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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Thursday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 2 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    It’s a typical Thursday in the NHL, with 10 games on the docket. Let’s look at some intriguing — and not so intriguing — options for your lineup today.

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    GOALIE

    Ben Bishop , TAM vs. VAN ($29):

    Bishop’s price is still being driven down by his slow start. While his .910 save percentage is nothing to get excited about, he’s only let in one goal in his last two starts. This is a guy that hasn’t had a save percentage worse than .916 since becoming Tampa’s starter, so an improvement is very likely. Vancouver is 28th in the NHL in goals scored, averaging a paltry 2.19 per game. Things are setting up well for Bishop to put together a third straight impressive start.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    Cam Talbot , EDM at PHI ($30):

    The Flyers have gone on a tear, as they’ve won six games in a row. Even when they were winning with as much frequency, they were still scoring goals, and they are fourth in the league in goals per game. Talbot’s .914 save percentage on the season is adequate, but that won’t cut in with a matchup like this.

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSEMEN

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

  • Kris Letang on playing for Mike Sullivan, NHL concussion spotters (Puck Daddy Q&A)

    Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy 3 hrs ago

    Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins is partnering with sports drink company BODYARMOR in a deal that was announced Thursday. That probably means he’ll soon be hit up by his teammates for some free stuff.

    “So far it’s my son that is the lucky one,” Letang told Yahoo Sports. “Sometimes guys are kind of curious and they want to try it, so I try to hook them up, see if they like the same thing as me.”

    Letang was introduced to BODYARMOR while inside the Penguins’ practice facility during a skating lesson for his son. Noticing it at the snack bar, he checked out the ingredients and liked what he saw.

    “Coconut water is a big thing for me,” he said. “But I would certainly say the fact that the drink is all natural, that’s the biggest thing for me. That’s how I am with my body; at every level I try to be all natural with everything I put in my body.”

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    Letang joins the likes of Mike Trout, Anthony Rizzo and Jack Eichel, among others, as partners.

    Enjoy.

    Why do you think the team responded so well to Mike?

    [Laughs] “Nothing surprises me from him.”

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  • NHL Olympic participation on Board of Governors' docket

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 4 hrs ago

     

    Questions about 2018 Olympic participation will be the hot topic when the NHL’s Board of Governors meet in Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday and Friday.

    Recently, the NHL has used the 2018 PyeongChang Games as a negotiating chip with their players – offering Olympic participation for an extension of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    The players shot down the proposal, which means the NHL will continue to try to figure out options on whether they want to make PyeongChang work before a January deadline.

    NHL owners have become been lukewarm on 2018 Olympic participation in part because of the IOC’s decision to not pay players’ insurance or transportation along with game lack of visibility because of the timezone.

    Expansion update

    Salary cap

    China

    The CBA

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  • NHL Three Stars: Perry, Williams finally score

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 11 hrs ago

    No. 1 Star: Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks

    The noted pest broke out of an 18 game goal-less streak at the best possible moment. The Ducks came back from being down 5-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes by scoring two goals in a 1:31. Perry’s tally was the game tying goal with 2:23 left in the third. Anaheim went on to win the in the shootout.

    No. 2 Star: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

    Just another three point night for the Sens captain. Karlsson scored to put Ottawa up 2-0 on the San Jose Sharks. After losing the lead, Karlsson helped set up what would be Chris Kelly’s game winning goal with 1:06 to go in the game.

    No. 3 Star: Devan Dubnyk, Minnesota Wild

    Twice the Toronto Maple Leafs came within a goal of tying the Wild. Going into the third period with Minnesota up 3-2, it was entirely on Dubnyk’s shoulders to stop the Leafs. Toronto out-shot the Wild 17-3 in the final frame alone. In his 300th career start, somehow Dubnyk walked away with the win.

    … Also in the beautiful but not enough goals category: Tyler Bozek. Check out his backhand that beats Dubnyk:

    … Mike Condon made 35 of 37 saves for the Senators in the win. Logan Couture scored his seventh goal in the last 10 games.

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  • Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 12 hrs ago

     

    There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved.

    D’OH!

    Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

    The issue the government had with it is the similarity it drew to the logo of the College of Saint Rose. Clarke summarized the 164 page document from the US Patent Office as ‘essentially, the logos and stylizations are too similar.’

    Let’s take a look.

    Exhibit A – the logo for the College of Saint Rose:

    Exhibit B – the sundry of logos for the Vegas Golden Knights

    Maybe it’s nuanced, but what’s the obvious similarity aside from them both being the Golden Knights?

    Puck Daddy emailed Vegas PR to ask for comment on the report and have not received a response.

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  • Galchenyuk, Desharnais out 6-8 weeks with knee injuries

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 17 hrs ago

    The injury bug has taken a big chunk out of the Montreal Canadiens. On Wednesday, the team announced both Alex Galchenyuk and David Desharnais will be out six to eight weeks with knee injuries.

    Galchenyuk left Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Kings after a run in with Anze Kopitar that saw Galchenyuk’s knee get tweaked awkwardly.

    Here’s the Galchenyuk injury #Habs pic.twitter.com/y8HohlgFyQ

    — Joey Alfieri (@joeyalfieri) December 4, 2016

    The center currently leads the Habs in both points (23) and goals (9).

    As for Desharnais, in Tuesday’s game versus the St. Louis Blues the smaller Desharnais went in for a hit on Jay Bouwmeester and ended up with the worst of it.

    Desharnais’ nine points isn’t as big of an offensive loss as Galchenyuk, but it does put the team in a precarious position at center.

    Yet the biggest silver lining is this – it could be worse. It could be Carey Price.

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  • Yahoo Daily Fantasy Hockey: Wednesday picks

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy 21 hrs ago

    By Chris Morgan

    Wednesday provides a little respite in between the bustling action on Tuesday and Thursday. However, that’s not necessarily a good thing for daily fantasy players. There’s only four games worth of players to choose from, so here are some to target and avoid…

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    GOALIE

    Martin Jones , SAN vs. OTT ($35): Jones has a sparkling 1.99 GAA and .924 save percentage, and the Sharks lead the league in goals allowed. Ottawa’s offense is far from formidable — they average 2.3 goals per game — which bodes well for that continuing. The Sharks seem like a good bet to get Jones a win, and Jones likely won’t be tested too much. That makes him well worth this price.

    GOALIE TO AVOID

    CENTER

    CENTER TO AVOID

    WING

    Nino Niederreiter , MIN at TOR ($14): The Wild have clearly the best matchup of any team playing Wednesday. Toronto is 28th in goals allowed, and Frederik Andersen only has a .913 save percentage. Niederreiter provides some real bang for your buck with seven goals and eight assists in 24 games, and has been a 20-goal scorer in his last two seasons.

    WINGS TO AVOID

    DEFENSEMEN

    DEFENSEMEN TO AVOID

  • Toews' back, winning Blue Jackets and surprising Bruins (Puck Daddy Countdown)

    Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy 22 hrs ago

    (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)

    7. The concussion spotter hubbub

    I can say with 100,000 percent certainty that if like Mark Letestu or whoever ended up bouncing his head off the ice and getting pulled from the game, we wouldn’t have to sit through this nonsense “WHAT ARE THESE SPOTTERS EVEN DOING” stuff from the Canadian hockey media this week.

    6. Putting the John in John Gibson

    Folks,

    Okay, so listen, John Gibson can’t come in to bail out Jonathan Bernier from getting Montoya’d because he has diarrhea. Fair enough. It happens. Not a lot or anything, but it happens.

    But for Randy Carlyle to say, “Well folks, I couldn’t play him… because he had diarrhea!” is just about the funniest thing in the entire world.

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    5. Jonathan Toews’s mystery back injury!!!

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  • Arbitrator sides with Maple Leafs on Jared Cowen buyout

    Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy 23 hrs ago

     

    The Toronto Maple Leafs are now officially able to buy out defenseman Jared Cowen.

    According to multiple reports, Toronto won their arbitration case against the defenseman they acquired last season from the Ottawa Senators as part of the nine-player trade involving Dion Phaneuf.

    The Maple Leafs placed Cowen on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying him out last summer but the team was unable to officially do so due to lingering issues involving a hip injury dating back to 2012 surgery.

    Cowen, on the other hand, will not get his $4.5 million salary and will receive $750,000 this year and $750,000 next season. The hearing took place in on Oct. 19.

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  • NWHL takes 2017 All-Star Game to Pittsburgh

    Jen Neale at Puck Daddy 1 day ago

     

    In a letter on the NWHL website, league commissioner Dani Rylan hinted at a huge announcement regarding the location of the All-Star Game.

    For a league in desperate need of positive PR, it would take a seismic announcement to change the narrative; at least, for a little while.  Anything involving the franchise that currently holds the title of defending Stanley Cup champions certainly helps.

    The weekend of Feb. 11 and 12 the best of the best in the NWHL will showcase their talents in Pittsburgh (more or less).

    From the NWHL press release:

    All 2017 NWHL All-Star events will be held at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the state-of-the-art practice facility of the Pittsburgh Penguins in Cranberry Township, PA – 20 miles outside of Pittsburgh.

    In Rylan’s letter, she spoke to the decision to take the All-Star Game outside the ‘Founding Four’ team locations of Buffalo, Boston, New York and Connecticut.

    Making this decision public after so much bad press in the past two weeks leads one to believe the NWHL has enough capital to keep functioning through, at the very least, the All-Star Game.

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