- Dobber Hockey at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Dobber launched his fantasy hockey website DobberHockey
Sidney Crosby is a man on a mission. After seemingly doing all he could to get out of the All-Star Game the proper way (not getting invited) and thereby avoiding suspension if he missed it the old-fashioned way, he has really made up for lost time. But will it be enough to catch Patrick Kane in the scoring race? Heading into Thursday night’s contest, Sid sat 23 points back but he had five games in hand. And the way things are going these days, five games for Crosby is about eight points. So call it a 15-point deficit.
Here are the NHL’s Top 30 scorers since and prior to the New Year...
Before December 31, Crosby wasn’t in the Top 30 at all. Or even in the Top 50.Thu, Feb 1110:30 PM ESTCalgary at San JosePreview Game
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will miss the next three-to-five weeks with a lower body injury, the team announced Thursday.
Garrison was injured in Monday’s 5-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators. He took three more shifts after a first period collisionwith Bobby Ryan, but did not return for the final two periods according to the Tampa Tribune.
"That's a tough one too, because he's a big minute-munching defenseman for us," Lightning coach Jon Cooper told reporters. "A big body and size."
Garrison has four goals and three assists and had played in all of Tampa’s 52 games before the injury. He averages 18:23 of ice-time per-contest, which ranks third amongst Tampa Bay blueliners.
According to War on Ice, Garrison has a 50.29 CF% and a minus-2.72 CF Rel%. This means the Lightning posses the puck more than their opponents when he’s on the ice, but less relative to the rest of the group.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
While there would be a no more appropriate way to honor the Toronto Maple Leafs at their centennial than with a box of broken hearts and crushed expectations, it appears the NHL’s refusal to give the Centre of the Hockey Universe all the events in 2017 has fans upset.
As in, we haven't seen this kind of entitled whining since our last episide of "Caillou." ("BUT MOMMY, ROSIE GOT THE ALL-STAR GAME!!!")
This hubris tracks back to 2012, when then-GM Brian Burke revealed the team was pushing for all three of the NHL’s annual signature events.Thu, Feb 119:00 PM ESTToronto at EdmontonPreview Game
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The NHL announced on Thursday that Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs has been fined $5,000 for making “inappropriate gestures” toward Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames Tuesday night.
Giordano laid a clean hit on Kadri late in the first period and the Maple Leafs forward wasn’t pleased as he chirped the Flames defenseman from the bench.
“There was emotion, I couldn’t tell if it was a clean hit or not,” Kadri said afterward via the Toronto Sun. “I was told it was, but it certainly didn’t feel like it. It (the throat slash) is something I don’t really remember doing. I was in and out a little bit (he did go to the quiet room). I guess it’s going to be reviewed (by the league), but it was an emotional reaction.”
Kadri got off light here considering Nick Boynton, then of the Chicago Blackhawks, was suspended one game for making a similar gesture at Blair Jones following a 2010 preseason fight.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
As of last weekend, Detroit Red Wings knew they were living in a new era: There was everything that came before Dylan Larkin’s teenage basement skills video went viral, and everything that shall come after it.
Please recall the incredible video in which a teenaged Larkin – the video is from Nov. 2010 – wears an American flag, calls himself “D-Boss” and puts on a “Snip Show” in the basement, which he and former Bantam teammate Evan Gizinski refer to as “the dungeon.”
He also says things like, “Tearing it up it all around the metro area, Detroit. Wrecking the ‘D’. Showing goalies what I got. ‘Tenders ain’t got nuttin.’” And, in unison, “1-2-3 LET’S HAVE FUN!”
It's pretty much the greatest.
The video was taken down for a bit – we’re guessing the processed involved a series of panicked text messages from an NHL rookie all reading ‘WTF DUDE?!?’ – but has been restored in all its glory by Gizinski.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Which Canadian teams will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Will the Minnesota Wild fire coach Mike Yeo? Does a professional hockey writer still pay to go to games? Is Phil Kessel a bust?
And what’s the proper sequence to watch the STAR WARS’ series?
These are the questions that Puck Daddy editor Greg Wyshynski faced in this week’s Two Minute Minor, courtesy of you, the dedicated puckheads.Thu, Feb 118:00 PM ESTWashington at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy5 hrs ago
Between the Los Angeles Kings getting the 2017 NHL All-Star Game and outdoor games likely in Toronto, St. Louis and Pittsburgh or Philadelphia, the one remaining thing to fill on the league calendar for next season is the Draft.
That question will be answered officially on Thursday when the League announces that the Chicago Blackhawks will play host to what will likely be the Nolan Patrick sweepstakes, according to ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun.
A Thursday afternoon press conference will feature NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz, Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Blackhawks TV analyst Eddie Olczyk. It will be the first time Chicago has hosted the draft.Thu, Feb 118:30 PM ESTDallas at ChicagoPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
Lundqvist made 34 saves as the King helped the Rangers shut down Sidney Crosby, ending his seven-game goal streak, and defeat the Penguins, 3-0.
No. 2 Star: Ryan Miller, Vancouver Canucks
Miller made 33 saves to improve to 9-1 against the Coyotes in his career and 6-0 in Arizona, as the Canucks defeated the Arizona Coyotes, 2-1.
No. 3 Star: Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings
Zetterberg’s snipe at 2:01 of the third period gave the Detroit Red Wings a key insurance goal en route to a 3-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.
Honorable Mention: Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore and Jesper Fast had the Rangers goals. … Darren Helm and Danny DeKeyser scored for Detroit. … Zack Smith scored for Ottawa. … Jake Virtanen and Jannik Hansen scored goals and the Vancouver Canucks. … The Canuckswon a coach’s challenge against the Coyotes.
Did You Know? It was New York's first shutout at Pittsburgh since Feb. 27, 1971, when Ed Giacomin won 4-0. (NHL)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
For years, whenever Martin Hanzal of the Arizona Coyotes would do anything of note offensively, it would be universally celebrated with the same pop culture reference:
The line from “Zoolander,” about Owen Wilson’s torrid male model, has become synonymous with the Coyotes center. On Wednesday night, the meme was taken to the next level by some Coyotes fans who not only declared that Hanzal – who scored the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks – was “so hot right now,” but they also dressed the part:
Derek Zoolander, Mugatu and Hansel himself, celebrating Martin Hanzal. And yet no “blue steel” from any of them.
“Zoolander 2” opens this week. According to the Tomatometer, you’d enjoy watching Martin Hanzal more, and that was his first goal since Jan. 9.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: The column formerly known as the Puck Daddy Power Rankings. Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.)
8. Outdoor games
Wow, finally an outdoor game with Chicago. Finally an outdoor game with Philadelphia. Finally an outdoor game with Pittsburgh. It's been more than a year since we saw all of these teams play outdoors and so it's really nice to see them rewarded again.
7. The Wild
Boy oh boy. Where to begin with these guys?
What's most amazing here is that no one seems to have seen this coming. They're a decent team with some good players on the roster. But if they don't get Devan-Dubnyk-last-year goaltending (.936 after the trade) they don't make the playoffs then, either. This year, Dubnyk has merely been a little above average, at .918, and so suddenly giving up an extra half-goal a game becomes a major issue when it comes to winning and losing.