- Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy6 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Rinne made 37 saves for the Thanksgiving shutout, appropriately over those Western Conference turkeys the Edmonton Oilers. That included a penalty shot in overtime by Jordan Eberle, after Shea Weber covered the puck in the crease. The Preds won, 1-0.
No. 2 Star: Filip Forsberg, Nashville Predators
Forsberg scored his 10th of the season at 3:55 of overtime, spinning around Taylor Hall before beating Viktor Fasth for the 1-0 win.
No. 3 Star: Viktor Fasth, Edmonton Oilers
Hey, 24 saves, a regulation shutout and a point on the road isn’t bad.
Honorable Mention: Roman Josi had the primary assist on Forsberg’s goal and rang one off the iron in overtime. … Although he failed to convert in OT, Eberle had five shots in the game to lead all Oilers forwards.
Did You Know? Mike Fisher played for the first time this season after missing 21 games with his Achilles injury.
Dishonorable Mention: Edmonton forward Matt Hendricks blocked a shot by Weber in the first period and did not return to the game. … Oilers D Justin Schultz was a healthy scratch for the first time this year. … The Predators are now 1-for-37 on home ice on the power play.Fri, Nov 285:00 PM PSTEdmonton at St. LouisPreview Game
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy15 hrs ago
More American Thanksgiving suspension fun from the NHL. Ryan Garbutt ... you've just been hit with a two-game suspensionfor kneeing Taylor Hall in a Tuesday night game, which will cost you $43,902.44. Oh yikes, that's a lot of money -- but hey it's going to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund so it's all good .
The NHL announced the move as indeed, for kneeing.
The video please:
As the NHL indicates, Hall wasn't injured on the play, and Garbutt got just a two-minute minor for tripping. But then again Garbutt is s repeat offender, having garnered a five-game suspension for boarding Dustin Penner in 2013, and a fine for spearing Corey Perry.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy16 hrs ago
Happy Thanksgiving in the United States, Adam Lowry. Oh, we know you play in Canada with Winnipeg, but the NHL decided to give you a one-game suspension for the below hit on Patrick Kaleta from your Wednesday game against the Sabres.
Look at the video ... it's just ugly from a Kaleta perspective. I mean, his face just gets rubbed into the boards, and way after he gets rid of the puck. His back was turned ... ouch.
Lowry got a major penalty and a game misconduct for the play. And he's going to get fined $4,453.41 as part of the suspension. Kaleta did return to the game later. Also, it was Kaleta's first home game in 14 months.
Said Kaleta to the Buffalo News after the game:
“That’s the way it happens sometimes,” Kaleta said. “If you’ve followed my career you’ll notice I’m attracted to that sort of stuff. It is what it is. I’ll be fine.”
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy19 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are some of our favorite hockey people from around the ‘web telling you what they’re thankful for; our picks are later. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog.)
Barry Petchesky, Deadspin
Scrape: The brief life and merciful death of the dry scrape. It's an example of the NHL being willing to try new things, and to them abandon them if they prove unworkable.
Vladimir Tarasenko: What's a new season without a thrilling young player to get unrealistically excited about? (Tomas Hertl is so last year.)
The long-awaited emergence of the Islanders: Hockey in New York—and around the league-- always seems a little more meaningful when the Isles are good.
The struggles of the Avalanche: There's a difference between confidence and hubris.
Katie Strang, ESPN.com
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
(Ed. Note: It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., a.k.a. “Real Thanksgiving”, which means it’s once again time to reflect on what we’re thankful for in the world of hockey. Here are the editors and writers from Puck Daddy and Yahoo Sports, offering their picks for this year. As always, we give thanks to you, the reader, for supporting this blog.)
Sean Leahy, Editor, Puck Daddy
Jaromir Jagr. He's ageless. He's going to play until he's 50. He's amazing. The fact that he started in the NHL in 1990 an is still scoring 20 goals a season 24 years later is a testament to his skill and dedication to the game of hockey. I hope he never retires.
Advanced stats. While I'm still educating myself in that world, to have statistics available (and still developing) that better analyze teams and players is a gift for hockey media and fans.
Hall of Famer Pat Burns. Finally.
Darryl Sutter. He once responded to a question of mine back in 2012 about if the Kings' scoring woes concerned him after a low-scoring, shootout loss. “Nobody died, and it's a hard-working point for our team." Just the best.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
No. 1 Star: Blake Comeau, Pittsburgh Penguins
Comeau secured his second career hat trick in dramatic fashion by scoring the OT winner against the Leafs.
No. 2 Star: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Kaner assisted on all three 'Hawks goals in Chicago's 3-2 victory over Colorado. He pulls some kind of black magic puck handling to set up Bryan Bickell's game winner.
No. 3 Star: Calvin Pickard, Colorado Avalanche
WHO?? Exactly. The 22-year-old backup to the backup netminder for the Avs drew the short straw and had to face the Chicago Blackhawks in his fifth ever NHL game. He may have taken the loss, but the kid made 45 saves against a pretty good team.
Honorable Mention: The Islanders were credited with 55 (!!) hits to the Caps 28 ... Washington was 2-for-2 on the power play and the Islanders were 2-for-3; either both teams are really good on the man advantage or really bad on the penalty kill ... Alex Ovechkin scored 2 power play goals in the 3-2 OT loss to NYI; John Tavares netted the winner on the power play (natch) ... My, what wonderful power play passing skills you have, Pittsburgh Penguins ...Fri, Nov 281:00 PM PSTChicago at AnaheimPreview Game
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
The parting of ways between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Martin St. Louis was about as amicable as any reunion episode of a reality show.
Still, the contribution to the franchise cannot be ignored. In 927 games played with the Lightning, Marty amassed 953 points (365 goals, 588 assists), and one Stanley Cup back in 2004. On Wednesday night, St. Louis returned to Tampa Bay for the first time since the trade.
He was honored during a TV time-out in the first period with this video:
St. Louis, with tears in his eyes, saluted fans tapping his fist against his heart. The arena gave him a standing ovation (despite booing him heartily the first time he touched the puck earlier).
It's funny. Often when a contentious breakup of a team from one of it's 'face of the franchise' players happens, fans are left asking the question of who their loyalty is truly with: the player or the the team? Can it be to both? Sure, but often the most passionate of fans take the reasons for the parting somewhat personally.
(S/T to Caity Kauffman and the Tampa Bay Lightning for the video.)
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Things were getting nasty in the game between the Buffalo Sabres and the Winnipeg Jets. So Winnipeg's Adam Lowry decided to go and make it worse.
Buffalo's Patrick Kaleta was watching the puck after he released it when Lowry came in for the hit. Kaleta, with his shoulders square to the glass, had his head whip backwards before it makes contact with dasher. Take a look.
In recent player safety videos, the department has emphasized the number of seconds between the time the player receiving the check has released the puck and the time he was checked. Anything over a second or two usually results in a suspension.
The 6'5" Lowry coasts from the goal line to Kaleta without taking another stride in an attempt to correct his trajectory. The check is well after the Buffalo player has released the puck, and he sees those Twinkie gold numbers the entire way.
For the hit, Lowry was ejected, given a 10-minute game misconduct penalty, and an additional 5-minute major penalty for boarding. Kaleta went directly to the locker room.Fri, Nov 284:00 PM PSTMontreal at BuffaloPreview Game
- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy1 day ago
“I’m here if somebody needs me. I’m going to keep myself ready. Whatever happens, I don’t need to make a decision. I don’t want to cheat myself of any opportunities if it happens later on. I’m just taking it day by day.”
Those were Martin Brodeur’s words earlier this month at the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. One day, he’ll be part of the ceremony in Toronto, but for now he still wants to continue playing, and isn’t ready to retire.
Well, someone does need Brodeur. The St. Louis Blues, to be exact.
On Wednesday, the Blues announced that the 42-year old Brodeur will begin practicing with the team later this week. Their goaltending situation took a blow with the news that Brian Elliott is “week-to-week” with a lower-body injury. Jake Allen will take the helm for now, and Jordan Binnington has been recalled from the AHL on an emergency basis.
- Ryan Lambert at Puck Daddy1 day ago
[Author's note: Power rankings are usually three things: Bad, wrong, and boring. You typically know just as well as the authors which teams won what games against who and what it all means, so our moving the Red Wings up four spots or whatever really doesn't tell you anything you didn't know. Who's hot, who's not, who cares? For this reason, we're doing a power ranking of things that are usually not teams. You'll see what I mean.]
7. Jack Johnson's parents
The immediate reaction to the shocking story in the Columbus Dispatch about Jack Johnson's money troubles, brought on entirely by his parents, was along the lines of, "How could you do that to your own child?"Fri, Nov 284:00 PM PSTDetroit at New JerseyPreview Game