signed by the Arizona Coyotes, making the 29-year old tough guy an unrestricted free agent. His summer was then spent with some uncertainty about his future, but it appears that he’s found a new home back across the pond.  The

Eight CHL officials assigned to IIHF events for 2014-15 season
Some of the Canadian Hockey League's most distinguished officials have been assigned to international tournaments by the IIHF this season.

Canucks' Zack Kassian Jumps into Opponent's Bench to Avoid Penalty
And the award for riskiest move ever to avoid a penalty goes to...the Vancouver Canucks' Zack Kassian! In order to avoid a penalty for having too many men on the ice, Kassian jumped directly into the St. Louis Blues bench. Luckily for him, he made it out unharmed. [

Michael Pachla: Sabres fans can take some solace in watching the Amerks for now
Buffalo Sabres fans are getting a bit of a reprieve from the wreckage as the team is off tonight after a back-to-back road set with two of the best teams in the league--the Anaheim Ducks and the Los Angeles Kings They'll resume tomorrow with a matinee in San Jose' vs. the Sharks. Buffalo is still reeling from lack of scoring as they've been shutout in 3 of the last four games and managed just o...

Senators to honor fallen soldier Saturday
The Senators will honor fallen Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo before Saturday's game against Devils in Ottawa.

Morning Report: Ducks Pushing for Seven Straight Tonight vs. Blue Jackets
By Kyle Shohara The drive for seven commences tonight as the Ducks host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Honda Center. Anaheim’s season-opening loss at Pittsburgh seems like a distant memory at this point, due in large part to the team responding b...

Habs, Leafs, Senators to hold coordinated tribute to fallen soldiers
Since the tragic events in Ottawa on Wednesday, we’ve seen tributes all throughout the hockey world, including some American rinks

Mike Augello: Leafs Have To Be Weary Of Chara-less Bruins
The Maple Leafs first meeting with the Boston Bruins on Saturday will be just a bit different, as the perennial Eastern Conference powerhouse will be without team captain Zdeno Chara. The All-Star defenseman suffered a knee injury in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders at TD Garden in Boston. Chara injured his knee checking Islanders star John Tavares midway through the first period...

Nashville Predators Debut "Beneath the Ice"
Nashville, Tenn. (October 24, 2014) – Today, at 10 a.m., the Nashville Predators debuted the first episode of Beneath the Ice presented by NISSAN, a new web series that gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the Preds players, coaches and organiza...

Chico Resch: Relaxing in Retirement
Glenn “Chico” Resch, the affable former goalie and long-time New Jersey Devils game analyst on MSG+, has been plenty busy since calling his last Devils game in April and officially retiring from the broadcast booth. A recent excursion to the Dakot...

Paul McCann: And then there was one...
What a battle at Bridgestone Arena last night as the Nashville Predators remained unbeaten in regulation with a pulse-pounding 3-2 win over division rival Chicago. The win extends the Predators Central Division lead to 3 points over the Blackhawks. The star of this game, and star of the night in the NHL was James Neal on the strength of his natural hat trick. The acquisition of James Neal cau...

B's Recall Morrow & Trotman from Providence on an Emergency Basis; Chiarelli to Hold Press Availability at 11:30 a.m. at TD Garden
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Friday, October 24, that the club has recalled defensemen Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman from Providence (American Hockey League) on an emergency basis.  Morrow and Trotman w...

Todd Cordell: G6 Recap: Johansen, Letestu Lead Jackets Past Sharks In A Thriller
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Coming off consecutive losses, the Blue Jackets had a tall order to get back on track in a game against a good San Jose team in the Shark Tank. After falling behind 2-0 in the 1st period, the Jackets outscored San Jose 5-2 the rest of the way en route to a thrilling 5-4 win. 10 takeaways: 1. Quick take on Ryan Johansen's 3rd period goal that was waived...

[Podcast] State of the Union--Oct. 24, 2014
Welcome to Florida Panthers: State of the Union, where we talk all things Panthers hockey as well as what is going on in the NHL. Mike Lewis is the voice behind the State of the Union and each week will look to bring in some insight from analysts...

How do the Bruins right their season without Chara?
Hockey is an odd game. When a really good player gets hurt, it stings no question. But in the regular season, the sum is often greater than the parts. Look at Pittsburgh in 2011, making the playoffs without Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.  But when a big-named guy goes down, the initial shock value is quite large. Take a look at how Boston is treating Zdeno Chara's left knee injury, which will keep him out four-to-six weeks. Joe Haggerty of CSN New England referred to losing Chara...

Paul Stewart: Jagr: A Ref's View on the Pele of Hockey
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 When New Jersey Devils right winger Jaromir Jagr skates his first shift tonight in a game against the Dallas Stars, he will become just the 19th player in NHL history to appear in at least 1,480 regular season games. In his next nine games, he'll bypass both Rod Brind'Amour and Wayne Gretzky for 17th on the NHL's all-time games list. Meanwhile, Jagr enters...

Ebbett, Harrington Re-Assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned forward Andrew Ebbett and defenseman Scott Harrington to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. The WB...

Zdeno Chara Out 4-6 Weeks
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following update on defenseman Kevan Miller: Kevan sustained a dislocated right shoulder and will be out indefinitely. The injury occurred during the first period of the Bruins/Sabres gam...

Todd Cordell: G7 Stars @ Devils: Avoiding .500
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up - Dallas Stars (3-1-2) @ New Jersey Devils (3-2-1) Road/Home records - 2-1-0 -------------- 0-1-1 TV - FS-SW, MSG Plus Puck drop - 7:00 p.m. ET Projected starting goalies - Kari Lehtonen vs Cory Schneider Projected lines for the Stars via DailyFaceoff: Jamie Benn - Jason Spezza - Tyler Seguin Antoine Roussel - Cody Eakin - Ryan Garbutt...

Ryan Garner: FBQ: Oilers Trade Talk, Eberle or Yakupov, Planning the Parade
Welcome to Friday’s Burning Questions, a weekly feature answering queries submitted by actual readers. The world is packed with stupid people. Walk out your front door, throw a stone in any direction and you’re bound to hit one. However, there are no stupid questions, so get them in by Twitter to @rygarner or e-mail at ryan.garner@hockeybuzz.com. Does the recent success of the Oilers change...

Oshie Named MAC Sports Personality of the Year
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie has been named the 2014 winner of the Missouri Athletic Club’s (MAC) “Sports Personality of the Year.” Oshie will be honored at the MAC’s Jack Buck Sports Awards presented by Maryville University...

Lightning recalls Cedric Paquette from Syracuse
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Cedric Paquette from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Additionally, forward Mike Blunden has been reassig...

Statement from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on Saturday night's game
“As we continue to reflect on the tragic circumstances surrounding the deaths of two our country’s soldiers on Canadian soil, we do so with heavy hearts” said Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. “But what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. Toda...

Eklund: Ghost By Halloween? Trade? MacDonald/Coburn each will miss 4 weeks. Buzzcast 1pm
The Flyers suffered more injuries to their already depleted defense when it was found out today that Andrew MacDonald and Braydon Coburn will each miss 4 weeks due to injury...and the Flyers rest of October schedule is brutal. So today the Flyers and Ron Hextall are working the phones furiously. They really wanted to let future star, Shayne Gostisbehere, develop in the AHL this season. "Ghos...

Mark Spizzirri: Kronwall leads Red Wing comeback over the Pens
Make sure to follow Mark on Twitter! Coming off a disappointing home loss on Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Penguins looked to be in tough against the rested Detroit Red Wings heading into last night’s encounter at the Joe Louis Arena. However, the Pens jumped out to a 3-1 lead midway through the hockey game and everything appeared to be under control. The Red Wings certainly were not coming...

The Canadiens, Senators and Maple Leafs team up to pay tribute to the brave Canadian soldiers who lost their lives this past week
PRESS RELEASE MONTREAL – To honor the brave soldiers who lost their lives this past week in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Ottawa, and to show appreciation for the men and women whose selfless actions stopped the attackers and aided the victims, the Ottawa Senators, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will stage a coordinated tribute Saturday immediately preceding the 7 p.m. ET puck drops at their respective arenas. The show of solidarity, to be staged simultaneously by the three Canad...

Game 7: Canucks at Avalanche (10.24.14)
The Vancouver Canucks (4-2-0) look to close out their three-game road trip on a winning note tonight when they battle the slumping Colorado Avalanche (1-4-2) at the Pepsi Center. Three nights ago when the Canucks began their road trip with a 6-...

Matt Henderson: G8 Oilers vs Hurricanes: Scrivens Turns Things Around
The Hurricanes role into town tonight and the Oilers look to turn this thing into an actually Winning streak. After an excellent performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning they were thoroughly outplayed by the Capitals but still found a way to win. The 3rd period in particular was just the Oilers enduring wave after wave of Washington's attack. GOALTENDING There's no question that the Ben...

James Tanner: Coyotes Commitment To Vets Belies Common Sense, Hurts Future
The Arizona Coyotes lost last night to a team that they would like very much to emulate. The Wild showed the Coyotes exactly how to execute an up-tempo game with a well-balanced group of forwards, an active defense and a strong goaltender. The Wild won, 2-0 and that was only because Mike Smith played very well and was the only reason this game wasn't 4 or 5-0. The Coyotes came close to sco...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Hotstove: What Should The Bruins Do To Address Their Defense?
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Welcome to another edition of the Hockeybuzz hotstove. With news that Zdeno Chara will miss at least the next 4-6 weeks with a knee ligament tear, it's gone from bad to worse for a Bruins team off to a slow start. Dennis Seidenberg has struggled coming back from injury, and the team recently traded Johnny Boychuk, so with Chara out of the lineup their def...

John Jaeckel: Hats Off In Nashville
Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel! Hawk fans are spoiled. Their team doesn’t lose often. And when the Hawks do drop one, as they did last night in Nashville, every potential issue with the team is dissected and analyzed in excruciating detail. The truth is, the Hawks have some flaws. As do all their competitors in the Central Division. And the Hawks have lots of strengths. As do most of...

Bruins in big trouble after Zdeno Chara's injury
The Bruins could be in big trouble with Zdeno Chara sidelined. ...

No-Name Northern Michigan Making Early Noise
Given a quick glance, nobody really stands out on Northern Michigan’s roster. But, to the Wildcats, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. “A lot of teams may look at us and see we don’t have a go-to guy or a big-name draft pick or anything like that,” senior captain Ryan Kesti said. “But our team expects to have success and slowly creep up on teams.” Success hasn't necessarily come easily ...

James Neal in Nashville: Happy, dumb and dumber
NASHVILLE – When Predators forward Mike Ribeiro thinks of scoring winger James Neal living with forward Rich Clune,...

Tim Chiasson: Sharks Losing Skid Continues and Here's Why
Follow @chiassontb !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); When there’s less than a minute to play in a tied game, ideally, you’d want to send a crew o...

Ryan Wilson: Friday Rants and Raves
This game went from potentially a pretty solid win while being outplayed, to a pretty crummy loss very quick. The Penguins gave up two late goals and with those goals gave away their two points in the standings. There are a lot of things that happen in the course of a hockey game but I am going to focus on one very simple sequence that has nothing to do with skill and nothing to do with coac...

Mishkin's Musings: tidbits from the road trip
As the Lightning enter the home stretch of this five-game road trip, here are some random observations from the first seven days away from Tampa … Banking Points In my opinion, the Lightning, as a whole, have not played as well in the three ...

Colin Dambrauskas: Calgary Flames Burn Hurricanes, Provide Fantasy Options?
Follow Colin on Twitter! Follow @ColinDJD !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Well not to say that I necessarily “called it”, but I do recall saying th...

Infograph: San Jose Stunner


Jared Crozier: New Meaning For United In Red Saturday Night; Checking in With Bingo
For some time, the slogan for the Ottawa Senators has been "United in Red". On Saturday night, when the team takes to the ice for the first time since Wednesday's terrible events, the slogan will have a whole new meaning. It will be an emotional night, as will tonight's Ottawa RedBlacks game, where the words "healing", "heroes", and "community" will be among the most widely used. Fans are...

Lock up your young defensemen, NHL teams (Trending Topics)


Bill Meltzer: Stars Gameday: 10/24/14 @ NJ
In the first game a two-night road trip to the east coast, the Dallas Stars (3-1-2) are in Newark to take on the New Jersey Devils (3-2-1) at the Prudential Center. This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season. They will rematch in Dallas on December 13. Last season, Lindy Ruff's Stars went winless in two meetings with Pete DeBoer's team. Game time tonight is 6:25 p.m. CDT....

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Coburn, Phantoms and More
FLYERS MISS COBURN'S MINUTES Being a defenseman is often a thankless job. The player's mistakes are magnified compared to those that forwards make. An unforced turnover or lost coverage that results in an opposition goal or being forced to take a penalty can stand out more than an otherwise solid performance in 20-plus shifts. Hockey people don't hyper-focus on one or two bad shifts in a game -...

Friday Five: West Coast Shenanigans


Blackhawks fans invade Nashville in large numbers (again)
Blackhawks fans travel in large packs to opposing stadiums. It’s what happens when your team is fun, fast, entertaining and has won two Stanley Cups since 2010. But for whatever reason, Hawks fans seem to travel exceptionally well to Nashville. A lot has to do with proximity either by car – eight hour drive – or by air – 50 minute flight. It also helps that Southwest Airlines has an incredible amount of direct flights from Midway Airport to Nashville. Last seas...

Ryan Miller trolls St. Louis Blues with awesome save, victory (Video)
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:

Zdeno Chara suffers knee injury, out 4-to-6 weeks (Update)


NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record
The word is...

Who's Overachieving, Underperforming for the Montreal Canadiens This Season?
The Montreal Canadiens are, as a team, overachieving so far this season. An exciting 6-1 record has the Habs atop the Eastern Conference, and even the most optimistic fans wouldn't have expected this much success early in 2014-15.  It has been a dream start to the season, due in part to some solid individual performances. Carey Price is 5-1 and rounding into form after a shaky start, whil...

WATCH: LA Kings vs Buffalo Sabres Highlights


Perseverance pays off for Jackets in comeback win
It’s one of the older clichés in the game- the two goal lead is the most dreaded lead in hockey. The Jackets have tested that theory a few times in the past two weeks. In San Jose, they proved it right. Three times the jackets have trailed by ...

Zdeno Chara out 4 to 6 Weeks: Just How Bad Is This for the Boston Bruins?
The following is a nightmare come to life for the Boston Bruins and their fans, as TSN's Aaron Ward and Joe McDonald detail: Defenseman Zdeno Chara, perhaps the one player the Bruins could not afford to lose for an extended pe...

Post Game: Blue Jackets 5, Sharks 4
THE RUNDOWN One of the core aspects of the Blue Jackets’ identity - particularly last season - was their refusal to give in and bend, but not break. Safe to say that aspect remains firmly intact after tonight’s thrilling victory at SAP Center ...

SABRES' SCORERS COME UP EMPTY IN L.A.
LOS ANGELES – Goals are tough to come by for the Buffalo Sabres right now. They couldn’t find the back of the net against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday at Staples Center, falling by a score of 2-0. Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar were the goal...

Ty Anderson: Chara injured in loss to Isles
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! A frantic final five minutes came with everything but the game-tying goal in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders for the Boston Bruins, dropping the Black and Gold back under .500 by way of a 4-5-0 record. But this is one of those games where the box score is a liar. This was not as close as the final score indicated. Not even for a little bit. For...

NHL Three Stars: Neal tricks Blackhawks; Quick sets record
The word is...

Kings shun Sabres, Quick nabs shutout record
LOS ANGELES – The Kings played host to a Buffalo team struggling mightily to produce offense this season, and didn’t give the Sabres any leeway Thursday night, holding them scoreless in their 2-0 win at STAPLES Center, their fifth straight victory...

Game Day (pres. by AAA) #7: Blue Jackets at Ducks
SCOUTING REPORT The Blue Jackets took care of business on San Jose and now head down the Pacific Coast to face the hottest team in the NHL, the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have won six games in a row, are coming off a win over the Buffalo Sabres, an...

Quick sets Kings record with 33rd shutout
Jonathan Quick made 29 saves to set the Kings franchise record with his 33rd career shutout, and Los Angeles beat the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Thursday night for its fifth consecutive victory.

Eklund: Chara Suffers Knee Injury, Out 4-6 Weeks....Possibly Longer
The Boston Bruins season may have been thrown upside down on Thursday, as All-Star defenseman Zdeno Chara suffered an injury to his left knee in a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders at TD Gardens. The giant blueliner was injured after colliding with New York's John Tavares midway through the first period, as the knee of the Islanders star center appeared to buckle Chara's left knee. TSN's A...

Johnson stops 30 shots, Islanders beat Bruins 3-2
Johnson stops 30 shots, Islanders beat Bruins 3-2

Dee Karl: Isles Gain 2 Points But Lose Bailey
Anders Lee made his presence known in his first NHL game of the season as he was called for interference after barreling an opponent into Svedberg’s net. The puck subsequently crossed the line, but the goal was waived off and Anders took his first penalty of the season as well. Frans Nielsen opened the scoring for the Islanders with his first goal of the season but Lucic evened it up at o...

Sharks vs Blue Jackets Highlights


Johnny Boychuk's Return to Boston Highlights Bruins' Hole in Defense After Trade
The Boston Bruins were bound to prove nothing in their Thursday night bout with former ally Johnny Boychuk and the New York Islanders. If anything, their 3-2 loss (

Special guests enjoy night at Wings' game
DETROIT — Alongside the Red Wings’ starters during the national anthems, cancer survivor Anthony Salah, 10, stood in front of a packed crowd for Hockey Fights Cancer Night at Joe Louis Arena. “It felt good,” he said. “It felt like I can’t reall...

Chicago Blackhawks vs. St. Louis Blues: Which Rival Makes an Opening Statement?
The Chicago Blackhawks face their first red-letter opponent of the season when they travel to the Scottrade Center Saturday night to take on the team they eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season: the St. Louis Blues. The Blues should be ready to come with their best effort as the Blackhawks come calling. Ken Hitchcoc...

Randall Ritchey: Bad Start Burns Blues
The Blues have had a few bad starts to start the season, and another bad start has resulted in a loss, as the Blues fall to 2-3-1 on the season. Chris Higgins scored less than a minute into the game on rebound to give the Canucks a 1-0 lead. The Blues were sloppy in the first period and were losing battles all over the ice. The Blues looked better in the second period, and it showed, as Kev...

Zdeno Chara suffers knee injury, out 4-to-6 weeks (Update)


Game at a Glance - Blues bullied


Postgame Notes vs. Arizona - Oct. 23
Minnesota used two, second-period goals en route to a 2-0 shutout victory over Arizona on Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd of 18,554 at Xcel Energy Center. C Charlie Coyle and RW Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota. G Darcy Kuemper mad...

GARTH'S CORNER: Chara Gone 4-6 Weeks
Updated: In case you missed it... Midway through the second period in LA, Tyler Myers welcomed rookie Andy Andreoff to the NHL. Thanks, Kings .com I love the bite in Tyler's game this season. He's punching guys in the face, chirping others, and spearing others. Its good to see Myers get pissed off and take out his aggression on enemies. *** The Bruins wil...

Infographic: Red Wings 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Infographic: Red Wings 4, Penguins 3 (OT)

Ryan Miller trolls St. Louis Blues with awesome save, victory (Video)
Ryan Miller faced the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night for the first time since his brief, underwhelming tenure there ended last season. And so, of course, he played outstanding in the Vancouver Canucks’ 4-1 victory over the Blues, including this incredible save against Jori Lehtera that led to a Nick Bonino goal the other way:

Michael Stuart: Lightning Seeking Consistency, Set to Face Jets in Winnipeg
The Tampa Bay Lightning have yet to claim back-to-back victories in 2014-15, but they’ll get a chance to win a second straight tomorrow night when they take on the Winnipeg Jets at the MTS Centre. After alternating wins and losses through seven games this year, Tampa will undoubtedly look to establish some consistency and improve on what has been a very underwhelming road trip thus far. Whil...

Matt Karash: Canes Game #6 @Cal: Capitulation loss
After an obviously slow start that saw some games that offered hope, Thursday's loss in Calgary was the bad of all of it and a complete collapse. Jeff Skinner mustered a couple decent scoring chances (because that is what he does), but I honestly doubt that the Canes had more than 1 decent chance past that. The Canes mustered only 16 shots for an average of 5.3 per period. The allegedly good...

Source: Chara injures knee; out 4-6 weeks
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suffered ligament damage to his knee and is expected to miss four to six weeks, a source confirmed to ESPNBoston's Joe McDonald.

Neal's hat trick lifts Predators past Blackhawks
James Neal scored a natural hat trick on his bobblehead night, and the Predators edged the Blackhawks 3-2 on Thursday night to become the last NHL team still unbeaten in regulation.

Wings cap comeback vs. Pens with OT win
Justin Abdelkader's goal 4:16 into overtime capped a dramatic Detroit rally, giving the Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night.

Wings leave Pens with 'empty' feeling
DETROIT – Power-play goals have not come easy for the Red Wings this season, but so far they’re perfect on empty-net opportunities. Detroit scored two empty-netters in the final 2:29 of regulation to steal two points in Thursday’s 4-3 overtime ...

Post-game Video 10/23/14


Blackhawks fans invade Nashville in large numbers (again)
Blackhawks fans travel in large packs to opposing stadiums. It’s what happens when your team is fun, fast, entertaining and has won two Stanley Cups since 2010. But for whatever reason, Hawks fans seem to travel exceptionally well to Nashville. A lot has to do with proximity either by car – eight hour drive – or by air – 50 minute flight. It also helps that Southwest Airlines has an incredible amount of direct flights from Midway Airport to Nashville. Last seas...

How the Los Angeles Kings Are Bending but Not Breaking to Start 2014-15
The Los Angeles Kings’ 4-1-1 record to begin the 2014-15 season is deceptive. Head coach Darryl Sutter’s club has not performed well in the least, allowing scoring chances galore and handily losing the puck-possession battle. Despite those significant blemishes, L.A. has managed to gut out nine of a possible 12 po...

Avs Support Annual "Hockey Fights Cancer" Initiative
The Colorado Avalanche joins in the NHL / NHLPA’s annual Hockey Fights Cancer initiative to honor those in the hockey community who have struggled or continue to struggle with the disease. The annual campaign, scheduled October 20-November 17...

One More Time: Resch to reunite with Emrick
MSG+ will present a special telecast of New Jersey Devils hockey on Friday night as the team honors longtime analyst Glenn “Chico” Resch prior to the game against the Dallas Stars. Coverage will begin with “Visa Devils Game Night” at 6:30 p.m. and...

Bruins' Chara out with an undisclosed injury
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara suffered an undisclosed injury in the first period of Thursday's game against the New York Islanders and will not return.

Bold Predictions for the Pittsburgh Penguins as the 2014-15 Season Begins
With a new general manager, coaching staff, system and players, the Pittsburgh Penguins entered the 2014-15 season as anything but business as usual. Having been the popular pick to win the Eastern Conference and advance to the Stanley Cup in recent years, the Pens seem to have fallen out of favor with a lot of analysts, prognosticators and even some of their own fans. However, a ...

Zdeno Chara Injury: Updates on Bruins Star's Status and Return
Zdeno Chara exited Thursday night's game in the first period against the New York Islanders. The Boston Bruins announced shortly thereafter that the 37-year-old defenseman was out for the rest of the night: Little is known at the moment regarding Chara's injury. According to ...

Avs' Varlamov 'feels good;' will start Friday
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov says he's healed from a groin injury and will start Friday night against Vancouver.

Winning the Connor McDavid Sweepstakes Still Wouldn't Save the Buffalo Sabres
The 2014-15 Buffalo Sabres are a bad hockey club. More breaking news to follow. They are 1-6-0 and with road games this week with the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, 1-8-0 is practically an inevitability.

Red Wings vs. Penguins Live Blog: Instant Reactions and Analysis
The Detroit Red Wings (3-1-2) host the Pittsburgh Penguins (3-2-0) at 7:30 p.m. tonight from the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Join us here at the Bleacher Report for live updates and analysis of all the bone-crushing hits, wicked goals and big-time saves. The Red Wings are struggling to find the back of the net two weeks into the season, notching just two goals per game. A fruitless power play that's scored just two goals in 24 chances is partially to blame. However, Detroit has mana...

Notebook - October 23, 2014
BROSSARD – In today’s notebook, the Canadiens reflect on the tragedy that struck the nation’s capital, and players gather for some team bonding. Pausing to reflect: After practice on Thursday, a few Habs shared their thoughts on the tragic events that took place in Ottawa. For some, the images on television and social media evoked painful memories. Such was the case for Mississauga native, Manny Malhotra. “It must’ve been a terrifying experience for those people that found themse...

Eric Mellin: Caps Update
The Washington Capitals entered Wednesday nights game in Edmonton with a 3-0-2 record, good enough for first place in the Metro Division. The Capitals have squeaked out a point in every game so far this year and have been playing, for the most part, pretty good hockey. That continued last night, as the Caps completely outplayed the Edmonton Oilers in three periods of hockey, however, the Oiler...

ZADOROV IN; NOLAN TO COACH AGAINST HIS SON
LOS ANGELES – On the one-year anniversary of scoring his first NHL goal, defenseman Nikita Zadorov will make his season debut for the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo will dress seven defensemen and 11 forwards against the Los Angeles Kings when the two...

The Most Unsustainable Team Statistics Early in 2014-15 NHL Season
Crazy things can happen over a short period of time in the NHL.  As much as team and individual talent rule in the long run, in the short term hockey is a game of inches, a sport in which a good (or bad) bounce or two, a fraction of a second here or there and a fraction of an inch on a shot can make all the difference to the outcome. Anybody who has witnessed his or her team win a game or a playoff series that it should have lost hand...

Who's Overachieving, Underperforming for the San Jose Sharks So Far This Season?
The San Jose Sharks got off to a fast start this season, picking up at least a point each of their first four games and going 4-2-1 in their first seven contests. That record is even more impressive when you consider the Sharks have played only one home game so far. As can be expected, some San Jose players are off to a very fast start statistically, while others have been disappointing thus far. Here is a look at some o...

Canucks to host HFC awareness night
VANCOUVER, B.C. - The Vancouver Canucks announced today details about their support for the National Hockey League’s cancer awareness program, Hockey Fights Cancer. The club will host its Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness night on Sunday, October 26,...

Red Wings help hockey fight cancer
DETROIT — The sights, sounds and even smells of an ice rink are no stranger to Alex Berlin. The 23-year-old from Canton, Mich., grew up playing hockey and stayed active by playing in 18-and-over leagues while attending classes at Michigan State...

Minnesota Wild Making a Smart Bet with Charlie Coyle's Contract Extension
On Thursday, the Minnesota Wild signed promising young forward Charlie Coyle to a five-year contract extension. The deal, which will kick in next season when his entry-level contract expires, is worth a shade over $3 million per season: This isn’t a landmark deal, but it is the latest exam...

Lightning reassign defenseman Luke Witkowski to Syracuse
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned defenseman Luke Witkowski to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Witkowski, 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, was recalled...

Why the Pittsburgh Penguins Can't Beat the Philadelphia Flyers at Home
On paper, it looked like an easy win. After three days of rest, the 3-1-0 Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the 1-3-2 Philadelphia Flyers for NBCSN's "Wednesday Night Rivalry." The Penguins have looked solid in the season's early going, while the Flyers have struggled—particularly on ...

Rick Sadowski: Varly back in net, Wilson out 2-3 weeks, Redmond could play
Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov practiced Thursday and will start Friday night against Vancouver at the Pepsi Center. "Things feel good," said Varlamov, who missed the past three games while on injured reserve to recover from a groin injury. "Everything's good." Rookie goalie Calvin Pickard will be sent back to Lake Erie in the AHL. He played two games after Varlamov went on IR following...

Maple Leafs, Bruins games most expensive for fans; Panthers cheapest
For a family of four, the price of attending an NHL game rose by 4.7 percent from last season, according to the latest Team Marketing Report analysis of the League.  TMR released its new Fan Cost Index for 2014-15 on Thursday, and found that a theoretical family of four would spend $363.58 on average to attend a game. (At this point, we make the annual acknowledgement that the Fan Cost Index is built o...

Practice Report: No One Can Stop Perry, Not Even His Teammates
By Kyle Shohara It appears no one can stop Corey Perry’s torrid start to the season, not even his own teammates. Perry was weaving through players and finding the back of the net this afternoon in practice, drawing loud cheers from his comrades...

News Release: Senators provide updates on Saturday’s game at Canadian Tire Centre
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators (@Senators) provided updates today on plans for Wednesday’s postponed game versus the Toronto Maple Leafs and Saturday’s home game versus the New Jersey Devils. Rescheduling of Wednesday’s game versus Toronto Wed...

Strong Practices Key For Avalanche
Practice like you play. The old cliché applies in so many different applications in life, particularly now with the Colorado Avalanche, which is struggling to find the same offensive output from the season before. The saying is about dedication...

Ty Anderson: The Boychuk's back in town
Be sure to 'like' Hockeybuzz on Facebook! New York defenseman Johnny Boychuk has played in 327 games at the NHL level. He’s played in the West, and he’s played in the East. He’s skated against the Buffalo Sabres a career-high 23 times. In his eight-year career, the 30-year-old Boychuk has played against 29 of the league’s 30 teams. Tonight, he’ll make it 30, as he returns to the T...

Kings look to pounce on struggling Sabres
SABRES (1-6-0) at KINGS (4-1-1) 7:30PM PT, TV: FOX SPORTS WEST; RADIO: AM 790 KABC SABRE THE DATE: Today marks the first of two meetings with the Buffalo Sabres this season, the teams will also see each other in upstate New York on December ...

Leafs return to ice day after Ottawa unrest
The Maple Leafs were back on the ice a day after they were locked down in their hotel near the shootings in Ottawa.

P.K. Subban as ‘Thriller’ Michael Jackson deserves all the Halloween candy (Photos)
Oh, if only Vincent Price were alive to do another “Thriller” rap now that P.K. Subban has unleashed his H...

11 Canes Set to Participate in Movember
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that 11 Hurricanes players will take part in Movember, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. Players Justin Faulk, Jiri Tlusty, Jay McClement, Anton Khudobin, John-Michael ...

Game 6: Canucks at Blues (10.23.14)
The Vancouver Canucks (3-2-0) look to snap a two-game losing streak tonight when they take on the St. Louis Blues (2-2-1) in the second game of their three-game road swing. Ryan Miller might not necessarily have had this game circled on his cal...

On Johnny Boychuk’s Boston homecoming, Bruins GM under fire
Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.  Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core. This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far. He knew he had two things com...

Morning Skate Updates: 10/23/14
NEWS, NOTES AND QUOTES Johnson Starts: Chad Johnson gets the nod in goal tonight for the Islanders against his former team. The Islanders backup posted a 17-4-3 record last season with the Bruins and is 1-0-0 this year. Johnson relieved Jaroslav ...

Jimmy Howard wearing pink goalie mask for Hockey Fights Cancer (Photo)
The Detroit Red Wings are holding Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into town. Tha...

Maple Leafs vs. Senators Rescheduled
NEW YORK (Oct. 23, 2014) – Wednesday’s postponed game between the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa has been rescheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9 in Ottawa, the National Hockey League announced today. The start ti...

The Biggest Takeaways from the San Jose Sharks' Recent Road Trip
After getting points in the first three games of a five-game Eastern Conference road trip, the San Jose Sharks sputtered toward the finish line with back-to-back regulation losses to the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins. Still, a 2-2-1 record on such a trip is something the Sharks should be happy with this early in t...

Glenn Healy rips Alex Ovechkin and his mother
Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point” in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”  That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals...

Mike Augello: Fourth Line Flop; Leafs-Sens Rescheduled
The Toronto Maple Leafs attempted to get back to a normal routine on Thursday, taking to the ice at their practice facility in Etobicoke, ON in preparation for their first encounter with the Boston Bruins at Air Canada Center on Saturday. The club was in close proximity to the tragic events in downtown Ottawa Wednesday morning, where 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo(a native of Hamilton, ON) wa...

Fantasy Top 30 goalies: Bobrovsky moves up to No. 7 overall
Every Thursday during the season, NHL.com fantasy hockey correspondent Justin Goldman, a regional goalie scout for USA Hockey and founder of The Goalie Guild, will provide you with in-depth goalie analysis. From updated weekly top 30 rankings to t...

Carol Schram: Vancouver Canucks Game Day: October 23 vs. St. Louis Blues, Tradewinds?
With the Vancouver Canucks in tough on their current road trip, the focus turned to Utica last night for the Comets' 2014-15 home opener. Thanks for all the news and notes on the Comets in yesterday's comment section. The game was a good one. With Jacob Markstrom in net, the Comets beat the Adirondack Flames by a score of 3-0 in front of a sold-out crowd. Among the spectators: Spotted in...

GARTH'S CORNER: McFilthy
So, I clicked off the TV and then went to bed at 1:27am EDT on Thursday morning. So ended a 19 hour work day. I put in a full day at the office and then invested heavily in a full night at the rink and watching the Sabres play the Ducks. The Sabres had just lost 4-1 to The Band Perry in Anaheim. Country music fans will get that joke. Others won't. I don't care. So, my alarm went off at 5a...

Notes: League's top special teams meet
DETROIT – Tonight’s Red Wings-Penguins game features a potential clash between the NHL’s top penalty kill versus its top power play. Detroit enters the game with the league’s top PK that is a perfect 18-for-18 through the first six games. It’s ...

What motivates Patrick Kane? The Puck Daddy Q&A
NASHVILLE – Sometimes it’s hard to believe Chicago’s Patrick Kane is just 25 years old just by his list of his on-ice accomplishments. He’s scored a Stanley Cup winning goal – in overtime no less. He has won a Conn Smythe Trophy. Oh yeah, and he’s a millionaire – his next contract signed this summer and kicking in next year will pay him $84 million over eight seasons, starting in 2015-16. Still there is a sense of youth with Kane. He sometimes seems cursed to al...

Wild extend Coyle; Crawford to miss Blackhawks trip; Noora Raty makes history (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. 

Wild extend Coyle; Crawford to miss Blackhawks trip; Noora Raty makes history (Puck Headlines)
Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. 

Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Aaron Portzline on Jackets; Jen LC on fancy stats


Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Aaron Portzline on Jackets; Jen LC on fancy stats


Michael Pachla: Wanted. Difference-makers
After dropping a 4-1 decision at Anaheim last night, the Buffalo Sabres head up Interstate 5 for a meeting with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. It's a tall task for the reeling club and doesn't get much easier as the rest of October looks like this: @ San Jose', @ Toronto, vs. Boston. At this stage of the game, and with the Sabres playing like they have, a win against the Le...

Glenn Healy rips Alex Ovechkin and his mother
Sportsnet has a debate segment on its NHL coverage called “To The Point” in which Nick Kypreos and Glenn Healy argue different perspectives on hockey’s most pressing issues. Or if they run out of them, “Is Alex Ovechkin coachable?”  That was the topic on Wednesday night* during the Washington Capitals...

NHL Fantasy Hockey: Why Tyler Seguin a Stud, Matt Moulson a Dud
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey back in 2005 and has been Puck Daddy's resident fantasy hockey 'expert' since 2009.  Most teams are about six or seven games into the season and poolies are starting to get antsy about their goaltenders. But let's not forget that on Oc...

What motivates Patrick Kane? The Puck Daddy Q&A
NASHVILLE – Sometimes it’s hard to believe Chicago’s Patrick Kane is just 25 years old just by his list of his on-ice accomplishments. He’s scored a Stanley Cup winning goal – in overtime no less. He has won a Conn Smythe Trophy. Oh yeah, and he’s a millionaire – his next contract signed this summer and kicking in next year will pay him $84 million over eight seasons, starting in 2015-16 Still there is a sense of youth with Kane. He sometimes seems cursed to alw...

Hockey Analytics 101: Understanding advanced stats and how they're measured
If you follow hockey in any form, you’ve no doubt heard advanced statistics and analytics since several NHL teams hired analytics teams to assist their hockey operations staff over the summer. Some analytic terms are starting to make their way int...

Jan Levine: Rangers In Midst of Lull in Schedule, Chris Mueller Stepping Up
The Rangers have two more days off before heading to Montreal to face the Canadiens on Saturday. As we have discussed, New York is in the midst of a bit of a lull in their schedule, with games Saturday, Monday versus Minnesota and then the following Saturday against Winnipeg. During this timeframe, hopefully some of the system concepts and weaknesses seen in the first seven days are getting the ne...

ICEDOGS CONTINUE SLOW START TO SEASON
The Niagara IceDogs slow start to the 2014-15 season continued on Wednesday night with a 8-4 loss to the Connor McDavid-led Erie Otters at First Niagara Center. Prior to taking on the now 9-0-0-1 Otters, the IceDogs record unfairly reflected th...

Jimmy Howard wearing pink goalie mask for Hockey Fights Cancer (Photo)
The Detroit Red Wings are holding Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Thursday night, as the Pittsburgh Penguins roll into town. Tha...

Dan Petriw: Isles and Bruins 7PM
The Islanders return to the ice, tonight, in Boston, to take on the Bruins at 7PM. The team hopes to put their Tuesday night defeat against Toronto in the rear view window and end a two game losing streak. Chad Johnson will get the start in net, tonight, as Johnson and Johnny Boychuk will square off against their former team. The lineup itself will look different with the departure of Colin McDo...

Todd Cordell: G6 Columbus @ San Jose: Swimming With The Sharks
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Match-up - Columbus Blue Jackets (3-2-0) @ San Jose Sharks (4-2-1) Road/Home records - 1-1-0 -------------- 1-0-0 TV - FSO, CSN-CA Puck drop - 10:30 p.m. ET Season series - 0-0 Projected starting goalies - Sergei Bobrovsky vs Antti Niemi Projected lines for the Sharks via DailyFaceoff.com: Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Tommy Wingels Matt N...

Eklund: Our Hearts Go Out to Canada, Webcast at 6 p.m. ET
The NHL did the right thing yesterday by canceling last night's scheduled game in Ottawa. It was also a nice touch to have the Canadian anthem sung at all games around the League last night. Perhaps it was a simple gesture, but it was fitting. Hockey is Canada's greatest national pastime but it's still just a game. Following the horrifying events in Ottawa yesterday, things such as last night'...

Jason Lewis: Back in Action, Finally
After a couple of long off-ice days with plenty of drama I'm sure I'm not the only one ready for the Kings to return to the ice tonight. Barring a significant development in the Slava Voynov case he will miss tonight's game. However, Jake Muzzin was cleared for play yesterday afternoon and will be slotted into the lineup for the first time this season. Jake Muzzin has been cleared to play,...

Blackhawks host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" on Sunday
The Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Sunday, Oct. 26, when the team hosts the Ottawa Senators. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys, while coach...

On Johnny Boychuk’s Boston homecoming, Bruins GM under fire
Last season, Garth Snow got aggressive for the New York Islanders, and it was a mistake.  Acquiring Thomas Vanek was a redundant move. It was clearly a rental, as everyone and their mom knew he was going to Minnesota, or at the very least not staying on Long Island. It cost the Islanders a first-round pick in a draft so deep that it probably reaches the Earth’s core. This season, Garth Snow was patient, and it’s been brilliant so far. He knew he had two things com...

Lucas Neilson: Fantasy – Defense/Goaltending
Follow @lucasneilson84 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); When drafting I tend to pick a brigade of high scoring forwards for maximum output in points....

Ryan Wilson: Flyers Outplay Penguins, No Need To Overreact
The Penguins did not get the result they were looking for last night. The Penguins have the better roster and were also better rested for the contest, yet it was Philadelphia who left with the victory. It’s not ideal, but the Buffalo Sabres are going to win hockey games this year and the Chicago Blackhawks are going to lose some as well. Overreacting is pointless. Flyers did a nice job. T...

Colin Dambrauskas: Calgary Flames Looking to Keep Canes in L Column
Follow Colin on Twitter! Follow @ColinDJD !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); After a strong performance on the road, the Calgary Flames play host to the C...

Paul McCann: The Fight is in Rounds - This is Round Two
Round One went to overtime before the Nashville Predators gave up their first short handed goal since 2012 to drop a heartbreaker to the Chicago Blackhawks last Saturday night at United Center… tonight is round two in this four round regular season battle royale that will be completed before the year ends. Nashville has always played the ‘Hawks tough and this year has been no exception. Satur...

NHL Trade Rumors: Dissecting Latest Gossip Around the League
If you thought the fact that the NHL season is less than three weeks old would mean there would be no rumors flying around already, guess again.  As teams begin to evaluate what they have on the ice in the early going and injuries mount up, there are sure to be moves between now and the trade deadline. While they may take some time, the accompanying rumors have alre...

Florida Panthers to Broadcast Trio of Games in Spanish
The Florida Panthers announced today that the team has partnered with 1210 AM ESPN Deportes in Miami and ESPN Deportes 760 AM in West Palm Beach and will air three Florida Panthers radio broadcasts in Spanish during the 2014-2015 season. “We a...

P.K. Subban as ‘Thriller’ Michael Jackson deserves all the Halloween candy (Photos)
Oh, if only Vincent Price were alive to do another “Thriller” rap now that P.K. Subban has unleashed his H...

Bill Meltzer: Meltzer's Musings: Flyers Bounce Back in the 'Burgh, Quick Hits
FLYERS BOUNCE BACK IN THE 'BURGH Whatever the flaws in the hockey team, something no one can say about the Philadelphia Flyers (2-3-2) is that the team lacks resiliency. Heading into the club’s just-completed three-game road trip through Dallas, Chicago and Pittsburgh, earning four of a possible six points would have been considered a success. It wasn’t always pretty but the bottom line rig...

Bill Meltzer: Star Gazing: Stars Seek Happy Medium
The Dallas Stars have a few days to take stock of what the team has done over the last week before making a two-night road trip to the east coast to take on the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. There has been plenty to like on the offensive end but also much to clean up on the defensive side of the puck. In their last two games, the Stars have racked up a combined 11 goals. The top lin...

Tim Chiasson: Sharks Return Home To Regroup Against Columbus
Follow @chiassontb !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+'://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); The Sharks are back home to face the Columbus Blue Jackets and are looking to rebound from disappo...

How the 1994 NHL lockout spared us another hideous jersey design
The Pittsburgh Penguins faced off against the Philadelphia Flyers Wednesday night wearing their new third jerseys. They’re not technically new, as the uniforms are the same design that Mario, Jaromir and Ronnie Franchise wore during their back-to-back Stanley Cup years in 1991 and 1992. Unlike previo...

James Tanner: Two of the Best Groups of Young Defensemen Face-Off Tonight
The Coyotes are on the road for the second straight game and will take on the Minnesota Wild tonight. The team with the worst nickname in sports (non-racist division) has a 2-2 record and one of the best young teams in hockey and also one of the best to watch. The Wild's combination of young skill and star veterans will be perhaps the greatest challenges the Coyotes have faced this year. I...

HockeyBuzz Hotstove: Hotstove: Should The Penguins Sign Marc-Andre Fleury Long-Term?
Follow me on Twitter @ToddCordell Welcome to another edition of the Hockeybuzz hotstove. Given the fact Pittsburgh didn't open negotiations with potential unrestricted free agent Marc-Andre Fleury over the summer, the common consensus from most was that he'd play out the season and wouldn't be retained by the Penguins. That doesn't appear to be the plan, though, as newly appointed Penguin...

Buffalo Sabres: Five Early Observations from the 2014-15 Season
It's been a rough start to the Buffalo Sabres' 2014-15 season, but not too many can say they didn't expect it. The team sits at 1-6-0, squarely last in the league while also ranking last in a number of important areas of the game. As far as starts go, it seems the 4-15-1 start under Ron Rolston last year is well within reach, and it could possibly be...

McDAVID DOESN'T DISAPPOINT BUFFALO CROWD IN 8-4 WIN
It’s not rare that Connor McDavid does something his coach had never thought of before. On Wednesday night at First Niagara Center, for example, McDavid received the puck on a shorthanded break late in the first period with only one man to bea...

Paul Stewart: Over-Familiarity Breeds Complacency and Contempt
Follow Paul on Twitter: @paulstewart22 My condolences go out to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Circillo and my thoughts and prayers to all in Ottawa and throughout Canada. You are not alone in your grief. At times like these, we are all drawn closer together. The NHL did the right thing in postponing last night's Senators-Maple Leafs game. Hockey is secondary. Now for today's blog...

Digital Preview vs. Detroit Red Wings 10/23/14
Digital Preview vs. Detroit Red Wings 10/23/14

Ryan Garner: Oilers Happily Take Walk of Shame
"A morning of awkwardness is far better than a night of loneliness." A large sign emblazoned with that quote welcomed patrons at a San Francisco bar I used to frequent. In my mind, it served three practical purposes. First, it helped differentiate the regulars from the tourists, who loved having their picture taken in front of it. Second, a glance back at it on the way out the door injected som...

Jackets' team-building exercise focused on communication, teamwork
Some teams go golfing, others organize a formal dinner. The Blue Jackets wanted to do something a little different this year when it came to a team-building exercise, so they turned to leadership expert J.B. Spisso. Spisso is no stranger to the...

Jared Crozier: This Is Our F&*^ing City!
This will not be a post discussing corsi, zone entries or exits, why Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan might or might not be playing well or why Erik Karlsson will win the Norris. At least for a couple of days, that doesn't matter too much. The City of Ottawa, a sleepy town for a National Capital, got a stunning wakeup call on Wednesday morning that the town will never forget. We have seen si...

 
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