Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
Steve Moses of Jokerit is one of the KHL’s leading offensive players this season: 43 points in 39 games, including 26 goals. He’s a scoring machine; alas, that includes his own net.
In a game against Slovan on Monday, goalie Riku Helenius made a terrific pad save on Vaclav Nedorost. The puck rested on the goal line, its momentum stopped.
That’s when Moses decided to liberate the puck from the crease. And it worked out about as well as it did for the Egyptian army crossing the Red Sea.
Our hero pulled the puck back off his goalie’s elbow. It bounced back to the goal line. He tried to bring it out again … and he put it into his own net.
Helenius was, uh, not amused, smacking his goalie paddle against the cage in frustration.
Or maybe he's angry he hasn’t gotten a check in two months. Thanks, Ruble.
Memo to Leominster's own Mr. Moses: STOP TRYING TO BE SO HELPFUL. You're the guy who tries to save a kitten from a tree and drops the poor thing into a sewer.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
It’s pretty easy to connect the dots that would bring Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock to take over the Edmonton Oilers:
These are obviously concrete, unwavering connections between the Oilers or their geographic home and the best coach in the NHL.
Does that mean he would ever, ever coach the Oilers? Even if the other 29 teams contracted the mump and the NHL was reduced to Edmonton intrasquad games?
Why in the world would Babcock even consider coaching a team which four good men — Pat Quinn, Tom Renney, Ralph Krueger and Dallas Eakins — couldn’t win with?
Well, what if they finished 30th and won the draft lottery?
Connor McDavid is supposedly a generational player the likes of Sidney Crosby. And the consolation prize, Jack Eichel, is supposed to rank up there, too. Even if that didn’t happen, Babcock would certainly have an idea what’s involved with this team having hired Renney as his associate coach in Detroit after he was fired by the Oilers.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
The “Wednesday Rivalry Night” franchise for NBC Sports Network tapped into something every hockey fan loves about the NHL: The storied blood feuds between franchises, and games where animosity is assumed and intensity is expected.
It’s not an exact science. The Detroit Red Wings faced the Buffalo Sabres on “Rivalry Night” in 2013, right after the Wings realigned from the West for the first time in decades. The Wings also faced the Washington Capitals on “Rivalry Night” this year, rekindling the intense emotional war we all witnessed when the Wings swept the Capitals in the … the … some Stanley Cup Final in the late 1990s.
On Wednesday night, the gimmick’s concept will be stretched like taffy as the Minnesota Wild take on the Boston Bruins. As Stanley Cup Of Chowder cheekily noted, these teams don’t really have a rivalry outside of “NBC said we do.”
This is, of course, shortchanging the storied history between the teams, including:
- Having had players like Brian Rolston, Shane Hnidy, Chuck Kobasew and Randy Robitaille spend time with both teams.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago
It's a Wednesday 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: Jody Shelley of the Blue Jackets discusses the team.
• Dat shootout.
• Review of Road To The Winter Classic.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: GOING POSTAL! ASK US ANYTHING! Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
(ED NOTE: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS)
“I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Cause all the cool kids, they seem to get it/I wish that I could be like the cool kids/Like the cool kids..."
Remember when hockey was hanging with the cool kids?
When we fit in with “Game Of Thrones” and Larry David and Lena Dunham and everyone else on HBO?
There’s always this yearning in the U.S. to get hockey a seat at the cool kids table. Fans still geek out when SportsCenter mentions the NHL in the first five stories of the show. I blew a gasket when Sports Illustrated put P.K. Subban on the cover ... but only in Canada. And yeah, having the NHL in the same reality series as NFL teams and mega-famous boxers was cool.
Having the NHL on HBO was cool.
The first episode of the NHL’s new reality series leading up to the Winter Classic, on a new network?
Don’t confuse “not cool” with “not entertaining,” because it’s literally impossible not to glean some fun from the “24/7” format and watching hockey players curse, carouse and cohabitate. Even the Red Wings and the Maple Leafs, who were the television entertainment equivalent of a rice cake dunked in warm water, managed to be watchable.
The Los Angeles Kings formally revealed their 2015 Stadium Series jerseys on Tuesday. They match the artist’s rendering that was leaked earlier this month.
Which is unfortunate because … white pants.
Look, when you’re the reigning Stanley Cup champions, you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. And the Kings have clearly decided to turn in that swagger for the chance to wear pajamas on the ice.
Or an officially licensed tennis kit.
Or a giant diaper.
The two-toned jersey actually doesn’t look that bad … OK, we just noticed the giant numbers on the sleeves that look like a melting clock from a Salvador Dali painting. It's not good. No sir or ma'am.
According to Jack Wilson, who snapped these photos, Kings exec Luc Robitaille said that the two small crowns on the collar represent the two Stanley Cups the Kings have captured.
No word if the San Jose Sharks Stadium Series sweater has three happy faces on one side of their collar and four straight frowny faces on the other side …
(Puck Daddy presents its annual look back at the year in hockey. Check back every day through the New Year for our many lists and hot takes.)
The player of the year isn’t the player with the best stats … although it nearly was. It’s about impact and mounting a memorable campaign in the last calendar year – and not just in the NHL.
Here are Puck Daddy’s Top 10 Hockey Players of 2014.
10. Tuukka Rask
The Boston Bruins goalie captured his first Vezina Trophy with 16 our of 30 votes by the NHL’s general managers, posting a 36-15-6 record and was the only goalie to rank in the top five in shutouts, save percentage, GAA and wins. Although the Bruins were ousted, he posted a 1.99 GAA and a .928 save percentage in the postseason. (It hasn’t been the best start for Rask in 2014-15, with the Bruins’ injuries leading to a .911 save percentage in 23 games.) He also shut out the Americans in the bronze medal game in Sochi.
9. Marie-Philip Poulin
8. Ryan Getzlaf
7. Phil Kessel
And now, in the spirit of equal time, a dissenting opinion from the Toronto media: “BLAH BLAH UNCOACHABLE BLAH BLAH NO LEADERSHIP BLAH WAH HE WON’T TALK TO ME BLAH WAH.”
6. Justin Williams
5. Henrik Lundqvist
4. Tyler Seguin
It's a Tuesday 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: Many guests! Tracey Myers on the Blackhawks! Gene Principe on the Oilers! And Joe Yerdon on the Sabres!
• The Leafs' streak and what it means.
• Big inury for Winnipeg.
• News and notes.
Question of the Day: What is your biggest hope and concern for EPIX Road To The Winter Classic? Email email@example.com or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek . Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago
There is perhaps no greater motivator in the NHL this season than defiance.
The Detroit Red Wings were going to lose a coach and age out of the playoffs; instead, they lead the Atlantic. The Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Flames were written off in the West; they’re on the bubble. The Florida Panthers play to empty seats and might fill them in the postseason. Even the Buffalo Sabres have suddenly shifted their tank into reverse.
Then there are the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A team that hit rock bottom, had sand kicked in their faces as they were defecated upon, before brushing themselves off, ignoring those that maligned them and beginning the long climb back.
Nov. 15, 2014: The Leafs lose 6-2 to the Buffalo Sabres, then the worst team in hockey. The story after the game was that Phil Kessel snubbed a reporter. Thus began the debate about his leadership. Again.
Since then, the Leafs have lost two games: One to the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime and one to the New Jersey Devils on home ice, in one of those “our opponent has everyone injured and so this should be easy and oh crap we just lost” trap games.
Repeating our top story: Two points away from the top of the division.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago
As you may have heard, the NHL has been hit with an odd outbreak of the mumps, affecting upwards of six teams and around 14 players.
We’ve had plenty of theories and explanations on how this virus has spread from player to player. What we’ve yet to have is a definitive parody anthem for this bizarre epidemic – until now.
Old illness, almost gone
Now it's a pandemic scene
Ain't it funny rumors fly
And I know you heard about
Crosby's face, let's be real
Wonder how the beat guys feel.
Grab your doctor by the hand
Hope he can make you better by the weekend
Yeah, it's totally contagious
Wait 'til it hits the Flames
When I log on Twitter (mmm)
I see another name
Got a long list of infected
Guys playing through the pain