- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy18 mins ago
FACT: Connor McDavid poops rainbows and farts glitter. He comes to the rink on a unicorn.
The boy is magic. Straight up magic as evidenced on a play against the Alexei Emelin and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens.
In his third game back from injury, the boy wizard effortlessly moves the puck up the ice, dekes around Emelin, and feeds the puck and stick through is own legs for a shot on net. It doesn't make sense. It will when you watch it:
Sure he doesn't score a goal, but we'll give him a break. He's only in his third game since returning from injury.
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- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy1 hr ago
The second period between the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders ended at 3:33pm EST. The third period began at 4:25pm EST.
56 minutes is a bit longer than your standard NHL intermission; 36 minutes longer to be exact.
The Zamboni did it's scrape during intermission; however, it snagged one of the metal pipes that anchors the goal to the ice. The pipe then dragged along the ice, creating a massive gash.
On the Islanders broadcast, they reported the gash to be so deep it nearly exposed the cement under the ice. Simply patting new ice in its place was not going to work.
The ice crew at The Joe furiously got to work patching the hole. Both John Tavares and Henrik Zetterberg were brought out to inspect the ice when it was deemed safe enough to do so.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy2 hrs ago
It's been just over a month since the last Winter Classic... SO WHY DON'T WE KNOW WHERE THE NEXT ONE IS GOING TO BE YET?!
Speculation is rampant.
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are out of the running with the report earlier this week of their Stadium Series game. Others thought the game would be in Toronto; to coincide with the organization and the NHL's centennial celebration.
If the report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is correct, the St. Louis Blues will host the day after New Year's Day event at Busch Stadium.
Who will they play? The Florida Panthers.
Okay, not really. It's the Chicago Blackhawks, of course. A year cannot go by without the Blackhawks appearing in an outdoor game. It's in the small print of the CBA.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy4 hrs ago
Unbelieveable night. The fans were incredible and a great team win. Thank you for the welcome back! pic.twitter.com/IPaLqe5kSo
1. Amanda Kessel returns.
Earlier this week, Sean Leahy wrote about the return of Amanda Kessel to the University of Minnesota's lineup. The women's hockey world went nuts and rightfully so.
With the boom in women's pro-hockey, it was incredibly hard to believe that one of the sport's most dynamic and talented players wasn't a part of it. Kessel, sister of Phil, suffered a concussion prior to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. While she still played in the tournament, the gold medal match between the United States and Canada would mark the last competitive hockey game Kessel participated in.
- Jen Neale at Puck Daddy7 hrs ago
Midway through Saturday's matinee between the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers, things were already chippy. Then they escalated to near melee when Ryan McDonagh and Wayne Simmonds got into it away from the play.
Check it out:
As the video shows, McDonagh hits the ice when getting a punch to the jaw from Simmonds. He stayed down for a while before going straight to the dressing room. The Rangers later announced he would not return to game. New York Daily News reports McDonagh has a "likely head injury and possible concussion."
McDonagh was assessed two minor penalties for slashing and high-sticking for his involvement on this play prior to Simmond's penalty:
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy10 hrs ago
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Brantt Myhres doesn’t sleep at his office in the Los Angeles Kings practice facility in El Segundo, Calf. But it’s a place where he feels at ease – since he spends so much time there
“There’s food just down the hall,” Myhres said about the creature comforts of the plush locale.
Myhres actually stays nearby at the Marriott in Manhattan Beach when he’s not with the team. But this is simply where he rests his head to sleep. He’s almost always on call with the Kings. If a player needs someone to talk to Myhres is there. All the time. His phone is always on.
“All hours,” he said.
When he’s in El Segundo, he slips seamlessly from his windowless office next to the team’s washer/dryers through the locker room and other parts where only players and coaches go.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy12 hrs ago
By Sasha Yodashkin
Saturday's eight-game evening NHL slate is full of rivalry games with six divisional matchups on tap. Many of the players in action are familiar with their opponents, so drawing on their extensive histories is a good way to find strong fantasy assets. That's one of many effective strategies for finding value plays, and all of the players listed below should earn strong consideration for DFS lineups for a variety of reasons.
- Yahoo Sports Staff at Puck Daddy13 hrs ago
Who is head of the class in the National Hockey League?
The Washington Capitals are getting a serious challenge from the Chicago Blackhawks, but have Joel Quenneville's defending champs finally caught them?
And is there any way for the Columbus Blue Jackets to climb out of the basement?
Every other week, Yahoo Sports will be bringing you NHL Power Rankings as voted on by the Y! Sports staff and Puck Daddy editors. Please keep in mind these rankings were created prior to Monday night’s games.
Feel free to provide your own rankings in the comments section. See you in two weeks!
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- Sean Leahy at Puck Daddy22 hrs ago
No. 1 Star: William Karlsson, Columbus Blue Jackets
Karlsson scored midway through the second and early in the third period as the Blue Jackets edged the Calgary Flames 2-1. Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves and won for the fourth time in five starts. Coming into Friday night’s game, Karlsson had scored only once in his previous 30 games. Columbus have taken points from five of their last six games.
No. 2 Star: Tyler Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning
Johnson scored what would stand as a game-winning goal and added two assists as the Lightning doubled up the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3. Anton Stralman and Ondrej Palat each added two goals as Tampa won their eighth straight at home. Nikita Kucherov chipped in a pair of assists and now has points in 21 of his last 25 games. The Lightning have won 10 of their last 11.
No. 3 Star: Jordan Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina scored four times in the opening 10:04 en route to a 5-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets. Staal recorded three points, while Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil added two goals apiece. Cam Ward made 33 saves in his first start since Jan. 15.
- Josh Cooper at Puck Daddy1 day ago
Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins laughs when he’s asked if he can recall if any of his teams at any level missed the playoffs with him as a head coach.
“I missed one year in Japan. That’s the only year I ever missed,” said Desjardins recounting his time with the Seibu Bears in the mid-90s.
Between the Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League and Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Desjardins has never missed the postseason in major junior or the American Hockey League as a head coach for a full season. Since 2002-03 between the WHL and AHL, Desjardins has won three championships.
“I think I get good players and I think we have a good culture,” Desjardins said. “I think you try to establish a culture where certain things are acceptable and certain things aren’t. I believe if you play the game right you always have a chance to make the playoffs. If you have the right culture with your team you always have a chance. I think that’s why to me it’s good to have the right people, the right leadership and value the right things.”LiveCalgary0 - 0VancouverFollow Game