Greg Wyshynski

  • How NBC is selling Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins ‘Rivalry Night’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 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.

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Jody Shelley; Road To Winter Classic review

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

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

    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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com 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!

  • EPIX Road To NHL Winter Classic Ep. 1: That wasn’t cool (Review)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    (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?

    Not cool.

    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.

  • Pass or Fail: LA Kings reveal white pants, Stadium Series jerseys

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    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 …

  • Top 10 hockey players of 2014 (Puck Daddy’s Year in Review)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

    (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

  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: EPIX Winter Classic show preview; Sabres surge

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

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

    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 puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com 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!

  • Toronto Maple Leafs’ defiant win streak: For real or fooling us again?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day 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.

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  • Listen to amazing NHL mumps song, to tune of Taylor Swift (Video)

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day 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.

    Tally Deushane, the ukulele-strumming songstress behind the classic “Puck Bunnies” song , is back with “Mumps Face,” a hilarious hockey-centric take-off on Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space.” 

    Sample prose:

    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

  • NHL Three Stars: Buffalo Sabres continue hot streak; Isles top Devils

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    No. 1 Star: Brian Flynn, Buffalo Sabres

    Flynn’s rebound goal with 3:29 left in the third period tied the game, and Matt Moulson’s lone shootout tally eventually won it over the Ottawa Senators, 5-4. Buffalo has now won six straight at home. Flynn also assisted on a Foligno goal.

    No. 2 Star: Steve Downie, Pittsburgh Penguins

    The Penguins pest scored a goal and assisted on Brian Dumoulin’s dagger in the third period as Pittsburgh defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2. Downie, a former Bolt, also had six hits.

    No. 3 Star: Josh Bailey, New York Islanders

    Bailey sparked an Islanders rally in the second period and then closed out the game in the shootout as New York topped the New Jersey Devils, 3-2.

    Honorable Mention: Foligno had a goal and an assist. … Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone and Alex Chiasson scored their seventh goals for Ottawa. Rookie Curtis Lazar socred his first career goal. … Bryan Rust and Dumoulin scored their first NHL goals. … Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves. … Scott Gomez had a goal, an assist and a shootout goal. … Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves to outduel Keith Kinkaid (31 saves). Kinkaid is a Long Island native.

  • John Tavares spears Marek Zidlicky, who didn’t think it’s ‘necessary’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 days ago

    At 18:11 of the third period on Monday night, Marek Zidlicky delivered an open-ice hit on New York Islanders captain John Tavares.

    This was not something Tavares appreciated. So he responded like any man carrying a large piece of lumber would respond, which was to cram it into Zidlicky’s lower body.

    Tavares was given two minutes for slashing, which is apparently a polite way of saying “spearing.”

    The Islanders killed off the penalty, and eventually beat the Devils in the shootout for a 3-2 victory, because that’s what happens when the Islanders and Devils go to the shootout, respectively.

    After the game, Zidlicky recalled the spear via Tom Gulitti: "I don't think it was necessary. I don't know what to say. It is what it is.”

    Did it hurt? "A little bit the first couple seconds. He hit my stomach, but I'm OK,” he said.

    So there you go. Even in spearing, Tavares has impeccable aim.