Greg Wyshynski

  • Patrik Nemeth gets puck wedged under visor, becomes Hockey Pirate (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    It’s always a scary scene: an errant, deflected puck flies in the air and into the face of an NHL player. He grabs his head, bends over in panic, and we all worry about the damage done.

    Rarely does it end up being a comical situation. But then again, rarely does the player hit by the puck end up wearing it like an eye patch. Arrrrrrrrgh!

    Patrik Nemeth of the Dallas Stars was skating back into his own zone on Monday night when Calgary Flames forward Jiri Hudler’s dump-in missed its mark and hit Nemeth in the face. In a one-in-a-million freak of hockey physics, the puck became wedged under his visor over his left eye.

    It eventually dropped out and Nemeth had a laugh about it, so we can all have a laugh about it too.

    And here we thought Captain Hook was the ultimate hockey pirate ...

  • Brett Ritchie somehow only gets minor for hit on Sean Monahan (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Sometimes you see a penalty during an NHL game and you’re positive, in the moment, that the penalty you just saw will result in a major and/or a game misconduct. 

    In real time, that was the reaction we had to seeing Brett Ritchie of the Dallas Stars go high on Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames on Monday night.

    And yet … it was a minor penalty for high-sticking.

    Maybe we have it all wrong. The Dallas Stars intermission analysts seemed to believe so. They said Ritchie was trying to protect himself on the play … by connecting with Monahan’s head with either his forearm or the butt-end of his stick.

    Which is nuts. Freeze the video at around 38 seconds: The puck is away, and Ritchie literally has his stick extended towards the head of Monahan.

    Maybe the NHL will have a say about this after the game. But this play appeared to cross the line from self-defense, if that's what it was, to predatory. 

  • Watch 9-year-old girl win center ice goal contest, like a boss (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    The contest goes by many names: “Score-O” or “Shoot The Puck” or “Fan Shootout.” It’s that intermission gimmick during hockey games in which fans attempt to fire a puck from center ice through a small slot in a board that’s placed in front of the net. 

    You’ve no doubt seen many adults clumsily flub their attempts, receiving jeers from the heartless crowd. They should take a lesson from 9-year-old Karleigh Nalette, who recently showed them how it’s done.

    Karleigh is from Fort Mill, South Carolina, and attended the Charlotte Checkers’ home game on March 27. (The Checkers are the Carolina Hurricanes’ AHL affiliate.) She got the chance to participate in the Killingsworth Komfort Air shootout between periods and, for what it's worth, she killed it.

    Seriously, what a stone cold sniper: Shoots lefty, probably calls “bank,” scored the goal, walks away. No crazy celebration, no first pumps, not leaping up and down. Totally “act like you’ve been there” attitude. 

    But here’s the kicker: No one’s ever been there before for the Checkers.


  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Radio: Paul Romanuk on Jets; tank fans; Wrestlemania

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn't work, try here.]

    It's a (I don't like) Monday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:

    Special Guest Star:   Paul Romanuk of Sportsnet on the Jets and Blackhawks!

    • The fading Senators and surging Cats. 

    • Shane Doan on Letang.

    • Wysh's President's Trophy idea.

    • Wrestlemania that didn't suck. 

    Question of the Day: Which NHL player could cut the best WWE-style promo?  Email or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag  #MvsW  to  @wyshynski  or  @jeffmarekClick here for the Sportsnet live stream  or click the play button above!



  • How to make the Presidents' Trophy worth a damn

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    If you were asked to name the last 15 Stanley Cup champions, we’d wager most of you could meet the challenge. The images fly through your mind like the Cup Raise commercial. They’re indelible.

    If you were asked to name the last 15 Presidents' Trophy winners, we’d wager you’d get, like, three or four, mostly because you said “the Red Wings” a few times; and then you’d cross your arms and leave in a huff muttering things about the regular season meaning nothing and “there’s a trophy curse anyway.“

    To wit: Only eight teams since the award was handed out for the first time in 1985 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup, and two of them were the Red Wings (2001-02, 2007-08). Only 15 of the 28 teams managed to reach the conference final.

    Which is to say that finishing first overall is a nice accolade that means absolutely nothing in the end, outside of the requisite home ice advantage bestowed upon a high seed.

    Damien Cox of Sportsnet noticed this and wondered: In a year in which finishing No. 30 has been treated with some semblance of accomplishment, shouldn’t there be greatest incentive to finish No. 1?

    That’s a gloriously nasty concept.


  • Detroit Red Wings face serious headache in goal

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    I’ve generally been supportive of Jimmy Howard, probably because he’s an American (George Washington, James Brown and John Cena) but mostly because I have sympathy for him. 

    He only played three seasons as a starter behind a Nicklas Lidstrom-led Detroit Red Wings team, including an awesome rookie season in 2009-10 that saw him finish second for the Calder. Which is to say Howard’s now played in as many post-Lidstrom “transition” seasons as with the Perfect Human on those great Red Wings teams.

    So I sorta feel for him, because instead of back-stopping the kinds of teams that hilariously have Chris Osgood in the Hall of Fame conversation, Jimmy Howard backstops teams with lineup holes and veteran stars who are in and out of the lineup with frequency of a McRib.

    But it’s becoming increasingly difficult to defend, with confidence, Howard as a Stanley Cup caliber goalie this season. His .911 even strength save percentage is brutal … although better than his .910 EV save percentage last season.

    He’d probably be out of a job now if 23-year-old Petr Mrazek wasn’t that yippy puppy that keeps slipping his leash.



  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Has the East bubble burst?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Flat tire? Rain during a picnic? Had Northeastern in the Final Four?

    No matter how bad your weekend was, it was probably better than that of the Ottawa Senators.

    The Sens dropped an overtime loss to the lowly Maple Leafs, blowing a third-period lead on Saturday. Then they lost in regulation to Jaromir Jagr and the Florida Panthers on Sunday.

    Four points on the table, one point gained … and that’s why the Boston Bruins have a 72-percent chance of making the playoffs and the Senators have a 25-percent chance.

    Meanwhile in the West … well, this is going to become a familiar dance. The Blackhawks win, moving from the wild card to No. 3 in the Central, and the idle Wild go back to the wild card, and the Flames win to jump back into the No. 3 seed in the Pacific and the idle Kings tumble down to ninth behind the Jets, who lost and have 90 points to the Kings’ 88, but LA has a game in-hand and 35 ROW.

    Fun times!

    Also: RIP New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Enjoy your diminished lottery odds.

    Here’s the Eastern Conference picture:

  • Shane Doan won't be suspended by NHL for Kris Letang hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    As the Pittsburgh Penguins reveal that defenseman Kris Letang will be out indefinitely with a concussion, the NHL tells Yahoo Sports that there will be no supplemental discipline for Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan for the hit that put him out. 

    Letang left the game with 4:45 left in the second period after taking a shove from Doan away from the puck. He fell against the boards, hitting his head. He was taken to the hospital for observation, and was released on Sunday.

    “We have decided not to assess any supplemental discipline to Shane Doan. After reviewing the play carefully and from all angles, we have determined that this was an unfortunate result from a hockey play,” said the NHL in a statement.

    “It is not boarding, it is not charging, he doesn't hit him in the head. He finishes his check by shoving Letang and unfortunately, he falls awkwardly. It wasn't really even a violent hit, although resulted in an unfortunate injury.”

    Doan was contrite after the game:


  • Penguins’ Kris Letang out with (another) concussion after Doan hit

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang is out indefinitely after suffering concussion at the hands of Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan in a game on Saturday. 

    From the Penguins, via coach Mike Johnston:

    Johnston confirmed that defenseman Kris Letang has a concussion. He's been released from the hospital, but will not be in the lineup tonight. "Like anything else, we’ll just take it as a day-to-day thing and we’ll see how he reacts and recovers from it," Johnston said.

    Johnston said the team will go with five defensemen for the game and, if need be, Daniel Winnik could drop back to defense if needed.

    The Winnik shift to defense is due to the fact that Christian Ehrhoff is also out of the lineup with an upper body injury. Said Winnik, with regard to shifting to defense:

    The Penguins have seven games left on the season.  


  • NHL Playoff Death Watch: Chicago Blackhawks, wild card team?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    Since we're down to the final moments of postseason life for teams in contention, Puck Daddy solemnly begins a daily countdown to annihilation.

    Two big developments on the playoff bubble on Saturday.

    In the East, the Boston Bruins snuck ahead of the Ottawa Senators thanks to their regulation win over the Rangers and the Senators’ embarrassing overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, blowing a third-period lead.

    Boston (87 points) is at Carolina on Sunday; Ottawa (86 points) hosts the Florida Panthers, whose season is on the line in the next two games. The Panthers have 83 points and visit the Sens and Boston. Ottawa has a game in-hand on both teams.

    The Capitals’ loss to the Predators left them with 90 points and seven games left. That’s four in front of the Senators, who have a game with the Caps on the schedule and a game in-hand. But the Caps have the ROW tiebreaker, 36-32.

    Here are the current standings. The Death Watch tracks the final Wild Card spot and the teams that are chasing it. Their “tragic number” is the number of points gained by the final wild card team or lost by the team chasing it.

    Meanwhile, in the West …