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  • P.K. Subban returns after 16 game absence

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 5 hrs ago

    The Nashville Predators get a big boost tonight as superstar defenseman (and fashionista, clearly) P.K. Subban is activated off of IR and will be in the lineup against the Edmonton OIlers.

    Subban missed 16 games all together with an upper-body injury. Adam Vingan of The Tennessean notes the injury is thought to be a herniated disc.

    After two full practices with the team, GM David Poile thought Subban would make his debut around Jan. 24 when the team returned home. Clearly he’s ahead of schedule.

    “It’s just another step in the right direction,” Subban said to The Tennessean. “Every day that went by, I was just itching at the opportunity to get back in there and happy to be able to do that tonight.”

    His return helps to partial patch a big hole on the Preds blueline. Roman Josi was placed on IR retroactively to Jan. 12 with (another) concussion. He may return next week.

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  • What's behind Carey Price's recent slump?

    Nick Ashbourne at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    In recent years, Carey Price has often been described as the best goaltender in the world for a good reason. Two years ago he was a Hart Trophy and Vezina winner and last season his absence caused a division champion to fall out of the playoff race.

    The Canadiens scored the exact same number of goals (221) in each of the past two seasons, but in the year they had Price between they pipes full-time they allowed 47 fewer goals. That’s the difference between a contender and an also-ran.

    It’s been long understood that the Habs go as far as their goaltender takes them, and that’s almost exclusively been a good thing. Recently this hasn’t exactly been the case.

    Although Price had a strong start to the season, he’s now mired in the kind on slump that’s rather foreign to him. In his last 10 times out, he’s allowed three or more goals eight times and posted a sub-.900 save percentage on six occasions. Overall the numbers aren’t pretty:

    #Habs Carey Price has had a turbulent month after a hot start to the season pic.twitter.com/tTlPh5gxmC

    Traditional Bad Goals

    Hanging Price out to Dry

  • Burmistrov on Jets coaches: 'They never believed in me'

    Mackenzie Liddell at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    Alexander Burmistrov’s rocky relationship with the Winnipeg Jets came to an end in early January when he was plucked off waivers by the Arizona Coyotes.

    Despite getting a new lease on life, Burmistrov is still as bitter as a Winnipeg winter at the way he was treated by his former club.

    Asked Burmi the difference between the Jets and Coyotes. "The coaches believe in me here. They never believed in me in Winnipeg. Ever."

    — Sean Reynolds (@snseanreynolds) January 20, 2017

    After two years in the KHL, Burmistrov returned to Winnipeg to play for a new coach in Paul Maurice, but that didn’t go much better.  The skilled centre struggled to make an impact in 81 games last season, and only had two assists in 23 games as a frequent healthy scratch this year before the Jets put him on waivers.

    Things have gone better for Burmistrov so far in the Dessert, with the 25-year-old matching his output in Winnipeg in his first three games for the Coyotes, including an assist and season-high 20:44 of ice time against the Jets on Thursday.

  • Patrick Sharp is totally coming back to Blackhawks, isn’t he?

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 7 hrs ago

    The trade deadline is fast approaching, which means Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman’s fingers should be twitching and sweat-drenched.

    Conventional wisdom is that the Blackhawks, who have about $742,000 in cap space, are in the market to add a veteran forward at the deadline, because that’s sorta what they do – consider Michael Frolik, Michal Handzus (a little after the deadline), Andrew Desjardins, Antoine Vermette and Andrew Ladd.

    There figures to be a flurry of activity around the deadline, most of it influenced by the expansion draft and some of it influenced by the usual factors like teams falling out of the playoff race and impending free agency.

    The Dallas Stars, increasingly, are in that latter category, and have no less than seven players poised for unrestricted free agency. Two of the used to play with the Blackhawks: Defenseman Johnny Oduya and winger Patrick Sharp. And it’s that latter player that’s getting the most attention.

    From Pierre LeBrun:

    What about a Patrick Sharp reunion for the Blackhawks?

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  • Jake Allen left home by Blues to break his ‘mental lock’

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen is in the midst of a personal nightmare.

    He gave up four goals on 10 shots against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night, and was actually pulled twice : Coach Ken Hitchcock took him out in the first period for a mental break after he gave up two quick goals, and then took him out again when he gave up his fourth goal of the game in the second period.

    It was the third straight game in which he was pulled. It was the fourth time in six games in which he was pulled. The Blues are, not coincidentally, 2-4-0 in those six games.

    As they head on a three-game road trip to Winnipeg, Pittsburgh and Minnesota before the All-Star Break, the Blues have decided to leave Jake Allen home for a few days as a mental break.

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    The first step, apparently, is giving the guy a mental break.

    (A “young baby.” Rather than, like, Benjamin Button.)

  • Bruins' blame; Crawford's fix for more goals; Silfverberg out (Puck Headlines)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 8 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  puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com.

    • Now THAT’s a senior picture for the ages. Thank you to Alex Goligoski’s mom for this beauty. [@FoxSportsAZ]

    • Corey Crawford believes the secret behind more goal scoring in the league is not slimmer goalie equipment but better ice surfaces. [Sun-Times]

    • Big loss for the Anaheim Ducks: Jakob Silfverberg will not travel with the team due to an upper-body injury. [OC Register]

    • So, who deserves the blames for the Boston Bruins? [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

    • Finally, Cabbie gets Connor McDavid to open up and wear some funny hats.

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  • Jets' Patrik Laine practices with Jets for first time since concussion

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    Patrik Laine hit the ice with his Winnipeg Jets teammates in a non-contact jersey nearly two weeks after suffering a concussion following a hit by Jake McCabe of the Buffalo Sabres.

    The Jets rookie forward experienced headaches; was constantly tired and had a hard time focusing after the hit. Laine said he was cleared a couple of days ago and doesn’t remember anything after the hit.

    “I got the puck and that’s it,” he said. “I can’t remember anything else.”

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    Laine had actually been on the ice before Friday, according to Jets head coach Paul Maurice. Today was a non-contact skate for last June’s No. 2 overall pick and if he feels good on Saturday that’s when they’ll start ramping up the intensity and see how his body reacts.

    But when doctors eventually clear Laine, that won’t necessarily mean he’ll immediately be plugged back into the lineup.

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  • Marek Vs. Wyshynski Podcast: Amalie Benjamin on Claude Julien's fate

    Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    In this edition of Marek Vs. Wyshynski, the boys are talking about:

    – Amalie Benjamin of NHL.com joins us to talk about Claude Julien’s fate and the Boston Bruins as well as her status as a Baseball Hall of Fame voter.

    – The firing of Jack Capuano by the New York Islanders, and what comes next.

    – Why everyone wants to hire Gerard Gallant.

    – The Boston Bruins and Winnipeg Jets’ playoff hopes.

    – The dumb standings thanks to the bye weeks.

    – 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.]

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Friday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 10 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    While events in the political realm may be on your mind Friday, if you can look beyond these pressing matters, there are six NHL games on the slate as well. Three of the NHL’s Canadian teams are in action. Perhaps you can watch them play and dream of moving to the cities they call home. You know, for reasons. Or you can just play some daily fantasy hockey.

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    GOALIE

    Matt Murray , PIT at CAR ($27): Yes, Murray recently had a seven-goal disaster. However, that was but one bad evening, and he still has a 2.46 GAA and .917 save percentage on the whole despite that awful start. He also has the league’s best offense (3.52 goals per game) in front of him. Despite this, Murray is the cheapest likely starter on Friday’s slate. In fact, the next-cheapest goalie, Cory Schneider , will cost you $30. It’s not the easiest matchup in the world, but Murray is such a bargain that he’s still worth grabbing at this price.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSEMEN

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

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  • AHL demotion best move for Anthony Duclair, Coyotes

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    It’s a lost season for the Arizona Coyotes. Unable to build off the strides they made a year ago with an infusion of young talent, they’ve taken a step back this year and all eyes are pointing toward the draft lottery.

    One of those young talents who enjoyed a solid 2015-16 season was Anthony Duclair, who netted 20 goals and 44 points in his rookie year. This season? Things haven’t gone as planned with three goals and nine points in 41 games. With those struggles, the Coyotes decided to try and get a piece of their future right by sending him to Tucson of the AHL.

    “Anthony is a good young player,” said Coyotes GM John Chayka in a statement. “Unfortunately, he has struggled this season. We felt this was a good time to send him to Tucson to work on a few things and hopefully regain his scoring touch. We hope to have him rejoin our team soon.”

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