Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 mins ago
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• Good to see Pascal Dupuis among the names the Pittsburgh Penguins petitioned to have on the Stanley Cup. [Penguins]
• Former Windsor Spitfires forward Ben Johnson was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for sexual assault. [Buzzing the Net]
• What’s been behind the strong start of the Tampa Bay Lightning? Start with some balanced scoring. [Raw Charge]
• The case for the 8 teams who’ve yet to participate in an outdoor game to have them involved in the future. [Sportsnet]
Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
The injuries affecting the Boston Bruins isn’t only limited to their crease. Aside from being without their top two goaltenders they were also missing Frank Vatrano, Kevan Miller and David Backes.
Backes is the newest member of the Bruins’ injured list and his situation was clarified a bit by the team on Wednesday morning.
According to GM Don Sweeney, Backes had the olecranon bursa from an elbow removed on Monday and we’ll know more about his status sometime this coming weekend.
The condition, per the American Society for Surgery of the Hand website, is when too much fluid fills in the area between the boney tip of the elbow (bursa) and the skin and becomes irritated.
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 hr ago
Before Justin Bieber became a global celebrity (for a variety of reasons), he was a moppet in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey, playing hockey in Canada.
It’s remained a part of his identity as an adult, or whatever. Bieber brings his gear on tour with him, and tries to get an opportunity to skate with a pro team wherever he can. “It’s a good release for him from the manic world he lives in, especially on tour,” said Neil Russell, general manager of the Manchester Storm of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the U.K.
Russell and his team found this out firsthand this week.
And in Denmark:
On Tuesday, he added Manchester to the list. And it was quite a frantic night.
Russell said he “popped an email off to the management company” for Bieber a few weeks ago, after seeing him skate with that team in Munich. “I didn’t hear anything back. I didn’t expect to hear anything back,” he said.
Guess who wasn’t at the rink?
Frantic as the moments were, the players arrived, and soon Bieber arrived to skate with them.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago
The NHL announced on Wednesday that it’s entered into a “long-term agreement that expands the scale and scope of Fanatics’ relationship with the League.” As in Fanatics is “the official manufacturer of a broad range of NHL apparel and headwear, including replica jerseys.”
We checked with the NHL, and yes, this means what you think it means: When you buy a replica NHL jersey (for around $169.99), you will get a Fanatics logo on it. You’ll need to buy an authentic jersey (for around $359.99) to get the Adidas logo that’s on the sweaters the pros wear.
From the NHL:
Beginning with the 2017-18 season, Fanatics will become the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of all adult replica NHL jerseys, the top tier of which will be called “The Breakaway.” The replica jerseys will be produced by Fanatics Branded, the company’s merchandise division, and will be designed with fan-first features that are intended for enhanced comfort and versatility. Fanatics will also offer a line of youth replica NHL jerseys.
Here’s an example:
Fanatics is also taking over the Stanley Cup Playoffs gear and is basically powering the NHL’s e-commerce side, including Shop NHL, which has Fanatics branding on it.
Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago
Anecdotally, the very best teams in any sport say they have a tough time because any time they play anyone, they get that opponent’s A-plus game. Very few teams will go into such a contest anything less than hyped up and ready to go.
It is therefore understandable why a team like North Dakota would want to schedule soft opening opponents. Ease yourself into the season, collect some crucial W’s, and see where you stand before the actual tough competition ratchets up.
That seems to have been North Dakota’s plan for this year.
Much of the Fighting Hawks schedule was undoubtedly set long before they won the national title last spring, and you can only play the teams in front of you. But while North Dakota is 5-0, and haven’t left the greater Grand Forks area yet this season, you have to say that it’s tough to determine how good this team actually is.
But who has North Dakota played? Canisius for two, RPI for one, and most recently Bemidji State for two. All five were at home. And they whaled on those opponents to the tune of a plus-12 goal differential and 65 percent possession number at 5-on-5. But frankly, that’s what North Dakota should do to programs of that quality.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago
In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:
– All the goals! There’s so much offense in the NHL this season, and we try to figure out why it’s happening.
– Are the Montreal Canadiens for real?
– Aaron Ekblad may have forced a sophomore salary cap on the NHL.
– Checking in on the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators’ starts.
– Reader mail!
– News and notes from around the NHL.
The Marek vs. Wyshynski Podcast is hosted by Jeff Marek of Sportsnet and Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports, breaking down the NHL on a (somewhat) daily basis with their particular brand of whimsy and with guest voices from around the hockey world. MvsW streams live while its being recorded: LISTEN HERE! [And if that doesn’t work, try here.]
Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos scored two goals and added two assists in a 7-3 drubbing of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Lightning were efficient in their attack, scoring on just 24 shots on goal. The 26-year-old Stamkos is off to a hot start with five goals and four assists in his first six games.
No. 2 Star: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
The scoring winger fired one goal and added three assists as his line with Stamkos and Vladislav Namestnikov combined for 10 points on the night. Kucherov hasn’t shown any rust after missing training camp as he waited to sign a new contract. He has seven points on the season to rank second on the Lightning.
No. 3 Star: Brian Elliott, Calgary Flames
Elliott stopped 23 of 24 shots on goal to help the Flames to a big 4-1 road win over his former team, the St. Louis Blues. The Flames acquired Elliott last summer from the Blues and over the last two games he has allowed just three goals. Elliott has a 3.37 goal-against average and .882 save percentage on the season.
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago
Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf suffered an upper body injury and did not start the third period for his team in their game at the San Jose Sharks.
In the second period, Getzlaf took a puck off the forearm on a shot from Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Getzlaf winced in pain and then went to the locker room. He eventually returned in the second but clearly didn’t feel well enough to start the third period.
After the game, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Getzlaf’s status would be reassessed Wednesday.
The Ducks lost the game 2-1 in overtime.
Here is the play:
Here is the play where Getzlaf takes puck off left hand/forearm. He went to locker room right after. pic.twitter.com/UTOZH9tkDy
— DucksNPucks (@DucksNPucks) October 26, 2016
At the start of the third, the Ducks listed Getzlaf as “questionable.”
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 13 hrs ago
Anaheim Ducks goaltender Jonathan Bernier exited his team’s Tuesday game against the San Jose Sharks with an upper body injury.
It’s unclear when exactly Bernier was hurt. He had stopped 10 of 11 shots on goal after one period of action. It was just the second game for Bernier with his new team this season. John Gibson started the second period for the Ducks.
After the game, a 2-1 overtime loss for Anaheim, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Bernier suffered a muscle injuryand would be reassessed Wednesday. The Orange County Register notedthat a recall of Dustin Tokarski from the AHL’s San Diego Gulls was possible. The Ducks play the Nashville Predators on Wednesday.
Bernier’s potential absence might require a call up of Dustin Tokarski from the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in San Diego. Gibson said he would be ready to go if called upon to start. He’ll need to bounce back quickly.
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 14 hrs ago
Frederik Andersen’s struggles with the Toronto Maple leafs worsened in the team’s 7-3 Tuesday loss against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Andersen stopped just 17 of 24 Lightning shots goal to drop his save percentage to .851 on the season and boost his goal-against average to 4.29. The 27-year-old netminder, who was acquired last summer to be the team’s starting goaltender of the future, is just 1-1-3.
“I don’t know where to start, but didn’t feel good right away, felt like everything bounced the wrong way,” Andersen said. “I wasn’t able to make any saves when we needed (them).”
Even though Andersen had problems early, Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock kept the netminder in the game hoping Andersen could figure out his issues. Toronto clawed their way out of a 4-0 deficit to 5-3 at the 9:47 mark to put the team within striking distance.
But then Andersen allowed two power play goals, one by Vladislav Namestnikov and another by Jonathan Drouin to put the game at 7-3.
“You’ve just got to learn from it, that’s all it is,” Andersen said. “I’ve got to be better and got to go back and work harder.”