- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins laughs when he’s asked if he can recall if any of his teams at any level missed the playoffs with him as a head coach.
“I missed one year in Japan. That’s the only year I ever missed,” said Desjardins recounting his time with the Seibu Bears in the mid-90s.
Between the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League and Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Desjardins has never missed the postseason in major junior or the American Hockey League as a head coach for a full season. Since 2002-03 between the WHL and AHL, Desjardins has won three championships.
“I think I get good players and I think we have a good culture,” Desjardins said. “I think you try to establish a culture where certain things are acceptable and certain things aren’t. I believe if you play the game right you always have a chance to make the playoffs. If you have the right culture with your team you always have a chance. I think that’s why to me it’s good to have the right people, the right leadership and value the right things.”
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
The scuttlebutt at the Winter Classic last month was that the 2017 edition of the event would either take place in Toronto, as part of the Maple Leafs’ centennial celebration, or feature a showdown between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The decision’s yet to be made, but ESPN’s Scott Burnside reports that the Flyers vs. Penguins game is all but booked for next season – likely at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, marking the first time the NHL has revisited a venue. The Penguins hosted the Washington Capitals in 2011 in the Winter Classic.
(No, we’re not counting the New York Rangers’ two games at Yankee Stadium in the season month.)
OK, we know what you’re asking: What happened to having this game at Penn State, the perfect neutral site and party zone?
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
The NHL All-Star Game was full of Jersey Fouls. If you walked through the Fan Fair at the Music City Center, there were many fans with different types of jersey fouls.
The Fan Fair had a record 250,000 square feet, which meant more space for fouls.Thanks to Zack Bennett for his continued dogged pursuit of fouls in the Nashville area.
There were people with official All-Star jerseys that were fouled. There were a lot of Nashville Predators jerseys that were changed and fouled. There were also jerseys for other NHL teams that were fouled.
We took a look at the best fouls from Nashville last weekend.
If you want to submit, make sure to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet to the hashtag #jerseyfoul. We’ll pick them up, and try to make sure to give credit where credit is due. We’ll throw them up on our Tumblr page!
5. Boston Bruins cannonballSat, Feb 65:00 PM PSTSan Jose at NashvillePreview Game
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
Home ice advantage matters a great deal in the NHL.
This shouldn't come as any sort of great shock, of course, but the ability to get in the last change, place your stick second on faceoffs, play in a familiar setting, etc. all adds up to a fairly significant statistical advantage that, of course, leads to plenty more wins than losses.
Since the 2007-08 season, nearly 10,100 regular-season games have been played, and the home team in those games carries a marginal score-adjusted possession advantage of 50.2 percent, high-danger chance edge of 50.9 percent, draws 51.1 percent of penalties, wins 51.6 percent of draws, and perhaps most important a 52.3 percent goals-for advantage. These may seem to be only slightly above average and that is true, but that's lumping in really bad teams — we're talking late-2000s Atlanta Thrashers, recent Buffalo Sabres teams, and all other lottery picks — in with mega-dominant clubs like the late-2000s Detroit Red Wings, and Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins and so on.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
by Jason Chen
All eyes likely will be on the Lightning-Penguins matchup Friday night, with two teams trying to salvage their seasons after disappointing starts. The Penguins are finally heading in the right direction with four consecutive wins, and Sidney Crosby is on a tear with 14 points in his last eight games, fully capable of carrying the team in absence of Evgeni Malkin (lower body), who had been their most consistent and best player this season. The Lighting, meanwhile, are also making some noise, winning six of their last seven games, including a 5-4 triumph over the Pens on Jan. 15, thanks to Vladislav Namestnikov's hat-trick.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
The best week of John Scott’s life continued on Friday when his wife, Danielle, gave birth to twin girls, Estelle and Sofia, which she announced on social media.
They're GIRLS!! 👑 Our hearts and hands are overflowing with love for these two, they're healthy, happy and beautiful pic.twitter.com/a1Muy8GfG4
“poor @jhs_32 just sprung a few more grey hairs,” her message added.
Despite being “very pregnant,” as she put it, Scott’s wife and two daughters made the trip to Nashville for All-Star Weekend after getting a doctor’s note to travel. An already surreal experience for the family was made even more unbelievable when Scott scored on his first shift and later added a second goal before getting MVP honors.
“I jumped up when he scored his second goal holding my two kids and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I better stop and relax,” Danielle said after Sunday's 3-on-3 tournament.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Sean Couturier will miss up to four weeks with a lower-body injury, which is not very good news for the Philadelphia Flyers.
How much does Couturier mean to Philly?
According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Flyers are 2-6-1 without the center, getting outscored 31-20; when he’s played this season, they’re 20-12-7, with a goal differential whittled down to a minus-5.
So he means a lot. Especially when you consider how thin the Flyers are at forward this season.Sat, Feb 610:00 AM PSTNY Rangers at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy9 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 .
• Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller had heart surgery and appreciates your well wishes.
• The Montreal Canadiens should shut down goaltender Carey Price for the remainder of their disappointing 2015-16 season. Price, last year’s league MVP, has played 12 games this season as he’s fought a lower body injury. [Habs Eyes on the Prize]Sat, Feb 611:00 AM PSTEdmonton at MontrealPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Major League Baseball Advanced Media, whose partnership with the NHLled to an overhaul of that League’s digital properties, has earned a reputation for a few things. Like high quality streaming capabilities. Like state-of-the-art mobile apps. And, in the eyes of some fans, a draconian approach to user-created content from copyrighted broadcasts.
The stories from BAM’s crackdown on baseball videos are many. The “electronic minions” who would have YouTube delete users’ accounts for uploading classic MLB game clips. The Twitter suspensions for those who create GIFs of baseball games. Cracking down on baseball podcasts for using team colors in their logos.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
Joni Pitkanen last played hockey nearly three years ago. On Saturday, after a long, arduous recovery, he’ll finallyreturn to the ice.
Karpat of Finland’s Liiga, where Pitkanen played from 1998-2003, announced on Friday that the 32-year old Pitkanen has signed with them for the remainder of the season.
Pitkanen last played on April 2, 2013 when he broke his left heel during a game with the Carolina Hurricanes.
While rehabbing, Pitkanen continued to try and get back on the ice, but the heel just wouldn’t allow him to feel 100-percent. In November, he spoke about making a comeback bidafter training with Karpat. On Saturday, he’ll suit up for their game against KalPa.
In 535 NHL games with the Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes, Pitkanen averaged 23:38 of ice time, even as he battle injury throughout his career.