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There’s a perverse joy in seeing the honeymoon end.
As we’ve talked about before, the veil’s been lifted from the eyes of Winnipeg Jets fans, who have peeled off the “be happy you even have a team again” protecting this franchise and started, you know, expecting progress and success and maybe even the faint whiff of contention.
It’s the only thing that’ll eventually force changes in Winnipeg; changes that are overdue.
Although coach Paul Maurice takes a nihilistic approach to that idea.
“Change to what? At the end of the day, to what? Is it moving our kids out? I don’t think we need to get any younger,” he said.
Maurice’s team is 1-4-0. They’re 27th in the League in offense at 1.60 goals per game – losing Evander Kane’ll do that to a team – but 18th in defense, with Ondrej Pavelec sporting a .895 percent even-strength save percentage.
In three of those five games, they trailed after the first period and never rallied.
“We have a certain reaction to bad events. Changing that reaction is a challenge,” he said on Monday.Tue, Oct 215:00 PM PDTCarolina at WinnipegPreview Game
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Evgeny Grachyov of Lokomotiv and Sergei Sentyurin of Metallurg had a fight in the KHL on Sunday that featured a few strong punches after a lengthy preamble in which they skated around staring at each other.
But the reason we dig this clip is the replay after the actual fight, when you can see the genesis of it. The stick goes. The gloves and the other stick go. Out goes the mouthpiece. Off come the helmets, gently placed alongside them.
It’s all very ritualistic, like something out of Roman times. But even those people knew well enough to wear a [expletive] helmet during a fight.
Alas, Sentyurin was suspended one game automatically for his second fight of the season. Yes, the KHL has more stringent fighting rules than the NHL. And they pay their players with paper bags stuffed with Rubles.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has answered many questions about his friend Roger Goodell recently. About how the NFL bungled its domestic violence cases, and lost the faith of many fans. About the public relations nightmare that arrives when a league’s leader doesn’t lead.
Each time, Bettman talks about the protocols in place already in the NHL for issues of domestic violence, but has also assured the media and fans that the NHL isn’t going to have a Ray Rice situation on its hands.
"Our code of conduct is we expect you to do the right things and if you don't we hold you accountable. More important than that is I believe you need to be proactive," said Bettman in Toronto last month.
Here’s your pro-action: The NHL announced on Monday morning that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been arrested on charges of domestic violence, and has been suspended indefinitely pending a League investigation.
Voynov was reportedly arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges – the NHL broke the news before any outlet in Los Angeles or TMZ did. From the League:
( Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it. Today, guest columnist Greg Wyshynski has the helm.)
By Greg Wyshynski
It’s always interesting to see what earns the label of “disrespectful” or “sacrilege” in the NHL.
To me, I’m a reporter trying to do my job in the locker room, standing where I need to stand to do so. To them, I’m trampling all over the Sacred Floor Logo, which is tantamount to pissing on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
To me, a paying customer has a right to voice his or her displeasure over the performance of a team at any point during the game. To them, that’s a lack of fan support, met with a ‘we don’t come to your job and BOO YOU’ attitude in postgame interviews.
To me, throwing your jersey on the ice can be one of the ultimate expressions of fan angst at best; or at worst, a really nasty prank from a Habs fan in Toronto.
Halloween is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for a typhoon of photos depicting NHL players in costume to hit social media. And perhaps some of them won’t be abjectly racist!
The Pittsburgh Penguins revealed their spook-tacular getups via Evgeni Malkin’s Instagramthis weekend. Malkin was a vampire, again, refusing to accept that God made gave him that Frankenstein head for a reason.
Sidney Crosby, who we all know is actually a vampire, appears to have dressed up as a troll.
Oh, wait, check that: He appears to have dressed up as Rocky Balboa, which would be totally trolling all of Philadelphia if that’s his costume. In which case Sid has rendered all orange posterboard signs at Wells Fargo Center that question his manhood immaterial – he’s won the Great Keystone War of the Trolls.
No. 1 Star: Sami Vatanen, Anaheim Ducks
The Anaheim defenseman had his first multi-goal game in the NHL, propping up the Ducks’ struggling power play with two goals in their 3-0 win over the St. Louis Blues. Fredrik Andersen made 28 saves to move to 25-5-0.
No. 2 Star: Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
Quick made 40 saves as the Kings defeated the Minnesota Wild, 2-1. Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson had the goals.
No. 3 Star: Mason Raymond, Calgary Flames
Raymond had a goal and two assists at the Flames closed out a successful road trip with a 4-1 win at the Winnipeg Jets.
Honorable Mention: Henrik Lundqvist made 33 saves at the New York Rangers blanked the San Jose Sharks, 4-0. Rick Nash scored his seventh and Carl Hagelin scored his first. … Jonas Hiller had 34 saves for the Flames; Kris Russell was a plus-3. … Mark Scheifele scored his first for the Jets.
Did You Know? Andersen joined Ross Brooks of the Boston Bruins in 1972-74 as the only goalies in NHL history to win 25 or more of their first 30 decisions. (AP)
Dishonorable Mention: Mirco Mueller, Chris Tierney, Eriah Hayes and Brent Burns were a minus-2 for the Sharks.
Defenseman Kristaps Zile delivered one of the strangest hits of 2014.
Unless you think carrying your opponent 20 feet into the boards on a hip check is the norm.
Zile plays for HC Riga’s farm team, which played an MHL (that’s the KHL’s second tier) game against HC Red Bull on Friday night. He delivered a hip check to Lukas Pozgay as the Red Bull was skating down the right wing with the puck. That hip check transformed onto an impromptu piggyback ride into the end boards, where Zile finished a brutal hit.
Pozgay was flat on the ice but returned to the Red Bulls’ bench. He didn’t play in the Saturday night rematch between the teams.
Here’s a Vine of the hit:
By the way: Zile is 16 years old, playing his second season of pro junior hockey.
No word if he charged Pozgay a fare for the ride, or if Pozgay tipped him. Although we doubt it.
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T.J. Brodie’s going to get paid, and rightfully so.
Elliotte Friedman reports that Brodie, 24, is going to ink a 5-year, $23.25-million contract extension with the Calgary Flames. He had six points in his first six games for the Flames this season, after getting 31 in 81 games in 2013-14.
He averaged 24:04 last season on average, up nearly four minutes per game over the previous lockout-shortened season.
That $4.65 million cap beginning in 2015-16 slots him right below Ryan McDonagh of the New York Rangers ($4.7 million).
Hopefully he buys Mark Giordano a steak dinner or something, considering that veteran’s impact on Brodie, who was second to Gio in Corsi relative to quality of competition last season.
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According to the estimable James Mirtle, the Minnesota Wild rank No. 24 in the NHL in average weight and No. 26 in average height.
They’re going to get knocked around and targeted, as they were against the Anaheim Ducks (average weight: No. 1).
Coach Mike Yeo knows this. And while he’d never, ever, ever criticize the NHL’s officials for not handing his team an appropriate amount of power pays, he sorta did in Los Angeles this weekend.
“We're a team that's built on speed and I think that style of hockey, that brand of hockey is very exciting for the fans," Yeo said. "I just felt in the game there were times where our speed was very frustrating for them and creating a lot of momentum for us, and there were times where they started to do things that should have warranted power plays for us.