Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago
It’s never good when a goalie’s name is found on the second page of results for “NHL save percentage,” and yet here we are with Brian Elliott of the Calgary Flames.
Elliott’s first three games of his tenure with the Flames, after being acquired in the offseason to stabilize the goaltending position, have been putrid: a .839 save percentage and an 0-3-0 record.
He has a 4.72 goals-against average. That’s on the second page of goalie stats, too.
In fairness to Elliott – who battles his old teammates, the St. Louis Blues, at 10 p.m. ET in the Yahoo Sports Free NHL Live Stream of the Day – the Flames have looked incredibly disorganized in front of him this season.
“The easy thing is to get frustrated and to put your head down and hang your head a little bit,” Elliott said. “But what got us all here, to this league, is perseverance and that relentless attitude that no matter what happens, we’ll get it done. We keep that going and a good attitude, and we’ll be OK.”
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Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago
Since the start of the World Cup of Hockey, Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand has scored at a prolific rate. No matter the setting, no matter the team or linemates, Marchand has figured out a way to put points on the board the last several weeks
The agitating winger started the season with for Team Canada where he was the designated sniper on the top scoring line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron. Marchand finished that tournament with five goals and eight points in six games. One of these goals was the tournament clincher.
Since then, he has continued to torment opposing defenses with three goals and six assists in four games with the Bruins. In his first game of the season, the 5-foot-9 Marchand notched five points.
“I think it has been fun. I’m definitely feeling good right now on the ice and feel confident to make plays,” Marchand said in a recent phone interview with Puck Daddy. “But I think a lot of it is preparation and I think I’ve just learned how to prepare myself for each game and I’m confident when I go on the ice.”
What’s it like being a pro athlete in Boston?
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Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Johnny Boychuk, New York Islanders
Tied 2-2 in the third period, the Islanders defenseman fired home a shot directly off an offensive zone face-off to help give New York a 3-2 win. The goal was Boychuk’s first shorthanded tally of his career. He had earlier assisted on Ryan Strome’s second of the season and finished with two points.
No. 2 Star: Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets
Bobrovsky stopped 32 of 34 shots faced as the Blue Jackets edged the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 for their first win of the season. Nick Foligno and rookie blue liner Zach Werenski recorded a goal and an assist. Werenski became the first Blue Jackets player to record at least a point in each of his first three NHL games.
No. 3 Star: Petr Mrazek, Detroit Red Wings
Gustav Nyquist had two points and 10 other Red Wings were on the scoresheet as Detroit downed Nashville 5-3. Mrazek, meanwhile, made 30 saves, including this stop on James Neal:
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— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 22, 2016
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Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago
The University of Michigan men’s hockey team is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1996 NCAA title-winning team this weekend.
Members of the team were in attendance Friday night for the Wolverines’ game against Michigan Tech at Yost Ice Arena. Three notable former players took part in the Score-O game during the second intermission and put on quite the show.
Marty Turco, Brenden Morrison and Mike Legg each scored on their attempts from across the ice. Legg, who you might recall popularized the move we know as “The Michigan,” scored his in unique fashion.
— Michigan Hockey (@umichhockey) October 22, 2016
Is that not the greatest edition of Score-O we’ve seen?
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Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Philadelphia Flyers forward Dale Weise was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday for his hit to the head of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Korbinian Holzer in their Thursday night game.
Weise was previously suspended for three preseason games in 2013 for an illegal check to the head.
The incident occurred at 7:35 of the second period. Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, based on his average annual salary, Weise will forfeit $39,166.68. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
Here’s the video explaining the suspension:
One of the great things about these DoPS videos is how they spell out when a player is or is not eligible to be hit. So, to that end, Weise made a good decision in trying to take Holzer out of the play, as the Ducks defenseman tried to chip the puck past him into the neutral zone.
But then he made a really, really bad decision in the way he delivered the hit.
“If Weise wants to deliver this check, he must do so in a way where he doesn’t make the head the main point of contact,” said the NHL’s verdict.
Well, there’s precedent for that, going back to last season and this Nate Thompson hit on Justin Faulk.
Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Jersey fouls often make pop culture statements.
A fan wearing a foul can pay homage to a favorite television show or a favorite musical act.
The above foul is from our favorite traveling ‘Crosby Sucks’ New York Islanders fan in honor of both Shane Prince and the late, great musician Prince. Also note that he is wearing a Harambe hat in the photo. As we said last week we have a sneaking suspicion that Harambe is going to be a big foul item this year around NHL arenas. Thanks to Jonathan for sending the Prince foul.
5. Ilya Kovalsuck
4. Lightning Strikes
3. Yannick and Shea Weber in Nashville
2. Jocelyn Lemieux nostalgia with the Chicago Blackhawks
Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
By Chris Morgan
The NHL is taking us calmly into the weekend with three games. One of them, Nashville versus Detroit, seems pretty evenly matched, and thus may not provide many great opportunities. However, two other games provide us with teams that look like they have a distinct advantage.
Jaroslav Halak , NYI vs. ARI ($33): The Coyotes are off to a slow start and just lost to the Canadiens by a 5-2 score Thursday. They’re also without starting goalie Mike Smith , and Louis Domingue has not looked good since replacing him. This is a great opportunity for Halak to pick up a victory, and winning is vital for goalies in DFS.
GOALIE TO AVOID
Pekka Rinne , NAS vs DET ($36): While Rinne is off to a strong start to the season, let’s not forget that he had a .908 save percentage last season. The Wings have also looked good in their last two contests. This game is too much of a tossup to get excited about either goalie, and Rinne is the more expensive one.
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Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
It was hard not to notice Henrik Lundqvist having another rough outing on Wednesday night. Bad giveaway for a goal, yeah, but also stopping just 16 of 18 overall isn’t very good.
And hey, bad performances happen to even the best goalies on earth. They’ve been a little more common than the New York Rangers might like so far in this (extremely) young season, but you roll with it a little bit and hopefully things work out for you long-term. Certainly, expecting Lundqvist to stay below .900 on his save percentage is a fool’s errand, but on some level, you don’t like to see a team expected to have a decent amount of problems squandering what has been a solid start to the season, possession-wise.
Put another way, if some told you two weeks ago the Rangers were going to start 2-2-0, you would have had to display some real psychic abilities to say, “Because Lundqvist blew it, right?”
But what’s interesting is that Lundqvist is routinely pretty bad to start the season these days. Ever since the lockout-shortened season a few years back, he’s been a slow starter who figures it out pretty quickly.
Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 1 day ago
Clarke MacArthur says he still has “logs burning on the fire,” and that he’s not ready to walk away from hockey after suffering yet another concussion that’s sidelined him.
One month after taking a hit in an intrasquad game from Patrick Sieloff, MacArthur spoke to reporters Friday and said while he’s feeling better, he still is experiencing concussion symptoms. He’s feeling well enough to skate and is waiting on doctors to give him the green light to return. He’ll even join the Senators on their three-game road trip beginning this weekend. That post-hockey career will have to remain on hold.
“I’m going to set up a landscaping company at some point here, but not yet, so I’m going to keep going,” MacArthur said.
The hit from Sieloff drew an angry response from teammate Bobby Ryan, who went after the rookie. MacArthur, who now has suffered four concussions in the last year and a half and played only four games in 2015-16, said he spoke to the rookie a few days later and understands he was playing hard to make the team.
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Puck Daddy 1 day ago
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• They came. They saw. They played ‘Hockey for Harambe.’ [Intelligencer]
• The Arizona Coyotes have sent Mike Smith home from their road trip for evaluation after suffering what appears to be a left knee injury. [AZ Central]
• Mark your calendars: the Las Vegas franchise will unveil their name on Tuesday, November 22. [The Sin Bin]
• Teemu Selanne will receive the Key to the City of Winnipeg today a MTS center. [Winnipeg Free Press]