Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 32 mins ago
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• Featured at this weekend’s Stadium Series game in Pittsburgh: The Philly Chicken & Waffle Fry Stak vs The Steel City Pot Roast Stak. Droooool
• After being pulled from Monday’s game by a concussion spotter, Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is no fan of the system. “What stops a fourth liner from going and bumping into a goalie? It’s just a two-minute penalty to get your starting goalie out? I don’t think it’s happened in a playoff game yet, but I’m sure it will.” [Arizona Republic]
• Matthew vs. Laine is the new Crosby vs. Ovechkin. [Vice]
• Finally, here’s CSKA and Jokerit having a line brawl during the KHL playoffs on Tuesday:
Jonathan Willis at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
For Stanley Cup contenders and NHL cellar dwellers, the league’s annual trade deadline features few complex decisions. Potential champions add to their rosters. Bad teams collect futures, sending away players on expiring deals and older veterans without long-term utility.
Teams like the Calgary Flames have it tougher. Sixty games into the season it isn’t clear whether they’ll be good enough or lucky enough to make the playoffs. They have only the narrowest of leads on the Los Angeles Kings and Winnipeg Jets for the West’s final playoff berth.
On Monday, general manager Brad Treliving signaled that the possibility of the postseason was worth some risk, bringing in defenceman Michael Stone at the relatively cheap price of a third-round pick. Included was a conditional fifth-rounder in the event he signs an extension with the Flames.
The Flames can afford to take a few risks, and should be willing to make modest outlays to address areas of real need. At the same time, they should shop their own assets and avoid expensive additions. It’s difficult to prepare for the playoffs and simultaneously safeguard the future, but such is the plight of any rebuilding team.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
Kent Johnson and Shanta Balut, a lovely couple from Moose Lake, Minnesota, were married on the ice at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday ahead of the Minnesota Wild’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks.
The bride wore a white Minnesota Wild sweater with BRIDE on the back. The groom wore a black Blackhawks jersey – which we suppose counts as formal wear in comparison to their other sweaters – with GROOM and the No. 65 on the back, because nothing conveys matrimonial respect and patience more than an Andrew Shaw reference.
But the groom also wore two other items on this blessed day: A Minnesota Wild hat, and a Minnesota Wild tie.
THE TIE IS LITERALLY COVERING UP THE GREATEST LOGO IN SPORTS BESIDES THE RED WINGS’ ONE.
Look, we all know marriage is about compromise. She gives up space in the bathroom cabinet, he agrees not to turn that third bedroom into “my unboxed action figure display area.” That sort of thing.
But as Pete Blackburn of Fox Sports notes, there’s compromise and then there’s treason:
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Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 2 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 YIV_FILTER_HOLDER_0001 , as your new fantasy hockey smarty-pants!)
By Steve Laidlaw
With the NHL trade deadline fast approaching, we should look the impact a trade might have. Often, you’ll find that price tags in fantasy leagues go up on players who are dealt in the NHL, whether right or wrong. The extra attention just seems to ramp up the cost.
You’ll also find that it is often not the players who are traded who see a boost in value, but rather it is the players left behind who fill their role that jump to another level.
Kevin Shattenkirk – D – St. Louis Blues – 95% owned
Even with the Blues playing better hockey under Mike Yeo, they may still choose to sell Shattenkirk at the trade deadline, rather than lose him for nothing this summer. Shattenkirk is one of the premiere power-play quarterbacks in the NHL. Over the past three years, he ranks second to only Nicklas Backstrom in points/60 with the man-advantage.
Ben Bishop – G – Tampa Bay Lightning – 93% owned
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews is a sensation.
He inspires gasps of appreciation for his goals. He inspires young players in, like, Scottsdale to pick up a stick. But most of all, he inspires … hip-hop anthems.
Yes, like Alex Ovechkin, Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux before him, Auston Matthews has served as a rap muse. RBLx, a collective from Ottawa that’s dedicated to “be the voice of the youth,” dropped a track called “Auston Matthews” that’s both a tribute to his greatness and the moment in which “Auston Matthews” becomes synonymous with being a young, rich baller on the mean Canadian streets.
Here’s the video. WARNING: SOME ADULT LANGUAGE.
We asked Samuel Siboko, founder of RBLx, about what the hell we just listened to:
Q. So how does a song about Auston Matthews come about? What inspires it?
Q. What lyric best captures the spirit of the song?
SIBOKO: “19 in the NHL and I ain’t sitting on the bench.”
Q. Do the Leafs have hip-hop cred?
Q. When can we expect a Connor McDavid or Patrick Laine diss track?
Q. Anything else we should know?
Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
The Chicago captain notched his fourth career regular season hat trick and picked up two assists in a 5-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild. He became the first Blackhawks player to score five points in a game since Nov. 25, 2011 when he had two goals and three assists against the Anaheim Ducks. Toews now has 14 points in his last eight games and 42 in 51 this season. The victory was the seventh straight for Chicago on the road, which tied a franchise record for longest road winning streak. This was set Dec. 9-29, 1964.
No. 2 Star: Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames
Gaudreau notched four assists in a 6-5 overtime win over the Nashville Predators, which helped the Flames improve to 30-26-4 and 64 points. Calgary currently holds the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference, two points ahead of the Los Angeles Kings. The four assists for Gaudreau were a career-high and helped snap a stretch of four straight games where he didn’t score a point. Gaudreau now has 39 points in 50 games this season.
No. 3 Star: Auston Matthews, Toronto Maple Leafs
Did you know? The Penguins are 69-4-1 when Crosby and Malkin score in same game.
Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
The final payment for the Vegas Golden Knights to give them team full entry into the NHL will reportedly not clear before the upcoming trade deadline.
Owner Bill Foley told KXNT radio in Las Vegas that there was no worry that the final payment of the NHL’s $500 million entrance fee will make it to the league, but the large amount of paperwork involved won’t make it possible for the money to be approved until after March 1 – the day of the trade deadline. If the money was approved before then, they wouldreportedly have been allowed to make smaller trades and transactions at the deadline, when a lot of the league’s in-season deals take place.
At the NHL’s All-Star Break it was reported that Foley’s purchase of the franchise would officially close around March 1.
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago
A puck-handling mistake by Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek led to a goal by New York Islanders forward Josh Bailey in their Tuesday game at Joe Louis Arena.
At around the 15:00 mark of the first period, Mrazek came out of the net to play the puck to start his team’s breakout. He then fed it right to Bailey, who had set up in the Red Wings zone, preparing counterattack. It appeared that Mrazek was attempting to send the puck to forward Anthony Mantha, but clearly put the puck right on Bailey’s stick instead.
Bailey quickly cashed in and made the game 1-0 in favor of New York.
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had an eventful evening in a 3-2 shootout win at the New York Rangers on Tuesday.
First, Price left his team’s pre-game warm-up early with three minutes left in the sessionafter taking a high shot near his left shoulder from forward Paul Byron.
The high shot in warm- just the beginning of an action-packed night for Price. Early in the first period, teammate Shea Weber bumped into the netminder and knocked off Price’s helmet.
Price was able to keep together and made 28 saves, including this incredible stop in overtime on J.T. Miller.
Byron also ended up scoring the shootout winner, which probably made him feel good considering his pre-game snafu.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 19 hrs ago
The Vegas Golden Knights held an open house for potential season ticket holders on this week, and it was super fun.
Fans could grab sheets of paper on the seats they wanted, bring them to the ticket sellers and grab their seats right then and there for the inaugural season of the NHL expansion team.
Fans had a change to bang a gong, too, which is always fun:
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) February 21, 2017
So how much are Vegas tickets going to in this first season? The Sin Bin snapped an image of the season and partial-season ticket plans:
And here’s the partial:
Still, replica jerseys for every two seats you buy! Yahoo’s own Kevin Iole is in:
We think this is code for “buy him beer.”