- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy49 mins ago
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BY STEVE LAIDLAW
Goaltending is arguably the most important position in fantasy hockey. In standard Yahoo! leagues goaltending accounts for 40 percent of the scoring, yet goaltenders only make up 17 percent of your actual roster. That means you are counting on a substantial output from a small number of players. Locking down solid goaltending is a great way to ensure you will be competitive this season.
Figuring out who to take is the trick. Over the last 10 seasons, only one goalie has managed to produce at a top-five level for more than two consecutive seasons. That goalie was Henrik Lundqvist, and he has since spent the past three seasons ranking 13 th overall. Goaltenders simply do not get much time at the top so simply going by last season’s stats may not be the wise choice.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – The house was rocking, as fans filled nearly every seat, raising their voices throughout the game with the knowledge that their team was playing with championship glory on the line.
That was the scene as the Toronto Blue Jays took on the Baltimore Orioles at Rogers Centre in front of over 44,000 fans on Tuesday night.
Down the street at Air Canada Centre, where Team Canada was playing Team Europe in Game 1 of their best-of-three series in the World Cup of Hockey final, the atmosphere was different. The crowd was subdued, and quiet for stretches, despite having the dominant home team two wins away from an international hockey championship. The fans finally came alive in the third period when Canada did, as they defeated Europe 3-1.
“It’s different,” said defenseman Alex Pietrangelo of Canada. “Once the game got going, the excitement was there. But you play against the Americans, you play against the Russians, and it’s obviously different.”
Most of the credit goes to Team Europe, whose puck-control game has syphoned the energy out of the Air Canada Centre more than once in the World Cup tournament – by design.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – Early in the first game of the World Cup final, Team Europe zipped into the offensive zone on the attack.
They fired three three shots on goal and quickly drew a crosschecking penalty by Canada forward Brad Marchand.
Throughout the first two periods, Europe never held back against the undefeated Canadians. This was a change in how they had approached previous World Cup games, where they fell back into a defensive style rather than carrying the play.
In the first period, even though they allowed two goals and didn’t score any, they attempted 23 shots to Canada’s 20. In the second period they scored a goal to pull the game to within 2-1.
After the game European players said they had played their best game of the tournament and noted they won somewhat of a moral victoryin their 3-1 loss, but left wondering what they had to do to actually beat the powerful Canadians.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
TORONTO – Ryan Getzlaf had a glorious scoring opportunity as he entered the Team Europe zone after stripping Zdeno Chara of the puck. The way defenseman Andrej Sekera was positioned, the Team Canada forward could have taken the shot himself to try and double their lead to 2-0, but he chose to pass.
“Unfortunately that’s kind of my mentality all the time,” Getzlaf said following Canada’s 3-1 win over Team Europe in Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey final.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy11 hrs ago
When the Montreal Canadiens acquired Andrew Shaw from the Chicago Blackhawks and handed him a six-year contract, GM Marc Bergevin praised him as a “character guy.”
While some might dispute that label, this is actually fairly accurate. Shaw is a guy. And he is a character. Which is why he’s already clowning as a Canadiens player, and could be suspended for it.
Shaw’s team was playing the Washington Capitals in an exhibition game on Tuesday night when he may have been slew-footed by Jay Beagle of the Capitals.
Shaw was upset at the trip (slewfoot?) and the result was…this: pic.twitter.com/F3rw2zO7ke
— Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 28, 2016
In retaliation for this, he decided to take a run at Caps prospect Connor Hobbs against the end boards – hitting him straight up on the numbers, crushing him. Hobbs went down, the referee’s arm went up and Shaw immediately engaged Nathan Walker of the Capitals in a fight:
A fight in which Shaw took a break to egg on the home crowd. Legend, that one.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
TORONTO – Before Game 1 of their best-of-three World Cup of Hockey final, Team Europe coach Ralph Krueger offered a mission statement for his players.
“We want to make it difficult for Canada to win the World Cup. We’d like to get in the way of that,” he said.
Mission almost accomplished. Team Europe, made up of non-North American players who didn’t have national teams in the World Cup, gave the Canadians their most difficult game of the tournament and biggest scare, before the host nation settled down for a 3-1 win on Tuesday night in Toronto.
Canada takes a 1-0 series lead. Game 2 of the series is on Thursday night at Air Canada Centre.
Once again, it was Canada’s dominant top line of Brad Marchand (1 goal, 1 assist), Patrice Bergeron (1 goal, 1 assist), and Sidney Crosby (2 assists) that led the way.
Marchand continued to make the World Cup his bar mitzvah as an offensive star, notching his fourth goal of the tournament just 12 seconds after his minor penalty for cross-checking expired. Smartly trailing the play as Boston Bruins teammate Patrice Bergeron skated, Marchand lifted the puck over goalie Jaroslav Halak (35 saves) for the 1-0 lead at 2:33 of the first.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
TORONTO – When professionals play one another in a ‘best-on-best’ tournament, one team beating the other shouldn’t be considered a big upset.
But at the World Cup, if Europe figures out a way to down Canada in their best two-of-three series, it would be considered an unexpected result.
The European team is made of players from countries that aren’t Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic or Russia. They only started to play together early in the month of September.
Meanwhile, Team Canada has several players who have been teammates in big international tournaments before. They have all taken lesser roles with this group in a selfless approach to try to win the World Cup.
Canada has also been the most dominant team in this tournament, outscoring their opponent by a total of 19-6. The two teams played each other once before with Canada winning 4-1. In that game they outshot Europe 46-20. The only goal Team Europe scored was a bad angle shot by Marian Hossa on Corey Crawford.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
TORONTO – As the 2016 World Cup of Hockey enters its final games, attention turns to that other big hockey tournament coming up in PyeongChang, South Korea.
But the chances that the NHL is going to bring its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics are dwindling by the day, according to the League.
“I think time is very short to make a decision, and I’m not sure there’s been a lot of progress made in the past six months, and I’m not sure there’s any prospect for progress to be made,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “So on the basis of that, I’d say that I’m more negative today than I was two weeks ago.”
The NHL received an update from the International Ice Hockey Federation during the World Cup, and the IIHF said there’s still much work to be done in securing the financial backing the NHL is seeking from the International Olympic Committee.
Among the issues: Travel costs, player insurance costs, better accommodations for the athletes and their guests, as well as considerations about “the physical layout of the Olympic Games, and whether the location of the Olympic Games makes that run smoothly,” said Daly.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
Last Season: 38-38-6 (82 points), 6th in the Atlantic, 13th in the East
The Canadiens had a roller coaster ride of a season in 2015-16.
They started the year an NHL record 9-0-0 and quickly looked like big time contenders. Then the injury bug hit Carey Price and the team went down an unrecoverable spiral.
Price suffered a lower body injury in late October. Came back to play three games in late November, and then was out the remainder of the NHL regular season after that. The rest of their year was filled with drama.
First there were the struggles to find the right goaltending with Price out. Mike Condon, Dustin Tokarski and Ben Scrivens tried to keep Montreal afloat but ultimately were unable to do so.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy18 hrs ago
TORONTO – The NHL and NHLPA aren’t ready to tell us how the 2020 World Cup of Hockey will be formatted, but the odds of seeing youthful Team North America and a veteran Team Europe again are pretty low.
The concept certainly worked, what with Team North America playing exciting hockey featuring a roster of top draft picks and Team Europe surprising everyone to reach the final against Canada. But you can just sense that with four years until the next one, the traditional country vs. country format will return.