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  • NHL Three Stars: Perry, Williams finally score

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    The noted pest broke out of an 18 game goal-less streak at the best possible moment. The Ducks came back from being down 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes by scoring two goals in a 1:31. Perry’s tally was the game tying goal with 2:23 left in the third. Anaheim went on to win the in the shootout.

    No. 2 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

    Just another three point night for the Sens captain. Karlsson scored to put Ottawa up 2-0 on the San Jose Sharks. After losing the lead, Karlsson helped set up what would be Chris Kelly’s game winning goal with 1:06 to go in the game.

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Twice the Toronto Maple Leafs came within a goal of tying the Wild. Going into the third period with Minnesota up 3-2, it was entirely on Dubnyk’s shoulders to stop the Leafs. Toronto out-shot the Wild 17-3 in the final frame alone. In his 300th career start, somehow Dubnyk walked away with the win.

    … Also in the beautiful but not enough goals category: Tyler Bozek. Check out his backhand that beats Dubnyk:

    … Mike Condon made 35 of 37 saves for the Senators in the win. Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in the last 10 games.

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  • Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved.

    D’OH!

    Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

    The issue the government had with it is the similarity it drew to the logo of the College of Saint Rose. Clarke summarized the 164 page document from the US Patent Office as ‘essentially, the logos and stylizations are too similar.’

    Let’s take a look.

    Exhibit A – the logo for the College of Saint Rose:

    Exhibit B – the sundry of logos for the Vegas Golden Knights

    Maybe it’s nuanced, but what’s the obvious similarity aside from them both being the Golden Knights?

    Puck Daddy emailed Vegas PR to ask for comment on the report and have not received a response.

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  • Galchenyuk, Desharnais out 6-8 weeks with knee injuries

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 9 hrs ago

    The injury bug has taken a big chunk out of the Montreal Canadiens. On Wednesday, the team announced both Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais will be out six to eight weeks with knee injuries.

    Galchenyuk left Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings after a run in with Anze Kopitar that saw Galchenyuk’s knee get tweaked awkwardly.

    Here’s the Galchenyuk injury #Habs pic.twitter.com/y8HohlgFyQ

    — Joey Alfieri (@joeyalfieri) December 4, 2016

    The center currently leads the Habs in both points (23) and goals (9).

    As for Desharnais, in Tuesday’s game versus the St. Louis Blues the smaller Desharnais went in for a hit on Jay Bouwmeester and ended up with the worst of it.

    Desharnais’ nine points isn’t as big of an offensive loss as Galchenyuk, but it does put the team in a precarious position at center.

    Yet the biggest silver lining is this – it could be worse. It could be Carey Price.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Wednesday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    Wednesday provides a little respite in between the bustling action on Tuesday and Thursday. However, that’s not necessarily a good thing for daily fantasy players. There’s only four games worth of players to choose from, so here are some to target and avoid…

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    GOALIE

    Martin Jones , SAN vs. OTT ($35): Jones has a sparkling 1.99 GAA and .924 save percentage, and the Sharks lead the league in goals allowed. Ottawa’s offense is far from formidable — they average 2.3 goals per game — which bodes well for that continuing. The Sharks seem like a good bet to get Jones a win, and Jones likely won’t be tested too much. That makes him well worth this price.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    Nino Niederreiter , MIN at TOR ($14): The Wild have clearly the best matchup of any team playing Wednesday. Toronto is 28th in goals allowed, and Frederik Andersen only has a .913 save percentage. Niederreiter provides some real bang for your buck with seven goals and eight assists in 24 games, and has been a 20-goal scorer in his last two seasons.

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSEMEN

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

  • Toews' back, winning Blue Jackets and surprising Bruins (Puck Daddy Countdown)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago

    (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)

    7. The concussion spotter hubbub

    I can say with 100,000 percent certainty that if like Mark Letestu or whoever ended up bouncing his head off the ice and getting pulled from the game, we wouldn’t have to sit through this nonsense “WHAT ARE THESE SPOTTERS EVEN DOING” stuff from the Canadian hockey media this week.

    6. Putting the John in John Gibson

    Folks,

    Okay, so listen, John Gibson can’t come in to bail out Jonathan Bernier from getting Montoya’d because he has diarrhea. Fair enough. It happens. Not a lot or anything, but it happens.

    But for Randy Carlyle to say, “Well folks, I couldn’t play him… because he had diarrhea!” is just about the funniest thing in the entire world.

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    5. Jonathan Toews’s mystery back injury!!!

    1. Boston University

     

  • Arbitrator sides with Maple Leafs on Jared Cowen buyout

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are now officially able to buy out defenseman Jared Cowen.

    According to multiple reports, Toronto won their arbitration case against the defenseman they acquired last season from the Ottawa Senators as part of the nine-player trade involving Dion Phaneuf.

    The Maple Leafs placed Cowen on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying him out last summer but the team was unable to officially do so due to lingering issues involving a hip injury dating back to 2012 surgery.

    Cowen, on the other hand, will not get his $4.5 million salary and will receive $750,000 this year and $750,000 next season. The hearing took place in on Oct. 19.

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  • NWHL takes 2017 All-Star Game to Pittsburgh

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

     

    In a letter on the NWHL website, league commissioner Dani Rylan hinted at a huge announcement regarding the location of the All-Star Game.

    For a league in desperate need of positive PR, it would take a seismic announcement to change the narrative; at least, for a little while.  Anything involving the franchise that currently holds the title of defending Stanley Cup champions certainly helps.

    The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 the best of the best in the NWHL will showcase their talents in Pittsburgh (more or less).

    From the NWHL press release:

    All 2017 NWHL All-Star events will be held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Cranberry Township, PA – 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

    In Rylan’s letter, she spoke to the decision to take the All-Star Game outside the ‘Founding Four’ team locations of Buffalo, Boston, New York and Connecticut.

    Making this decision public after so much bad press in the past two weeks leads one to believe the NWHL has enough capital to keep functioning through, at the very least, the All-Star Game.

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  • Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Assessing slow starters through IPP

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    (Ed. Note: We’re once again pleased to partner with Dobber Hockey to provide fantasy hockey insight throughout the NHL season. Here’s Steve Laidlaw, the Managing Editor of DobberHockey , as your new fantasy hockey smarty-pants!)

    By Steve Laidlaw

    This week we will take a look at Individual Point Percentage (IPP) and its potential impacts for your fantasy league.

    First of all, what is IPP? Quite simply, it is the percentage of times a player recorded a point on all the goals scored while he was on the ice. The higher your IPP, the more involved (or luckier) you have been offensively. The best point producers in the league will typically be involved in 75-80% of the scoring that takes place with them on the ice. We see top scorers like Connor McDavid, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in this range, to name a few. But it’s not all that helpful to look at guys who we know are talented scorers. Instead, lets look at some of the folks who have not been involved in their team’s offense despite playing a sizeable role.

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    Kuznetsov, Thornton, Bergeron and Palmieri are all screaming, “BUY!”

     

  • Ghost Bear ale; Norris worthy Burns; Cunningham update (Puck Headlines)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    Here are your Puck Headlines: A glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Shayne Gostisbehere is getting his own beer. [Conshohocken Brewery]

    • If we’re talking about best defensemen in the NHL, it’s time to start including Brent Burns in that conversation. [TSN]

    • Ken Holland would like to see a play-in game for the final wild card playoff spots. Why that’s a bad idea. [The Hockey News]

    • The NHL will be moving into new office in 2020 in New York City that will feature offices, a retail store and an NHL-branded public skating rink. [NY Post]

    • Finally, horse hockey? Horse hockey.

  • John Scott, unlikely NHL All-Star, announces his retirement

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 18 hrs ago

    It’s been known for a while, but John Scott made it official on Wednesday that’s he’s retired.

    Writing on The Players’ Tribune, Scott announced that he’s now focusing on his new full-time job: stay-at-home dad for his four daughters.

    Undrafted out of Michigan Tech, Scott signed his first contract with the Minnesota Wild during the 2006-07 season. He would play for seven teams over the course of his career, scoring five goals (one featured on a shirt he wore) and racking up over 70 fights between the NHL and AHL, per HockeyFights.com.

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    Scott had a storybook ending to an unlikely career – one that he never took for granted.

    From the Players Tribune:

    What can I say?

    You’re damn right I did.