- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy29 mins ago
Nail Yakupov’s injury misfortune gave Edmonton Oilers forward Jujhar Khaira a chance to make some hockey history on Saturday night.
Khaira is just the third Punjabi player to appear in the NHL, according to Harpreet Pandher, an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi Edition.
He suited up for the Oilers at the Pittsburgh Penguins, playing on a line with Anton Lander and Matt Hendricks.
Khaira was called up earlier in the week and looked like he might debut against the Detroit Red Wings. Instead, it was against the Penguins and players that Khaira admitted he admired.
“It’s going to be exciting if I do. There’s going to be a lot of emotions, and a lot of fun,” he said. “Those are outstanding players. I’ve been watching them growing up, and getting a chance to play with them is special.”LiveEdmonton2 - 2PittsburghFollow Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
1. Puck Daddy reported the online broadcasting deal between the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL) and ESPN. Much of the reaction to it has been positive with fans recognizing how huge this partnership is for the league. Like with the contract with NESN, both sides have remained tight lipped on the financial details. At this point, the league is focused on two things: legitimacy and staying power. The broadcasting deals
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The rivalry between Brandon Dubinsky and Sidney Crosby continued Friday night as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime. During the second period, Dubinsky cross-checked Crosby in the neck and then broke his stick on a second blow after the Penguins captain fell to the ice.
Those actions were enough for the Department of Player Safety to hold a hearing with Dubinsky on Saturday and later hand him a one-game suspension.
(So I guess this means Matthew Barnaby is out a grand?)
“I'm not surprised,” Crosby said afterward, via the Tribune-Review. “If I was going to get one of those shots, it would probably be from him.”LiveColumbus1 - 0St. LouisFollow Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins was called for goaltender interference during Friday’s matinee against the New York Rangers when he collided with Henrik Lundqvist.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien, dubious that it was the correct call, had some advice for the Rangers netminder after the game.
"I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice,” he said, via WEEI’s DJ Bean.
In response, Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault defended his netminder Saturday morning with one simple question.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
ANAHEIM – In his second year, Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has figured out a balance at forward.
As players with offensive nature tend to push back at trying to better understand defense, Gaudreau has been able to boost his offensive numbers while becoming a better all-around player.
“We saw the total package. How competitive he was, how good defensively he can be, how responsible he can be in key situations,” Flames coach Bob Hartley said. "That’s why when we lead by a goal, he’s on the ice for the last minute, because I think he’s proven to us he can read the play. He can commit when the other team has the puck and his skill set when he gets it, he can make plays that can allow us to win games.”Sat, Nov 287:00 PM PSTCalgary at San JosePreview Game
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
Now that everyone has had time to actually digest the food from Thanksgiving, you'll easily be able to handle another 12-game slate Saturday, right? With so many games over the course of two days, there will be plenty of teams playing back-to-backs, which means unlikely heroes and a good amount of backup goalies. GOALIE Pekka Rinne, NSH vs. BUF ($32) - There's no hiding the fact that Rinne has really struggled the last couple of weeks. He's allowed at least three goals in his last four starts, each on the road. Perhaps returning to Nashville against a Sabres team that has lost six in a row will end his cold streak. Buffalo is the only team the Preds have defeated in their last five games, so with the high win probability and a low price, Rinne is the ideal cash-game play Saturday. Goalie to Avoid: Scott Darling, CHI at LAK ($33) - Darling has looked like more bust than boom this season with a 2.52 GAA and .912 save percentage in six appearances. His numbers are even worse on the road with a 3.36 GAA and .885 save percentage over four games. The Kings have had a couple days off following a five-game road trip and should be fresh after the holidays. The Blackhawks are on the second of back-to-back games and have been vulnerable on defense lately. CENTER Kyle Turris, OTT at ARI ($21) - Turris is one of the more underrated centers in the league, and when he's hot he can be an absolute fantasy stud. He's in one of those stretches with three goals and five points in his last four games. The Coyotes allow nearly three goals per game this season and will throw backup Anders Lindback in net, so expect a lot of goals from a Senators squad that has scored 19 times its last four games. Center to Avoid: Leon Draisaitl, EDM at PIT ($22) - At this point Draisaitl is a household name, so his days as a low-priced, high ceiling play are over. His high ownership and mere six fantasy points in the last two games means it's time to ignore Draisaitl for a bit until the Oilers start scoring more goals. It also doesn't help that the matchup against Pittsburgh on the road is a pretty tall order for the young center. WING Adam Henrique, NJD at MTL ($20) - Henrique entered Friday with goals in back-to-back games and his 10 scores is tied for 13th in the NHL. The Devils play a back-to-back against the Canadiens on Friday and Saturday, and with Carey Price out Mike Condon likely will have to start both games. There's a better chance New Jersey pounces on Montreal on Saturday, and Henrique will look to build on his return to fantasy relevance. Patrick Marleau, SJ vs. CGY ($23) - There was a lot of speculation a few weeks ago that Marleau was going to be traded, and it seems since then the veteran winger has been
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks
Seabrook provided three assists in the Blackhawks regulation comeback and eventual overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks. Down 0-2 with 1:41 to go in the game, Marian Hossa scored a power play goal. With 27-seconds on the clock, Duncan Keith tied it. Artem Anisimov provided the game winner less than two minutes into overtime:
No. 2 Star: Cam Atkinson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Sergei Bobrovsky hit .500 this season thanks to Cam Atkinson's overtime goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins:
No. 3 Star: Shayne Gostisbehere, Philadelphia Flyers
Since his call up, Gostisbehere has 5 points in 7 games. 2 of those points have been game winning goals. He picked up his second game winner in overtime against the Nashville Predators:Sat, Nov 287:30 PM PSTChicago at Los AngelesPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
It took the Department of Player Safety nearly 10 hours to say that Matt Beleskey would not face supplemental discipline for his hit that resulted in Derek Stepan's broken ribs. Approximately three hours after Brandon Dubinsky cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head, DoPS released this Tweet:
Columbus's Brandon Dubinsky will have a hearing tomorrow for cross-checking Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby.
Realistically, when Dubinsky delivered a cross check to the back of the head of Crosby, the question was not IF Dubinsky would be suspended; it was how long would the suspension be. He did cross check the most famous player in the league who has had serious issues in the past with concussions/soft-tissue abnormalities in his neck.
Dubinsky broke his stick on Sid's head and received a 2-minute minor for cross checking. Sid left the ice for the remaining 1:20 of the second period and returned for the third.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Following the New York Rangers 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, head coach Alain Vigneault had bad news for the Blueshirt faithful:
Vigneault says Derek Stepan broke some ribs and is out indefinitely
Stepan broke his ribs after Matt Beleskey checked the Rangers forward into the boards. For his indiscretion, Beleskey was immediately confronted and threw down with Dylan McIllrath. Aside from the fighting major, Beleskey did not receive a penalty on the play.
Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com tweeted the Department of Player Safety was looking into the hit; however, it was later determined to not warrant discipline:
Confirmed with a league source that no supplemental discipline is coming for Matt Beleskey hit on Derek Stepan. Felt clean to me
What could have warranted supplemental discipline was the lateness of the hit. Players have five-tenths of a second to hit the opposing player after he releases the puck but that's just a general guideline. Beleskey's hit comes about two seconds after Stepan passes the puck. However, there is plenty of gray in the rule.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. - We as hockey fans blame the officials for a lot of things. One of the most egregious though is depriving people of a fight nearly everyone and their mom (including the players moms) wanted to see: Ryan Kesler versus Jonathan Toews.
The two center icemen are not fond of each other. At the end of a very physical first period, the two reached their boiling points. From Steph (@myregularface), take a look:
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, LINESMAN RYAN GIBBONS?! Does the man not know he's depriving two nations of a life force unknown to most humans?!
The two continued to chatter as they were escorted to their respective benches. Kesler with a smug, s--- eating grin. Toews with an angry scowl as if he smelled something bad.
Had this fight gone down, it would have been Toews' third bout of the season. Earlier he fought Adam Henrique and followed it up with David Backes. Who knew he was such a goon? (RELAX BLACKHAWKS FANS. IT'S A JOKE.)
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