- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy33 mins ago
New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan will miss the next 4-6 weeks with broken ribs.
The Rangers announced the news Monday on their Twitter feed. Stepan was hurt on a hit by Matt Beleskey in the Bruins’ Friday 4-3 win over New York. A video of the hit is above. Beleskey did not received any supplemental discipline for the play.Mon, Nov 304:00 PM PSTCarolina at NY RangersPreview Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens will miss a minimum of six weeks with a knee injury, the team announced on Monday.
The NHL’s Winter Classic is scheduled for January 1, 2016, between the Canadiens and the Boston Bruins.
Look, we’re no math majors, but it sure does sound like Carey Price will not be in the crease for the NHL’s signature outdoor event.
Francois Gagnon of RDS reported on Friday that Price would miss a month, and this injury confirmation from the Canadiens estimates it’ll be mid-January before we see him again.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The holidays are here, which means it’s time for our favorite promotion in all of hockey: The Teddy Bear Toss!
The Bakersfield Condors fell to the Stockton Heat 3-2 in AHL action Saturday night, but fortunately the home side got on the scoreboard to allow the 8,212 in attendance to make it rain with teddy bears on the Rabobank Arena ice.
What a scene. The amazing thing is that the last two videos are nearly four minutes long and the teddy bears are still flying when they end.
(On my bucket list is someday dive bombing into one of those piles of teddy bears.)
Members of the Condors organization helped count the bears on Monday morning’s Eyewitness News broadcast and the total came to 7,908 stuffed animals, topping last year's total of
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
Hybrid icing. Where would Joni Pitkänen be today if there had been no-touch or hybrid icing in April 2013?
Probably still in the NHL, where mobile scoring defensemen are indeed a coveted commodity. Instead, the former Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers defenseman is attempting a comeback bid from a catastrophic heel injury suffered when he crashed into the end boards on an icing play – two and a half years ago.
His heel injury kept him out of hockey until last summer, when Pitkänen began training on ice for the first time. Now, according to Ilta-Sanomat, the 32-year-old defenseman says his rehab has progressed to the point where he believes he can make a potential comeback with Liiga club Kärpät Oulu. He played with that club until making the jump to the NHL as a 20 year old in 2003.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
(Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.)
It must be difficult to have just six regulation losses in 24 games and be second in your division, but such is life for the Rangers.
They have 34 points, the fourth-highest total in the league, and it's still not good enough. And what's crazy is that, just a week ago, they had a five-point cushion over Washington. It has been erased because the Capitals are winners of five straight, and the Rangers have lost three straight.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
Campbell started the transition behind the Florida net in overtime and then beat Petr Mrazek while trailing the play to give the Panthers a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.
According to the NHL, that was the second overtime of Campbell’s career. The first came nearly a decade ago (Dec. 1, 2005).
No. 2 Star: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Luongo made 28 saves for his second straight win and allowed two goals or less for the fourth time in five starts. The Panthers netminder also played in 883rd career NHL game, passing John Vanbiesbrouck for eighth place on the all-time list.
No. 3 Star: Reilly Smith, Florida Panthers
Smith tallied his sixth goal of the year late in the second period to even the score. It was Smith's first goal in nine games.
Honorable Mention: Florida’s win was their fifth in a row in Detroit and sixth out of their last seven at Joe Louis Arena … Dylan Larkin scored his 10th goal of the season. He now leads all rookies in that category.
Did You Know? Florida hasn't lost in regulation at Detroit since Dec. 15, 2007. (AP)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy17 hrs ago
Remember Jim Kyte?
The defenseman played 598 games from 1982-96 with five franchises, starting with Winnipeg Jets (1.0) and ending with the San Jose Sharks. He was also legally deaf, as this remarkable story chronicled.
A lot has changed since Kyte was in the NHL and he decided to get all “old man shakes fist at cloud” about it on Twitter recently. Specifically, he doesn’t like the pests that buzz around for the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruin. “Brendan Gallagher, Brad Marchand, and players of their ilk are the reason I don't watch many NHL games anymore,” wrote Kyte, with the hashtags “#nohonor” and “#noaccountability.”
You know who didn’t appreciate this sentiment? Brendan “No Honor” Gallagher, who shot back with an indictment of Kyte’s own dishonorable play. And thus, the Great Gally Vs. Kyte Twitter War began.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy21 hrs ago
Erica Skuta is a Minnesota Wild fan living in New Zealand, which is pretty awesome because they have several different kinds of indigenous penguins there.
She was back in Minnesota this weekend, where she married fellow Wild fan Lewis Blake and attended the Wild’s game against the Dallas Stars on Saturday night as their “wedding finale.” In the process, she gave the hockey world an image that will be replayed in Jumbotron fan montages ‘till death do us part.
That’s Erica, munching on a burger while sitting in the arena seats in her wedding dress.
And in one of his first acts of husbandly gallantry, that’s Lewis wiping some burger grease and/or condiment off his bride’s chin before it plummeted down to her dress. Nice work, sir. Better than a jacket over a puddle on a rainy street.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
There was an incredibly frightening scene during Sunday’s KHL game between Slovan and Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk.
Early in the third period, former long-time NHLer Ladislav Nagy ripped a shot and then fell over Yugra forward Vitaly Sitnikov’s stick. As Nagy fell, his skate came up and caught Sitnikov in the throat.
WARNING: It’s not pretty to watch and there is some blood.
Fortunately for Sitnikov, the immediate medical attention he received helped the incident from becoming a tragedy. It's amazing we don't see stuff like that in hockey on a regular basis.
According to Yugra head coach Pavel Yezovskikh, Nagy’s blade did not cut an artery and the damage to Sitnikov was minimal.
“Vitaly had the surgery and everything sewn up. Now everything is fine,” he said, via the team website.
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- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar is still without a contract for next season. His production is down for a second straight year.
At the age of 28, there are whispers of decline and whether the hulking center is worth the near $10 million per-season, eight-year deal he is reportedly looking for. But the big Slovenian isn’t fretting about any of these issues.
In his mind he’s continuing the play the heady all-around game that turned him into one of the league’s top two-way players.
If Kopitar and the Kings don’t come to an agreement, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Kopitar is in the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million contract. Last year he had a career-worst for a full season at 16 goals.
Said Kopitar to the Los Angeles Times in a Friday feature: