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According to Yahoo Sports’ Nick Cotsonika, former New Jersey Devils defenseman Scott Stevens interviewed for a job with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.
One assumes he would be hired under through the NHL’s “What Not To Do” program, which also resulted in the addition of Chris Pronger to the department …
Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record reports that Owen Nolan and George Parros have also interviewed, the latter obviously to bring up the collective GPA of this group.
All of these players obviously share the same hockey DNA: Stevens as one of the league’s most ferocious hitters, most of which would today be illegal; Nolan as a bruising power forward; Parros as a career fighter.
If all of this feels a little redundant, that’s because it is.
One of the great things about the NHL’s competition committee, by comparison, is that it’s a cross-section of players. Seriously, look at this group. Scorers, defensemen. Guys who hit, guys who get hit. A goalie!
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The Detroit Red Wings have been on both ends of blown calls involving goals recently.
“Last year we scored a goal in here against L.A., it was wrong,” recalled Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.
That’s of course a reference to the Red Wings’ goal scored off the netting and behind Jonathan Quick of the Los Angeles Kings, which the referees missed. It tied the game at 19:33 of the third period; Detroit won in the shootout.
The skate was on the other foot against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night. Drew Miller appeared to score for the Detroit Red Wings in the first period, but the goal was waved off due to goalie interference by Luke Glendening.
Only it wasn’t interference: Holtby fell backwards scrambling back to his crease. It was a blown call.Fri, Oct 314:30 PM PDTLos Angeles at DetroitPreview Game
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MGM Resorts is building a $350 million sports arena and event center behind New York New York. That building is going to need things that will fill its 20,000 seats. They believe the National Hockey League could be that thing.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal,the company and an ownership group seeking to bring a team to Vegas have had preliminary talks:
In an interview following MGM Resorts third-quarter earnings conference call, company CFO Dan D’Arrigo said preliminary discussions had taken place with a group interested in housing an NHL team at the MGM-AEG arena, which will have 20,000 seats, along with luxury boxes and other amenities.
D’Arrigo didn’t go into details on the talks and whether the group was looking to move an existing NHL team to Las Vegas or seeking an expansion franchise.
“We would be supportive of an NHL team coming to our arena,” D’Arrigo said. “We’re highly interested and we have been in discussions with a group.”
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So things are really going well for the St. Louis Blues.
Now, more super terrific news: David Backes and T.J. Oshie are both out of the lineup. With concussions.
"Backes is concussed, out ... Oshie is concussed, out," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said, via STLToday.com. "Oshie has something else going, plus the concussion. We're not sure whether it's the bacterial (infection)."
Backes hit his head on the ice after taking a hit from Trevor Daley of the Dallas Stars in Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win.
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When a player is seriously injured during a hockey game, it’s tradition for both teammates and opponents to tap their sticks on the ice in a salute to the fallen comrade.
Jack Jablonski was that player in Dec. 2011, when an accidental check from behind left him paralyzed. Since then, he’s inspired awareness for spinal cord injury research, ranging from fundraising to a celebrity prom date.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Jablonski and his organization, the “Bel13ve In Miracles Foundation,” are holding “A Night To Bel13ve” at the Minnesota Wild’s game vs. the Dallas Stars (nee North Stars). There’s going to be an in-game presentation featuring Miracle On Ice players, as well as something that will reach beyond the walls of the arena:
A global stick-tap.
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John Moore of the New York Rangers wassuspended five games by the NHL on Wednesday for his second illegal hit to the head in the span of 12 games, which doesn’t just make him a repeat offender but a borderline serial one.
Why five games? It’s sorta the going rate for illegal hits to the head that result in injuries. Ryan White on Kent Huskins in April 2013. Deryk Engelland, also a repeat offender, got five for a hit on Justin Abdelkader in Dec. 2013. Zac Rinaldo and Mike Rupp both got four-gamers for hits last April.
But Larry Brooks of the NY Post has another theory: The NHL went five because six would have earned an appeal from the NHLPA. From the Post:
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No. 1 Star: Justin Abdelkader, Detroit Red Wings
The Red Wings forward was an offensive force in their 4-2 win over the Washington Capitals, scoring the game-tying and game-winning goals and assisting on Gustav Nyquist’s opening goal. That included this awesome individual effort in the third:
No. 2 Star: Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
Smith opened and closed the scoring for the Preds in their 4-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. Roman Josi assisted on both goals.
No. 3 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne shut the door against the Oilers with 26 saves and his sixth win of the season, although the crossbar bailed him out at least once.
Honorable Mention: Taylor Beck and Shea Weber had the other Predators goals. … Taylor Hall scored his sixth for the Oilers. … Pavel Datsyuk scored the clincher for the Red Wings. … Evgeni Kuznetsov scored a slick goal for this first of the season. … Henrik Zetterberg was a plus-3.
Did You Know? Alex Ovechkin didn’t have a point for his fifth straight game, the longest drought of this NHL career.
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“Listen shooter, I'm not gonna [expletive] you, all right? I don't give a good [expletive] what you know, or don't know, but I'm gonna torture you anyway, regardless. Not to make a save. It's amusing, to me, to torture a shooter. You can say move you want cause I've seen it all before. All you can do is pray for a five-hole, which you ain't gonna get. Now, you ever listen to K-Billy's 'Super Sounds of the Seventies' weekend? It's my personal favorite.” – Frederik Andersen, probably ...
It doesn’t get much cooler than the dialogue from Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” and it doesn’t get much cooler than honoring that pivotal film with a goalie mask.
Frederik Anderson of the Anaheim Ducks has done just that, thanks to artist Dave Gunnarsson. And not only does he have the “Reservoir Ducks” featured – including the black tie on the front of the mask – he specifically features Michael Madsen’s “Mr. Blonde.”
With a duck holding a straight razor. Near the ear, of course.
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The Arizona Coyotes face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night, and Mike Smith will tend goal for them.
Normally, this wouldn’t be news: He’s the starter, after all. But he’s also been terrible this season: 2-4-0, with a 4.29 GAA and an .858 save percentage. At even strength, even worse: .855 save percentage. This includes the 7-3 drubbing from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
“Smitty had an average night. Again. And we didn’t play that well in front of him,” said Coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett’s defended Smith throughout the team’s struggles, and he has a point: The Coyotes have inexplicably been sloppy in defensive coverage this season. Players like Oliver Ekman-Larsson have made some downright amateurish mistakes, which Tippett chalks up to trying to do too much to pull the team out of its slump.
“He’d certainly like to make a few more stops, but we have to clean up some of the stuff in front of him. We’re missing assignments, just plain and simple. Giving up opportunities we shouldn’t be giving,” he said.
“You start pressing. Overdoing things, instead of getting in a rhythm.”