- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy13 mins ago
James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs has three goals in six career games against his old mates, the Philadelphia Flyers.
He scored another one in the Leafs’ home exhibition opener on Tuesday night, although goalie Steve Mason might not have aware of it.
Well, someone’s hands are in regular season form already. We believe the technical term is "sick mitts."
We assume someone eventually told Mason a goal was scored.LivePhiladelphia0 - 1TorontoFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
The Florida Panthers have Roberto Luongo in goal. They have Jonathan Huberdeau, who won the rookie of the year two years ago and Aaron Ekblad, the top pick in this year’s draft.
They are, in theory, marketable, even if they haven’t been successful. If hope sells, they have it in bushels.
Yet the Panthers’ new owners predict that their attendance will be down this season.
But that’s because it shouldn't have been as high as it was in previous seasons.
Florida owners Vinnie Viola and Doug Cifu admit that the team had been papering its building with giveaway tickets, inflating meager crowds with comp’d tickets.
"We want people who are there to be paying a fair price, the same price and enjoying a great product on the ice. We can get 15,000 in there if we gave away 5,000 seats. We don't want to do that. It's not fair,” Cifu told George Richards of the Miami Herald.
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy3 hrs ago
(The 2014-15 NHL season is nearly upon us, and attempting to handicap the winners and losers can sometimes leave us speechless. So we decided to break down all 30 teams with the next best thing to words: Emojis!)
After another long absence, the Columbus Blue Jackets made an appearance back in the postseason in 2013-14. A 43-32-7 (93 pts.) record earned them one of the Eastern Conference’s two wild spots along with the Detroit Red Wings.
The bright spots that Columbus showed down the stretch at the end of the 2013 campaign carried over into last season. Sergei Bobrovsky didn’t regress too harshly after a Vezina Trophy winning year. Ryan Johansen broke out and led the team in scoring, setting himself up for a raise as an RFA. It all broke right, for once, and a solid regular season set the Blue Jackets up for a first round match-up with their new Metropolitan Division mates in the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Columbus put a scare into the the second-seeded Penguins, including a pair of overtime wins, but the Blue Jackets would eventually fall short in six games, five of which ended with a 4-3 scoreline.LivePittsburgh0 - 1ColumbusFollow Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
If Bovada’s betting odds for the 2014-15 NHL awards tell us anything, as long as he’s healthy, Sidney Crosby will be the favorite for every major award he’s able to win forever.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is Bovada’s favorite for both the Hart and Art Ross Trophies. They love Sid so much for the points title that “The Kid” is even money.
Other than Sid, what kind of odds does Bovada give to the rest of the NHL’s elite?
Hart Memorial Trophy
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy6 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.
• "If it's in the game, it's in the game..." Sure.
• Ted Nolan isn’t convinced just yet by analytics: “The information I use is with my eyes and my soul and my heart. If I see someone who’s competing and I know he’s competing, that’s good enough for me. I don’t need a machine telling me how hard he worked. I can see it myself.” [Olean Times]
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
It's a Tuesday edition of Marek vs. Wyshynski beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT, and we're talking about the following and more:
Special Guest Star: Maybe a special Sportsnet friend.
• Gary Bettman's fireside chat in Toronto.
• The World Cup of Hockey debate.
• The Winter Classic is revealed.
• News around the NHL.
Question of the Day: Where do you want to see the NHL play an outdoor game? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or hit us on Twitter with the hashtag #MvsW to @wyshynski or @jeffmarek. Click here for the Sportsnet live stream or click the play button above!
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
The NHL held a press conference Tuesday afternoon promoting the 2015 Winter Classic between the Chicago Blackhawks and Washington Capitals at Nationals Park. The EPIX reality series that will air in December was also officially revealed, with fans able to watch a live stream of the show on NHL.com if they don’t have the channel on their cable subscription.
The bigger news coming from the presser was the unveiling of the Capitals’ jersey they’ll wear on Jan. 1. (The Blackhawks will reveal theirs at a later date.)
After wearing their vintage red, white, and blue looks against the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011, Washington will don a bold look for this game.
It’s stripey, sure, but I love it. (“Oh, that’s stupid,” said Wysh)
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy8 hrs ago
In June, Mother Jones ran a piece on NHL ice girls in which women who wore the skimpy orange of the Philadelphia Flyers described the job as “torture,” having to sneak food at the Winter Classic because they weren’t allowed to eat in public.
The team was embarrassed, and decided to do the complete opposite thing than what they should have done, which is to replace all of its women on the co-ed team with men.
The 12-man group debuted at the Flyers’ preseason game at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night, and the reaction wasn’t pretty (video via Deadspin):
Granted, it’s Philly, and booing comes as naturally as breathing. But the Ice Boys skated out three times in the first period and were booed thrice, according to the Star-Ledger.
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy9 hrs ago
Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin might be the leading candidate for the Calder Trophy heading into the 2014-15 season. But the start of his rookie of the year campaign might be delayed.
The Lightning announced that Drouin is out up to four weeks with a fractured right thumb.
The 19-year-old, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2013 draft, didn’t practice for three days and went for additional testing.
The Lightning indicated the injury wasn’t serious, but never indicated that Drouin might miss the start of the regular season.
"What's bothering him, once it gets better, it won't bother him again," Coach Jon Cooper told the Tampa Tribune. "It shouldn't be a long-term lingering thing."LiveNashville0 - 0Tampa BayFollow Game
- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can’t yet commit to the World Cup of Hockey.
"My hope and expectation is that, in the not too distant future, we are in a position to announce that yes we are going to do a World Cup,” he said this week in Toronto.
His counterpart Donald Fehr, however, may have let the cat out of the bag.
According to a report on Hokej.cz,the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association informed members of the IIHF Congress in Tenerife, Spain, that the World Cup will be held in 2016, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 1.
The six teams he said will take part: Canada, USA, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden and Finland. There will be two other countries involved; one assumes Slovakia and Switzerland would be in the mix.
There’s no information yet how the tournament will be seeded; possibilities include using the number of NHL players on the rosters and IIHF rankings.