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  • Gary Bettman upholds Antoine Vermette's 10-game suspension

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 53 mins ago

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman upheld the 10-game suspension of Anaheim Ducks forward Antoine Vermette after the player and the NHLPA requested a review of the ruling.

    The review took place last Thursday in New York City where Vermette was present along with his agent Allan Walsh along with Bruce Meyer, Don Zavelo, Roman Stoykewych and Mathieu Schneider of the NHLPA and Ducks general manager Bob Murray.

    Linesman Shandor Alphonso, who Vermette had hit with his stick in Feb. 14 in a game between the Ducks and Minnesota Wild, and Dan O’Halloran of the NHL Officials Association were also there.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Saturday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    By Sasha Yodashkin

    Saturday’s evening slate consists of just four games, with half of the action taking place earlier in the day. Penguins and Sharks players will be popular against a pair of inferior opponents, but there’s plenty of value to be found in the other two games as well. Read on to find out which players offer the best bang for the buck at every position.

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    GOALIE

    Carey Price , MON at TOR ($27): Price is starting to find his game again, holding each of his last three opponents to two goals while posting a .929 save percentage in that stretch. Despite that recent improvement and his season-long 25 wins, 2.43 GAA and .918 save percentage, the 2015 Hart Memorial Trophy winner is the cheapest available choice in net at just $27. That deal is much too good to turn down against a Toronto team that has won just five of its past 14 games.

    Goalie to Avoid

    CENTER

    Center to Avoid

    WINGS

    Wings to Avoid

    DEFENSEMEN

    Defensemen to Avoid

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  • Sidney Crosby wants 'better memory' in second outdoor game at Heinz Field

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Sidney Crosby’s only hockey-related memory at Heinz Field isn’t good one. Six years ago during the 2011 Winter Classic a late second period collision with David Steckel, coupled with a hit by Victor Hedman four days later, led to concussion issues that caused the Pittsburgh Penguins captain to miss most of the next 14 months of action.

    Crosby was back at Heinz Field on Friday skating with his Penguins teammates in preparation for Saturday night’s Stadium Series game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He didn’t experience any lingering effects of those two hits, and despite suffering another concussion before the start of this season, he hasn’t missed a beat offensively and remains one of the game’s elite players.

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  • Flyers confident in pulling off second-half playoff push

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 6 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – The Philadelphia Flyers have two games before the 2017 NHL trade deadline – two games that will determine what general manager Ron Hextall by 3 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

    The Flyers sir five points out of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference two months after they found themselves in that position following a 10-game win streak. Since that night they lost to the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia has posted a 9-15-4 record, good for last in the conference since Dec. 17. Only the Colorado Avalanche has been worse league-wide.

    The offense has struggled mightily, scoring only 48 times over that stretch with captain Claude Giroux scoring just three times in his last 28 games.

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    With 22 games to play, 11 at home and 11 on the road, the Flyers see Saturday’s outdoor game against the Penguins as a potential way to kick-start a late-season push.

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  • Fleury, Pens GM keeping lines of communication open ahead of trade deadline

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 8 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan wasn’t prepared to announce his starting goalie after Friday’s practice for their Stadium Series game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field. He’ll reveal his decision Saturday morning, and while some would like to see him give a sentimental nod to Marc-Andre Fleury, he’s not thinking that way.

    “It’s my responsibility first and foremost to try and win hockey games,” Sullivan said after Friday’s skate. “Having said that, we’re very appreciative of what players have brought to this team and their body of work. We try to take everything into consideration when we make these types of personnel decisions. They’re not easy ones by any stretch. But at the end of the day, the way I look at it it’s my responsibility to the Penguins and this group to try to make the best decisions to help our team win a hockey game.”

    Should Fleury no waive it, Rutherford could buy out the final two years of his deal, making him an unrestricted free agent.

    “I’m looking forward to see what [Rutherford] has to say and what he thinks,” said Fleury. “See what way the team wants to go and we’ll go from there.”

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  • NHL Three Stars: Dallas overcome bye-week curse; Lack shuts out Senators

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 15 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars

    The Stars were in their first game after their bye-week and seemed determined to buck the losing tradition of most other teams coming out of the bye. Benn led the charge for the Stars with an assist and a spectacular goal in the team’s 5-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

    No. 2 Star: Eddie Lack, Carolina Hurricanes

    The last time the Ottawa Senators won in Carolina was Dec. 12, 2007. Lack made sure the streak would continue by pitching a 34 save shutout. This is Lack’s second win of the season in six starts.

    No. 3 Star: Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary Flames

    The rookie earned an assist on Mikael Backlund’s goal that gave the Flames the lead over the Florida Panthers. He followed it up with an assist on Deryk Engelland’s goal that would stand as the game winner. The two points give him 41 on the season.

    Did You Know?

    Roberto Luongo is playing in his 964th NHL game, passing Ed Belfour (963) for sole possession of fourth on the all-time games played list. pic.twitter.com/Xw17vSnRU4

  • Luke Schenn, Jamie Benn with separate spectacular plays (Video)

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 16 hrs ago

    The Arizona Coyotes had just tied the game when Martin Hanzal’s wrap around attempt banked in off Jordie Benn’s skate.

    The Dallas Stars nearly took the lead shortly thereafter if it wasn’t for Luke Schenn.

    Brett Ritchie and Oliver Ekman-Larsson battle for the puck in front of the net. Ritchie’s swipe at the puck causes it to dribble towards the open goal. All the sudden Schenn comes flying into the crease.

    He initially misses the puck and lands on the ice. He has to flip his stick around so it hooks the puck right as it crosses the goal line.

     

    The goal horn goes off and the Stars celebrate. It’s immediately reviewed by officials and overturned.

    The game was tied at 2-2 when the two teams entered the third period. That’s when Jamie Benn reminded people he’s Jamie f-ing Benn.

    Big Brother Jordie blasts a pass from behind the blueline to a streaking Jamie at the opposite blueline. The Stars captain flies into the offensive zone.

    He gives Louis Domingue a sweet fake that the netminder totally bites on. Then Benn whips around the net and scores on the wrap around.

    The goal put the Stars up 3-2 and would stand as the game winner.

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  • Flyers, Penguins balance outdoor game fun with focus on two points

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 20 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – It was 11 months ago that the NHL officially announced that the Pittsburgh Penguins would play the Philadelphia Flyers outdoors at Heinz Field as part of the annual Stadium Series. Now the puck will finally drop Saturday night between the two longtime rivals, each celebrating their 50th year.

    “It’s definitely exciting. You don’t get a chance to play outdoors often,” said Flyers rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov. “I think lots of positive emotions and I think lot of guys will try to enjoy the moment and take everything in, but at the same time we’ll be able to be focused and play our game and try to get the two points.”

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    After all the hype, all the build up and all the fun of Friday’s family skates, two points are on the line, and they’re important for different reasons to both the Penguins and Flyers.

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  • Ron Hainsey ready for 'different expectations' following trade to Penguins

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    PITTSBURGH – Ron Hainsey is entering very new territory this weekend. After spending Thursday preparing to join a new team, he met his new teammates and got ready to play in an outdoor game for the first time in his career on Friday.

    “Little different than the normal 11 a.m. twirl around,” Hainsey said after Friday’s skate at Heinz Field. “But it was good to get out there and see the sightlines and everything. Definitely a little bit different, depth perception and all that. Certainly fun to come in and be a part of all this right away.”

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    The 35-year-old Hainsey, who was paired with Brian Dumoulin on Friday, doesn’t think it’ll take long to start feeling comfortable in the lineup.

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  • Jersey Fouls of the Week: Hockey's beer connection; Florida's Rat King

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    Beer and hockey are often closely associated with one another.

    Adult leagues are commonly referred to as “beer leagues” and the NHL’s main Stadium Series sponsor is a beer company.

    “Hockey and beer they go together like peanut butter and jelly,” said Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Chelios in a recent interview with Puck Daddy.

    This week we received quite a few jersey fouls that paid homage to hockey’s love of a nice, cold brew. Thanks to Cameron Dawson for sending above foul via email.

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    5. Release the Kraken!

    4. In need of a beer

    Another one of our beer fouls. (Sherry Ross)

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