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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Friday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 49 mins ago

    By Chris Morgan

    While events in the political realm may be on your mind Friday, if you can look beyond these pressing matters, there are six NHL games on the slate as well. Three of the NHL’s Canadian teams are in action. Perhaps you can watch them play and dream of moving to the cities they call home. You know, for reasons. Or you can just play some daily fantasy hockey.

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    GOALIE

    Matt Murray , PIT at CAR ($27): Yes, Murray recently had a seven-goal disaster. However, that was but one bad evening, and he still has a 2.46 GAA and .917 save percentage on the whole despite that awful start. He also has the league’s best offense (3.52 goals per game) in front of him. Despite this, Murray is the cheapest likely starter on Friday’s slate. In fact, the next-cheapest goalie, Cory Schneider , will cost you $30. It’s not the easiest matchup in the world, but Murray is such a bargain that he’s still worth grabbing at this price.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

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  • AHL demotion best move for Anthony Duclair, Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago

    It’s a lost season for the Arizona Coyotes. Unable to build off the strides they made a year ago with an infusion of young talent, they’ve taken a step back this year and all eyes are pointing toward the draft lottery.

    One of those young talents who enjoyed a solid 2015-16 season was Anthony Duclair, who netted 20 goals and 44 points in his rookie year. This season? Things haven’t gone as planned with three goals and nine points in 41 games. With those struggles, the Coyotes decided to try and get a piece of their future right by sending him to Tucson of the AHL.

    “Anthony is a good young player,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka in a statement. “Unfortunately, he has struggled this season. We felt this was a good time to send him to Tucson to work on a few things and hopefully regain his scoring touch. We hope to have him rejoin our team soon.”

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  • Leafs' Polak stares down Ray Ferraro during analysis of hit (Video)

    Mackenzie Liddell at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

     

    Late in the second period of Thursday’s game between Toronto and New York, Roman Polak caught Mats Zuccarello with a questionable hit that sent the Rangers forward hobbling to the bench.

    Polak wasn’t penalized on the play and returned to his spot at the end of the Leafs bench, right next to TSN analyst Ray Ferraro.

    This is where things get awkward. Ferraro begins to go in on the play, claiming the Leafs defenceman caught Zuccarello with a knee. Polak doesn’t agree and let’s Ferraro know by throwing his hands up and staring him down. The frowning nod-and-spit combo at the end really ties it all together.

    .@rayferrarotsn details Roman Polak's hit on Mats Zuccarello while Polak watches next ot him pic.twitter.com/NaCgbolydA

    — Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) January 20, 2017

    Ferraro was a fearless player during his playing days, and it appears things haven’t changed in his broadcasting career.

  • Clarke MacArthur will not play for Senators this season due to concussion

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    Clarke MacArthur will not suit up for the Ottawa Senators this season after suffering a concussion in September, GM Pierre Dorion announced on Friday.

    “Clarke is devastated by this news,” Dorion said. “He felt he didn’t have any symptoms but I think in the long-term of this process we always said that the doctors would decide if Clarke was going to play.”

    “They all feel that Clarke should not play this year.”

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    The 31-year-old MacArthur has not played an NHL game since Oct. 14, 2015 when he suffered a concussion in a game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. During a training camp scrimmage in September, MacArthur took a hit from Patrick Sieloff, which caused him to suffer a fourth concussion in 18 months.

    Quirky thing about 3 of MacArthur's concussions: result of hits with teammates. Lehner, Mark Fraser (pre-season game) and Patrick Sielhoff.

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  • SPHL game postponed following Columbus Cottonmouths bus crash

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Friday’s Southern Professional Hockey League game between the Peoria Rivermen and Columbus Cottonmouths has been postponed in the wake of Thursday’s bus accident involving the Cottonmouths.

    The game between the two teams on Saturday will go on as scheduled.

    The Cottonmouths’ bus rolled over on Interstate 74 as they were en route to Illinois for a two-game set against the Rivermen. There were 24 people on the bus, including players, coaches and staff, and all of them needed to be hospitalized on Thursday, with two who were trapped in the bus needing first responders to cut a hole in the roof to get them out.

    An Illinois State Trooper said that the bus driver was cited for “failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.”

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  • Boston Bruins and their Claude Julien problem (Trending Topics)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

    It feels like the Boston Bruins have been firing Claude Julien forever.

    And the thing is, at this point, it’s really a case of either [poop] or get off the pot, because this is getting ridiculous.

    You want to read the “It would be a mistake to fire Claude Julien” takes, you can do it anywhere. Here’s one from Pete Blackburn. Here’s another from Travis Yost. And if Fluto Shinzawa is saying it, you know it’s the right take to have.

    The reasons why you don’t fire Claude Julien are self-evident: The Bruins are the best possession team in the league. The Bruins have one of the lowest team shooting percentages in the league. Some of the team’s best players are having not-great seasons. The Bruins have serious roster problems that get worse the deeper down the lineup you get. The Bruins haven’t drafted particularly well in recent years.

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  • NHL Three Stars: Condon blanks Jackets, Tavares shines

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Mike Condon, Ottawa Senators

    The Senators goalie made 42 saves to lead Ottawa over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 2-0. He made 19 saves in the third period, and helped redeem himself during a 5-on-3 penalty kill that his delay of game penalty helped create.

    No. 2 Star: John Tavares, New York Islanders

    The Islanders star scored twice to help Doug Weight win his coaching debut, 3-0 over the Dallas Stars. Thomas Greiss made 23 saves. Tavares scored the first shorthanded goal of his career, as well as this awesome one:

    No. 3 Star: Nino Niederreiter, Minnesota Wild

    The Minnesota Wild blew a two-goal lead in 30 seconds during the second period, but Nino Niederreiter’s third-period power-play goal gave them a 4-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes. He had two goals and an assist in the win, while Jason Pominville had three assists.

    Did You Know? The Capitals are on a 10-0-2 roll.

     

  • Ducks vs. Avalanche game majorly delayed by broken glass

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

    The Anaheim Ducks and the Colorado Avalanche couldn’t finish the second period of their game on Thursday night.

    It was a pane in the glass.

    Defenseman Eric Gelinas of the Avalanche smacked a shot off the glass behind the Ducks’ goal, leaving a significant crack in it. The referees blew play dead, and thus began a comical delay as the Honda Center crew attempted to fix it.

    The players stood on the ice, chins on sticks, waiting to play. The goalies attempted to stay flexible.

    The arena workers couldn’t get the broken glass out. After they finally did, they needed to have a new piece of glass cut to fit the space behind the goal.

    Here is what's happening right now. Measuring glass in Anaheim. This is insane!!@Avalanche pic.twitter.com/5fVx7LQ9KK

    — Kyle Keefe (@kylekeefetv) January 20, 2017

    So the remaining 9:48 of the second period was played as the start of the third. Then there was a dry scrape. And then the third period was played.

    In total, the delay last around 45 minutes.

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  • Jake Allen pulled twice, Blues goaltending is dumpster fire

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

     

    The St. Louis Blues are in very real danger of going from first to worst in goaltending, as Jake Allen melted down again on Thursday night.

    The Blues had a .919 team save percentage last season. Heading into their game against the Washington Capitals, it stood at .892.

    Then Jake Allen was pulled in a 7-3 loss to the Capitals. Twice.

    And for the fourth time in his last six starts.

    “I don’t know how far it sets him back. There’s a lot going on right now. A lot in his head. He’s locked up mentally, and he’s going to have to fight through this,” said coach Ken Hitchcock.

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    Allen was pulled after allowing two goals on three shots in the first period. Backup Carter Hutton came in for 2 minutes and 22 seconds, and then Allen returned. It’s something Hitchcock has done before to give him goalies a mental break.

    But then he was forced to completely pull Allen after giving up a fourth goal, 7:33 into the second period. He’s now been pulled in three straight starts.

    “It went south when it went to 4-1,” said Hitchcock.

  • San Diego Gulls hope to give Chargers fans local sports fix

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    About six weeks ago, the American Hockey League’s San Diego Gulls prepared for the San Diego Chargers to make a decision on if they wanted to stay in the market.

    The Gulls had two plans once the Chargers made their choice, one celebrating the team staying and another lamenting their decision to leave. The NFL gave the Chargers a mid-January deadline to determine if they wanted to relocate from San Diego and Qualcomm Stadium and the Gulls had this timeframe in mind.

    “We wanted to be at least knowledgeable of our local market so we were ready for either scenario,” Gulls president of business operations Matt Savant said.

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    The Chargers decided to move to Los Angeles and this choice put plans in motion by the Gulls to create a situation where local sports fans could get together, talk, commiserate a little but also check out the area’s other pro contact sport.

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